6 Key Players for this Weekends AFL Round 18

The weekend of Round 18 in the AFL offers a fantastic slate of games headlined by what should be a monster clash between the Cats and the Hawks from the MCG on Sunday. There are a total of eight AFL fixtures over the Saturday and Sunday slates, meaning there is plenty of cash up for grabs in daily fantasy at PlayON!

Saturday’s five-game slate features a mouth-watering clash between the Giants and Magpies from Giants Stadium at 4:35pm, followed by an interesting matchup between the Lions and Kangaroos up at the Gabba on Saturday night. 

Sunday’s three-game slate kicks off with the big game between the Cats and Hawks from 1:10pm and is followed by a rematch of last year’s preliminary final between the Eagles and Demons! 

PlayON have some fantastic tournaments on offer for both the Saturday and Sunday slates and we have you covered with a full daily fantasy preview and tips below! 

Guns for hire

Saturday – Brodie Grundy $17.6m

The premier ruckman in the competition was dominant again last week against the Eagles. He scored a mammoth 129 points which included 31 hitouts and 22 disposals in the Pies narrow win on Friday night. He’ll have a tasty AFL fixture this weekend against the Giants, who he has torn to pieces in recent years. 

In his last four games against the Giants, Grundy has scores of 111, 127, 111 and 119 and those four scores came against either Shane Mumford or Rory Lobb. He’ll be up against the second stringer in Dawson Simpson this weekend, who he should have his way with. Simpson has allowed first choice ruckman 100 points in three out of four games this season so far. 

PlayON Josh Dunkley

Josh Dunkley of the Bulldogs in action during the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Sunday – Josh Dunkley $15.9m

How can you go past Dunkley this Sunday as he comes up against the Saints? The midfielder racked up the second highest fantasy score of the year last weekend, compiling a whopping 189 points in the Dogs win over Melbourne. He had 39 disposals, 15 tackles and kicked 2 goals in the win, marking his seventh straight game scoring at least 118 points. 

Not too worried about the Jack Steele tag here as he has predominantly gone to Jack Macrae in the past and Dunkley might be just a little bit too big for the Saints tagger. The midfielder had 127 fantasy points against the Saints in Round 20 last season and had another 119 in a pre-season game against them earlier this year. Should rack up 100 with his eyes closed on Saturday.

Duds to avoid 

Saturday – Robbie Gray $12.1m

A flurry of possessions and a goal in junk time last weekend left Robbie Gray with a respectable score of 112 against the Lions. However, he looked disinterested in the first half when the game was still on the line and although he has five scores of 100+ in his last seven games, we are opting to stay away from him on Saturday AFL Fixture versus the Tigers. 

In his last three seasons in the AFL, Gray has averaged 81, 84 and 86 fantasy points per game. In those three seasons he has faced the Tigers once per year, scoring just 59, 66 and 67 fantasy points in each game. The big name might be appealing but we are wary of Gray this weekend. 

Sunday – Angus Brayshaw $13.4m

Angus Brayshaw had a dominant year last season but has been off the boil a bit in 2019, most likely due to the increased attention of opposition taggers. He averaged 105 points last season but has dropped to just 89 in 2019 and has only surpassed the 100 point mark in one of his last 10 games. His last two games have seen him score just 65 against the Blues in Round 16 and 44 against the Dogs in Round 17.

In five career games against West Coast, Brayshaw has just one sore over 100 and was disappointing in Round 9 earlier this season, racking up just 13 disposals and scoring just 65 points in the loss at Optus Stadium. 

PlayON Angus Brayshaw

Angus Brayshaw of the Demons kicks the ball during the round three AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Points of difference 

Saturday – Jacob Hopper $13.4m

With Stephen Coniglio out of the GWS line-up for the foreseeable future, Jacob Hopper should get more of an opportunity around the ball and there should be more disposals up for grabs in the Giants midfield. The midfielder has racked up 100+ points in four of his last six games including a 106 point performance against Brisbane in Round 16 and 102 against Richmond on the weekend. He has had fewer than 20 touches just once this season and also has good tackle numbers, which should increase with Coniglio’s absence.

Hopper has played just one game against Collingwood in his career, which was the loss in the semi-final last season. He had only 77 fantasy points in that game but has been much more consistent this year, bumping his season average from just 78 to 92 points per game. 

PlayOn Sebastian Ross

Sebastian Ross of the Saints kicks at goal.(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sunday – Seb Ross $13.7m

With the emergence of Jack Billings over the past few months, Seb Ross is no longer the number one fantasy option in the Saints midfield. He has scored over 100 in just six of his 16 games this season and is on the back of a 57 against the Kangaroos in Round 16 AFL fixture and a 78 against Geelong last weekend. 

We like Ross as a point of difference this weekend, due to his stellar form against the Dogs over the past few years. Ross had 40 touches, 3 goals and a monster 160 fantasy points in Round 20 against the Dogs last season and had 107 points against them back in 2017. Has gone down in price over the last few weeks with a few poor scores so should be good value here.

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