Justin Westhoff

Round 23 of the 2018 AFL season kicks off on Friday night with Port Adelaide hosting Essendon at Adelaide Oval. The Power will be looking to hold their end of the bargain to keep their finals hopes alive, while the Bombers will be trying to finish off their disappointing season with a win.

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As always, Fantasy Boss have crunched all the numbers to help you prepare your Friday night fantasy teams. Check out all the best plays below.

Points Against

Port Adelaide find themselves in the enviable position of having conceded the fewest fantasy points per game across the whole year (1503). Unfortunately though, their 3 game losing streak and losing 4 out of the last 5 hasn’t done wonders to this average. Over the last 5 games they have conceded 1578 points per game, a number that would put them 8th on the season tally. Over this period they have also conceded the 2nd most 100+ fantasy scores per game (4.4). Essendon are quite the opposite in recent times. Over their last 5 games they lead the league in fewest points against per game (1449) and fewest 100+ scores (1.8).

Round 23 team points against

100+ Points scored against

Frampton the Saviour

Probably not. In fact, many will be asking who Billy Frampton is. The WA product will play his first game for Port after being drafted some 4 years ago and will share the ruck duties with Paddy Pyder. Ryder, who has been noticeably battling injury issues, has conceded some juicy numbers to his ruck counterpart in recent times. Scores from Grundy (147), Lycett (114), Trengove (120) and Simpson (109) have Port Adelaide conceded the most ruck points across the league in the last 5 games. To throw a spanner in the works, Essendon’s number 1 ruckman Tom Bellchmabers has been ruled out with injury, so who cashes in here? Look out for Leunberger to be selected and at just $6,620 he will well and truly be in the frame for many DFS coaches.

Rucks points against

Midfield Match-up

The battle of the midfielders is always heavily scrutinised, and for good reason considering they take up 4 slots of your 9 man team and often more when we sneak them in under dual positions. Points Against tells an interesting story. Across the season, Port has only conceded two more points than Essendon to midfielders per game. However, over the last 5 weeks this has increased to a 10 point differential.

Zach Merrett is priced accordingly to his 111 last 5 average. He's in great form and was still able to will himself to 93 in what was a quiet game last week.

David Zaharakis has a last 5 average of 85, however, he scored 107 last week and will look to reproduce that a juicy price of $13,740.

Dyson Heppell is a player you know exactly what you are going to get from. He has a season average of 103, last 5 average of 107, and 13 x 100+ scores this year.

Devon Smith has the highest season average for the Bombers at 105. His last 5 average is 111.

Centres points against

Value Plays

With tough match-ups presented across many areas there is a lack of value to pick from in this match.

Billy Frampton will be popular at $5k but sharing the ruck duties will not be overly enticing for many DFS players. We saw Darcy Cameron from Sydney come in with huge numbers behind him, only to score 27 performing similar duties with Sinclair.

Jasper Pittard is our highest value projection for players who have been playing regularly but he is the perfect example of the aforementioned tough match-ups. He comes up against the 18th ranked team to score on as a defender and with a projection of 8.2x value topping our list you see how tough it is out there.

Friday Night Cheat Sheet

The cheat sheet below gives you everything you need to know to help you build your DFS line-ups for Port Adelaide vs Essendon on Friday Night.

The “Value” figure is especially important for DFS players as it provides an estimate of a player’s worth to your team by comparing their projected score with their price. Ultimately, if you can fit more good value picks into your team, you’re giving yourself the best chance of success.

Friday night cheat sheet

All of the stats and information used in this article has been provided by the team at Fantasy Boss - one of the pioneers for DFS data in Australia. Remember that all projections are merely based off the statistical data provided and we can not guarantee player scores or success in your DFS contests, but we think this information should give you a good head start! Good luck!