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DT Talk’s AFL Fantasy Draft Rankings 2018

Check out where our Draft crew ranks players by position.

The 2018 AFL Fantasy Draft Rankings compiled by RoyCalvin and Warnie with the help of some of their draft guru friends – TbettaPatchFooty Rhino and The Draft Doctors. These rankings – by position – aim to help you for your leagues on Draft Day. Each contributor was asked to rank their top 80 defenders, 100 midfielders, 20 rucks and 80 forwards for Draft. These have been sorted as a ‘site average’ using everyone’s picks.

Please note for all of the rankings that if a coach ranked them lower than the cut off for the position, the player will be blank. The players listed were ranked in the top 80/100/20/80 for at least two of the coaches. With this in mind, therefore, some players certain coaches may have ranked in their list may not appear.

If viewing on mobile, you should be able to see the site rankings just fine. We recommend using a desktop to get all of the info that you need. To get back to the Draft Rankings page at any time, there is a link in the top menu on the site.


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Big thanks to:

  • Alex Trombetta – aka Tbetta – No stranger to followers of DT Talk. An absolute guru when it comes to Fantasy footy… and Tinder. Has been playing many forms of the draft game across different sports with NBA being a huge one for his group of mates. Hit him up on Twitter: @tbetta9.
  • Damon Adams – aka Patch – Breakfast radio host on Power FM in SA and head of commercial operations at Footy Prophet, he’s been a champion Fantasy coach across all formats but most notably he is a member of the biggest draft league in the country, the DT Shiva. Patch is a member of Div 2 and a co-host of the Shiva Blast podcast. Follow on Twitter: @DT_Adams_.
  • Ryan Daniels – aka Footy Rhino – Probably the biggest name in Fantasy footy in Australia and the man behind the awesome Footy Rhino website and podcast. Although currently on hiatus, the Channel 7 reporter from Perth will still be winning plenty of Draft premierships. Get the good oil on Twitter: @FootyRhino.
  • Draft Doctors – Steve Fizz and John Crockett have been producing some of the best draft content via podcast and their website for the last couple of years. Possibly their best work to date is the Mock Draft Simulator. Catch them on Twitter: @thedraftdoctors.




(Click for rankings by position).




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    Laughing Lamb

    March 1, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    All the links are taking me to 2017 draft rankings!

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      March 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Same here

      • Warnie


        March 1, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        I’m really not understanding this?! When you hover over the links, surely they say 2018? All working for me.

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          Laughing Lamb

          March 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm

          It’s working fine now. Before the bottom positions weren’t linking to 2018, rather 2017 draft rankings.


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    The Walrus

    March 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    The links have said 2018 all night, but they take you to 2017 lists. But I am now into the 2018 lists.

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    March 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Mayes and Tom McDonald ahead of Salem …….. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight ……………

    • Warnie


      March 1, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      That’s probably one I didn’t go back to and review (the fine tooth comb was missing for my look at these over the last couple of weeks… no excuse, but sometimes I’m spread a little bit thin at times). Salem is definitely better than that. Good thing the average fixes him up for those looking at this!

    • Warnie


      March 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      BTW – a nice change to see that this wasn’t a comment about Jack Redden. Thank you.

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        March 1, 2018 at 10:37 pm

        Interesting fact Warnie. Did you know Jacks older brother Tom was once considered to be the better player of the two ? In fact he was once on the Crows list as a rookie I believe. Last I knew he was playing footy in SA for Encounter Bay.

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        March 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm

        My information wasn’t rubbish or made up.

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    March 1, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Is there a rule about having too many players from one team?
    Kelly, Whitfield, Shiel and Coniglio all seem solid options looking at massive scores all year round.

    Hahaha could Heater be back??? It might be a Never never again list situation… The seed has been planted! Whitfield is going back with Perryman and Finlayson.

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    Guy Incognito

    March 1, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Really impressive collaboration, great work. Have used these a lot in NBA/NFL and they’re great getting a varied perspective.
    I think there’s a fault in players like Lobb and Mathieson in the rankings though – where a player isn’t ranked by someone (ie. in FWD over 75) their average rank should include a 75 in the blank column and not a 0 and one less sample unit. These blanks are skewing the data!
    Also I wish Sicily was in the FWD rankings too!

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    Steven Hann

    March 1, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Im tipping Coniglio to be top 10 by years end boys! #underestimated

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    March 1, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    How can I justify a spot in my team R1 for Whitfield in the Midfield knowing he will get Def status R6.

    I have Kelly and want Kelly but with Shiel and Coniglio there those kids are sharing it around between them like snap, crackle and pop.
    Tough strategy year this one!

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      March 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      I cant do it, I will just pay the price after the position change and he will be D1 imo

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    March 1, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    hey lads, just wanted to get your thoughts:

    Pick 1 of: Gibbs, M Crouch or Beams?

    Hoping to keep one of those 3 for the whole season, meaning they would have to be a top 10 mid at least.


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      March 1, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Beams if he has had a good preseason

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    Billy Hoyle

    March 2, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Would still love some PODs that have Merrett unanimously ranked 2! Stronger mid, age, maturity, Ablett affect?!

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      Billy Hoyle

      March 2, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Close to unanimous ***

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    Wilson’s Prom

    March 2, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Blake Hardwick couldn’t crack the top 80 of the defenders?

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    The Walrus

    March 4, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    The DT Fantasy Draft rankings are a highlight each year. Love the collaboration.

    A major issue with drafting these days is the number of top mids with ongoing injury concerns – Ablett, Beams, Rockliff, even Jelwood. How do these affect rankings?

  12. Fooz


    March 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Anyone doing a Draft in Geraldton WA?

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      March 6, 2018 at 12:48 pm

      mate, it’s gero

      • Fooz


        March 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        I was being formal!

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          March 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm

          Geraldton… birthplace of Fantasy Footy in Australia. We have our 27th Annual draft night coming up on the 24th.

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    Mitch W

    March 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Does anyone know if you can change your leagues draft order (who gets what pick)?

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    Mitch W

    March 8, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Does anyone know if its possible to change your draft leagues draft order (who gets what pick)?

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