With the news of a long term injury to Sam Simmonds, fantasy coaches went into overdrive to pick their replacements and select an equally impactful captain. While Owen Farrell was the top pick for captain, the players that came into fantasy squads for Simmonds were Mark Wilson and Jake Polledri, who both by their own standards had quiet weeks.
Round 6 also delivered some serious looking injuries, with fantasy stalwarts Marland Yarde, Dan Robson and Jonny May all leaving the field prematurely. With a break through European fixtures now too, there is plenty that can happen before the next round of fixtures.
Bath welcomed Exeter to the Rec on Friday night and went toe to toe with last season's runner up for the first hour before the Chiefs knuckled down and saw the game through. A 15 point difference perhaps belies the improvement the Bath side showed in this fixture, but the Chiefs will be pleased to have opened their season with six wins from six. Final score, 24 points to 39. Top players in this fixture were Freddie Burns (34pts), Sam Skinner, and Don Armand (33).
Northampton and Leicester renewed their midlands rivalry at a rain soaked Twickenham in aid of Rob Horne, with Leicester winning the day 23 points to 15. It was a trio of Leicester players who stood out in the game too, with Jonah Holmes (43pts) trailed by Ben Youngs (33) and George Ford (32), but there were also good performances from two of Northampton's most consummate players, David Ribbans (32), and Jamie Gibson (29).
Wasps entertained Gloucester at the Ricoh, and it was former player and September player of the month, Danny Cipriani, who stood out as the top performer, amassing 42 points. His display helped the Cherry & Whites to a superb 35 point to 21 victory, which has gone a long way to getting their season back on track after the disappointment of last week. Charlie Sharples (41) and Gerbrant Grobler (38) also stood out.
Newcastle traveled to Sale for a match that had taken on a lot of significance for both sides after several defeats over the opening rounds of the campaign. While Newcastle have had the rub of the green over their previous fixtures against each other, it was Sale who won through on this occasion, 20 points to 7. It was a Sale trio who shone too, with Bryn Evans (49), Tom Curry (41) and Rob Webber (40) topping the fantasy points list.
Saracens picked up a hard fought victory against Harlequins at The Stoop, despite one of the most surreal tries you will ever see from Joe Marchant. Danny Care was fantastic throughout and finished as the game's top fantasy performer with 40 points, followed closely by Chris Robshaw (38) and Max Crumpton (37).
The final game of the weekend saw Bristol travel to Worcester for what many may have considered as a bottom of the table clash. The home side emphatically announced their intentions with a 52 point to 7 bonus-point victory though, and one that has catapulted them up the table. The stand out performers in the fixture were Marco Mama (50pts), Francois Hougaard (46) and Josh Adams (43).
With 50 points, Worcester's Marco Mama tops the list as the key player from the weekend, and like many of his Worcester colleagues, this performance comes off the back of a string of impressive games. With internationals approaching, Mama is looking evermore like a great value option.
Perhaps surprisingly given some of the stand out scores over the weekend, the top fantasy points scoring team was Sale Sharks, and indeed if the table was based on fantasy points, Sale would be up in third. With 514 points, they just nudged Worcester (492), but were some way beyond Gloucester in third (435).
Key Value Player
Winning through at Twickenham, Leicester go into the European break sat in 5th position, and this is thanks to a fantastic performance from fullback Jonah Holmes who delivered 43 points. A great boon for the 1% of fantasy coaches who have him in their squads!
Top Value Risers
With prices on their way up, and player performance having an ever more increasing influence on their respective value, it is no surprise to see some of this weekend's top performers' values up on last gameweek; Marco Mama (+18.9%), Max Green (+18.5%), Joe Joyce (+18.1%) and Jack Maunder (+14.2%).