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Back in Jack - Episode 200
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Some would argue that there have been plenty already, AFL Fantasy coaches will be facing their first big challenge of the season; the byes. After their sojourn in China last round, Gold Coast and Port Adelaide will enjoy their week off a little earlier than the rest of the competition. Normal rules apply for Fantasy Classic. That is, scores from the 22 on-field players will count this round and the regular two trades to use to manage squads. Appearing in more than 31 per cent of teams, Robbie Gray is the most popular Power or Suns player who will be missing this round with the bye. The rules are tweaked for rounds 12-14 to help coaches tackles the multi-bye rounds. The best 18 scores from the 22 players on-field will count for the weekly score and three trades are allowed leading into each of these rounds. It is widely considered that the bye rounds is moving time for Fantasy coaches. The aim is to come out on the other side with much better squads. Using the three trades available, coaches to be seeking to trade out cash cows and upgrade while fielding the best players possible. Working towards a ‘completed’ side by bringing in the players deemed to be in best 22 come season’s end is preferable. Roy names up his best six defenders, eight defenders, two rucks and six forwards. It changes weekly based on form, but be believes this crew is who coaches should be aiming for. In the back line, Rory Laird, Elliot Yeo, Jake Lloyd, James Sicily, Kade Simpson and Jeremy Howe are his go-to players. The engine room includes the in-form Jack Macrae and Ed Curnow, with Fantasy stars Tom Mitchell, Patrick Dangerfield, Nat Fyfe, Adam Treloar, Stephen Coniglio and Scott Pendlebury rounding out the top eight. Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy look set to make up the preferable ruck combination. A blanket could be thrown over the forwards, but Roy thinks Isaac Heeney, Toby McLean, Lance Franklin, Robbie Gray, Tom Rockliff and newcomer to the list, Jack Darling should be in the sights when completing the crew up front. The big Eagle has been in magnificent from in recent weeks. Scores of 101, 113, 121 and a blistering 151 thanks to a six-goal haul on Sunday has put Darling in the mix as one of the desired picks according to Roy. Roy, together with Calvin and Warnie debate which players should be in Fantasy coaches’ sights as they aim to improve their squads over the next month on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast. Also in this week’s podcast: - All the action from round nine - News from around the grounds, including Magoos News - Trade tips for round ten and a look at the byes - Your questions answered

