Both teams are coming into round three without a win and desperately craving to get their season kick started. It will be no easy task for either team to get over the line, but if the Pies continue to be wayward in front of goal then they will never begin to close the gap. Not much more can be said about the Swans early in the season as they continue to put up minimal pressure in the forward line with the exception of two players. Some classic contest’s have been played between these two clubs and tonight will be no different. Bring on Friday night footy and let the players settle it all out on the ground. Here are our AFL Fantasy Tips to get you going!
Brodie Grundy $9,400
It was an easy decision this week when selecting the ruck option. If you have the salary cap room then Grundy is a certain lock. Averaging 37 hit-outs, 17.5 disposals and 3 tackles for a ruckman shows the type of form he has started the season in. Against Naismith and Sinclair he will look to monster the ruck with his superior body size. Look for Grundy to push up forward to impact the scoreboard to help with the struggling Collingwood forwards. Let the big dog eat and you won’t be disappointed.
Lance Franklin $8,200
Buddy is certainly ready for his 250th against the Pies tonight. He has started the season on fire and will look to take full advantage against his opponents. Already with eight goals to his name, averaging 15.5 kicks, 9 marks and 3.5 tackles. There is absolutely nothing the great Buddy Franklin can’t produce. High pressure acts and running up the ground have become a feature of his game play of late and enables him to score points at will. Another certain lock for his 250th.
Sam Reid $4,800
Struggling with injury in recent years it’s great to see a fit Sam Reid running around and reaping the benefits. The only other profitable forwards for the Swans with nine goals from the opening two rounds. He is one player that doesn’t need to see plenty of the ball to have an impact on the game as a whole. He manages to generate a good score from pure goal kicking, and his marking ability up forward. With Tippett sidelined this week, a lot more responsibility will fall too Reid around the ground. Cheaply priced to sneak in without a great deal of risk.
Josh Smith $6,700
Young midfielder Josh Smith has proved reliable in the early part of the 2017 season. He is averaging close to 20 disposals and 6.5 marks. He has become an interesting component of the Collingwood midfield allowing less focus on the likes of Treloar and Pendlebury. He will be up against some quality midfield opponents from the Swans, they are looking hungry after the opening two losses. He is priced in the middle range for a midfielder but is a consistent scorer.
Josh P. Kennedy $9,500
Veteran Swan midfielder Kennedy is looking to bounce back and get back to his absolute best form. If he is to dominate the Pies like he has in the last seven years then he needs players around him to lift also. Averaging 26 disposals and a massive 8.5 tackles. The tackling pressure will be key in a big score against the Pies, with the potential for him to kick a goal or two resting forward. The steady head of Josh will be important in a win for Sydney.
Taylor Adams $9,200
New role for Adams has ben resilient in the ball movement for his side. He is still finding plenty of the ball and doesn’t look like taking a backwards step from any contest. Massive 9.5 tackles and 29 disposals as his average in the opening games with potential to pick up and continue this fine form. He is priced well for someone who could possibly break the game open with 110+. All signs point to a tough tight contest, all leaning to Adams favour.
Zak Jones $5,100
The young hard nut is deemed lucky to be playing this week after being reported. He has been playing more midfield minutes and taking the opportunity to get his hands on the ball more frequently. Averaging 22.5 disposals and 5.5 marks in the early party of the season. He is a low priced defender at $5,100 and will likely be zipping off the half back line for the much needed dash for the Swans.
Jeremy Howe $7,200
Howe has started the season off pretty solid in defence for the Pies and will be required once again to shine this week. If Collingwood are to be any chance of the four points, Howe needs to use his marking ability and use the ball by foot quickly out of the back line. He doesn’t allow himself to get sucked in giving away free kicks and is very reliable for his price at $7,200. With concern around the defence of the Magpies it will be important for the likes of Howe to start the game well.