6 Key Players for this Weekends AFL Round 15

Round 15 of the AFL season sees the full nine-game slate return and with it, a packed weekend slate featuring seven games across the Saturday and Sunday! 

A massive clash between Hawthorn and West Coast at the MCG headlines the four-game Saturday slate before the annual Maddie’s Match between St Kilda and Richmond will take centre stage on Sunday afternoon.

PlayON have some great tournaments on offer for the weekend and we have a full fantasy breakdown of players to target and ones to avoid in the Saturday and Sunday slate below. 

Guns for hire

Saturday – Luke Parker ($16m)

The Swans midfielder has been on an absolute tear of late. He has scored over 100 points in his last six games in a row including a monster 157 points against Hawthorn last weekend. He racked up 31 touches, 12 tackles and booted a goal in the win for his highest score of the year. 

Parker has a fantastic matchup against Gold Coast this Saturday afternoon, who allow the third most fantasy points per game and the most to midfielders of any team in the competition. In his last seven games against the Suns, Parker’s fantasy scores read 107, 119, 117, 121, 102, 98 and 119 for an average of 111.85. Set and forget Parker this weekend. 

Luke Parker of the Swans kicks during the round eight AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Essendon Bombers at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Sunday – Rowan Marshall ($13.8m)

Hard to believe that the Saints youngster could arguably be the best fantasy ruckman in the league not named Grundy or Gawn, but the figures definitely back up the statement this season. He has scored over 100 points in six of 11 games so far this season including monster scores of 122 and 126 against Fremantle and Port Adelaide. 

Has a good matchup against Richmond on the weekend who allow the third most fantasy points to ruckmen of any team in the league at just over 94 points per game. With Toby Nankervis still out through injury for the Tigers, Marshall should have an absolute field day on the likes of Ivan Soldo or Mabior Chol on Sunday.

Duds to avoid 

Saturday – Ollie Wines ($13.2m)

Wines returned to the Port Adelaide line-up in the win over Geelong in Round 14, compiling 20 touches and 70 fantasy points in the process. It was his first game since Round 7 and he has had a largely disrupted season so far, averaging just 88 fantasy points through six games. 

Wines will likely have a mixed midfield/forward role again this weekend, limiting his scoring potential and also has a tough matchup against the Bulldogs. The Dogs allow the second fewest 100+ scores per game in the AFL at just 2.5 and have been the third stingiest team in the AFL for opposing midfielders, allowing just 81 points per game and just 76 over the last five. 

Sunday – Sam Walsh ($13.2m)

Walsh has been a scoring machine compared to other rookies in his first year in the AFL, but we think things might get a little tougher for him against an up and about Fremantle side on the weekend. He has scored over 100 in just one of his last eight games and will likely get the Dockers #1 stopper on Sunday with Patrick Cripps out of the line-up with injury.

Fremantle are also pretty stingy in the midfield in general, allowing just 85 points per game to opposing midfielders this season and 81 over their last five games. We’d be steering clear of the rookie this weekend. 

Sam Walsh of the Blues in action during the 2019 AFL round 13 match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on June 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Points of difference 

Saturday – Jordan Dawson ($11.8m)

The Swans utility has had a standout year in 2019 so far but is still flying largely under the radar when it comes to fantasy. Had a great game in Round 14 against the Hawks, racking up 23 touches and 11 marks to score 107 fantasy points. It was the third time in 2019 that he has scored over 100 points and he averages a healthy 81.9 points. 

The Suns are a great matchup for Dawson, who had 16 touches and two goals for 76 points against them in a pre-season game earlier in the year. Gold Coast have allowed more points to forwards than any other team in the last five weeks at just over 73 points per game. They also top the list in points allowed to midfielders this season at over 97 ppg. 

Jordan Dawson of the Swans avoids a tackle during the round 5 AFL match between Richmond and Sydney at Marvel Stadium on April 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Sunday – David Mundy ($12.8m)

Mundy’s scoring output has slowed down over the last month but we think he has real upside on Sunday as he faces the Blues. Has scored just 72, 62, 74 and 63 in his last four games but should have a fairly free reign on Sunday as Carlton tagger Ed Curnow traditionally goes to Nat Fyfe. Mundy averages over 87 points per game in 2019.

Carlton should be a good matchup for the Dockers midfielder. They allow the second most points to midfielders in the league at just over 96 ppg and the most of any team in the past five weeks at over 100ppg. In his last 11 games against Carlton, Mundy has five scores over 100, has never scored under 80 and averages a healthy 96.72 ppg. Could be a Mundy Sunday this week!