Round 9 of the 2019 AFL season continues on Saturday with five big matches including the Cats taking on the Dogs, while the most intriguing match is perhaps the Lions hosting the Crows. On Sunday there’s another three matches for us to enjoy with Richmond and Hawthorn set to attract a big crowd to the MCG for what is a crucial match for both teams.
PlayON once again have plenty of great fantasy AFL contests to get stuck into, so here are our tips for the weekend to help you with your fantasy lineups!
Guns for hire
Saturday – Brodie Grundy ($16.9m)
The powerhouse ruckman of the competition had an enormous game last week feasting on the carcass of the Carlton big men, and he looks set to do the same against St.Kilda on Saturday. Grundy matches up against the under-sized Rowan Marshall, and although Marshall is a promising young player, he’s not going to be able to control the might of Grundy. You are paying a hefty price for Grundy, so if he doesn’t hit value, it does chew up a lot of your salary, but expect him to be a popular pick on a slate without many other solid ruck options.
Sunday – Tom Rockliff ($16.0m)
The obvious play on Sunday is to attack the weak Gold Coast side with a stack of Port Adelaide players, and the number one choice at the moment for the Power is Tom Rockliff. The fantasy gun was on fire last week with a mammoth 149 fantasy points from 41 disposals. He’s going to continue to rack up big numbers while the likes of Brad Ebert and Ollie Wines remain on the side lines, and this match looks perfect for Rocky to go ballistic. Combine with Travis Boak and watch your team soar!
Duds to avoid
Saturday – Luke McDonald ($8.1m)
Luke McDonald returns from a knee injury for the Kangaroos but he’s a long way short of his best this season. His average for the season is 58 fantasy points, but for his last three matches that drops to just 49 points. McDonald lines up against the Sydney Swans, and on the tighter confines of Bellerive Oval, he might find it tough to get loose across half back. Sure his price isn’t going to break the bank, but he’s not going to do enough to win a contest for you, and there’s plenty of other affordable players to choose from on this slate. Pass.
Sunday – Steven Motlop ($9.3m)
While Port Adelaide players will be popular on Sunday, one player we’ll be avoiding is Steven Motlop. He just doesn’t seem the same player as previous years with a rather average start to the season so far. Motlop did pull a ton in Round 2 with 22 disposals and 3 goals, but that was against a struggling Carlton side. He hasn’t kicked a goal in his other four matches. With an average of just 64 fantasy points this season, and just 52 in his last three matches, it’s hard to make a case to pick Motlop, other than he’s up against the Suns. There’s other Port players I’d rather lean towards, so Motlop is a no for me.
Points of difference
Saturday – Mitch Robinson ($13.7m)
One guy in terrific form is Brisbane’s Mitch Robinson. He seems to have turned a corner this season, and evolved his game beyond just being a pest. He’s always been strong at the man, but now he’s finding plenty of ball and hitting the scoreboard too, which makes him a dangerous prospect. He’s tonned up the last three weeks and with 20 tackles in the past two weeks, that’s a great fantasy base to launch from. On a big slate where fantasy coaches will be going for some of the more high-profile names on the slate, Robinson might be a nice point of difference.
Sunday – Jack Gunston ($11.6m)
Most fantasy coaches will lean towards stacks of Port or GWS as they come up against weaker opposition on Sunday. However another viable play is to look at the Hawks who come up against a Tigers side that like to leak fantasy points. For something different, why not consider Jack Gunston? Two weeks ago, Gunston struck a ton against Melbourne with 20 disposals and three goals, and that’s the sort of game we’ll be looking for here. If it happens, then it will set you up for a big win!
That’s all for Round 9 – once you head to the Lobby and join one of PlayON’s Daily Fantasy AFL contests, that is.