Strap yourself in for another Saturday Slam as we kick off with a couple of mouth watering contest’s.  The Blues and Demons go toe to toe, while the western derby takes place in Geraldton in the afternoon.  Weather conditions have played a part in the JTL Series thus far but none like it will today in Geraldton, WA expecting to reach a top of 39 degrees.  The young players and the fringe players are all throwing their hats into the ring for an early selection ahead of round one but no everyone can fit into the best 22 come the start of the season. Here are our AFL Saturday Slam fantasy tips.

Ruck

Max Gawn – $9,900

Big Max Gawn is an out and out star in my eyes but is proving to the entire competition why he is one of the games best.  In game one the no third man up rule certainly played in to the ruck’s hands.  He is being utilized up forward as well for the Demons so chipping in for a goal along with his hit outs and tackling pressure he can rack up quite the score.

Forwards

Rhys Palmer – $5,800

The forgotten Giant and Docker will be looking to hit the ground running at his new club in attempt to cement a spot come round one.  He is very reasonably priced for a small forward who knows his way around the 50m arc.  With the added incentive of needing to impress his new coach and team mates he will be looking to impact the score board and bring some much needed forward line pressure to the Blues.

Michael Walters – $6,700

With the added depth coming back into the Fremantle line-up, Walters could benefit from a spell in the middle while continuing his usual dominance up front.  Not required to go out and impress Ross Lyon but will value the first hit out for the season as a chance to get some body contact under the belt and hopefully notch up the first win for the year over their bitter rivals.

Midfield

Clayton Oliver – $5,500

The young Demon has shown plenty in recent times and has taken the challenge head on of more midfield minutes for his side.  He is a hard nut in the midfield and is learning the ropes from the likes of Lewis, Jones and Viney.  He definitely impacts the contest with a proud tackling ability, and will be looking this week to build on his first game last week with the 21 disposals and a goal.  At the $5,500 price range he is a steal as a midfield selection in any team.

Sam Mitchell – $8,200

Ex-Hawk and new Eagles recruit Sam Mitchell is nothing short of an experience veteran when it comes to pre-season.  No introduction required with the silky smooth operator set to dominate the midfield possession with the likes of Priddis, Gaff and Shuey around him.  In a hot contest down in Geraldton, he will benefit from resting forward on the odd occasion and rolling slowly through the midfield doing what he does best.  Great value at $8,200 with every opportunity to score 90Fp+.

Bryce Gibbs – $8,700

After the turmoil of the off season has been put behind him I’m sure Gibbs will look to put it all behind him and get on with his football.  The Blues have a good opportunity to get a good look at their full strength midfield for the first time in a while, welcoming back Murphy.  Giibbs get’s in and under and will likely play out all four quarters racking up the disposals.

Defenders

Sharrod Wellingham – $5,200

Wellingham had a quality first game in week one against the GWS Giants and will be looking to continue that to set himself up for a solid start to the 2017 season.  He is coming off 28 disposals, 4 tackles and 9 marks in a solid starting performance for the year.  Looks as though that he will be given free rein to dominate the rebound 50m and leave his surrounding defenders to play more of a lock down role on the forwards for the opposition.

Kade Simpson – $8,900

The veteran defender is coming off a solid 2016 season and all indications point towards another good year ahead.  His run off the back line is utilised by the Blues along with Docherty they tag team dominating the field by foot.  With nothing to lose in the game look for the Simpson to try some moves running up field and even trying to impact the scoreboard if he is given the opportunity.  He is one of the higher priced defenders but has proven time and time again that he is worth the money.

 

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