The most under-appreciated player in the league? Is this Adelaide defender one to watch for 2024? Who are some high value trade options? There are so many questions coming out of round 19. 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.
Tom Liberatore – MID, Western Bulldogs (135 points)
If no one is going to give this man some love I’ll put my hand up to do it because Tom Liberatore is having an incredible year, and it’s not being spoken about nearly enough! I get that his midfield partner is Marcus Bontempelli and it can be hard to steal any limelight from the great man but Libba has been criminally underrated this season for far too long. But better late than never right? To put some numbers to the words, Libba has fallen below triple digits in a single game just three times so far this season, he’s averaging 119 GDS fantasy points per game, a career-high and while still being a fair amount off Marcus Bontempelli’s 2023 average to date of 134 GDS fantasy points, Libba has still proved to be one of, if not, the best point-of-difference players league-wide!
Mitchell Hinge – MID, Adelaide Crows (119 points)
Another underrated fantasy prospect is Adelaide’s half-back/wingman Mitchell Hinge! Who is finally enjoying a breakout season. With just seventeen games under his belt at the crows, Hinge has had to bide his time but with a Jordan Dawson sized hole to fill down in defence for Adelaide, Hinge has relished being trusted with the ball in his hands. Of course, it takes more than one man to take over the role of Jordan Dawson but Hinge from a fantasy perspective has really started to put the pieces together. In his last five outings, Hinge has averaged 115 GDS fantasy points, building as the season has gone on. He’s listed as a midfielder in GDS so it’s going to be hard to justify selecting him, but with a potential position change in the off-season, he’s a player card you will definitely want to have on hand for 2024.
Rory Atkins – DEF, Gold Coast Suns (119 points)
If you want to go super rogue to end the season, look no further than reborn Gold Coast Suns half-back flanker Rory Atkins. Atkins has now recorded three games on the trot now where he’s put up numbers we thought were behind him. 122, 152, 119 GDS fantasy points in each of his last three games, which is still a relatively small sample size, but it is a sample size nonetheless. He looks a different man under Suns interim coach Steven King, and doesn’t look like slowing down. If you want to go incredibly point-of-difference, Atkins is your man.
We're going to look ahead to value and 2024 this week!
Jack Viney – MID, Melbourne Demons (114 points)
The ultimate sell high option right now is Melbourne Demons bull Jack Viney. There’s no denying the Viney has been incredible this season, averaging 110 GDS fantasy points so far and he’s been super consistent from a fantasy perspective. There are however a few points to consider. First and the biggest point is that Viney is doing what he’s doing without Clayton Oliver, his best games have been while Clarry has been out. The second is that he’ll heading into the 2024 season at 30 years old, and you have to wonder how his game style will suit at 30 year old body. So if you have a player you love and want to acquire before the off-season, Viney might be the perfect asset to send the other way.
Touk Miller – MID, Gold Coast Suns (93 points)
With the ascension of Sam Flanders absolutely killing it for the Gold Coast Suns, there needs to be someone who makes way and from what we have seen from his return it looks like it could be Touk Miller. Before his sacking, former Suns coach Stuart Dew went on record saying the Suns liked the look of Touk up forward for the Suns and it seems interim coach Steven King subscribes to the same thought. Miller Attended only 46% centre-bounce-attendeances, way down from his earlier season high 70’s and low 80’s percentages. Considering his lack of involvement in his natural position his score was still quite good, notching up 92 GDS fantasy points on the day, but given the talent in the midfield pool, it will be hard to justify starting him going forward.
Taylor Adams – MID, Collingwood Magpies (125 points)
Taylor Adams is another sell high option going into the twilight of the 2023 season. Adams has been okay-ish so far in 2023, averaging 92 GDS fantasy points per game but more impressively, playing 17 games so far this season. Which ordinarily isn’t anything to write home about but for someone as injury-prone as Adams, that is a massive win. His most recent form however presents potentially one of the last opportunities to trade your Taylor Adams player cards for some value in return. Use his two most recent scores of 145 and 125 GDS fantasy points as leverage and trading, because with his injury history and age, he’s just too risky.