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GameDay Squad Aussie Rules: Round 8 Team To Beat

Join us as Kerm puts on his general manager cap and selects his dream team going into round 8 of the AFL! He'll have the entire player pool to choose from, which should make selecting 6 defenders, 5 midfielders, 1 ruckman, and 6 forwards weekly easy right? Well, let us know who you agree with and who else you might have selected down below on all of our social channels twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.


Round 8 AFL Fantasy team to beat


Defenders (DEF)

Really good all round from the defender group! Except Luke Ryan... who was a dud, a big dud! Ryan could only muster up 87 GDS fantasy points in Freo's loss to Brisbane in round 7. Unfortunately the levels are too high at the moment, 87 points is a long way below average and i'm scared of the dynamic he has with Hayden Young where it feels like only one can go off per round, Ryan's going to get some time on the pine.




Tom Stewart

Geelong Cats

Verses Adelaide Crows at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Saturday at 2:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 138 GDS fantasy points

For some reason, Tom Stewart already has 9 intercept marks tallied up despite the game not commencing for another 48 hours.


Will Day's legend GameDay Squad player card


Will Day

Hawthorn Hawks

Verses Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium, Perth

Saturday at 7:30pm AEST


Round 7 score - 117 GDS fantasy points

Will Day has been simply incredible so far in 2023. Obviously the 2 week suspension was a bit of a kick in the guts but from a pure fantasy footy perspective, he has been unreal. With a GDS points per game average of 120 points and a scoring floor as high as anybody's in the league, he is well deserving of entering top 6 defender conversations. Day has failed to fall below triple digits so far this season, and he's doing everything possible to accumulate. Positive kick to handball ratio, loves to get dirty with a tackle and is incredible over head as well, he's a fantasy jet and there's every chance he becomes a mainstay here.

Jordan Dawson's bronze GameDay Squad player card

Jordan Dawson

Adelaide Crows

Verses Geelong Cats at GMBHA Stadium, Geelong

Saturday at 2:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 143 GDS fantasy points

The word "love" gets thrown around a lot but I own the 1/100 Jordan Dawson diamond card and I think I'm emotionally and affectionately bound to it....

Jack Sinclair's platinum GameDay Squad player card

Jack Sinclair

St Kilda Saints Verses North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Sunday at 4:40pm AEST


Round 7 score - 141 GDS fantasy points

That's the level of performance we have come to expect from Sinclair and he finally delivered with a big outing against Port Adelaide in a loss on Friday night but, this 141 score should quell the worries of Sinclair owners for a while at least! It would be unwise to question Jack Sinclair's scoring power, let's just hope he goes on with it and strings some big games together now.

James Sicily's gold GameDay Squad player card

James Sicily

Hawthorn Hawks Verses Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium, Perth Saturday at 7:30pm AEST


Round 7 score - 118 GDS fantasy points

A little bit meh from Sicily but we'll take 118 against the Doggies. Sicily faces a Freo Dockers out fit in round eight, a team where he has seen some success against in recent outings. Must start, the guy is a jet.

Nick Daicos' silver GameDay Squad player card

Nick Daicos

Collingwood Magpies

Verses Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Sunday at 3:20pm AEST


Round 7 score - 116 GDS fantasy points

Literally the best player in the game...



Midfielders (MID)

The midfielders we incredible last week which means I Can't make any changes. It'd be harsh given the lowest score in this group was 125 GDS points... It's difficult for me to leave out the likes of Christian Petracca, Andrew Brayshaw, Noah Anderson, Caleb Serong and Jack Steele at the moment, but the guys below haven't done anything wrong despite the other knocking on the door.

Rory Laird's silver GameDay Squad player card

Rory Laird

Adelaide Crows

Verses Geelong Cats at GMBHA Stadium, Geelong

Saturday at 2:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 125 GDS fantasy points

Business as usual from the man the myth, you know you have selected well when the worst scorer in your midfield is Rory Laird with 125 GDS fantasy points. He could be a scratching this week, so it'd definitely worth monitoring his status going into Saturday.




Sam Walsh

Carlton Blues

Verses Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Friday at 7:50pm AEST


Round 7 score - 139 GDS fantasy points

I mean it's hard not to score points for Carlton right now! They are a fantasy gold mine at the moment! Carlton as a team had 10 players over 100 GDS fantasy points in what is a flood of form that they are in. And we love Walsh, do we lock him in and throw the keys away?


Darcy Parish's diamond GameDay Squad player card



Darcy Parish

Essendon Bombers

Verses Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Sunday at 1:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 138 GDS fantasy points

And bounce back he did! After his lowly ANZAC Day performance of just 105 GDS fantasy points (light for him), Parish redeemed himself with a whopping 138 GDS fantasy points in round 7! Parish is another player in this team that has gone to another level and hasn't left my actual GDS side once this year!


