Spotlight: CJ Stander

CJ Stander comes into this season off the back of an excellent fantasy showing through 2018 in which he amassed 165 points; some way ahead of his competition.

By Edward Kerr
22nd January
By Edward Kerr
22nd January

By the end of 2018, CJ Stander had accumulated the most fantasy points of any number eight across the world.

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He sat some way ahead of Ross Moriarty (132) in second place, and several lengths beyond Jake Polledri (114) in third, and with a points per game of 16.63, he offers one of the best option at number eight for your fantasy team.

His best performance of the season came against Australia in the last test of the summer, but he registered some solid scores through last year's championship too, notably against England at Twickenham.

With the two sides facing off against each other in the opening round of this year's series in Dublin, a good victory for Ireland would put them in contention for a Grand Slam, even at such an early stage; alongside that, a victory would establish CJ Stander as the leading candidate at eight for everyone's team, and the risk of an Ireland defeat is definitely worth the reward a victory would bring.

Perhaps his most striking attribute throughout 2018 was an incredible 36.14 metres gained per game, again some way ahead of the likes of Sergio Parisse (23.4) and Ross Moriarty (14.86). And while not quite so commanding but equally as strong, his tackles per game at 12.03 sits comfortably with those others in his position; Parisse (12.6) and Moriarty (14.75). Of course, the relative style of play and possession will play a part in this, and that's something you will have to consider as you are building your team.

With a recommendation of 94, CJ Stander remains a firm option for your starting team, and it would take a brave fantasy coach to omit him from their squad.

The Rugby Magazine

Filed under: Six Nations, The Scout, Ireland
Written by: Edward Kerr
Follow: @edwardrkerr · @therugbymag

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