AFL Rd 22 Sunday Preview

Trent Cotchin of the Tigers in action during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Daily Fantasy Focus previews the Sunday slate from Round 22 of the AFL. Who makes your lineup this week?


We’re down to the last few gameweeks of the season and the battle for final eight places is in full swing. Some teams still in the mix have far more motivation than those just playing out the string. Picking players with something to play for could be the difference between winning and losing a contest for you this weekend.

Ruck

With only one ruck to select in your lineup, this position takes on added importance. Max Gawn ($12.5 – Melbourne) was a little bit of a disappointment last week giving away multiple frees, but overall the big man has provided some pretty decent value for us since his return from injury.

He goes against one of the best in Stefan Martin ($11.7m – Brisbane). Martin has the look of an every week starter after a stretch of eight consecutive games passing the 1,000 point mark. We’d lean toward Martin in the match up, but both players should get their points.

Billy Longer  ($7.9m – St Kilda) has started to make some waves after a dominant performance against West Coast a couple of weeks ago. Longer is on a strong stretch of four consecutive quality starts, including a strong showing against Gawn last week.

Freemantle’s Sean Darcy ($7.1m) offers low upside but a consistent floor of around 1,000. There is some concern that Darcy could be limited or rested after a busy first year campaign so make sure to check the lineups before committing to him.

Defenders

The Sunday slate doesn’t feature many of the elite defensive options, but Bachar Houli ($10.3 – Richmond) is one that is drawing the attention of a large swath of PlayON players. Houli has risen to 45% ownership making him one of the most important decisions you’ll make this weekend. Whether you correctly decide on going with him or fading him is crucial, but we’d lean in favour of his inclusion.

Michael Hibberd ($ 11.3 – Melbourne) is one of our favourite defenders, thanks to his superior ability in the air and with his feet. Going up against the lowly Lions i’d expect him to have a great showing. 1,500 points isn’t out of the question for the Melbourne player.

If you prefer to spend your money elsewhere, we have a couple of great cheapie options in Griffin Logue ($5.9m) and Daniel Nielson ($5.5m). Both players have sniffed the magical 1,000 point mark over the last couple of weeks, and their prices remain low enough to entice us.

Midfield:

The Lions may struggle each week, but Dayne Beams ($13.5m) doesn’t as he and Tom Rockliff (17.0m) make up a very talented midfield for the bottom placed club. Beams went over 1,700 points in three of his last four appearances.

Jack Ziebell has missed two of the past three games with an injured foot, but the club has announced he has been cleared to play for the rest of the season. Despite the problem he’s been excellent when on the paddock, going for over 1,600 points in Round 20.

Another Jack, Jack Billings ($10m) of St.Kilda has been on a two week tear – averaging over 1,500 points. Fresh off signing a new contract, expect another big week from the youngster, who is finishing the season with a ton of momentum.

After a lengthy layoff, Nathan Jones ($11.2m – Melbourne) looked back to his pre-injury form last week. Melbourne have a ton to play for in the final two weeks, so we should see a highly motivated Jones and his teammates.

Forwards:

Shaun Higgins ($10.2m – North Melbourne). Higgins is a safe player usually offering around 100 points per million spent. His consistency has made him a popular play this week, with over 40% of managers seeing fit to include him in their line ups. Richmond’s Kane Lambert is another that is popular with the crowds after back to back strong showings.

At just $7.4m, Cameron Pedersen is coming off one of the best performances by a forward last week. If he can repeat the dose, he’ll represent incredible value, but even a 20% drop off this week and we are onto a winner.

Matt Taberner ($6.6.m – Freemantle) has infuriated coaches with inconsistent performances that have seen him struggle to stay on the main roster. He had a decent outing last week and it could have been really good but for a couple of inaccurate goal attempts.

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