Six Nations fantasy tips: The top 10 most selected players after Round One
The opening round of the 2023 Six Nations started with a bang and was filled with moments of brilliance, team performances and stunning tries.
As the tournament progresses so does its Fantasy League, which has already seen transfers in and out of players’ squads.
Planet Rugby highlights the top 10 most selected players in the Fantasy League following Round One.
10 James Lowe (Ireland)
The Irish wing was in sublime against Wales, making 112 metres with ball in hand, winning a turnover on the ground, having one clean break and scoring a try in the opening round, amassing a total of 63.4 points
The New Zealand-born speedster is likely to continue performing well for Ireland as he has since he donned the green jersey for the first time, making it no surprise that he is in the top 10 most selected players.
9 Caelan Doris (Ireland)
Unsurprisingly, another Irishman makes the top 10, and it is a star who has been in great form lately. Doris top-scored for the forwards with 63 points courtesy of a try, 17 tackles (one dominant), a breakdown steal and 45 metres with ball in hand.
Doris is a potential long-term pick for this year’s Six Nations, as he has shown great promise in the back-row alongside some quality players.
8 Max Malins (England)
The Englishman had a stellar round one game against Scotland, scoring twice and carrying 67 metres to earn a total of 55.4 points.
The Saracens star adds a lot of pure pace in the England back-three, and after a brace in the opening round, he is likely to keep his place in the starting XV going forward, which is no surprise why the wing makes the list.
7 Owen Farrell (England)
Interestingly, one of few goal-kickers in the top 10, but the England captain is a sure-fire pick for most fantasy teams due to his extreme reliability and continued selection throughout the tournament.
The Red Rose skipper made 56 metres will ball in hand, and kicked a conversion and two penalties against Scotland despite it being a quiet performance. However, given the quality of Farrell and his prolific scoring nature, it checks out that a 1000+ Test points player is here.
6 Ange Capuozzo (Italy)
The only Italian on the list is the youthful superstar full-back who continues to perform each time he takes to the field in Azzurri blue. The talent scored a try against France and made a whopping 114 metres will ball in hand during Round One.
Capuozzo is an obvious pick for fantasy teams as he plays all the games if fit, and he is likely to be on the scoresheet or at least involved whenever Italy cross the line. He is truly an outstanding player, and there is the feeling he will generate a boatload of points this season.
5 Finn Russell (Scotland)
The Scottish maverick with a full box of tricks played brilliantly last weekend, contributing 10 tackles, 85 metres made, three conversions and a penalty in his side’s win over England.
Russell is key to Scotland’s attacking output, and put plainly, the team is better when he is on the field. His high levels of creativity and goal-kicking make him an obvious pick.
18 – No player made more carries in Round 1 of the #GuinnessSixNations than Finn Russell (18, level with Lewis Ludlam and Ellis Genge), the only man to make more in a 6N game while playing at fly half is current @Scotlandteam Head Coach Gregor Townsend (19 v Italy in 2000). Boss. pic.twitter.com/bNeQo9BEEm
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 6, 2023
4 Josh van der Flier (Ireland)
The Irish star makes just about every top-10 list in rugby at the moment and was superb yet again against Wales. The reigning World Rugby Player of the Year scored a try, made 12 tackles and ran for 31 metres with ball in hand as Ireland dismantled their rivals.
Van der Flier is guaranteed consistency throughout the competition in selection and even more so in his form.
3 Antoine Dupont (France)
Dupont is always going to be a popular pick in fantasy due to his stature in the game earned by consistent performances at the top of the world over the last couple of seasons.
The French magician is a one of a kind player who will score points in fantasy, even in the big games. Against Italy, he managed 52 metres and made 12 tackles in a quiet performance by his standards.
There is no doubt the superstar will go on to score a lot of points and could rack up an impressive tally by the end of the Championship.
2 Ellis Genge (England)
The front-row is a popular figure in the sport, and it is no surprise to see him as one of the most selected players in fantasy league. Genge offers so much more than others in his position, and against Scotland he made an impressive 83 metres with ball in hand.
Whilst the rest of his game did not produce points, if England takes off under Steve Borthwick, so will Genge’s points tally.
The star prop is a fair pick for the Six Nations and one that could justify his spot at second on the list.
1 Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)
The Scot’s performance and wonder try against England has shot him to the top of the list, and rightly so.
Van der Merwe top-scored across all players in Round One thanks to his brace of tries, which included 104 running metres and a dominant tackle.
The wing played one of the best games of his career and he does not look like letting up. The star will go from strength to strength throughout the competition and could well earn the most points in fantasy league.
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