Round 14’s set of games does a much good job of easing the pain of reduced matches, spreading it over four days from Thursday to Sunday. Friday’s blockbuster looks to be the game of the week, with the surging Power hosting a Melbourne team that are desperate to convince everyone they are the real deal. Should the Demons spring an upset here, it’ll throw another spanner into the works that is this AFL season.
The Power had their biggest win of the season midweek, with superstar Ollie Wines re-signing for a further four seasons. This will only further add winds to the sails of Port Adelaide, who are one o the hottest teams in the league right now. No one wants to travel to the Adelaide Oval to face them and that song they continue to force down our throats, but Melbourne should see it as a challenge to confirm their stats as legitimate top 4 contenders. I expect this to one to take all the air out of the aforementioned BT and Bruce.
Let’s look at the game’s fantasy plays.
Gun: Ollie Wines ($15.3m)
After a slow start to the season by his standards, Ollie Wines has exploded in recent weeks. His 35 disposal effort against the Dogs last week was a thing of beauty, he was simply unplayable. With that talent and the phenomenal, Greek-statuesque body he has, he should be one of the consensus top 5 players in the game. Maybe with his future sorted and in a huge Friday night showdown Ollie will keep pushing that 92 average towards triple figures.
Dud: Brad Ebert ($15m)
Brad Ebert has had a low scoring month of footy from a fantasy standpoint after rocketing out of the starting gates. He has strung together a series of low 80s and 70s totals coinciding with the return of gun youngster Sam Powell-Pepper and a return to top form by Ollie Wines. His importance to the team is still there but I don’t think he is going to consistently get the touches going forward in this stacked midfield, and can’t justify spending $15m.
Point of Difference: Bayley Fritsch ($10.5)
Bayley Fritsch to me has been the standout rookie in the competition over the past month and now has a pivotal role in the Demons’ setup. Fritsch is calm on the ball, and Melbourne often use him to get out of trouble and push the ball further upfield, both in the defensive and attacking halves. From a fantasy standpoint, his 84 average makes him one of the best rookie options as it is, but it was his 99-point effort last week that really made me stand up. He looked like he’d been playing in the league for years and he really is improving each and every week. The price is right and he wouldn’t look out of place in any team.
Check back soon for picks and analysis for the rest of this weekend’s AFL action. In the meantime, be sure to get your lineups in. Good luck!