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 9 - Episode 199
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The Traders chat round nine teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Fantasy Regrets - Episode 198
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Regrets. It is at this stage of the season that they start sinking in. AFL Fantasy coaches rue almost every decision they make. There are some that will spit the dummy five minutes into their first game after trading someone in because they haven’t already had 10 disposals and kicked a goal. Now that we are more than a third of the way through the season, we can take a step back and can see what has worked and what hasn’t. Warnie had a decision to make at the start of the season. Jack Billings or Isaac Heeney. It was a 50/50 call. Billings finished last season in cracking form but missed some of the pre-season due to a hamstring injury. The Saint played a cracking game in the final JLT Community Series match and that was enough to go with him over the consistent Heeney. If the coach of the Warne Dawgs went the other way, he’s currently be sitting inside the top 500 coaches overall in Fantasy Classic. Don’t get him started on other calls, but there are plenty of sob stories out there. Calvin has had a ridiculous amount of bad luck. Some of his so-called premiums have failed to fire while Roy can’t get his rookies right, whether it is the right downgrade or who to play on his field. A common trend for coaches adding their two cents to the list of regrets include trading an underperforming premium to only see them regain form. Dayne Zorko deserved to be moved on, but has scored 176 and 115 in the last two weeks. Choosing to bring back Zach Merrett after missing his big scores when the opportunity was there to bring in Jack Macrae. Having Jesse Hogan as a point of difference all pre-season only to dump him just before lockout. Everyone has a story and The Traders share a few on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast. Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss their Fantasy Classic and Draft regrets but keep the glass half-full as they look towards a big round nine before the bye round tactics need to be employed.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 8 - Episode 197
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The Traders chat round eight teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Hold or Fold - Episode 196
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A lot of experienced AFL Fantasy coaches will tell you to back your premiums. “They’ll come good” they say. They suggest to build your team around the out of form players and it will be better in the long run. Up until this week, Dayne Zorko (MID, $576,000) owners could be forgiven for not heeding this advice. The man who averaged 114 last season was having a stinking start to the year averaging 66.5 and with his scoring gradually getting worse with a run of 72, 63, 55 and 43 up until round six. His 176 on the weekend was not only the highest score of the round, it was a reward for the 3.9 per cent of coaches who opted not to trade him out in Fantasy Classic. Already this week he is one of the most popular players traded in after dropping a total of $229,000, the most of any player this season. A breakeven of 58 means Zorko’s price will be heading north of the $576,000 he is currently valued at. Zorko faces the Bulldogs this week and last time he played them at Etihad Stadium, he scored 157. Jack Billings (FWD, $551,000) appears in more than 25 per cent of teams and his coaches have been frustrated by his season to date. Scores of 64 and 66 in the past fortnight has seen his price drop to $115,000 below where he started and he is showing he is a long way from the premium selection many initially thought. The Saint averaged 94.5 last year in what was a breakout season for the 22-year-old. A key statistic is that he averaged more than 100 in St Kilda’s wins last year. In their only win of 2018, he scored 123. From round seven Billings averaged 101.3 after starting the year averaging 76.6. This year he currently averaging 78.6. Could we see a turn around? Another player who coaches expected more from is Luke Parker (MID, $623,000). The Swan was seen as under-priced at the start of the year due to the fact he has averaged 110 previously. A midfield spot is wasted on a supposed premium Fantasy player who has scored 73, 80 and 73 in the last three weeks. Similar to Billings, Parker’s season started slowly (no tons in first seven weeks of 2017) but improved from this point. The 26-year-old went at 108 points per game from round eight. Will history repeat? The Traders discuss whether you should hold or fold under-performing stars on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 7 - Episode 195
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The Traders chat round seven teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Cash Cow Culling - Episode 194
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Although there were a few premiums that let AFL Fantasy Classic coaches down on the weekend – Roy is filthy with Patrick Dangerfield, Calvin isn’t happy with Kade Simpson and Warnie is ready to rage trade Luke Parker – it is the bargain basement players who dictated a lot of the scores over the weekend. Many coaches moved heaven and earth to get Tim English (RUC/FWD, $427,000) onto their field last week by ‘throwing’ away a bench ruck spot. His dual position status meant he could slot into the Fantasy 22 up forward. Why were coaches keen on doing this? His three previous scores of 86, 90 and 107 were far better than what was being dished up by other rookies. English scored just 38 last Friday night to start the weekend on a sour note. The Bulldogs’ second year ruckman has increased $240K and his breakeven (the score needed to maintain his price) is now 43. As a result, some coaches are looking to use his value to upgrade him to a premium in the forward line. He’s not the only cash cow whose time is up. Nick Holman (MID, $355,000) saw his first price drop this week after posting 30 against the Crows. His season earnings sit at $185,000 and with a breakeven of 68, this may start dwindling considering his average over his last five games is 56. The Sun is currently the most traded out player ahead of round seven. Playing Nicholas Coffield (DEF/MID, $354,000) for his 21 points in Tassie caused a few headaches when he was unique in a head-to-head match ups. As the Saints’ breakeven is now 52, getting close to his average of 60.5, his price growth might be limited. Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss which players you should consider the traditional upgrade/downgrade moves with this week on the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast. When is the right time to buy? When is the right time to sell? Listen in for expert advice from The Traders.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 6 - Episode 193
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The Traders chat round six teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Round 6 DPPs - Episode 192
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We're checking in at the Melbourne airport en-route to Perth for our live show! We talk about the super-long round that was, the new DPPs and some initial thoughts ahead of round six. Make sure you tune into our LIVE show via Facebook (or the podcast) on Thursday night from 6pm AEST.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 5 - Episode 191
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The Traders chat round five teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Beware the Tag - Episode 190
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Tom Mitchell. He’s the most popular player in AFL Fantasy Classic and, quite unbelievably, he went up $45,000 from an already ridiculously high starting price. Scores of 156, 137 and 148 meant that he was the set-and-forget captain option for the year. That was until Sunday afternoon. Melbourne sent Nathan Jones to the most recent Fantasy Pig to be snouted and unfortunately, he was held to 83 points at his sty, the MCG. The tag was an issue for Mitchell as he wasn’t able to score as freely as he did last season and during the opening three rounds. This week he comes up against Ben Jacobs. The North Melbourne stopper accounted for Patrick Cripps (76) last weekend and held regular 100 plus scorers Clayton Oliver (88), Seb Ross (91) and Jarryd Lyons (84) to modest totals. Cash cow Bailey Banfield is not only racking up solid scores himself, but restricting others. The Docker spent time on Lachie Whitfield in round four, restricting his influence at half-back to a score of 66. Previously he held Zach Merrett to 78 and Aaron Hall to 14. Geelong’s Scott Selwood is always a worry when he matches up on one of your gun midfielders. Port Adelaide have had Brad Ebert and even Tom Rockliff play negating roles this year. Will we need a new skipper for round five when Jacobs takes on Mitchell? 64 per cent of the competition will need to tune into what Calvin has to say on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy podcast as The Traders talk taggers.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 4 - Episode 189
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The Traders chat round four teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Dominant Rucks - Episode 188
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Brisbane Lions ruckman Stefan Martin is the toast of AFL Fantasy coaches this week. The big man is behind Max Gawn, Nic Naitanui and Brodie Grundy on the ownership table however, the 16 per cent of coaches who backed him in are stoked with his output against a ruck-less Port Adelaide. Martin finished with 49 hitouts (Justin Westhoff won 15 as the Power’s ruck) and added 30 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles to his stat line to post a career-high 177 Fantasy points on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval. It appears that rucks coming up against Port Adelaide are in for a field day. So far Aaron Sandilands (111), Callum Sinclair (93) and Martin (177) have enjoyed playing the Power while Patrick Ryder is on the sidelines. The Saints and Cats are also clubs that you can expect your ruck to score well against based on the data from the opening three weeks. Solo rucks is where it’s at in Fantasy. You want your ruckman to go about it alone. At the start of the season there was some trepidation around picking Grundy with Mason Cox in the side. Cox has played two of the three games (he was suspended in round two) and Grundy is the top scoring ruck thus far. Cox has been playing as a deep forward with limited time on the ball. Melbourne and Brisbane Lions have conceded the least amount of points to rucks. Gawn and Martin have been dominant – although they nullified each other in round two – winning the majority of hitouts and collecting ball around the ground. Also in this week’s podcast: - All of the action from round three - News from around the grounds, including Magoos News - Trade tips for round four - Your questions answered

