Grand Final 2016 AFL Fantasy Match Day

Here it is, the big dance. The biggest game of the season and our last chance to play AFL Fantasy for 2016.

While the Bulldogs and Swans will be playing to hold the cup up at the end of the year, Fantasy coaches can pick their teams of seven for a chance to win $1000. Fantasy Match Day is the quickest and easiest form of Fantasy football and can be played at fantasy.afl.com.au or via the free smartphone app.

Last week Andrew Stelzer took home the cash prize by selecting the right mix of Cats and Swans from the second preliminary final. His side made up of Cam Guthrie, Dane Rampe, Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood (Captain), Mark Blicavs, Lance Franklin and Isaac Heeney.

TOP 10 SCORERS FROM WEEK THREE

  1. Joel Selwood 166
  2. Clay Smith 140
  3. Patrick Dangerfield 138
  4. Isaac Heeney 132
  5. Luke Dahlhaus 121
  6. Dane Rampe 120
  7. Josh Dunkley 114
  8. Jason Johannisen 113
  9. Kieren Jack 108
  10. Dan Hannebery 107

SYDNEY SWANS v WESTERN BULLDOGS

Grand Final
MCG
LOCKOUT: 2:30pm AEST, Saturday October 1, 2016

On that one day in October, we have two of the best Fantasy teams of 2016 going head-to-head. The Bulldogs were second behind Adelaide for more points for out of the 18 clubs. The Swans were ranked fourth.

Last time they met, the best possible Fantasy Match Day team selected included Matthew Boyd (129) and Jarrad McVeigh (99) as defenders, captain Luke Parker (158) and Lachie Hunter (133) in the midfield, Jordan Roughead (85) as the ruckman with Lance Franklin (126) and Caleb Daniel (97) as the two forwards.

DEFENDERS

The easy options are Matthew Boyd and Jason Johannisen as the two to fill the backline positions. The Bulldog duo have the Fantasy pedigree to consistently pump out great numbers, embracing the way the team from the ‘Scray use the ball out of defence. They also have a high ceiling.

If you are looking to go unique down back, Dane Rampe and Shane Biggs have been solid in the past few weeks, especially Rampe coming off 120, and could be among the top scorers of the available defenders.

MIDFIELDERS

Five midfielders from the Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans averaged more than 100 Fantasy points this year. You can’t go wrong selecting Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery, Josh Kennedy, Tom Mitchell or Lachie Hunter. They all enjoyed big years and posted scores in excess of 130 during the season.

Kennedy has been a big performer in finals over the last few years and would be a safe selection, however, it would be worth considering Mitchell if his tackle count is high.

Jack Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli improved as the season progressed. One of these ball-winning midfielders could be a point of difference for your side, along with Kieren Jack who had 13 tackles in the preliminary final to boost his score.

RUCK

Swan Kurt Tippett averaged 84.6 during the home-and-away season but was outscored 72 to 56 by teammate Sam Naismith in the preliminary final. You would expect Tippett to step up on the big stage.

Jordan Roughead has posted only one score over 90 this season for the Bulldogs, although relatively consistent of late, you would look to a Swan as your sole ruckman.

FORWARDS

Based on last weekend, Clay Smith and Isaac Heeney would have been the best forward combination for your Match Day squad. The Bulldog and Swan scored 140 and 132 respectively and were important factors in their sides’ wins.

Lance Franklin and Luke Dahlhaus were the top averaging forwards for the season and will be popular.

If you’re keen for some x-factor from a pup out of the kennel, Caleb Daniel and Josh Dunkley have posted some impressive Fantasy scores during the finals.

Last time they met: Round 15, SCG

Name Club Position 2016 Ave Score
Luke Parker

SYD

MID

109.9

158

Lachie Hunter

WB

MID

103.5

133

Matthew Boyd

WB

DEF

102.2

129

Marcus Bontempelli

WB

MID

98.6

129

Dan Hannebery

SYD

MID

108.4

127

Lance Franklin

SYD

FWD

94.2

126

Liam Picken

WB

MID

87.6

111

Josh Kennedy

SYD

MID

108.2

106

Jarrad McVeigh

SYD

DEF/MID

82.8

99

Caleb Daniel

WB

FWD

79.4

97

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