Round 13 of the Toyota 201 AFL Premiership competition has come and gone and it is time to examine our fantasy picks for the abbreviated round, as only 12 clubs were in action during the second bye week.
We use $100 for our fictional stake, because we like easy math.
So, we had $600 at stake.
We got all six picks correct. We might have to frame them and put them on the wall.
Using Ladbrokes’ figures, we earned $952 in dividends. With the return of our $600 staked, the week was worth $1,562.
We backed favourites in every instance and when the final sirens blew for each game, we were never really in any jeopardy, except for possibly the four-point margin of the St. Kilda –Gold Coast game and the three points by which the Dogs defeated the Blues.
Round 14 is the last of the short fixtures, so here is how we see the six games to come.
The Essendon Bombers are in Perth to play the West Coast Eagles. West Coast is all over the map, but our bookie has them favoured by 17.5-points, so we have to take the Eagles, even if they are offering just $135, because we would rather be right and only slightly richer than to pray for an upset and a $315 payday.
The Hawthorn Hawks are in Sydney at the SCG to play the Swans. The Swans will pay us $152 and are 11.5-point favourites.
The Dockers will play the Dees at MCG, but home ground is not going to persuade us to back Melbourne, so we take Fremantle for a potential $210, provided they can find 18 bodies to run out and even though Melbourne are favoured by 4.5.
Brisbane is touring Marvel Stadium to play the Saints and the Lions are 5.5-point favourites, but we are selecting St. Kilda to put aside their cassocks and don their superhero outfits as we chase our second underdog of the week and hope to pocket $214.
The Geelong Cats will invade the Adelaide Oval for a game with the Port Power and there is no reason not to take the Cats to bring us $147.
Finally, a sincere word of thanks to the AFL for Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium. The Pies will deliver the pastry and $130 to us.