2022 AFL Fantasy: Connor MacDonald

Connor MacDonald was taken at pick 26 in the 2021 AFL Draft by Hawthorn, he was recruited from Dandenong Stingrays.

He plays as a midfielder type, he currently stands at 184cm, 77kg. 


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Hawthorn National Recruiting & List Manager Mark McKenzie has identified the role for MacDonald early at the Hawks.

Hawthorn selected both Sam Butler & Connor MacDonald early on day 2 of the 2021 AFL draft. 

“We were then able to call out Sam (Butler) and Connor’s names in quick succession to kick off night two.”

“They’re two blokes who will add some class to our mid-forward rotations, with both able to find the ball but also impact games forward of centre.” McKenzie said. 

MacDonald was extremely satisfied at being drafted by the Hawks, he understands his strengths & role that can impact at his new club. 

“It feels amazing, super keen to get started.”

“Very grateful for the opportunity.”

“I think I’m an inside mid ball winner that can also go forward & hit the scoreboard.” MacDonald said. 


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MacDonald averaged 29.8 Disposals, 6.8 Marks & 4.8 Tackles from 4 games in the NAB League in 2021.


Fantasy Impact: Connor MacDonald is a talented midfielder that will add class through the middle of the ground, he can also play forward & present as a target.

MacDonald has an ability to accumulate disposals at a high rate, he works well in clearance situations & has clean skills.

His short term fantasy prospects could be decent, if he can develop quickly in the Hawthorn group he’s a chance to see multiple games at AFL level in 2022.

The long term fantasy prospects for MacDonald could be quite healthy, his scoring output should be strong once his midfield usage increases.

MacDonald would be a consideration if he were able to secure a spot in the Hawthorn best 22 at Round 1, regardless he’s a watch over the pre-season & a track until he makes his debut. 

He’s likely a pass in single season draft leagues, throw him into the mix of early potential picks just beyond the priority selections in dynasty leagues as he could be a steal when he matures into a pure mid. 


2021 AFL Draft Top 10

1. Jason Horne-Francis (Nth Melbourne)
2. Sam Darcy (Western Bulldogs)
3. Finn Callaghan (GWS Giants) 
4. Nick Daicos (Collingwood) 
5. Mac Andrew (Gold Coast) 
6. Josh Rachele (Adelaide) 
7. Josh Ward (Hawthorn) 
8. Jye Amiss (Fremantle) 
9. Josh Gibcus (Richmond) 
10. Neil Erasmus (Fremantle) 

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Source: AFL Hawthorn
Image credit: Hawthorn

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