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Lachie Whitfield to be a MID/FWD and other 2020 AFL Fantasy player positions

Dunkley, Dangerfield and Boak are all a chance to lose FWD status.

Plenty of Fantasy coaches who can’t get enough of the game have started speculating what positions players will have in 2020. In AFL Fantasy, the in-season DPP additions can help with our thinking as quite a few will carry on in the new year. Champion Data make the calls on these players and their AFL Player Ratings attaches positions in most of their communication which generally reflect the Fantasy positions.

They tweet their stats weekly and we often see changes.

There are, however, some inconsistancies. Some tables may have different positions for the same player. For example in the age group leaders, Josh Dunkley is a listed as a MID/FWD, while he is a MID only on the club leader chart (posted on the same day).

Here we will take a look at a few players who are in line for position changes. There will be a lot more when they get released in early-mid December – especially when we take a deep dive into the very Draft relevant ones that could end up being steals in the latter rounds – but this can get the conversation started. Be sure to add your suggestions in the comments below… or even some nuggets of gold you may have found digging through those AFL Player Ratings stats.

WHITFIELD TO GAIN FWD STATUS

The biggest name to change position, for the good anyway, has to be Lachie Whitfield from GWS. He went into 2019 as DEF only and gained MID status at round six. He was in line to gain FWD status as his role showed him as a MID/FWD, spending significant time in a half-forward position. Whitfield has been called a MID/FWD for the majority of the year on the AFL Player Ratings and should be set to be DPP for another year… up the other end of the ground. Should be the top scoring forward and set and forget for Classic. He’s going to be a popular first round selection in Draft considering what we might be left with on the premium end of the forwards.

Jack Steven looks to be changing clubs in this trade period and with it, he’ll gain MID/FWD status. This is based off his role in the games he played following his time out as he battled his mental health issues. With a slight discount (9% off 2018’s 96.6 average), there could be a bit of value with Steven priced at 87.9 considering he’s only once averaged below that figure since 2013. Excluding that 86.4 in 203, his lowest average was 93.8. A fair bit of water needs to go under the bridge, however, before we are making any form of a call on Steven.

TOP FORWARDS DECIMATED

Every year we lose some of our top forwards. Generally this is because the reason the FWDs (or MID/FWDs) score so well is by playing in the midfield. Using the AFL Player Ratings and other gut feel, here’s the top 10 averaging forwards from 2019 and their likely positions for next season.

  1. Josh DunkleyMID – majority of season as a midfielder but there is a chance he retains MID/FWD status due to the Player Ratings calling him DPP in end season tweets
  2. Patrick DangerfieldMID/FWD – still a chance to retain MID/FWD status according to the Player Ratings, but it could be line-ball
  3. Travis BoakMID – was FWD only, then gained MID status in round six and that’s all he played
  4. Rowan MarshallRUC – was No.1 ruck but with Ryder potentially joining, he may gain FWD again during the season
  5. Jack BillingsMID – played as a wingman
  6. Toby GreeneMID/FWD – holds MID status, but should gain MID for his back half of the season
  7. Dustin MartinMID/FWD – had DPP right until the end with the Player Ratings
  8. Tim KellyMID – no chance to be a forward
  9. James WorpelMID – played all year through the midfield
  10. Caleb DanielDEF – primary position was as a defender

Players ranked from 11th to 20th are all likely to hold FWD status with the possible exceptions of wingman Mitch Robinson, midfielder Darcy MacPherson and round six DPP addition Ed Curnow. The Blue was back in the guts when Teague took over as coach of the Blues, however, the Player Ratings called him a MID/FWD in round 23 tweets as was MacPherson.

OTHER PLAYERS OF NOTE

There will be plenty of players who change positions, whether that is being stripped of DPP or picking up another position.

Going through some of the AFL Player Ratings tweets, David Mundy as a MID only will lose his Draft relevance after being a FWD this year. Connor Rozee will be FWD only as will fellow draftee Tarryn Thomas. Plenty of other first year players have new positions in their sophomore season such as Chayce Jones named as a FWD (was MID this year). Jordan Clark will drop the DEF.

The 6-6-6 rule may impact positions slightly with clubs forced to play six players forward or back for centre bounces. This is what has probably helped Whitfield if he is to gain the MID/FWD status. It has also probably defined wingmen more. Mitch Robinson will lose that FWD status as he’s up on the wing with his team mate Hugh McCluggage.

2019 DUAL POSITION PLAYER ADDITIONS

In round 6, 12 and 18 the team at Champion Data adjust the Fantasy classifications for players in a single position to reflect what roles they have been playing. From what we understand, their cut off is approximately 35% in the ‘new’ position (which is what we see give them DPP when they are initially set up in early December).

A total of 63 players were awarded dual position status during the 2019 season.

ROUND 6 ADDITIONS

There’s no surprise that the first run of DPP additions is the largest. This not only takes in the data from the first five rounds, but all of the pre-season talk about ‘new roles’ that was then put into practice. A lot of these new positions, not necessarily the DPP, should stay in 2020. Players like Gary Ablett could just be FWD only, but may still have the DPP while the aforementioned Lachie Whitfield will ditch the DEF, but pick up FWD. Bayley Fritch may even have FWD next to his name.

