Are these two of the best 2024 defender options? What to do with a former top gameDay Squad Aussie Rules midfielder? Can this Hawk unlock his full potential? 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 23 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.
St Kilda Saints - Midfielder (MID)
This is the LAST warning i'll give everyone in relation to Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera! NWM has become one of the best dynasty assets in all of GameDay Squad fantasy footy, but rarely gets spoken about because of his position allocation. The 20-year-old budding superstar was touted to become a winger long-term for the Saints but has relished a move down back where it looks like he'll make his home for a long time! With an average of 111 GDS fantasy points per game which beats out rivals of a similar age bracket like Hayden Young, Wil Powell, Nick Blakey, Will Day and established defenders such as Dan Houston, Jake Lloyd, Mason Redman and Mitch Duncan. I wholeheartedly believe if NWM was listed as a defender for 2023 we would be talking about one of the most sought after cards on the transfer market, so go get them on a discount while you still can before the 2024 season!
North Melbourne Kangaroos - Defender (DEF)
I was one of the many who gave up some big name players for Bailey Scott after his three games in a row over 100+ GDS fantasy points run between rounds 16 to 18, only to get burnt by his 64 GDS fantasy points in round 19. Which hurt, it hurt really bad! But low and behold, he's on another streak of 100+ GDS fantasy point scores and counting! He's slightly similar to Nasiah Wanganee-Milera, in that, not a heap of people really talk about him... at least not nearly as much as there should be. The penny has seemingly properly dropped for the 23 year old who looks to have swallowed the keys to his half-back flankin-ish role down back for the Kangaroos he's enjoying so much. He's another player I want a lot of stock heading into 2024 and now might be the best time for you all to join me! (But not too many!)
Hawthorn Hawks - Defender (DEF)
I think now is as best a time as ever to sell high on your Jarman Impey player cards. The 28 year old is enjoying himself a great year, averaging 95 GDS fantasy points per game and playing and integral role for Hawthorn down back and up the wing. Impey is no stranger to fantasy relevance but one way or another, always seems to slip back into the shadows. His points this season have been at their best when Hawthorn have been without either James Sicily or Will Day in the starting 22 or playing in defence, and I would be remiss to not mention his injury history in past seasons. I would bank on his healthy average right now and offload him for a younger, up and coming talent.
Sydney Swans - Midfielder (MID)
You have to wonder where to go from here for Callum Mills, right? After going bang in round 21 for 129 GDS fantasy points, coaches were once again swindled into thinking Mills might hit a run of form at the perfect time! Only to go on and score 77 GDS fantasy points last round in what was just a confusing game. He looks a shell of the man who finished top 5 amongst midfielders just last year! It will be an interesting off-season and pre-season from the former premo. I'll be very interested to see where he lands on the midfield depth chart come the start of next season. With the likes of Luke Parker, Chad Warner, James Rowbottom, Dylan Stephens, Errol Gulden, Tom Papley and Angus Sheldrick all seemingly getting more of an opportunity these days. I've put a line through him, unless he completely turns it all around!
Hawthorn Hawks - Forward (FWD)
The forgotten man of 2023! And justifiably so... he hasn't been anywhere near his 2022 self where he averaged 108 GDS fantasy points and quickly became one of the best forwards to own in all of fantasy footy. Owning him this year has been... Sad, in a way? He's still averaging 99 GDS fantasy points per game, but I could count on one hand how many times I've actually genuinely considered him to start in my forward line so far this year. One of those times is this week! As he's coming off two monster scores of 127 and 126 GDS fantasy points, thanks to playing a big part in Hawthorn's two upset wins over Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs. If Hawthorn are to continue on this trajectory, Dylan Moore will have to play a big part in it, so let's just put a pencil line through 2023 and look forward to 2024!
Gold Coast Suns - Defender (DEF)
I'm extremely interested to see how returning Gold Coast Sun Connor Budarick fares this weekend against the Carlton Blues at home! I'll preface this by noting that Budarick is coming off nasty knee injury and hasn't played league footy in over 400 days so we should expect time-on-ground percentages to be down on average and for the guy to be a little slower than AFL standard but, before his knee injury, Budarick was showing signs of serious fantasy life. 3 scores over 100 GDS fantasy points in 2022, in a defence that wasn't known for their fantasy scoring. Fast forward to 2023 where Wil Powell, Darcy Macpherson and Rory Atkins have all been legitimate fantasy options at some point through the year, we could finally see Budarick take that next level. Lets temper expectations but be excited for these last two games, the main thing is that he stays healthy for the rest of the season and the off-season/pre-season.
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!