Is 2023 the year of the De Goey? What is Adelaides midfield rotation telling us? Injuries happen in professional sports, is it worth hanging on? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 2 preview of buy, sell and hold. It’s 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. Let us know your thoughts on who we have included below on all of our socials - twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.
Jordan De Goey
Collingwood Magpies - Forward (FWD)
Jordan De Goey has been nothing short of a fantasy tease since entering the league. By that I mean, he's hovered around the mid 80's to mid-90's GDS fantasy scoring average for too long now. Is 2023 the year we finally see De Goey break the 100+ GDS fantasy mark? I think theres a real chance! In round one De Goey tied (With Tom Mitchell) for most centre-bounce-attendances for Collingwood against Geelong last week with a 67% CBA rate. A number De Goey hasn't typically put up in the past, historically, playing as a predominant forward. I think there is a legitimate chance De Goey ends the season as Collingwood's highest averaging fantasy player in GDS. His high kick to handball ration, his goal-kicking ability and his new role inside give him every chance! Listed as a forward i'd try everything you can to snap him up so you don't miss out if he truly does take off.
Western Bulldogs - Defender (DEF)
In a team that boasts the likes of Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae, Bailey Smith, Tom Liberatore, Tim English and more! It was Caleb Daniel who for me, looked the most likely to score big last weekend. The frustrating aspect of Daniel's game was his low time-on-ground that petered out as the game went on, but I think we can expect that to rise into the mid 80's at least, as the season shakes out. But still, Daniel posted 17 kicks, 12 handballs, 5 marks and 4 tackles on his way to a GDS fantasy score of 127 points! Daniel's role across the high half backline will allow him to sustain a high floor, which makes him a safe D5/D6 to plonk into your teams as a valuable point-of-difference.
Fremantle Dockers - Forward (FWD)
This is tough. He's an AFL legend, a Freo legend, a legends legend but I fear that Nat Fyfe's days of being remotely fantasy relevant are over. In round 1 we saw Fyfe only muster up 9 disposals, 7 marks and 2 tackles on just 78% time-on-ground in round 1 against North Melbourne, which was only good enough for a GDS fantasy score of 55 points. You can put that score down to a lot of things but the most worrying stat that came from the game is that Fyfe didn't register a single CBA. Thinking about whether or not he might be able to carve into a role inside again is hard to fathom as well. With this likes of Andy Brayshaw, Will Brodie, Caleb Serong and Jaeger O'Meara all taking the brunt of the action in Freo's midfield it's hard to see Fyfe working his way back in there. Unfortunately, Fyfe (Legend) is un-startable until he find a role inside again.
Adelaide Crows - Midfielder (MID)
Now is the time to sell high on Ben Keays while you still can! Keays was gargantuan in Adelaide's preseason game, recoding 133 GDS fantasy points with zero centre-bounce-attendances. Keays was also really good in round 1 putting up a score of 106 GDS fantasy points and finding the ball well, but how sustainable are these scores? Nine Adelaide players finished ahead of Keays in centre-bounce-attendance percentage... NINE. Keays only saw four CBAs with the likes of Izak Rankine, Tyler Brown and Josh Rachele all seeing more opportunity around the contest. With these numbers, despite his scoring, I don't think it's wise to start Ben Keays going forward, and it's even worth selling him while his stocks are high.
Geelong Cats - Defender (DEF)
Injuries are a cruel part of all professional sports and for fantasy coach's who started Tom Stewart going into the Friday night primetime game, their off-season scouting, preseason analysis and hope for the season were torn up as he leaped of the field in early in the first quarter in round 1. Ordinarily, a player who sustained an injury would be featured in the sell section of this blog, but we're not talking about an ordinary player! Tom Stewart is one of the safest and most consistent defenders in all of fantasy footy. He also, has an incredible ceiling, his highest scoring in 2022 being 206 GDS fantasy points proves he can win you a round off his own boot. So while it might be easy to discard him or look to sell him while you can, it would be my advice to hold and stash him until his fit and ready to return.
Sydney Swans - Midfielder (MID)
The panic metre on Callum Mills is quite high for me, but he's a player who deserves patience. In round one against the Gold Coast Suns, Mills recorded an uncharacteristic score of 98 GDS fantasy points. Which doesn't actually look that bad! But for a guy who is known to push the 120+ mark, he's definitely fallen short. The panic i'm feeling towards him is due to his CBA percentage. Only 36% from a guy who was the lead man in there just last season. The likes of Errol Gulden, Chad Warner, Luke Parker and James Rowbottom all finished ahead of him on percentage, so Mills owners are forced to wonder... What role is Mills playing this season? The answer right now is, we don't know, hence why he's listed in the hold section here. Hold for a few rounds, hopefully his role is ironed out and we will have a better idea of what to expect from Mills in 2023.