With the round 2 lockout now lifted in the inaugural GameDay Squad Women's Aussie Rules competition, I’m sure there will be a lot of coaches looking to mix things up with their lineup. The beauty of the GameDay Squad platform is that you can make as many trades as you’d like each week as long as you have the cards, which is a great thing if used wisely, but can also result in a lot of panic trades that result in even more frustration. So, use this buy, sell and hold article as a guide to help you navigate your way through the constant Women's Aussie Rules action!
Melbourne Demons - Forward (FWD) - Average: 132 GDS Fantasy Points
What. A. Game. 5 goals, 23 touches (including 17 kicks) and 6 tackles plus a bunch more to bring her to a massive total of 174 GDS points. That’s following up from a tidy 90 points in round 1 propelling her to be the clear number 1 scorer for GameDay Squad forwards. Due to some injuries and late outs it looks like her midfield minutes have increase which has definitely helped her scoring output. Will she score 174 every week? Obviously not, but without a doubt she’ll be a top 6 forward and someone you will need to stay competitive. I’d be looking to start any rarity of card that you can get your hands on and make her one of your number one upgrade targets as soon as possible.
Jasmine Garner & Ash Riddell
North Melbourne Kangaroos - Midfielder (MID) - Average: 160.5 & 146.5 GDS Fantasy Points
If you’re a North Melbourne fan I’d strongly suggest you follow the women’s game over the men’s. The North girls look like genuine contenders this year and that’s a lot to do with their powerhouse midfield. Both Garner and Riddell have had a big improvement on their scoring output from last season, and they look unstoppable. They are both the equal leading disposal winner in the competition and compliment that with strong tackling abilities, so you know the big scores will consistently keep coming in. They do have a couple of tough fixtures in Geelong and Brisbane coming up, but after that it’s a pretty good run home. I imagine there will be a fair bit of competition for either of them on the transfer market so it’s still worth trying to bring them in as soon as possible.
Fremantle Dockers - Forward (FWD) - Average: 49.5 GDS Fantasy Points
Ebony Antonio was a hold last round but after another lacklustre performance she’s dropped into the sell category. Don’t get me wrong, she’s an excellent AFLW player and I wouldn’t be surprised if she bounces back into some big scores, but fantasy football is a cruel game and sometimes you have to make the tough calls. Its pretty clear she is still getting back to full fitness after an interrupted preseason, and her role does appear to have changed in the interim. With other forward options like Hore, Gardiner, Toogood and Kelly currently being a level above Antonio, I just don’t think we can risk playing her right now. Keep her on your watchlist but she might take some time which we don’t have in a 10 game season.
Collingwood Magpies - Defender (DEF) - Average: N/A GDS Fantasy Points
Ruby Schleicher was the highest averaging GameDay Squad defender in both seasons 6 and 7 so its not surprising she was on the top of a lot of peoples wish lists preseason. Unfortunately she’s been battling an injury and still doesn’t have a confirmed return date. Given it’s a 10 game season and she’ll likely take a game or two to get back to normal once she does return, I think we need to direct our attention elsewhere unfortunately. She does still have plenty of football left in her but I can foresee her losing her defender status over the next season or two which would make her dramatically less appealing.
Greater Western Sydney Giants - Midfielder (MID) - Average: 103 GDS Fantasy Points
Alyce Parker is someone I predicted to take the next step this year, similar to the likes of Garner and Prespakis, but it hasn’t quite happened for her. She’s still averaging over 100 which is similar to last year, but with the development of those around her, that’s almost not good enough anymore. I think Alyce has been the victim of GWSs rough start to the season, where they’ve been outplayed in most ways. If GWS can get their season back on track I think Parker has a lot of potential to start hitting those 130 type numbers and become very relevant. GWS look like they have a fantasy friendly run home at the end of the season so don’t panic yet. She’s a class player and still only 23 so there’s a lot more to come.
Melbourne Demons - Defender (DEF) - Average: 60 GDS Fantasy Points
Maddison Gay had a disappointing round 2, managing her second lowest GDS score since Season 5. Unfortunately, this seems to be a reflection of Melbourne’s dominance in their 77 point win over GWS where she didn’t have much to do as a defender. The biggest problem I see with Gay is that this is probably going to happen again over the next few weeks, with Melbourne coming up against the dogs and hawks in the next two rounds. Might be worth sitting her out for some of the easier fixtures, but when she’s involved in the game, she’s a gun.
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!