Fantasy Super Rugby: You need Nadolo

By Dr Stats

Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders. Photo / Getty Images.
Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders. Photo / Getty Images.

Fantasy points came in droves in round 12 of Dream Team Fantasy Super Rugby, but will the river keep flowing this coming weekend?

The Blues became just the third club this year to post over 300 fantasy points as a team in their 44-14 thrashing of the Reds at Eden Park.

While just Simon Hickey ($7,150,000) and Lolagi Visinia ($7,590,000) broke the 30-point mark, both were season-best scores against a Reds side that had previously been fairly stingy opponents as far as fantasy is concerned.

The Reds have now conceded two big team scores in a row and face the Crusaders this weekend who are coming off a season-best total against the Brumbies.

Nemani Nadolo ($9,160,000) looks like he may become a fixture in many squads going forward while Richie McCaw ($5,020,000) scored 25 points in his return to action and is a relatively cheap pickup.

The Reds are particularly vulnerable to opposing backs so I'm picking Nadolo for another big game while Ryan Crotty ($9,630,000) looks like a solid option as a player fourth in the league in clean breaks.

The Blues themselves face off against the Chiefs in New Plymouth on Friday night where fantasy points will be much more difficult to come by for the visitors. To me, only Hickey has a great matchup while, on the flipside, Chiefs forwards may strike gold.

Sam Cane ($6,580,000) and Liam Messam ($6,670,000) are standouts this week while big Ben Tameifuna ($3,890,000), who has been irrelevant so far this year, may finally get his first try of the season.

A key matchup to exploit is the Hurricanes vs Rebels fixture. The Hurricanes are still conceding the most fantasy points per game of any team which makes Jason Woodward ($8,510,000) a captaincy candidate for your side while Scott Higginbotham ($5,150,000) is a big risk/reward play.

The Rebels also concede a lot of fantasy points, so Dane Coles ($2,480,000), Jack Lam ($4,140,000), Beauden Barrett ($7,910,000), Andre Taylor ($7,700,000) and Conrad Smith ($8,160,000) are all great options.

In selection and injury news so far this week - Deon Fourie will start from the bench for the Stormers, Jeremy Thrush has yet to be cleared to play for the Hurricanes, Luke Braid is out for the Blues while Steven Luatua starts from the bench as does Piri Weepu. Keiran Read is still yet to be cleared to return to action after showing concussion symptoms.

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