AFL Round 6 Weekend Fantasy Preview

A big weekend of AFL footy coming up this weekend with four games to keep us busy on Saturday before Round 6 wraps up with two exciting games on Sunday. The highlight will be the battle between the red-hot Cats and the reigning premiers, the West Coast Eagles, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait until late Sunday afternoon for that one.

After the highs of the Super Contest earlier in Round 6, normal scheduling has resumed at PlayON with guaranteed contests, head-to-head match ups and other offerings for fantasy AFL players this weekend. Get the scoop on your opposition with our fantasy tips for both Saturday and Sunday slates below!

Guns for Hire

Saturday – Nat Fyfe $14.2m

I feel like Nat Fyfe is set for a big game this weekend. He’s had an interrupted start to the season as he battled an elbow injury pre-season before copping a concussion a few weeks ago. After a solid run around last week, I feel that Fyfe is ready to explode on the Bulldogs on Saturday. His season average is at 98 points which is well down compared to other elite mids, but that’s why we’re getting such a good price. His ceiling is enormous and if he decides to turn it on then he could potentially pull a massive score.

Sunday – Shannon Hurn $12.9m

If you want a guy who has scored 120+ in his last two games for a value price then look no further than Eagles key defender Shannon Hurn. The challenge for Hurn in this game is that he’s up against the top-of-the-table Cats away from home. However the Cats don’t really have a dominant half-forward line, so you would expect that Hurn will be looking to come off his man with his typical intercepting marks. When fantasy coaches are forced to spend for the elite in the midfield, paying up in defence might not be a bad play!

Duds to avoid

Saturday – Cam Rayner $8.1m

It’s a slate where I struggled to find too many duds, so in the end I’ve given the honour to Brisbane youngster Cam Rayner. The 2017 number one draft pick now has 27 games of AFL experience under his belt so this year should be the year we start to see some improvement. However while Brisbane have made a strong start to the year, Rayner has yet to deliver on his immense potential. In his career so far, Rayner has only collected more than 20 disposals on two occasions and he’s also only once kicked more than two goals. This season it’s even more damning with Rayner failing to hit 15 disposals in any game, for a season average of just 51 fantasy points. It’s a disappointing output and although his price is coming down, he’s one I’ll be avoiding until he starts to deliver.

Point of difference

Saturday – Jesse Hogan $10.7m

Jesse Hogan is a potential superstar and you can see the difference he makes when you look at the current state of his old club, Melbourne. They can’t kick a score to save themselves as suddenly Tom McDonald and Sam Weideman are finding life tougher having to take the best defenders after Hogan headed west this season. After a rocky start, Hogan is starting to find his feet and was back to his best last week with 22 disposals and 3 goals for a 120 fantasy score. He has a good matchup here against the Bulldogs who struggle to contain big forwards, and Hogan should have another big game roaming wherever he likes. His price offers great value.

Sunday – Liam Shiels $13.8m

If we’re looking to target Hawthorn players against a weaker Carlton side then most fantasy coaches will be looking at Jaegar O’Meara or, our POD play from last week, Ricky Henderson who went off with a massive 141 points against Geelong. As a pivot from those guys, you could consider Liam Shiels at a cheaper price. Shiels is returning from injury, and has been named in an extended squad at the time of writing. His price reflects his injury-affected start to the season but when you consider his average of 97 and 91 over the past two seasons, including a high of 137 and eleven tons last season, then the ceiling that Shiels provides might be worth the gamble on his fitness.

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