Sydney losing to the Bombers? Are the Saints the most confusing team in the league right now? Are the Suns officially out of finals contention? There are so many questions coming out of round 16. But let's turn our attention back to fantasy footy for a second and identify some risers in form and some others who should be falling out of favour with all fantasy coaches. Let us know your thoughts on who we have down below on all of our socials - twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.
The equation we like to use on the Footy GameDay Squad podcast is opportunity equals production, that couldn’t ring truer for Tom Liberatore at the moment. Libba’s been thrown into playing more around the footy, seeing a healthy increase in centre bounce attendances, which allows his natural ball-winning inside game to excel. Not only is he excelling on the field right now, but his fantasy averages have become more consistent and he’s putting up numbers you can’t ignore anymore. Libba’s averaging 127 GDS fantasy points in his last 3, which means if you own a gold Liberatore player card or above I would start to consider starting him. Is his ascension directly correlated to Bailey Smith missing time though? Buyer beware…
Kick first midfielders are scoring really well at the moment in GameDay Squad Footy scoring as Noah Anderson starts to announce himself as one of the better dynasty options out there. With kicks being awarded 4 points in GDS, Anderson's kick-first play style benefits both on-field for the Gold Coast Suns and in footy fantasy as well scoring over 100+ in 11 outings already this year. Because of his volume, Anderson's fantasy floor is both safe and high. At 21 years old, all GDS coaches should be on the lookout for Noah Anderson player cards in packs and eventually on the transfer market!
Definitely not the Demon I thought I’d be writing about, but James Jordon has found himself being fantasy relevant in season 2022! I admit, he might not be as important as some of his teammates like Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver, and Max Gawn, and he certainly won’t get the screen time and hype some others get but Jordon is as important as all of them in a dynasty sense. At 21, Jordon has been able to carve out an important role in what just so happens to be the best team with the deepest midfield depth in the league. He can find the footy, impact the scoreboard, and owns a 113 fantasy GDS average in his last 5 games. Again, at 21 he’s clearly on the rise and absolute one to hold to see if he ascends into must-start territory.
This is a hard one to navigate through because when Brayden Fiorini starts for the suns, he’s a great fantasy option because he just knows how to find the footy so well. However, it seems as though he’s fallen out of favour with Stuart Dew and the Suns hierarchy as even after weeks of injury crises and debuts, Fiorini still finds himself in the two’s or on the bench as the emergency-sub. Because of this, he’s currently unstart-able, be that as it may, I wouldn’t be throwing any Brayden Fiorini cards in the bin just yet. With clubs like Collingwood reportedly circling the situation, he might just offer up some great value as early as next season.
Jordan De Goey
Throwback to preseason where De Goey was tipped to comfortably sit within the top 10 of all fantasy forwards. Fast forward to now where inconsistent performances, a lower ceiling than we expected, and a lot of off-field noise has corrupted De Goey’s fantasy season. With 84% of time-on-ground against the Suns in round 16, it was almost as if he was a ghost. A season-low GDS fantasy score of 46 points rubs salt into the wounds of all Jordan De Goey owners out there who must be finding it really hard to start him now.
I get that Mitch Lewis has put up some tasty scores so far this year but for me, he's incredibly goal-dependant. I know that until this round Lewis had scored in every game this year, but I'm talking he needs 3-4 goals to be putting up serviceable numbers. These boom or bust type players can be enticing because when he does score half a bag he is in the points, it's just when he doesn't fire, you get scores like what he put up in round 16. 50 GDS fantasy points against the Giants, after having a career day in round 15 is not the rollercoaster I want to be on.