We have ourselves a tasty three-game AFL slate on Sunday to wrap up Round 22 action. There’s a couple of cracking games with massive finals connotations. Richmond won’t want to drop a game to Hawthorn as they hunt a finals berth, while Sydney versus Collingwood is being billed as the biggest home and away match to ever hit the harbour city. Finally we see Essendon host the Power with nothing but pride on the line.

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Betting Odds

Richmond ($1.28, -22.5) vs Hawthorn ($3.70)  - Total 170.5

Sydney ($1.36, -20.5) vs Collingwood ($3.15) – Total 172.5

Essendon ($1.73, -4.5) vs Port Adelaide ($2.10) – Total 169.5

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There’s potentially a bit of rain around in Melbourne on Sunday which could affect the Richmond versus Hawthorn match. The MCG always drains pretty well, but conditions could be slippery.

There will be no worries under the room at Marvel Stadium while clear skies are expected in Sydney.

Where to Attack?

Let's take a closer look at our AFL Data Tools to find any trends that might help us construct winning lineups on Draftstars for this match.

There’s a couple of different ways you could tackle this slate with both Collingwood and Hawthorn ranking the worst for conceding points through the midfield to the opposition this season. Pick your poison as to which direction you want to take here. Richmond generally aren’t a big fantasy scoring team as they take on the Hawks, and there is some rain expected around Melbourne on Sunday, so you may like to consider inside midfielders and strong tacklers for the game at the MCG.

As always, the decision in the rucks is a crucial one to set up the rest of your team, and there’s a couple of interesting stats to look at with these teams. The Hawks give up the most points to opposition ruckmen this season, but that stat is a little misleading as they’ve cycled through a number of rucks this season (as have most teams!). Ben McEvoy has only been solo rucking in recent weeks, but he did concede a truckload of points two weeks ago to Rowan Marshall!

Sydney also lead the league in conceding points to the number one opposition ruckmen, which you may be able to exploit.

Value Plays

Massimo D’Ambrosio ($6,540)

There’s not a whole lot of great budget plays on this slate if you want to go with a “Stars and Scrubs” approach. One player I do have a lot of time for is Massimo D’Ambrosio. Maybe I just like saying his name out loud. It’s not the best matchup against Port, but he has a nice role as a ball distributor in the Essendon backline. In a handful of games, he’s shown a solid floor and a couple of cheap +6s will be enough to hit value.


Liam Shiels ($7,190)

Liam Shiels’ career is heading in the opposite direction and he’s probably lucky to be scraping a game, but he has a good profile for this match. If it’s a bit wet and slippery, Shiels is good at rolling his sleeves up and getting physical. He has scored an 89 earlier in the season against Collingwood where he landed 7 tackles, and anything close to that again will be ideal here.


Mid-Priced Plays

James Rowbottom ($12,250)

James Rowbottom has had a big couple of weeks and might be taking his game to the next level. Rowbottom has scored 105, 120 and 90 the last three weeks, with a massive 27 tackles during that period. Rowbottom has a favourable match up here against the Pies midfield, and if the pressure is on, then it may produce more stoppages which will suit his game even more.


Trent Cotchin ($12,460)

Trent Cotchin has wound back the clock in recent weeks which has been a big factor in the resurgence of the Tigers late in the season. Cotchin has gone 91, 86, 105 and 121 over the last month, and has a fantastic match up here. He’s up against the leaky Hawks midfield, and if it’s slippery, then you know that Cotchin is going to be in the thick of it.


Errol Gulden ($12,370)

This young gun is a star on the rise and has been pumping out some monster scores recently with 155 two weeks ago against the Giants, and 110 four weeks ago against Freo. His price has yet to really reflect that run of form and he draws a favourable match up here against the Pies. Gulden can float up and down the ground, so while I expect this to be a high-pressure game, Gulden is versatile enough to get both cheap marks and hard tackles to boost his fantasy scoring.


Premium Plays

Callum Mills ($16,540)

You’ll definitely want to include one of the Swans premium midfielders in your mix today. Luke Parker has been playing well, and is likely to be less owned, but if you can afford it, then pay up for the higher ceiling of Callum Mills. He’s a fantasy bull and loves racking up massive scores. Hopefully last week’s 89 turns a few away, because he has been awesome most of the season. Love a mark, loves a tackle and will enjoy whatever the Pies dish up to him. We’re looking for 120+ from Mills.


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