THE FINALS are in sight, but you can't take your eyes off the prize just yet. Here's your Draftstars cheat sheet for round 22. For more information, visit draftstars.com.au.
Adelaide v Sydney, Adelaide Oval, Friday night
As usual, we're going to start the round by doing this game in 'turbo' form, where coaches need to select six players – one for each category. There's no money value placed on the players, but they're ranked on their performances this season.
After his best-on-ground and 113-point effort last week, Luke Parker (MID, $15,250) is our choice in tier one. Rory Laird (DEF, $13,400) has the best average of the tier two options (pulling in 100 points a week) so is the next choice, while Lance Franklin (FWD, $12,500) is the perfect choice in the third band of players.
'Buddy' picked up 129 points last week and is always a good Draftstars pick. His Swans teammate Isaac Heeney (FWD/MID, $12,150) is too hard to pass up in the fourth tier, and he collected 109 points last week.
We like emerging Adelaide's Hugh Greenwood (FWD/MID, $10,900) as the second-last pick as he's averaged nearly 80 in his debut AFL season, while Eddie Betts (FWD, $9950) should bounce back from a quiet week last week, so we're grabbing him as our sixth and final player.
Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide, Ballarat, Saturday
Only one Dog – Lachie Hunter (MID, $14,200) – managed to reach triple figures last week in the reigning premiers' loss to Greater Western Sydney, and he's been a consistent choice all season with his 92-point average. Marcus Bontempelli (MID, $14,350) is the same, although he dropped from his average of 103 to 86 last week.
A little while ago we noticed Toby McLean (FWD, $11,200) pushing up the charts with more midfield time, and he has shown himself to be a solid pick as a forward spot. He's averaged 89 the past five weeks.
Wasn't it great to have Chad Wingard (FWD/MID, $13,900) back to his best last week? The Port matchwinner picked up 121 points against Collingwood in what was his fifth score of 120 or more this year. They have been his only hundreds, though, so whenever he goes, he goes big. Be wary of the dip this week.
Brad Ebert (MID, $13,600) is a more trusty choice with an average of 103 for the season and comes in off the back of 94 points last week, while we're tipping Ollie Wines (MID, $13,200) to have a big day. He's been slightly down in recent weeks.
Collingwood v Geelong, MCG, Saturday
Taylor Adams (MID, $17,000) has taken the crown as the best Magpie in Draftstars this season, and his 128-point effort last week was good reward for everyone who has selected him. He's averaging an elite 122 points over the past five weeks, and is ranked sixth for points in the competition.
Adam Treloar (MID, $15,600) was good again with 107 points against the Power, while Matthew Scharenberg (DEF, $12,050) is starting to show the ball-winning form he displayed as a draftee. The rebounding defender had 95 points, meaning he has scored in the 90s his past three games. He's one to look for.
A week's suspension served Patrick Dangerfield (MID, $16,650) well last week, with the superstar Cat coming back to the side and dominating with 130 points. There really aren't too many more reliable players in the competition if you're keen to spend a big chunk of your cash on an A-grader.
Sam Menegola (FWD/MID, $14,500) also stepped up in the absence of Joel Selwood, picking up 110 points to lift his average to nearly 99 points from 17 games this year. Scott Selwood (MID, $14,550) has averaged 100 points in his nine games and would be a unique pick.
Greater Western Sydney v West Coast, Spotless Stadium, Saturday
The two Giants who should be at the top of your list are Josh Kelly (MID, $14,350) and Dylan Shiel (MID, $13,500), who both managed 110 points in last week's win over the Western Bulldogs. The only concern may be Shiel's dodgy shoulders, with the star midfielder to carry the issues for the rest of the season.
Zac Williams (DEF, $12,250) picked up a team-high 112 points last week against the Dogs, and has averaged 89 points over the past five rounds. Jonathon Patton (FWD, $9500) scored 91 points last week with his four-goal haul, but he has only passed 100 twice this season so isn't a regular Draftstars matchwinner.
It was a grim Draftstars day for West Coast last week against Carlton, with Jeremy McGovern (FWD/DEF, $10,800) and Josh Kennedy (FWD, $13,650) leading the scoring with 88 points apiece. With that in mind, we'd probably be steering clear of filling your line-up with inconsistent Eagles.
Andrew Gaff (MID, $13,300), who is averaging 102 but managed just 77 points last week, and Elliot Yeo (FWD/MID, $12,450), who dropped to 81 points from his 98-point average, are the main contenders if you are after a West Coast flavour.
Gold Coast v Essendon, Metricon Stadium, Saturday night
Jack Martin (FWD, $12,800) is stepping up to be a consistent Draftstars midfielder from the Suns. Last week the brilliant youngster gathered a season-best 118 points against the Lions, and he's been producing good scores for the past seven weeks, so is ending the season in form.
There's not heaps to love from a Suns perspective, with Gary Ablett once again missing through injury. David Swallow (MID, $13,000) scored 104 last week and Aaron Hall (MID, $14,200) has averaged 98 throughout the season, so they might be some of your better bets.
