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#FantasyLeaks 2017

News on the 2017 AFL Fantasy season has started to drop.

Over the last couple of days the spreadsheets have been flying around Fantasy HQ with the positions from Champion Data for the upcoming AFL Fantasy season. Prices are currently being finalised (more news on that soon), but the chatter has been all about the positions. Remember these are used across all of the formats with UF only ever adding to them (ie. they don’t change any, just adding what they believe is a missed DPP).

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Here’s the news you need to know…

*** MORE NEWS ***

Stay tuned to for articles all week and the next week, our club-by-club analysis. The most important things…

  • $11M salary cap
  • 3 trades for the the multi-bye rounds (Rd 11, 12, 13)
  • Round 9 as normal (still best 22, no extra trades)
  • Discounts overhauled (listen to podcast for more information)
  • Basement price: $150K, most expensive draftee is McGrath: $250K
  • Most expensive player is Dangerfield.
  • Beams and Fyfe don’t get a discount.
  • Jaeger O’Meara (and others who have been out for two seasons) get 35%

Forwards have been decimated

Many of the top forwards from 2016 are no longer available as FWDs. Most have been stripped of their DPP and are MID only now. They may get it back if their roles suggest they deserve DPP addition, however, here’s the 15 highest averaging forwards from this year with their 2017 status.

  • Zach MerrettMID
  • Nick Riewoldt – FWD
  • Dustin MartinMID
  • Dayne ZorkoMID
  • Aaron HallMID
  • Leigh MontagnaDEF
  • Robbie GrayMID
  • Michael BarlowMID
  • Lance Franklin – FWD
  • Toby Greene – FWD
  • Luke Dahlhaus – FWD/MID
  • Brett Deledio – FWD
  • Tom Lynch – FWD
  • Jarryd LyonsMID
  • Isaac Smith – FWD/MID

Big name DPPs

The two biggest names that were leaked on Friday that gained dual position status were Taylor Adams (now DEF/MID) and Jack Macrae (now FWD/MID).

Adams will be the most expensive defender and almost a must have following his last two seasons that has seen him average 101.2 and 102.9. Macrae has averaged more than 104 twice in his four year career and may arguably be under priced considering he went at 98.8 this year.

Others of note that will be DPP include:

  • Levi Greenwood – FWD/MID
  • Josh Caddy – FWD/MID
  • Bradley Hill – FWD/MID
  • Jack Billings – FWD/MID
  • Nathan Hrovat – FWD/MID
  • Angus Brayshaw – FWD/MID
  • Jack Steele – FWD/MID
  • Isaac Smith – FWD/MID
  • Cam Ellis-Yolmen – FWD/MID
  • Bernie Vince – DEF/MID
  • Hamish Hartlett – DEF/MID
  • Koby Stevens – FWD/MID
  • Elliot Yeo – FWD/MID
  • Tom Boyd – RUC/FWD
  • Kieren Lovell – FWD/MID

Although not DPP, it is important to note that Luke Hodge will be DEF only and Christian Petracca will be FWD only.

Plenty of DPP with the draftees

We’ll get a bit of love from some draftees thanks to some handy positioning. Also, draftee pricing will have a bit of an overhaul with the number one pick once again being the most expensive of the new crop… however, McGrath’s price will be much lower than it would have been the last couple of years.

  • Andrew McGrath – DEF/MID
  • Tim Taranto – MID/FWD
  • Hugh McCluggage – MID/FWD
  • Ben Ainsworth – MID/FWD
  • Jack Bowes – MID/FWD
  • Callum Brown – MID/FWD
  • Shai Bolton – MID/FWD
  • Jarrod Berry – DEF/MID
  • Daniel Venables – MID/FWD
  • Ben Long – DEF/FWD
  • Sam McLarty – DEF/FWD
  • Darcy Cameron – FWD/RUCK


Stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand, including a podcast, video and some articles on about the upcoming season. Prices aren’t too far away. If you have a question on a particular player and their position, ask in the comments and also head over to Twitter and check out the feed where we are answering questions.

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    December 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Great news about the draftees being cheaper.

    Do we have any idea about the possible prices of Thurlow, JOM, Myers, Swallow, Beams and Fyfe?

    • Warnie


      December 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Discounts will be applied to all of the above. Should have that news during the week. Prices are currently being finalised.