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 3 - Episode 187
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The Traders chat round three teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Rookie Roulette - Episode 186
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The Cats v Hawks game has just finished and it's time to talk Fantasy. Roy, Calvin and Warnie look at the hits and misses from round two. Also in this week’s podcast: - All of the action from round two - Rookie roulette - Fantasy statistics and trends - Your questions answered from social media For more: http://afl.com.au/fantasy

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 2 - Episode 185
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The Traders chat round two teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Fix-It Trades - Episode 184
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Fantasy coaches will be assessing their squad after the first weekend either lamenting some bad picks or celebrating the nailed initial selections. Trading following round one is all about fixing up mistakes. Early in the week Rage Trades are the go. Flicking a premium that didn’t live up to their asking price can be therapeutic, but isn’t always the best strategy. It is advised to back in your guns. That is, unless the role didn’t look pretty in the case of Tom Rockliff or you’re playing the breakeven game with Zach Merrett, you should hold. Priority should be based around bringing in cash cows. If you missed Nick Holman, Tim Kelly, Tom Doedee, Tim English, Sam Murray, Bayley Fritsch, Dom Barry or Jeremy Finlayson, look to bring them in. It might be at the expense of a draftee whose cash generation may look limited or if someone in your squad didn’t play on the weekend or is dropped for this week. Rage trading is fun, but make sure you look to make your team better for the long-term. Also in this week’s podcast: - All of the action from round one - Hits and misses in initial team selection - Fantasy statistics and trends - Tips from 2017 winner Selby Lee-Steere following round one - Your questions answered from social media

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 1 - Episode 183
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The Traders chat round one teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Lockout Week - Episode 182
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The Traders catch up with Rodney Eade, 2017 winner Selby Lee-Steere and get your team sorted for the partial lockout this Thursday. For more: http://afl.com.au/fantasy

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JLT2 Fantasy Review - Episode 181
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Roy, Calvin and Warnie review the final weekend of the JLT Community Series from an AFL Fantasy perspective. As well as covering the nine games in detail, they also answer your questions and reveal why their voices sound very, very dusty! Roy's Review: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-03-12/fantasy-review-jlt-week-three Draft Kit: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-02-26/the-traders-2018-fantasy-draft-kit-is-here

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