28th July 2017



RMF Watchlist: Premium Hookers

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 hookers.

Jamie George

Saracens - £299k

England’s number two number two had a fine season in the black of Saracens last term, and, as a result of his Lions performances his stock appears to have increased significantly this season.

The key reason he tops this list however, is the very fact that he is England’s number two number two; he played fifteen games to Hartley’s eight last season which left him with a significantly higher points score.

He wasn’t shy in the try scoring department either, and while nothing in the rest of his statistics for the season stands out above his competition, that didn’t stop him from registering one of the better points per game averages.

George is currently chosen by 30% of fantasy coaches.

Dylan Hartley

Northampton - £329k

The England captain has recently signed a contract extension and been appointed captain at Northampton Saints, and if he can increase the amount of game time he plays, he offers a great return for fantasy coaches.

While his points per game average wasn’t as high as Jamie George’s, he did deliver some impressive fantasy performances against tough opposition through the back end of last season, and if you can get the right cover in your side for his time on international duty, Mr. Hartley can be a great addition to your squad.

Even if you don’t see him as a long term season solution, he should at least be involved in the first 6 to 7 rounds of the season before allowing you to invest his salary in other players.

7% of fantasy coaches have picked Hartley in their squads.

Tom Youngs

Leicester - £285k

England’s loss is Leicester’s and your gain; Tom Youngs was a strong choice last season by virtue of the fact he would play more games. While he performed well, he struggled to match Dylan Hartley, and sat some way behind Jamie George for points per game, and this was confounded in the main by his increased penalty count and turnovers conceded.

That said, Youngs remained a consistent performer over the course of the season and became a solid option that many came to rely on.

Youngs has been chosen by 12% of fantasy coaches.

The Rugby Magazine

Written by Edward Kerr
Follow @edwardrkerr · @therugbymag

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