EAGLES V BULLDOGS
Game Info: 8:10pm (AEST) Thursday September 8, Domain Stadium
The inaugural Sports Fantasy Pro AFL Championships has delivered a beauty first up with the Eagles (sans Nic Nat) hosting the Bulldogs who have brought no less than five back in!
Wow wee, oh boy!
Dahlhaus and Dunkley may have started on-ball two weeks ago but Liba Jnr and Macrae have been brought in for one thing only and that is footy extraction so don’t get too sucked in by Dahlhaus’ 80pts nor Dunkley’s 67pts in R23
Having said that I did love Dunk’s 13 tackles last week if he brings that to Perth he presents value.
Throw Jong in there too – just not sure that he will repeat his 4 clearances and 8 hardball gets from R23 given the hard-head midfielders coming back in.
Ruck form is a tough one given Giles had a blinder in Adelaide aided by Lycett’s injury for much of the second term.
Roughead coming in freshened (50pt season average) will get spelled by Cordy but will do the bulk of the ruck work and looks both the safe and value pick.
Matty Boyd at the back for the dogs is a must while contested midfield beats like Bont, Liberatore and Priddis should all be strongly considered.
Gaff coming off a 42 disposal game managed just 82pts thanks to 9 ineffective and seven (!) clanger disposals looks to have played his final a week early. If he can’t crack the fantasy ton with a 42 touch game he never will.
Giles will tempt plenty in the forward line while Masten could have a game here after a pretty poor 49pts in Adelaide – is a finals player and could get free a bit with Shuey and Gaff likely to get plenty of attention from Picken and Macrae.
Very brave coach who leaves out Josh Kennedy on recent form. The Coleman Medalist for 2016 was on fire in Adelaide but the Eagles had midfield dominance – if the Dogs bring their midfield pressure (which you have to think they will) then Kennedy can be curtailed by team defence.
Showers Wednesday night, clearing Thursday morning. Not much breeze by bounce time – conditions should be perfect for footy.
Elliot Yeo (Eagles – MID – $327,000)
Very disappointing game in Adelaide with just the eight touches but appeals here for the POD-chasers on price not to mention his Subiaco average for 2016 is 58pts. With so much premium midfield talent to choose from it is a big risk to take Yeo with one of your four MID selections but his price will allow you to stack your back or forward lines with guys that can really lap their opponents if on. Expect Yeo can deliver a half century here for coaches brave enough to take the risk.