Updated: Aug 4, 2022
Is Stephenson on the bounce back with Noble gone? Is the sun setting on a Sydney great? Will Jordan Dawson feast on his former club? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 18 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.
Mason Redman (Essendon Bombers - Defender)
What a breakout second half of the year it has been so far for Mason Redman in season 2022. Flying off half-back, he’s been able to not only establish himself as a premium fantasy option but a smokey all-Australian option as well as he sits as ‘above-average’ in all major statistical categories including, kicks, handballs, marks, tackles, meters gained and disposals. His kick-mark game style is perfect for GameDay Squad scoring as well, having eclipsed the 100 GDS fantasy point mark seven times in his last 10 games. He also fits the mould as a dynasty option to build around given his age of only 24. Redman is as good a buy option as any right now that could lead your defence for years to come.
Jaidyn Stephenson (North Melbourne Kangaroos - Forward)
I can acknowledge this is risky, but I'm absolutely buying into Jaidyn Stephenson's role change to the half-back flank. Stephenson was subject to tons of negative criticism going into last week's game against the Tigers, but caretaker coach Leigh Adams’ master stroke to throw Stephenson back onto to half back-flank could revive fantasy seasons and Jaidyn Stephenson’s career. He played 86% of round 18 in the defensive half, had 23 disposals at 87% efficiency, had 835 meters gained and scored a goal for 114 GDS fantasy points. I understand it’s a very small sample size, but it’s enough for me to buy in!
Jack Martin (Carlton Blues - Forward)
Carlton Blue Jack Martin is eligible to come back from injury this week but I won’t be touching him. Having missed 8 games so far this season, not cracking 100 GDS fantasy points on any game so far, failing to impact games and struggling for time on ground, I think it's best practice to just forget that Jack Martin is an option in footy fantasy. The last time Jack saw the field was in round 14 where Carlton lost to Richmond and Martin was subbed off in the fourth quarter, only scoring only 56 GDS fantasy points. Don’t go shopping for Jack Martin, and try to avoid starting him at all costs if you already have him.
Josh P. Kennedy (Sydney Swans - Midfielder)
Another player that is due back from injury soon is Josh Kennedy of the Sydney Swans. JPK has been a force for Sydney for well over a decade and could very well be a hall-of-famer in the AFL. Though at 34 years old, playing less and less midfield time and spending less time on ground, Josh Kennedy’s days as a premium fantasy option are behind him. He had a great game in the VFL last week gathering 28 disposals in vintage JPK fashion, but at AFL level, I think he just becomes an annoyance to Chad Warner owners for a little while.
Jordan Dawson (Adelaide Crows - Defender)
I smell a revenge game! Jordan Dawson has become one of the best fantasy assets in the game since his move from Sydney to Adelaide in last year's off-season. To his standards, his last couple of weeks have been well below par, only scoring 100 and 87 GDS fantasy points in his last two games. I think he’s too talented and too important to the Crows for that trend to continue. Dawson comes up against his former side Sydney this week in round 19, will he return to his 130+ games we got so used to? I’ll back him in.
Brodie Grundy (Collingwood Magpies - Ruck)
I’ve missed writing about Brodie Grundy so here we are. It hasn’t been the season Grundy owners have wanted or expected, even when he played earlier this season he was a little hot and cold. There is also a lot of media noise about where Grundy might play next year with rumours suggesting he could be on the trading block. No matter what happens, you must hold and Brodie Grundy card you might own. Only a couple of seasons ago he wasn’t just one of the best fantasy players going around, he made a case for being one of the best athletes in the country for me. Don’t sell because of rumours, a change of scenery could even be the best thing for him, but you will rue it if you decide to sell him before next season.