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What Fantasy coaches need to know for rounds 9-12

Get across the changes for Fantasy over the fixture squeeze.

Rounds 9-12 will be squeezed into 20 days with round 9 kicking off tonight and finishing on Sunday. Round 10 will start the next night and due to games every day, a round will finish on one day and the next one starting the following day.

A range of adjustments have been made to the game to help coaches navigate it in order to limit frustrations in what will be a challenging time.

For those who just want the dot points, here they are… I’ve expanded on more below.

  • Rolling lockout for every game of the round
  • Three trades every round
  • Bye players awarded average if they played in previous round
  • Bye players locked at the start of the round

Important articles

Rolling lockout

If you’ve played that other game, you’ll understand a rolling lockout. If not, basically it’s like having our regular partial lockouts but for every game of the round. Full lockout would essentially be at the start of the final game of the round.

The main reason for this is not only due to the daily fixtures and the spread of matches, but because team announcements will now be at 6:20pm AEST on the day before teams play. That means there is no regular ‘Thursday night teams’ announcement, we’ll be getting teams daily.

Also, we are likely to see teams resting players and plenty of changes round-to-round. With a rolling lockout we will have the ability to trade or move our players around up until they are locked for their game.

See all times below.

Three trades per round every round

It was announced a couple of weeks ago that we will have three trades for every round for the rest of the season. They will be needed! Some coaches will be looking to hold on to one throughout the majority of the round just in case there is a big name out of a game. Still, strategy using your trades will be important.

Planning when you will fire off your moves is imperative. The goal should still be to improve your team through downgrade and upgrades while trying to limit sideways trades where possible. Obviously if big names are out, you may want to be aggressive – especially with poor bench cover – but remember the goal in Fantasy Classic is to make your team better as the season progresses.

Averages for bye players

In a bold move, Fantasy Classic awarded average scores for the Essendon and Melbourne players when their game was postponed earlier in the season. This proved to be a good move, especially for Draft coaches, in what was something that was sprung on us. We may have some notice for these upcoming bye rounds; however, it isn’t what we signed up for and it will be unfair for Fantasy Classic coaches with varying numbers of players from teams on a bye and it is the sensible solution for Fantasy Draft players in order to get a season finished (there are likely to be more byes to come).

Things to note is that the season average will only be applied if they played in the 22 from the week before. Players on a bye will be locked at the first lockout of the round so if you want to trade one in/out, make them captain, put them on your bench or make them emergency, you will need to pull the trigger before the new round starts. Also, prices will change based on their ‘score’ awarded.

Lockout times

Being across all of the times, especially due to when you’re looking to trade and who you use for VC, C and any loopholes, will take some thinking. Below are the fixture as they stand at the moment with the times (local) to help you get set. Mapping out your moves and knowing when your trades would need to be made. If you’re rolling with a VC and only have one or two options of non-playing players, knowing when they play can help you decide whether you take the loophole or not.

Round 9

Wednesday, July 29

Western Bulldogs v Richmond, Metricon Stadium, 7.10pm AEST

Thursday, July 30

Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Gabba, 8.10pm AEST

Friday, July 31

Carlton v Hawthorn, Optus Stadium, 3.40pm AWST
Essendon v Brisbane, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, August 1

North Melbourne v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 2.35pm AEST
St Kilda v Sydney, Gabba, 5.10pm AEST
West Coast v Geelong, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST

Sunday, August 2

Gold Coast v Greater Western Sydney, Metricon Stadium, 3.35pm AEST
Fremantle v Collingwood, Optus Stadium, 4.10pm AWST

Round 10 

Monday, August 3

Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Oval, 6.40pm ACST

Tuesday, August 4

Richmond v Brisbane, Metricon Stadium, 7.10pm AEST

Wednesday, August 5

Geelong v North Melbourne, Gabba, 5.40pm AEST
Adelaide v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval, 7.40pm ACST

Thursday, August 6

Collingwood v Sydney, Gabba, 5.40pm AEST
Gold Coast v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium, 8.10pm AEST

Friday, August 7

Essendon v Greater Western Sydney, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

Byes: Fremantle, West Coast, Hawthorn, Carlton

Round 11

Saturday, August 8

Port Adelaide v Richmond, Adelaide Oval, 4.05pm ACST
Brisbane v Western Bulldogs, Gabba, 7.40pm AEST

Sunday, August 9

West Coast v Carlton, Optus Stadium, 1.35pm AWST
North Melbourne v Melbourne, TBA, 6.10pm AEST

Monday, August 10

Geelong v St Kilda, Gabba, 6.10pm AEST
Fremantle v Hawthorn, Optus Stadium, 6.40pm AWST

Tuesday, August 11

Adelaide v Collingwood, Adelaide Oval, 6.40pm ACST

Wednesday, August 12

Gold Coast v Essendon, Metricon Stadium, 7.10pm AEST

Byes: Greater Western Sydney, Sydney 

Round 12

Thursday, August 13

Sydney v Greater Western Sydney, Optus Stadium 6.10pm AWST

Friday, August 14

Geelong v Port Adelaide, Gabba, 7.50pm AEST

Saturday, August 15

North Melbourne v Brisbane, TBA, 2.35pm AEST
Melbourne v Collingwood, Gabba, 5.10pm AEST
Fremantle v Carlton, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST

Sunday, August 16

Western Bulldogs v Adelaide, Metricon Stadium, 1.05pm AEST
St Kilda v Essendon, Gabba, 3.35pm AEST
West Coast v Hawthorn, Optus Stadium, 4.10pm AWST

Monday, August 17

Richmond v Gold Coast, Gabba, 7.10pm AEST

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62 Comments

62 Comments

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    Silly

    July 29, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Would you get rid of Corr yet?

