Show us your Best 22 for 2015

Following on from the theme of this week’s podcast, we want you to show us your Best 22. That is, which players do you think will make up the best six defenders, eight midfielders, two rucks and six forwards, by average in 2015.

The task is simple, go through each position and post what you think it will be in the comments. Feel free to discuss your selections and rip into ours. If you haven’t listened to the podcast, then jump on board now while you’re putting your list together.

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Here’s what our best 22 looks like on paper:

The Traders' Best 22 as picked on the podcast this week (16/2/15).

The Traders’ Best 22 as picked on the podcast this week (16/2/15).


  • Looking forward to seeing what people come up with! Make sure you have listened to our podcast:

    • how about match day fantasy..they want you to pick the 7 best players in one game and if your the highest scorer and get 1010+ you win 10000 cash!! sounds great!!!

      except i can’t even find in the last two seasons (didn’t even bother checking earlier ) where the 7 highest scoring players from every round got more than 1010..but 7 players in one game have to get 145+ and you have to pick them! haha some rounds not one player gets 145+

      find me a game were this has EVER happened in history? rokliff 190 hanley 182 in the same game and the top 7 = 931

      you should bloody win the whole 600,000 if someone ever gets it

      • 137.5 average per player (remember captain gets double). Get your point though! It’s going to take something special to be able to win one of those $10,000 prizes. But hey, it’s a free lottery ticket!

        • whoops yeah

          but warnie wouldnt it be 126.25ave? which is actually half achievable if the captain smashes it!

          • Yep – that’s correct… for some reason I chucked in 1100 into the calculator. Was at a wedding last night. I’m still hung.

  • Cracking team gents. And I loved the podcast!

    I have a few queries but that’s to be expected. Leaving out Pendles because he threw in the towel a bit when the season was over late last year seems a bit off. In my draft league I think I’ll still rate him as third top, because you know what you get. I’m also unconvinced about Parker, Grey and even Lewis. Lewis’ 2014 especially seems like one out of the bag – bangs of a Monty, Scooter, Kornes 2013.

  • Ranked mine based on best average.

    DEF: Simpson, Docherty, Hodge, Newnes, Malceski, Burgoyne
    MID: Rockliff, Ablett, Beams, Pendlebury, Greene, Barlow, Treloar, Jelwood
    RUC: Mumford, Jacobs
    FWD: Swan, D. Martin, Franklin, Deledio, Gray, Titchell

    I have omitted Essendon players. Hibberd, Goddard, Heppell would have been (close to) best 22 otherwise. Wish my man Fyfe could have been there – *just* omitted him.

    Despite my placing of Greene, I just don’t have the cojones (over suspension, consistency) to pick him, nor the cash…

    • interesting to see docherty so high, whats your reasoning?

      • Because he basically push Heath Scotland out of the side
        Because he has the engine to rotate through the midfield
        Because he is young and talented
        Because he almost cracked 80 last year with no preseason

        • +1 WGBC

          He’s also a “unique” pick for me Bob, and defenders are pretty tricky to predict so having him in there made my 22 look “novel” – fantasy hipster right here ;)

    • Didn’t think Goddard was at dons in 2012

      Love mummy pick

      Jordan Lewis should be in there somewhere though, hugely undervalued by fantasy coaches

      • Good point WGBC; in that case, he displaces Deledio. However, if Essendon require top up players, I could see a potential drop in scoring if he has to carry the whole team. Then again, it could also mean he pigs it up in the absence of Watson, Heppell etc..

        Mummy IMO will have a beastly average but he’s bound to miss games.

        • ah cool, I’m with you on Mumford

          think he’ll average more than Jacobs, but think Jacobs will score more (due to playing 2-3 more games)

  • And here’s my go at it:

    Malceski, Hodge, Smith, Newnes, Simpson, Jaensch

    Rocky, Ablett, Barlow, Pendles, Beams, Kennedy, Lewis, Macrae

    Jacobs, Martin

    Swan, Martin, Goddard, Titchell, Franklin, Bartel

    * Not feeling it with Lids – I can see he and the Tigers having a poorer year.

  • Def: Malceski, Hibberd, Newnes, Hodge, Simpson & Brodie Smith
    Mid: Rockliff, Ablett, Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Barlow, D.Beams, Stevie J & JPK
    Ruc: Jacobs & Martin
    Fwd: Dustin Martin, Gray, Swan, Lids, Goddard & Bartel.

