It might have been a full complement of games during Round 18 as State of Origin fades into the rear view mirror, but that didn't stop the big guns from winning sides standing up to dominate this week's team.
In what is one of the most narrowly represented teams this year, the Round 18 team of the week features representatives from only six clubs.
A reminder that the team of the week is picked completely objectively, all based on an algorithm that calculates each player's stats and generates a total score.
The interchange players must also play from the bench.
Here is the Round 18 team.
Just two games back from his long-term injury, he ran for 137 metres, crossed for a try and assisted another three, including playing a huge hand in the final ten minutes as South Sydney put the afterburners on to run away from Canterbury.
That wasn't the case on Saturday though as the lanky winner ran on a double to go with 223 metres. He also had a hat-trick of line breaks and tackle breaks in a strong effort.
He also came up with 106 metres, a line break, and was strong in defence - something he has lacked in a little bit this year after becoming one of the best defensive centres in the competition last year.
He came up with 127 metres and a staggering 10 tackle breaks.
He added another three on Sunday evening, but also ran for 144 metres, made a couple of line breaks and was strong in defence.
A couple of tries were backed up by a pair of assists and 194 metres in a performance which tore the heart out of the Red V.
7. Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly Sea Eagles)
Daly Cherry-Evans might have played Origin just 72 hours before, but he didn't show any signs of fatigue in a brutal performance against the Knights on Saturday. Three try assists, two line breaks, 522 kicking metres and an all-round excellent effort as he continues to go from strength to strength.
Rarely has he played as well as he did on Sunday. He completely took over the battle of the middle third, running for 234 metres, making five tackle breaks and adding a line break while also going over for a rare try.
Mahoney has broken into the team this week though on the back of a performance which got the Eels over the line against the Warriors as he came up with a pair of try assists and 37 tackles.
10. James Fisher-Harris (Penrith Panthers)
Fisher-Harris really stood up as a leader for the Panthers without their Origin stars, playing an unchanged 50-minute stint to start the contest in his 150th NRL game.
He came up with a rare try, but was among the best on field, making 164 metres and three tackle busts.
138 metres, a try, a try assist and some strong defensive work headline his entry into the team of the week.
He added a try in the rout of Newcastle, but also made 131 metres from just 11 runs to go with a try assist, a line break and a strong defensive effort.
He ran for 213 metres, scored a try and made 31 tackles to go with some handy ball playing in a performance which will raise his standing among the competition's locks.
In 43 minutes off the pine, he made 84 metres, a try assist, a line break assist, 4 offloads and 24 tackles with just a single miss.
15. Connor Watson (Sydney Roosters)
Coming off the bench, Watson was explosive for the Roosters, scoring a try and running 119 metres in a performance which ensured the Rosters would have downhill running in the second half.
16. Scott Sorensen (Penrith Panthers)
Sorensen had another strong effort off the bench for the Panthers in their win over the Tigers, making 87 metres and 3 tackle busts, while also being his usual strong self on the defensive end of the park.
A starter at any other club, he is stuck behind Dale Finucane at the Sharks, but that didn't seem to bother him in almost an hour on the park on the Cowboys as he ran for 114 metres and made 40 tackles.