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R0, early byes: what to know

Key 2024 AFL Fantasy Classic and Draft information.

AFL Fantasy will look a little different in 2024 due to the AFL starting the season in the northern states with just four games before the traditional round one start. Opening Round will commence on Thursday March 7 with Swans v Dees into Lions v Blues on Friday while Suns v Tigers and Giants v Pies will happen on the Saturday. Subsequently, there are byes early in the season.

Here’s all you need to know for Fantasy.

Fantasy Classic and Draft will start at round one

Having a four game Opening Round wouldn’t have been pretty for Fantasy. While there were some ideas bandied around about having some form of R0 free hit with unlimited trades to follow, the Official Fantasy game of the AFL has kept it simple by starting at round one where we will have a full state of games.

Early bye rounds

The early bye rounds that will feature over rounds two, three, five and six won’t be classified as ‘normal’ bye rounds. These ‘early’ byes will still be played through in both Classic and Draft. Scroll down for some ideas on how to deal with these in Draft … but for Classic, familiar bye rules will be in place with a Best 18 rule. This is similar to what we’re used to with the mid-season byes, but we will only have two (2) trades for these four rounds. An early bye detector will be available for Fantasy Coach subscribers to help them manage.

Opening Round scores will factor in Classic price changes

Prices will stay locked until round one, but when the first price changes take place after round one, they will factor in Opening Round scores. Those who play in both R0 and R1 and exceed their breakeven may have bigger price increases than normal.

Managing early byes in Draft

There are a few ways to cope … the most popular will be to just play on. That is, when drafting you factor in the fact that players from eight teams will have a bye in those early rounds and draft accordingly. Some leagues will look to extend their benches.

If you want to think outside the square and customise the game to how your league would like to play, the team at Fantasy HQ will be opening up the Edit Match Scores feature for free until the end of round six. Commissioners can adjust league match-up scores in order to fit their league’s ideas that may help limit the carnage. Remember this is manual – you may need to crack open a spreadsheet.

Some ideas on what you can do:

  • Use Opening Round scores – Set your line up with bye players in place and add in your bye player’s score from opening round. For example, rather than taking a zero from Lachie Neale in round two, you can add his ‘105’ he scored in opening round against the Blues.
  • Use player average – This was a solution for Coronaball where things happened super quickly (and mid-round). Some coaches liked this idea and may consider this for their bye players.
  • Take best X scores – Like in Classic where we have Best 18 for the bye rounds, consider taking your best X scores. If you league have 18 on field, make it your best 16. If you league has 11 on field like ours in our 3-4-1-3 line up, make it a best 9.

Classic salary cap is $15.8m

As always, the official game likes to keep in line with the official salary cap. This year it’s approx. $15,800,000 so that’s what we’ve got. Up $300k from last year which is about 2%.

Magic number is approx. 9030

The magic number is the multiplier that determines a player price. For example, Tim English averaged 118.7 last year. Multiply that by 9030 and you’ll get his $1,071,000 value. This is the basic number that prices all players.

Rookie pricing has a slight change

Basement price remains at $200,000 … so essentially a little cheaper in general terms due to cap increase, albeit not by much. Harley Reid as the No.1 pick gets the $100k premium put on his price from basement, so he comes in at $300,000. The slight change is that rather than ever pick after Reid dropping $2k, this year it is $3k.

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Bill
Bill
6 months ago
The Chosen Won™®©
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6 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Round 1 team locked and loaded :)

2017 CL Champion™®©
I smashed da Minj 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023™®©
Good Luck in 2024™®©

Euman
Euman
6 months ago

Show us your team

The Chosen Won™®©
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Euman

Def: S.Mitchell (95.52), M.Hibberd (87.14), P.Seedsman (79.24), B.Waters (79.04), M.Suckling (58.01), K.Kolodjashnij (46.49) (M.Fuller (28.01), B.Martin (27.73))
Mid: D.Swan (117.45), G.Ablett (114.61), M.Barlow (104.61), D.Beams (92.03), M.Murphy (85.52), D.Thomas (63.91), L.Anthony (40.79), C.Beams (34.58) (X.Ellis (25.00), J.Polec (25.00))
Ruc: H.McIntosh (63.60), A.Sandilands (45.11) (B.Longer (35.87), D.Currie (21.25))
Fwd: P.Dangerfield (98.65), J.Roughead (86.73), L.Franklin (78.69), T.Walker (52.20), M.Clark (39.35), A.Fasolo (38.45) (K.Harper (29.76), N.Bock (25.07))

Good Luck in 2024

Euman
Euman
6 months ago

Macintosh = fail

Thrice
Thrice
6 months ago

If you wanted to post a joke team you should have gone with the team you started with last year. The “smashed da minj” sign off doesn’t really work when you lose each year…just saying.

