AFL Fantasy Match Day – New game

matchdayThis morning it was announced that there is another sub-game of the AFL Fantasy franchise from the AFL; Match Day.

The simple premise of this format of the game is that you pick 8 players (2 defenders, 3 midfielders, 1 ruck, 2 forwards) from one of the ‘blockbuster’ matches… and highest score wins.

The matches for these mini-games are:

  • NAB Cup Grand Final
  • Round 1 – Hawthorn v Geelong
  • Round 2 – Collingwood v Carlton
  • Round 5 – Essendon v Collingwood
  • Round 7 – Hawthorn v Sydney Swans
  • Round 9 – Richmond v Essendon
  • Round 16 – West Coast v Fremantle

Prizes are yet to be announced.

Personally, I’m a little worried on this format with it only being one game. 44 players to choose from makes the ‘talent’ pool pretty shallow considering half of those blokes won’t be considered. It’ll be a big luck thing. But I guess I will enjoy it to do some research on the games and find a diamond in the rough. I’ll see it as a bonus thing to look at on those rounds without taking it too seriously.

I would have made it a round or even just a day… just to mix the teams up a lot more.

The best part of it is that we get to have a crack for the NAB Cup Grand Final to whet our appetite before the real AFL Dream Team season starts the following week.

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  • Our league matches start in R3 again, right? Looks like this will help tide the masses over until then with this match day format including R1 & R2.

    Seems a good extra bit of fun :)

  • inb4 complaints about shit “blockbuster” games.

  • Hi Warnie,
    Exciting year ahead mate with a truckload of changes which will involve
    lots of new strategies and starting teams.Like you i love dt for everything
    it brings to the table.The new rules only make it more interesting and challenging
    so embrace it,i say.A long time viewer of DT talk and everything it has to offer, it
    staggers me that there is not someone of high standing running a thread fot Dt leagues.
    Interestingly enough,great poster Dools tried to build a bit of mommentum on starting
    something only to be ridiculed about getting ahead of himself from people only wanting
    certain coaches involved.So then nothing.Nothing here for the average joe blow whom
    represents 90 % of the DT population to be involved in.
    Only people directing them to other sites, that they have an invested interest in.
    Possibly you might have something coming.Other sites started 3 months ago.
    My reason for expressing this issue is purely for DT Talk to increase its population
    and to build and keep together the DT Talk community.In a business sense also i would assume
    more people,more hits,more advertising attraction.
    Your thoughts mate.

    • Mate, take a breath.

    • My thoughts… basically, DT isn’t open yet.

      We release heaps of leagues every year starting from after DT opens and right through the pre-season. Hundreds in fact.

      I don’t have a lot of time to try to recruit and make leagues looking at peoples ranking, etc… we are happy for people to do that though. There will be some fun state of origin leagues happening as well as a big DT Talk Group, a new Match Day league, etc.

      Other sites might be making leagues now, and that is fair enough… but we’d prefer to actually have league codes available. Less work that way!

      • Cheers Warnie,
        Look forward to it.

      • Warnie,

        state of origin leagues are great if they are filled with people that actually live in that state. Half of the teams in the NT league last year were from interstate.

  • Looks good for all the diehard Fantasy players like me.

  • This could actually be the best idea that AFL Fantasy has come up with so far.

    Obviously for serious DTers this competition will be a little tame as most picks will be no brainers and there will be a lot of luck, but it can’t hurt. It’ll be interesting if the 8 players with the highest averages end up as the highest scorers in a game (not impossible), which would lead to a massive tie at the top.

    Anyway, I guess the purpose of this game would be the chance to introduce DT to new people (the missus maybe), which I think is a good step forward.

    It also lets you take a punt on a player that you like, but is too risky for regular DT, which might be fun.

    • Yeah, they wouldn’t be able to offer a prize for the highest scorer in each round as there would probably be quite a few who have the top 8 scorers, unless someone can pick a massive smokie which nobody else with the remaining top 7 picked. I wonder if there will be captains. I hope so, as this could add a little more uniqueness, though there will be matches where there is a standout captain option (Swan anyone?) Agree with your points that it can give anyone a chance just by taking the obvious choices and not having to manage a side, as well as seeing some new prospects. Should bring more key forwards into the game if you think they’ve got the wood over the opposition’s defence and could kick a bag.

  • Can’t wait for the round 16 derby and having to chose out of Cox, NicNat or the big 211 taking on both of them! Theoretically, you could even chose all three with the Fwd eligibility of the two Eagles! Will be good fun and a nice initiative.

  • hey boys spend all this time your DT it opens seems like a bit stupid to start
    making your DT already.