We kick off Round 3 of the 2022 AFL Premiership Season this Thursday night with an exciting contest between the Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans. The Dogs will be keen to get their first win of the season after losses to Melbourne and Carlton, while the Swans will head south for the first time this year fresh off the #Buddy1000 celebration. 

Draftstars have delivered with a monster $100k main and a wide variety of other contests for us daily fantasy lovers to get into:

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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!





You can watch a replay of the Draftstars AFL Show with Smatho and Tom as they breakdown this Draftstars contest on Thursday night. Not to be missed if you are making lineups for these contests! 




Western Bulldogs vs Sydney at MARVEL Stadium (WB -3.5, 174.5)


There is no need to worry about the weather inside the friendly confines of Marvel Stadium. Perfect conditions for footy!

Where to Attack?

Obviously each season is a new year and trends from 2021 aren’t typically going to remain the same, that said with just the two rounds under the belt so far it is still a great starting point to gauge what we can expect heading into this game and the weekend overall.


Whilst the Bulldogs forced their opposition defensive units to chip around the backline regularly, the data doesn't reflect this off the small sample of the first two round. They have given up some of the higher scores through the midfield, allowing for some interesting potential options through the midfield selections for this one-game contest. 



Whilst it isn't the strongest trend in the early season data, it is also worth noting the the Dogs are giving up above average numbers through the forward line in their two losses. On the lower end of the forwards scale, the Swans have given up above average scoring to the bottom 3 forwards through their first two rounds. 

Game Script - Swans mids, Swans forwards



Chad Warner ($9,250) found himself out on the street midway through the final quarter last week after Buddy kicked his 1000th goal. After missing the first round due to Medical Protocols, he kicked off his 2022 season with a score of 87 last weekend without impacting the scoreboard. Looks to be a solid selection here where you are likely to need to pay a premium for a decent ruck.

Ed Richards ($7,410) is adjusting to a new defensive role, however may be a solid salary sacrifice play to allow for a premium selection if English and/or Hickey are in your team/s. Didn't impact with tackles last week and has the potential to improve his score in a number of key areas this week under the roof again.


Josh Dunkley ($13,860) is on the higher end of 'mid-priced' however his role in the team and his confidence looked to click late in the action last week at Marvel. After a relatively quiet first three quarters, Dunkley responded with 11 disposals and a couple of shots on goal in the final quarter. A solid forward option here, and my preference at the salary a little less than Heeney and Treloar.

Errol Gulden ($11,140) looks like a tremendous selection as a forward here at a salary just over $11k. Only 4 of his 21 disposals last week came in the forward 50 as he found his way through the midfield at times. Looks a solid selection.


Bailey Smith ($15,290) may allow for a more unique team in a single game slate. Coming off a week out of the team with a slight hip issue, Smith had no issues when training this week leading into the game, and with Mills playing a defensive role at times and Macrae averaging 111.5 through two rounds, Smith appeals in a tricky slate.

Steve's Suggested Draftstars Team

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