AFL Picks: Port Adelaide vs. Essendon

AFL round 23 picks

We’re still no closer to figuring out who is going to be playing who in the first week of the finals. We’ve narrowed the applicants, with North Melbourne and Essendon dropping off, but Port Adelaide and Geelong are very much fighting for one place and the top 4 is anyone’s guess. Sydney and Hawthorn at the SCG on Saturday night is as good as it gets, and how spoiled we are that we get yet another hugely relevant installment of this fascinating modern era rivalry. But first the Bombers travel to South Australia to see if they can spoil the Power’s once promising season.

The Bombers nearly pulled off the great escape and chased down the premiers last week, but had simply given Richmond a much too big head start. Their season comes to another disappointing end, but they can perhaps cap it off by wrecking the hopes of Port Adelaide. The Power must win if they have any hope, and pray Geelong somehow lose at home to Gold Coast. Otherwise they have 16 points in percentage to overcome, so they’d need a 100-point win even if the Cats do prevail. It doesn’t look good.

Let’s look at the top picks from the game for your daily fantasy contests.

Gun: Devon Smith ($16.5m)

Essendon’s best and fairest to be, what an addition Devon Smith has been. He’s had an All-Australian season and has become the Bombers’ stud fantasy player, even ahead of Zach Merrett. He’s the best priced of the top 10 players and this game should suit his style. A rugged, end to end game of footy. Smith all the way.

Dud: Ollie Wines ($15.3m)

Ollies Wines has been puttering away since signing a new long term contract, and really it may have cost Port a place in the finals. He’s meant to be their gun, their go-to guy, and his disposals and efficiency have plummeted. As have his fantasy scores, with his average now below triple figures. Can’t justify going near big Ollie right now, and Essendon are stacked in midfield.

Point of Difference: Jake Stringer ($11.4m)

Jake Stringer hasn’t had the season I’d hoped but he has a chance to end it with a big score. The injury to Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti means he should be seeing more time up forward where he will be the Bombers’ main man. Like Devon Smith, this game should suit Stringer’s rough and tumble style, and you know he loves situations like these where he can wreck a team’s season in front of their fans. Worrying average of just 69, but if you’re a gambler this is a guy I’d like to roll the dice with.

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!

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