Young Roo ready to take the leap?! AFL Fantasy Round 18 – Buy, Sell, Hold

Is Josh Dunkley on the move? Can you take big Nank to the bank? Are you sick of waiting for Tom Stewart to return? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 18 preview of buy, sell and hold. It’s important 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.


Is Luke Davies-Uniacke ready to take the leap?

BUY!!!


Luke Davies-Uniacke (MID)

23-year-old budding superstar Luke Davies-Uniacke has been a major bright spot for the North Melbourne Kangaroos in another season where for the Roos, there hasn’t been a lot of positives to write or talk about. LDU is enjoying career-high averages of disposals (23.1), tackles (4.5) and free’s-for (1.3), which is also helping him to have his best fantasy season so far. Davies-Uniacke has scored over 100 GDS fantasy points in 7 games so far this year, 5 of those coming in the last 7 rounds! With a lot of time-on-ground, a clear midfield role and major improvements in his game, he’s one that the Kangaroos and your fantasy teams can build around for a long time.


Josh Dunkley (MID)

It’s not often you see one of the best fantasy assets in the game in the buy column in this blog series because it’s usually pretty self-explanatory, but I really don’t think we have seen the best of Josh Dunkley yet, and that’s scary. Dunkley, who is listed as a midfielder in GameDay Squad fantasy footy is currently having one of his best fantasy seasons to date and I’m starting to buy into the theory that he could be at a new team next year. The Bulldogs currently have one of the deepest midfields in the league, they do have needs in other positions, Dunkley at 25 potentially has another level to go to for another team and with the keys to a fresh midfield, he could hit those levels. Definitely, one to watch in the pre-season and going into next year to see what happens.


SELL...


Toby Nankervis (RUCK)

Fantasy coaches all around the globe were essentially forced into talking themselves into starting Toby Nankervis, as the ruck landscape was decimated by injuries to some of the premier starters in the position. While Nank might have steadied the ship for many, it’s worth remembering that he shouldn’t be viewed as a long-term option. Unfortunately, injuries have had an impact on Nankervis’ career, only completing one full season once, back in 2017. Also, while he may have a decent level of consistency, his ceiling for fantasy footy isn’t going to win you games in the way that a Tim English or Max Gawn would. Thank you for your service, Nank, but I’ll be aiming higher.


Travis Boak (MID)

It makes me feel a little uneasy putting an absolute club legend in the sell section here but I’m afraid it might have to be done. At the age of 33 and in the twilight of his career, Port Adelaide have started to introduce some young blood into the midfield with the likes of Zak Butters, Connor Rozee and Willem Drew all starting to make the Port Adelaide midfield their own. Boak may still be productive and offer up some good scores for the rest of the year, but in the long term, I have doubts that he will be able to replicate past fantasy footy averages.


HOLD


Luke Jackson (RUCK)

Use this as a little courtesy reminder that Luke Jackson is one of the best dynasty player cards you can own right now. Yes, he had a quieter week last week against Geelong, only scoring 56 GDS fantasy points. A far cry from his 138-point outing against the Brisbane Lions with Max Gawn out just 2 weeks prior. While it might take a little bit of patience from fantasy owners who might be looking for any signs of consistency to go along with Jackson’s already elite upside, I think that those who hold will be greatly rewarded once he gets the opportunity to take on a sole ruck role.


Tom Stewart (DEF)

Keep holding Tom Stewart! He’s still suspended for a couple of more weeks however, Tom Stewart is the kind of card you can never give up on. Some of his scores this year include monster performances like his score of 206 GDS fantasy points in round 11, and his 188 GDS fantasy point effort in round 7. The ceiling and upside that Tom Stewart can bring to a fantasy team is unrivalled. Stewart for me is at minimum a top 3 defender and should absolutely be held onto, probably even for the rest of time.


 

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