    (In no order)

    • Steviej might be a chance to sneak into top eight by average but not by total points. Will not doubt snap his biscuit at some point, do something stupid and get suspended.

      Start of last year I traded pendles out if my keeper team for rocky + Greene.
      Pendles was hyped up a fair bit any everyone thought I was mad at the time.
      I wouldn’t have him in my top eight

  • Defenders:
    Luke Hodge
    Nick Malceski
    Michael Hibberd
    Kade Simpson
    Brodie Smith
    Shaun Burgoyne

    Tom Rockliff
    Gary Ablett
    Jordan Lewis
    Steele Sidebottom
    Dayne Beams
    Michael Barlow
    Toby Greene
    Scott Pendlebury

    Stefan Martin
    Sam Jacobs

    Dustin Martin
    Dane Swan
    Brett Deledio
    Brandon Goddard
    Robbie Gray
    Lance Franklin

  • Defenders:
    Luke Hodge
    Nick Malceski
    Michael Hibberd
    Kade Simpson
    Brodie Smith
    Shaun Burgoyne

    Tom Rockliff
    Gary Ablett
    Jordan Lewis
    Steele Sidebottom
    Dayne Beams
    Michael Barlow
    Toby Greene
    Scott Pendlebury

    Stefan Martin
    Sam Jacobs

    Dustin Martin
    Dane Swan
    Brett Deledio
    Brandon Goddard
    Robbie Gray
    Lance Franklin

  • Don’t know why it posted twice

  • Defenders: L.Hodge, N.Malceski, M.Hibberd, K.Simpson, B.Smith and J.Grimes
    Midfielders: T.Rockliff, G.Ablett, S.Pendlebury, M.Barlow, D.Beams, A.Treloar, S.Sidebottom and T.Greene
    Rucks: S.Jacobs and W.Minson
    Forwards: D.Swan, D.Martin, B.Goddard, B.Deledio, D.Smith and R.Gray

  • DEF; hodge, Malceski, smith, newnes, Burgoyne, docherty

    MID; Rockliff, Ablett, Barlow, sidebottom, Greene, Parker, wines, Lewis

    RUCK; Jacobs, maric

    FWD; Swan, Martin, Goddard, frankin, Deledio, gray

  • Currently have Rockliff, Beams, Berger, Christensen and Rich… wayyy too brisbane heavy! Thinking Christensen is the first to go from that bunch… and Rockliff; is he worth the coin?

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  • DEF: Hibberd, Simpson, Hodge, BSmith, Newnes, Malceski

    MID: Rockliff, Ablett, Parker, Redden, Jelwood, Lewis, Barlow, Sidebottom

    RUCK: Jacobs, Goldstein

    FWD: Deledio, Goddard, Swan, Martin, Gray, Titchell (If he plays consistently)

  • Def: Smith, Hibberd, Hodge, Hurn, Malceski, Simpson
    Mid: Ablett, Sloane, Barlow, Rockliff, Pendlebury, Beams, Selwood, Crouch
    Ruck: Naitanui, Jacobs
    Fwd: Martin, Swan, Gray, Deledio, Harvey, Franklin

  • Heres my Team for all those interested
    Def: Hodge, SImpson, Newmes, Smith, Hibberd & Malceski
    Mid: Rockliff, Ablett, Barlow, Redden, Greene, D.Beams, Parker & Jelwood
    Rucks: Jacobs & Martin
    Fwd: Dusty, Swan, Franklin, Goddard, Gray & Bartel

    I know there are some smokies in the midfield but I believe Redden and such could easily go off as they will never be the player getting tagged.

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    I cant wait for the AFL season to begin again

  • None of you have taken DPP changes into account:

    McVeigh Simpson Malceski Dochetry Houli Rich

    Rockliff Ablett Barlow Pends Ward Sidey Greene Prestia

    Martin Nicnat

    Martin Fyfe Deledio Swan Gray Hrovat

    • It would nice to see McVeigh become a Defender as its the one line where the top scoring players could only be averaging around 85

    • We did ours without wanting to predict position changes. My hot tip will be that Matthew Boyd will be in the top averaging defenders come season end if his new backline role comes to fruition.

