By Megan Potts
What a week it was for injuries in losing some of our top NRL Fantasy point scorers for the remainder of the season.
I do hope you have some trades left to swap out some of the players that are definitely not returning this season. It's a tough game and nearing the end of the year you can see it starting to take its toll on a number of players from all clubs.
Standouts for round 20 were Ben Hunt who registered an impressive 98points, James Segeyaro 94 and Greg Inglis on 90. Also up there was our Sharks skipper Paul Gallen with 80points in the game against the Bulldogs.
Robbie Farah is set to return for the Tigers and Anthony Tupou makes his return in place of Luke Lewis for the Sharks in their match against the Warriors with Konrad Hurrell back on deck for the Kiwis.
Jack Reed returns from suspension for the Broncos and Kyle Turner plays his first game for Souths after a long stint on the sideline with a neck.
The loss of Shaun Johnson for the remainder of the season is massive for us as Fantasy Coaches and also for the Warriors who losing their key playmaker. Bodene Thompson (Warriors) is sidelined due to injury and the Sharks have lost big guns Luke Lewis for up to three weeks with a knee injury and Andrew Fifita indefinitely.
The Tigers second rower Martin Taupau is out of action for three weeks due to suspension
Most of us will be looking to replace Shaun Johnson in our Fantasy teams and there are a few players who have been going well and would be worth considering including Adam Reynolds (Souths), Ben Hunt (Broncos) and Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly). All three are great options.
Kade Snowden also one shining light in a disappointing Knights team at the moment and could find his way into a few Fantasy teams.
Both my holds are coming from the Sharks squad this week. Lewis despite missing up to 3 weeks I believe is worth holding onto and I hope we haven't seen the last of Andrew Fifita this season. I'm not letting him go until further details and possible sanctions come to light.
There are quite a few to choose from this week but I have cut the list down.
Johnson’s (Warriors) season-ending injury rules him out, while Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs) will miss 4-6 weeks so I would use the money elsewhere. Peter Wallace (Panthers) is gone for the season and in an effort to free up a lot of cash, Taupau (Tigers), who has a 3 week suspension, for me is a sell
Remember just two weeks until the Fantasy league finals. So trade wisely and try to make that final push into the top eight of your league. Good luck!