A big weekend of AFL football is coming our way for Round 8 with five matches on Saturday followed by three matches on Sunday. The battle between Carlton and Collingwood is always a fierce one, while the Showdown on Saturday night between the Power and the Crows should be a highlight, providing plenty of fantasy fire power for your teams!
PlayON once again will have a great range of guaranteed contests and head-to-head matchups for fantasy AFL players to enjoy. Get a leg up on the opposition with our fantasy tips below as we pick out the guns for hire, the duds to avoid and the point of difference players that can get you that elusive victory this weekend!
Guns for hire
Saturday – Adam Treloar ($16.2m)
It’s hard to go past Adam Treloar as a gun for hire this Saturday. The Pies take on the Blues who leak fantasy points to the opposition, so Treloar’s ceiling here is enormous. He has a high of 152 points in Round 2, with five tons and an average of almost 115 this season. The other thing in Treloar’s favour is the injuries to both Taylor Adams and Dayne Beams. Historically, Treloar gets a nice boost to his score when Adams is out due to the increased time in the middle. Eventhough Treloar has had his own rumoured injury concerns recently, he looks a popular play on this slate.
Sunday – Nat Fyfe ($15.7m)
One strategy for the Sunday slate is to target Fremantle midfielders who come up against Richmond. The Tigers are known to leak points and don’t tag the opposition, so I expect the Dockers to enjoy themselves at their home ground. There are a few options you could go for, but the top pick is undoubtedly Nat Fyfe. He is a Brownlow Medalist and a superstar player who looks to be getting back to some of his best form. He’s had back-to-back scores of 124, with 32 disposals and 8 tackles last week against the Crows. He’s set for another big game here but expect him to be a popular choice.
Duds to avoid
Saturday – Nathan Brown ($5.6m)
Arguably the worst fantasy scoring player in the entire league, St.Kilda’s Nathan Brown is the defender’s defender. Brown doesn’t get a whole lot of the ball himself, and his focus will be squarely upon stopping the West Coast gun forwards in Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy this Saturday. He might be able to eek out a 40, but you really want a 50-60 at his price, and there are far better cheapies to load into your team who have the potential to go higher. Avoid.
Sunday – Patrick Dangerfield ($16.2m)
He’s certainly no dud, but good luck if you’re going to risk Patrick Dangerfield this Sunday. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a late out which is one reason to avoid him to start with. He was injured last week with a reported minor medial strain in his knee, he hasn’t trained during the week and will be given until the last moment to prove his fitness. I can’t see why Geelong would risk their jet in a match against the lowly Kangaroos, and if he does play, it’s likely to be up forward in a limited role. When you’re paying a premium price for a midfielder, you need more than a bit-forward, so there’s no reason to pick Dangerfield in your side.
Points of Difference
Saturday – Willem Drew ($9.3m)
Many fantasy coaches will be stacking the Pies and the Demons this Saturday as they both have favourable matchups against weak opposition. If you want to try something different then take a look at some of the second tier midfielders at Port Adelaide. The reason for that is they will be missing leaders Ollie Wines and Brad Ebert through injury, and someone will need to step up in the midfield. Sam Powell-Pepper is one option, and another is youngster Willem Drew. He will step into more centre bounces in this match, and his in-and-under style is well suited to that role. Expect him to hit value this week and surprise a few fantasy coaches.
Sunday – Cam Guthrie ($11.4m)
One to benefit from recent injuries to the Geelong midfield has been Cam Guthrie who has come into the side and performed really well over the last three weeks. With Dangerfield injured during the game and Selwood missing last week, Guthrie got plenty of time in the midfield and racked up 114 points. He’s a strong tackler with 22 tackles in his 3 games, so that’s a great fantasy scoring base to launch from. His price is value and he flies under the radar when lined up against the likes of Duncan, Kelly, Ablett, Selwood, Menegola and Dangerfield. Worth a punt!
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