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      Anthony

      July 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      I’m going to side swap him to bailey, but he does have hawthorn who are a good team for defenders to score on, and still an ok BE at 53.

      So to answer, you can keep him, but there is better value there as well in Bailey and Nelson

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    Kieren McKim

    July 29, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Am I reading correctly that you can make a Bye player your Captain? So you know exactly what score they’re going to get?

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      Andy

      July 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      That seems like it would be the case.

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      Warnie

      July 29, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Yep – not perfect, but better than the alternatives.

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        Confused

        July 31, 2020 at 2:46 pm

        Warnie, does your entire fantasy team get locked during an AFL game or just the players in it? I want to trade in some players from the Ess v Bris game tonight but want to wait until Saturday teams have dropped. Saturday teams will drop halfway through the Carlton v Hawks game and there may not be long enough after that game before the start of the Ess v Bris game. The trades don’t involve any Carlton or Hawks players, but do I have to make them before that game starts or can I wait until teams drop / halfway through that game?

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    Polomiko28

    July 29, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Just want to confirm something with Walters and his injury. If he does not play this week against Collingwood, does that mean I am unable to get his average score when he has the bye in Round 10.

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      Brad

      July 29, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Yes that’s right. Needs to play this week to get his average

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    Brad

    July 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Does anyone think they may not actually use all their trades? I have Walters so want to hold a trade for him in case he is a late out and i can trade him to Sidebottom. Nothing much else to do if Walters plays. I only have Grundy and Brayshaw in that game besides Walters

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      Polomiko28

      July 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Will probably do the same, managed to move one rookie over, and have done two trades with 222k left over. Hopefully he plays as his average will be very useful. P.S Thanks for answering my question

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    Hawka

    July 29, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    ‪Priority to side trade Cripps or Docherty? ‬

    ‪If Cripps – Oliver or Gaff?‬

    ‪If Doc – Sic or Zac Bailey?‬

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    Ic3

    July 29, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Cripps to gaff asap. Cripps should not be in your side and added to your never again list. Lucky I never have had cripps due to his poor performance.

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      llizardofoz

      July 29, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Watch him go 119 this week.

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    Ic3

    July 29, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Bennet won’t be playing and simpson may be managed. the way I have seen some players been taking out looks like stach hold his place 🤦‍♂️

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    Belly

    July 29, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    A very helpful article Warnie, if anyone missed it there was one posted on the AFL site yesterday evening around tips and tricks for the condensed fixtures, similar content but still worth a read.

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    Belly

    July 29, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Are players you trade into your team locked into the position they are in (even if they haven’t played yet) but the person you traded out has played?
    Ie Pickett to Close
    Tomorrow after Pickett would have played is Close now unable to be moved from Mid to Fwd within my team before he plays?
    I assume he’s not locked but strange things happen in that App!

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    M

    July 29, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    1. Taylor to Sicily/Zorko / swallow
    2. Anderson to gaff/jkelly/macrae

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      Ic3

      July 29, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      Taylor to zorko.

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    Terang Bowler

    July 29, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Does anyone know how I can remove the emergency off my utility player?My utility has the pink shade but no ‘E’,but one of my other lines has no emergency.When I make that player emergency another loses his emergency status.

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      Ic3

      July 29, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      Simply to fix it on the utility press the e and the player should not be an emergency and then go to your other lines and you will be able to have your emergency. I just tried what you were talking about and that’s how I fixed it.

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    mad snake

    July 29, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Need a new ruckman (Pittonet going). I have Grundy, can’t afford Max but can afford anyone else. What do you reckon? I’m inclined to Goldy.

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      Lizard wizard

      July 29, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Ladhams mate he’s a must have

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    Andy

    July 29, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    So with rolling lock out, we can use the loop hole over the whole of the round? (with those players yet to play)

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      Warnie

      July 29, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      Correct.

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      Ic3

      July 29, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Yes except the Sunday games. On first game Sunday you will be locked. Unless there is a Monday game then will be rolling lock out till then.

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        Warnie

        July 29, 2020 at 5:29 pm

        Incorrect, Ic3. The rolling lockout goes until the LAST game of the round. If it is a Sunday, like this round, it will be locked at 4:10pm AWST (6:10pm AEST).

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      Andy

      July 29, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Great! So, my vc goes on Neale, and if he scores well the c goes on someone like Xerri, with Grundy emergency reserve.

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        Warnie

        July 29, 2020 at 5:46 pm

        Yep – that works. Make sure you get your timing right whenever you do the loophole. That will be a challenge and make take some planning. Personally, I will be making sure my VC is from the first 2-3 games, so long as I have someone left in the round to play that’s a donunt.

