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Team Vanilla: The most popular AFL Fantasy players in 2023

See a team made up of players with the highest ownership.

We’re a few days from round one and more than 100,000 AFL Fantasy Classic teams have been entered. Here’s a look at the most popular players in the game and a ‘vanilla’ team made up of the consensus picks that fit under the salary cap.

The team features the 29 most selected players. Incredibly I was able to whack them in and they fit in the positions. Stephen Coniglio is in the midfield based on the forwards being filled up.

At 30 it’s Jack Macrae and then Dom Sheed at 31. There wasn’t enough cash to get them, so next on the list, at 32, was Lachlan McAndrew.

As Macrae was at 30, Cogs (24th most picked) could have been switched out for him (there was enough cash)… which is probably how I would structure up if I was making a tweak and still keeping to the scope of it being made up of the most popular players.

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  1. Phteven

    March 11, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    Unsure as to why Tsitas is so popular. Unsure if he’ll get a game.

    • Dulcify

      March 11, 2023 at 7:55 pm

      My team is chocolate, only have 18 from that team.

      • Phteven

        March 11, 2023 at 8:56 pm

        I have 19.

        • Squid

          March 12, 2023 at 12:43 pm

          21 here, looks like a pretty good team too.

    • Dan

      March 11, 2023 at 8:23 pm

      Unsure myself too. It looks as if a couple of those 200k players just had a couple of selections, and once that number showed up on the selection filter, it was just a pile on of momentum from then on. There’s usually a couple of these players that pop up every season. At this stage he’ll likely be a popular captain loophole now.

    • Randall Ian Grantham

      March 12, 2023 at 2:20 pm


    • Jay1

      March 12, 2023 at 10:43 pm

      When I first created my team with autofill months ago, Tsitas was popped in. In the couple of couples after that, when I had no idea which 200K rook to pick, I just marked my bench spots with most popular selections. As Dan said, the current Tsitas popularity is likely just a pile on factor from the momentum of early filled teams & selections.

      • Jay1

        March 12, 2023 at 10:44 pm

        meant to say “In the couple of weeks after that…”

  2. PAFC

    March 11, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    mine is triple choc only have 17

  3. Hans the German

    March 11, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Mine is Tutti Frutti

    • Albo

      March 12, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      Are you the real Hans?

  4. Baldrick's boys

    March 11, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    Unfortunately I think this team looks better than mine 😆

    • Digga

      March 11, 2023 at 9:42 pm


  5. Nick

    March 12, 2023 at 11:08 am

    anyone running or is in any cash leagues in AFL fantasy that are short. If so can you give details in the posts

    • Craig Carter

      March 14, 2023 at 11:13 pm

      Hi Nick,

      We’re looking for some coaches for both H2H and Overall leagues

  6. Marcus Lawton

    March 12, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve got a team similar to the team above. There’s not much mention of Dusty or Cunnington in anything I’ve read. I been trying to find room in my team for at least one of those players as I think they can make $$$$$$ in the first say 6 Rounds. They both had seasons they would like to forget and I think at least one of the two could be handy. More than likely I’ll end up with Cunnington.

  7. Jack

    March 12, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Hey, where did you get this screenshot of my team?

  8. Donald Nairn

    March 14, 2023 at 10:20 am

    I was trying to be radical this season, but seem to have tinkered my way to vanilla🙄

  9. Dulcify

    March 14, 2023 at 11:01 am

    10 of my 22 onfield players are currently owned by less than 20% of coaches.

    • Phteven

      March 14, 2023 at 11:41 am

      8 of mine are less than 20 percent owned.

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