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AFL 2022 Daily Fantasy Tips: Round 23 Saturday
Anything can happen in the final round of an AFL season, and that’s certainly the case this year with plenty of teams fighting for their place in the top eight. Can North Melbourne upset the Gold Coast Suns to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder? Can Essendon stop the Richmond charge to the finals with an upset win to close the season? Saturday brings us the final five-game slate of the season, headlined by an Adelaide ‘Showdown’ between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide.
Draftstars have put up $70k in the main contest, so let’s rip into this fantasy preview!
- AFL $70,000+ Saturday at Draftstars
- AFL $10,000+ Saturday High Roller ($150 Entry) at Draftstars
- AFL $4,000+ Saturday Fiver at Draftstars
- AFL $3,000+ Saturday Mini ($2 Entry) at Draftstars
- AFL $2,500+ Saturday Buck Hunter ($1 Entry) at Draftstars
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 Giants vs Fremantle at Manuka Oval (Fremantle -13.5, 149.5)
North Melbourne vs Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium (Gold Coast -22.5, 184.5)
Geelong vs West Coast at GMHBA Stadium (Geelong -65.5, 167.5)
Essendon vs Richmond at the MCG (Richmond -23.5, 175.5)
Port Adelaide vs Adelaide at Adelaide Oval (Port Adelaide -19.5, 165.5)
Weather looks most likely to impact the matches in Victoria, specifically at GMHBA Stadium and the MCG. Keep an eye on the forecast leading up to those games, however elsewhere conditions should be good for footy.
Where to Attack?
With five matches on the bill again this Saturday, there are plenty of avenues to attack. Let’s call on the Daily Fantasy Rankings Data Tools to assist our selections!
Understandably, cellar dwellers North Melbourne and West Coast have given away heaps of points to opposition forwards, ranked #1 and #2 in the competition for the stat, respectively. The Kangaroos head into their clash against Gold Coast with a very inexperienced back six, while the Eagles are making one of the toughest trips in the league to Geelong, so expect goalkickers to dominate them once again.
The ruck position has broken DFS slates in recent times, so getting a leg up here will be crucial on Saturday. I will be targeting the Eagles, who enter this weekend with Bailey Williams as their #1 ruck and have conceded an average of 97 points to opposition rucks in the last five matches according to the DFR ‘Points Against’ tool. The ‘Ruck Analysis’ tool shows that Mark Blicavs will likely take on ruck duties in the absence of Rhys Stanley, so he could be an astute selection.
Game Script – Gold Coast, Geelong stacks
Esava Ratugolea ($6,000)
Big Esava’s stats don’t scream ‘pick me!’, but he is a great spot to achieve value this weekend. The injury prone forward will likely play a tandem ruck role with Blicavs, creating the opportunity for hitouts and disposals around the ground, and when he goes forward there will be plenty of chances to hit the scoreboard.
Max Holmes ($9,840)
Young gun Max Holmes is loving playing on the wing for the Cats at the moment and has hit 90+ fantasy points in consecutive fixtures. Holmes’ floor is fantastic as well – he has not gone below 62 points in seven matches. Coming up against the Eagles this weekend, a ton could be on the cards.
Robbie Gray ($9,140)
Round 23 throws up plenty of fresh narratives and the retirement of Robbie Gray is one of those. Port Adelaide will look to send the champion out on a high, so expect to see Gray around the ball more often than not this weekend. His ceiling this season has been around 80, but don’t rule out a ‘turn back the clock’ performance against the Crows.
Jy Simpkin ($15,310)
North Melbourne vs Gold Coast should be a high scoring, low pressure fantasy frenzy, so studs such as Simpkin should be on your radar. The Kangaroos ball winner has averaged 119 points in his last three matches and comes up against a leaky Suns midfield this weekend. With no tag in sight, lock him in!
Tom Stewart ($14,780)
I’m targeting a soft matchup again here. Geelong should maul the Eagles and once they’re ahead, the game will likely turn into kick-to-kick as the Cats look to prevent injuries before finals. Stewart loves a cheap +6 as much as any and he has gone over 120 twice in his last five appearances against West Coast.
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