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Draftstars round five cheat sheet

Staff writers  April 21, 2017 9:30 AM

AFL 2017 Round 03 - Carlton v Essendon

Marc Murphy has been prolific in the first four rounds

IT HAS been a quick turnover from round four to five, so in case you haven't kept track of all the happenings, we’re here to help. 

Here is AFL.com.au's Draftstars cheat sheet for the weekend, with all the best players you must consider for your daily fantasy success. For more information visit draftstars.com.au.

Port Adelaide v Carlton, Adelaide Oval, Friday night

It wasn't a great round of Draftstars scoring for Port Adelaide last week in its loss to Greater Western Sydney, with Brad Ebert (MID, $13,700) leading with 96 points. Jasper Pittard (DEF, $12,650) was next with 89 points – his average for the year –  while Ollie Wines (MID, $15,400) lowered his colours for the first time of the year with 82 points. 

Wines is still worth your money given his average of 108 points a game so far in 2017, and Dan Houston (FWD, $8000) continues to impress, showing he can pick up disposals comfortably. He has found a role in Port's defence, so his job security appears strong. 

Port Adelaide will be intent on stopping Marc Murphy (MID, $16,400), but given the form the Carlton skipper is in, it seems a hard task. Murphy is the man you must try to fit into your Draftstars line-up. He's the competition's leading scorer with an average of 133 points in the opening four rounds. 

Sam Docherty (DEF, $15,150) doesn't come cheap, but has scored 90 or more every week and is a great pick for your defence, while first-gamer Zac Fisher (MID, $7600) impressed last week with 67 points on debut. Coaches will be tempted to throw him in as a last-picked midfielder given his lowly price. 

Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions, Etihad Stadium, Saturday

With an average of 94 points a game, Lachie Hunter (MID, $15,350) rarely has a quiet day at the office. But the premiership midfielder only gathered 69 points in last week's win over North Melbourne – a low total for a player of his quality. Watch for a huge game against the Lions on Saturday.

Liam Picken (MID, $13,500) has become one of the most popular players in the competition, but he's still a relatively unique Draftstars choice. He scored 100 last round and has averaged 84 for the year, so is worth thinking about in your midfield at a slightly lower cost. In his 300th game, Bob Murphy (DEF, $12,400) will be a sentimental choice for many, and comes in at reasonable value with a solid average so far this season. 

Tom Rockliff (MID, $17,500) and Dayne Zorko (MID, $16,250) top the list of Brisbane players you have to consider. The pair sit inside the top seven scorers in the competition so far this season, so you can't lose by choosing them. 

If you're looking for a Lion who might not be in everyone else's thoughts, then Mitch Robinson (FWD/MID, $13,300) could be your man after a terrific 29-disposal, one-goal and 122-point game against Richmond last week. His dual-position status offers some versatility too. 

Gold Coast v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, Saturday

Hands up those who doubted Gary Ablett (MID, $15,450)? The superstar midfielder has hit back from a slow start to the season with back-to-back centuries in the Suns' consecutive wins. His average is now a more-than-acceptable 108 points. 

If you're looking for a cheaper Suns midfield option, then Jarryd Lyons (FWD/MID, $13,850) could be it. The ex-Adelaide midfielder is backing up his career-best season in 2016 with a strong start at the Suns and is averaging 91.5. Brandon Matera (FWD, $14,200) is also red-hot, having picked up 245 points in his first two games of the season. He looks the real deal this year. 

Adelaide star Rory Sloane (MID, $16,350) ranks fourth in the AFL for Draftstars points so must get a look, while Adelaide's group of forwards – Taylor Walker (FWD, $12,350), Eddie Betts (FWD, $12,450) and Tom Lynch (FWD, $13,700) – pose a big threat to the Suns if they get a run on.

Adelaide's list of Draftstars options is deep. Rory Atkins (MID, $11,950) and Matt Crouch (MID, $14,350) are a peg or two down from the aforementioned but still can score, while Charlie Cameron (FWD, $10,900) has come into his own this season with more midfield time. His average of 87 points is appealing.

Sydney v Greater Western Sydney, SCG, Saturday night

Few would have tipped Jake Lloyd (MID, $13,850) to be the Swans' leading point scorer so far this season. But then again, few would have thought Sydney would be winless, too. Lloyd is a nice and relatively unique choice with an average of 104 points.

In some cases it might be best to steer clear of the best Swans until they hit top form again. Luke Parker (MID, $15,900) and Dan Hannebery (MID, $15,600) have had slow starts to their respective campaigns, although Josh Kennedy's (MID, $16,000) form has stood up. An emerging, cheaper option could be George Hewett (MID, $9650), who picked up the slack with 86 points last week against West Coast. 

The tip from this game: go big on your Giants. Josh Kelly (MID, $14,350) has pieced consecutive best-on-ground games together and is averaging 110. He's a premium price but an A-Grade player. Dylan Shiel (MID, $14,850) gathered 112 points last week, and Toby Greene (FWD/MID, $13,850) consistently hits a score above 85, which is more than solid for a forward pick.

We also saw Shane Mumford (RK, $13,100) reach triple figures for the first time, and he might go well against a weakened Swans ruck department. Be wary of choosing Jonathon Patton (FWD, $9800) on the back of his six-goal haul last week against the Power. His previous effort, in round one, was just 46 points and he's not generally been a big Draftstars scorer in the past. 

Fremantle v North Melbourne, Domain Stadium, Saturday night

Former Giant Cam McCarthy (FWD, $7600) produced his best game so far for the Dockers in their win over Melbourne last week, kicking two goals from 20 disposals and bringing in 96 Draftstars points. Can he replicate it against North? Perhaps. He's cheap enough to take a gamble on.

