AFL Saturday Preview Rd 18

Jarrod Witts of the Suns and Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos compete for the ball during the round 15 the Gold Coast Suns and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 1, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia.

We look ahead to Round 18’s Saturday slate to see which players stand out for our daily fantasy line ups. With ten teams in action, there’s plenty of great options for you to choose from. 

Defenders

Essendon defender James Kelly dominated the air to the tune of 13 marks in Round 17, and a match up against North Melbourne’s attack should hold no fears for owners. Michael Hibberd bounced back from a quiet Round 16 with a strong performance last week. Hibberd costs just $8.5m and has gone over 1,300 in three of the last four weeks. His Melbourne teammate Jayden Hunt had a big week last week.

Unfortunately Freemantle’s Luke Ryan has been dropped for a breach of team rules, meaning we can’t use the emerging talent in our line ups. A similarly priced option is Hawthorn’s Kaiden Brand ($6.9m), who has begun to establish himself with some strong performances.

Ruck

We’re bullish on Essendon players this week and Tom Bellchambers is a strong option at ruck. He’s been over 1,000 points in six of his last seven appearances. The Gold Coast Suns have had a rough season, but 24 year old Jarrod Witts has been a bright spark for much of the year and is drawing rave reviews around the league. Although slightly quieter last week, Paddy Ryder had another strong outing for Port Adelaide.

 

Midfielder

Another Freemantle youngster Connor Blakely ($10.4m) has responded strongly to his own discipline related dropping a couple of weeks ago. Blakely has averaged 1,700 points over two strong outings since, a number that rivals higher priced options like Gary Ablett and Tom Mitchell.  Western Bulldogs Jack Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli are both having strong fantasy seasons and should find success this week.

Forwards

Owners are heavily invested in the Port Adelaide pair of Chad Wingard and last week’s hot tip Justin Westhoff, both of whom broke the 1,500 point barrier. On the other side, Melbourne’s Jay Kennedy Harris is one to watch at just $6.4m.

Lance Franklin‘s hot form continued in Round 17, and has seen him make almost 40% of line ups so far. He has ten goals in three games.

 

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