Five For Five: Our top picks for November

With the Gallagher Premiership season upon us again, this five for five article uses our projection algorithm to give you five players who are projected to score the most fantasy points over the next five rounds.

By Edward Kerr
15th November 2018
By Edward Kerr
15th November 2018

The Gallagher Premiership is set to recommence on Friday with Gloucester and Harlequins hosting Leicester and Newcastle respectively, and to keep your squad in ship shape, The Scout is on hand with five of the top picks going into the new round.

Our projection tool is part of our Scouting Centre upgrade, and gives you a great comparison of how players are expected to score once game time comes around. These player scores are then combined to build a match result, which is crunched down further once teams have been announced. Our algorithm is completely bespoke and takes into account a wide array of variables to ensure it is as accurate as possible. We're constantly improving it too so that you can stay ahead of the game.

After an excellent opening to the season, it will come as a surprise to few to see Sale's Bryn Evans (£234k) at the top of the list. High scoring performances and tries against Newcastle and Exeter have propelled the New Zealander to the top of the points scoring charts, and it looks unlikely that he will be deterred from continuing in the same vein of form.

Next up is Worcester's Ryan Mills (£231k), who given the club's form and upcoming fixtures could be set for a strong points haul. He has maintained some excellent form over recent fixtures, especially on the road against Leicester, and recently at home to Bristol. This is much to the enjoyment of the 6% of DoR's who have him in their squads.

Newcastle's early campaign was stunted by fixtures against top of the table opposition, but now they have had the opportunity to press on in earnest, some significant results have been tallied, not least their victory in the Mediterranean sun against Toulon. It's their 9, Sonatane Takulua (£222k) who gets the nod from The Scout. His consistently high scores have been of great benefit to the Northmen, and his influence will surely be felt over the next few rounds.

After his incredibly impressive display against Bath, Alex Goode (£400k) has shot to the top of the points scoring charts, but not, although it is a great blessing to fantasy coaches, to the England squad. His continued excellence ensures he is one of the top fantasy picks over the next few rounds, and it remains a mystery as to why he isn't one of the most chosen players.

With notable arrival Brad Shields away on England duty, and a string of injuries afflicting the Wasps camp, this weekend will likely see Tom Young (£259k) in the 7 shirt for Wasps. While he hasn't appeared in the Premiership this season, other than half an hour against Gloucester in early October, he is expected to be one of the shining lights in Wasps fixtures over the next few months.

So, there you go, our top five players for the first five rounds; if you haven't already got them in your squads, who are they going to replace? That's always the tough decision...

The Rugby Magazine

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

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