AFL Demons vs Bombers Draftstars DFS Preview and Projections for Round 18, 2024

Draftstars Australia's AFL Demons vs Bombers Round 18 DFS contest begins at 7:30pm AEST on July 13, 2024, and Fantasy Insider has crunched the numbers for every player in the game to help you make winning line-ups.

An accurate Draftstars cheat sheet is crucial for AFL fantasy players. This DFS preview is designed to help you put together your fantasy teams for Draftstars' AFL contests and enhance your Supercoach team for Round 18.

Fantasy Insider, renowned for its world-class DFS tools and projections since 2015, uses the same machine learning models as Stats Insider to produce some of the best DFS projections in the world.

With the latest AFL fantasy insights and DFS strategies from Fantasy Insider, you're set to win in more AFL fantasy contests.


Cheat Sheet and Projections

We have reviewed players from each team in the Melbourne vs Essendon match-up to help you find the best selections on Saturday's slate.

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Zach Merrett (ESS, MID) $16,140 107.8 6.7
Value Daniel Turner (MELB, FWD) $6,000 46.3 7.7
Fade Sam Draper (ESS, RK) $10,770 57.9 5.4
Cheapie Jake Bowey (MELB, DEF) $8,210 60.9 7.4

According to Fantasy Insider's DFS model, our "stud" is the highest projected scorer across the slate, while "value" picks provide the most "bang for your buck," meaning they are expected to perform well relative to their salary.

Conversely, a "fade" is a player considered to offer lower value for money, based on their expected score relative to their salary. For budget-conscious strategies, "cheapie" options highlight the best value players at lower price points not already mentioned.

In fantasy sports, understanding value—assessing a player's potential output against their salary—is crucial, as players scoring high relative to their cost are key in crafting the optimal line-up.

The "Pts/$1K" metric shows the predicted points for every $1,000 of a player's salary. A higher number indicates better value, making it easier to spot players who could outperform their cost.

Positional Breakdown

DEF (Defender)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Nic Martin (ESS) $14,850 104.2 7
Value Jake Lever (MELB) $7,450 55.1 7.4
Fade Trent Rivers (MELB) $14,180 84.4 6
Cheapie Jake Bowey (MELB) $8,210 60.9 7.4

MID (Midfielder)

Selection Salary Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Zach Merrett (ESS) $16,140 107.8 6.7
Value Archie Perkins (ESS) $9,320 68.5 7.3
Fade Trent Rivers (MELB) $14,180 84.4 6
Cheapie Nik Cox (ESS) $8,110 59.7 7.4

FWD (Forward)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Alex Neal-Bullen (MELB) $11,490 73.6 6.4
Value Daniel Turner (MELB) $6,000 46.3 7.7
Fade Kysaiah Pickett (MELB) $10,400 69.8 6.7
Cheapie Harrison Petty (MELB) $6,000 43.9 7.3

RK (Ruckman)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Peter Wright (ESS) $9,920 66.1 6.7
Value Peter Wright (ESS) $9,920 66.1 6.7


When building your AFL Demons vs Bombers Round 18 teams, consider starting with a value player like Daniel Turner. To secure one of the highest projected scorers, Zach Merrett is a strong option. If you're seeking budget-friendly choices to free up salary cap for more studs, check out our cheapie options, including Jake Bowey.

On the other hand, according to our model, Sam Draper is one of the worst value options in this game, suggesting you might want to limit exposure to him if entering multiple line-ups.

Ready to go? Draftstars' AFL Demons vs Bombers slate closes at 7:30pm AEST on Saturday. ENTER NOW!

As with all AFL DFS contests, whether you start with our studs or build around our value picks, leveraging Fantasy Insider's data-driven AFL fantasy news and strategies, combined with your own research, can enhance your chances of winning in the AFL Demons vs Bombers Round 18 slate. The unique insights here can give you an edge when you make your AFL DFS line-ups.

For the latest projections and optimised AFL Demons vs Bombers line-ups, check out the Fantasy Insider Cruncher on Draftstars! It's free to use when you're logged in.

For more on this game, dive into our full Melbourne vs Essendon prediction, where you will find the latest odds and tips for the main betting markets.


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Fantasy Insider has been providing world-class DFS tools and projections since 2015. Its advanced player projections are based on the same machine learning models that Stats Insider uses, making them some of the strongest DFS projections in the world.

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