23rd August 2017



RMF Watchlist: Premium Fly Halves

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 premium fly halves.

Owen Farrell

Saracens - £400k

The Saracens and England star tops our list as the most expensive player in the game, and rightly so, he’s been a stand out performer for club and country for some time.

Last season was a quiet one for Farrell however, appearing in just seven games, though when he was on the field, he kept his fantasy score ticking over nicely. If he can make his compatriots 14+ games this season, he will be a sure fire starter for almost every fantasy coach, but if not, he could be a costly mistake.

Choose wisely.

Farrell is currently selected by 41% of fantasy coaches.

George Ford

Leicester - £365k

Twenty-four year old Ford’s return to Leicester over the summer will have excited the faithful at Welford Road who will be expecting big things of the young playmaker.

While his time at Bath perhaps raised some questions over his game management, his attacking stats offer plenty of punch to the fantasy manager. Having appeared in fifteen Premiership games for Bath last season, he was second only to Jimmy Gopperth in points per game, and third highest scoring fly half.

Will a change in coach alter the style of game that Ford plays, or can we expect to see a similarly strong points return this season?

15% of fantasy coaches have chosen Ford for their squads.

James O’Connor

Sale - £311k

Having arrived from Toulon over the summer, the twenty-seven year old Australian will be excited at having another crack at the Premiership, this time in the blue of the Sharks.

O’Connor presents one of those great squad options for the fantasy coach, and given his ability to run and pass, he should tally some great points this season. Furthermore, he can be expected to appear in most, if not all of Sale’s fixtures, which is another boon to the discerning fantasy coach.

James O’Connor is currently selected by 10% of fantasy coaches.

The Rugby Magazine

Written by Edward Kerr
Follow @edwardrkerr · @therugbymag

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