After plenty of ums and ahhs as to whether the 2020 AFL season would in-fact go ahead, the AFL CEO confirmed on Wednesday that the Round 1 will be played this weekend!
To celebrate the good news, Draftstars have announced a monster $100,000 daily fantasy tournament for the opening game between the Richmond Tigers and Carlton Blues on Thursday night!
The game gets underway at 7.25pm on Thursday night, live from the MCG and the 100k tournament is set to be a popular one with not much else in the sporting world happening at the moment!
We have the full details of the tournament below, as well as our best fantasy picks for the game to help you when building your squad!
Richmond Tigers vs Carlton Blues
Thursday, 7.25pm, MCG
Prize Pool: $100,000
Entry Fee: $20
Max Entries: 150
Payout: Top 1450
Patrick Cripps ($15,240)
How can you look past arguably the best player in the league on opening night. Cripps is 25 years old and could conceivably take his game to another level this year, which is ridiculous to think given that he is already the most complete midfielder in the game. Is an absolute lock to score 100+ on any given night, as he did so on 10 different occasions last season. In Round 1 against Richmond, Cripps racked up 101 points on 32 touches and in Round 21, he had 126 points on 37 touches. Set and forget.
Ed Curnow ($13,530)
There is plenty of top line forwards on the Richmond side of the ball in the likes of Dustin Martin, Tom Lynch and Kane Lambert. So much so that it’s hard to pinpoint one, instead, we are opting for Ed Curnow here, who should be heavily involved in the contest and should get a run through the midfield. In two games against Richmond last year, Curnow scored 113 in the Round 1 clash and 122 with 34 possessions and 8 tackles when the teams met in Round 21.
Trent Cotchin ($10,010)
With the way the Brownlow Medallist moves, it’s a little hard to believe he is only 29 years old. Another year under the belt and another gruelling finals campaign of wear and tear to consider has us steering clear of Cotchin in the early rounds here. We think he spends less time in the midfield this year and although he racked up 107 against Carlton in Round 1 last season, that was his only score of 100+ for the entire season. Could score 80+ but not worth the risk of a score in the 60s on Thursday night.
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