There’s a massive weekend of AFL ahead of us to complete Round 7, with five big games on Saturday, followed by another three on Sunday. Melbourne against Hawthorn at the ‘G’ on Saturday afternoon should be a cracking contest, while Geelong against Essendon on Sunday is arguably the match of the round. But perhaps the most intriguing match is Carlton against North Melbourne with the loser set to feel enormous pressure at the bottom of the ladder, especially if the Kangaroos fail to get the job done!
Here’s our picks of the weekend to help you with your fantasy lineups at PlayON on Saturday and Sunday.
Guns for hire
Saturday – Andrew Gaff ($15.8m)
The biggest favourite of the round is West Coast at home against the Gold Coast, and whenever the Eagles are home, you can expect their mids to run rampant. Andrew Gaff has slipped back into the side seamlessly after missing the early rounds through suspension and looks set for a big game on Saturday. He’s averaging 109 fantasy points this season and hard to see him earning less than that number this weekend. Lock him in!
Sunday – Shaun Higgins ($14.7m)
Shaun Higgins missed last week through illness so he’ll be nice and fresh to take on the Blues on Sunday. The Kangaroos lack quality in the midfield with all the weight on Higgins and fellow ball magnet Ben Cunnington. It means that Higgins is always in the middle and will have plenty of opportunity to rack up the touches against a Blues side that leak fantasy points. Higgins is ultra consistent with an average of 104 and a floor of 95 this season, so he looms as a great pick on Sunday.
Duds to Avoid
Saturday – Jack Darling ($9.8m)
I hate labelling Jack Darling as a dud, because last season he was a tremendous fantasy player, but 2019 has not been his best. Darling is averaging under 10 disposals and under 3 marks a game this season, and in his last two weeks, has scored just 27 and 18 fantasy points. That’s the stuff of nightmares for fantasy coaches! He’ll enjoy a home game against the Suns, but I can’t see how you can pick him based on recent form. No thanks!
Sunday – Josh Jenkins ($12.1m)
Josh Jenkins returns to the seniors this week after kicking three goals in the SANFL last week. The thing is, those three goals were all from inside the goal square, two from handballs where he was left standing there by himself. Despite that, Jenkins gets a game here with a season average of under 70 fantasy points this season. If he can chip in with some ruck time then he has potential, but at a hefty price of $12.1m, you really want him pushing towards a ton and I can’t see that happening. Avoid.
Points of difference
Saturday – Shane Savage ($11.0m)
One player in fine form that might fly under the radar is St.Kilda’s Shane Savage. Patrolling across half-back, Savage has collected scores of 90, 101 and 119 in the last three weeks, with 30 disposals and 10 marks last week in a losing effort against the Crows. Savage will be peppered again this week against the GWS Giants, so expect him to be in the thick of the action once again. At a price of just $11.0m, Savage offers great value and a point of difference for your lineups!
Sunday – Alex Keath ($8.6m)
Alex Keath is having a breakout season in defence for the Crows. The cricket convert is stepping up across half back with some strong intercept marking and he racked up a 103 fantasy points last week as one of the best on ground. The Crows should be kept busy up against the Dockers this week and Keath has slipped under the radar of the salary cap number crunchers. At $8.6m he’s a great pick and very likely to hit value.
That’s who’s on our fantasy AFL radar. Who are you locking into your lineups this weekend? Head to the Lobby now to pick your team and play for a share of guaranteed cash prizes.