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We have liftoff – Ep. 116

The boys are pumped and have an action packed podcast as the weekly show returns.

The new season of AFL Fantasy launched last week and The Traders have wasted no time in getting their squads together. Roy, Calvin and Warnie are back in the studio for their weekly podcast discussing the big issues facing Fantasy Coaches ahead of the round one lockout.

In the latest episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast, the lads discuss their squads as they stand and what to expect in 2017.

Also in this week’s podcast:

  • New features of the game.
  • The first cut of The Traders’ Classic team.
  • Predictions for the top scoring players in each position (see list below).
  • Fantasy question time from social media. Starting squad strategy – guns ‘n’ rookies versus mid-priced players, who the bargains are of 2017, which ruckmen to select and more.
  • Lions’ midfielder Dayne Beams chats about his pre-season and Jack Ziebell shares his best buys from the Roos.

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The Traders’ prediction for top scoring players by position

As at 30 January 2017

DEFENDERS (selected by Calvin)

  1. Taylor Adams
  2. Heath Shaw
  3. Sam Docherty
  4. Matthew Boyd
  5. Leigh Montagna
  6. Kade Simpson

In the mix: Jake Lloyd, Jason Johannisen, Luke Hodge, Rory Laird
Roughy: Hamish Hartlett

MIDFIELDERS (selected by Roy)

  1. Tom Rockliff
  2. Patrick Dangerfield
  3. Adam Treloar
  4. Tom Mitchell
  5. Zach Merrett
  6. Luke Parker
  7. Lachie Neale
  8. Josh Kennedy

In the mix: Dan Hannebery, Nat Fyfe
Roughy: Michael Barlow

RUCKS (selected by Warnie)

  1. Max Gawn
  2. Brodie Grundy

In the mix: Todd Goldstein, Stefan Martin
The roughy: Sam Jacobs

FORWARDS (selected by Warnie)

  1. Jack Macrae
  2. Nick Riewoldt
  3. Luke Dahlhaus
  4. Isaac Smith
  5. Lance Franklin
  6. Brett Deledio

In the mix: Toby Greene, Tom Lynch (ADE), Josh Caddy
The roughy: Isaac Heeney





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    January 30, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    zach merrett top 8 mid? thats a stretch

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      January 30, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      This situation has happened loads of times. Other stars returning from injury, or players moving clubs, and they are always predicted to have reduced scoring due to points being ‘taken’ by teammates. Doesn’t usually pan out like that though, jets like Merrett and Neale always end up getting theirs.

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    January 30, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Nice start!

    Enjoyed the player insights – more of them please.

    • Warnie


      January 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      We’ll do our best.

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    January 30, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    thoughts on dunkley

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    Grovers Guns

    January 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

    So Warnie – what’s the chances of the top forward at the end of the year looking like this?
    Voldt, Macrae, Pendelbury, GAblett, Fyfe and Dahlhaus.
    The 3 guns will play more forward this year.

    • Warnie


      January 31, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Interesting. Personally, I think Ablett is the only one of those guys who could get it – but I think he will still be the main man in the midfield.

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    January 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Still think Jack Steven is underrated. Potential to be a top 5 mid.

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      January 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Definitely potential to be a top 8, I think it depends on St Kilda as a whole ave. 118 in st kilda wins last season and ave. 88 in losses

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        January 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        Sounds a positive stat if like me you expect saints to be on the improve this year…Steven is in my team at present…But only just!!

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    The Chosen Won

    February 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Anyone else notice numbers seems to be down this year, The AFL would need 2500 people a day to sign up for the next 50 days to reach last years numbers…

    What is being done by the AFL to get more people involved.?

    Good Luck

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    Elijah Tlauka

    February 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Do you think there will be any rookie/cheap emerging rucks who will average around the mid 70’s. And is it worth putting Jamie Elliott instead of a similarly priced Bennel if not keeping both?

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      Elijah Tlauka

      February 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      And who do you think will score bigger this season, macrae or fyfe?

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