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Essendon 2021 Fantasy preview – Ep. 387

PODCAST: Warnie runs through his AFL Fantasy Classic and Draft watchlist from the Bombers.

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Episode guide

0:40 – Zach Merrett had an exceptional season, making him one of the most dependable Fantasy options in the game.

2:05 – Former Giant Jye Caldwell has DPP and could be a mid-priced improver in the red-and-black.

4:00 – A discount for Dyson Heppell puts him in the mix for a midfield spot now that he’s priced in the mid-70s.

7:15 – Roy’s pick of Andrew McGrath was one of his best last year.

9:10 – Calvin say no to two-metre Peter Wright.

10:50 – $170k FWD Harrison Jones should get a gig at some stage.

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Best 22

B: Mason Redman, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Patrick Ambrose
HB: Jordan Ridley, Michael Hurley, Nick Hind
C: Darcy Parish, Zach Merrett, Jye Caldwell
HF: Jake Stringer, James Stewart, Devon Smith
F: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Peter Wright, David Zaharakis
Foll: Sam Draper, Andrew McGrath, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Dyson Heppell, Kyle Langford, Cale Hooker, Matt Guelfi

EMERG: Martin Gleeson, Aaron Francis, Jayden Laverde, Will Snelling

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B: Mason Redman, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Patrick Ambrose
HB: Jordan Ridley, Michael Hurley, Nick Hind
C: Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell, Andrew McGrath
HF: Jake Stringer, Peter Wright, Will Snelling
F: David Zaharakis, James Stewart, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: Sam Draper, Devon Smith, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Nik Cox, Kyle Langford, Jye Caldwell, Darcy Parish

Essendon prices and positions

AVG (adj)
Zach MerrettMID88400092.6115.816
Dylan ShielMID78000081.7102.115
Andrew McGrathMID73800077.396.614
Jordan RidleyDEF68300071.689.517
Devon SmithMID67600070.888.516
Kyle LangfordMID/FWD65500068.685.816
Darcy ParishMID62500065.481.817
Tom CutlerMID57600050.663.38
Michael HurleyDEF57600060.475.514
Dyson HeppellMID56600041.351.63
Cale HookerDEF53500045.857.38
David ZaharakisFWD52400054.968.610
Andrew PhillipsRUC52200049.261.55
Will SnellingFWD52100054.668.317
Jye CaldwellMID/FWD50200054.267.89
Dylan ClarkeMID/FWD4750004252.58
Sam DraperRUC45400050.663.38
Matt GuelfiDEF44600046.758.411
Anthony McDonald-TipungwutiFWD44600046.758.417
Mason RedmanDEF44300046.45813
Nick HindFWD40900042.953.610
Jake StringerFWD39400041.351.610
Jayden LaverdeFWD39400044.355.46
Aaron FrancisDEF38700041.551.98
Brayden HamMID38500040.350.410
James StewartFWD38200040.150.110
Martin GleesonDEF38200040.150.113
Peter WrightFWD366000000
Brandon Zerk-ThatcherDEF30900032.440.510
Irving MosquitoFWD28400036.345.44
Nikolas CoxDEF/FWD256000
Archie PerkinsMID/FWD254000
Zach ReidDEF252000
Patrick AmbroseDEF235000000
Joshua EyreDEF/FWD194000
Ned CahillFWD1890002531.33
Harrison JonesFWD170000000
Nick BryanRUC170000000
Lachlan JohnsonMID/FWD170000000
Cian McBrideDEF170000000
Ross McQuillanDEF/FWD170000000
Tom HirdMID170000
Cody BrandDEF170000

2020 centre bounce attendances

Big thanks to Brice Mitchell for his work on these.

Co-captain of DT Talk since we started this thing in 2007. Best finish was 13th in 2009... that was a long time ago. Follow on Twitter: @WarnieDT



  1. Brendon

    January 7, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Warnie whats your HONEST thoughts on Zaharakis fwd could be value??

    • Warnie

      January 7, 2021 at 9:28 am

      Some value, but not enough. More upside in Caldwell. As much as I love Zaharkis, his consistent fantasy days are over.

  2. Richo

    January 7, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Tossing up Rozee vs Caldwell

    • Chris

      January 7, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      By far the worst of these yet… Warnie should be embarassed for just throwing up irrelevant names.

      • Warnie

        January 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm

        What’s more embarrassing is to tweet this to me as well as comment it here. Thanks for visiting the site and listening to our podcast.

  3. Brendon

    January 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Im taking rozee should get more midfield clock. And back to normal qts should help him

    • Harry

      January 7, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Butters will be getting more mid time too IMO

  4. motor

    January 7, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Warnie I actually agree that your “best 3 watch list” players should be considered, even with Roy and Calvin heaping manure all over your head. You remand your normal stoic self, whilst Roy was his normal “I can do no wrong” and Calvin his tradition “go with the norm” rather than “why not go against the norm”. That is why that between the three of you, you produce wonderful listening and provide humorous content
    that far exceeds other fantasy podcasts. Warnie, as an aside is there any reason we cannot have a “MY TEAM” POST?

    • Warnie

      January 7, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      Haha – thanks mate. It is all fun. I need to get a My Team post happening. The early launch, content we’ve been pumping for AFL, here and the AFL Record stuff we are in the middle of (as well as trying to be dads over this Christmas break) has taken a bit of a toll! I’ll do my best to get one up as soon as possible!

      • motor

        January 7, 2021 at 10:32 pm

        MY TEAM seems to be popular Warnie.

  5. motor

    January 7, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    You remand your normal stoic self, SHOULD read “remain” your normal stoic self.

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