Best Kicker Choices

A season long campaign is often decided by the tightest of margins, so choosing a player that consistently kicks points can be the difference between the champs and the chumps.

By Edward Kerr
29th August 2018
By Edward Kerr
29th August 2018

One of the key aspects of our fantasy rugby game is designating a kicker for your team, with this player being the only one in your team to earn points for kicking at goal.

As a fantasy coach, it can be tough to nail down exactly who in your squad is going to kick, or if you have multiple, which is the best player to choose.

Fear not however, for The Scout is on hand to give you the top ten kickers from the last forty Premiership matches:

1. Owen Farrell

Saracens - £460k

It must come as no suprise that the ever reliable right boot of a certain Owen Farrell tops the list. With 93 fantasy points from kicking over the last 40 matches, he is some way ahead of number 2.

2. George Ford

Leicester - £351k

While George Ford is one of the top attacking fly-halves in the competition, he is also consummate in his haul of fantasy kicking points. Seventy points over the respective period is all the more impressive when you consider what else he can bring to your fantasy squad.

3. Gareth Steenson

Exeter - £203k

Steenson has been an integral part of Exeter's rise over the last ten years and a reliable kicking option for plenty of fantasy coaches, but given the rise of Joe Simmonds, will he continue to make the cut for people's squads. While that remains to be seen, he is certainly one of the stand out kickers in the league with 68 fantasy points for kicking.

4. Marcus Smith

Harlequins - £233k

Marcus Smith had a fantastic season last season and has proven to be one of the most exciting talents in the league, and as he continues to mature, he will no doubt become more of a staple for the fantasy coach. His kicking prowess leads him to fourth in this list, having scored a total of 67 fantasy kicking points.

5. Jimmy Gopperth

Wasps - £262k

Another player who continues to deliver for both their club, and the fantasy coach is Jimmy Gopperth, who over the last forty matches has amassed 64 fantasy kicking points. Whether he retains his kicking duties with the arrival of Lima Sopoaga remains to be seen, but if he does, he is in a position to supply a consistent flow of fantasy points.

6. AJ MacGinty

Sale - £213k

Sale's American fly-half had a fantastic run of form through the end of last season, and he makes our 'Five for Five' list of expected top performers going into the new season. Having amassed 62 fantasy points over Sales last forty games, he also combines a great kicking option with the other aspects he can bring to your squad.

7. Billy Twelvetrees

Gloucester - £250k

While Billy Twelvetrees finished the season with a good, if unspectacular overall points haul last season, he is certainly an option for kicking at goal, having earned 61 points during the last 40 Premiership rounds. Whether he offers enough in the other areas of his game is a choice only you can make.

8. Rhys Priestland

Bath - £263k

Welsh international Priestland just nudges ahead of his Bath team mate Freddie Burns in this list, having scored 56 fantasy kicking points over the last 40 matches. Which one of them gets more gametime remains to be seen going into the new season, though a possible solution might be to include both of them in your squad in order to have a kicking fly half option available at all times...?

9. Freddie Burns

Bath - £283k

While most of Burns' 49 fantasy kicking points were earned during his time at Leicester, he will certainly be looking to press on and establish himself as first choice 10 at The Rec over the course of this season.

10. Chris Pennell

Worcester - £255k

Despite having missed the opening rounds of last season with a calf injury, Chris Pennell was a mainstay at 15 for the Warriors, earning consistently good scores over the course of the campaign. Over the course of Worcester's last forty fixtures, he has earnt 49 fantasy kicking points, and much of the same can be expected of the Worcester academy graduate who goes into his testimonial year with the club this season. 

The Rugby Magazine

Filed under: Gallagher Premiership, The Scout
Written by: Edward Kerr
Follow: @edwardrkerr · @therugbymag

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