PlayerClubInitialNew
Oscar McInerneyBLFWDFWD/RUC
Michael GibbonsCarlMIDMID/FWD
Ed CurnowCarlMIDMID/FWD
Zac ClarkeEssRUCRUC/FWD
Matt GuelfiEssMIDDEF/MID
Adam CerraFremFWDDEF/FWD
Gary AblettGeelMIDMID/FWD
Tom AtkinsGeelMIDMID/FWD
Wil PowellGCSFWDMID/FWD
Jeremy FinlaysonGWSDEFDEF/FWD
Lachie WhitfieldGWSDEFDEF/MID
Bailey FritschMelbMIDDEF/MID
Corey WagnerMelbMIDMID/FWD
Jayden HuntMelbDEFDEF/FWD
Shaun AtleyNMDEFDEF/FWD
Travis BoakPortFWDMID/FWD
Patrick RyderPortRUCRUC/FWD
Brad EbertPortMIDMID/FWD
Zak ButtersPortMIDMID/FWD
Sydney StackRichMIDDEF/MID
Dustin MartinRichMIDMID/FWD
Josh BattleSt KFWDDEF/FWD
Jack BillingsSt KFWDMID/FWD
Rowan MarshallSt KFWDRUC/FWD
Harry CunninghamSydMIDDEF/MID
Oscar AllenWCEDEFDEF/FWD
Aaron NaughtonWBDEFDEF/FWD
Caleb DanielWBFWDDEF/FWD

ROUND 12 ADDITIONS

Big one here will be the man at the top of the list if he ends up as a Sun. Hugh Greenwood with FWD status could be a winner up at Gold Coast as he should definitely increase on his 78 average. This group may have a few interesting ones that could look different to what’s in the table. Jordan Dawson may grab DEF status despite adding FWD at round 12. Cameron Guthrie added MID and that could be all he is in 2020. Coaches will be pumped if Andrew Brayshaw retains the DPP he added, but this is probably a line-ball decision.

PlayerClubInitialNew
Hugh GreenwoodAdelMIDMID/FWD
Levi CasboultCarlFWDDEF/FWD
Sam Petrevski-SetonCarlFWDFWD/MID
Aaron FrancisEssDEFDEF/FWD
Darcy TuckerFremMIDMID/FWD
Andrew BrayshawFremMIDMID/FWD
Jordan MurdochGCSMIDDEF/MID
Cameron GuthrieGeelDEFDEF/MID
Jordan ClarkGeelDEFDEF/MID
Tim O'BrienHawFWDDEF/FWD
Shaun BurgoyneHawMIDDEF/MID
Tarryn ThomasNMMIDMID/FWD
Jack ZiebellNMFWDFWD/MID
Sam Powell-PepperPortMIDMID/FWD
Noah BaltaRichFWDFWD/RUC
Jade GreshamSt KFWDFWD/MID
Jack SinclairSt KMIDMID/FWD
Ryan ClarkeSydDEFDEF/MID
Jackson ThurlowSydMIDDEF/MID
Jordan DawsonSydMIDMID/FWD
Jackson TrengoveWBDEFDEF/RUC
Bailey SmithWBMIDMID/FWD
Sam LloydWBMIDMID/FWD

ROUND 18 ADDITIONS

As most commentary said when this lot rolled out… there’s nothing to see here! I don’t think any name will really affect any decision making for Fantasy – especially when a couple have retired!

PlayerClubInitialNew
Liam StockerCarlMIDDEF/MID
Brett BewleyFremMIDMID/FWD
Brett DeledioGWSMIDMID/FWD
Oskar BakerMelbMIDMID/FWD
Jordan LewisMelbDEFDEF/MID
Braydon PreussMelbRUCRUC/FWD
Jy SimpkinNMFWDFWD/MID
Dougal HowardPortDEFDEF/FWD
Mabior CholRichFWDFWD/RUC
Nick HindSt KMIDMID/FWD
James RowbottomSydMIDMID/FWD
Matt SucklingWBDEFDEF/FWD

4 Comments

4 Comments

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    Neil

    October 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks Warnie, a fwd line starting with Whit, Danger & Toby would be handy! Not wanting to break a scoop announcement but is there only 3 rucks in 2020? Wink once for yes, I won’t tell anyone :-)

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      The Chosen Won

      October 14, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Ruc: B.Grundy (115), M.Gawn (110) (D.Cameron (50))
      Fwd: L.Whitfield (108), P.Dangerfield (109)

      Drawing Board seems to have it set up for 2020 as only 3 rucks….. Interesting!

      Good Luck in 2020

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    Marcus

    October 29, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Keeping my eye on Hugh McCluggage as I reckon he could be anything

    • Warnie

      Warnie

      October 30, 2019 at 7:07 am

      I think he’ll be MID only as he was basically running the wing all season.

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