Round 13, and the second week of the bye, is upon us. The bye weeks are never fun, there is always a lack of enthusiasm around the competition. And the supporters, not just the players, seem to need a break to recharge themselves for the rest of the season. But, fear not, Draftstars has you covered!

With some established stars raring for a point explosion, and a number of young guns running around at low value, round 13 still has plenty to offer. Let’s push through the bye-induced lethargy and add some excitement to your AFL starved Saturday by having a crack at the $40,000 prize pool. If that isn’t incentive enough, first prize is a staggering $5,200!


Here is a team you may consider for the AFL $40,000+ Saturday competition


Josh Battle ($8,600)

His first game for 2018 was a real statement from the 19-year-old Dandenong Stingrays’ product. He led high, presented well, contested manfully and his hard work was rewarded with two goals and 69 DS points. He will only get better from here and, against a leaky suns’ back six missing star defender, Steven May, Battle has the potential to stamp his name alongside the gung young forwards in the competition.

Tom J. Lynch ($8,480)

You can’t keep a champion down, and, with the media storm surrounding Lynch’s future during the week, it’s high time he silenced the noise with a huge performance. The Saints cough up almost 100 points against each week and have allowed three individual bags of six goals in their past four matches. It’s the perfect antidote for a Suns forward line that has been held goalless in its last four last quarters. This has all the makings of the perfect storm for Lynch to break off the mental shackles and kick a big bag.


Tom Mitchell ($18,570) & Matt Crouch ($13,530)

Last time these two sides met Mitchell and Crouch went head to head and manged 38 and 35 disposals respectively. They are two of the primary ball winners in the competition and the winner of their match-up will go a long way to determining the result of the game. Consequently, both coaches, Alastair Clarkson and Don Pyke, will want to give their stars all the opportunity they can. Mitchell is in insatiable form, averaging 143 DS points from his last three games, while Crouch looks ready to let loose and return to form after a hamstring injury side-lined him earlier in the season. If for nothing else but theatre, have these two consistent ball distributors in your side.

Shaun Burgoyne ($10,430)

He’s played the second most finals of all time, has four premiership medals and oozes class every time he steps out onto the field. Always a big game player, Burgoyne will want to embellish his legacy in his 350th game. After a return to form against Port two weeks ago, Silk looks likely to explode after a week’s rest. An irrepressible force, Burgoyne will light the game up at throughout the night and remind the fans what he is capable of, even at 35 years old.

Patrick Wilson ($6,400)

A mature age debutant, Wilson played an integral role in an SANFL premiership with Sturt last year and has been torching his opponents at that level for the Crows’ reserves. 33 disposals and a goal last week commanded an AFL call up. As is typical with older recruits, Wilson has the body to have an immediate impact in the clutches for Adelaide and, priced at just $6,400, his cost allows us some wriggle room in other spots.


Connor Blakely ($13,960)

Last time these sides played Blakely ran rampant, racking up 33 disposals and laying 9 tackles. He’s the highest priced defender on Draftstars this Saturday, and for good reason. With DS scores of 111 and 90 over the past two weeks, Blakely is every chance to go to the next level against Carlton and put out a huge score. With Carlton’s intensity prone to lulls during games, Blakely should be able to dominate off half back and through the midfield for a high volume of disposals and, consequently, bulk DS points.

Sean Lemmens ($5,000)

An interesting South Australian product, Lemmens has the makings of a solid footballer. Unfortunately, through injury and form, he hasn’t been able to put it together well enough, for long enough. Coach, Stewart Dew, has afforded Lemmens another chance at AFL level. And, with the Saints faltering forward pressure, Lemmens will be blessed with more time to use his silky skills off half back and be able to have an impact on the game. Look for him to try to break the lines and propel the suns forward forays. If he starts well, he could be in for a huge game.


Matthew Kreuzer ($13,310)

Kreuzer is a fighter, and, locked in a battle against the returning Aaron Sandilands, he will relish the competition. He has been good without being fantastic this year but, as long as he can continue to rack up the hit outs and take advantage of his superior athleticism around the ground, Kreuzer should be able to return a score of 100+ which will go a long way to winning this.


Written by Brin Duggan

The Line Up

FWD: Josh Battle ($8,600)

FWD: Tom J. Lynch ($8,480)

MID: Tom Mitchell ($18,570)

MID: Matt Crouch ($13,530)

MID: Shaun Burgoyne ($10,430)

MID: Patrick Wilson ($6,400)

DEF: Connor Blakely ($13,960)

DEF: Sean Lemmens ($5,000)

RUCK: Matthew Kreuzer ($13,310)

Salary Remaining: $1,720



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Kick = 3 points

Mark = 3 points

Handball = 2 points

Goal = 6 points

Behind = 1 point

Tackle = 4 points

Free Kick For = 1 point

Free Kick Against = -3 points

Hitout = 1 point

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