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Stephen Coniglio – Deck of Dream Team 2023

Cogs finished the year like a house on fire! Can we expect that to continue for the new look Giants in 2023?

Player Stephen Coniglio
Club GWS Giants
Position FWD/MID
Price $871,000
Bye 15
2022 avg 98
2022 gms 21
Proj. avg 105
Draft range Round 2

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Why should I pick him?

The eleven year veteran has been under rated in recent times due to the memories of 2020 and 2021 where Cogs faced an number of injury and form issues that left him out of favor and out of confidence. The results spoke for themselves with two basically unrecognizable years playing 16 and five games respectively while averaging a career low 59 in the latter. This was a far cry from what we had seen in the past.

Fast forward to 2022 and he was back! He played 21 games and started to show glimpses of why he has been a Fantasy favorite for the last decade… Especially in the second half of the year. In the first nine rounds, he was solid without being outstanding, attending 26% of CBA while spending a lot of time forward (averaging 89). From round ten however, he finally returned to his rightful role in the midfield and didn’t look back. He bumped his CBA average to an impressive 68% from that point on and his numbers spoke for themselves, averaging 109 in that time, highlighted by an impressive ceiling that included scores of 120, 121, 129 and 130.

So, lets think about this… The numbers here suggest that if Cogs is a midfielder, he comfortably averages triple figures in the past we have seen him demonstrate the ability to reach the elite 110 mark he did back in 2018. But, will he be in there? Of course he will! The departure of Tim Taranto (46%CBA) and Jacob Hopper (52% CBA) leave a huge hole and responsibilities in the middle and the experience and big bodies will be required for bulk work, whether in a rebuild or not.

There is no way a new coach doesn’t want to win games and the best chance of doing so is putting his best players in their best positions. Therefore, Cogs will be at the first CBA of the season and he will play the majority of his footy there.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

When there is a new coach, obviously there is uncertainty. Does he have a group of kids he wants to play through the middle? Did he prefer what he saw from Cogs as a forward when watching from afar? I don’t think any of this will be an issue, but we should keep an ear to the ground and a close eye on it though the pre season because we aren’t touching him id he is playing mainly forward.

Durability has always been as issue for Cogs, and if you want a player who is going to give you 22 games, you better look elsewhere. In his 11 seasons, he has never managed to play all regular season games. The positive spin on this is last year he equaled his career high of 21 which he has now done on three occasions.

I can’t even say he is too old, he is only 29… He can score well in both wins and losses so it doesn’t matter they have traveled poorly in recent times, I can’t really find any reason not to start him unless he has a hiccup in the Pre Season.

The only way coaches shouldn’t start Cogs is if they prefer to load up with a combination of other good premium forward options in Dunks, Rozee and Taranto.

Deck of DT Rating.


King Cogs is set for a big year playing on the ball. Can I ask that you scroll back up and look what he did in the second half of the year when he had a significant spike in his CBA? Huge. I think that is a direct preview of what we can expect in 2023. I currently have him comfortabley in the mix for a top four forward with Dunkley leading the way and a blanket over Rozee, Taranto and Cogs. If he has a good run at it over the Pre Season, don’t hesitate to lock him in especially given Cal has him ranked as the number one forward.

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  1. Peter

    January 3, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Agree entirely- well reasoned

  2. lizardofoz

    January 3, 2023 at 8:58 am

    The start to the 2023 fantasy season has been completely underwhelming.
    No drawing board on this site and an excess of advertising.
    The AFL has mucked up the starting date of Fantasy.
    Last year the draft format was impossible to start meaning most people
    missed out on participating in live drafts.
    A nd you can enjoy this for a $20 subscription.

    • Roy

      January 3, 2023 at 9:29 am

      So was that a yeah or na on Cogs?

    • Roy

      January 3, 2023 at 9:48 am

      And sorry about the Ads on the free articles

    • Warnie

      January 3, 2023 at 10:27 am

      Hi lizardofoz

      Sorry that it has felt underwhelming for you. Unfortunately there was an issue that couldn’t be resolved for the launch. We’ve had it pretty good the last three seasons with the game launching pre-Christmas. Hopefully we’re playing with our teams in a week or so.

      Drawing Board – that isn’t us. That is Chad at DT Live. Not sure why that’s not happening this year, maybe he’s too busy to get it up. There are alternatives as per below.

      As for the advertising, it should be the same amount of what has been there in the past. We couldn’t keep this website going without advertising. The traffic it gets means we need to pay a bit for the server.

      Draft issues were resolved pretty quickly from memory. A lot of it, while I dont always subscribe to this, was due to commissioners not setting their drafts properly. We did a fair bit of work on comms around this during the pre-season last year. Most of the ‘issues’ were leagues created by people that didn’t have any intention on following through on them – ie. finalise league for drafting. Hopefully your experience is better this season. There were a record number of leagues last year. Looking forward to continued growth.

      The $20 subscription is useful when the game is open. I know SuperCoach has theirs that includes the team picker. As Fantasy has been open more than a month earlier than SC the last three seasons, it can be a bit hard to take due to the delay. I understand that.

      It’s a good thing we have plenty of great content to keep people engaged. The Deck of DT is her, we’ve got our club preview articles on the AFL site/app and there are the podcasts floating through. Remember it was only four seasons ago that we weren’t opening until the last week of January… and I know you’ve been around for a while, it was in February and even one year it was March!

      Hang tight. Enjoy the content. It’ll be here soon!


      ps. Cogs is a yes.

      • Phteven

        January 3, 2023 at 11:39 am

        I have a rough draft already and all 4 of the Deck of Dream Team are in my Fantasy team. Thanks for your hard work and laughs, Traders.

        • Daicos4Brownlow

          January 3, 2023 at 1:40 pm

          Now that I have all the DoDTs so far, half the Norf squad, half the Giants, half the Weagles and Zerrett, my team is done. Gotta squeeze Naicos in there. Hopefully nobody decent from the couple of remaining teams to come.

      • Vig

        January 3, 2023 at 7:09 pm

        Nice reply, keep up the good work guys, looking forward to the launch!

      • Euman

        January 4, 2023 at 9:43 am

        Thanks Warnie

        I used the afl fantasy team picker. It seems to indicate a 8-10-4-8 structure is that right?

        Potentially the 4 ruck might be 3 and then a utility

        • Warnie

          January 4, 2023 at 9:44 am

          Yep – there’s no change from the eighth bench spot being utility.

  3. Grant Fisher

    January 3, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Harsh Roy! Give the man an Ace!
    1 Ace presumably in the forwardline (being Dunkley) only feels unfair.

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