Fantasy Scout – five bargains for Round Two

Round Two of the Guinness Six Nations is almost upon us.

Round Two of the Guinness Six Nations is almost upon us.

The teams are being named for three more mouth-watering match-ups and there is still time for you to update your teams in our official 2019 Guinness Six Nations Fantasy game.

And with that mind, here are our five must-have players to get in your team this weekend, starting with a Scottish centre.


Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson looked to the manor born this past weekend on his international debut for Scotland.

The inside centre ended up with 51.0 fantasy points from their round one win over Italy.

He made 11 tackles, beat six defenders and carried for 22 metres in the victory to become the third highest-scoring Scot in the game and inside the top ten individuals overall.

When you consider that he is just finding his way in the international game and is only going to get better, at just 11.6 stars he is crazily good value.

There are 19 centres in the game more expensive than Johnson, five of them from Ireland – who face Johnson this weekend. Expect the Australian-born league convert to outshine them once again on Saturday.

Edoardo Padovani

Last weekend Blair Kinghorn’s hat-trick heroics made him a must-have in your team.

Classified as a fly-half and yet playing on the wing, Kinghorn was unstoppable and there could be a second out-of-position fly-half to take advantage of this weekend.

Edoardo Padovani came off the bench this past weekend for Italy and scored a try in a bright cameo against Scotland.

This weekend back in Rome, he gets the nod to start against Wales on the wing, despite being in the game as a No.10. Get him in your side and see if he takes flight like young Kinghorn last week.

He’s only 10.8 stars and more than worth the risk while you spend big in other areas.

Aled Davies

The Wales scrum-half on Saturday is Aled Davies, and at only 8.8 stars is a complete bargain.

This might be his first Guinness Six Nations start, but he is not inexperienced.

He has been a fixture in Wales squads for two years now, has won 12 caps already and clearly knows where the line is, touching down for a score in his most recent cap in the autumn against Tonga.

Davies has been in good form for the Ospreys this season, after making the switch from Scarlets, and there are 15 scrum-halves in the game more expensive than him.

Greig Laidlaw tops out at 15.4 stars, not far off double Davies, and in Rome where Wales have not lost since 2007 – now is the time to strike.

James Ryan

James Ryan has emerged as one of the stand-out locks in world rugby, and yet on the fantasy game you can find 13 second rows more expensive than the lanky Leinsterman.

At only 11.9 stars Ryan remains seriously good value and will surely start to translate form to fantasy points in this year’s Championship.

His all-action carrying and tackling will be vital at BT Murrayfield on Saturday and expect him to deliver the goods.

And as the senior lock now in his pairing with Quinn Roux, as Devin Toner is also injured, Ryan’s responsibility should see him the fill the shirt still more.

Mark Wilson

Mako Vunipola was the top scoring forward on the entire game in round one, but only one other man in the pack was able to break the half century of points – Mark Wilson.

The flanker put in mountains of work, tackling everything that moved in England’s win and yet remains a snip at only 11.6 stars.

A lot of England players are seeing their values sky-rocket, and Wilson’s is likely to join them if this form continues.

But as only the 14th most expensive loose forward on the game as it stands – Nathan Hughes is more expensive despite sitting on the bench for example – he is simply a must-have for when France come to Twickenham this weekend.