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Fantasy midfielders, Tom Mitchell on the Hawks, your questions – Ep. 484

PODCAST: Roy, Calvin and Warnie talk AFL Fantasy midfielders for 2022.

It’s all about the men in the middle today! The engineroom is where bulk Fantasy points are scored and are the backbone of your AFL Fantasy team. We’ll chat to a hat winner from last year on what his midfield looks like and go straight to the source of one of the biggest ball magnets going around, Tom Mitchell the Fantasy Pig. Let’s do this!

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Episode guide

0:40 – Roy has organised a ripping Fantasy Draft weekend for the Bacon Cup.

2:30 – Reports out of the Lions suggest Lachie Neale and Cam Rayner are looking like great Fantasy options.

5:40 – Scott Pendlebury is playing off half-back and taking in kick-ins.

8:50 – The two most popular midfielders in Fantasy Classic are rookies.

11:30 – Is Jack Steele worth the $1m asking price?

16:25 – “If he’s there, he’s there” – Calvin says if Matt Crouch is playing, you lock him in.

19:15 – Roy isn’t confident on who he’s got in the midfield of his Rollin’ 22.

24:30 – Which midfielders with ownership of less than five per cent should you consider?

27:20 – DC from AFL Fantasy Hat Chat joins the show.

30:15 – Jy Simpkin is a smokey in DC’s midfield.

35:30 – How many rookies does DC have on field?

39:00 – Ballmagnet Tom Mitchell jumps on the phone to chat Fantasy.

43:30 – How is James Worpel tracking as a potential Draft sleeper?

47:00 – Mitchell says Lachie Neale and Patrick Cripps are looking strong this pre-season.

48:30 – Questions from social media – follow @AFLFantasy on Twitter and like the Official AFL Fantasy facebook page.

50:50 – Which rookies can you safely play on your field?

55:20 – Is Adam Cerra an option?

58:40 – Elliot Yeo is looking like a great under-priced option.

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  1. Chris

    February 7, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    When is Jack hayes getting added to the players list now that he is on St kildas list. What will he be basement priced? Position I assume mid/fwd?

    • Warnie

      February 7, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      I don’t believe the place on the list is formal for Hayes as yet. Once it is, like Tsitas, Champion Data send through position and any relevant price calculations will be done by AFL Fantasy (both of these guys would be $190k). Might take a couple of days. McCartin is in there now after being signed as SPP.

  2. Death Adders22

    February 7, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    I have a couple of questions 1. Do we start with 2 or 3 Midfield Rookies 2. What is the ideal amount of Rookies we should be starting on the field of 22 players 3. How many players should we start that are over 900k 4. Is it ok to start with more than 4 players from a side on the field 5. What would be the ideal amount of cash should we have left after selecting our teams and last question would you be better off starting with lower price mids rather than higher price mids that will make money example, starting with J Caldwell rather than L Neale?

    • Benson

      February 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      2 or 3 rookie mids is fine, as long as the cash saved there is utilised properly in a different line.

      Rookies on field will be dictated by available rookies, but also consider potential scoring output. The defence is often where coaches try to save money by running multiple rookies, as the difference in “floor” between a premo defender and rookie defender has less variance than other lines.

      If you believe a 900k player has upside, then choose him. If you believe he will be a top 6-8 player in that position, pick him. There is no rule as such, but it’s about balance, if you stack a line with 900k+ players other lines will suffer.

      With covid it’s probably wise not to stack your team with players from the same club.

      50-100k is more than enough, just to help with fix ups in the first few rounds.

      You can save money by picking cheaper mids, but you want midfielders with high ceilings. In your example you save 200-300k by choosing Caldwell over Neale, but Neale can go Neale. You want players that have the ability to go 120+ on any week, not just for a captain option but to balance out poor scores from other premiums

  3. James

    February 7, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Why is everyone jumping off Rowell?

    • Mighty Puds

      February 7, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      Personally took him out for Crouch (Matt). He’s by no means a bad option all of a sudden, there’s just an element of doubt as to how he comes back and whether he can really score given he only really did well in coronaball. But he’s a massive preseason watch.

  4. Death Adders22

    February 7, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Hi there Mighty Puds, would I also be correct by saying he is also injury concern

    • Mighty Puds

      February 7, 2022 at 6:50 pm

      Yeah you could, though his two major injuries over the last couple of seasons (shoulder in 2020 and knee last year) are both contact injuries so it’s not saying he’s like Shuey who’s continuously doing hamstrings. But the injury aspect of Rowell is off-putting (though the same can be said of Crouch).

  5. 22 guns

    February 7, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    i had faith in you warnie why cant we get any draft leagues going no feedback from you or fanhub whats going on

  6. Squid

    February 7, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Stop it you silly person THEY. CAN’T. HELP. YOU. Warnie already said as much before, they’re not computer programmers, they don’t own the game, they’re not even your messiahs (though there may be a naughty boy there). They have an AFL contract to provide content, that’s it, no batphone to Gill, nothing. Not a sausage. Zip.

  7. 22 guns

    February 7, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    didnt say they were computer programmers flog but some feedback would be nice warnie always has information before anybody else not rocket science

    • Squid

      February 7, 2022 at 7:07 pm

      But he already had info, said he has absolutely nothing to do with that part of the game, put on your big boy pants and sort your own problems out for yourself.

      Wait… Am I turning into The Chosen Won?

  8. Cody

    February 8, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    is Mitch Duncan viable f1, or would it be better to go him down to dusty with Dunkley f1, and spend the cash to upgrade caldwell to someone like strong

  9. Phteven

    February 8, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I’m holding him in my mids as he doesn’t fit my F pattern. When one of my F rookies matures i will push Duncan forward.

  10. Death Adders22

    February 9, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    As of the end of the Footy season last year I have been wanting to work a team out around M Duncan as I think he will be good value after missing so many games. I personally think he could be one of the best money makers that is of a higher price as long as he stay fit

  11. Tim

    February 9, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    What about Fiorini?

  12. jimmy

    March 7, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Dusty or Heeny?

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