Clayton Oliver's bronze GameDay Squad player card

Clayton Oliver

Melbourne Demons

Verses Gold Coast Suns at Heritage Bank Stadium, Gold Coast

Saturday at 4:35pm AEST


Round 7 score - 143 GDS fantasy points

Clarry meets a Gold Coast Suns side who Gill McLachlan pretty much kicked out of the league at the Tasmania 'Devils?' announcement this week (Super exciting news by the way!). "The competition historically hasn't had odd amount of teams, the league will go to either 18 or 20 teams" Gill, thank you great man for helping me save a few dollars on my Suns membership! Anyway... the league has hired Oliver to assassinate the Suns franchise so look out for a high score record here!


Tom Green's gold GameDay Squad player card

Tom Green

Greater Western Sydney Giants Verses Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval, Canberra Saturday at 7:30pm AEST


Round 7 score - 152 GDS fantasy points

Tom Green is legit! 152 GDS fantasy points and the scary thing is, I'm not even sure we have seen the best of him. This will be an exciting midfield matchup in Canberra as well! Green, Coniglio, Kelly, Perryman V Bontempelli, Macrae, Smith and possibly Liberatore! Exciting times.

Ruckman (RUCK)

Rowan Marshall says hi! But still... Genuine set and forget right now...

Tim English's platinum GameDay Squad player card

Tim English

Western Bulldogs

Verses Greater Western Sydney at Manuka Oval, Canberra

Saturday at 7:30pm AEST


Round 7 score - 109 GDS fantasy points

#1 ranked ruckman based on average

#1 ranked ruckman based on total scoring


The numbers speak for themselves


Forwards (FWD)

Up and down positional group this week with the big news being Jack Ziebell finding himself in injury doubt. He picked up an injury that took him out of the game for a period of time but he still rescued his score for 110. I'm going to replace Ziebell this week because of the injury cloud he's under but I could come to regret it! Connor Rozee is a dizzying rollercoaster but his talent means he has to stay for another week at least. Jeremy Cameron needs to stop letting Tom Hawkins kick goals again, fire up! However, he too get's another week.

Jack Dunkley's gold GameDay Squad player card

Josh Dunkley

Brisbane Lions

Verses Carlton Blues at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Friday at 7:50pm AEST


Round 7 score - 129 GDS fantasy points

Dunkley still makes me upset but a little less upset than previous weeks. More of these 129 scores please and thank you sir!


Harry Sheezel's silver GameDay Squad player card


Harry Sheezel

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Verses St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Sunday at 4:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 147 GDS fantasy points

The equation is simple really... if Jack Ziebell is out with injury, Sheezel is an automatic must start.


Tim Taranto's legend GameDay Squad player card

Tim Taranto

Richmond Tigers

Verses West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

Saturday at 1:45pm AEST


Round 7 score - 143 GDS fantasy points

I'm genuinely running out of things to say about this guy... just set and forget forever!


Stephen Coniglio's bronze GameDay Squad player card

Stephen Coniglio

Greater Western Sydney Giants

Verses Western Bulldogs at Manuka Oval, Canberra Saturday at 7:30pm AEST

Round 7 score - 127 GDS fantasy points

Stephen Coniglio is so good.




Connor Rozee

Port Adelaide Power

Verses Essendon Bombers at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Sunday at 1:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 100 GDS fantasy points

Connor Rozee came straight back down to earth after his eye-watering 160 GDS fantasy points in round 6. He's making my receding hairline move back at a rapid rate because owning him is akin to riding a rollercoaster. I fair dinkum didn't see him for 98% percent of his round 7 match up against the Saints and he still scored 100, which is a good sign, but lets bump those numbers back up!




Jeremy Cameron

Geelong Cats Verses Adelaide Crows at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Saturday at 2:10pm AEST


Round 7 score - 103 GDS fantasy points

Mr nice guy eh! Giving Tom Hawkins a go at some target practice. Well, lets put that mindset behind us and kick 10 this weekend Jezza!


Fringe players that just missed out on the starting 18.

Jake Lloyd (DEF) - Sydney Swans

Nic Newman (DEF) - Carlton Blues

Lachie Weller (DEF) - Gold Coast Suns

Sam Docherty (DEF) - Carlton Blues

Brad Crouch (MID) - St Kilda Saints

Caleb Serong (MID) - Fremantle Dockers

Marcus Bontempelli (MID) - Western Bulldogs

Tim Kelly (MID) - West Coast Eagles Rowan Marshall (RUCK) - St Kilda Saints

Toby Greene (FWD) - Greater Western Sydney

Jack Ziebell (FWD) - North Melbourne Kangaroos

Jodan De Goey (FWD) - Collingwood Magpies

Zak Butters (FWD) - Port Adelaide Power

Errol Gulden (FWD) - Sydney Swans

 


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