This fascinating contest against last year’s preliminary finalists is challenging from a DFS point of view. A lack of reliable sub $10K options across the ground will make it extremely hard to fit more expensive players into your lineup.
When is a ruckman not a ruckman? Tonight - that’s when! In somewhat of a selection surprise, Leon Cameron has chosen not to play Dawson Simpson in place of Shane Mumford. Instead, Rory Lobb will handle the rucking duties for the Giants. Cameron’s hand was forced by the sheer speed of the Bulldogs team. While Simpson would have smashed Jordan Roughead in the ruck, Roughead would have been better around the ground. Playing the hybrid Lobb levels the playing field. I expect many teams will go for a double ruck stack tonight.
If you’re looking for that 10 x value $6-$7K player then Zaine Cordy could be your man. Cordy had a solid run in the middle of the year. In the nine games that he played from rounds 5 to 17, Cordy averaged 67. A similar score tonight at his price would be very handy.
I also like Bailey William’s price point tonight. His link work across half-bank and wing has been a big part of the Bulldog’s late season revival. Play him either in your back line or midfield tonight.
Shane Biggs has been in terrific form and could be an excellent POD play on what could be a very chalky night. With salary caps so tight tonight, I don’t think many people will take the chance on an expensive defender.
Some inconsistent scores have driven Toby McLeans’s price down a bit. One of those players who you always pick in the wrong weeks, McLean’s scoring potential cannot be denied, especially in this fast-moving game.
Bailey Dale is always worth considering, despite his poor fortnight of scores. In the six games before this last fortnight, Dale averaged 79.
If you didn’t play Rory Lobb as your ruckman, then you should strongly consider playing him here. Last time Mumford missed, Lobb scored 97 (and was with Dawson Simpson rucking).
If you’ve taken my advice with the Bulldog cheapies, then you should be able to still afford some midfield studs. From a value perspective, Stephen Coniglio is tempting as are his teammates Dylan Shiel and Lachie Whitfield.
Jacob Hopper returned after a spell and tackled his way to a healthy 75. A more contested midfield game could see this score rise.
Josh Dunkley comes straight back into the Bulldogs side despite not having played a game of footy in 3 months. Clearly they think he’s ready to go. I’m not entirely convinced but I’m just too tempted by his $9,550 price tag.
Tonight is a really tough DFS contest. With many teams expected to take both rucks, I have a feeling that fortune might favour those who take a punt on just one them.