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This article will focus on the Showdown slate between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs. After sifting through the stats, here are the targets that stand out to me in this matchup, which gets underway at 5:50 a.m. ET on Friday morning.
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Bailey Smith ($6,800) – Smith has been spectacular in both games this season for the Bulldogs, scoring 95 and 93 DKFP, respectively. He’s up $1,000 in salary, but still seems underpriced given the production we’ve seen. Smith also has multi-position eligibility, so there’s no excuse for not finding a way to get him in your lineup, especially given the lack of stud plays at Forward.
Ed Richards ($4,500) – Richards continues the multi-position trend for Western plays and checks in much too cheap compared to his role in his season debut. Richards missed the first game of the season back in March, but has been a solid contributor in the past. He had 64 DKFP, which led to a $1,000 salary bump, but this position is pretty thin on this slate. Richards seems to be the best value, and provides flexibility to your build.
Other to consider: Harry Himmelberg ($4,200)
Stephen Coniglio ($8,000) – There are plenty of expensive considerations at Midfield on this slate, but Coniglio feels like the safest point-per-dollar play. Coniglio was solid back in the first game in March, scoring 74 DKFP, but benefiting from a pair of goals. He came back with an extremely balanced performance last week, finding his way to 90 DKFP without scoring a goal. His 10 kicks, nine handballs and 10 tackles last week show just how active he can be.
Other to consider: Josh Dunkley ($8,700), Jacob Hopper ($6,600)
Matt de Boer ($5,100) – De Boer’s been better than the other options in his price range in both games so far this season, playing a pretty solid role for the Giants. He’s scored 55 and 67 DKFP in those two outings respectively, yet to finish a contest with fewer than eight kicks, six handballs, five tackles and a mark.
Other to consider: Ed Richards ($4,500), Jye Caldwell ($4,300)
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Nick Haynes ($5,700) – Haynes is putting up big numbers so far, totaling 30 kicks and 14 marks through two matches. He’s pretty affordable for his 76-DKFP average and has the best matchup on paper at the position on the slate.
Other to consider: Hayden Crozier ($5,400)
Jason Johannisen ($4,900) – I generally really like to fit a punt play in at Defender on this slates, as it’s a cheaper position that’s easy to pay down. Unfortunately, this slate’s much more difficult to find that value on. Johannisen is a fine play at his price, and should consistently provide 50-plus DKFP.
Other to consider: Matthew Suckling ($5,100), Laitham Vandermeer ($3,800)
Sam Jacobs ($6,400) The Ruck plays are generally about at straightforward as it comes. Both pays should easily get to 50 DKFP, but if you have the extra salary for Jacobs, he brings more upside — he went for 80 DKFP in the season opener in March.
Tim English ($5,200) – English has been pretty consistent, hitting at least 55 DKFP in each of his first two outings. Nothing wrong with taking the savings, we know what we’re getting here.
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