Early Trends – Ep. 174

Thousands of eager AFL Fantasy coaches have already started piecing together their Fantasy Classic squads for the new season.

The game launched last week and although we are only a handful of days in, some trends have started to appear in how coaches are picking their teams.

AFL Fantasy kicks off for season 2018

It appears that the ruck combination of Nic Naitanui (RUC, $417,000) and Max Gawn (RUC, $605,000) is set to be the most popular to start the season. Naitanui’s price attracted a 30 per cent discount due to missing all of 2017, while Gawn is under-priced based on his output last season compared to the season prior.

The ruck bench of Darcy Cameron (RUC, $170,000) and Tim English (RUC/FWD, $187,000) is common as coaches believe they have the best opportunity of game time of the bargain basement options.

Tom Mitchell (MID, $896,000) is the most expensive player in the competition but that hasn’t stopped him from being selected by the early birds. As a lock in captain week-to-week, it will be worth spending a fair chunk of the $12,600,000 salary cap.

Roy, Calvin and Warnie look at the early trends in Fantasy Classic in their first podcast since the game opened. Join The Traders every week as they help you piece together your squad this pre-season.

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Nic NaitanuiWCERUC$41700053.3%
Max GawnMELBRUC$60500047.0%
Darcy CameronSYDRUC$17000044.9%
Tom MitchellHAWMID$89600044.9%
Rory LairdADELDEF$70700044.5%
Isaac HeeneySYDMID/FWD$64900039.7%
Cameron RaynerBLMID/FWD$27000037.9%
Patrick DangerfieldGEELMID$84900036.2%
Tim EnglishWBRUC/FWD$18700035.1%
Tom DoedeeADELDEF$17000034.3%
Willie RioliWCEFWD$17000034.2%
Luke Davies-UniackeNMMID$26400031.5%
Paul AhernNMMID/FWD$17000031.2%
Nathan FreemanSTKMID$17000030.5%
Joel SmithMELBDEF/MID$17000026.2%
Jack HigginsRICHMID/FWD$23800026.0%
Nat FyfeFREMID$68600025.6%
Jaeger O’MearaHAWMID$43800025.3%
Elliot YeoWCEDEF$69200024.5%
Jake LloydSYDDEF$64900024.2%


  • Is Maynard a relevant mid-priced defender?

  • There was a lot of talk late last season about exciting changes coming to the draft version of the game. Yet, there’s basically no changes that have been made for this seasons?!? The only one I can see is the ability to have 1 ruck in larger squads, a much needed and overdue change, but a pretty basic one all the same..

    • A complete overhaul of site will come next year – adding (hopefully) all of the features that fans want. I think the decision was made to do it all in one go. Concentrade on the app this year and then the whole site/gameplay next season. This would include a potential bench change, a lot of extra customisation with leagues for Draft and the keeper league functionality.

  • Any idea about P Seedsman?

  • why was there a vote on changes to the draft if nothing was going to be implemented………love fantasy but no keeper league really sucks

  • Podcast was awesome listening! Absolutely loved it! Thanks lads! Also… do yourselves a favour and DONT take Hanners. Will struggle big time early this year. From a die hard swans fan. (George Hewitt a perfect DODT card!)

  • What you make of Luke Ryan this season?