Updated: Aug 10
GameDay Squad is exited to be launching our very own Women's Fantasy Footy game on to the platform! To complement the launch, we will be releasing team reviews for each of the 18 teams and highlighting some key players that you need to keep an eye on over the course of the 2023 pre-season! Next up we have the Collingwood Magpies, Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers! Let us know your thoughts on who we have down below on all of our social channels: twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.
Collingwood finished 7th last season and had a short push into finals. Defence is an area of strength for them, having 3 of the top 6 fantasy defenders from Season 7. This trade period saw some strong recruiting into the other areas making Collingwood a serious contender for Season 8.
Name: Ruby Schleicher
Season 7 average: 80.89
Review: One of the premier defenders in the competition. Plays a very fantasy friendly roll which has resulted in her being the highest averaging defender for the past two seasons. Look to see her push into the midfield throughout the year. Lock into D1 if you can.
Name: Jordyn Allen
Season 7 average: 72.4
Review: Not a very high ceiling but she’s a consistent scorer in a fantasy position where that’s hard to find. There will always be higher scorers, but Allen comes with less risk.
Name: Tarni White
Season 7 average: 74.5
Review: Talented young midfielder who was traded from St Kilda this season. Started last season very strong at the saints before drifting off towards the end. I’d expect that average to jump up this season.
Collingwood sit in the middle of the pack for points conceded for all positions except defenders. After Adelaide, on average Collingwood conceded the most points to defenders last season. Could be a nice option if you’re struggling for a match up.
Essendon finished last season strong but were still unable to make finals. Fantasy wise they have a few players I’d expect to see started by Gameday Squad coaches and definitely some I’d expect to emerge throughout the season.
Name: Bonnie Toogood
Season 7 average: 73.7
Review: Former All Australian forward who won’t go huge but at least you know what you’re going to get. The 5th highest averaging GameDay Squad forward last season but never actually cracked 100. Will still be an important player this season.
Name: Madison Prespakis
Season 7 average: 106
Review: Essendon’s highest fantasy scorer last season. A former league best and fairest who could move back into the elite category if they can improve their scoring consistency. Only 22 years of age as well!
Name: Brooke Brown
Season 7 average: 60.1
Review: Recruited from North Melbourne this trade period to hopefully sure up the Essendon backline. Watch this space to see if the new role results in an increase in scoring output.
Essendon were one of the harder sides to score against last season, so I’d look elsewhere if you’re playing the match ups.
Fremantle hold some of the biggest fantasy football names but unfortunately that didn’t convert to actual results. They finished in 12th for season 7 with just 3 wins and a draw. They also had a few losses in the trade period so it will be interesting to see how they go this season.
Name: Kiara Bowers
Season 7 average: 140.7
Review: Probably the GOAT of AFLW fantasy. Highest GDS average last season by some distance and it’s not the first time that’s happened. A tackling monster averaging almost 15 a game in season 7. That’s 60 GDS points right there even without touching the footy. Absolute lock if you’re lucky enough to have one.
Name: Ebony Antonio
Season 7 average: 84*
Review: Only managed to play the last two games of season 7 after suffering an ACL injury in the preseason but still managed to have the highest average by the end. Listed as a forward in GameDay Squad but has the skillset to play in almost any position. Should definitely be on your forward radar.
Name: Mim Storm
Season 7 average: 75.3
Review: Storm was one of the more consistent rucks last season. She scored between 78 and 95 in all but two of her games last season which is much better than most. Definitely a viable starter.
Given the quality Fremantle possess in the midfield, you might be surprised to hear they are one of the leakiest teams in that area. They are also the leading point conceder to rucks so keep an eye out for any favourable match ups.