Six must-have Fantasy Rugby backs in Round 3 of the Guinness Six Nations

Damian Penaud is congratulated by Anthony Jelonch 6/2/2022
After a week off, Guinness Six Nations action resumes this weekend as Scotland face leaders France, England play Wales, and Italy face a tough challenge against Ireland and the fantasy implications are huge.

After a week off, Guinness Six Nations action resumes this weekend as Scotland face leaders France, England play Wales, and Italy face a tough challenge against Ireland and the fantasy implications are huge.

In the last round we recommended Freddie Steward who picked up 83 points against Italy, Mack Hansen accumulated 50.2 points in a tough game against France, and Gabin Villière, who despite only picking up 30.1 points in the last game, was Player of Round 2 and has seen his price drop.

This week we offer six more backs for your fantasy team ahead of some important games as the Championship moves into the last three games.

Here are our picks for Round 3:

Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Scoring 36.2 points in Scotland’s defeat to Wales proves that Stuart Hogg’s place as Gregor Townsend’s starting full-back and captain is merited.

While they fell to a disappointing defeat and are up against an in-form French side, playing at BT Murrayfield could give the home side the belief and support they need to cause an upset.

Hogg’s captaincy could be key to their success in the game, and he will be desperate to impress ten years on from scoring his first Test try in his first start against the same opponent.

He is an expensive option at 16.9 stars, but when fantasy success is on the line, sometimes the expensive options are needed.

Max Malins (England)

High off a win against Italy, Max Malins and England will be looking to take that momentum into their game against Wales.

Picking up an impressive 64.9 points in his last game, and now playing against a Welsh side that will also be feeling confident, Malins’ contributions on the wing could be pivotal for England as they look to catch up to France.

Contributing with tackles as well as running with the ball, there are multiple ways the winger can pick up points for your fantasy team and costing 15 stars means he isn’t a premium option but he can still prove to be the difference in the game.

Dan Biggar (Wales)

After scoring a drop goal which proved the winner on his 100th cap, Dan Biggar will be high on confidence after their impressive victory over Scotland in the last round of fixtures.

With four penalties and that drop goal to his name, Biggar has a relatively high floor and is likely to pop up with more points for his team (and yours) in future games.

At 15 stars he’s another good option for your fantasy team, and is likely to continue to cause problems for France in Round 4 before Wales’ final game against Italy, so keeping him in your team may not be a bad idea.

Damian Penaud (France)

Les Bleus will want to continue their undefeated run so far in the Six Nations and winger Damian Penaud may be the key to their success.

With good tackling stats, running on average 71 metres with the ball, and a try to his name, it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t have Penaud in your team.

They must face Scotland and Wales away from home, but with how well they played against Ireland, and playing their final game at home against England, Penaud and France may well win their first title in 12 years.

Costing 16.6 stars may be a bit steep but being part of a team that looks like it cannot be stopped could be enough to justify his price.

Bundee Aki (Ireland)

After losing to France in round two, Bundee Aki and Ireland will be looking to put things right with a good performance over Italy.

Many expect a home win, and with Aki’s value falling to 15 stars after their recent defeat, it looks like a good time to bring him in.

The Connacht centre averages nine tackles a game and runs around 70.5 metres with the ball. He has scored one try so far and could add to his tally in this weekend’s game.

Juan Ignacio Brex (Italy)

Italy face a tough match against one of the favourites, Ireland, but Juan Ignacio Brex’s performance against England, scoring 30.7 points, offers fantasy managers some hope that he can pick up some points against tough opposition.

The Italian centre averages 12.5 tackles a game and runs 42 metres with the ball, and coming in fairly cheap at 9.4 stars, he may not be a bad option at supersub either if he is named on the bench.

The prospect of triple points and his points haul against England may offer some clues as to what he may be able to do against Ireland.

The 29-year-old and his team will be looking to cause an upset at the Aviva Stadium, so for those who fancy them to do so, Brex could be a handy pick-up.