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Team Reveals – Forwards

Which forwards have the writers selected? Read on for some interesting structures.

Welcome to the 2015 Dream Team Talk Writers Team Reveals. This year, the teams of each writer will be released one line at a time, over four consecutive nights. This give you a chance to look at each strategy used in the teams, in various lines and compare them to your own.

It’s worth remembering; these were the writers teams as of last week. As with all coaches, there will likely be plenty of changes until lockout. In fact, I’d be surprised if they were still the same from the time they were recorded for these articles, to the time you are reading this right now.

So let’s get into in it. Presenting to you, the writers 2015 AFL Fantasy selections in the Forward-line.

The Teams


Anthony Forwards


Calvin Forwards


Chad Forwards

DOVE LOVE – Crutton

Crutt Forwards


Dunny Forwards


Griff Forwards


Jeppa Forwards


Lefty Forwards


Matt Forwards


McRath Forwards


Roy Forwards


Warnie Forwards

What can we learn?

If the twelve writers walked into an ice cream shop, most of them would order two scoops of vanilla. When it comes to the forward-lines, it seems their isn’t much room for variety.

Of 78 possible forwards selected, there are only 18 selected across the twelve teams. If you take out unique rookie priced selections in Jesse Hogan ($194,000), Nathan Krakouer ($142,000), Tom Lamb ($201,000), Ben Reid ($146,000) & Robbie Tarrant ($142,000), all who were only picked once, you are left with only 13 forwards.

Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus ($494,000) and Crow Tom Lynch ($327,000) are unique picks and Pie Taylor Adams ($404,000) has been selected twice. Take them out and we are down to ten main forwards.

So who can the writers not say no to? Dustin Martin ($553,000), Robbie Gray ($546,000) & Mitch Clark ($156,000) – who are in every forward-line. Richmond’s Kane Lambert ($120,000) is in 11 teams, and with dual position status, he may still line up in Jeppa’s midfield.

Most interestingly, Jimmy Bartel ($562,000) who smashed the NAB Challenge is not in four teams. Unlike dual position player Dane Swan ($531,000) who is in 7 teams, as a forward only, there is no chance he is on another line. Warnie, Crutton, Dunny and McRath have all passed on the former Brownlow winner. Presumable Swan is in the midfield lines of the five other coaches – or Anthony, Chad, Lefty, Matt & McRath need to re-evaluate their life team choices.

Of the 2014 top ten averaging forwards, more than half haven’t been backed in for a big 2015. Brent Harvey ($565,000), Brendon Goddard ($550,000), Brett Deledio ($548,000), Lance Franklin ($536,000), Devon Smith ($533,000) & Paul Chapman ($520,000) all have been ignored.

As for who is spending big; Jeppa has quickly made up for being the skimpiest writer in the backline. With a total spend of $3,022,000 near the main sticks, Jeppa is forking out an average of $377,750 per player and 30.2% of his total salary cap.

And who is trying to save some cash? Warnie. A massive $608,000 less than Jeppa, his forward-line comes in at $2,414,000, or $301,750 per player. Does the rookie expert Jeppa know something Warnie doesn’t? Or has Warnie found some gems that may have been over-looked?

So what do you think? Comment below and let us know who you think has has the best forward set up and why.

TOMORROW: The final writers reveal as we look at the all important engine room – the Midfield.



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    Fat Knife

    March 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm


    You guys need a sprinkling of Bennell sauce on your VANILLA ice cream.

    • Benjo


      March 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Keep him quiet

    • Warnie


      March 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      It is probably the most vanilla line of the lot. I was surprised by the lack of Deledio. For the record, I’m not totally sold on the 3-0-3 on field structure.

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        March 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm

        I’d try get a mid pricer in at F4…

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      March 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      gabblet back from injury bennell – 85
      gabblet out because of injury bennell – 105

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      March 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Injuries injuries…….

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      March 28, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      be very surprised if Bennell is a top 6 forward by end of the year

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        March 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        Bennell scored 155 after 6 goals against the Cats last year… then followed it up with three of his next four under 60. That’s what you get with him.

