There are a lot of factors that contribute to an AFL player having a good or bad game in terms of fantasy scoring on any given day. However, one of the most reliable statistics that some players seem to be able to rack up with their eyes closed are tackles.

The majority of Daily Fantasy Sports sites use the AFL Fantasy scoring system. In this system, the benchmark score that you should be looking for your players to achieve is 100, anything over that and they’ve had a pretty good game. In the system, a tackle is worth 4 points, and is the highest scoring act besides kicking a goal that a player can achieve.

Being worth four points each, the ability to rack up tackles on a regular basis makes some players extremely valuable. They are also extremely safe points because players who are good at pressuring the opposition and tackling are far more consistent at doing so than a player who needs to rack up 30 touches to score well.

Let’s take the league’s leading tackler to date for example. West Coast's Elliott Yeo has racked up a massive 167 tackles through 23 games of the 2019 season average of 7.2. While the gun midfielder has had 8 games of 23 possessions or lower (a quiet day for him) he had 6 games which he had 10+ tackles. 

His 7.2 average is good for over 28 fantasy points per game, which is just free points when you compare him to an outside midfielder who while they might get plenty of the ball, is not a known tackler.

The Pies Rupert Wills is another great example. He only has a small sample size to work with last year but through his 9 games that were unaffected by injury, he has averaged 75 AFL Fantasy points but scored less than 16 possessions in seven games. The reason why is because he has games of 12, 13 and 10 tackles, accounting for over half of his fantasy points. 

Here is the leading average tackle players from 2019 who played a minimum 5 games.