The Coaches Panel members make bold predictions for the upcoming season every pre-season. These predictions are made without knowing what other members are saying, and just like you, find out as they read this article. Check out the boys predictions for the defenders in 2023.
One of the great stories of the 2022 season was the journey of Sam Docherty overcoming cancer. Alongside this, he put together one of the best SuperCoach, AFLFantasy & DreamTeam seasons of all defenders. Can he do it again in 2023?
Over the past few seasons, one of the most reliable premium defenders has been Tom Stewart. But, after finally achieving the ultimate goal of a premiership, is it business as usual for this Cat? Or will we start to see a change in his fantasy football scoring? PLAYER PROFILE Name: Tom StewartAge: 29Club: Geelong
Jordan Dawson couldn’t have done much more for his new side, the Adelaide Crows, in 2022. He elevated his game and fantasy output to the elite level. The fantasy community is keen to jump on one of the best premium options in the backline for this coming season.
The Brisbane Lions couldn’t have had a better offseason with the quality of players they added to their squad. One of the more unheralded but potentially most valuable is the recruitment of former Essendon defender Connor McKenna. The Irishman isn’t just a key for the Lions; he has huge relevance for fantasy coaches in 2023.
Jack Sinclair was the premium defender that nobody predicted would arrive in 2022. Was it an aberration? Or is this the new normal? Either way, Sinclair is incredibly relevant for fantasy football in 2023.
For three consecutive seasons, Elliot Yeo has had horrible luck with injuries. The three seasons prior, he delivered premium-level scores across the formats. Entering the 2023 season, the question isn’t about his scoring potential, but can he finally get some luck with his health?
It’s only a matter of time before Hayden Young becomes one of the most damaging defenders in the AFL. Is 2023 the year we see Hayden as a top-tier fantasy defender? He’s incredibly relevant for the coming year and will be for many more seasons.
Nick Daicos gave us one of the most spectacular debut seasons in the history of fantasy football. As he enters into season number two, will he catch the second-year Blues? Or will he continue his pathway to being one of the best players in the AFL and become a premium defender in 2023?
One of the great thrills in fantasy football is when you nail a stepping stone midfielder, and they turn into a premium that you can keep for the season. Christian Salem has the proven potential to be that for you in 2023.