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Jordan Dawson – Deck of Dream Team 2023

Bails has a look at one of the top DEF options this year.

Player Jordan Dawson
Club Adelaide
Position DEF
Price $893,000
Bye 14
2022 avg 100.8
2022 gms 22
Proj. avg 103
Draft range 2nd-4th round (depending on league)

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Why should I pick him?

Jordan Dawson had a fantastic season on many fronts. He was not only a great signing for a rebuilding Adelaide Crows side, but he also had a breakout season where he went from a player just a level below the top 6 defenders, to being a clear top 3 defender last season along with Sam Docherty and Jack Sinclair. He started a bit slow, with only a 23 point half in the opening game, but showed signs in the 2nd half of that game with 52 points. And from there, he didn’t look back. From round 2 onwards, Dawson only had 2 scores below 82 (76 in round 17 vs Hawks with Maginness tag and 67 in round 23 vs Port Adelaide), showing his consistency, but also his ceiling with scores ranging from 82 to 129. But it was from round 7 onwards that he really hit his straps. He only went under 100 on 5 occasions, averaging 106.5.


Being priced at around 101, could there even be some value in a guy that was a top 3 defender last season? He will be the main distributor and kick in taker in Adelaide’s backline, which is great role to have for AFL Fantasy. Not only that though, but as we have mentioned in previous season, you want to be finding value in the players you select in your starting team, but you also do want  some of these high priced guys as you do need scorers, and the aim of the game is to try and have the best 22 scorers in your team by the end of the season, we at least close to it. With that large portion of the season where he averaged 106.5, he showed that not only could he be a top scorer in defence like in 2022, but there could also be some value with him, which is what people want to find in almost every player in their starting squad, and Dawson could have that.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

There are 2 small flags I would raise with picking Jordan Dawson in 2023, role switching and tag risk. We saw in a few games last season where Dawson was switching roles, playing as a midfielder early in the season, then switching between half back, wing and even pushed forward when Adelaide were looking for a goal. This is an issue because if we paying up for these premium defenders, we want to be certain of their role and if he is always switching, that could be an issue for his scoring.. Dawson did settle down back for the majority of the 2nd half of the season so I don’t see it being an issue, but just something to note. The other risk with picking Dawson at a hefty price tag in defence is the tag risk. From my memory, he was only heavily tagged once against Hawthorn, but after having such a great season with the Crows, will the tags be more frequent? They could be, and that is why it needs to be mentioned, but I think he showed he can beat a tag.

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I feel like Jordan Dawson is in between a king and a queen selection, but I bumped him up to a King selection. He has all that you want in a starting/top line defender, the role, the consistency and the ceiling. Even though there are the two small flags I mentioned, I don’t see those being huge issues for him in 2023. I plan on starting with Jordan Dawson in my own side, but things can change in preseason so he is at least in the squad of 250 players for me ahaha. At this stage, I see him being a top 3 defender once again, and a great starting selection in your AFL Fantasy side. If not you will definitely want him in your side by the end of 2023!

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  1. Fison

    January 16, 2023 at 9:27 am

    I wouldn’t say he was consistent last year,

  2. Daicos4Brownlow

    January 16, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Upgrade target

    • Squid

      January 16, 2023 at 8:16 pm

      Agree, maybe even first upgrade.

  3. John1

    January 16, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Tag risk and relatively small upside makes this a no to starting him from me. I think he will stay in the top 6 defenders for sure, but I think there is better value elsewhere. The tag risk is quite strong as I cant see teams tagging anyone else on the crows list

  4. Squid

    January 16, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    Soooo, any my team sort of thing coming soon?

    I feel like discussing structure etc way too early….

    • Phteven

      January 17, 2023 at 10:25 am

      Here is My Team
      D: Doc, Sicily, Daicos, Himmelburg, Ginbey, Weddle
      M: Miller, McRae, Mitchell, Anderson, Sheed, Ashcroft, Tsatas, Phillips
      R: Witts, Meek
      F: Dunkley, Coniglio, Cameron, McLean, Humphrey, Phillipou
      A variety of basement and semi expensive rookies populate the bench. About $100k in the bank

      • Dulcify

        January 17, 2023 at 1:08 pm

        Who did you drop to fit Macrea in Phteven?
        Nice team you have there. The best team I have seen so far this season.

        • Phteven

          January 17, 2023 at 1:20 pm

          Had McGrath playing off the half back flank at D4 and Himmelberg at D5, but I’m now running 2 expensive rooks in the backline. I think about 17 on fielders from here will be playing round 1.

      • The Chosen Won™®©

        January 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm

        7 Rookies Round 1 that’s good for 200 points :)

        2017 CL Champion™®©
        I smashed da Minj 2019 2020 2021 2022™®©
        Good Luck in 2023™®©

      • Daicos4Brownlow

        January 17, 2023 at 3:06 pm

        Solid start. Like all of our current squads, I wonder how many times it will change between now and the start. I have five rooks at the moment, but seven have been in the team a couple of times already. The only one I really disagree with is Anderson, and I assume it is Jed not Noah. Jed is a no go for me; promised so much last year at Norf and failed to deliver. He will have a harder time at the Suns. If it is Noah, he is probably a decent POD, but not sure you could fit him in.

        • Phteven

          January 17, 2023 at 3:29 pm

          It is Noah.

          • Daicos4Brownlow

            January 17, 2023 at 3:47 pm

            Done well to fit him in

            • Phteven

              January 17, 2023 at 3:52 pm

              Plus $100k in bank. This is the first of the serious teams out of the 67 teams i will concoct before season starts Bahahahahaha

              • Dulcify

                January 17, 2023 at 4:53 pm

                My mids. Dunkley, Steele, Touk, Titch, Macrea, Worpel, Ashcroft, Phillips. $144 in the kitty.

      • Mighty Puds

        January 17, 2023 at 4:44 pm

        One of the very few teams to not feature either English or Marshall (understandable about Marshall after the Hayes news)… Interesting

        • Phteven

          January 17, 2023 at 4:55 pm

          Don’t worry, Mighty Puds I still have 58 days to get one in to my team!

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