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GameDay Squad Aussie Rules 2023: Round 14 Review

Are we witnessing a historic fantasy season right before our eyes? A young Sydney star back on track? What does this Freo player have to do to get back in the side? There are so many questions coming out of round 14. 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 social channels twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.




RISERS



Dan Houston – DEF, Port Adelaide Power (129 points)

I’m getting in before the inevitable Dan Houston form slump that has you wondering if you even know football at all for once considering him! But no, I’m truth he has been very solid so far this year, averaging 104 GDS fantasy points per game so far this season which includes big scores of 127, 135, 143 and most recently a very tidy 129 GDS fantasy points in round 14. In true Dan Houston fashion we also have some 70’s mixed in with his good work but at this point we know what he is, he’s a boom or bust D5 or D6 and if you can mask his poorer performances with scoring from his surrounding defender you’ll have a player that has the scoring power to elevate your team just that little bit more.



Tim Taranto – FWD, Richmond Tigers (169 points)

I don’t like to talk too much about the big hitters in these write ups but sometimes you just have to show a player his flowers. Tim Taranto is not only a fantasy footy super star, but at this point you have to suggest any reason why the Richmond Tigers have climbed up to 9th with 34-year-old Jack Riewoldt and… Samson Ryan? Spearheading their forward line is largely down to Timmy T. To this point in the season Taranto is averaging 16 kicks, 16 handballs, 4 marks, 7 tackles and just barely under a goal a game for a eye watering 143 GDS fantasy points per game. He is putting in an unbelievable season and for Richmond fans and fantasy coaches around the country, fingers crossed he can keep up this rare form.



James Rowbottom – MID, Sydney Swans (126 points)

This is what James Rowbottom owners have been crying out for all season long! A very sturdy 126 GDS fantasy points which now becomes his highest total so far this season and a timely reminder of how talented Rowbottom is. In 2022 Rowbottom broke out to be one of the most desired dynasty prospects in all of fantasy footy, this season however, it seems as though horse has moved him slightly down the midfield pecking order. The likes of Luke Parker, Callum Mills, Chad Warner and Errol Gulden have all spent more time in the guts for Sydney, which is strange considering how well Rowbottom played last season. Nonetheless, this round 14 score of 126 GDS fantasy points should keep owners happy until he is able to break into a larger midfield role.


FALLERS


Justin Longmuir – Coach, Fremantle Dockers (NIL points)

Get Neil Erasmus back into this starting side!



Jack Steele – MID, St Kilda Saints (66 points)

There has to be something more to these performances, there has to be! Jack Steele looks a shadow of a man he once was and for a guy who generally takes his game to another level through and post the bye-rounds, he’s been a player that owners cannot touch! His round 14 score of just 66 GDS fantasy points will leave coaches who were desperate for midfield points this week kicking their wounds and the Saints captain barely broke stride all game! Ross “the boss” Lyon claims that Steele has suffered general soreness pretty much all season long, as well as some achilles problems - unfortunately coaches are going to have to stay clear of selecting Steele, until the consistent scores of 120+ come back.



Jeremy Cameron – FWD, Geelong Cats (43 points)


??? What in the world was that?! It's hard to put Jeremy Cameron in the fallers section here given the season he's having but 43 GDS fantasy points?! I didn't think he had these types of games in him this season! As aforementioned, Cameron has been different gravy for owners, scoring 100+ GDS fantasy outing eleven times already so far this season, but this round 14 score of 43 GDS fantasy points as well as his round 10 score of 69 GDS fantasy points has got to start putting some level of doubt in owners minds come selection time.


 


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