Fantasy Rugby 2018: Most picked players so far

The clock is ticking towards the start of the Six Nations, which can mean only one thing. Time is running out for you to finalise your ESPN Fantasy Rugby XV.

If you're still seeking inspiration for the makeup of your perfect lineup, we might have something to help. Read on to discover who the five most selected players in the game have been thus far.

But will you follow suit or attempt to swim against the managerial tide?

Stuart Hogg (Scotland, outside back, selection: 85%)

The hugely popular Scotland fullback is the most selected player in the game this year [at the time of writing] and there is good reason.

Hogg had terrible luck with injuries in the second half of 2017, but that means he is coming into the Six Nations fresh. He is a proven points scorer in Fantasy Rugby, too, and if Scotland do well it will almost certainly be built on the tries, assists and man of the match performances of the Glasgow man.

Owen Farrell (England, centre, selection: 82%)

Every good Fantasy team needs a reliable kicker, and while he is much more than a trusty boot, Farrell can be relied upon to rack up the points from the tee. Especially in England's opening game against Italy.

Farrell has arguably become the most integral part of Eddie Jones' England jigsaw and is at the heart of everything good that the team's vaunted back division does. Expect him to pick up a few man of the match awards along the way, too.

CJ Stander (Ireland, back row, selection: 78%)

Stander's inclusion in this list will come as no surprise for those who played Fantasy Rugby in 2017, given he finished last season's Six Nations as the game's highest scoring player.

The Ireland back row is a human wrecking ball, who mixes powerful carrying with a ferocious approach to defence and a try-scoring threat. His mammoth 50-point haul last year was powered by a hat trick against Italy, however -- will he be able to repeat the trick in 2018?

Sergio Parisse (Italy, back row, selection: 64%)

Quite simply the first, often the only, Italian name on any Fantasy Rugby teamsheet, Parisse will yet again spearhead his country bid to avoid the wooden spoon.

Like Stander, the legendary Italian's game is based on a veracious appetite to affect the game on both sides of the ball. The responsibility placed on Parisse's shoulders by Italy's traditionally limited resources have meant he has been a points scoring machine.

Tadhg Furlong (Ireland, front row, selection: 52%)

Furlong has emerged as one of the most popular, and best, Northern Hemisphere players over the last 12 months following his exploits with Ireland and the British & Irish Lions.

He has been in fine form for Leinster this season and will be keen to help Ireland's challenge for the championship. A good carrier in the loose, Furlong will start every game barring injury -- if he can pick up a couple of man of the match awards or even a first Test try then he becomes an attractive option.

Now you've seen the game's most selected players, maybe you should check out our maverick picks and discover where you might find the value in Fantasy Rugby 2018.