Fantasy Rugby: Lambie offers easy points

With five rounds of Fantasy Rugby out of the way, Cameron McMillan looks at the players who should be picked up and those who need to be given the axe.

Piri Weepu of the Blues has lost any previous value after turning the kicking duties over to Baden Kerr. Photo / Getty Images
Piri Weepu of the Blues has lost any previous value after turning the kicking duties over to Baden Kerr. Photo / Getty Images

Buy
Patrick Lambie - If you don't have the Sharks five-eighths in your team, which goes for 95 per cent of fantasy players, then you are missing out on easy points each week. He has produced 20 plus totals in the first three weeks with a season high 29 points against the Kings last weekend. With home matches against the Brumbies and Rebels he should have plenty more shots at goal over the next two weeks which means more Fantasy points. With the Sharks not on the road until round 11, and despite having the bye in three weeks, he would be an obvious choice as your weekly captain.

Pieter Labuschagne - Sam Cane is the top performing back rower with 70 points from three matches but Labuschagne is a cheaper option and has scored just five points less than Cane. At $3.68 million he remains the bargain of the comp, especially if he scores more 30-pointers for the Cheetahs like he did against the Highlanders.

Sell
Aaron Cruden - The Chiefs five-eighths is in 14 per cent of Fantasy teams despite the fact he's produced just 21 in the opening three rounds - with just four last week.

Gareth Anscombe, despite playing fullback, registers as a five-eighths in the Fantasy game and since he's taken over the kicking duties is going to be consistently one of the side's top scorers. The former Blues player has 64 points to be the second ranked five-eighths in the game.

Piri Weepu - The All Black halfback has scored a total of -1 points in the last two matches and has lost any previous value after turning the kicking duties over to Baden Kerr. He is the most popular halfback among Fantasy players, featuring in a whopping 17 per cent of teams.

Quade Cooper - Anyone who was picking Cooper at the start of the season on the back of his stellar start to his boxing career might want to consider a quick offload. He's failed to reach double figures in any of the first four matches with (surprise, surprise) missed tackles letting him down.

Consider
Dan Carter - Still not as valuable as Lambie (78 points at $8.72 million) but the All Black No 10 is hitting his stride after picking up 27 points against the Hurricanes last Friday. That takes his season total to 42 from just two games. The Crusaders face the Bulls.

Luke Jones - The Rebels second-rower is a tackling machine reaching double figures in all four of his starts. He's a bargain at just $3.1 million but his hands can let him down.

- NZ Herald

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