ONE ROUND to go and three trades to use. The final weekend of AFL Fantasy action culminates in Grand Finals for tens of thousands of Classic and Draft leagues plus an exciting race to win a Toyota Hilux.
Trent's team aluniesheis (29,991 points) is ranked at No.1 but only 28 points ahead of second place. Fewer than 200 points separate the top five coaches.
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All are in the mix to win the major prize of the Toyota Hilux 4x4 SR5 2.8L Turbo Diesel Auto valued at $62,217 (inc GST) and will find some extra dollars in their bank account as there are cash prizes for the top 10.
The race for the illustrious top 100 hat is on with the 100th ranked coach having accumulated 29,342 points prior to round 18. Roy at 269th gives himself a chance with 206 points to make up
While the sensational prizes are a carrot for some coaches, you cannot put a price on a league premiership and the bragging rights amongst mates.
It all comes down to this; the unique players in Fantasy Classic and in Fantasy Draft, those who were able to nail their initial draft and manage their team via free agents throughout the season.
Round 18 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.
ALL THE TAMS Check 'em out
Thursday, September 17
North Melbourne v West Coast, Metricon Stadium, 7.10pm AEST
Friday, September 18
St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney, the Gabba, 7.50pm AEST
Saturday, September 19
Essendon v Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 2.10pm AEST
Adelaide v Richmond, Adelaide Oval, 4.40pm ACST
Brisbane v Carlton, the Gabba, 7.40pm AEST
Sunday, September 20
Hawthorn v Gold Coast, Adelaide Oval, 12.35pm ACST
Sydney v Geelong, Metricon Stadium, 3.35pm AEST
Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Cazalys Stadium, 6.10pm AEST
Monday, September 21
Collingwood v Port Adelaide, the Gabba, 7.15pm AEST
MOST TRADED IN
1. Luke Foley (DEF, $170,000) – 5.7k – Downgrade option for bench only. Only scored 19 last night.
2. Caleb Daniel (DEF, $632,000) – 3.8k – Coming off 128, the highest score of round 17 and only cost $61k from Docherty to get to the elite kick.
3. Jack Buckley (MID/FWD, $193,000) – 3.3k – Solid on debut, a cheap downgrade option.
4. Tim Kelly (MID, $609,000) – 3.1k – Fantastic last week but slightly disappointing with 74 last night.
5. Blake Acres (MID/FWD, $596,000) – 2.9k – The form bargain forward of the competition.
6. Damon Greaves (DEF, $263,000) – 2k – Some have played him on field for 67 and 69. Plenty looking to do the same as a very cheap Docherty replacement.
7. Tom Rockliff (MID, $807,000) – 1.5k – The Pig has back-to-back scores of 122. Loves a final and should bring home the bacon in the last game of the round.
8. Max Gawn (RUC, $840,000) – 1.2k – Should be the highest scoring ruckman in round 18.
9. Andrew Gaff (MID, $745,000) – 1.1k – You’d be happy with his 89 last night.
10. Kade Simpson (DEF, $512,000) – 1k – A sentimental option for Docherty. Hopefully they Blues doe their best to keep the ball in his hands.
MOST TRADED OUT
1. Sam Docherty (DEF, $571,000) – 13.7k – Calf injury means that the 47 per cent of coaches who owned him last week are needing to move him on.
2. Jake Riccardi (FWD, $381,000) – 3.3k – Managed last round but returns for Friday night. Offloading to either upgrade/downgrade.
3. Xavier O’Neill (MID, $287,000) – 2.8k – Omitted.
4. Jy Simpkin (MID/FWD, $556,000) – 2.6k – This one hurts. Top scored last night with 100. Ouch.
5. Sam Draper (RUC, $421,000) – 1.9k – Upgrade time.
6. Matthew Cottrell (DEF, $293,000) – 1.5k – Omitted last round.
7. Irving Mosquito (FWD, $256,000) – 1.3k – ACL injury.
8. Todd Goldstein (RUC, $611,000) – 1.1k – Goldy’s 81 last night would have been worth keeping, but those frustrated by the 58, 63, 59 and 50 the month prior will be happy to have upgraded.
9. Izak Rankine (FWD, $399,000) – 1k – Cash cow has made his cash.
10. Brandon Starcevich (DEF/MID, $317,000) – 0.8k – Injured and will miss round 18.
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 – Zach Merrett v Melbourne (Saturday afternoon)
Melbourne sit as one of the easiest teams to score against this year and Merrett has dominated them in the past with scores of 95, 121, 108 and 136. His form has been electric over the last five weeks averaging 104, which even includes a 68 from round 16.
No. 2 – Max Gawn v Essendon (Saturday afternoon)
Gawn has now scored 103, 96 and 100 in his last three games and should have it all his own way against the Bombers. In his most recent encounters against them, he has scored 107 and 132, and should be too good, even for the young star Sam Draper.
No. 3 – Matt Crouch v Richmond (Saturday evening)
After 50 points (20 disposals) in the first half last week, Crouch was eventually held by Curnow to 78. His form has been sensational and last week was the first time in five games he has dropped under 95. He loves playing the Tigers and has dominated them in the past with scores of 101, 117, 33 (injured), 124 and 122.
No. 4 – Tom Rockliff v Collingwood (Monday night)
Oink Oink! In the final game of the 2020 home and away season, can the pig bring home the bacon? He has now averaged 110 in his last three games and is coming off a huge 122 from last week. Collingwood has been one of the easiest teams for midfielders to score against in recent weeks and despite a poor recent history against them (scores of 69 and 65) you can just see the pig finishing the year with a bang.
No. 5 – Reilly O’Brien v Richmond (Saturday evening)
After Soldo’s injury last week, Mark Blicavs (94) went on to have his best Fantasy game for the year. O’Brien had a career-high 146 against the Tigers last year and has even averaged 94 in his last three games this year.
Lachie Neale – Last year against Carlton, Neale had scored 90 points at half-time before Ed Curnow shut him down to just 14 in the second half. Neale was tagged to 37 last week and Curnow has been tagging this year and could be asked to shut him down once again.
Mitch Duncan – Sydney has dangerous taggers and they love to use Ryan Clarke as their weapon of choice. He went to Duncan last year when he scored 82 but let him run free later in the year as he racked up a nice 102. Clarke was responsible for Lachie Neale's 37 last week and could find himself with another lockdown role in round 18.
Jack Steele – Will a tagger, tag a tagger? Matt DeBoer could find himself standing next to St Kilda's most dangerous player on Friday night. Steele also has a defensive element to his game as he meets the hardest team this year to score Fantasy points against.