2023 AFL Fantasy: Five Players (Round 7)

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Josh Rachele

The scoring rate for Josh Rachele has certainly been noteworthy to start the season. His role through the middle of the ground in ball transition provides multiple fantasy scoring opportunities as well as his ability to hit the scoreboard in favourable conditions. The usage at centre bounces is likely to fluctuate weekly but should be strong enough for the foreseeable future. Senior coach Matthew Nicks has made several adjustments to the middle of the ground to start the season and may be ready to settle things down which would be a positive for Rachele.

Still a consideration at this salary range.

Brayden Fiorini

The Touk Miller knee injury has opened up a significant amount of opportunity through the middle of the ground at Gold Coast which includes centre bounces. Fiorini is one of those players that could see a decent bump in usage and with any type of consistency through the middle of the ground his scoring output could be strong. Keep in mind the midfield load could be spread over multiple players rather than just one single player. Gold Coast do have multiple options to play through the midfield.

A value option if strong midfield usage. 


Marcus Bontempelli

Bontempelli has been excellent to start the season averaging 106.8pts which includes a season high 148pts against Fremantle last week. With the departure of Josh Dunkley to Brisbane a fit Bontempelli has been used at a solid rate through the midfield this season. His proximity to the ball provides excellent fantasy scoring opportunities with his well rounded game. It is expected at full health the inside midfield role for Bontempelli will remain strong for the remainder of the season. 

A consideration. 

Brodie Grundy

The return of Max Gawn from injury will likely have a negative impact on the fantasy scoring output for Brodie Grundy. Unfortunately the salary for Grundy is set to take a significant hit without the opportunity to post consistent high scoring games. The inclusion of Gawn once again consolidates a dual ruck setup at Melbourne which isn’t a sustainable situation for Grundy at his current salary. 

Urgent adjustment required.

Sam Walsh

Walsh has been outstanding in his return from back surgery late last year averaging 31.5 disposals from his 2 games this season. He adds a different and much needed speed dynamic at centre bounces for Carlton, his strong 83.3% usage last week could be an indicator of an upcoming role as an inside mid. Walsh has proven to be a solid accumulator over his career and with strong usage through the midfield he would have an opportunity to provide a strong fantasy scoring output. 

A consideration. 

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