AFL Full Round Draftstars DFS Preview and Projections for Round 18, 2024

Draftstars Australia's AFL Round 18 DFS contest begins at 7:40pm AEST on July 12, 2024, and Fantasy Insider has crunched the numbers for every player on the slate to help you build winning line-ups.

A reliable Draftstars cheat sheet is a must for AFL fantasy players. This DFS preview is designed to help you assemble your fantasy teams for Draftstars' AFL contests and enhance your Supercoach team for Round 18.

Featured AFL Games

Draftstars' AFL Full Round slate includes the following games:

Fantasy Insider, renowned for its world-class DFS tools and projections since 2015, uses the same machine learning models as Stats Insider to come up with some of the strongest 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've reviewed every player from every team to help you make the best picks on Friday's slate.

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Rowan Marshall (STK, RK) $15,890 113.2 7.1
Value Lachlan Murphy (ADEL, FWD) $6,000 59.9 10
Fade Sam Draper (ESS, RK) $10,770 57.9 5.4
Cheapie Nick Coffield (WB, DEF) $6,000 57.6 9.6

According to Fantasy Insider's DFS model, our "stud" is the highest projected scorer across the slate, while "value" picks offer 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 Sam Flanders (GC) $15,960 110.4 6.9
Value Nick Coffield (WB) $6,000 57.6 9.6
Fade Colby McKercher (NMFC) $13,760 79.9 5.8
Cheapie James Trezise (RICH) $6,680 62.4 9.3

MID (Midfielder)

Selection Salary Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Marcus Bontempelli (WB) $16,640 112.2 6.7
Value Matthew Cottrell (CARL) $6,000 51.4 8.6
Fade James Worpel (HAW) $12,990 76.7 5.9
Cheapie Caleb Poulter (WB) $7,760 63.1 8.1

FWD (Forward)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Harry Sheezel (NMFC) $15,610 106.7 6.8
Value Lachlan Murphy (ADEL) $6,000 59.9 10
Fade Will Hayward (SYD) $10,410 65.8 6.3
Cheapie Matthew Cottrell (CARL) $6,000 51.4 8.6

RK (Ruckman)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Rowan Marshall (STK) $15,890 113.2 7.1
Value Jacob Koschitzke (RICH) $7,060 55.8 7.9
Fade Sam Draper (ESS) $10,770 57.9 5.4
Cheapie Sam Darcy (WB) $9,480 68.4 7.2


When building your AFL Round 18 teams, consider starting with a value player like Lachlan Murphy. To secure one of the highest projected scorers, Rowan Marshall is a strong option. If you're looking for budget-friendly choices to free up salary cap for more studs, explore our cheapie options, including Nick Coffield.

On the other hand, according to our model, Sam Draper is one of the worst value options on the slate, suggesting you might want to limit exposure to him if building out multiple line-ups.

Ready to go? Draftstars' AFL Full Round slate closes at 7:40pm AEST on Friday. 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 Round 18 contest. The unique insights here can give you an edge when you make your AFL DFS line-ups.

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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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