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Fantasy Preview: Exeter Chiefs

Exeter remain one of the fairytale clubs in the English league after their rise from obscurity to Premiership triumph, and will be looking to make it four finals in a row this year.


By Edward Kerr
26th August
By Edward Kerr
26th August

Exeter are hot on the path of their Premiership rivals Saracens, and not just in terms of their competition wins; before Saracens began their period of domination, they were often on the losing side, but from adversity was born their triumph. Exeter are on the same journey, learning how to win.

They will undoubtedly finish the season as one of the top clubs again. Rob Baxter's pragmatic approach to the game ensures they will continue to deliver results, but this year they will all carry with them lessons learnt, and it's hard not to see an Exeter triumph in the final.

The club have also had a quiet summer, with Alex Cuthbert the only arrival, but that is testament to an academy system that is bringing through some fantastic players (and some great fantasy picks!). Players like Joe Simmonds, Sam Skinner and Jonny Hill are already pushing for places in the pre-season dream team.

Media Prediction

The media have Exeter down to finish second through the regular season, and lose again in the final to Saracens, but there is some positive news for fantasy coaches, with Joe Simmonds expected to be one of the top points scorers through the league over the season.

Fantasy Star

The breakout player last season for both Exeter and the league as a whole was certainly Sam Simmonds, and he looks set to continue the same level of points scoring over the course of the new season. With a fit again Billy Vunipola around for the Six Nations, it might mean a little bit more action for Simmonds in the Premiership though that remains to be seen. Either way, he is an awesome addition to your squad.

Five for five

Our five for five list uses our projection tool to give you the five players who are expected to perform best over the first five fixtures.

Sam Simmonds is obviously the standout projection for the opening five games, and there aren't really many surprises in the the remaining places, with four of Exeter's top performers making the cut: Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jonny Hill in the forwards, and Nic White and Olly Woodburn in the backs.

Transfers

In: Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues).

Out: Will Chudley (Bath), Ed Holmes (Bristol Bears), Kai Horstmann (retired), Shaun Malton (Bristol Bears), Julian Salvi (retired) and Thomas Waldrom (Wellington Lions).

The Rugby Magazine

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

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