Every week GameDay Squad coaches are searching for that player-of-difference (POD) to help them have the edge over the competition. Over the finals series we will be going over three different POD options ahead of the weekend’s footy. After reading this, hopefully some of the questions you might have for certain players would have been answered. Let us know your thoughts on who we have down below on all of our social channels twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.
Keidean Coleman – DEF, Brisbane Lions
I’ve been patient with Keidean Coleman… Probably (definitely) too patient but just as I go to put a big red line through him, he always finds a way to drag me back in! He’s coming off some very good form in the back end of the home and away season, averaging 106 GDS fantasy points in his last five games to close out the season. You also mix in Daniel Rich’s retirement coupled with the fact we’re losing the likes of Jordan Dawson, Tom Stewart, James Sicily and Luke Ryan and I think you could do a lot worse than Kiddy Coleman as you shuffle through your defender reserves. It’s also worth keeping an eye on his role as we look forward to the 2024 home and away season as well, Coleman is older, but he has all the tools for a Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera-esque breakout!
Harry Himmelberg – DEF, Greater Western Sydney Giants
The forward line now! Where we have lost the likes of Tim Taranto, Harry Sheezel and Sam Flanders! A bit of a forgotten man that you can have a good level of confidence in starting is Harry Himmelberg. He just so happens to have one of the easiest matchups going into the finals as he takes on St Kilda who still leak the most points to opposing back lines for fantasy footy. A matchup he would have thrived in earlier in the home and away season if it weren’t for a gut wrenching early injury. Like Coleman, Himmelberg brings some good form to the finals for fantasy coaches, heading into week one with a healthy three game average of 112 GDS fantasy points per game. It will be hard replacing your Tim Taranto cards with Harry Himmelberg, but as a point of difference option, you could again, do a lot worse!
Callum Wilkie – DEF, St Kilda Saints
The man who has quietly gone about his business all season long and has sneakily notched up an eight game streak of 100+ GDS fantasy scores in a row! Callum Wilkie! Insane numbers from the 27-year-old St Kilda defender who has a nice matchup against GWS this week. He gets his points the old fashioned way as a defender, no fancy kick-ins, just high volume mark to kick gameplay. He’s also got some good recent form against GWS scoring 105 GDS fantasy points against them in round 10 this year. After losing some key defender options for the finals series, in the form he’s in, slotting Wilkie into your D6 slots could be your safest choice!