Draft Central

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The AFL draft-style game has been around for a few years, but with the launch of AFL Elite and Ultimate Footy teaming up with The Age, it’s a safe bet to assume the format will be a lot more popular this year.

Here at DT Talk, Tbetta, Dunny, myself and others will be bringing you draft-related content all year long, so whether you’ve being playing this style for a few years or this is your first attempt – we will have you covered.

Firstly we would just like to start by stating something that may seem obvious but is sometimes forgotten in the excitement of setting up a league: Hold off on scheduling your fantasy drafts until as close to Round 1 as possible! As they say, ‘a week is a very long time in football’ and so much can change over the course of a pre-season. The last thing you want is to lose a top pick player to an injury sustained during the NAB cup, much like LeCras last season!

 

So lets get in to what you can expect from us over the next few weeks so you’ll go into your drafts completely prepared. 

 

Ultimate Footy vs AFL Fantasy Elite

In this article we will compare the pros and cons of the two major fantasy draft competitions, giving you all the information you need to help decide which format will be better for you ad your mates.

 

Intro for Commissioners

Your leagues Commissioner or Manager is the person who will generally set up the league, decide on game format, which rules your league will play by, settle or veto any in-season trade arguments and will generally collect and hold the cash if you choose to run a cash league.

With more new players this year there will also be a lot of first time Commissioners so this article will serve as a handy reference guide to help navigate the crucial decisions. 

 

Main Differences between Salary and Draft

Here we will go through the major differences in playing styles between the standard Salary competition and Draft.

Important differences here would be how certain players will hold a higher value in a draft system than salary – a quick example would be Trent Cotchin averaging 110 points last year while Dean Cox averaged 99. However, Dean Cox could possibly be picked higher in the draft because there is a plethora of high-scoring midfielders, but not many high-scoring ruckmen.

 

Category Style

This article will explain the different scoring option available through Ultimate Footy and the different tactics needed to be successful. 

In Category scoring, instead of your team score being based on dream team points you will be head to head with your opponent in each statistical category. Kicks, Handballs, Marks, Tackles, Total Score, Scoring Accuracy, Hitouts, Frees For and Frees Against (which works in negative) are just some of the categories in which your players can battle it out.

 

Draft Strategies 

Here we will help you put together the perfect draft strategy so you can approach your league’s draft prepared and hopefully not panic and pick random duds when you see the draft clock ticking down!

 

Draft Watch – weekly feature

This will be an ongoing article after each NAB cup weekend, highlighting potential players who are showing promise and could be of value in our draft system. 

 

Also, keep an eye out as we kick off with Dunny’s upcoming piece, a small teaser into what fantasy is like for this format, with some important points you will need to keep in mind. 

So whether this is your first season or not we’d really like to have you along as we prepare and enjoy this year’s Draft competitions! As always, any questions you can find us on twitter: @Tbetta9, @pkd73 and @Anthonydsmith86, or join in the conversation below!

11 Comments

  • This is even more reason to spend far too much time on this site every week.

    Good to have this going, I reckon with so many newbies to draft there could be all sorts of ideas put up and talked about through the season. Looking forward to it…

  • it is very annoying that you cannot play a full head to head season with finals when you have the full 12 in your league. They are very strict on the fact that you must vs each team the exact same amount of times. Very disappointing we have to cut it from 12 to 10

  • Yeah I normally like Fantasy Footy best which was MIA last year while they made changes so went to Ultimate Footy for a half descent league and Dream Team Pro as it was just because I had it.

    Dream Team Pro has been terrible with limited options, you end up playing with a bunch of randoms who don’t care because the league hasn’t been seup by a commissioner and the team formats are terrible.

    Liked the look and sound of changes for the new Dream Team Elite but when they say a WHOPPING seven customization options they mean they have 7 only one of which is even remotely relevant to anyone who wants to make a realistic size squad and the max 12 team league is disappointing.

    Even so I figured it’s easier to click the Elite tab rather than go to a whole new site from Ultimate Footy so I thought I’d have more luck getting mates on board but then the fact that it’s 12 teams and you either have to play twice with no finals or play once with finals or go back to 10 for both is really pathetic.

    Dream Team Elite made some ground but in all reality it is a simplistic basic version good for beginners who don’t want to stray from the Dream Team site and graphics but for serious competitions who want 11+ players with finals then it really doesn’t compare to Ultimate Footy or Fantasy Footy if they’ve redone the site in time for this season.

    • At the risk of being shot down by un-imaginative people, I hear what your saying. Best we make do with what we have on offer and hope that next season offers a greater challenge.

      • Yeah I think I’ll still give it a crack because it’s right there next to my Dream Team so it’s convenient but just debating whether to go back to 10 teams which I think makes the idea of top 8 finals pretty poor because only 2 miss out so makes the season pretty irrelevant or otherwise go to 12 but not play many games.

        But yeah like you said hopefully they improve it each year, it’s certainly better than the one they threw in with the Assistant Coach last year where you only had 10 players on the field with squads of 14 and league’s of 10, though that setup was really poor.

  • Lads, i am new to this game type and so is everyone in my league. i am the commissioner and my league was wondering how the draft order is selected. Does the site randomly decide who gets pick one (which we all know will be the big swanny). or do i as the commissioner have to somehow set it. Cheers for your help

    • Welcome to the world of Fantasy Draft bud.
      For AFL Elite it looks like you’ll be doing a lottery where the site will randomly hand out the picks.
      Otherwise if you’d like to have a bit more control and have bit of fun competition (in the style of ‘The League’) then you can always opt to do the draft manually off the computer and as commissioner enter all the results in yourself.
      Considering you are new to this style be sure to keep up to date with these articles as it will help you a lot!
      Good luck for the season ahead!

    • Ultimate Footy will let you edit the order as the commissioner otherwise they have a random option, DT Elite (when it was DT Pro) has always just randomized an hour before the draft and from what I can tell there is no option to edit the order yourself this year either.

      From personal experience I don’t mind the randomized one hour before draft because it makes finding out your pick more exiting although if you do know ahead of time you can sort of plan your team and who you might be able to grab in the first few rounds a lot better.

  • I would love to jump in on discussions. I have been playing NFL fantasy for years and I love all the different sites and applications that are linked to fantasy. For example check this site out http://www.fftoolbox.com/index.cfm and this one http://www.thehuddle.com/

    Creating cheat sheets for different positional drafts and combinations.
    To really get this thing going there is a need to get you guys to really crunch the numbers and set up cheat sheets.
    There are competitions in the states that cost thousands to enter and millions to win. The AFL will be in on a big thing in years to come.

    What would be good is the ability to run mock drafts, running permutations of what happens before you find out your draft order. Remember what happens if you have ranked your players thinking you are no.1 and on the day you find out that you are no.8. Does that stuff up your ranking of players?

    So to get you thinking about your team. Who is no.1 draft pick, why?
    Are rucks or forwards more important in the first 2 rounds?

    Also if you are commisionner, if you choose a 12 team league and choose the a 6-8-4-6 & 4 emergiences then the remainder of the list becomes small and when injuries happen throughout the year, the competition becomes tired and people drop out. So my competition will have less players and more chances of using the waiver and more rigourous trading. But that’s my opinion. In NFL there is a large bench and most of these players are bye week replacements, handcuff players or a players that could be great trade bait. These players could be players that have dropped further down the draft than expected (mabe return from long term injury or aging)