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Trade period takes, Fantasy off-season news – Ep. 543

PODCAST: This is the off-season check in the Fantasy sickos need to hear!

It’s the first day of the pre-season for the boys, but training hasn’t started! It’s a meet the coach and BBQ vibe as they run through the happenings of the last couple of months. All the trades are analysed from a Fantasy perspective alongside some news that could shape some of our thinking for 2023.

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Episode guide

2:00 – Could we have five on the bench with no medi-sub?

4:15 – The salary cap is set to increase 5%.

8:00 – With FWD status, Tim Taranto would be a must-have in Classic.

13:50 – Watch Darcy Tucker over the pre-season as he has 20+ points upside.

16:45 – Where does Tanner Bruhn fit in at the Cats?

20:15 – “I’m a fan … a first round draft pick” – Roy is keen on Will Setterfield‘s scoring ability.

22:55 – How much upside is there for Jason Horne-Francis?

25:20 – What does 2023 hold for Brodie Grundy?

29:30 – Is Darcy Cameron an option now?

33:15 – As he only averaged 66 last season, Jacob Hopper will be a Draft sleeper.

38:10 – Josh Dunkley is likely to hold FWD status and will be a full-time midfielder at the Lions.

43:40 – Tom Mitchell is the most relevant Fantasy move of the trade period.

48:10 – Does the Bulldogs’ recruitment of Rory Lobb affect Tim English?

50:20 – Is Lloyd Meek now Hawthorn’s No. 1 ruck?

54:00 – Rucks are set to be an issue in 2023. Who does Roy name as his top two?

56:30 – “He’s the one” – Which Dog benefits from Dunkley leaving?

59:45 – Can James Worpel be relevant again?

1:01:45 – Jayden Short will benefit from the Tigers’ inclusions as he’ll move back to defence.

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  1. Phteven

    October 17, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Great work, Traders. I’m already planning for next year. Invaluable help here.

  2. Straight Shooter

    October 18, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Good to here from the LEGANDS! Great work boys 👍

  3. Grizzle Guts from Tyndale

    November 19, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    It would be simply fabulous if Tassie got an AFL team

    • Dulcify

      November 19, 2022 at 9:15 pm

      Tassie should have had a team in the league before Gold Coast and GWS. I certainly hope it happens before too long. So much talent has come from Tassie over the years. 🤞

  4. Marcus Lawton

    November 22, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    100% agree with you Dulcify. I still cannot understand why QLD and NSW have 2 teams each while Tassie don’t have a team. Now I know St Melbourne and Fitzroy had to do something to survive. Do I think its crazy having 2 teams in each of the States. YES. But Its just my opinion (Whether it’s right or wrong I’m not sure) but I would merge the two NSW and QLD teams so there is 16 teams. Then add a Tassie Team. I’m a massive Swan supporter and have been for around 50 years and wouldn’t like to see the Swans merge. I just think it is best for the game.

    • Phteven

      November 22, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      Good comments, Marcus

    • Dulcify

      November 22, 2022 at 7:31 pm

      Well said Marcus. I started barracking for the Swans in 1958 when my nan knitted me my first footy jumper. (She was born in Port Melbourne).

      I would like to see Tassie and the NT both have teams, this will mean a 20 team league. Play each other once, means a completely fair draw. To extend the season to 21 rounds we could have two position rounds. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20. Throw in a bye round for all teams half way through the season. Cheers.

      • Phteven

        November 22, 2022 at 8:31 pm

        The idea of a Northern Terrritory team would complete the package of a true national competition, however the low population of the NT would hinder its progress. 250,000 in the entire territory and 14,000 or so as record crowds at an AFL game suggest that a team from NT will only ever be a pipe dream.

        • Dulcify

          November 23, 2022 at 2:11 pm

          Agree Phteven, it is only a pipe dream.

          • Phteven

            November 23, 2022 at 6:31 pm

            Dulcify, hopefully I can play against you again in Greg’s fantasy league

            • Dulcify

              November 24, 2022 at 8:28 pm

              Looking forward to taking on you and several others in our competitive leagues Phteven. I seem to do better at Dream team than I do at fantasy for some reason.

              • Phteven

                November 25, 2022 at 9:19 am

                I’m the other way round!!

              • The Chosen Won™®©

                November 25, 2022 at 2:12 pm

                Real men play RDT!

                Good Luck in 2023

                • Phteven

                  November 25, 2022 at 2:26 pm

                  Clearly I’m not a real man! Will have to settle with being a not so real man

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