The Tigers look to make it four wins on the trot and keep their season alive as they travel down to Tasmania for a Kangaroos home game.
The Roos were a touch disappointing and found wanting last Friday night against the Swans and will no doubt be looking to make amends and get back in the winners circle (they were previously unbeaten!).
There is a stack of fantasy contests going on once again this weekend so here are five little snippets of info that will be handy to have in your corner before you finalise any lineups.
- No rain, no worries! The weather forecast can often play a big role in Tasmanian Footy, especially now that winter has arrived but tonight although brisk should be pretty good conditions for play. There looks to be only a minimal chance of rain and wind doesn’t look to be a factor whatsoever. That should play into the Kangaroos hands who are a better attacking side and are used to playing on ‘flat tracks’ like Etihad Stadium.
- Good Cotch, Bad Cotch. North Melbourne has dominated Richmond recently, winning seven of the last nine contests, including five in a row from 2011-15. Most importantly, they derailed Richmond’s finals campaign last season at the MCG. On that day Richmond Captain Trent Cotchin had a game to forget and will no doubt be out to make amends for that performance against the Roos. Since returning from his cheekbone injury Cotchin has averaged 122 Moneyball fantasy points and 34.5 disposals per game. He’s playing the best football he’s produced for a long while.
- Golden Years. Kangaroos ruckman Todd Goldestein is arguably the best in the league right now and Richmond’s Shaun Hampson will have his work cut out limiting Goldstein. Hampson has now become the Tigers number one ruckman as Ivan Maric battles form and injury issues. The Roos are the best clearance team in the AFL (14.9 per game) and if you are stacking their midfield you should also play Goldstein in the ruck despite his price. ***Hampson is under an injury cloud for tonight’s game. Updates coming throughout afternoon.
- Delightful. Richmond are a much better team when Brett Deledio is healthy and he was at his dominant best last week when he kicked three goals against the Bombers. He’s a utility (Forward/Midfielder) at Moneyball but he does come at a cost ($8,200) and their looks to be some great value Tiger options up forward in Morris and Lloyd so be sure to spread your exposure if you pay up for Deledio.
- Play of the day. Richmond’s Shane Edwards still appears to be well and truly underpriced ($6,200 on Moneyball). After a slow start to the season which was partly due to an interrupted preseason and some injury concerns he is starting to slowly hit his straps. Make no mistake, Edwards is one of the Tigers best five players when he is up and rolling and we think he’s a terrific play tonight.