Round 1 is in the books and what a sensational opening round we had. We learned that Tiger supporters are already talking finals after their “blockbuster” win (happens every year!), the Hawks are finished and the Giants have spent too much time drinking their own bathwater, just to name a few storylines. Bring on Round 2 and another great weekend of footy and DFS results.
Each week I will be highlighting some of the DFS 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 DFS competitions.
Without further ado here are your DFS Bargain Buys of Round 2 to keep in mind when setting your lineups and please remember to gamble responsibly.
Caleb Marchbank (DEF) - $3,500
Acquired by Carlton from GWS in the offseason after playing only 7 games in two seasons. This former number 6 draft pick has shown why he was drafted so high with averages over the JLT preseason games of 19.0 disposals, 10.3 kicks, 7.3 marks, 2.0 tackles and 77.3 Moneyball (MB) points. He backed this up with a great season opener against the Tigers, where he had 19 disposals, 15 kicks, 8 marks, 2 tackles and 78 MB points. At the minimum price, he is a lock for me until his price rises as he enables great flexibility in your overall lineup.
Zach Tuohy (DEF) - $6,500
After relocating down the highway to Geelong in the offseason, Tuohy has moved out of the shadow of former blues teammates Kade Simpson and Sam Docherty and shown his dashing run and kick off the half back is just what the Cats need. He had a stellar preseason with averages of 28.3 disposals, 14.0 kicks, 5.7 marks, and 91.7 MB points. Then had a great opening round against the dockers with 24 disposals, 16 kicks, 6 marks, 3 tackles, a goal and 101 MB points. With 4 of his last 6 regular season games scoring over 100 MB points, he is currently underpriced so jump on now before his price goes up.
Jack Steele (MID) - $6,700
Another former Giant moving clubs for greater opportunity, Steele showed last year in his ten games that he is a tough inside midfielder averaging 15.5 disposals, 4.1 marks, and 4.1 tackles per contest. Tackles are gold in DFS as they are worth 4 points, which is more than kicks (3), handballs (2) and marks (3). Steele had a great preseason with the new saint averaging 19.3 disposals, 6.0 kicks, 3.0 marks, 0.6 goals, a whopping 9.0 tackles, and 93.0 MB points per contest. Last week in the season opener against the Dees he chalked up 23 disposals, 8 kicks, 7 marks, 4 tackles, and 94 MB points. He won’t stay at this price point for long so jump on now.
Tim Taranto (MID) - $4,600
Last years number 2 draft pick was confirmed a starter very early last week due to a great preseason which saw averages of 17.4 disposals, 11.7 kicks, 2.3 Marks, 5.3 tackles, and 76.3 MB points per contest. He didn’t have a great first regular season game against the Crows last week, only scoring 38 MB points, however, don’t lose faith in the kid, he can play and should keep his spot this week. Many DFS teams will be put off by last week’s score, so could be a big point of difference this week. A little above minimum price on Moneyball but still a great cheaper option at this position.
Toby Nankervis (RU) - $5,700
Another offseason move saw Nankervis move south from Sydney to Punt Road for more opportunity outside the Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith logjam. He has come in and grabbed the starting ruck position by the horns with a great preseason that saw averages of 15.4 disposals, 9.7 kicks, 4.0 marks, 3.3 tackles, 18.0 hitouts, and 83.7 MB points per contest. He followed up his great preseason form by solidifying his new role in the season opener against Carlton by having, 8 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 2 goals, 27 hitouts, and 83 MB points. Make sure he is in your Thursday lineups as the best ruck option.
Jarryd Roughead (FWD) - $5,600
It was great to see Roughy run out onto the MCG last Saturday night after his battle with cancer last season. He was a little rusty still but the Hawks played him on the ball a bit more like in the preseason, his best form will return soon and subsequently more points will come. Roughy had a decent preseason with averages of 19.0 disposals, 12.7 kicks, 3.7 marks, 3.3 tackles, and 78 MB points. Backing up those numbers with opening round stats of 12 disposals, 8 kicks, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 2.1 goals, and 79 MB points. At his current price he is undervalued, plus a forward eligible player who can get some touches in the midfield is a huge benefit to your overall score.
Mitch Hannan (FWD) - $3,500
Wow what a sensational first up game for this rookie last week against the Saints, especially after not playing at all in the preseason due to a shoulder injury. Mitch was selected by Melbourne at #46 overall in last years national draft and put together an impressive debut. He had 16 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals, and 88 MB points. His two goals did bump up the overall score, but still expect a score around 60 if he can keep his spot in the team. If he is selected again this week, I will have plenty of shares in him this weekend at the minimum price.
Good luck with your lineups this weekend.
*Note: All pricing and points based on Moneyball.com.au