Teams 2022 Fantasy - Rate my Pre-Season Team

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Shadow89

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Will he touch the ball?
Will he play round 2?

SDK is not your standard KPD - he's more of a Hurley type. Little known fact, he actually played as a mid in under 16's (was around 182cm), and then had a couple of massive growth spurts and has now grown to 204cm.

That's the thing that sets him apart, as he's unbelievable below his knees - due to still having all the muscle memory from playing as a mid. Very strong chance he plays 15+ games this year, given we literally only have two other KPD's and we've been pumping him up all pre-season.

Oh and he's also turning into a monster just 3 years into the system:

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SDK is not your standard KPD - he's more of a Hurley type. Little known fact, he actually played as a mid in under 16's (was around 182cm), and then had a couple of massive growth spurts and has now grown to 204cm.

That's the thing that sets him apart, as he's unbelievable below his knees - due to still having all the muscle memory from playing as a mid. Very strong chance he plays 15+ games this year, given we literally only have two other KPD's and we've been pumping him up all pre-season.

Oh and he's also turning into a monster just 3 years into the system:

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Neale4brownlow

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Not last year. last year with injuries and the new concussion rules and now covid etc. having rookies that are always there are priceless.

There's only ever 2 or 3 we need to keep long term beyond bye rounds (and thats usually only because they're still firing, otherwise we'd trade them too). Guys like Gulden etc.

Depending on your structure we're picking 6-9 rookies on field plus 8 more on the bench. Odds are out of that haul we'll get our 2 or 3 longer term keepers for the year anyway without needing to overspend for them.
 

Neale4brownlow

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I’d still be surprised if outside of Holland’s there is any other basement price rookies up forward that will be reliable enough to field without scoring regular 30s.

As a place holder, I think he will still need to be upgraded significantly to one of those rookies 300-350 to regularly score some 60/70s most weeks.

Ofcourse, I could be totally wrong and he’s recovering fine and will play o_O

Just placeholders for now. Ideally I'll run rookies at F5/6. But if we're only seeing Relton Roberts players for the bench I'll need to restructure.

There's probably merit in going deep in the forward line if that happens, as the premos listed in the forward line this year are basically extra mids anyway. You could safely take them all without breaking a sweat (Duncan, Dunkley, Treloar, Coniglio) and Gresham at F5.
 

Neale4brownlow

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Looking at

Ward to Lipinski
Cognillo to Rayner

Rayner 75 to 80
Lipinski 100 to 105


Ward 60 to 65
Cognillo 90 to 95

I need to stop tinkering with my team

Yes you do. Swap it back immediately.

In the game of X vs Y ... ALWAYS go the Gun + rookie.
If the gun fails, atleast the rookie is making bank to compensate.
 

JDWCE

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I'll challenge anyone to find me a better feeling in fantasy sport than when you've nailed a low ownership percentage player, that your league mates were giving you stick about all year, only for them to scramble to find ways to add them to their own teams. Below I have identified some unique point of difference players who could become league winners for all of you this year, will you take the gamble on any of the players listed below?

Matt Crouch


If you listened to the Adelaide Crows edition of the GameDay Squad footy podcast, it’s no secret that we don’t think much of the Crows and their prospects this season. Though if there is one shining light to take away and stash, it’s Matty Crouch. He missed all of last season through injury and the Crows are reportedly being very cautious with his return to full contact. Though, if Matt Crouch is ready to fire round 1 with no restrictions, he should be in your team ready to fire as well. Crouch has been an absolute stud for the Crows and fantasy teams in the past, winning the ball just as well as anybody in the league averaging 26 (covid year), 32, 32, 33, 27 disposals a game in his last 5 seasons. If you pack this guy early on, consider yourself very lucky!

Jack Bowes


Gold Coast Sun Jack Bowes didn't have the end to the season that many owners would have hoped for, battling niggling injuries and struggling for time on the field. But, cast your mind back to the start of the last season where before Bowesy got injured he averaged 26.5 disposals, 7.8 marks and 3 tackles per game. With those numbers up until injury, Bowes was a top 7 defender option in AFL fantasy. Pretty good for someone who currently has a 1.5% ownership percentage. There's also reports out of pre-season training the Bowes has been spending a lot of time with the midfield group up at the Suns, potentially filling the gap left by Hugh Greenwood? Something to keep an eye on and could definitely change the landscape of your GameDay fantasy squad.

Jy Simpkin


Only 1% of AFL Fantasy users have this guy in their active starting lineups and for me that is criminal and I hope to see the GDS ownership average much higher than that! The first reason I like Simpkin so much is the opportunity he will have. We know opportunity often equals success and with midfield mainstay Ben Cunnington missing a lot of time and Jack Ziebell proving he’s not good enough to be the old Jack Ziebell. Simpkin should be the Kangaroos number one midfield option along with rookie Jason Horne-Francis and Jed Anderson. The second reason is that he just is very good at football and he’s about to enter his prime, at 24 now, he’s got the keys to the club and the Roos are going to rely so heavily on him to perform week in and week out. Last season he had a GDS average of 112, I think he breaks the 120+ mark and could push for a top 15 midfielder finish.

