Mismatches, Damian McKenzie and an incredibly awkward draw, particularly during the finals, were the lasting impressions of the 2017 Super Rugby Fantasy Rugby Draft season. Perhaps even more than last year, managers were rewarded for stacking their team against certain opposition. However, if you followed this strategy through to the final your luck ran out when the Blues lost to the Sunwolves.
As always, patience, timing and luck were key. Those who stood by Bernard Foley (or swooped on him when others faulted) were rewarded with a player who, after missing the first 5 rounds, came back to average 28 points a game. Players like Ruan Combrinck came back from injury and hit the ground running, whereas managers who leapt on Marty McKenzie when Richie Mounga went down were left disappointed.
Anticipation and timing was also pivotal in navigating the awkward finals schedule. Because of the International window, the second round of the semi-finals was missing not only all the NZ teams, but also the Cheetahs, Lions and Sharks. Managers scrambled for players and those who planned ahead stacked their teams with Stormers and rode them into the final.
Super Rugby 2017 Fantasy Rugby Draft Awards
Mr Fantasy Rugby
Damian McKenzie gets his own award. It’s unlikely a player has ever been this dominant. As mentioned here in 2016 McKenzie scored 25% more fantasy rugby points than the next highest scorer. In 2017 it was 35% more. Clutch player: he scored 71 in the final.
Israel Folau didn’t get as many mentions on the Fantasy Rugby Draft podcast this year, but after 3 years in the top 10 points scorers he remains a rare rock solid draft pick.
Most unlucky draft pick
This is an easy one. Nehe Milner-Skudder was ranked fourth in the draft and was the first round pick of choice for many. An ankle injury in round three ruled him out for most of the season but uncertainty around his return date meant many managers held him on their bench but he didn’t play again until the final rounds.
It also wasn’t a great year for high ranked fly halves in general. Handre Pollard and Lima Sopoaga struggled with injury and Beauden Barrett lost the kicking duties to his brother. Quade Cooper sucked, along with the rest of his team. Surprisingly, the best fly half ended up being Lionel Cronje from the Kings.
Luckiest Draft Pick
It’s hard to look past Vince Aso. Unranked in the 2017 Super Rugby draft, he went on to score 14 tries and 224 Fantasy Rugby Draft points. Best of all, he was a midfielder so you can forgive a little bit of the rocks and diamonds. Also unranked, SP Marais had a fantastic season. Managers who filled up their last remaining spots with Curwin Bosch or David Havili got plenty of bang for their buck. .
James Lowe was ranked 32nd in the draft but probably didn’t last that long. He finished the season as the second top point scorer.
Best Leap of Faith
If you took a punt on Jordie Barrett you were rewarded. Thanks to the unfortunate injury to Nehe Milner-Skudder, Barrett was a midfielder playing at fullback. He even kicked goals.
Hurricanes Front Row. Robbed of Dane Coles for much of the season, the ‘Canes were relegated to the 6th best front row.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
Patrick Lambie continued to break hearts with unfortunate injuries and, if he ever plays in Super Rugby again, will be on the no fly list for many managers.
The Award for who hates your Fantasy Rugby team the most
Tana Umaga, as nominated by Akira Ioane and Melani Nanai
Highest Score in a game
Damian McKenzie, 71 points in the final.
Lowest Score in a game
Nic Stirzaker, -25.7 against the Sharks in Round 9
Lowest points in the season
Kane Douglas, -15.2
Despite playing in 11 games, 6 of them were in the negatives. Douglas’ highest score was 3.4.
Top Points Scorers in each position:
Outside Backs: Damian McKenzie (Chiefs)
Midfielders: Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes)
Fly Half: Lionel Cronje (Kings)
Half Back: TJ Perenara (Hurricanes)
Loose Forward: Amanaki Mafi (Rebels)
Locks: Franco Mostert (Lions)
Front Row: Lions Front Row
The Top 10 Super Rugby Managers for Super Rugby 2017
- Roy Robertson
- Tiaan Haarhoff
- Mike Williams (whoop whoop)
- Jason Stewart
- Robert Alers
- Megan Winefield
- David Green
- Ian Belford
- Carl Leisegang
- Richard Lardner
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由 Fantasy Rugby Draft 发布于 2017年7月17日
Top 5 Fantasy Rugby Draft leagues for 2017
- The Highveld Bowl
- The B&B League
- The Local is Letter League
- Chip & Chase
- Kommin Etters
🏆LEADERBOARD: SUPER RUGBYThe final results are in…Here are the final overall, Top 5 Fantasy Rugby Draft leagues for 2017.The Highveld Bowl from start 👉 finish. Immense effort. 🔥🔥🔥Comment with your league name below and we can let you know where your league finished.Congrats all for another epic season 👏 and for those that have missed out on the playoffs we look forward to seeing you back next season. Make sure you use the off-season wisely 👌 recruiting managers for the auto-teams or dead teams in your league.
由 Fantasy Rugby Draft 发布于 2017年5月28日