AFL Round 5 Preview: Brisbane v. Collingwood

afl picks round 5

The Easter weekend of footy kicks off on Thursday night with Brisbane welcoming Collingwood to the GABBA in an important clash for the momentum of both sides this season.

Brisbane began 2019 like nobody’s business, with three impressive victories in the opening three rounds, before falling to the Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti show last weekend.

Collingwood has started a bit slower after making the last Saturday in September, but still finds itself in the decent position of two wins and two losses despite playing well below its best.

Gun Lion Lachie Neale, who has scored 146, 135 and 139 in his last three matches, and may be likely to cop the hard tag of Levi Greenwood, so beware his output might not be as high as usual.

Can the Lions beat the Pies and show us they’re genuine contenders?

PlayON are hosting some excellent fantasy AFL contests for this match including cash guarantees, head-to-head contests, as well as qualifiers to the big $10,000 AFL Super Game next week on ANZAC Day.

Gun for hire – Daniel Rich $11.5m

After a steady decline in fantasy numbers over the last few years, many thought Daniel Rich’s fantasy days were over. But it’s been quite the renaissance for the 28-year old, who has averaged 94 from his first four matches. The good news for you is he’s still at a very reasonable price on PlayON and he’s available in the tricky Defence spot. Load up.

Dud to avoid – Tom Cutler $12.1m

Cutler had some fine moments in 2018 and his PlayON price reflects that, but he’s been stuck in the reserves so far in 2019. Even if he does come in this weekend, his role is unclear in the re-jigged Lions structure, so at that price, he’s not worth the risk.

Point of difference – Tom Phillips $13.5m

With so many stars in the Collingwood midfield, it’s hard to know who to pick. Most coaches will opt for Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Treloar and Beams, who are all great options, but you’ll find more bang for your buck with Tom Phillips. The wingman scored 132 last week – watch out if he gets off the chain again this week!

That’s all for our Thursday picks and preview – jump into the PlayON Lobby now to pick your team!

Good luck!