Weekend Warm Up: Round 21

Only 3 weeks left in your fantasy footy season! For some the year is done, while others are enjoying a week off after winning a league qualifying final, while for some it’s a do or die clash. Either way whether you play for leagues, overall ranking or just for fun I’ve got something for everyone in the weekend warm up.


Too Many Cooks

At some point in our fantasy football career, and yes even the most experienced of coaches has done this. You’ve done a trade, made a captaincy selection or benched a player based solely on the opinion of a ‘experts’ advice. Now while getting advice (and from the right people at that) can be critical in the improvement of your side at any point in the season their does come a time when it can become dangerous. When you become a ‘ranking slave’ and only make your move based on that one sole persons opinion and nothing else. When you don’t research, when you don’t look at all the options, when you don’t back your gut, but when you do that move solely because Mr X said “do it” is a dangerous place to be as a fantasy coach.  Don’t forget this is your team, and at the end of the day it’s success and or failure hangs on the moves you end up doing. Back your gut in, back your research and have a crack.

Daily Fantasy Top Picks

Throughout the season we’ve had the opportunity to play many match-day fantasy formats, one of my personal favorites is one of the newer ones in DraftStars. Whether you choose to put some coin on the line and spend some of your hard earned, play the free games (which still have cash prizes) or just create your own challenge for mates you’ve got plenty of options. Of course if you are investing in the paid games, be sure to gamble responsibly. Here and over the remaining 3 weeks I’ll share with you one player per game I think is well worth considering. Side note, for those that have never played it’s traditional DreamTeam scoring.

Western Bulldogs Vs Collingwood Magpies

Marcus Bontempelli – MID $14,100

While he certainly isn’t a bargain value the fact is he’s a 100 point scoring machine at the moment. In 11 of his past 13 games he made it to triple figures. While only 3 of those scores have been over 120 his consistency means you can build a side around an almost certain 100. Every chance a Greenwood or Crisp play a little more accountable on him, but I’m not sure that impacts his scoring greatly.

Brisbane Lions Vs Carlton Blues

Zach Tuohy – DEF $10,850

A potentially surprising selection for some here, especially when the likes of Bryce Gibbs, Ed Curnow, Sam Docherty, Kade Simpson and Tom Rockliff should all score well, I’ve decided to go for a bit of value. While certainly a risk his past 2 weeks he’s scored 103 & 106 and 3 scores over 85 in his 5. To win you need to take a risk on a few players under $11K that can post 100’s or close to it, Zach’s current history makes him a potential great pick.

Hawthorn Hawks Vs  North Melbourne Kangaroos

Daniel Wells – MID/FWD $12,600

If the Roos are any chance of winning this game then Wells is going to need to play a blinder. 2 scores over 100 in his last 3 show he’s in some relatively good form. If he can at least match his round 13 score against the Hawls of 98 you’d be happy.

Greater West Sydney Giants Vs West Coast Eagles

Devon Smith – FWD $11,850

His past month of footy has been good and scores of 110, 94, 105 & 93 show that. While he doesn’t present the extreme value he did a few weeks back he’s still got a few of his poor scores from earlier in the season keeping his pricing down. While the Giants are yet to claim a victory over the Eagles I can see that changing this week. With Devon just marginally over the average player price of $11,111 he’s an easy selection for me in this game.

St Kilda Saints Vs Sydney Swans

Isaac Heeney – FWD $11,200

For the past 2 seasons on podcasts we’ve gushed over how good a player Heeney will be, and in the past 2 weeks we’ve certainly seen that. The crazy thing is that his scores of 108 & 127 over this fortnight have been done with barely any midfield time. While he can be quiet in games, the Swans have really stepped up the game in the past 2 weeks & I can see his good scoring run continue.

Port Adelaide Power Vs Melbourne Demons

Max Gawn – RUC $15,250

If you are gonna splash out the big bucks (Over $15K) on a player you need to be confident of a strong 100+ score or you’ll likely be overpaying for his score. Thankfully current form for Max should give owners confidence. He’s coming off a run of 8 consecutive 100+ scores and 3 of those are over 130. Already this year Max has scored 142 against Port, the stage is set for Max to shine yet again.

Essendon Bombers Vs Gold Coast Suns

Touk Miller – MID/FWD $11,000

You could throw a few names in here, Sam Day and Stephen May both are priced under $10k and have shown they can push some good scores considering the price tag. However, for me Touk Miller gets the nod. Over the past few weeks opposition midfielders have been racking up the 100’s against Essendon and an under priced Touk can be picked in either your midfield or forward line. With an average of 98 in his past 5 and a ceiling of 135 during that time he could well make the difference in your team.

Richmond Tigers Vs Geelong Cats

Jayden Short – MID/FWD $8,100

To be able to spend some money on some more expensive players in either this match or th Sunday shootout you’ll need to get yourself some cheap players. For me Jayden presents solid value at his price. In his past 5 games he’s scored 76, 72, 59, 85 & 72 and at his price a player averaging 72.8 in his last 5 is a solid return given the financial layout.

Fremantle Dockers Vs Adelaide Crows

Brad Crouch – MID $12,850

For years the only thing holding Brad back from being one of the premium fantasy footballers has been his body. Since returning to the Crows side in round 14 he hasn’t put a foot wrong, winning 20+ disposals each week and 3 scores of 113 or more in his past 5 at an average of 102 mean he’s still supreme value. Over the past 6 weeks especially inside midfielders have scored well against the Dockers, as such I think Crouch will continue on his current fantasy form.



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