AFL Preview: Richmond v. Geelong

afl picks round 12

Round 12 of the 2019 AFL season kicks off this Friday night with a massive clash between the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats at the MCG! There are just six games over the weekend, leading into the big Queen’s Birthday Clash between the Magpies and Demons on Monday.

The Cats will be looking to extend their winning streak to eight games and hopefully move further clear on top of the AFL ladder after a big win over the Swans at GMHBA Stadium in Round 11. The Tigers can bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Kangaroos on Friday night with a repeat performance of their qualifying win over the Cats at the MCG in their 2017 premiership run.

PlayON have some great tournaments on offer for the Friday night clash including a $300 guaranteed prize pool tournament that can be entered for just $11.

Catch our best daily fantasy AFL tips for the night below.

Gun for hire – Mitch Duncan ($16.2m)

Mitch Duncan has been one of the best fantasy scoring Geelong players in 2019 so far. He averages 109.5 through 11 games and has scored at least 118 points in five of his last six games. With the likes of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood falling off in fantasy production this season, it’s been Tim Kelly and Mitch Duncan that have really benefitted.

Duncan averages 101.2 over his last seven games against the Tigers including a monster 131 in the qualifying final at the MCG in 2017. He has also been finding the scoreboard much more frequently of late, booting seven goals in his last three games.

Dud to avoid – Gary Ablett Jr. ($13.6m)

It’s a tough look when you call arguably the greatest player of all time a ‘dud to avoid’ but in fantasy terms, the Little Master hasn’t set the world on fire of late. His last three scores read just 81, 73 and 64. Was suspended for the game against the Swans for his hit on Anthony Miles the week before but should return to the line-up this Friday.

As predicted, the move onto the half forward line has resulted in a drop in fantasy production and we can’t see that changing this week. Gaz failed to score 100 in two games against the Tigers last season, scoring 90 in Round 13 and just 76 in Round 20 against the Tigers.

Point of difference – Tom Hawkins ($11.8m)

Don’t look past the big forward on Friday night as he comes up against a Tigers defence that is extremely depleted at the moment. Since the loss of Alex Rance, the Tigers have had seven bags of at least four goals kicked on them through 10 games including Ben Brown booting five goals on them last Friday night.

Hawkins was great against the Swans on the weekend, booting four goals and scoring 84 points. The performance against the Swans marked the fourth straight game that Hawks has kicked at least four goals.

Check back soon for the rest of Round 12’s picks – but first head to the Lobby to lock in your lineups for Friday’s contests.

Good luck!