AFL Saturday Late Draftstars DFS Preview and Projections for Round 18, 2024

Draftstars Australia's AFL Saturday Late Round 18 DFS contest begins at 7:30pm AEST on July 13, 2024, and Fantasy Insider has looked at the data 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 put together your fantasy teams for Draftstars' AFL contests and improve your Supercoach team for Round 18.

Featured AFL Games

Draftstars' AFL Saturday Late slate consists of the following matches:

Fantasy Insider, renowned for its world-class DFS tools and projections since 2015, employs the same machine learning models as Stats Insider to make some of the most reliable DFS projections available.

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 every player from every team to help you find the best choices on Saturday'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 Hugh Bond (ADEL, DEF) $6,000 53.2 8.9

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're 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 refer to 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 Hugh Bond (ADEL) $6,000 53.2 8.9
Fade Trent Rivers (MELB) $14,180 84.4 6
Cheapie Dougal Howard (STK) $6,000 49 8.2

MID (Midfielder)

Selection Salary Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Zach Merrett (ESS) $16,140 107.8 6.7
Value Zak Jones (STK) $7,040 56.8 8.1
Fade Trent Rivers (MELB) $14,180 84.4 6
Cheapie Archie Perkins (ESS) $9,320 68.5 7.3

FWD (Forward)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Taylor Walker (ADEL) $9,500 76.4 8
Value Lachlan Murphy (ADEL) $6,000 59.9 10
Fade Alex Neal-Bullen (MELB) $11,490 73.6 6.4
Cheapie Dan Butler (STK) $6,610 54.7 8.3

RK (Ruckman)

Selection Player Salary Proj. Pts Pts/$1K
Stud Rowan Marshall (STK) $15,890 113.2 7.1
Value Rowan Marshall (STK) $15,890 113.2 7.1
Fade Sam Draper (ESS) $10,770 57.9 5.4
Cheapie Riley Thilthorpe (ADEL) $7,800 53.4 6.9


When building your AFL Saturday Late 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 seeking budget-friendly choices to free up salary cap for more studs, check out our cheapie options, including Hugh Bond.

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 multiple line-ups.

Ready to go? Draftstars' AFL Saturday Late 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 Saturday Late 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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