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2022 Draftstars AFL Live Final - Carlton vs Collingwood
Draftstars premier contest of the season, the $500K live final, has arrived! The single game contest is setup perfectly with one of the most anticipated games of the season as two of the league’s most famous clubs will meet at the MCG to determine their finals fates. Carlton will play Collingwood, with the Blues clinging to the 8th spot and needing a win to secure a finals berth, while the Magpies attempt to land a top 4 position.
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Carlton vs Collingwood at the MCG (COL -0.5, 165.5) - Bet now at Ladbrokes!
Absolutely perfect winter conditions in Melbourne this Sunday for football. No rain, no wind and a bit chilly. That means we can all pick our fantasy teams for this contest without fear of weather impacting the game at all. Let’s play some fantasy!!
Where to Attack?
Despite being a very successful team this season, Collingwood have been giving up a massive amount of fantasy points through the midfield. This is part of the new game style they adopted this season where they play a fast paced and very direct style while also not being a very strong side on the inside. As a result the Magpies have given up the most points in the league to midfielders, which will suit the Blues who have racked up the most disposals in the league.
With Brody Grundy missing the majority of the season Collingwood have leaked points to rucks, conceding 85 points per game to their opponent’s number one ruck (and 97 per game over the last five weeks). This is the fourth most in the league this season, and makes for an interesting selection dilemma as the Blues are not the strongest team in the ruck and will be rolling out Marc Pittonet as their sole ruckman this week.
Game Script – Carlton midfielders, Collingwood forwards
Finlay Macrae ($6,000) comes in for what will be his first full game of the season. His only other time he got on the field was back in round 9 against the Bulldogs where he played just 27% game time and logged 18 fantasy points. Last season Macrae showed that he is capable of returning value at this price point lodging 54, 71, 59 and 71 from his last four games in 2021. The Magpies have been crying out for players to run through the middle as well, which is Macrae’s natural position. Last week they had Sidebottom and Josh Daicos splitting time on the inside and while DeGoey returning will soak up some of that, Macrae should get opportunity.
Caleb Marchbank ($6,000) will be playing his third game for the year and had his best result last week posting 51 fantasy points. Marchbank didn’t play any senior games in 2020 or 2021, but his three seasons prior he averaged 56 in 2019, 54 in 2018 and 69 in 2017. These are all solid returns for the minimum price on a single game slate and there is potential to link him up with other Carlton defenders. The Blues should control the possession in this matchup win or lose, so I love including Marchbank in Carlton stacks.
Patrick Cripps ($14,750) started the season in form that had him favourite for the Brownlow before slowing during the middle part of the year. Recently he has returned to that league best form posting fantasy scores of 121, 139, 92 and 118 from his last four games. As noted above this matchup is the best in the league with the Magpies giving up 87 points per game to midfielders, over 7 points per game above league average.
Darcy Cameron ($13,520) has been a revelation this season assuming a significant ruck role with Brody Grundy out with injury. He has been splitting the duties with Mason Cox and as noted above the Magpies have been giving up significant fantasy points this season to opposition rucks, so I think you can consider a dual ruck play with Cameron available at forward as well.
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