With the Six Nations set to kick off in just a matter of days we look at the top performing players in last years ESPN Fantasy Rugby series.
The ground rules. We only looked at points earned in Tests that counted towards ESPNscrum fantasy games in 2014. That covers the Six Nations and autumn internationals; summer tours were excluded. Italy’s game against Argentina in November was included, despite it being ruled ineligible for fantasy scoring after it was brought forward 24 hours due to flooding.
We also only considered players selected in their respective squads for the forthcoming Six Nations. With that in mind, here is the team that statistically speaking would have gained you the most points in 2014;
With last years top scorer David Wilson (19pts) out injured, Mas gets the call-up after starting every game for his country last year, including two 80 minute appearances.
Healy amassed an average of three points per game during last years Six Nations making him a good bet once again this time around.
Despite only starting one match in 2014 Cronin ended up finishing the year with 17 points, the second most for any front row player.
Furno scored a total of 29 points in 2014 and although he ended up second to Alun Wyn Jones, he achieved his tally with one less appearance.
Gray only featured in last year’s Autumn Internationals, however an average of 4.5 points per game was the highest of any second row in 2014.
Robshaw was the top scoring loose forward of 2014 with 37 points in total, 10 more than Wales captain Sam Warburton.
Heaslip averaged five points per game during last years Six Nations finishing the tournament with a total of 25 points.
Despite only playing for Scotland during the Autumn Internationals, Cowan managed to score an average of 5.7 points per game.
Including his kicking, Laidlaw scored 54 points during 2014, and even without his kicking was only a single point behind Danny Care last year.
Lopez achieved the highest average points per game during 2014 with 4.7 (without kicks) making him the stand-out candidate.
A grand total of 45 points in 2014 puts Roberts on top of the pile in the centres after a standout season in a Welsh shirt.
Campagnaro was narrowly edged out by Roberts as the top scorer in the centres with 39 points last year, although Wesley Fofana was a close third with 38 points.
Brown was the 2014 Six Nations man of the series and amassed a total of 72 points, just one behind Johnny Sexton on 73 which includes 30 points from the boot.
Two test, four tries, 31 points – need we say anymore. Thomas managed an average of 15.5 points per game.
Only Mike Brown scored more points in 2014 (without kicks) than Tommy Seymour who averaged 6.5 points per game.
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