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GameDay Squad Aussie Rules 2023: Round 4 Review

Has a young Gold Coast Suns star finally found his form in 2023? Is a forgotten West Coast midfielder now a must-start? Will this star forward duo turn their form around? There are so many questions coming out of round 4. 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.

Noah Anderson, Tim Kelly and Josh Dunkley round 4 AFL review


RISERS


Noah Anderson's legend GameDay Squad player card


Noah Anderson – MID, Gold Coast Suns (187 points)

Just when I had him in the fallers section in this exact same blog just last week! I sent him an absolute rocket and he bounced back in a massive way, adding 100 points on his round 3 score of 87! Anderson was everything for the Suns in their round 4 loss to the St Kilda Saints, 25 kicks, 13 handballs, 3 marks, 10 tackles and goal sent Anderson all the way to the top of the round 4 scoring rankings with what totalled 187 GDS fantasy points. Anderson, who up until round four has been uncharacteristically poor for fantasy, only averaging 92 GDS fantasy points, put together his best performance of the year by a long way in round four to put his name back on the fantasy map. Let's hope for Anderson and Anderson owners, he can roll on with this form after going ballistic in round four.


Tim Kelly's platinum GameDay Squad player card


Tim Kelly – MID, West Coast Eagles (166 points)

Is Tim Kelly an option?… Tim Kelly might be an option in 2023! Like Noah Anderson, Tim Kelly put his best performance so far this season together against a solid opposing midfield group in the Melbourne Demons on Easter Sunday, scoring 166 GDS fantasy points! 19 kicks, 17 handballs, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 2 goals is what got him to 166, which in my opinion, cements Kelly as a point-of-difference option for the rest of the season. Not that you should need reason's to start a midfielder averaging 125 GDS fantasy points per game, but Kelly’s favourable kick-to-handball ratio, goal scoring ability and high centre-bounce-attendance percentage mean that he has as much opportunity to score big than anyone else in the league right now.


Ned Moyle's bronze GameDay Squad player card

Ned Moyle – RUCK, Gold Coast Suns (79 points)

I know what you're thinking... "79 GDS fantasy points? how is this guys a riser?" And I get that, but you only had to watch the Suns vs Saints game to see how talented Moyle is. GameDay Squad is a dynasty fantasy football platform, which means that you retain your player cards from season to season. We saw a glimpse of life after Jarrod Witts at the Suns when Witts was a late scratching, meaning 2022 VFL ruck of the year, Ned Moyle was handed his first AFL start. It was a tricky inauguration for Moyle, his debut came against the league leading Saints and one of the best ruckman in the league in Rowan Marshall, but he held his own! 5 disposals, 7 tackles and 35 hit-outs was how he got 79 GDS fantasy points. I'm willing to bet you can find him cheap on the transfer market right now and with allegedly "up to six AFL teams" (Source: AFL Media's Josh Gabelich) circling around Moyle, he will definitely be a starter sooner, rather than later.


FALLERS

Connor Rozee's diamond GameDay Squad player card


Connor Rozee – FWD, Port Adelaide Power (83 points)

Okay what is actually going on with 2022 All-Australian Connor Rozee? Rozee, who is averaging 107 GDS fantasy points per game, had his worst performance of 2023 in round 4. In Port's thrilling two point victory against the Sydney Swans, Rozee went often unsighted as James Rowbottom spent a bit of time trying (and succeeding) to limit Rozee's influence on the game. However, so far this season Rozee hasn't matched the off-season hype he garnered. On the flip side, I am confident that once Rozee does get the ball rolling he can string some good performances together we will see some big scores, I just hope the Rowbottom attention doesn't give opposing AFL coaches some reasons to think about doing the same...


Josh Dunkley's silver GameDay Squad player card

Josh Dunkley – FWD, Brisbane Lions (94 points)

A guy that amassed even more off-season hype than Connor Rozee is Josh Dunkley! And to this point in the season, he's performing even worse! So if Rozee is going to catch strays, Dunkley needs to as well. Averaging 105 GDS fantasy points four games into the season is just simply unacceptable for someone of Dunkley's fantasy resume. I get that he's at a new club, new system, new players ect, but 105 points per game from Dunkley is no where near what we thought he should be scoring. His round 4 score of 94 GDS fantasy points is his second score below 100 GDS fantasy points so far this season and we have to start wondering if Brisbane Josh Dunkley is going to match Western Bulldogs Josh Dunkley....


Sam Docherty's gold GameDay Squad player card

Sam Docherty – DEF, Carlton Blues (85 points)

This hurts... and will absolutely come back to bite me...


It is probably unwarranted to stick Docherty in the fallers section in round four, giving he is averaging 119 GDS fantasy points per game and is coming off a massive 160 GDS fantasy points in round three, but his role is super worrying to me. Playing as a weird rover x deep midfielder/super high half back flanker (i'm visibly cringing as a write this) is proving to be a volatile scoring position for Docherty and his fantasy output. Two big scores of 138 and 160 GDS fantasy points in round 1 and round 3 but also two very mediocre scores of 95 and 85 GDS fantasy points in round 2 and round 4 makes it hard to trust the man who was once regarded as the safest option for fantasy in the entire league! Hopefully with the likes of Matt Kennedy and Sam Walsh returning to the Carlton squad in round 5, we can see Sam Docherty push pack too defence and play the intercepting, high volume kick/mark game style fantasy coaches know and adore.


 


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