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Jack Macrae – Deck of DT 2017

Will the new MID/FWD be the best available forward of the year?

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Image result for jack macraeName: Jack Macrae
Team: Western Bulldogs
Position: Fwd/Mid
AFL Fantasy: $596,000
AFL Dream Team: $586,200
Bye Round: 11
2016 Average: 98.83
2016 Games Played: 18 (21 inc finals)
Predicted Average: 100

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Why should I pick him?

To be honest when i put my hand up to write about Macrae back in November last year I didn’t expect him to be this popular. The most selected player so far across most fantasy formats- and for a few very good reasons of which the biggest are his 2016 average of 98 and his DPP eligibility of Mid/Fwd.

He has proven to be a reliable performer over the last few seasons, averaging 98,104 and 104 over the last 3 years. Flashback – in 2015 he went on an incredible streak of scoring where he hit triple figures 8 weeks in a row including two monster scores of 143 and 130.

Jack has a big ceiling – in 2016 he posted scores of 139 and two scores of 126. Jack had 10 scores in triple figures from his 21 games, and of those 11 scores under 100 a further five of those were in the 90’s. So that’s a 15 out of 21 strike rate (71%) of 90 or better fantasy score’s in 2016 – not bad for a midfielder but elite for a forward.

We have lost Dusty, Joey and even Zorko from our forward lines in 2017, so finding one of those reliable forwards in our fantasy teams who doesn’t rely on goal scoring to generate points is critical.

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Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Honestly its pretty hard to make a case to not pick him – but here we go.

In my opinion his biggest issue is he shares the bye round with a few other tasty forward options including this preseason’s hype machine Isaac Heeney and/or Luke Dahlhaus along with the two highest scoring forwards from 2016 in Roo and Buddy.

He can throw the occasional low score – a 2016 season low of 69 against the Swans in round 15 his worst effort, he also had an injury affected 70 in round 19 (hamstring injury forced him off at 3QT) and a 78 in round 3.

The emergence of other Bulldogs midfield guns in Hunter and Bont and even Libba and Daniel mean that Macrae is not always the first option for the doggies to free up and can be forced into that inside midfielder role where he handballs more than kicks.

At a tick under $600k he isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination, could that money be better used elsewhere? Someone like a Touk Miller will save you around $100k and previously mentioned hype kid Heeney is over $150,000 cheaper – do you start with either/both of these instead and flag Macrae as an upgrade target if he has a quiet game or two?

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 Ace – As a forward he ticks all the boxes you could want and I believe those that choose not to start with him will be trying to work out how to get him in pretty early on. Set and forget top 6 forward option with the added bonus of DPP action (if needed) over the bye rounds.

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    January 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

    You got it Righty?
    Just pay the coin and don’t worry about it

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    January 29, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Still no idea what he’s doing as a forward- kicked a whole 2 goals in 2016!

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      January 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Shhh, don’t complain they’ll take him away from us.

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      January 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      behold the amazing wisdom of the AFL fantasy brains trust, where players who average over a goal a game (Gray and Zorko) are pure midfielders, while Macrae kicks two and is apparently a forward.

      Still, anyone taking the game seriously will have him locked.

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        January 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        To be fair it’s Champion Data’s call as he’s a mid/fwd in SuperCoach, Real Dream Team and Ultimate Footy as well.

        But yeah, disappointing not to have Gray and Zorko as forwards to start with.

        • Warnie


          January 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          Easy option to have a dig at AFL Fantasy it seems. As barkhammer correctly says, Champion Data name the positions – and it goes across all formats of the game. But anyway, #fakenews might have some people thinking this is just another shit thing about AFL Fantasy…

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            January 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

            Having started with MacRae the last 3 years id say his fwd status is more justified than some other curve balls we have seen in the past. He might have only kicked 2 goals but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been up forward assisting in goals etc. I remember last year a couple set shots he passed off to a better option much to my dismay.

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            January 29, 2017 at 11:21 pm

            My apologies you are absolutely right- Champion Data is the reason for my bewilderment, not AFL Fantasy. By ‘AFL Fantasy brains trust’ I really mean whoever decides the positions, which is obviously CD, however that wasn’t construed at all. Obviously it is the same in the other (lesser) games too.

            Still it is baffling how much influence where a player starts at centre bounces seems to have with positioning. Zorko especially pushed forward very often last year and got a lot of the pill forward of centre- but started at most centre bounces on the wing. The opposite applies for when the likes of Montagna and Macrae get forward status.

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        January 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

        Behold the non-wisdom of Mars. Trolling an AFLF based website’s free information with inaccurate misunderstood rubbish.

        Go back to your parents basement you complete and utter waste of skin.

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          January 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm

          Wowzas, the above says more about yourself than yours truly. Hope everything’s okay.

  3. Will


    January 29, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Easy pickings, having a guy like macrae avaialable as a fwd, a real no brainer

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    January 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Lock, a gift

  5. Euman


    January 29, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Easiest pick for me was a walk up

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    January 29, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Macrae will average more this year than last IMO, last year he was used abit forward, didn’t start as much on the wings or in the guts as he did in 2015, this was evident. This year we have Crameri and Cloke in our forward line and honestly Macrae wont wonder down the foward 50 as much as he did. Should be a perm mid/winger this year and i can honestly see him pushing his average to the 105 mark.

    Absolute lock.

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    January 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Is he really a lock for a starter though? Most people put him at averaging 100 (although I do think CrozaN actually makes a good point) which is pretty much what he is priced at. Meaning he isn’t going to improve much/at all and I haven’t seen anything to suggest he will start the year with a bang. For example, he is priced the same as Nat Fyfe, who should increase his average and might start the year with a bang; wouldn’t you rather just put Fyfe in the mids instead of Macrae in the fwd? Granted it does depend a bit on which line has more rookies but at the moment I’ve just got St. Nick (who’s easy Etihad run should mean he starts very strong) and instead of Macrae i’ve got an extra mid premo.

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      January 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      So you’re not starting a durable young gun because he might be priced fairly (although he’s likely a few pts unders) but you’ll start a crocked 35 year old who won’t reach his average in a million years?

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        January 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        Why would he not reach his average for last year? Granted 200 is quite rare, but it was the last game of the year and he’s had no off season injuries; just because he is a few months older doesn’t mean he crumbles! Plus saints should improve, meaning they have more of the ball which means St Nick takes even more marks!

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      January 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Sorry, but that logic is completely flawed. How the hell does spending an extra $70k on Roo give you an extra mid premo?

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    January 29, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Hay guys. I have been playing this game for a long time . I do not do the net much only for this game only so no gay book and so on . But a am over trying every year trying to put this stupid afl fantasy app on ! Every fu//en year guys come on sort it out . It should not be this hard it’s turning me of the game .

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      D Day

      January 30, 2017 at 10:47 am


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      January 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      there is such a thing as gay book?

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    Grovers Guns

    January 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    By the end of the season the must have forwards will –
    Voldt, Macrae, Pendlebury, Gablett, Fyfe and someone else to round out your 6

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