Fantasy Rugby: Premiership Gameweek 2 Preview

With round 2 of the Gallagher Prem now fast approaching, we are underway in earnest; The Scout takes a look at the players to watch for this weekend, and weighs in with a few tips on transfer strategy.


By Edward Kerr
7th September 2018
By Edward Kerr
7th September 2018

With round 2 of the Gallagher Premiership upon us, we are well and truly underway with the season. Players have already set their stall for a good campaign, and you can expect their stock to rise over the coming hours as people bring them into their squads for the next round.

Last week certainly proved too that a big scoreline doesn't mean a great fantasy performance; just look at Will Stuart, who amassed a fantastic 58 points last week. Forty-four metres with the ball in hand certainly helped, and afterall, who doesn't love a marauding prop. All of us here are looking forward to Ellis Genge getting back on the field.

One to watch

While Bristol recorded their first victory of their campaign against Bath in the opening round, they continue onto a much sterner test against the reigning champions at Allianz Park, and it is one of their opponents who carries our one to watch for the week; Mako Vunipola. While this fixture also sees the return of Billy Vunipola who is also expected to go well, it is Mako who gets the nod from The Scout.

Team to watch

Our projection algorithm is leaning towards home victories across the board, but the Saracens-Bristol game certainly stands out as the one that will deliver the highest fantasy points.

With big ball carriers in the Saracens pack, expect their metres to contribute to some great fantasy scores.

Top captain pick

With Mako Vunipola expected to go so well, you would be wise to stick the armband on his arm, but the ever-impressive Sam Simmonds is always a good choice, especially after such a fine weekend against Leicester.

We've still got Owen Farrell as the top pick overall, but Simmonds is a close second.

Top value pick

Despite a tough away trip to the AJ Bell, Worcester's Ryan Mills tops our projection algorithm's list as the sub £200k player who is expected to perform best this weekend. Worcester were close to nicking the game from Wasps last week, and we can expect an exciting game of rugby from the two teams.

Transfers

This week is the first week that transfer limits properly kick in, and probably the first time you've realised you made some hasty signings before your first gameweek. Do not fear however, there is always time to make changes to your team.

Perhaps now is the best time to soak up some of the points penalties for releasing players, but be careful who you choose. Try to focus on players who are going to be about and playing. Keep your eyes on the upcoming internationals - they may be in over a months time, but you want to prepare for the potential of losing a lot of your squad.

Equally, if you have prepared well and you have a stable squad, don't be afraid to use the free release and free up some cash, though be sure to remain above 28 players! This way, you are getting the benefit of your free release without being penalised later on in the season.

As ever, good luck to everyone, and let us know on Twitter or Facebook how you get on!

The Rugby Magazine

Filed under: Gallagher Premiership, The Scout
Written by: Edward Kerr
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