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    March 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I found Anthonys very nice, and if he downgraded bont to a salem he would have the same forward line as mine. Griff, I get that Swan has been huge in the past, but personally i think atm he is not the best option (as long as there continues to be forwards like Dusty, Gray and Jimmy), I feel that he is still a great pick dont get me wrong, but I see him averaging about the same as what he did last year.

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      March 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Agree mate. I heard the Pies expect Swan to be back at full fitness around Round 6. I’m not sure he’s going to kill it straight away so I’m ok with having him as an early upgrade target (Purely because of the quality rooks up forward). Could change, he will still score well.

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        Kamil Machaj

        March 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Source to Swan being fit for Round ~6? I thought he was killing pre season…?

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          March 28, 2015 at 8:22 pm

          AFL round table, Gerard Whateley.

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          March 28, 2015 at 10:56 pm

          99% of players in the AFL are killing pre-seson

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    March 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Guys who to start at d6 clark or honeychurch atm its clark

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      March 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm


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    March 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    2 of Honeychurch, McCarthy and Lambert. Honeychurch will lose me a bit of coin

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    March 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    2 of McCarthy lambert and Honeychurch. Honeychurch will loose me some coin

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      March 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Sorryly commented twice. Anyway, What’s up with dusty and bartel being VC and C in a couple teams. Is that a mistake or is their midfield really that cheap

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        Kamil Machaj

        March 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

        Dusty VC cause of Partial Lockout and captain loophole

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    March 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Which team had Dahlhaus? Doesn’t appear in any of the graphics …
    Seriously considering him for my own team, but don’t think I can fit both Dahlhaus & Bontempelli in the same forward line & the Bont seems to be slightly better value.

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      Albert Lloyd

      March 28, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Yeah he does.

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        March 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm

        Of course … he’s become a mystery man – had a quick look & was looking for a Bulldogs jumper!

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    way to go

    March 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Is Tom Mitchell a unique play to get or not worth getting him?

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      Albert Lloyd

      March 28, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      His role isn’t set in stone leaving a lot of doubt over scoring, scaring most off.

      I mean, he is super tempting and could be well worth the risk.

  8. HereIam86


    March 28, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Sc league 595292

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    Mercedes Corby

    March 28, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    How freakin boring and unadventurous are those teams.

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      Mercedes Corby

      March 28, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      My fwds are…

      Harvey, Deledio, Franklin, Smith, Zorko, Garlett (Saad, Lambert)

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        March 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        Let us know how that works out for you…

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    Dead Last

    March 28, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Jeppa has the best forward line of the bunch on paper. Warnie is a little weak, yet if Honeychurch pays off he me come out in front with the extra $$$ to spend in other positions.

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    March 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Wonder if franklin will play round 1? Usually rips essendon apart with their full team, imagine against fill-ups? Fantasy CLYNZ2WA get involved!

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    March 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Accidentally posted the nab cup hype teams?

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    March 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Why is everybody off Mitchell?

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      March 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Job security and role. If he gets a run in the mids he will score well, but looks like he will play forward or maybe even get a vest

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    March 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Are we going to get a combined team put together by the DT boys or is this it???

    I can’t seem to get an answer on this for some reason!

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    March 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Plus I’d like an idea on RDT strategy and how it differs from fantasy.
    A decent RDT team is? What is the difference?

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    March 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    How can you leave out LeCras and I have spotted M.Watson as a quality but low priced potential smokey.

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      March 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Pisstaking I hope? Sometimes it’s just so hard to tell, there are some who think Watson is a good pick judging by a draft I was in last week…

      If not, who would you leave out for either of those players? There are so many good options and LeCras has finished in the top six forwards how many times in his career? How many years has he played 19+ games? He’s a good Elite pick though.

      Good luck with Watson, what has he had out of his 20 or 30 games, one good score? If he comes off anyone who picks him will definitely be ahead of the curve and that’s what we all would love to happen. For mine, if someone does pick him it feels hollow saying “I told you so”. I’ll just feel sorry for them.

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    March 29, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Harley Bennell the standout omission in these sides. Set to explode this season.

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      March 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      I pity the fool…

  18. Stuart


    March 31, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Biggest question is Bartel or Swan? to sit next to Dusty & Gray

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