Week 2 of the finals series for the 2022 AFL Premiership Season gets underway this Friday night as the reigning premiers Melbourne host Brisbane at the MCG. The Demons have not been in the same form through the second half of the season as they were in 2021, but have still had the wood over the Lions winning their last two matchups quite comfortably.

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Betting Odds

Melbourne vs Brisbane at the MCG (MEL -20.5, 164.5) Bet now at Ladbrokes!



The weather does not look great for game time with potential thunderstorms looming for the afternoon and evneing in Melbourne on Friday. The total rainfall is low, but it will certinaly be worth monitoring the conditions through the day as the first bounce approaches and setting lineups accordingly. If things are looking wet reduce your ownership on the outside players and focus on tackling and inside midfielders.

Where to Attack?

Melbourne have led the way all season for conceding points to defenders. Their structure with an extra man behind the ball often will hem the opposition into their own back line and allow them to rack up uncontested possessions while they unsuccessfully look for a path to attack. Brisbane defender stacks will be the main play of the slate and I will be looking to play them along with Melbourne midfielders and forwards with the Demons over 20 point favourites and coming into the game off two 58+ point wins again the Lions this season.

Game Script –  Brisbane backs, Melbourne forwards


Darcy Fort ($8,330)

Dary Fort comes into the side to replace the injured Oscar McInerney and will be the number one ruckman for the Lions in this elimination final. While it is a difficult matchup against the due of Gawn and Jackson, Fort is a value play too good to pass up. He offers dual position eligibility, which means you can play him at forward with either Gawn or Jackson in the ruck and during the last two games that Fort was the number one ruck man for the Lions, he posted scores of 72 and 87.

Harris Andrews ($7,850) 

Harris Andrews will be my go to value play on this single game slate due to the matchup. As noted above the Demons give up the most points in the league to backs and they don’t have a threatening key forward that will occupy Andrews allowing him to play loose and take intercept marks. During their first matchup this season Andrews posted 88 fantasy points, which was his highest score for the season. He will make a nice point of difference as the field will likely pile into second gamer Darcy Wilmot after an exciting debut last week.


Daniel Rich ($11,880) 

Daniel Rich will be my spend up in the back line. Melbourne have given up almost 8 points per game above the league average to the designated kicker from defense this season and Rich takes that role for the Demons. In their first matchup of the season Rich posted 112 fantasy points, and while he didn’t back it up in the second game he was just returning from injury. Lions back stacks will be the way to go and my top 2 choices are Rich and Andrews.


Angus Brayshaw ($14,620)

Angus Brayshaw might be an unlikely choice in this situation, however I think there is a real chance that the Lions will send Deven Robertson to Clayton Oliver this week. Robertson was doing a great job locking down Dion Prestia last week before Prestia went off injured and with Lyons not coming back into the team for Brisbane I think they will go with a similar strategy. Given that, and the fact that Petracca is coming into the game under a major injury cloud, there will be a significant role for Brayshaw to play and his priced nicely at under $15k.

Lachie Neale ($14,650) 

Lachie Neale in finals… say no more. He is under $15k and almost a total lock and load play in a game like this. Melbourne will likely put time into him with Viney and potentially Harmes, but at this point, I don’t even care. I expect a 100 point game regardless of the circumstances and on a single game finals slate and at this price point I will take that every day of the week.

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