2nd August 2017



RMF Watchlist: Bargain Centres

In the build up to the new Premiership Rugby season, The Scout is on hand to help you build a solid squad for the season by selecting a handful of premium and bargain players for each position.

In this article, we are going to take a look at bargain centres.

Juan Pablo Socino

Newcastle - £192k

In truth, The Scout’s bargain player lists could be filled with Newcastle players. They had a fine season last season, pushing top teams all the way, and taking a few scalps too. Their fixtures provided a great balance of attacking and defensive stats for their players, ensuring they tallied some high fantasy points come the end of the season.

One of the club’s stand out performers, who also provided six tries over the course of the season, was Juan Pablo Socino, and while his attacking stats fall slightly short of Joe Marchant’s, the sheer number of tackles he puts in keeps him up along side the Harlequins man.

Expect more of the same over the course of this season too. With the artificial turf in place up at Kingston Park, it’s a great place to play all year round, which means you can expect lots of good things from Socino.

Socino is currently selected by 5% of fantasy coaches.

Joe Marchant

Harlequins - £167k

Despite being amongst the highest fantasy points scorers at centre last season, Joe Marchant is second on our list, but only by virtue of the fact that if he continues the same level of performance this season with which he finished the last, he will go from being on Eddie’s radar to being in the international squad; a nightmare scenario for any fantasy coach.

Running in eight tries and tallying over forty metres per game kept him riding high with regards to fantasy points last season, and with Harlequins hoping to improve on their sixth place finish last season, you can be assured he will continue delivering the same quality this season.

Quins will be hoping to get themselves into a strong position with opening fixtures against London Irish and Gloucester before they travel to Wasps in round 3, though Marchant was reasonably indiscriminate as to which sides he would deliver his best performances.

13% of fantasy coaches have selected Marchant for their squads.

Matt Scott

Gloucester - £198k

As with a great many of the Gloucester players, their fantasy performances largely reflected the results of the team, but one player who delivered consistently for fantasy coaches with Matt Scott.

The Scotland centre delivered nine tries over the course of the season, and while his outright stats fall short of the others on this list, there increased game time being the factor, Scott provided great value for money while on the field.

Again, another on the list with whom you should wary of international call-ups, but if Gregor Townsend doesn’t come calling, Scott should be a go to pick for fantasy coaches.

He is currently chosen by 3% of fantasy coaches.

The Rugby Magazine

Written by Edward Kerr
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