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Team structure, rookie rankings, your questions – Ep. 413

PODCAST: Roy runs through his rookie rankings as the boys talk team structure.

It’s lockout week and it’s all about finalising team structure… rookies pending. Roy, Calvin and Warnie chat through the best rookie options in each position and that dictates the way they’re structuring their squads.

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Episode guide

1:30 – Roy, Calvin and Warnie all tanked their Draft teams in the Bacon Cup Draft Day.
5:00 – What the concussion sub rule could mean for Fantasy?
7:55 – Max King will miss round one.
11:00 – Roy puts the call out for sauces this week as we will be flying blind with some selections.
13:30 – Jacob Koschitzke is the only defensive rookie we can almost guarantee, meaning there won’t be any on field.
17:00 – Three rookies on field is the structure that many coaches will be going with in the midfield, led by Tom Powell.
20:30 – Paul Hunter, Matt Flynn, Lloyd Meek and Josh Treacy all look likely to play in round one.
24:00 – We could be flush with rookie forwards.
29:00 – Roy is still seriously considering having a $170k player at R2.
33:00 – There are some issues with paying up for Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy.
37:30 – The Traders’ on field rookie structure.
43:40 – Questions from social media – follow @AFLFantasy on Twitter and like the Official AFL Fantasy facebook page.
45:00 – Could Will Brodie be a good option?
48:10 – What are the current thoughts on Matt Rowell, the competition’s most popular player?
52:00 – Could Dom Tyson be a smokie selection at a discount price?
58:00 – The pros and cons of Ben McEvoy or Toby Nankervis as a mid-priced ruck option.
1:01:00 – Sam Docherty or Caleb Daniel?
1:02:45 – Splitting Tim Taranto and Sam Walsh.

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    March 15, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Dow or Daniher

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      March 16, 2021 at 8:56 am

      Joel Selwood hes the best basketball player in the nrl at the moment give him the DPOY

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        March 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

        reply to me i help ou win in every nrl game TRUTS MEEEEE

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    March 15, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    I currently have both. Not convinced it’s a good thing, however.

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    March 15, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    is tom green going to play r1, can we trust leon cameron??

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      March 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      He had better

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    March 15, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Surely, Essendon will play Cox. I believe he and Koschitzke will start. I currently have Cox on the field, Koschitzke on the pine.

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    March 15, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Gday! Would greatly appreciate some feedback on the team. The line up is as follows

    DEF: Short, Mills, Daniel, McEvoy, Fantasia, Young (Koschitzke, Idun)

    MID: Merrett, Walsh, Taranto, Serong, Rowell, Green , Gulden, Powell (Brockman, Downie)

    FWD: Phillips, De Goey, Caldwell, Dow, Campbell, Bergman (Rowe, Warner)

    Ruck: Gawn, Flynn (hunter)

    Utility: Meek

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      March 17, 2021 at 2:54 pm


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    March 15, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    De goey or butters?

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    March 15, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    If fielding flynn allows me to own taylor adams over rowell- is it worth it

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    March 15, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Newbie here, any glaring mistakes? Would appreciate the feedback TIA

    DEF: Lloyd, Laird, Cumming, Young, Adams, Highmore (Gould, Bianco)
    MID: Neale CAP, Merrett, Sloane, Green, Clark, Phillips, Downie, Powell (Gulden, Collier-D)
    RUCK: O’Brien, Witts ( Flynn)
    FWD: Dangerfield, Dunkley, Heeney, Daniher, Hind, Dow (Berry, Warner)
    Utility: H Jones

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      March 15, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Hey Heather, nice to c another chick on here.
      Your team looks good but looking at it, u have ROB and Witts, but the money saved I can’t really c it in the rest of ur team.
      Back line a little light on.
      FWD not sure how every1 of those will go. I have Dow but none of the others.

      from the girl who loves her feet slimed

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        March 16, 2021 at 2:04 pm

        Thanks Bec, will make some changes on your advice

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      Brian Smith

      March 16, 2021 at 12:07 am

      Probable that Highmore, Gould & Bianco all not picked. Might be worth taking Neale to a lower mid prem such as Bont/Pendle to fix your D.

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        March 16, 2021 at 12:27 am

        Im not convinced on Heeney either could b wrong

        from the girl who loves her feet slimed

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          March 16, 2021 at 2:08 pm

          Thanks again Bec, hmmm…contemplating now

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            March 16, 2021 at 9:16 pm

            no probs, us girls have to stick together, but Im no expert like the peeps on here.
            DEF is so tough this year, I’m loading up in the back line and only have 3 rookies, 2 of thos r on the bench.

            PS.have u ever put ur feet in a bucket of bake beans b4

            from the girl who loves her feet slimed.

