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AFL 2022 Daily Fantasy Tips: Round 18 Saturday
Round 18 shapes up to be a decisive one for the 2022 AFL season as the top eight takes shape.
Two blockbuster clashes are set for Saturday night, with Carlton out to topple Geelong at the MCG while Sydney press their claim for a finals spot against Fremantle away from home. Elsewhere, Collingwood head west to Adelaide to try and keep their win streak intact, and the GWS Giants host the Covid-impacted Brisbane Lions to Canberra as they try and establish their spot in the Top 4. North Melbourne also host Richmond in the first game of the Leigh Adams era.
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In addition to previews for each and every slate this season, Daily Fantasy Rankings will continue with our AFL Resources page. This section provides you all the data you need to build your best line-ups. It includes daily cheat sheets for Draftstars, Player Correlation tables, Player Out tables, Scores Against tables, Tagging information, statistical breakdowns and much more!
GWS vs Brisbane (Brisbane -10.5, 174.5)
Adelaide vs Collingwood at Adelaide Oval (Collingwood -9.5, 158.5)
North Melbourne vs Richmond at Marvel Stadium (Richmond -44.5, 174.5)
Carlton vs Geelong (Geelong -8.5, 157.5)
Fremantle vs Sydney (Fremantle -9.5, 158.5)
Rain is forecast across the country on Saturday, creating some headaches for DFS players. Wet weather footy looks most likely to be on the cards in Adelaide and Melbourne, so perhaps consider selecting players who thrive on the contest from those matches. The roof at Marvel will create perfect conditions for North and Richmond, while Canberra also appears clear.
Where to Attack?
With five matches back on the bill for Saturday, there are plenty of avenues to attack. Let’s call on the AFL Data Tools to assist our selections!
Stacking players from the opposition of North Melbourne has been a strong strategy all year, and there is no reason why that won’t continue this week. The Kangaroos concede the most total DFS points to their opponents, so Richmond options are firmly in play. It’s worth noting that the departure of David Noble may shake things up this weekend, however Richmond should still win comfortably.
GWS have notoriously struggled against opposition rucks all year, especially when Matt Flynn has been forced to go into battle unassisted. A different looking ruck division will line up for Brisbane this week, which could present an opportunity for DFS players to snag a bargain. Sydney’s rotating ruck roster has also led to big scores against, and we know that Fremantle’s Sean Darcy has a massive ceiling.
Game Script – Richmond stacks
Rhys Mathieson ($6,000)
Mathieson has been pushing for a recall for some time, pumping out performances which have him as one of the best second-tier players in the country. While it’s unknown how much midfield time he will get for the Lions this weekend, he has never averaged less than 56 and scored 70+ four times last season.
Noah Cumberland ($6,000)
Coming on as the medical sub, Cumberland had a dream debut against Gold Coast last week kicking two goals from five scoring shots. While that only translated to 55 fantasy points, the ball should spend plenty of time in Richmond’s forward line this week, so Cumberland is in a good spot to improve.
Darcy Fort ($8,810)
As the DFR ‘Points Against’ tool shows, GWS concede a huge number of points to opposition rucks and Fort should take on the role of #1 big man this week in Oscar McInerny’s absence. Fort has been forced to play second or third fiddle all year, so expect him to outperform his 60.8 average comfortably with increased responsibility.
Dion Prestia ($12,860)
It seems remarkable that you can get Richmond’s leading midfielder in a smash spot against North Melbourne for sub-$13k, but that is the reality that presents itself in this slate. Prestia is always a pick thwart with risk due to his injury history, however he has cracked the ton three times this season and generally scores 90+ when playing full minutes.
Stephen Coniglio ($15,820)
Since moving into the midfield full-time mid-season Coniglio has been unstoppable, scoring 100+ in seven consecutive games. His last three scores have been over 116, proper premium numbers, and his price is still appealing considering the DFR ‘Points Against’ tool shows that Brisbane have conceded the third most points to top opposition midfielders over the last five rounds.
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