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GameDay Squad – Round 17 Trading Targets

Kerm from GameDay Squad has some GDS trading tips ahead of round seventeen!

Okay so seriously, it’s not even funny anymore… Can we please get Clayton Oliver back?! I can’t take another round of Jack Steele running opposite where the ball is or waiting for Luke Davies-Uniake to remember how to find the leather again. The mystery is just annoying now… am I getting desperate? Uhhhhh… Yes, I need that guy back in a massive way and if it doesn’t happen soon! I could be slipping down the leaderboards massively!

It’s time now to get stuck into some round 17 fantasy chatter! GameDay Squad is a little bit different to your more traditional AFL Fantasy and AFL Supercoach platforms. Some features that make it a little bit of a different experience are:

  • There are no weekly trade restrictions, which means that you can take your MRO frustrations out stress-free.
  • In GDS the cards you use to play are virtual player cards which you can collect from player card packs, with that, there is a fully functioning peer-to-peer transfer market in which you can trade, auction and sell player cards that you own. Yes, this means that you can not only rage trade but rage sell all of your Clayton Oliver cards!

It’s also 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.

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Sam Flanders

Gold Coast Suns – Forward (FWD)

Is it?… It couldn’t be right?… Sam… Sam Flanders is currently selected in my round 17 side?! Well, I’ll be damned! The selection news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to those who have been (unfortunately) keeping tabs on the Gold Coast Suns because since returning to the senior side in round 15, Flanders has been on a tear! He’s been deployed in just about every position on the park by Caro Wilson’s favourite league coach Stewwy Dew since his return so it’s hard to get a read on his predominant role, things might become even more confusing with perennial jet Touk Miller returning this week, but one thing is for certain, Flanders knows how to find the footy and even if we’re strictly talking from a dynasty perspective here, he’s a player card you need to have!

Will Ashcroft

Brisbane Lions – Forward (FWD)

No Josh Dunkley, one quick uber to Woolloongabba and a date with the West Coast Eagles means only one thing… Will Ashcroft is going ballistic! Ashcroft has actually been fairly down on his already lofty standards in recent times, averaging just 83 GDS fantasy points in his five most recent games but fear not! His most recent game was a 109 GDS fantasy point outing at you guessed it… the GABBA! At this point, if Brisbane are playing at home, I think you could do a lot worse than Ashcroft in your forward lines, plus it’s just fun having the baby goat lining up in your team!


Darcy Cameron

Collingwood Magpies – Ruckman (RUCK)

This one hurts because I have been signing Darcy Cameron’s praises for weeks now and he goes and scores a dud 68 GDS fantasy points! I really thought these types of scores were behind him no matter how hard the matchup, and no matter how good he has been since returning from injury, it’s worrying to see these low scores of 68 GDS fantasy points are still in his wheelhouse. Cameron still needs to remain in consideration weekly, especially in plus match-up weeks because he still does have the ability to score large on any given match day, but maybe we just need to be a bit more careful about when we do select him.

Jordan Ridley

Essendon Bombers – Defender (DEF)

Jordan Ridley’s ton run comes to an end in disappointing fashion! After five 100+ performances in a row, he’s come crashing down back to earth with a frankly putrid 67 points in an agonising loss to Port Adelaide in round 16. Ridley has been in good form this year! Averaging 95 GDS fantasy points a game (Which has been brought down by an injury-riddled score of 16 GDS fantasy points in round 8) and has nine 100+ scores to his name so far this year but he’s really struggled to score above 120+ too many times this year and while coaches will take triple digits for the most part, it’s those 120+ scores that really get you over the line. Add in a mix of scores like his round 16 67-point outing and it just rubs salt in the wound. Ridley should still be in the weekly selection discussions but maybe it’s time to aim for some more boom players for the next few rounds at least.


Bailey J Williams

West Coast Eagles – Ruckman (RUCK)

We have spoken a lot about ruckman this year, the obvious guys like Tim English and Rowan Marshall get a lot of the talk, and rightfully so. A tier below them we have Kieren Briggs, Darcy Cameron and Toby Nankervis but a player that has been slipping way under the radar is West Coasts big man Bailey J Williams who has performed amicably in a side that couldn’t buy one. His round 16 performance was especially awe-inspiring. Coming up against one of the best ruckman league-wide in Rowan Marshall, no one would have blamed Williams for putting the tools down but boy did he put the sword to him! 14 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles, 39 hit-outs and even a goal took Williams to his career-best score of 132 GDS fantasy points. I understand Williams will have to do a lot to get into your sides this year, but if there’s ever a match-up we can’t miss out on or even as a dynasty prospect, he’s a player card you will want to have on hand.

Nic Martin

Essendon Bombers – Forward (FWD)

Nic Martin… ouch! The prince of the bye-rounds would have burnt a few this week, I can’t imagine too many coaches jumped off the Martin hype train… and ouch! I was one of those coaches, I kept him in thinking he’ll go for scores of 130 consistently for the rest of the season but damn, a score of only 76 GDS fantasy points while scoring a goal in the match is not a score I thought we would be seeing! Martin played very, very deep this week but his role didn’t seem to alter too much to warrant any drastic moves. He’s a watch and monitor but in no circumstances move on from his player cards, he remains one of the best dynasty prospects in fantasy footy right now.

The information contained in the article is not intended and should not be understood or construed as financial advice. As always please do your own research, my placing history suggests you should absolutely do your own research!

One of six known Gold Coast Suns fans (endangered species) spotted in the wild... and a part of the GameDay Squad fantasy platform team!

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