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        Mighty Puds

        March 16, 2021 at 1:13 am

        Agree with the others but Highmore seems a good chance to debut considering he’s ahead of Carlisle in the race for Frawley’s spot. Think he’s named.

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        March 16, 2021 at 2:09 pm

        Thanks Brian, alot to think about, am a big fan of Lachie

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      March 16, 2021 at 5:51 pm

      Hi heather you will find most of the rookies that could play round 1 will be in the forward line and very few in defence so a restructure between those two lines will improve your team as I think 3 of you rookie defenders won’t play. cheers p.s the hardest part of fantasy is getting your round one team right, good luck!

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    March 15, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Also, Rockliff or Steele- i prefer rockliff’s ceiling, he’s a pig and great captains option, however steele is less of a risk but could go 10 points less most weeks?

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    March 15, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Classic league JP2A9WKV. Fill er up lads

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    March 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    because 1st week trades are usually sideways and usuelss im looking at leaving rowell for a week because he has WCE at optus and then jump on him with his run on north, crows and carlton.

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    March 16, 2021 at 5:13 am

    I’m not sold on Rowell at all early this year due to his shoulder and his need of tackles to score wel so I have Brad Hill in my team. I really like what he could do this year with interchange caps, normal quarters, new man on the mark rule etc. However he’s going to score bad Round 1 with the conditions in Sydney looking abysmal. Should I trust my gut and cop the bad score Round 1 or just hide behind the ownership of Rowell?

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    Brucey Don't Like Rusty

    March 16, 2021 at 6:02 am

    I’m thinking of downgrading Cumming>Cox/Idun for $$. Worthwhile? Cox should get games

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    March 16, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Webster and Caldwell
    De goey and Idun

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    March 16, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Good Team Guys. It’s a bit like mine
    Houston, Short,Docherty,
    Daniels, Clark, H Young. (Highmore. Kozi)

    Merrett, Rockliff, S Ross, Sloane
    Green, Bruhn, Powell. Gulden (Brockman, Downie)

    Gawn, Nankervis (Flynn)

    De Goey, Phillips, Stephenson
    Fantasia, Campbell, Rowe (Warner, Bergman)

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    March 16, 2021 at 9:48 am

    IStill might Trade Rocky and one of the Forwards out for Hind because I really want to add Dunkley

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    March 16, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Worked out a better team

    Houston, Short, Docherty
    Daniels, Clark, H Young (Highmore)

    Merrett, Serong, Ross, Sloane
    Green, Bruhn, Powell, Gulden (Downie, Brockman)

    Gawn, Nankervis (Flynn)

    Dunkley, Phillips, Stephenson
    Hind, Campbell, Rowe (Henry, Bergman)

    P.S. To the Traders I’m not really sure about Warner as I’m a Swan supporter and think the Swans have a young Team and I cannot really see him lasting long.
    I have had Laird in my side all Pre-Season but to balance my whole team out and add players I want I had to lose him from my side, plus all my backs are based around low to lowish BE’s. I was going to go for Idun but I’m not really sure about him. Plus I’ve based my Rookies prized more than 170 so as when players get a game such as Valente I’ll have the extra money.

    And that will be my team unless someone else can give me information on any other players

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    March 16, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Two rookies in the ruck is really no different to having rookies in other positions
    So many premiums to grab with the extra cash

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    March 16, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    This is the time of the year I HATE the most about fantasy football. The constant tweaking and changing your team for the umpteenth time to finalise it.
    Come on Footy season, hurry up and start already, so I can sleep at night.

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      Calvin and the chipmunks

      March 17, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Tru Dat

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    Ando the brain dead barfly

    March 16, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Harrison Jones, Bergman or Brockman?

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    Paddy Wow

    March 16, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Ollie Henry, Logan McDonald or Chad Warner?

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    March 16, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Feel free to join my league 9WCRXNM5 :)

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      March 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm

      is it full yet Sambo

      from the girl who loves her feet slimed

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    Calvin Purple

    March 17, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Stef Martin or Sam Draper? Thanks Legends

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    March 17, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    can someone please explain the hype around nick hind ? and is he aa better option than dow?

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      Mighty Puds

      March 17, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      Set to play off half back for Essendon this year to replace Saad and McKenna to give them that zip off half back. Played that role for Essendon in the vfl prior to being drafted and scored well, saints played him forward and thus his scoring sucked. 409k as a forward makes it a good pick imo.

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    March 17, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    A Gawn Stew Fantasia Rowe (bench) or
    B Grundy Lloyd Dow Scott (bench)?

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    March 18, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Tom Green or Nick Hind, thoughts?

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    March 18, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    jarrod berry a pod?

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