AFL Preview: West Coast v. Essendon

afl picks round 14

We’ve got a fantastic game on our hands to kick off Round 14 of the 2019 AFL Premiership Season with the Eagles set to host the Bombers. This clash will kick at 8:10pm AEST at Optus Stadium in Perth.

The Eagles will hope that a freshener in Round 13 and multiple stars back in their line-up will help them bounce back from a really poor performance against the Swans in Round 12. They currently sit in fifth spot on the ladder with an 8-4 record on the season.

The Bombers played one of their better games of the year last weekend against the Hawks. They were super impressive in the second half, outscoring their opponents eight goals to five. They’ll be hoping they can carry the momentum from that win over to Perth in a bid to defeat the reigning premiers.

PlayON have some fantastic tournaments on offer for the Thursday night clash, highlighted by their $300 guaranteed contest, which you can enter for just $11. Check out our best daily fantasy tips for the Round 14 opener below.

Gun for hire – Andrew Gaff ($16.6m)

Superstar midfielder, Andrew Gaff, hasn’t missed a beat since returning from suspension earlier this season. He’s averaging a career high 115 fantasy points per game in 2019 and hasn’t dropped below 91. He only had the 98 points last time out against the Swans, but he was still one of the best scoring Eagles on the day.

We expect Gaff to get off the leash on Thursday night and bounce back from one of his quieter games of the season. The Bombers only have one tagger in Dylan Clarke, and it’s highly unlikely he goes to Gaff.

Dud to avoid – Luke Shuey ($14.6m)

Calling a champion and Norm Smith Medallist like Luke Shuey a ‘dud’ is not entirely accurate…but we do believe he’s in for one of his quieter games of the season if what we expect to happen, happens.

Simply put, we expect Clarke to wear Shuey like an absolute glove. The young Bomber has played two games this season and has done extremely well at shutting down his direct opponent on both occasions. First it was Cripps in Round 11 who he kept to 63 points, then last weekend it was O’Meara who he kept to 74. Shuey is usually the targeted player when the opposition uses a tagger, so it’s best to steer clear of him on Thursday.

Point of difference – Andrew McGrath ($11.4m)

One player we really like and who we believe will be of relatively low ownership is Bombers defender and former Rising Star winner Andrew McGrath. He’s having a really solid year in terms of fantasy scoring, averaging 78 for the season and 83 over his past three games.

McGrath gets the soft match-up against an Eagles team that has given up the third most fantasy points to defenders over the past five rounds. You can’t go wrong with most of the Bombers small defenders on Thursday night, although McGrath looks the pick of the bunch.

 

Check back tomorrow for more previews and tips for AFL Round 14. In the meantime, be sure to join a contest and lock in your lineups.

Good luck!

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