AFL Hawks Demons

Week 2 of the 2018 AFL Finals will kick-off on Friday night with a Hawthorn vs Melbourne blockbuster at the MCG. It’s do or die for both teams in this First Elimination Final which should be an absolute belter!

DFS sites across the country have given us with some great AFL DFS contests to indulge in on Friday night. Draftstars have a huge $40,000 contest on, Moneyball have a $7,000 tournament, while PlayON have their own $1,000 contest, as well as some qualifiers for their $5,000 Grand Final contest.

Fantasy Boss have again provided us with a special finals edition of our Crunching Numbers DFS line-up tips for Hawthorn vs Melbourne. Check out all the best plays for the match below!

Battle of the Mids

We have the 2nd easiest midfield to score against in the Demons versus the fairly neutral 12th ranked midfield of Hawthorn, so it’s Hawks players who you should look to target here.

Last week Hawthorn played the 5th ranked midfield (Tigers) and a look at the scores from that game will give you an insight in to who can expose these favourable match-ups and the extent to which you can go after them.

Liam Shiels 131

Tom Mitchell 119

Isaac Smith 95

Ricky Henderson 113

Jaeger O’Meara 73

Hawthorn Liam Shiels

Last week leading in to Melbourne vs Geelong, we outlined a concerning list of recent scores against the Demons by Midfielders. Here it is again, with last week’s numbers now included. This is why Melbourne find themselves in 2nd on the DFR FB Midfield Rankings.

EF Gary Ablett 110

R23 Stephen Coniglio 152

R22 Elliot Yeo 130

R21 Josh Kennedy 113

R19 Matt Crouch 123

R18 Mitch Duncan 124

R17 Jack Macrae 133

It’s very interesting analysing last week’s scores for Demons midfielders when they faced a slightly unfavourable (-1.1) match-up of Geelong, very similar to what they will come up against this week. Not one of their top 4 averaging Midfielders for the year went 100+. Oliver (99), Brayshaw (94), Viney (89) and Jones (58) also all failed to reach their season average.

Battle of the Taggers

James Harmes is beginning to make a name for himself as one of the leagues better taggers. This week he will face possibly the greatest task of them all, running with Tom Mitchell. Mitchell was tagged 14 times this year for an average of 117, so it is no done deal.

On the other side of the fence, you will have to keep an eye out on the selection table. Daniel Howe is Hawthorn’s usual tagger, so look to see if he is named again. It’s Clayton Oliver who has received the most attention for the Demons. He’s been tagged 6 times this year for an average of 92.

AFL Taggers

Last time they met – Max Gawn

Hawthorn and Melbourne played way back in Round 4 of this year. While many things can change over the course of a year like structures and game styles, a ruck match-up and their ability to compete for hit outs does not. In that match, McEvoy scored 54 with 27 Hit Outs, while Max Gawn top scored for the day with 127 and a whopping 66 Hit outs.

Be wary of backs

DFS coaches will be drawn to the form and price tag of Salem, he has a last 5 average of 92, which is +13 on his season average. He also has back to back 100+ scores.

They will also, as always, be drawn to the big names of Lewis and Hibberd. However, tread carefully. Melbourne face the 3rd hardest team to score on as a defender.

A look at last week’s scores for the Richmond backs against the Hawks show that caution must be taken. There are some scores that would still keep you in the hunt from Short, Houli and Conca, but a handful that will ruin your night very quickly. There are certainly no big scores that we will try and chase this week.

Last week:

Jayden Short 87

Bachar Houli 86

Reece Conca 75

Dylan Grimes 47

David Astbury 43

Nick Vlastuin 39

Nathan Broad 16

It’s also worth keeping an eye on last time they met, Round 4.

Michael Hibberd 66

Jake Lever 55

Oscar McDonald 51

Josh Wagner 50

Bernie Vince 48

Same Frost 36

Neville Jetta 25

Christian Salem and Jordan Lewis both played mid/wing roles this day for just 73 and 56.

Michael Hibberd

Value Picks

James Worpel and Harry Morrison are two value plays that come up against a nice match-up. Both come in under $10K and will be better for the run in their first final last week that produced scores of just 56 and 58 respectively.

Hawthorn vs Melbourne Cheat Sheet

The cheat sheet below gives you everything you need to know to help you build your DFS line-ups for Hawthorn vs Melbourne 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.

*Cheat Sheet will be updated when the official team line-ups are announced.

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!