There's less of a gamble in choosing Lachie Neale (MID, $16,250), David Mundy (MID, $14,250) or Nat Fyfe (MID, $15,500). Neale led the way with 119 points last week, working brilliantly with Aaron Sandilands (RK, $12,000), who scored 95 in the best game of his year as well. Lachie Weller's (MID, $10,100) 83-point effort was also the best of his season. 

It's been an iffy start to the year for Todd Goldstein (RK, $14,350), once a Draftstars lock in the ruck, but he hit form with 112 points last week. Ben Cunnington (MID, $12,550) was also superb through the midfield, picking up 111 points to lift his season average to 95 points. 

For a lower-profile Kangaroos option, Ben Brown (FWD, $10,450) scored 90 points last week and has averaged 72 across the season. He won't be the type to be your line-up's match-winner, but given you need to fill nine spots in your 'salary' format with a cap of $100,000, Brown could be reasonable value. 

St Kilda v Geelong, Etihad Stadium, Sunday

We hope you listened when we said last week that Dylan Roberton (DEF, $11,600) was flying, because his 134-point score against Collingwood suggests he's not slowing down. 

The Saints loaded up against the Pies, but among the familiar faces was Jack Billings (FWD, $12,500), who picked up 119 points – well above his season average of 75. If he had have kicked straight in front of goal it would have helped him to be his team's best scorer. Jack Newnes (MID, $13,700) also collected 123 points, and is a rare pick.

Step aside 'Dangerwood', because it was another Geelong midfield duo who took the limelight last week for the Cats. Steven Motlop (FWD/MID, $12,650) found 125 points and Mitch Duncan (MID, $14,850) had 113, making for the Cats to be very hard to stop. Both are far less popular with Draftstars coaches than Patrick Dangerfield (MID, $17,350) and Joel Selwood (MID, $15,750), so could give your team an advantage if they continue their form. 

Tom Hawkins' (FWD, $11,950) season has flown under the radar, but he is the Cats' fourth-leading points-scorer for the season and has booted 16 goals. He's back to his best and should be in your thoughts as a forward given his 90-point average.

Hawthorn v West Coast, MCG, Sunday

For all the talk about Hawthorn's radical list management, its leading scorer so far this season is recruit Tom Mitchell (MID, $16,300), so that is at least one big tick. He's averaging 123 points a game and is a genuine ball magnet. 

There hasn't been a lot else to love about the Hawks. Isaac Smith (MID, $13,900) is the only other Hawk to average more than 90, although former Crow Ricky Henderson (MID/DEF, $12,500) has been a solid choice in defender with an average of 85.

There's plenty to like for the Eagles. Luke Shuey (MID, $15,450) is red-hot, Andrew Gaff (MID, $14,850) continues at a brilliant pace, and Elliot Yeo (FWD/MID, $13,150) is back to his best form. All are averaging more than 100 so far this season and are almost guaranteed to bring in big scores. But can they turn it on at the 'G, where the Eagles have struggled? 

Richmond v Melbourne, MCG, Monday night

It was an unusual statistical game from the Tigers last week, with only Shaun Grigg (MID, $14,550) posting a triple-figure score. That's not rare for him given his 95-point average, but it came after a quieter couple of rounds before. 

Dustin Martin (FWD/MID, $16,100) was quiet with just 63 points, as was captain Trent Cotchin (MID, $14,750) with only 70 against the Lions. Still, the Tigers did it easy and it's got us looking at some of their next-tier Draftstars players. Jason Castagna (DEF, $8650) has been excellent so far this season and pulled in 92 points last week playing as an attacking, quick half-forward. He's reasonable value and in good form off the back of 98 the previous week. 

It was good to see Dom Tyson (MID, $14,600) back to his best last week against Fremantle for the Dees. His pre-season was hindered by injury but he knocked out 116 points last week and his average has built to 107. Other Melbourne midfielders, like Clayton Oliver (MID, $13,900) and Jack Viney (MID, $15,000), are far more regular selections, but Tyson could be a unique pick.

Alex Neal-Bullen (FWD/MID, $11,750) is in the middle of a purple patch, ranked inside the top 40 players in the competition, and better yet you can pick him as a forward or midfielder. Tomas Bugg (DEF, $11,850) might also be called upon in a tagging role and gathered 78 points last week.

Essendon v Collingwood, MCG, Tuesday

Two Bombers hit better Draftstars form in last week's loss to Adelaide. David Zaharakis (MID, $14,150) and Travis Colyer (FWD, $10,500) both registered season-best scores, with 111 and 124 points respectively. So far their form has been patchy so pick with caution, but they appear on the way up. 

Zach Merrett (MID, $17,500) continued his reliable form with a team-high 134 points and he's worth every dollar, while Brendon Goddard's (MID, $15,350) season has been underrated. Formerly a Draftstars mainstay, Goddard isn't as popular any more, but is averaging 114 points this year. 

The Pies' midfield has tormented Essendon in recent Anzac Day clashes, so choosing one or more of them wouldn't be your worst Draftstars decision. Steele Sidebottom (MID, $15,650) is on fire, and Scott Pendlebury (MID, $16,000) has also lit up the big stage.

Jeremy Howe (FWD/DEF, $12,750) has been perhaps one of the best Collingwood players this season and is in form after 108 points last week, while Brodie Grundy (RK, $15,550) shapes as a big threat to the Bombers. Grundy is the best scoring ruckman in the competition with an average of 118. He would be a smart choice to bring home your Draftstars team with a big Tuesday afternoon.