Round 1 of the 2022 H&A season fixture has been released by the AFL, Melbourne will play the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on Wednesday night March 16.
Carlton will play Richmond on Thursday night March 17, St Kilda will be matched up with Collingwood on Friday March 18.
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GWS & Sydney will continue their ‘Battle of the Bridge’ in Round 1, they will play on Saturday twilight at Accor Stadium.
There are no games that overlap in Round 1, West Coast & Gold Coast will finish off the season opening round on Sunday March 20 at 7:40pm AEDT.
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Wednesday – March 16
Melbourne v Western Bulldogs (MCG) 7:10pm AEDT
Thursday – March 17
Carlton v Richmond (MCG) 7:25pm AEDT
Friday – March 18
St Kilda v Collingwood (Marvel Stadium) 7:50pm AEDT
Saturday – March 19
Geelong v Essendon (MCG) 2:10pm AEDT
Greater Western Sydney v Sydney (Accor Stadium) 5:10pm AEDT
Brisbane v Port Adelaide (Gabba) 8:10pm AEDT
Sunday – March 20
Hawthorn v North Melbourne (MCG) 1:10pm AEDT
Adelaide v Fremantle (Adelaide Oval) 4:10pm AEDT
West Coast v Gold Coast (Optus Stadium) 7:40pm AEDT
Fantasy Impact: The opening night of the season will see Max Gawn up, he should remain a popular selection for those playing season long fantasy.
Clayton Oliver received moderate ownership last season, he averaged 109.6pts.
The Bulldogs mids were popular in 2021, that might be the case again in 2022 as they kick-off in the season opener.
DFS Impact: There will likely be 3 huge single slates to open the AFL DFS season, followed by 3-game slates each on Saturday & Sunday.
Max Gawn at the Ruck position could be popular against a Stef Martin/Tim English ruck combo in the season opener.
Premium midfielders from both teams likely won’t come cheap on night one.
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