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Five must-have backs for your Autumn Nations Series fantasy rugby

Five must-have backs for your Autumn Nations Series fantasy rugby

Five must-have backs for your Autumn Nations Series fantasy rugby

Having had a chance to see how players fared in the first week of Autumn Nation Series, there were certainly some stand-out backs who caught the eye.

The backs can be pricey but the return on investment makes it worthwhile, with plenty of players picking up plenty of points both in defence and attack, making them must-haves in your fantasy side.

Melvyn Jaminet – 13.7 stars

The full-back was France’s highest-scoring player in their opening game of the Autumn Nation Series, kicking 19 of France’s 29 points in their win over Argentina. 

Jaminet kept his cool to slot home five penalties and two conversions as well as making 124 metres with the ball, the fifth-best of the round.

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All that saw him take home 74.7 points in last week and he will be hoping for more as France prepare for the visit of Georgia. 

Last week’s efforts put him in the top ten performers in Fantasy last week and at 13.7 stars, he is a steal. 

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James Lowe – 16.4 stars 

James Lowe was the highest scorer of the round overall with 111.8 points, scoring 12.1 more than teammate Andrew Conway in second. 

Despite scoring one try to Conway’s three, Lowe finished ahead of the wing for two key reasons. 

Firstly, Lowe had six tackle breaks, the second most behind Adam Radwan, and those breaks led him to make 161 metres with the ball, again the second most. 

Ireland will face a much tougher test in the form of New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium this week, and Lowe may be the key to breaking down a water-tight defence. 

Sevu Reece – 16.6 stars 

Lowe will also have to deal with having All Blacks flyer Sevu Reece as his opposite number this week. 

New Zealand have rung the changes ahead of their trip to Dublin, but Reece did enough in their win over Italy to be the only Kiwi to keep his place. 

Reece was on the scoresheet as New Zealand won 47-9 in Rome but he was involved all over the field. 

He put in three tackles, while breaking free from two of them as he carried the ball 50 metres on his way to earning 62.6 points for those who had wisely selected him in their teams. 

Henry Slade – 17.8 stars 

Henry Slade is the fifth most expensive player to pick from, with the likes of England teammates Jonny May and Maro Itoje ahead of him. 

And with good reason, Slade made six tackle breaks, the most of any centre, and put them to good use making 116m. 

In comparison, Japan’s Dylan Riley made one fewer tackle break but was only able to carry the ball 52m. 

Slade was also on hand to put in four tackles and kick two conversions as England ran in 11 tries against Tonga. 

Finn Russell – 16.8 stars 

Coming up against the world champions requires something special, and that is exactly what Finn Russell is. 

Not only does he have pace, but he also has the ingenuity needed to defuse South Africa’s Bomb Squad.

Russell was Scotland’s fourth best performer as they came up against Australia at BT Murrayfield last week. 

He kicked five of Scotland’s points as they narrowly trumped the Wallabies 15-13 and if Scotland are to come out on top of the Springboks, it is likely to be another close affair. 

Russell is just as capable of stopping an opponent racing for the try line as he is at producing the moments of magic he has become synonymous for in attack, so he is definitely worth taking a risk on. 

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