Friday night footy has a lot to offer, but when you throw in finals it has plenty to boast for all football fans.  It will be a tantalising match up between the Cats and Tigers at the MCG.  A lot has been said about the record Geelong hold over the Richmond football club but finals is a completely different story.  Both teams are loaded with quality talent, with it all resting on the shoulders of each side once the first bounce takes place. AFL Fantasy Tips:

Ruck

Toby Nankervis $7,700

It’s been a big first season for Nankervis since moving from the Swans to Richmond in the off-season.  In the opening year for the Tigers he has averaged 14.9 disposals, 4.1 tackles and 24.1 hit outs per game.  He has been prolific this season and hasn’t put a foot wrong heading into finals.  If he is to assert his dominance against the Cats, he will need to hit the scoreboard.

Forwards

Daniel Butler $4,900

Butler has been a solid player in the 2017 season for Richmond, but how will he fair in finals football.  No one will be able to help the young forward once he steps out on the ground.  He has scored 26 goals this season, averaging 3.4 tackles per game with some immense forward pressure.  He will be boosted with Caddy coming back into the side, but he will need to show the crowd the faith Tigers coaching staff have in him once the game begins.

Tom Hawkins $7,700

Big Geelong full forward Tom Hawkins will be much-needed if the Cats are to have a good crack at shutting down the Tigers.  His marking ability will surely be hard-fought against the likes of Alex Rance.  With 48 goals on the year from 19 games with an average of 5.5 marks per game.  He will need to work hard and lead up to the ball if Geelong are to have any chance of scoring a winning total.

Midfield

Joel Selwood $8,200

Missing recent weeks with surgery could prove costly for the Geelong skipper.  Money becomes a bug factor when selecting a fantasy line up but the price tag of $8,200 and the calibre of Joel Selwood is surely enough to convince anyone.  If any player can will himself to dominate a contest and surge his side towards a preliminary final than Selwood would be my man.

Brandon Ellis $8,200

After a rocky start to the season, Ellis managed to work his way back into some quality form.  He started off the back line early on in the season but recently he is pushing more and more into the midfield.  Many players for the Tigers have worked hard in the 2017 season but Ellis has managed some quality minutes.  He remains a player unnoticed on the radar of opposing clubs, certainly working in hid favour.

Sam Menegola $9,400

Menegola has finally managed a solid run at senior football in 2017 and has not put a toe out of line.  He isn’t a midfielder that will break the bank when it comes to selecting some quality players.  Averaging 24.4 disposals, 5.8 tackles and 5 marks per game this season, he is hunting the contest.  Recent weeks have proven he is not just a midfielder, but a forward awaiting a game where he kicks straight.

Defenders

Tom Stewart $6,000

Another player in his first season, Stewart has managed to insert himself in the starting lineup more often than not.  With a 72Fp form total, and a price tag of $6,000 he is the perfect option to try remain under the salary cap and score a winning amount.  He may be a mature age recruit for the Cats but any player selected personally by Tom Harley is alright in my books.

Bachar Houli $8,900

The running game for the Tigers will be important if they are to open up the Geelong game style.  With plenty of ball to be won across the ground, the MCG will have plenty of space to work into.  Averaging 28.3 disposals, 4.7 marks and 3.7 tackles in 2017.  Houli works hard for his side and given a good run at the contest he will contribute for his team.

 

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