The Stock Market Rd 4

Welcome to the Stock Market, the ideal place to find Fantasy Rugby value. This article should give you insight into who to buy and who to drop to stay ahead of your Fantasy XV Draft competition. If you want to look like a genius despite only doing a fraction of the leg work, this is the place for you.

Blue Chips – Buy! Buy! Buy!

It goes without saying that there aren’t many good scoring second rowers up for a grabs in fantasy footy. This makes the few that might be available absolute blue chip players for any team, if you can take 30-40 points when your matchup each week can only take 10-20 then you have a handy advantage before you get to the high scoring positions. This brings me to this weeks Pick ups;

Jed Holloway – listed as a 2nd rower but plays consistently  at No. 8, having spent a bit of time down at his Southern Districts Club and having seen him play over the years, it really is lost on me why he isn’t listed as a loose forward. Jed busts tackles and has a turn of pace like few other forwards. Jed should be pushing for a Wallabies role this year so expect him to come out firing. My only warning, he could be prone to the odd quiet week because he shouldn’t get too many easy points from tackling and line out jumping.

Fred Zeilinga – Now I know we may be a bit late to the party on this one,  but the man now has scores of 45, 44 and 66, all without a try or try assist. He has the ideal mix of hogging the ball to run himself, effective tackle percentages and goal kicking prowess to manufacture a good fantasy score each week. If he is free, buy him!

Jan Serfontein – The South African international centre had a quiet year in 2016 by his own standards but he still managed a 26 average across the season. This week he makes his comeback against the Sunwolves, a team that seem to have a deep seeded moral objection to defence. If you need a centre, he is your man.

Sleepers – Buy!

Garth April – There is still some debate over who will get the starting fly half spot for the Sharks while Lambie is on the sidelines for the next 8 weeks. My personal pick is Garth April, he was the go to man last year, and the coaching staff have said they are training Curwin Bosch at fullback for his first year of Super Rugby. Whats more, the Sharks play the Kings, Cheetahs, Lions then Jaguares, Rebels, Jaguares again and Force. Not a bad run for a kicking flyhalf!

Hold – Watch this space

Brad Shields – Scores of 36 and 56 in the first two weeks had everyone excited, but I’m still not sold on the Hurricanes loosie. I think we probably saw Shields to his true fantasy worth last weekend with only 17pts, he can tackle and gets around the park, but probably doesn’t have enough weapons in his arsenal to score big consistently. If you can hold him on your bench he’s a good option, I don’t think he is worth starting though.

Tomas Lezana – Lezana has looked the goods in the first three rounds of the competition, but word out of Argentina is that he could be relegated to the bench with the return of Juan Manuel Leguizamon. Watch this space.

Busts – Avoid these before the market crashes and sell!

Hika Elliott – He has scored well so far this season but the party is coming to an end. His big scores of 39 and 37 both came on the back of a try, and his most recent game only gave him 19 pts. On top of this, the Chiefs have rested Hika against the Rebels this week, and first choice rake, Nathan Harris is due back from his ACL reconstruction next month. If one of the other South African hookers, or someone like Josh Mann Rea is available, it’s time to make the change.

If you missed it check out our Rd 3 summary and advice for Rd 4 Izzy Back At It, Now Watch him Nehe and our up to date injury list at The Casualty Ward.

See you next week for more on the Stock Market. Good luck for Round 4!

Written by Harrison Dale

Milner-Skudder: Metatarsals fracture his Lions Tour chances

The Hurricanes and All Blacks utility outside back missed most of the 2016 Super Rugby and International seasons due to shoulder surgery and recent scans have confirmed he will face another lengthy timespan on the bench. 

During the wet conditions at Waikato Stadium the Hurricanes fell to the Chiefs by 26-18, however that most concerning thing for coach Chris Boyd was Milner-Skudder’s foot injury.

Initial reports have confirmed he has fractured his foot and have stated that he may be out for as long as 6 weeks, however recent information suggests he may be out for a longer period.

The All Black’s star has confirmed to the Fantasy XV Draft team on Twitter that he has fractures to a “few of the [metatarsals]”. Leaving his likely return in 6 weeks very unlikely.

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What are Metatarsal fracture?

Metatarsal fractures have been prominent in professional sports over the last number of years, with David Beckham and Wayne Rooney being two well known examples.

The Metatarsals are the 5 long bones that are located between your Phalanges (toes) and the Tarsals (hind-foot), fractures to these bones are the most common traumatic foot injuries seen.

Functionally, along with the rest of the foot, their two principle functions are for propulsion and support, causing them to undertake high amount of forces when playing sport. Due to the fact Milner-Skudder relies heavily on his foot work, he is likely to apply an increased load to these bones.

Management and return to play

The treatment and return to play for Metatarsal fractures vary in relation to the type and location of the fractures. If the fractured segments are well aligned, standard practice is to immobilise the foot in a boot, whilst preventing any weight-bearing for 6-8 weeks.

During this initial phase of healing, swimming and other non-weight bearing exercises can be used to maintain fitness.

After the initial 6-8 week phase of healing, it is likely that Milner-Skudder will return to play when he is pain free. He will need to meet a number of fitness tests, increasing intensity and duration of exercise slowly before he is given the all clear.

With the first All Blacks v Lions test only 14 weeks away, we aren’t likely to see the Hurricanes’ star rushed back into Super Rugby before he is 100% recovered.

The advice of our resident Podiatrist and Physiotherapist, unless you are happy to make weekly outside back trades to cover byes or play an outside back down… Drop him.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Fantasy XV Draft in order to know his likely return date.

Written by Nelson Dale

 

ROUND 3: Izzy back at it?

ROUND 3 of Super Rugby loomed as a week that would present a number of answers for this years competition. Could the full strength Blues be title contenders? Could the Reds gel enough to gain their first win over the Crusaders since the 2011 Grand Final? Have the Lions learnt from their mistake of playing a ‘B side’ against the Jaguares in the final round of 2016, losing them a home Final?

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