Jarrod Witts


We’ll touch on the rucks because I know that majority of you out there will look to pack Brodie Grundy or Max gawn very early on. But if you find yourself struggling to get hold of one of the two elite picks and you might even be struggling to get your hands on someone like Sean Darcy or Riley O'Brien, then turn your focus to Suns big man Jarrod Witts. Yet another who missed the majority of last year with injury troubles, and the Suns won’t want to rush him back but when he is ready to go, he’s definitely one who could change the dynamic of your fantasy lineups. Witts is so alluring because he’s a ruckman who can do everything, he wins the ball on the ground, he can go forward and kick goals, he makes tackles, there are just so many point opportunities for him because he does it all. So if you decide to go down the route of a unique ruckman, you should definitely be looking Jarrod Witts’ way.

Josh Dunkley


Josh Dunkley is listed as a midfielder in GameDay Squads upcoming 2022 AFL fantasy season, which for me, makes him a fantastic value pick to go and try to pack or trade for this year. We saw Dunkley go down with a shoulder injury in round 6 last year but up until that point, he sat just under 50% of the Bulldogs’ centre bounce attendances, while also occupying the wing often. Dunkley has been a premium fantasy option in the past and he just keeps getting better, all he needs to do is stay on the park. So while everyone is busy going after the big names in the Western Bulldogs team like Marcus Bontempelli, Adam Treloar, Bailey Smith, Jack Macrae, Tom Liberatore just to name a few, I think it's worth zigging while everyone else is zagging and taking a punt on Josh Dunkley in this upcoming season.

Zak Butters


Going into the season Zak Butters is one of my own personal favourite forward targets. I’m so high on him in fact that I’ll be looking to get my hands on platinum level card at the very least. Butters just ticks so many boxes for me, he’s versatile, he passes the eye test, he can change any game off his own boot, when he gets some midfield time he can change the dynamic of the midfield completely. Another notch in Butters’ belt is just how important he is to Ports success’s. Champion data proved that when Butters was healthy, Power ranked third last year for contested possession differential, then spiralled to 11th when he got injured. Port were also ranked 1st for clearance differential and then slumped to 11th since his injury. So make of that what you will, but no one can deny that Butters adds so much to this team. Another reason I think Butters has a good year is probably something you should all take with a grain of salt but it is a contract year for the young Victorian, and we know how players like to switch on when they are in those important contract years. So with all that said he’s definitely one of my favourites, he’s unique and he could just prove to be a league winner.
Outside of Bowes and Simpkin, the rest aren't really low ownership at all. Most have huge ownership in fact
 

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Kermy_GameDay

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Outside of Bowes and Simpkin, the rest aren't really low ownership at all. Most have huge ownership in fact
Long story short, different fantasy platform - ownership is based on projected % for a new game. I got in trouble for mentioning the platform previously. In fact, I should probably delete given that fact
 
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JDWCE

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Long story short, different fantasy platform - ownership is based on projected % for a new game. I got in trouble for mentioning the platform previously. In fact, I should probably delete given that fact
Oh right that makes sense then. I'm confused whether or not I'm allowed to ask you what game it is now.... haha
 

DynamiteDons

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Current Draft. Happy enough with structure of team. Can easily take Neale out to a Serong/Yeo to gain cash back to put on somewhere else. But happy for suggestions.
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Cotchy9

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Where do we stand on Butters? The signs are there, but does he get enough midfield clock? Back to back high 70’s averages, signs are there for 90+
 

FlowersByIrene

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Flowers' list of (potentially unreasonable) absolute no goes this year.

Please yell at me below:
  • Jack Bowey, definitely won't be touching and danster168 shilling him is making that definitely more definite?
  • Cam Rayner, Cam Ray-ner, more like Cam Crab-ner, a no good half forward flanker whose reputation is inflated by his draft position, enjoy the 65 average
  • Christian Petracca, it's kind of like when your girlfriend is walking slow through the shops while you're tyring to get somewhere, I had patience at the beginning with you Christian and you abused that patience, no matter what you do now I can't trust you
  • Dustin Martin, grub and a lazy grub at that, won't be in my side for moralistic reasons
  • Adam Treloar, stellar career at Collingwood, but he's gone to a grave yard at the Bulldogs, Bevo watch
  • Brayden Maynard, reminds me of an uglier version of Miles Teller, I like Miles Teller, but for some reason the uglier version doesn't sit with me - also he's not going to play the midfield that he needs

I'm sure there are more on my list but i can't think of them all now.
 

Neale4brownlow

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My forward line is causing me headaches at the moment. Thinking the only way to sure it up without tearing apart me whole lineup is gawn down to Draper but I really want the set and forget rucks.

I'm at the point now where I need some preseason games...

I was happy with my team. But I've gotten bored and started tinkering with it and made it look atrocious based off assumptions certain lines may be more difficult than others to fill with rookies.

Truth is we need to just wait for preseason games now before we can hone things any further. It's all just guesswork and assumptions otherwise.
 
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