It’s the third and final bye round in the 2019 AFL season, which means there are just three games on Saturday again this weekend. Saturday in Round 14 will begin at the home of footy, the MCG, where the Demons will host the Dockers. We then head across the road to Marvel Stadium with the Saints taking on the Lions, before finishing off in Adelaide with the Power playing host to the AFL ladder-leading Cats.
The lone game on Sunday will see the Western Bulldogs taking on last year’s runner-up in the Magpies for the second and final time in the home and away season. That aussie rules match will kick off at 3:20pm under the roof at Marvel Stadium.
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Check out our best daily fantasy AFL tips for the weekend below.
Guns for hire
Saturday – Nathan Fyfe ($15.4m)
We’re really keen on playing Dockers skipper Nat Fyfe in our fantasy team on Saturday for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he’s an absolute star of the competition and is averaging a huge 108 fantasy points this aussie rules season, which puts him right up there with the best in this slate. Secondly, and more importantly, he has the soft match-up against the Demons. The Dees have given up the third most fantasy points to opposition top three midfielders this season with an average of 113 per player, which has only gotten worse over the past five games, increasing to 119 per player. Lock and load.
Sunday – Chris Mayne ($12.6m)
The Bulldogs are a fairly stingy team in terms of conceding fantasy points, although one area where they tend to leak a few is to opposition forwards. They’ve given up the fourth most to forwards out of all sides in the competition this season and the third most over the past five games.
For the reason mentioned above, we believe someone who could be of real value on Sunday is Chris Mayne. He’s enjoying another great season in the black-and-white and is averaging 71 points per contest. Expect him to find a lot more of the footy than usual, potentially helping himself to a couple of goals.
Duds to avoid
Saturday – Shane Savage ($12.3m)
If there’s one area that you should really look to avoid on Saturday, it’s Saints defenders. They come up against a Lions unit that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposition defenders this season, which is a trend we expect to continue on Saturday’s aussie rules contest.
This information leads us to believe that the most expensive and potent Saints defender in Shane Savage is an important fade. Simply put, he’ll find a lot less of the ball than usual, so you’re better off spending your salary elsewhere.
Sunday – Jack Crisp ($13.9m)
We’re going out on a limb here and recommending you fade the most expensive and potent defender on the slate, Jack Crisp. Like most Magpies, Crisp is having a great year and is finding plenty of the footy, which has led him to a fantasy score average of just over 90. However, he comes up against a Bulldogs outfit that has conceded the least amount of fantasy points to opposition’s top three defenders this season, such has been their relentless forward half pressure. For this reason, we recommend that you fade Crisp this Sunday.
Points of difference
Saturday – Scott Lycett ($10.6m)
If you’re not keen on spending the big bucks on Max Gawn on Saturday, then look no further than Scott Lycett. While he’s not setting the world on fire with his 71 fantasy points per game this season, Lycett will be the lone ruck in the Port team for the first time this season, due to the Paddy Ryder omission.
Lycett certainly has the ability to go big in fantasy when he’s the first and only choice ruckman for the Power. He also gets a really nice match-up against the Cats, who have given up the fifth most points to the opposition’s number one ruck this season.
Sunday – Brodie Grundy ($18m)
Brodie Grundy is having another outstanding aussie rules season in the ruck for the Magpies, which is why it’s no surprise that he’s the most expensive player in the slate. He comes up against a young and undersized Bulldog ruckman in Tim English, who has leaked plenty of points to opposition rucks this season.
Grundy scored a monster 153 fantasy points in Round 4 against the Bulldogs, which was the highest score of any player by some margin. Expect him to put up another 120+ score this time around, thus making him a must-have.
That wraps up Round 14 – once you head to the Lobby and lock in your lineups, that is.