Players from the South African Conference is must be said will probably not be the bulk of most people’s teams. There is however a few stand out players and quite a few bargains to consider when funds become an issue.
Please remember Fox Fantasy only starts in Week 2 so we’ll be able to get some insight into the Jaguars, Lions, Sharks and Stormers this weekend.
Malcolm Marx (LIONS) 367K– The Lions Player of the Year and Springbok player of the year(even though it was not a great year for them). He is a hard worker on the pitch averages 50 points in his last 5 games of last season. He’ll feature on most people’s teams this season I think especially as he’s slightly cheaper than Coles and Creevy.
Dillin Leyds(STORMERS) priced at 462K.Who can forget that offload to SP Marais while sitting on the deck last season? He averaged 75 point in his last 5 games last season and was the 3 highest OBK point scorer in the 2017 season only behind Damian McKEnsie and Israel Folau. Need I say more?
Pieter Steph and Eben Etzebeth(STORMERS) – This year its not to hard to choose between them as Eben. Pieter should be starting against the Waratahs in week 2 and Eben is injured and has been ruled out for 4 months with a serious injury. Pieter is priced at 304K which to be fair is quite punchy. That said he’ll be the go to lock if Eben is not there. This investment in the 2018 season could pay off despite his big price tag.
Rohan Janse van Rensburg(LIONS) – Is back at centre for the Lions after a short stint at Sale in Manchester. His form was not great towards the end of last years Super Rugby Season combined with some off the field hardships. He’ll be looking to break into the Springbok mould this year and God knows they need a decent 12. I personally like this guy and as suspected he’s starting from the bench this weekend as Voster did a great job on the inside of Mapoe last year. Priced at 320K but you can get Sonny Bill Williams for almost 40K cheaper…
Robert du Preez (SHARKS) 202K – He has been massively overlooked by most team managers. At the Stormers SP Marais took all the kicks for points however Curwin Bosch has been put on the bench for their first game. If he can hold onto the kicking tee this season and that is a BIG IF, combined with his running game he’ll make decent points
Ruan Combrink(LIONS), Scored an Average of 45 in his last 5 games last year. He had some injury problems and want be starting this season. The Springboks really need wingers and I believe he’ll be giving it all when he comes into the Lion’s starting line-up. That said I can only give him for stars as there a lot of cheaper options out there in some of the other conferences. I’ll be adding him to my watch list for now.
Kwagga Smith(LIONS) is priced at 467K this season. The amount of runs and meters this guy makes is insane. He seems to be everywhere and makes a boat load of tackles on defence. Spending this kind of money on him now does feel like buying bitcoin when it’s over $10,000, but what if its worth double that in year?? I think he’ll be at the top of my watch list and hopefully he have a slow start to the season so I bring him in for under 400K.
My 4 Bargains are a lot harder to choose:
Burger Odendaal (Bulls) is my first bargain pick in the South African Conference. He will get a lot of game time now that Jan Serfontein has left the South African shores. He loves to run at the defence and will rack up loads of runs and potentially busts or line-breaks. Last year he made over 60 points in a game when he started so I think at a meniscal price of 147K he can be a big money maker in 2018.
Damian Willemse(STORMERS) is very close second to the man above. With the departure of Robert Du Preez and the electric pace he possesses the sky is the limit for this guy. An unbelievably low price tag of 190K at Flyhalf with a 54.5 point seasonal average gets him into my team, most like on the bench though.
Steven Kitshoff(STORMERS) back from Bordeaux and priced at a ludicrous 120K, averaging approx. 30 points per game last year with a high score of 92 points. This guy will be solid Malherbe side-lined with injuries should start most games at the start of the season.
Joaquín Tuculet (JAGS) at 240K. If the Jags get themselves together and start realising their potential this year, this guy is going to be a big part of that. He played exceptionally well for the Pumas and scored a few tries in the Autumn internationals. He’s still a young player and has a big future ahead of him.
Aphiwe Dyanti (LIONS) He is listed as a centre in the game but is starting this weekend on the wing for the Lions. He is priced at a mere 112K and had an excellent Currie Cup scoring 5 tries in 2017. With all the injuries the Lions have on the wing, namely to Combrink and Skosan, he could play the first few games and earn you some great points or money to invest in more expensive players