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          Andy

          July 29, 2020 at 5:48 pm

          Cheers! Warnie. It’s a thinking person’s game this year.

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    Shaneo173

    July 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    field pickett or hibberd (shiel is back)

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    j

    July 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    How does looping with a non-playing option from a team with a bye work? Are they locked at the start of the round or at the last game of the round?

    For example, in the week Sydney has its bye, if I wanted to take a VC loophole score and put the C on Naismith.

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      Andy

      July 29, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      I can see it is stated at the top of this post that bye players are locked at the start of the first game of the round.

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      Ic3

      July 29, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Why do you still have Naismith for anyway , he is out for the year. Pay attention

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    Doug

    July 29, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Didn’t think English could get any worse than last week…

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      Butch

      July 29, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      He’s looking like a season ending pick right now.

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      emily

      July 29, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      How many rectal examinations can one diary wimpy kid receive.

      Feet in a bucket acid mmmmmm

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      Andy

      July 30, 2020 at 9:34 am

      I couldn’t do anything about English this week- was hoping he would improve. Hope to wave him goodbye next round.

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        Doug

        July 30, 2020 at 11:29 am

        Same as me.. I was on the fence between him and Marshall, but got scared of by Ryder sharing ruck duties, thinking (incorrectly based on last night) English was turning into the younger version of Grundy/Gawn/Goldy who ruck solely.. Probably the only trade I truly regret in 2020..

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          Andy

          July 30, 2020 at 2:06 pm

          English was a bad blew for me, but Rozee was just as bad. He is now Petracca who I should have taken in the first place. I took Petracca last year but it was a year too early.

          I also notice how well Dusty is going since I gave him the bullet.

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    emily

    July 29, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    wow another Emily, sorry friend their can only b 1, I think u r an imposter.

    What does every1 think a VC is going to b, got it on Macrae so far, on 70 with a QTR and 10mins to go

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmm feet in jelly

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    emily

    July 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    when are we going to find out when players are playing or not.
    or is that going to be rolling through the round

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmm feet in mash potato

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      Belly

      July 29, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Yes rolling through the round, should know 24hrs before each game. So Port/Mel players are now known.

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        emily

        July 29, 2020 at 10:25 pm

        that suxs, do we know of any rookies coming through.

        thx Belly

        from the foot fetish girl

        mmmmm feet in custard

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          Belly

          July 30, 2020 at 2:55 pm

          Ballenden and Draper debuting apparently both $170k

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      Marcus

      July 30, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      Emily if you had Macrae as your VC you’ve done well. But I think this week I’m tossing up between Coniglio and Grundy.

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        emily

        July 30, 2020 at 6:34 pm

        thx marcus, took a gamble against the Tigers, and paid off.

        just just got to work out to loophole lol

        from the foot fetish girl
        mmm feet in bake bean

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    Trips

    July 30, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks, good stuff. Do bye players get the price increase from their score on bye week?

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    llizardofoz

    July 30, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Thought there might be a bit more content on this site given the [dare I say it]
    UNPRECIDENTED TIMES.

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      Andy

      July 30, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      All those Victorian boys are self-isolating. Except for the ones that are still going to work with Covid19.

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    emily

    July 30, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    taking VC (114) from Macrae, putting the C on Mcinerney from Sydney.
    If he plays I’ll field Budarick and put the C on Grundy.
    A gamble but I think it will pay off

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmmmm feet in mash potato

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      Andy

      July 30, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Not sure about that, Emily. The Bud is sure to play.

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    emily

    July 30, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    the Bud is on the pine, I’m backing that Mcinerney isn’t playing, but with the rolling lockout, I’ve got the E on Budarick.

    From the foot fetish girl

    mmmm feet in snails

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      Andy

      July 30, 2020 at 10:44 pm

      Just don’t eat those snails once you’ve had your feet in them.

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    emily

    July 30, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    lol andy, have u ever stepped on a snail, there’s not much left

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmmm feet in custard

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    Butch

    July 31, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Will both games be locked at 5.40 tonight? Or will trades be open before the Brisbane game?

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    llizardofoz

    July 31, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    For the trigger happy unbelievers…Cripps is 54 before half-time.

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      Andy

      July 31, 2020 at 7:05 pm

      He did that recently, and scored nothing in the second half- I’ll wait and see.

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    Belly

    August 1, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Take Aarts 52 as the E for Walters or play Close?

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    Andy

    August 1, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    How about four trades a round?

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    Craig Sutherland

    August 4, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    What’s the deal with bye players in DT & SC? Do we get their averages too?

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    Tyler Smith

    August 9, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Sleuth, does your entire fantasy team get locked during an AFL game or just the players in it? I want to trade in some players from the Ess v Bris game tonight but want to wait until Saturday teams have dropped. Saturday teams will drop halfway through the Carlton v Hawks game and there may not be long enough after that game before the start of the Ess v Bris game. The trades don’t involve any Carlton or Hawks players, but do I have to make them before that game starts or can I wait until teams drop / halfway through that game?

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