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Holmes To The Rescue?! AFL Fantasy Round 22 – Buy, Sell, Hold

You won’t need Sherlock to work out how good Holmes can be? Is this ruckman the answer? Can we abolish the taggers? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 22 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.

How good is Max Holmes for fantasy AFL?


Max Holmes (Geelong Cats - Forward)

In round 21 we got to see what Max Holmes could produce with a bit more midfield time. He was thrown in there with the exclusion of skipper Joel Selwood being rested for the match against the Saints and he took it with both hands! Holmes finished the day with 24 disposals, 6 marks and a goal which was good enough for 112 GDS fantasy points. With some of Geelong’s biggest names entering the twilight of their careers, it’s well worth buying and stashing Holmes in the hopes that he finds himself running through the guts.

James Rowbottom (Sydney Swans - Midfielder)

At the moment it feels like I’m writing about a different Sydney young gun every week! This time it’s midfielder James Rowbottom. Fresh off his third 100+ GDS fantasy point game in a row, James Rowbottom will be in the back of the mind of a lot of coaches over the off-season as he continues to show out to close the season. Still at just 21, Rowbottom has always had the talent but now the production is following. Scores of 119, 149 and 101 in his last three games, coming from a mix of a high volume of tackles, disposals and the ability to impact the scoreboard, we could have a dynasty stud on our hands.


Jarryd Lyons (Brisbane Lions - Midfielder)

Jarryd Lyons has been going about his business, but not to the levels we had come to expect of him. Averaging 94 GDS fantasy points in his last five games is a long way off what we would expect from someone of Jarryd Lyons’ calibre. What's more worrying is the long-term outlook of someone like Lyons. He’s now 30, he’s currently in a midfield situation that will be very saturated with the likes of Will Ashcroft joining the team and Josh Dunkley being linked to the Lions and we have also seen a plunge in fantasy score production. Unfortunately, I think it’s time to sell while you can still get some value.

Peter Wright (Essendon Bombers - Ruckman)

Now, Peter Wright has been great playing up forward for the Essendon Bombers this season so far. At the time of writing Wright has tallied up 49 goals, and he’s currently averaging 82 GDS fantasy points on the season. Because he’s listed as a ruckman in GameDay Squad fantasy footy, he might seem like an enticing option to start, given how horrendous the ruckman position has been this year. But don’t be fooled! A player like Peter Wright is extremely goal dependent. When he hasn't scored a goal or more in a game, his average slides all the way down to 52 GDS fantasy points. That’s not ideal and you can’t afford to run that risk at your ruck position, no matter how difficult it may be to find a starter.


Tom Stewart (Geelong Cats - Defender)

One name, Mitch Owens. He had a blinder as St Kilda decided to tag Tom Stewart to the point where I thought he was injured and subbed out! Ownes and the Saints kept Stewart to a season-low (without injury) GDS fantasy score of just 62 points. An absolute alien score to see below someone I regard to be comfortably in the top 3 for defenders in fantasy footy. However, never fear! There’s good news. Tom Stewart doesn’t have to see Mitch Owens for the remainder of the 2022 home and away season, and Stewart plays the Gold Coast Suns and the West Coast Eagles to close out the season. You can’t ask for better matchups than that! Set and forget.

Zach Merrett (Essendon Bombers - Midfielder)

Another victim of the tag last round was star Bomber, Zach Merrett. Before round 21, Merrett was making a case for the most in-form player in GameDay Squad fantasy footy. He was red hot, on a streak of five games over 140+ GDS fantasy points. That was until he ran into the Giants and Lachie Ash who ended the party in a big way. Merrett only finished with 71 GDS fantasy points on the day which will obviously upset coaches who started him, but you can’t sit Zach Merrett going forward. He’s still one of the most in-form players in the league and will play Port Adelaide and Richmond to close out the season, both in which he has every chance to go big!


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