GIDDY UP for part two of the festival of footy where four rounds are played over three weeks.
Round 14 features a Thursday 4:40pm AEST start time. Coaches need to be aware that their Hawthorn and Essendon players will be locked when the ball bounces as well as Adelaide and Brisbane players who share the bye.
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Some big decisions need to be made early on including what to do with the managed Sam Draper (RUC, $334,000). The four-game Bomber has been an on-field player for some coaches and were handsomely rewarded last week with his score of 79.
Eagle Bailey Williams (DEF/RUC, $170,000) will make his debut in the second match of the Thursday double header and could be a good bench downgrade option for Draper or possibly Darcy Cameron (RUC/FWD, $381,000).
Round 14 match times, and therefore lockouts, as below. Be sure to plan your trades ahead and only make the moves that you need. Teams will be announced at 6:20pm AEST on the day prior to matches.
If possible, only trade out or in a player in the last hour before their lockout as final teams with late changes are announced one hour before the bounce. Stay across social media for the important late mail.
Thursday, August 27
Hawthorn v Essendon, Adelaide Oval, 4.40pm AEST, 4.10pm ACST
Richmond v West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 7.10pm AEST
Friday, August 28
Western Bulldogs v Geelong, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST
Saturday, August 29
Port Adelaide v Sydney, Adelaide Oval, 1.45pm AEST, 1.15pm ACST
Fremantle v Greater Western Sydney, Optus Stadium, 4.35pm AEST, 2.35pm ACST
Melbourne v St Kilda, TIO Traeger Park, 7.40pm AEST, 7.10pm ACST
Sunday, August 30
Carlton v Collingwood, The Gabba, 3.35pm AEST
Gold Coast v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 6.10pm AEST
Byes: Adelaide, Brisbane
NOTE: Players with a bye will be awarded their average as their round 14 score if they played in round 13. They will be locked at the start of the round (4:40pm AEST).
The next four rounds will be completed in 19 days. There are byes, short turnarounds and some random game times.— AFL Fantasy (@AFLFantasy) August 25, 2020
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Tom Mitchell (MID, $781,000) - The gun Hawk started the season slow and steady by his standards following his recovery from a serious leg injury. The past three weeks he has turned the corner and is back to full Pig mode with an average of 100.
Zach Merrett (MID, $796,000) - The ball-magnet has played a variety of roles this year but he appears to be back where he belongs and his scores are reflecting that. He was outstanding against the Hawks with 125 which gives him a three game average of 101.
Travis Boak (MID, $721,000) - If you are looking for an under-priced premium, the Power star has put his hand up with some fantastic form. His last three weeks have been outstanding with scores of 100, 90 and 100.
Also consider: Zac Williams, Rory Laird, Jake Riccardi.
Caleb Serong (MID, $539,000) - The Docker Rising Star bounced back from a quiet outing to score more than a number of 'premiums' coaches traded him out for last week. His score of 75 is more than serviceable in the midfield and will ensure cash generation.
Alex Witherden (DEF, $661,000) - The rebounding defender recovered from a slow start which could have ended in disaster to eventually score 59. Thankfully due to his outstanding form leading into the match his coaches will receive his average score of 78 on the bye.
Jarryd Lyons (MID, $768,000) - The midfielder is having an outstanding season but unfortunately, he let his coaches down on the weekend with a very disappointing score of 41. Take his average of 88 into the bye and forget this disaster happened.
Also consider: Josh Dunkley, Hugh Greenwood, Nat Fyfe.
Andrew McGrath (MID, $684,000) - The developing Bomber has dropped off in recent weeks, taking a back seat to Merrett’s domination. He scored his second 60 in the last five weeks without scoring reaching 80 in that time. Upgrade for a higher ceiling.
Jarrod Witts (RUC, $577,000) - This year's ruck scramble has resulted in coaches selecting players that weren't on their radar. Unfortunately for some, last year’s premium option Witts hasn’t posted the same impressive numbers with a five-game average of just 59.
Stephen Coniglio (MID, $721,000) - After scores of 103, 90 and 95 leading into his bye it looked like Cogs had turned his season around. Unfortunately since then he has scored 75 and a very disappointing 52 making a rage trade a viable option as a midfield upgrade.
Also consider: Josh Kennedy (SYD), Tim Kelly, Jayden Short.
In AFL Fantasy your captain scores you double points for that week. Here are Calvin’s top five picks for you to consider.
No. 1 – Jack Macrae v Geelong (Friday night)
Over the last six games, Macrae has hit 100+ on five occasions. He scored 106 and 109 against Geelong last year and is flying at the moment. Last week against the Cats, Matt Crouch (125) and Rory Laird (105) scored with ease and so should Macrae on Friday night.
No. 2 – Lachie Whitfield v Fremantle (Saturday evening)
Defenders against Fremantle score well. Jake Lloyd (102) proved that last week alongside Dawson (78) and Cunningham (76) who combined for 19 marks and sat as the three of the top scoring players for Sydney. Whitfield had 104 against them last year and should ton-up again.
No. 3 – Tom Mitchell v Essendon (Thursday evening)
Essendon ranks as the third easiest to score on at the moment and Mitchell meets them coming off back to back 100+ scores.
No. 4 – Brodie Grundy v Carlton (Sunday afternoon)
Grundy scored 149 against Carlton last year and meets a very inexperienced combination of Pittonet and De Joning. Grundy has now averaged 88 in his last five games with three scores over 95 during that time.
No. 5 – Jack Steele v Melbourne (Saturday night)
Melbourne is the second easiest team to score Fantasy points against and Steele has been scoring with ease. Coming off his third score of 110+ this year, Steele is a tackling-machine and a hard man to stop.
Best of the Byes
Over this period when a player is on their bye, you can lock in their average as a captain’s score before the round starts, but only if they have played the week before. If you would like to secure a captain score and not gamble on the big names above, the best five options are listed below.
Lachie Neale 103
Jarryd Lyons 88
Matt Crouch 85
Reilly O’Brien 83
Dayne Zorko 80