2023 AFL Fantasy: Five Players (Round 18)

Five Players is a weekly article to help you make informed decisions for season long AFL Fantasy.

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Harry Sheezel

Sheezel started in defence last week and with the game result known in the first half and the early entry of Jack Ziebell as a sub he was moved around. There is the possibility that role adjustments continue late in the season for Sheezel but in a defensive role his scoring output should be pretty decent. There is risk here without a commitment from the Kangaroos that Sheezel will stay in defence for the remainder of the season. 

Keep an eye on as an owner. Not a current target.

Ben Keays

Keays has pretty much been moved out of the centre bounce rotation in recent weeks. Adelaide senior coach Matthew Nicks has been consistent on his language of keeping the midfield core group fresh. At some stage Keays could return to the midfield but until then expect a forward pressure type role which could deliver inconsistent fantasy scores. 

Other options available. 


Luke Ryan

Ryan has put together some decent high-ceiling games this season which is quite appealing. His role in defence can also deliver some inconsistent scores. Ryan has scored 100pts or more in 43.8% of games and 120pts or more in 18.8% of games this season. Fremantle are starting to concede a solid number of Inside 50s which does put Ryan in a decent position to keep the fantasy scores ticking over at a strong rate.

One to consider. 

Christian Petracca

Clayton Oliver has been sidelined for several weeks now and last week Bayley Fritsch was also sidelined which immediately impacted the role for Christian Petracca. A move forward provided a scoring threat for the Demons which could be retained for several weeks. Melbourne senior coach Simon Goodwin said this week he was open to the idea of Petracca playing where he is needed which likely results in role adjustments. Petracca can still score well as a forward in optimal conditions.

Keep an eye on as an owner. Not a current target.

James Sicily

Sicily returns from suspension this week and is likely to attract a decent amount of ownership with his high-ceiling type game. He’ll be fresh coming off a solid training block and slot straight back into the Hawthorn defence. The scoring rate for Sicily should be strong playing an intercept defender role. The only small concern is any type of role adjustment from Sam Mitchell as he continues to evaluate the playing list in the final few games of the H&A season. 

One to consider. 

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