Simon Says - 60 tackles, zero misses; that's the Mannering we all know and love. 80pts is a just reward for anyone who has kept the faith.
Steady Shaun - SJ keeps ticking along with a tidy 61. 590 kick metres is no surprise given no player has put foot to ball more often this season than the Kiwi sneaky boy. Non-owners could consider him over a second hooker should they not be keen on anyone but CS9.
Mammoth Maumalo; Big Ken put on a dominant display of wing play, amassing 69 points of which 36 came from a barnstorming run from his own 30. Despite a 5RA of 47.6, there's better options at WFB.
Roger to the Rescue - On 12 at HT, and only on 25 before snaring a try from dummy-half to finish on 41. Given he was inches off clutching a SJ snap-kick in the first half for a try, I wouldn't be rushing to trade out RTS given his ability to create something from nothing.
G'Day Graham - Owners of the English Prop would be relieved for the Bulldogs Captain to make it through the game. 41 in 53 minutes isn't anything to write home about, but hopefully for coaches who held him he can finish out the season.
Lastly, round 18 can't come soon enough for Adam Elliot owners. After getting clocked by Gavet in the 46th minute, Elliot did not return and only churned out 24 points for his owners
A bruising encounter at ANZ Stadium was highlighted by a near flawless first half performance by Jack de Belin.
The Dragons lock finished the half on 49 points and was involved in absolutely everything. He had his standard 15 minute rest after half time but didn't get as involved in his second stint and finished the night on 70* points.
Cameron McInnes also had a stellar night. He made 61 tackles as the Bulldogs used their big men up the middle to try and establish a platform from which to attack. While that made up pretty much all of his final 67* points, his owners will not be unhappy in any way. All those that were thinking of only running one hooker for the rest of the season might want to rethink that strategy, I know I will.
Josh Dugan showed his wares as a possible POD for the run home with a handy 51*. He has a knack of beating the first defender which always results in good tackle bust numbers (he had 7 tonight).
Paul Vaughan was slightly disappointing, finishing with 45* points. Considering the amount of game played in the middle of the field, I would have expected more from him. Assuming he won't play Origin (which is no guarantee), he'll be a popular buy for the run home.
Bulldogs captain James Graham also disappointed with only 40* points. This came from 25 tackles and 153 running metres with no negative stats. In his second half stint it seemed like he spent the majority of the time just shifting the ball out to the backs and didn't take too many hit ups. It's a possibility that this was a result of his sore shoulder. With the bye in round 15, all those that held Graham through this period will be desperately hoping the rest gets him back to 100% fitness.
Tim Lafai and Gareth Widdop found themselves near the bottom of the points table tonight with 21* points each. Lafai has been a star at centre this year so anyone that has him will be feeling let down. Widdop was shaping as a POD contender but tonights performance may have put a few coaches off him.
Thats all from tonight. How did your score finish up for the week? I know quite a few of you made it over the 1000 mark. Head over to our Facebook group to tell us all about it!
Finally in round nine we had a match that wasn't so one-sided as the others so far.
The Bulldogs fought out a tough 16-10 win over the hapless Raiders who couldn't seem to find anything on attack in the second half.
- Will Hopoate enjoyed a fantastic return to football running for over 300 metres, having 9 tackle breaks and 6 offloads leading to a season high of 75* points. Personally not a huge fan as far as fantasy goes but he could be a POD moving forward
- Adam Elliot showed the potential that we can expect to see in two of the major bye rounds when Josh Jackson and David Klemmer are both out on Oranges duty. He may have received extra minutes with the Bulldogs suffering a few injuries but he looked good and scored 2 important tries on his way to 62* points. He'll be a cheap option around the $230,000 mark.
- Josh Morris scored 68 points and is coming off a couple of other decent games but is as close to a lock as the NSW side has in the backs. He'll miss 4 games over Oranges. Avoid.
- The Josh Papalii train keeps trucking on. If his recent drink driving charge affects his QLD chances at all he might be worthwhile picking up a bit sooner as he could play in round 12.
- How on earth did Elliot Whitehead nab a 50*? He spent 2 minutes on the sideline at the end of the first half for an HIA which was actually just a bleeding nose. He seemed to struggle through the majority of the game but did enough in the back end to see his score where it should be.
- Speaking of HIA tests. James Graham lasted all of 15 minutes. I'm cursed this week.
- Nick Cotric is a keeper. At least until after round 12. 45* points tonight is awesome. Cotric provided the Raiders only real spark. The more he gets his hands on the ball the better he will be. If Croker wasn't such a hog he could have had another try. Of course, with my track record this week, I had left him as an NPR. Woops.
- Joseph Leilua. 4* points. He's back to his Knights form. It's sad to see.
- Josh Reynolds suffered a hamstring injury tonight and could spend some extended time on the sideline. If he does, hello Matt Frawley.
1. Frawley on the bench is good for...
...James Graham. He played all 40 minutes in the first half and only had a 8 minute break in the second. He was definitely less effective than normal with only 25 points in the first half but as always he finished the game strongly and ended with his 3rd straight 55+ score.
Aiden Tolman. I told you last week and I'll tell you again... a great POD for the bye period.
Final team lists are in for tonights clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Knights welcome back rookie Luke Yates onto the bench with Sam Stone being 'rested'. Jamie Buhrer starts at hooker with Levi back to the bench and Joe Wardle starting in the back row
For the Bulldogs, Matt Frawley replaces RFM on the bench.
1 Brendan Elliot
2 Ken Sio
3 Dane Gagai
4 Peter Mata'utia
5 Nathan Ross
6 Brock Lamb
7 Trent Hodkinson (c)
8 Jack Stockwell
12 Jamie Buhrer
10 Josh Starling
11 Sione Mata'utia
16 Joe Wardle
13 Mitchell Barnett
9 Danny Levi
15 Anthony Tupou
17 Daniel Saifiti
19 Luke Yates
1 Brad Abbey
2 Brett Morris
3 Josh Morris
4 Brenko Lee
5 Marcelo Montoya
6 Josh Reynolds
7 Moses Mbye
8 Aiden Tolman
9 Michael Lichaa
10 James Graham (c)
11 Josh Jackson
12 Greg Eastwood
13 David Klemmer
14 Sam Kasiano
15 Danny Fualalo
16 Adam Elliot
20 Matt Frawley