Fantasy Rugby 2019: Six Nations Week 2 Preview

One week down -- and who saw this coming? England winning in Dublin... France giving up a record lead against Wales... Italy running in three tries in the final 10 minutes against Scotland...

Now we enter the difficult second week. Here are just a few answers to some serious Fantasy Rugby questions that thousands of managers out there will have to answer before the weekend's opener kicks off in Edinburgh on Saturday.


Saturday, February 9, 2.15pm GMT -- Scotland vs Ireland

Saturday, February 2, 4.45pm GMT -- Italy vs Wales

Sunday, February 10, 3pm GMT -- England vs France

Where am I going to score points?

All points lead to Rome and London -- but maybe not exactly where you may think. Warren Gatland made 10 changes to his Wales side for the match against Italy, naming Jonathan Davies captain, Aled Davies as starting scrum-half and Alun Wyn Jones on the bench.

It's still a very strong Welsh side, but Italy can be peskily difficult opposition at home. It might be worth creating a Welsh-Italian backline combination, because there could well be tries aplenty at the Stadio Olimpico.

Then, on Sunday, a confident England face France at Twickenham, who may be mad, bad, or just dangerous from a Fantasy Rugby manager's viewpoint. Consider, too, Scottish wide men. The Scots have had some success against Ireland flinging the ball wide and getting pace on it.

Who should I leave out?

Those pesky coaches have caused a bit of a headache for Fantasy Rugby managers this week, with plenty of changes across the teams. Clearly being a hat-trick hero was not enough to keep Blair Kinghorn in the starting line-up for Scotland -- coach Gregor Townsend has benched him in favour of Sean Maitland.

Keeping Ross Moriarty and Alun Wyn Jones in your team will lose you starters' points in low-scoring positions where every point is vital. Mathieu Bastareaud has been brought in as one of six France changes, and charged with nullifying Manu Tuilagi; while monster truck Uini Atonio, Wesley Fofana and Maxime Medard are all injured.

For England, Courtney Lawes has replaced Maro Itoje, while Chris Ashton has got the nod at 14 over Jack Nowell -- with a likely mission to hunt down Yoann Huget under every high ball heading his way on Sunday.

Who should I bring in?

Ireland's direct and powerful Chris Farrell could be a useful choice in the midfield if you have the picks, or, if you don't mind spending a few points, maybe alongside Italy's Michele Campagnaro, who has moved back into the centre after spending last Saturday on the wing in Edinburgh. Ireland's Rob Kearney could be a shout at fullback, though Stuart Hogg still looks like a better bet on home soil.

Who should be my kicker?

After Morgan Parra's nightmare in the Paris rain last Friday, it's may well be safe to stick to one Johnny Sexton, Dan Biggar, Owen Farrell or Grieg Laidlaw -- they won't let you down.

But Tomasso Allan might just have something to say about that. His big day last year was against Scotland in Rome. It's not too farfetched to suggest he could repeat that trick against Gatland's new-look Wales this year.