The Easter weekend of football continues with a three-game slate on Saturday, followed by two games on Easter Sunday. Hopefully we’ll be getting the chocolates in more ways than one this weekend as we bring our fantasy tips for the weekend’s AFL action!
Guns for hire
Saturday – Lachie Whitfield ($17.1m)
He’s going to cost you a large chunk of your budget, but Lachie Whitfield is a fantasy scoring machine in 2019. He’s averaging a whopping 132 fantasy points, including a huge score of 162 just two weeks ago. He gets a favourable matchup here against Freo, so expect Whitfield to be dominant once again with his run off half-back and through the midfield. Every coach would love to have him, but you’re going to have to find some good cheapies to afford him!
Sunday – Tom Liberatore ($12.9m)
On a slate where there will be plenty of Bulldogs stacks as they take on the bottom-placed Blues, it’s hard to look past the value offered by Tom Liberatore. Hunter, Macrae and the Bont will all be popular picks, but you’ll have to pay for them. Instead, you can pivot to Liberatore who is back to his best this season. His contested work in the middle of the ground has been exceptional, and his average of 105 fantasy points makes him a tremendous pick at just $12.9m.
Duds to Avoid
Saturday – Jack Steven ($13.3m)
It’s a harsh call for someone who has openly battled with some mental health issues, but clearly Jack Steven is struggling in 2019. His output has yet to reach the heights of previous seasons with an average just over 80 fantasy points. When you have to pay $13.3m for him, it just doesn’t look like the best use of your budget, especially with the matchup against a strong Melbourne midfield on Saturday.
Sunday – Josh Dunkley ($12.7m)
With Liberatore spending more time in the middle this season, its forced Josh Dunkley forward which means his fantasy output has been well down on previous seasons. Dunkley has averaged just 74 fantasy points, with a high of just 85. We know that he has a high ceiling, but that was when he was playing midfield last season, so although he is tempting at the price, there are safer options for the money you have to spend.
Points of Difference
Saturday – Zac Jones ($11.9m)
Sydney’s Zac Jones is still severely underpriced on PlayON at just $11.9m and I don’t expect him to be hugely popular, which makes him a great point of difference pick. Jones is typically off half-back but he has been spending more time in the midfield this season which has resulted in an increased fantasy output. His average his 92 fantasy points with a high of 103 this season, so there’s good consistency to go with an appealing ceiling. Jones has a favourable matchup against Richmond who give up plenty of fantasy points to mids and backs, so that should suit Jones on Saturday.
Sunday – Jack Martin ($12.2m)
One player who looks a nice price on Sunday is Gold Coast’s Jack Martin. After a poor game last week, Martin has come down to a very nice price at $12.2m on PlayON and he tends to fly under the radar in terms of ownership. He is averaging 88 this season, including two scores beyond 110 points. That’s a great ceiling, and a repeat of that would be ideal for your fantasy lineup on Sunday.
That’s all for our weekend preview. Now head to the Lobby and play for your chance to win an entry into the $10,000 Anzac Day SuperContest.