  • Best 22
    D: Hodge, Simpson, Hibberd, Malceski, Smith, Newnes
    M: Ablett, Rocky, Pendles, Barlow, Beams, Jelwood, Treloar, Heppel
    R: Jacobs, Goldstein
    F: Swan, Goddard, Martin, Bartel, Gray, Franklin

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  • RDT

  • Hodge. Malceski. Simpson.docherty. murphy. Adcock
    Rockliff. Ablett. Selwood. Redden. Barlow. Green. Mcglynn.
    Martin. Mumford.
    martin deledio. Smith. Gey. Franklin. Swan

  • Any thoughts on Taylor Hunt as Def? Tigers stated they needed an outside mid with speed. and targets him. He went there for more opportunities and Hardwick has already said he won’t the run with lock down roll as he did with Cats. I believe he will slot in well and go from 65 avg to 85-90

  • Def: McVeigh, Hodge, Smith, Newnes, Docherty, Rich
    Mid: Ablett, Barlow, Pendlebury, Rockliff, J.Selwood, Beams, J.P.Kennedy, Priddis
    Ruck: Jacobs, Mumford
    Fwd: Swan, Martin, Franklin, Harvey, Bartel, T.Mitchell

  • In no particular order

    Def: Hodge, Hibberd, Malceski, Newnes, Smith, Shaw

    Mid: Rockliff, Ablett, Barlow, Beams, Sidebottom, Heppell, Pendlebury, Crouch

    Ruc: Jacobs, Mumford

    Fwd: Martin, Franklin, Smith, Grey, Delidio, Mitchell

  • Basically Daniels side but with maric and nic Nat for the rucks





  • DEF: Hodge, Malceski, Simpson, Hibberd, Newens, Docherty
    MID: Rockwiz, Ablett, Lewis, Sidebottom, JSelwood, Macrae, Beams, Barlow
    RUC: Martin, Jacobs
    FWD: Dusty, Goddard, Deledio, Swan, Franklin, TMitchell

  • yeh gg Aidan youve gone over the cap by about 3-4 mil

  • Backline:
    Hodge -96
    Hibberd -94
    Simpson -92
    B.Smith -88
    Malceski -87
    Lumumba -86

    Ablett -120
    Rockliff -118
    Barlow -114
    Sidebottom -110
    Greene -108
    Beams -106
    Pendlebury -106
    Heppell -105

    S.Martin -97
    Maric -95

    Swan -105
    D.Martin -103
    Goddard -102
    Franklin -100
    Deledio -98
    T.Mitchell -97

  • Def; Hodge (97), Simpson (93), Hibberd (91), Malceski (91), Newnes (88), Smith (87)
    Mid; Ablett (121), Rockliff (119), Barlow (114), Pendlebury (112), Beams (111), Lewis (108), Treloar (108), Selwood (107)
    Ruck; Jacobs (96), Mumford (94)
    Fwd; Swan (107), Martin (102), Goddard (100), Gray (99), Franklin (96), Bartel (95)

  • These are great! Hopefully we’ll re-visit these in the future.

  • Few things…
    Sloane or beams? Or save the cash and go crouch?

    Is fisher worth the punt? Currently have smedts.

    Nic Nat/Berger, bellchambers/Berger or premo/Berger?

    And finally I have a feeling about Boak this year….anyone else think the same?

  • At ~$270k in RDT, is anyone else considering Clancee Pearce?

    Yes, he is 50k more than Whitecross (RDT), but his 2014 season was interrupted by injury (of which he is now apparently all-clear) and had his first child.

    IMO he is borderline 22, had a confidence-builder of an intraclub match winning quite some pill (yes it’s only the intraclub, but it’s better than nothing), had a no-frills preseason and has scored decently (averages of 85 and 73) in the past 2 years.

    By no means a lock, but will be monitoring in NAB in respects to his role and security. Am still unsure of who he displaces but he could well be a respectable cash cow.

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  • Thoughts appreciated.
    Def. Newnes ibbo whitex langdon smedts goddard dick and tippet
    Mid. Ablett Barlow beams wines Adams rich nvb acres vanders freeman
    Ruck. Maric nic Nat Griffen leuy
    Fwd. Smith swan Mitchell welly clark Reid hogan and Martin.

    Decided to use some pod this year and I’m pretty set on a set and forget ruck and I don’t reckon those injury prone rocks are going to cut it. If leuy does than at least he will make me money on the bench
    Cheers in advanced

  • Whoops wrong thread sorry guys