Daily Fantasy AFL Preview: Round 3

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We have big weekend of AFL coming our way to complete Round 3 with four games on Saturday followed by three on Sunday. PlayON are again hosting some great AFL fantasy contests, highlighted by qualifiers to the $10,000 SuperContest on ANZAC Day.

Here’s our players to watch out for in your daily fantasy contests this weekend:

Guns for hire

Saturday – Port Adelaide young guns

How blessed are Port Adelaide to have recruited so well that their rookies are seemingly ready-made for AFL football? Willem Drew ($9.5m), Xavier Duursma ($9.4m), Connor Rozee ($8.6m) and Zak Butters ($7.6m) have all hit the ground running this season and their fantasy scoring has been incredibly impressive. If you’re looking for some value picks to balance your side, you could do worse than look to pick one of these guns.

Sunday – Tom Liberatore ($11.4m)

The Sunday slate looks ripe for a Bulldogs stack with their high-scoring midfield coming up against the leaky Gold Coast Suns. Of course Macrae, Hunter and Bontempelli look the most likely choices, but you’re going to have to pay a premium price for their services. For a pivot from those guys at a better price, you might like to consider Tom Liberatore. He scored a ton last week and seems to be getting back to his best form this season. If he can match that score, then he’s offering tremendous value.

Duds to avoid

Saturday – Dustin Martin ($12.2m)

After a couple of disappointing performances to start the season, Dusty looks a tempting price, but don’t get sucked in! Martin has averaged just 70 fantasy points per game this season, and the most damning stat is that he is yet to lay a single tackle! That lack of defensive pressure is not only the nightmare of AFL coaches, but also fantasy coaches. With the Tigers losing Jack Riewoldt to injury, it’s likely that Dusty is going to have to push forward, and although that opens up scoring opportunities, he’s just not wining enough of the ball to expect a big fantasy score against a strong side like the Giants.

Sunday – Michael Walters ($10.6m)

I’ve been very disappointed with Michael Walters this season. He threatened last season to take his game to a new level, pushing into the midfield and increasing his output. However this season, he’s spending a lot more time forward which has affected his fantasy scoring. He’s averaging just 68 fantasy points this season, which is far cry from the ton-plus ceiling that he is capable of at his dynamic best. If he’s going to play that role for Freo, then he’s not one I want to have in my fantasy team.

Points of Difference

Saturday – Daniel Rich ($12.2m)

If I was to ask you which players have scored tons in both games this season, then I doubt that Brisbane’s Daniel Rich would be high on your list of guesses. Well, it’s true and once again he’s avoided a price hike on PlayON at just $12.2m. The great thing about Rich is his damaging left foot – he will often kick the Sherrin rather than handball and can pop up with an occasional goal, both of which are great for fantasy scoring. On a slate with so many options, he could provide a nice point of difference on Saturday.

Sunday – Luke Davies-Uniacke ($8.8m)

While the Kangaroos look set for a frustrating year ahead, one young player who may be the big improver this season is Luke Davies-Uniacke. North have put some time into the former #4 draft pick, and this season he looks set to reach his potential. He’s averaging over 80 fantasy points in the first two games, and last week had his best game for the Roos to date. With more time expected through the midfield, LDU offers a handy point of difference for your fantasy lineups at a cheap price.

That wraps up Round 3. Head to the Lobby now to pick your team and play for a share of guaranteed cash prizes.