Super Rugby round 16 fantasy rugby guide

Christian Leali'ifano
Christian Leali'ifano could pick you up plenty of points this weekend
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It is difficult to afford a team if playing salary cap fantasy rugby, so you may have to buy bargains, but there are enough new players in Super Rugby 2015 to give you some options.

2015 seems tough to fill a squad without going over budget. The key is to sell players who have the bye straight away and buy them back early.

For managers playing fantasy rugby game there are some problems.  Firstly, with limited trades you have to allow for international players being rested.

Managers have to look long-term with some teams yet to have their second bye.  There are plenty of injuries too, so it is important to check the Super Rugby team lists.

If you run out of trades then you have to minimise the damage with locks probably the lowest scoring position to have a non player in. Also if you are keeping players who have the bye or are injured, make sure you keep the cheapest players as their values will drop less and they won’t take up as much of the salary cap. In some games like you can buy trades if you are desperate.

The good news is that the three team bye rounds are over, but managers need to start conserving trades for the finals. Annoyingly because of the format, the top two teams have the bye in the first round of the finals, so sometimes picking players from the Hurricanes may not be great long term strategies!

Some bargain priced players worth purchasing to avoid losing players to the bye are

Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – This Highlanders winger is the top points scorer in Super Rugby 2015 and one of the top try scorer with eight tries.

Jaco Kriel (Lions) – He is one of the unsung heroes of Super Rugby, much like his Lions team, but Kriel has been one of the best players in any position.

Samu Kerevi (Reds) – Despite playing for the lowly Reds, Samu Kerevi has the ability to get plenty of go-forwards and could have a field day against the Force.

James O’Connor (Reds) – The Boy Wonder is a rare goalkicking outside back he should be goalkicking against the Force, he is someone most others won’t have.

Franco Mostert (Lions) – Franco Mostert is another one of the Lions unsung heroes, but the big lock made the Team of Round 12.

Blade Thomson (Hurricanes) – Is listed as a lock, but playing Number Eight against the Crusaders. He is also a bargain.

Duane Vermeulen (Stormers) – The Stormers captain leads by example and is one of the best players in Super Rugby fantasy rugby competitions.

Damian McKenzie (Chiefs) – Assuming Damian McKenzie starts, he should be good value given that his style suits fantasy rugby. He was the player of the week in Round 15, yet he is a bargain.

Bismarck du Plessis (Sharks) – du Plessis has hit a rich vein of form and despite being in a team which won’t feature in the finals, he is a good investment.

Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies) – The Brumbies should beat the Bulls comfortably and Lealiifano is a rare goal kicking player listed as a midfield back.