Top three Fantasy Rugby performers this season

02 May 2019

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The regular Guinness PRO14 season has come to a close which means it is time for Fantasy Rugby managers to tally up their points.

The 21 rounds of Guinness PRO14 rugby this season have produced some mouth-watering individual performances to make you cheer or cry – such is the nature of the tricky game.

However you won’t have enjoyed much success this season if you haven’t been playing the long game and although there have been some lucrative one-off performances, it is who does it on a regular that really helps makes a Fantasy Rugby team tick.

That is why we have dug out the top three performers across the entire the season for a closer look and if you picked them – well done indeed.

Max Deegan – Leinster- 119 points

The young Leinster No.8 finishes the regular season as the highest-scoring forward in the game.

His ten full appearances earned him 30 points alone while six tries added a mammoth haul of 46 to his total.

The only forward to score more tries this season was Ulster’s Rob Herring but Deegan’s record of earning bonus points through tackling has catapulted him to the top of the points scoring leaderboard.

Johnny McNicholl – Scarlets – 147 points

New Zealander McNicholl has been in flying form for Scarlets this season despite their failure to make the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

Less expensive than his teammate Leigh Halfpenny, the winger has made his way into a quarter of all teams and owners and they have been rewarded for their faith in him after finishing the season as the second top try-scorer with 11.

Ospreys’ Dan Evans was another high-scoring outside back, registering ten tries, but McNicholl added to his value by contributing seven assists.

McNicholl finishes the season as the highest scoring outside back in the game with only three players in any position racking up more than him in Ospreys’ Sam Davies, Cheetah’s Tian Schoeman and Connacht’s Jack Carty.

Jack Carty – Connacht – 162 points

The race for the highest points-scorer of the season was as tight as it could have been with Schoeman finishing just a point behind Carty at the end of Round 21.

Carty was the more expensive option which perhaps explains why he was only selected in five percent of all teams but the managers who did have him will have spent the season counting their lucky stars – and the points.

A haul of 30 conversions, 22 penalties, four tries and ten assists all contributed to a phenomenal season from the fly-half.


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