Fantasy tips: Where is the value in Round Four?

Round Four of the Guinness Six Nations is almost upon us, the teams are starting to come out and the clock is ticking to make those final key fantasy tweaks.

Round Four of the Guinness Six Nations is almost upon us, the teams are starting to come out and the clock is ticking to make those final key fantasy tweaks.

Here we give you a few last-minute tips on who might make the difference in your Fantasy leagues before the final two rounds of the 2019 Championship.


As discussed before, team points for victories make a big difference in the game so it pays to take a look at the history books first.

Scotland have a strong home record in the Championship under Gregor Townsend, including downing Wales back in 2017 at BT Murrayfield.

But Warren Gatland has never lost to Scotland while in charge of Wales – he was on Lions duty for that 2017 defeat – and his team are chasing a Grand Slam.

So confident is he that he announced his team a full two days early – and it shows just once change from the starting XV that downed England.

Adam Beard comes into the second row and at only 10.7 stars is fantastic value – there are 21 locks more expensive than him in the game and he has now appeared in 11 Tests for Wales and won every single one.

Gareth Anscombe has also held off the challenge of Dan Biggar to get the nod at fly-half.

If, however, you think Scotland can upset the applecart then there is certainly some value to be found.

The return of Hamish Watson to fitness is a huge boost, and at 13.1 stars there are 11 loose forwards more expensive than the influential openside in the game.

Blair Kinghorn is also likely to continue at full-back in the absence of Stuart Hogg and, as a fly-half in the game, remains an absolute must-have. No-one has made more metres with ball in hand this Championship than the Edinburgh youngster and you would expect more of the same on Saturday at BT Murrayfield.

Once again, a quick look at the form book in predicting Saturday’s victor at Twickenham only points one way.

England have never lost to the Azzurri and have only tasted defeat once at home in the Championship since Eddie Jones took over.

Furthermore, after last weekend’s loss to Wales, their prices are no longer sky high.

But the first man to take a look at is undoubtedly Tom Curry, a man we have tipped up many times before, is the top-scoring forward in the game and yet is still a snip at 13.4 stars.

Elsewhere, Dan Robson is the cheapest scrum-half on the entire game at only nine stars, but should get more minutes this weekend as England look to show off their depth.

Other faces to keep an eye out for when England’s team comes out on Thursday morning include Joe Cokanasiga and Brad Shields.

With Courtney Lawes injured and Maro Itoje also struggling to be fit for the clash, England need some strength in the lock department behind both George Kruis and Joe Launchbury.

Shields, at only 8.7 stars is England’s cheapest option in the game and has covered in the second row for England before on the 2018 summer tour to South Africa.

Meanwhile, Cokanasiga at only 10.5 stars looks a good bet to get more game time than he did off the bench against Wales in Round Three.

The powerhouse destroyed Australia in the autumn and has never started in the Championship before but should give the Azzurri some real headaches.

From an Italian point of view, they have given England frights as Twickenham before and Sergio Parisse is now down at only 11.1 stars but it is hard to see them ending their losing run this weekend.

France have not won in Dublin since 2011 and Ireland under Joe Schmidt have an impressive home record at the Aviva Stadium.

And after two away wins on the spin, the defending champions return home looking to put their opening loss to England firmly behind them.

With that in mind, Schmidt looks to have some of his stars returning to form and fitness just in time and there is value to be had wherever you look.

Tadhg Beirne has never before appeared in the Championship but looked a good bet for game time until injury struck.

However, he returned late last month for Munster in impressive style and now looks set to play a role on Saturday.

At only 10.4 stars there are a full 23 locks more expensive than him in the game and the turnover machine looks a good pick-up, even if as a super-sub option.

Chris Farrell’s price is on the rise at 14.2 stars after starting the Championship at only 11.7 but the Munster centre is still worth your time.

With Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose still recovering from injury, the powerhouse could be in line to continue his run in the starting XV.

And last time out against Italy he racked up the fantasy points, despite failing to get on the scoresheet. He made nine tackles, beat three defenders and carried for 104 metres while also playing the full 80 minutes.

However, France are not to be under-estimated.

The disaster of Le Crunch aside, they have beaten Scotland and should really have beaten Wales in Round Three and Round One respectively.

Jacques Brunel has finally got consistency on his side, naming an unchanged 23 for the Ireland game and there is value wherever you look.

Not least in Damian Penaud, the French winger who is listed as centre in the Fantasy game and remains an absolute bargain at 12.7 stars.

Penaud is growing into the Championship, he was one of the stand-out stars in Round One against Wales, crossed for France’s only try against England in Round Two and was only denied another by the TMO in a fine showing against Scotland.