The third string Western Bulldogs midfielder we should start t discuss? Is this Richmond Tiger worth holding onto over the off-season? Time to trade this inform St Kilda Saint? There's a ton of questions leading into the back end of the 2023 season and we are here to try and answer them all! It's time now to get firmly stuck into some fantasy chatter with some GameDay Squad Aussie Rules Fantasy: Round 22 Trading Targets! GameDay Squad is a little bit different to your more traditional AFL Fantasy and AFL Supercoach platforms. Some features that make it a little bit of a different experience are:
There are no weekly trade restrictions, this means that you can take your MRO frustrations out stress free.
In GDS the cards you use to play are virtual player cards which you can collect from player card packs, with that, there is a fully functioning peer-to-peer transfer market which you can trade, auction and sell player cards that you own. Yes, this means that you can not only rage trade but rage sell all of your James Sicily cards!
It’s also essential to keep in mind that GameDay Squad is a dynasty fantasy football platform and that will be heavily taken into consideration in this article.
Western Bulldogs - Midfielder (MID)
We speak a lottttt about Marcus Bontempelli, I have tried my hardest to push the Tom Liberatore narrative… but now it’s time to talk about the third option, Adam Treloar, who is quietly having one of his best seasons yet! Averaging 119 GDS fantasy points per game so far this season, Treloar has enjoyed his time back in the Bulldogs midfield, earning the third highest amount of CBAs per game amongst Bulldogs midfielders. Something worth highlighting is just how consistent he has been this season as well, Treloar has only fallen below triple digits on three occasions so far this season, incredible levels of consistency that hasn’t always been in his game. Treloar could prove to be a phenomenal point-of-difference option for this run home. With Match ups against Hawthorn, West Coast and Geelong to end the season, you could do a lot worse than Adam Treloar.
Fremantle Dockers - Defender (DEF)
I am loving the look of Hayden Young in this Fremantle midfield right now! I for one didn’t see this coming, I thought Young would be a stock, standard but elite half-back flanker for years to come but with an opportunity to step inside the guts, he looks to have taking his game to another level. The past two weeks Young has seen a major increase in centre-bounce-attendances with 52% in round 20 and a huge 77% in round 21. His scores in those two weeks? 99 and 139 GDS fantasy points! He plays West Coast this week in round 22 and then faces Port Adelaide and Hawthorn to close out the season, all three games Young should be considered for selection, especially this week against West Coast and his round 24 hit-out against Hawthorn. Despite his up and down scoring, Hayden Young is considered one of the best dynasty prospects in the league, if he continues this trajectory in the midfield, it’s only going to increase his stock more!
St Kilda Saints - Forward (FWD)
Marcus Windhager I truly do believe has the minerals to transform into a fantasy stud but I think that day might be a couple of seasons away yet. He’s enjoyed an okay season! In recent weeks he has really batted above his average which has his name on the edge of some of the communities lips. I think it might be wise to cash in and maybe pair him with another player as a bundle trade option and wait it out while a midfield role eventually gets carved out for him!
St Kilda Saints - Midfielder (MID)
The ultimate sell high heading into the twilight of the season right now for me is St Kilda’s ace wingman, Mason Wood. He has had a seriously insane year, averaging 109 GDS fantasy points and becoming a genuine option for those who look out for point-of-difference options. Wood has excelled this year but as we know, he is a wingman and in fantasy footy, playing a wingman very rarely pays off handsomely. You only need to look at other elite wingman around the league, Blake Acres, Lachie Hunter, even Nic Martin to a lesser degree but all have shown glimpses of incredible fantasy scoring, but haven’t been able to string it together for long periods of time. The exception might be Josh Daicos, but even he has shown to dud some weeks. So at the height of his scoring potential and at 29 years old, now is the time to kick the tires on Mason Wood and get yourself some real value back.
Sydney Swans - Midfielder (MID)
Just when you fall off the James Rowbottom train he reels you straight back in! He reminded us once again that he will be eventually a force in fantasy footy, scoring 114 GDS fantasy points in typical Rowbottom fashion. 15 kicks, 9 handballs, 2 marks and 7 tackles is what to him to the score which marks his third score over 100 GDS fantasy points in four games. Rowbottom is still down from his 2022 average of 95 GDS fantasy points per game, but it seems all the 22 year old needs is a good run in the midfield for Sydney for him to become a genuine fantasy footy jet! I would still consider Rowbottom a must-hold over the off-season with major upside if Horse can give him a long run in the midfield.
Richmond Tigers - Defender (DEF)
I have my eyes set on Jayden Short in these last three rounds of the season. Short has been an immense fantasy figure in recent years but lost his shine this season as he was made a midfielder in GameDay Squad Aussie Rules. With the retirement of Trent Cotchin coming into play, I can’t wait to see where he plays to close out the season. Fantasy coaches will be praying he plays off the Half back line, with hopes of a position change in the off-season. I’m not sure he will be entirely out of the conversation if he is listed as a midfielder next year, he is an incredible footy player and Richmond love the ball in his hands. Watch him, and hold as the off-season unfolds.
The information contained in the article is not intended and should not be understood or construed as financial advice. As always please do your own research, my placing history suggests you should absolutely do your own research!