The AFL Draft is done and dusted, so let’s check out some of their AFL Fantasy scores in 2023.
As expected, Harley Reid went at pick 1 landing at the West Coast Eagles. Reid was the standout player in this year’s draft, renowned for his contested work, aerial prowess, and trademark fend-offs, establishing himself as someone who can play anywhere on the ground. With consecutive All-Australian honours and a good showing in the VFL, his talent is beyond doubt. In terms of fantasy, he maintained an average of 84 AFL Fantasy points in both the Talent League and VFL, though a limited role in his first VFL game resulted in a score of 46 affecting his season average. Reid will be an absolute superstar of the future and worthy of an early selection in your keeper league team.
Zane Duursma is a player who has generated a lot of interest, given that he’s a player who could start in round 1 next season. He looks like a class act with recruiters going as far as calling him a ‘Rolls-Royce’. He used his aerial ability and his immaculate skills to bring a touch of class to Gippsland Power’s forward line in 2023. He’s dangerous in front of the big sticks, highlighted by his 2.8 goal-per-game average in the Talent League this season. Just like Harley Reid and a few other draftees, Duursma took his game to the VFL playing for Casey Demons to test himself against senior bodies. Whilst he didn’t star in either of his two games, he held his own with his best performance being a 10-disposal game scoring 38 AFL Fantasy points.
Colby McKercher epitomizes the modern AFL archetype with his remarkable blend of speed and endurance. Although he usually starts on the wing at centre bounces, he’s a stoppage specialist, known for his clean hands and quick exits. His exceptional clearance work, combined with his outside play, results in high disposal numbers almost every time he takes the field. In terms of AFL Fantasy, he put up some big numbers this year, with his best score of 167 points coming off a 41-disposal game against Oakleigh Chargers. He suffered from a foot injury towards the end of the year but still managed to score over 100 points in 6 of his 9 games in 2023. He is the stand-out fantasy performer in this year’s draft.
Another player who produced good underage AFL Fantasy numbers was Ryley Sanders who is a standout midfielder in this draft, known for his remarkable consistency and production. He possesses a hard-nosed approach to the game and loves the contested work. He cracks in hard and to get the ball out to his teammates, bringing them into the game. His prowess was recognized with the Larke Medal at the underage carnival. In AFL Fantasy terms, Sanders’s reliability is evident, with his lowest score being 87 points and achieving six 100+ scores in just nine games. His best performance came against the Northern Knights in the finals, where he racked up 133 points through 29 disposals, 10 tackles, and 7 marks.