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AFL Fantasy 2022 Round 22 Recap: Risers and Fallers

Will Fremantle’s big man give us any consistency? Is Luke Parker making a serious bid to be the most inform player in fantasy footy? What happens to Keidean Coleman when Daniel Rich plays? There are so many questions coming out of round 22. But let's turn our attention back to fantasy footy for a second and identify some risers in form and 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.

Will Sean Darcy be in your fantasy team in season 2023?


Sean Darcy (Fremantle Dockers - Ruckman)

Let me preface this by saying, I really do love this man. Every time I begin to lose faith in Sean Darcy he reels me straight back in. In Round 22, Darcy posted up a stat line of 16 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles a goal and an enormous 56 hit outs! That took him to a season-high score of 167 GDS fantasy points on the day! The issue with Darcy this season is that while these big scores have been popping up here and there, he hasn’t been able to follow the big scores up with any consistency. Darcy is still one of the best dynasty options at the position, and I hold faith that the consistency will come.

Luke Parker (Sydney Swans - Midfielder )

We spoke about the lack of consistency Sean Darcy might have but Luke Parker might just be the picture of consistency! Parker notched up his 9th 100+ GDS fantasy point game in a row as he finishes off the season as one of the better midfield options in fantasy footy. While Parker enjoyed what could be defined as a ‘decent’ start to the year, he has taken his game to another level in recent times. Round 22 was Parker’s third game in a row scoring over 130 GDS fantasy points, further laminating how dominant he has been. Anyone who owns Luke Parker should be loading him up because he is arguable one of the most inform midfielders in the league right now.

Brandon Ellis (Gold Coast Suns - Midfielder)

Gold Coast Suns winger Brandon Ellis has appreciated a role change into defence in recent times. The Sun's veteran spent 96% of the match against the Geelong Cats in the defensive half of the field, often taking kick-ins and releasing off half-back. Since the role change, Ellis has put up scores of 130, 124 and 157 GDS fantasy points putting him in firm contention for selection going into the last round of the GDS footy season! It’s safe to say that Ellis will continue to play down back to close this season against North Melbourne, so if you have him stashed away in your inactive squad, you might want to consider firing him up!


Keidean Coleman (Brisbane Lions - Forward)

Round 22 was a little bit of a crashing back to earth for Brisbane Lion’s young star Keidean Coleman. Since Daniel Rich’s return to the side, its become evident that the two quarterbacks off the half-back line for the Lions cannot co-exist in a fantasy footy sense. Luckily for Coleman, he has time on his side, at just 22 years of age you can afford to wait patiently for Rich to disappear into the sunset, but for the time being scores of 67 and 66 while Rich has been back scares me enough to suggest sitting him for the last round.

Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood Magpies - Forward)

This could be a case of proximity bias because I’ve had to start my diamond Steele Sidebottom given the lack of options I have in the forward line, so he is always in vision distance. Now I'm drawing the line, his last 4 game average of just 69 GDS fantasy points has left a sour taste in my mouth, to put it nicely. He has been a champion for Collingwood and the AFL but at 31, I'm not sure Sidebottom can be viewed as a viable fantasy option going into next season.

Bradley Hill (St Kilda Saints - Defender)

Brad Hill was a defender who had a great purple patch of form for fantasy in the mid-year but has been very up and down to close it out. This could be because he’s had to be pushed up from the half-back flank, back to his usual wing role because the likes of Hunter Clark have returned from injury. A last 5 game average of 69 GDS fantasy points makes it hard to start Brad Hill but he is a name to keep a close eye on over the off-season and pre-season.


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