David Zaharakis' (MID, $15,200) brilliant run continued last week with 106 points, keeping his average for the past five rounds at 107. Draftstars gun Zach Merrett (MID, $15,650) was suspended last week but will be keen to atone for his week out, so watch for him to carve out a nice total against the Suns.
Brendon Goddard (MID, $14,450) is in veteran status, but he continues to be a top-end option. He gathered 109 points last week – his 11th century of the season – and he's averaged 100 for the year. More than serviceable.
Carlton v Hawthorn, Etihad Stadium, Saturday night
Carlton skipper Marc Murphy (MID, $15,100) is finishing his season in the same vein of form he started it, and his 117-point effort last week maintained his top-12 ranking for total points in the competition. Matthew Kreuzer (RK, $14,250) has also had a career-best year and averaged 105 points in the ruck.
A player we're expecting to be high on Draftstars radars next year is Charlie Curnow (FWD, $10,600). The exciting Blues youngster gathered 104 points last week against West Coast, and although his season average is 72, his past six weeks have been very encouraging. Look for him to explode next year.
Jack Gunston (FWD, $13,600) has hit triple figures five times this season, but three of them have been biggies, including last week's 127-point effort against North Melbourne. He would be a solid choice for your forward line.
Isaac Smith (MID, $13,550) and Luke Hodge (MID, $13,700) also scored in the 120s, while Tom Mitchell's (MID, $16,800) 118-point effort continued what has been a remarkable season for the Hawthorn recruit. Ricky Henderson (MID/DEF, $11,000) hasn't got as many plaudits as a Hawks newcomer, but has averaged 87 and last week scored 98.
Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, MCG, Sunday
Cameron Pedersen (FWD/RK, $9900) has been a Draftstars revelation this year. He came in and did a great job when the Dees were without ruckmen, and last week played in attack and scored 125 points in what was a team-high effort. Definitely worth consideration when he has a clear role.
Nathan Jones (MID, $14,300) and Alex Neal-Bullen (FWD/MID, $10,850) were also impressive with triple-figure scores, while everyone was rapt with the return of Angus Brayshaw (FWD/MID, $10,100). The talented youngster scored 89 from 26 disposals in his comeback from concussion issues, and we expect him to build on that.
Dayne Beams (MID, $16,000) should be right near the top of your list when searching for A-grade midfielders. He will cost you a bit, but he can be your matchwinner as last week showed. The Brisbane Lions star scored 143 in what was his fifth score of the season of 140 or more. That's top-end stuff.
Lewis Taylor's (FWD/MID, $11,900) excellent season continued with 94 points, Rhys Mathieson (MID, $9400) has become a good B-grade midfield pick, while Tom Rockliff's (MID, $15,500) status as a points man shows no signs of stopping with a tally of 123 against the Suns last week. There's a bit to like about the Lions.
St Kilda v North Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Sunday
Jack Billings (FWD, $13,900) has just re-signed with the Saints, and you should sign him up for your Draftstars team. The jet midfielder gathered 135 points last week against Melbourne to be his team's best player, and he's averaged 94 for the season. We've been fans for the long haul.
His midfield mate Luke Dunstan (MID, $12,800) was good as well with 110 last week, while Jack Steele's consistency makes him an appealing choice. He's averaged 91 in his first season at the club and doesn't often let you down, especially when he can find big points with his tackling.
Shaun Higgins (FWD/MID, $12,550) has been the best North Melbourne choice all year, and showed why with a team-leading 106 points last week against Hawthorn. Luke McDonald (DEF, $11,300) has improved this year, and with more midfield time, has proved he can be a solid pick. Last week he scored 92 and his average over the past five weeks is 89.
If you're keen to save a bit of money in your ruck division, then Braydon Preuss (RK, $9400) could be your guy. He collected 87 points last week and will always battle hard.
Fremantle v Richmond, Domain Stadium, Sunday
Fremantle is just playing the season out, so our advice is to not consider many Dockers. One you can look at comfortably, however, is Sean Darcy (RK, $12,200). The young ruckman has been terrific this season with an average of 85, and last week he scored 80 points in a tough day against the Swans.
Stephen Hill (MID, $12,400) was also good with 92 points last week, while Nat Fyfe (MID, $15,750) gathered 107 points. Fyfe hasn't quite been at his Draftstars best this year, so we're hoping he can get back there in 2018.
It was terrific to see Richmond's Dion Prestia (MID, $13,800) collect 117 points in last week's loss to Geelong. Prestia hasn't set the world on fire in his first season at Tigerland, but his second-straight century means he might be hitting form at the right end of the season. Consider him if you think he can make it three in a row.
Dustin Martin (FWD/MID, $15,900) will be keen to hit the finals in top form so watch for him to blow away the Dockers' midfield, while Kane Lambert (FWD/MID, $11,350) should have been on your Draftstars radar for some time. The Tigers midfielder scored 93 last week and has averaged 84 in 19 games this season, but isn't picked by many fantasy coaches.