Round 4 of the 2019 AFL season continues with five games on Saturday and a two-game slate on Sunday. PlayON have plenty of great contests to get stuck into this weekend, with only a couple of weeks left to secure your ticket to the big $10,000 Guaranteed SuperContest on ANZAC Day.
Here’s our fantasy players to watch for this weekend!
Guns for Hire
Saturday – Tom Rockliff, $14.8m (Port Adelaide)
With five games on a busy Saturday slate, there are plenty of guns to choose from for your fantasy lineups, but many of them will cost you a pretty penny. The obvious play is to lean towards Port Adelaide who come up against a weakened Richmond outfit, who have leaked the most fantasy points this season by far, and are known to not tag opponents in the midfield. If you want to gamble, then one of Port’s premium midfielders is Tom Rockliff, who can rack up massive fantasy scores if left alone. The only problem is that Rockliff copped a heavy knock in last week’s game and had to leave the field. It’s a risk versus reward scenario. They have said all week that Rockliff is 100% right to play, but we know that the AFL takes concussions very seriously, so there’s a very real chance that he’s a late out which would kill your team. But if he does play, and he is 100% right to go, then we’re getting a nice price to select Rockliff due to his poor score from last week. Do you want to take the gamble?
Sunday – Sam Walsh, $11.9m (Carlton)
They talked him up before the season started as the 2018 #1 draft pick, and in just three games, Sam Walsh has proven to the AFL world that he is going to be the real deal. He has matched the hype with three impressive performances, including a fantasy score of 107 last week. With that sort of ceiling, Walsh is great value at his price. He comes up against the Gold Coast in a favourable match up and should be able to produce another strong score.
Duds to Avoid
Saturday – Todd Goldstein, $13.8m (North Melbourne)
If there was ever a game in 2019 for Todd Goldstein to dominate, surely it’s this Saturday against the inexperienced Reilly O’Brien of Adelaide. However I’m no longer convinced that Goldstein is the player he once was. There were signs last season of him dropping away, and he was smashed last week by Ben McEvoy. So far this season, Goldy’s average of 77 fantasy points is just not good enough from an elite ruckman at a premium price tag. After mistreating Brayden Preuss, the unfortunate injury to Majak Daw and the underwhelming showing from Tom Campbell, the Roos really have nowhere else to turn. I can’t see Goldy returning value in his current form at this price, regardless of who he is up against. Avoid.
Sunday – Cameron Polson, $5.8m (Carlton)
Gee Carlton have a lot of duds to choose from but how Cameron Polson still gets a game at AFL level is beyond me. In his 15 career games, he’s only collected 10 or more disposals in five of them. And it’s not like he’s hitting the scoreboard with just four career goals. He also struggles to lay a tackle with a career average of under three tackles per game. That all translates to a fantasy average of just over 30 fantasy points per game which would probably be the worst of any player in AFL history. Even at bargain basement prices, he’s not worth it. You couldn’t pay me to pick him in my team.
Points of Difference
Saturday – Orazio Fantasia, $11.5m (Essendon)
Oraaaaaaaaaazio has always been a bits and pieces player for me. More hype than heart. A flashy forward who occasionally wins you some games off his own boot, but often goes missing when it counts, and that made him tough to pick as a fantasy player. But last week, I saw something in Fantasia that I’ve never seen before. He was getting up the ground and getting some quality ball in the midfield. Every time he got near it, he was pure class, and he stood out when many other Bombers were struggling. Perhaps he’s maturing as a player and taking on more responsibility this season. If Fantasia can do that each week, he’ll be able to pick up more possessions, and if he can still hit the scoreboard then he’ll be a great asset. His 104 points last week is exactly what we’re looking for, and if he can repeat that then he could be a nice POD pick for your team.
Sunday – Rowan Marshall, $11.7m (St.Kilda)
Just two games on the Sunday slate, and while many players will be targeting Gold Coast players as they come up against the lowly Blues, it’s hard to ignore Saints big man Rowan Marshall as a nice point of difference. After being left out of the first round of the season, Marshall has had back-to-back tons since coming into the side and has confirmed himself as the premier ruckman at St.Kilda. Marshall gets around the ground, can hit the scoreboard and can lay a tackle, so he’s excellent for fantasy scoring. At his price, he’s a great choice!