Things are getting serious in the AFL. Round 16 means we are well and truly into the back half of the season and sides are either gearing up for finals or making arrangements for pre-season (while the players are booking their flights for end of season frivolities). Either way, every team has a point to prove, or a statement to make.

Case in point, Carlton v Brisbane. Affectionately titled the Walsh-Lukosius, this game should identify the team responsible for the number one pick in the upcoming national draft. Despite both sides epitomising mediocrity this season, there are multiple players that will stack the DS point sheet. Meanwhile, must win games loom for the Dees and Port, and the matchup between the Doggies and Hawks will be ferociously fought.

All in all, an exciting Saturday awaits. And Draftstars is here to emphasise your excitement and add a further element of enthusiasm to your already action packed Saturday. With a $50,000+ prize pool on offer and a first prize of over $5,000, get on board and have a crack at the money!


Here is a team you may consider for the AFL $50,000+ Saturday competition


Charlie Dixon ($9,960)

With Jake Carlisle missing with a much talked about punctured lung, the Saints will be looking for answers among their back six. Enter the most undecipherable question, Charlie Dixon. He is a monster. And the Saint’s just don’t have a backman able to match it with him. Provided he brings the intensity he is capable of (and his kicking boots), expect him to bang through a bag of goals.

Jarrod Pickett ($5,620)

Towards the back end of 2017, Jarrod Pickett became an extremely dangerous player. Putting on immense forward pressure and hitting the scoreboard at will. Unfortunately, this year he has been absent. Though, after a game under his belt last week, he will be looking to get back to the force he was last year. And there will be no better chance than this week against the Lions. An extra incentive to pick him is his meagre price of $5,620!


Clayton Oliver ($15,010)

Oliver will play in just his 50th game on Saturday. For a player to have the impact he has had in their first 50 games is something to behold. He topped the Demons in Brownlow votes last year and claimed the club best and fairest. An incredible achievement in just your second season. Oliver acts as a barometer for the Dees, and, with a must win game on the line, expect Oliver to bring his A-game this week.

Chad Wingard ($13,010)

After playing a more decisive role in the midfield over the past month, Wingard has regained some of the form of his 2013 and 2015 All-Australian years. He has elevated his disposal tally while still managing to hit the scoreboard. With a three game average that nudges 100, and priced at a reasonable $13,010. Wingard is a valuable pick up this week.

Jack Steele ($12,260)

As the Saints have improved, so has Steele. Illustrated by his 100 DS point average over the past two games. The defining characteristic of Steele is his irrepressible ability to rack up large tackle numbers. Considering tackles are good for four DS points, Steele’s ability becomes an invaluable element of his game. And in a game expected to be tight and contested, anticipate a tackle count of well over 10 from him.

Patrick Lipinski ($8,290)

At just 19-years-old, Lipinski has a huge future ahead of him. He has played 10 games on the trot in just his second season and his best game came in his most recent. He racked up 25 disposals and proved to be a thorn in the Cats’ side last week. He will take great confidence from that performance and build on it against the Hawks this week.


Angus Brayshaw ($12,870)

After continual setbacks due to concussion, Brayshaw has lifted his game to a level nobody thought possible 12 months ago. Four of his last five games have been enormous, resulting in a six game average of 111 DS points. As is the case with Clayton Oliver, Brayshaw will be champing at the bit to steer his side straight against the Dockers this week.

Ethan Hughes ($6,400)

A strong 2017 season cemented a spot in the Dockers best 22, but this year has been one to forget for the 23-year-old. This Saturday will be just his second game. Consequently, he will be desperate to make an impression and prove to Ross Lyon his spot should not be relinquished. He averaged 16 disposals, a few tackles and 62 DS points a game last year, averages far above his $7,010 pricing. He is an astute pick this week.


Max Gawn ($15,420)

Forget what anyone says. Forget mowing the lawn. Forget dinner with the in-laws. Your number one priority this week is fitting Max Gawn into your Draftstars team. The Sandilands-less Dockers will have no answer for Gawn’s dominance. Not to mention the fact the fan favourite is in insatiable form. The DS world record score is in danger.


Written by Brin Duggan

The Line Up

FWD: Charlie Dixon ($9,960)

FWD: Jarrod Pickett ($5,620)

MID: Clayton Oliver ($15,010)

MID: Chad Wingard ($13,010)

MID: Jack Steele ($12,260)

MID: Patrick Lipinski ($8,290)

DEF: Angus Brayshaw ($12,870)

DEF: Ethan Hughes ($7,010)

RUCK: Max Gawn ($15,420)

Salary Remaining: $240



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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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