AFL Saturday Preview Rd 19

We’ve previewed the Round 19 Saturday slate for the best options for your daily fantasy line ups. Key injuries to some stars could lead to big performances by a few unheralded names this weekend.

Defenders

Bachar Houli returns from a four week ban and should return to the heart of Richmond’s defence. Before his suspension he had produced four consecutive 1,400 point performances, and he’ll slot straight back into the line up according to coach, Damien Hardwick.

Melbourne’s Michael Hibberd has produced back to back big weeks for fantasy owners and should do so again against a weak North Melbourne side. His teammate Christian Salem is another possibility and costs just $8m.

Out of nowhere, GSW Giants captain Phil Davis came up with a huge performance in Round 18. It seems unlikely that will be repeated, but at $6.7m it might be worth risking his hot form for another week. The same goes for Freemantle’s Joel Hamling.

Ruck

Ignore the obvious news that Paddy Ryder should feature in all your teams this weekend. Ryder has produced quality performances game in, game out for the entire season. Other consistent options include Jarrod Witts of the Gold Coast Suns and Matthew Kreuzer of Carlton.

Midfielder

Travis Boak of Port Adelaide is coming off a four goal performance in Round 18 and is a bargain at $10.3m. One of the major areas to note will be the fitness of Gary Ablett, who missed last week with a hamstring injury. In his absence, Brayden Fiorini stepped up admirably and the youngster could do so again if called Ablett can’t go against Richmond. However, the only time both players have scored well in the same week was Round 15.

Fremantle’s Connor Blakely continued his recent tear since coming back from suspension, going over 1,400 points for the third consecutive week. That moment seems to have lit a fire under Blakely, who has emerged a better and more disciplined player following the incident.

Going up against Blakely’s team this week is GWS’s Josh Kelly, who is putting together one of the better seasons by any midfielder. Despite ongoing speculation over his expiring contract, Kelly has emerged as one of the best value plays on PlayON.

Forwards

North Melbourne have struggled for wins all season, but forward duo Taylor Garner and Ben Brown produced huge fantasy performances in Round 18 and are being widely selected ahead of the clash with Melbourne this week. While both sides are at opposite ends of the ladder, North Melbourne’s attack should find success again this week.

While their attack has been decent, North Melbourne’s porous defending should mean Jesse Hogan is a big scorer in Round 19. Hogan went off for 3 goals last week and is beginning to find his feet following his return from cancer related surgery. A good outing here would add to one of the uplifiting stories of the season.

Carlton’s Charlie Curnow has now gone over 1,000 points in five consecutive outings, making him an absolute bargain at $7.7m.

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