How to play
AFL Draftstars is a daily fantasy contest in which you can make money from your fantasy team. The scoring system is the same as AFL Fantasy, but Draftstars give you the opportunity to play a variety of contests, whether it be an individual match (such as Demons v Swans), a day of games (Saturday contest) or the full round contest.
The team structure is a little different as well, with two forwards, four midfielders and two defenders, which makes shrewd selection even more pivotal as one bad performance can make or break your week.
There is a $100,000 salary cap and players are priced at a minimum of $5,000, with prices fluctuating based on scoring in recent weeks rather than in Fantasy or Supercoach, where the starting price has a major impact on a player’s price.
If you’ve never played before, there are free beginner contests to get a feel for the format before you place your hard-earned on the line. For avid fantasy coaches, it’s the perfect way to transform a hobby into a potential money maker.
Tips for the week – Round 17
Tips updated 11.07.2017
After a hot run of form, Jon Patton is no longer priced attractively, so look elsewhere – Isaac Heeney ($13,300) is still priced outside the top 5 options, and offers top-end value. Hugh Greenwood ($11,650) should find his way back into the Adelaide lineup this week, so keep an eye on teams this Thursday – he should be refreshed and ready to score big. There isn’t much at the cheap end of forwards in this contest, so load up here and skimp at other positions.
For example, Rory Thompson ($6,650) won’t score you much as a Defender, but he’s dirt cheap and the Collingwood forwardline is deplorable, so he could outperform his Draftstars pricing. Similarly, I don’t hate going in on Sam Naismith at just $8,850 if you were looking for a point of difference from Brodie Grundy at the ruck position. The options in between are just a little too risky to worth taking a punt on.
Michael Walters ($13,950) is still underpriced based on what he’s been doing lately: winning plenty of the footy and kicking goals. He’s comfortably the most enticing forward option in this contest. Everyone else at the forward position here is a lottery, but Jacob Weitering ($9,100) isn’t an awful choice if you don’t want to fork out top dollar for Dustin Martin.
Don’t go past Dayne Zorko ($15,850) for your first midfield slot, as he’s on an absolute tear and will make or break your Draftstars lineup in this contest – making him the perfect selection. Nat Fyfe ($13,900) put in his best showing of the season last week, and could well back it up in the Western Derby against the Eagles. Just pick Matthew Kreuzer ($14,500) for your ruck – he’s not that much more expensive than the other legitimate options and you’ll regret it if you choose otherwise.
Tips for the week – Round 16
Tips updated 07.07.2017
AFL $30,000+ Saturday ($15 buy-in)
Isaac Heeney ($13,850) is a pricey forward, but has form on his side and should find plenty of room against the Suns. In the same game, boom Gold Coast recruit Jack Bowes ($8,100) is back in the team and while he’s not a big scorer, he is a cheap option with some upside. If he can continue the tear he’s been on over the past fortnight, Jon Patton ($10,450) will provide outstanding value – he’s scored 93 and 133 fantasy points in his last two outings.
With a matchup against the cellar-dwelling Lions and $4,000 cheaper than the top midfield options, Mitch Duncan ($14,400) is a must-star in this fixture. Jack Newnes ($12,900) is better than his price suggests while Tendai Mzungu is worth a flyer at just $6,400.
AFL $25,000+ Sunday ($15 buy-in)
Elliot Yeo ($12,800) stands head and shoulders above the other forwards available this Sunday, but isn’t priced accordingly so should be an automatic inclusion. Don’t be tempted by Cameron Pederson – his role has changed significantly since Melbourne’s gun ruckman Max Gawn returned to the side. Scott Lycett ($7,400) is a smart ruck play out of this group, particularly if you want a sensible alternative to the max-priced ruck options.
Just fork out the cash for Sam Docherty ($16,500) as opposition teams continue to refuse to tag the Carlton maestro. Brad Ebert ($13,500) is underpriced after a quiet fortnight, but he could be a match-winner in this fixture.