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    Psycho Muppet

    December 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    What sort of discounted prices are we looking at for the returning Bombers ?

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      December 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      my guess would be around 15-20% of their 2016 starting prices

      30% would be the normal discount for missing the season, but factoring in a 10-15% increase because of the “Ablett tax (as it was coined earlier this season)” otherwise they’d all be locks

      for the record, this would price Heppell around the 90 mark (or Vince, Boak, Prestia, KJack range) which still makes him a great option, but doesn’t necessarily make him a must have with that bracket

    • Warnie


      December 3, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Hopefully we’ll be in a position to reveal that early next week.

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    December 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Warnie, do you know the positions for the following players?

    Caleb Daniel
    Luke Hodge
    Jarrad McVeigh
    David Swallow
    Josh Kelly
    Angus Brayshaw
    Jack Steele
    Jade Gresham
    Liam Picken
    Mark Blicavs

    • Warnie


      December 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Caleb Daniel – FWD
      Luke Hodge – DEF (MENTIONED ABOVE)
      Jarrad McVeigh – DEF
      David Swallow – MID
      Josh Kelly – MID
      Angus Brayshaw – MID/FWD (MENTIONED ABOVE)
      Jack Steele – MID/FWD (MENTIONED ABOVE)
      Jade Gresham – FWD
      Liam Picken – MID
      Mark Blicavs – MID

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        December 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

        Blics not ruck eligible…. interesting

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    December 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    What rookies are you looking to put into your side for next season?

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      December 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      a LOT of it depends on NAB performances, and rd1 selections

      although generally Sydney tend to be keen on giving their rookies a good crack at it (Rampe, Papley, Hewett in recent years), so ones that have joined them look decent – as well as the rebuilding types who basically have no choice

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    December 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Hey Warnie will Jake Lloyd from Sydney get DPP for this season played plenty of half back

    • Warnie


      December 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Yep, he’s DEF/MID.

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        December 3, 2016 at 5:14 pm

        beauty do you think his worth a look

        • Warnie


          December 3, 2016 at 10:36 pm

          He showed a bit of a fantasy game later in the season. Definitely on the watchlist.

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      December 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      speaking of Sydney, any news on Heeney

      the general consensus is that he’ll be MF, but part of me is thinking that Champdata will omit the “almost lockable” F part due to the losses of other players (T Mitchell) and the finals series

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    December 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Go Bombers! Hey Warnie, I’m eyeing off a few players who I hope (based on their 2016 heatmaps) will attain DPP in 2017; can you confirm the starting position for any of the following?

    The Bont [FWD/MID] (VERY hopeful I know!)
    Brandon Ellis [DEF/MID]
    Andy Gaff [DEF/MID]
    Cam Guthrie [DEF/MID]
    Lachie Hunter [DEF/MID]
    Dion Prestia [DEF/MID]

    Thanks! :)

    • Warnie


      December 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      All MID only, mate. But you would think that their roles could be the ones listed. Worth monitoring for a round six, 12 or 18 upgrade.

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    December 4, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Do you know if touk Miller will still be a fwd and still an option with gold coasts draft haul

    • Warnie


      December 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      He is a FWD/MID… and he should be right. Definitely a pre-season watchlist dude.

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    December 4, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Any word on when the site will open up this year? It seemed to open quite late last year compared to the other platforms.

    • Warnie


      December 4, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      It opened Feb 2 from memory, a few days later than the other games. Hopefully a bit earlier this year.

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    December 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Warnie, any tips on making a successful team?

    • Warnie


      December 4, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      There will be HUNDREDS of articles and quite a few hours of podcasts/videos that we will be presenting through DT Talk and to help you have a successful team and season. Stay tuned. It’ll be our biggest and best pre-season ever!

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      The Chosen Won

      December 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Ide be asking Calvin or Roy, Unless you want the Warnvest every week :)

      Good Luck

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    December 4, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Is Fyfe a fwd/mid or just a mid and how much will Fyfe price drop you think on last season.

    • Warnie


      December 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Fyfe is a MID only… and he will get a discount. You will hear more about that in the next couple of days.

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    December 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Can I just confirm…

    Rd 10 is a normal round with 22 players and then rds 11-13 are bye rounds with best 18 players?

    And if so, it would be foolish to start with any Port or GCS premos right?

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    December 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Is the salary cap going up this year or is it staying the same

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