The Chosen Won™®©
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6 months ago
Reply to  Thrice

Minj is a person ya phucking knob.

Goo…….

Iridium
Iridium
5 months ago

Love your work CW

The Chosen Won™®©
Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Iridium

Thanks Col. Welcome to 2024.

Good Luck in 2024™®©

lizardofoz
lizardofoz
6 months ago
Reply to  Thrice

Nice
argey bargey in Dec

The Chosen Won™®©
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  lizardofoz

You must forgive my friend Twice his NDIS funding has been cut!

Good Luck in 2024

Phteven
Phteven
6 months ago

Any more cuts and he will be down to once!

The Chosen Won™®©
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Phteven

Pretty much how many brain cells he has left.

2017 CL Champion™®©
I smashed da Minj 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023™®©
Good Luck in 2024™®©

PowerAde
PowerAde
5 months ago
Reply to  Phteven

gold

Phteven
Phteven
6 months ago

Mine is loaded and locked until i change it!

Oliver
Oliver
6 months ago

Warnie was there any reasoning behind keeping rolling lock out this year? Just wondering.. I know there was chat about keeping people engaged in the game.. just my opinion but it feels like rolling lockout caters to hardcore players who strategise and plan around loopholes and stuff.. and is a bit of a turn off for the casual player? Maybe others disagree..

Oliver
Oliver
6 months ago
Reply to  Warnie

Yeah I agree with you on Saturday lock out being the best.. or even Friday night if there are Thursday games every week.. but also fair enough if it’s majority rules. Thanks for the transparency! Good luck this year!

JungleMuffin
Member
6 months ago

Locked and loaded.

Basically a stacked midfield, and then mid priced madness xD

Going to be a long year.

JungleMuffin
Member
6 months ago

For the early birds…

2HCYF2JR

Phteven
Phteven
6 months ago
Reply to  JungleMuffin

I am in

Squid
Squid
6 months ago
Reply to  JungleMuffin

Wow kitty, that filled up quick.

JungleMuffin
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Squid

Will do a couple more leagues before season starts

Corey
Corey
6 months ago

Where is the edit Match score feature for draft? I’m the commissioner but can’t see it in settings

PowerAde
PowerAde
6 months ago

XZLAK2L3

PowerAde
PowerAde
6 months ago

35CLKEJK

lizardofoz
lizardofoz
6 months ago

Inherit a gun team in an established draft keeper league. Six teams only; you will have pick one in a linear live draft and whatever other concessions I can manage.
You will need to send me an email address
to obtain league code.
email to
lastchopintheshop@outlook.com

JungleMuffin
Member
6 months ago

Anyone got a key for a draft league? Not played one before and would like to give it a crack

Mel
Mel
5 months ago

Question on “Those who play in both R0 and R1 and exceed their breakeven may have bigger price increases than normal”

Will it be like two price jumps (e.g. $20k + $45k) or like what happens on your second price jumps where two games e.g. ($45k only)

Fooz
Member
4 months ago

Interesting comments about the rolling lockout. Since they’ve come into vogue, my rankings slipped from inside 3,000s out to 12,000s. Doing a lot of field work for a job, fixed lockout worked in my favour back then. Lock and load. Now with the Rolling… it makes it a bit harder. Maybe this year, seeing the job now has fulltime access through Starlink, I’ll climb back up the tree.

Ross
Ross
4 months ago

As commissioner, if I turn bye rounds “OFF” will we still play head to head games in the Early Bye Rounds?

TIm
TIm
3 months ago
Reply to  Ross

Thats my question too anyone able to help out?




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