Each week I will be highlighting some of the Moneyball Bargain Buys at each position that are underpriced, and could be the difference between you making cash or making up the numbers in your weekend Moneyball competitions.
Without further ado here are your DFS Bargain Buys of Round 3 to keep in mind when setting your lineups and please remember to gamble responsibly.
Zac Jones (DEF) - $5,100
Surviving the Match Review Panel after his big hit on Cloke last Friday night, Jones will most likely run out to a standing ovation from the Collingwood faithful this coming Friday night. Longmire has been giving him a bit of a run through the midfield over the first couple of games this season and his price is yet to be adjusted to coincide with his uplift in scoring. He should be a near lock in your lineups at his price with averages of 21.5 disposals, 11.5 kicks, 5.5 marks, 1.0 tackles, and 74.5 MB points over the first two rounds. With Jones only having one score over 100 in his last 17 games, don’t expect a huge score, you are simply getting great value for money at his price point.
Nic Newman (DEF) - $3,800
With Dane Rampe being taken out of commission by a fence chain last week, Newman grabbed his opportunity and stepped up last week in his first AFL game after being elevated to the senior list late last year. He had 16 disposals, 6 kicks, 4 marks, 6 tackles, a goal, and 77 MB points against the dogs. With his lethal left foot look for Newman to score in the 50-70 range against the Pies this coming Friday night.
Note: Caleb Marchbank - ($3,500) as mentioned last week is still a great pick here with scores of 78 and 80 over his last 2 games. Super value for money when building your lineups.
Sam Powell-Pepper (MID) - $4,300
There’s nothing salty about this rookie’s start to the year, he is already playing like a well-seasoned veteran in the Port midfield. Funnily enough! Standing next to Ollie Wines they could very well pass as the WWE Tag Team Champions they are that massive! So far Sam has shown that he fits right in at the top level with averages of 22 disposals, 10.5 kicks, 3.5 marks, 2.5 tackles, 1.5 goals, and 77.5 MB points over the first two games of this season. I’m expecting a score in the 70’s in the Showdown this weekend, which is well worth the small investment.
Clayton Oliver (MID) - $6,500
What a sensational start to the year for the former #4 draft pick in the 2015 draft. He has really benefited from another preseason with the Demons and is off to a hot start. With averages of 35.5 disposals, 10 kicks, 6 marks, 8 tackles, and 128.5MB over the first two games, Oliver is a top 5 midfielder on average and had the 7th best overall MB score last week of 135. With Jordan Lewis rubbed out for a few games, look for Oliver to continue his stellar start to the season. A lock in my eyes as you are currently getting Dangerfield production for only a fraction of the cost.
Jarrod Witts (RU) - $5,300
After moving to the gold coast to get out of Brodie Grundy’s shadow at Collingwood, Witts has started off very well as #1 ruckman. Being one of the tallest ruckmen in the AFL at 2.08m tall, the new rule that bans the third man up at ball-ups has worked in the ruckman’s favor so far. Over the first two games of this season, he has averages of 13.5 disposals, 6 kicks, 3 marks, 5.5 tackles, 32 hit-outs, and 97.7 MB points. He is a top 4 ruckman in average points scored per contest, and a great pivot from the popular Gawn and Grundy picks.
Will Hoskin-Elliot (FWD) - $3,800
Hoskin-Elliot has been a great acquisition for the Pies this past offseason. Through the first two rounds, he is averaging 21.5 disposals, 15 kicks, 10 marks, 2 tackles, 2 goals, and 109.5 MB points. His 20 marks through the first two rounds have him ranked 4th overall for total marks in the league. An absolute lock at his price point as this will probably be the last week he will be priced so low, make sure he is one of the first picked in your Friday lineups.
Daniel Houston (FWD) - $3,800
It’s not often that I would recommend a current defender who is listed as a forward, but Houston has shown he can rack up the scoring stats through his first couple of games. He is averaging 15 disposals, with 14 of those being kicks, 8.5 marks, 2.5 tackles, and 80 MB points. Port has used him so far as a link up player from the backline, hence why he has been collecting plenty of kicks and marks, which spells points for Moneyball players. The ball should be down there plenty with the Crows potent forward line, so go ahead and select him with confidence in your Saturday lineups.
Good luck with your lineups this weekend.
Note: All pricing and points based on moneyball.com.au