ROUND 20 is the first week of the AFL Fantasy finals for Classic and Draft leagues following the traditional final-eight structure.
Teams ranked first to fourth play in the qualifying finals for a spot in the preliminary finals. The losers get a second chance and will play the winners of this week’s elimination finals. The elimination finals losers will be knocked out of the race for premiership glory.
Leagues playing in six-team final series will have their final home-and-away game this round. The top two teams will enjoy next week off before playing off in the preliminary finals in round 22.
It was another quiet night in terms of team selection from a Fantasy perspective. Fremantle is set to debut 19-year-old Jason Carter (DEF/MID, $170k) straight out of the WAFL after his 14 games where he has averaged 63 from 16 disposals.
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In South Australia, Scott Lycett has been given the axe, but the Crows have recalled Eddie Betts and Bryce Gibbs for their clash against the Saints at home.
Taylor Adams also returns after being a late withdrawal last weekend’s game, as does Braydon Preuss after his dominant game in the VFL that saw him score a massive 185 from his 27 possessions and 59 hitouts.
Toby Greene (FWD, $664,000)
The star Giant continued his outstanding midfield form with 126 which gives him a three-game average of 128. He is a great unique option with an ownership of just four per cent.
Dom Sheed (MID, $702,000)
The Grand Final hero is once again heating up as he head heads into finals with a three-game average of 115. The Eagles have a great fixture for midfielders.
Patrick Cripps (MID, $633,000)
The Blues skipper looked far more comfortable than last week and dominated as a result with 141. He has a huge ceiling and is well worth a punt as an under-priced premium.
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James Sicily (DEF, $530,000)
If you gave the talented half-back one more week down in Launceston, it’s time to pull the trigger and trade. He has a three-game average of 66.
Jack Ziebell (FWD/MID, $625,000)
The Roo hard nut is bleeding cash and needs to be removed prior to the Finals. He has a three-game average of just 67.
Angus Brayshaw (MID, $620,000)
A finals hero last year but it seems an eternity ago. He hasn’t scored over 87 in the past six weeks and has a three-game average of 60. A high priority upgrade.
No. 1 – Tim Taranto v Sydney @ GIANTS Stadium
With scores of 109, 145 and 117 in his last three games this year, expect Taranto to be huge. He had a game-high 130 against Sydney earlier this year and has averaged 121 at home in 2019.
No. 2 – Adam Treloar v Gold Coast @ the MCG
This should be a walk in the park for a guy who has scored over 120 in five of his last seven games. Treloar has now averaged 119 in his last three games at the MCG and should dominate the Suns who give up plenty of points.
No. 3 – Patrick Dangerfield v Fremantle @ Optus Stadium
Dangerfield loves playing Fremantle and has form on his side with averaging 109 in his last three games. He carries a lowest score of 115 in his last five games against the Dockers and should hit the 120 mark with ease.
No. 4 – Brodie Grundy v Gold Coast @ the MCG
Even though he scored 79 last week, let’s not write the pig off. Grundy scored 151 against Witts last year and finds himself back at the MCG in nicer weather than last week. The slight issue is that only one ruckman (Rowan Marshall 106) has scored triple figures against Witts, who ranks as the second hardest ruckman to score against this year.
No. 5 – Nat Fyfe v Geelong @ Optus Stadium
This guy loves playing against the Cats, who are the easiest team for midfielders to score against since the bye rounds. In his last five against the Geelong he has scored 117, 110, 116, 111 and 109. I’m expecting big things.