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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 18 - Episode 217
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The Traders chat round 18 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Round 18 DPPs - Episode 216
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Roy, Calvin and Warnie look across the relevance of the new DPPs. The boys question whether Dangerfield is a must-have as a forward considering round 17 was the first time this year he posted a score higher than his 2016/17 Fantasy average. Prioritising trades and which premiums are ripe for the picking with two weeks to go until finals.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 17 - Episode 215
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The Traders chat round 17 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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The race is on - Episode 214
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Round 16 was a high scoring round. The weekly winner, Rick with his team The Gunners, notched up 2589 which included the late withdrawal of star defender Kade Simpson. Rick is now ranked 19th overall. Warnie was the top scorer of The Traders and he is extremely happy with efforts that has pushed him inside the top 500. There’s seven weeks to go and the race is on for the car… and a cap!

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 16 - Episode 213
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The Traders chat round 16 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Scale of Hardness - Episode 212
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While everyone’s talking about LeBron to LA, we’re thinking about Heeney’s concussion, Fyfe’s hammy and whether we choose, Narkle or Sier or both?! We do some fixture analysis of the last eight rounds here on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 15 - Episode 211
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The Traders chat round 15 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Stocktake - Episode 210
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Finally, the bye rounds are over and Fantasy coaches around the country are looking forward to ‘normal’ rounds of footy for the next nine weeks... with a sprinkling of Thursday night games. Following the three multi-bye rounds, coaches approached the challenging weeks with two things in mind; fielding 18 players each week and making their teams better without sideways trading. The Traders had that goal and, as a whole, they’ve achieved their aim with their nine trades. This year, Warnie is enjoying the most success of the trio. Prior to round 12, the Warne Dawgs were ranked at 2373rd and almost halved their ranking to 1203rd during the three-week stretch. Jack Macrae’s injury and Jack Billings’ omission were his only sideways trades, but the other seven were about moving on cash cows. His team is now down to one rookie, Tom Doedee, on the field with only a couple of underperformers he wishes to move on. If it wasn’t for a sub-1600 score this week, Roy would have played the byes to perfection. The coach of destROY took his team from 2730th to 1517th overall without trading one premium out of his squad. He is down to two rookies on field, including Bayley Fritsch who, in Roy’s words, isn’t going anywhere with his recent form. Staying strong with his trading philosophy has helped his recent rankings rise. It hasn’t been Calvin’s year. While his overall ranking has improved slightly, 9136th to 8780th, he has continued to be dealt an ordinary hand. Many of the rookies he took a punt on didn’t earn the desired cash and therefore his ability to upgrade players on his field across the byes was limited. Team Calvinator now has some MID/FWD links for extra flexibility within his squad and while he still has some rookies on field, things are looking up. Holding Billings could possibly see luck swing back in his favour if he remains on the wing. The boys take stock of their teams as they approach the five weeks before finals on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy podcast.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 14 - Episode 209
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The Traders chat round 14 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Goodbye, Byes - Episode 208
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The Traders talk round 14. For more Fantasy content, head to www.afl.com.au/fantasy

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 13 - Episode 207
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The Traders chat round 13 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Mid-season re-Draft - Episode 206
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The boys talk Fantasy straight out of the Queen's Birthday game. For more AFL Fantasy content, head to www.afl.com.au/fantasy

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 12 - Episode 205
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The Traders chat round 12 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Round 12 DPPs - Episode 204
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The boys chat byes and the new DPPs. ADD DEFENDER Cale Hooker (ESS) DEF/FWD Jack Henry (GEE) DEF/FWD Hayden Crozier (WB) DEF/FWD Lewis Jetta (WCE) DEF/MID ADD MIDFIELDER Allen Christensen (BL) MID/FWD Zac Fisher (CARL) MID/FWD Matt Guelfi (ESS) MID/FWD Bayley Fritsch (MELB) MID/FWD Jed Anderson (NM) MID/FWD Elliot Yeo (WCE) DEF/MID ADD FORWARD Oscar McInerney (BL) RUC/FWD Paddy Dow (CARL) MID/FWD Adam Cerra (FRE) MID/FWD Nick Holman (GC) MID/FWD Jack Newnes (STK) MID/FWD Jason Johannisen (WB) DEF/FWD

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 11 - Episode 203
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The Traders chat round 11 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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Rocky II - Episode 202
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We could see a record for the most traded in player this week. Tom Rockliff (MID/FWD, $545,000) is the man on everyone’s mind as trades for round 11 are locked in. Things haven’t exactly gone right for the Fantasy Pig since joining Port Adelaide in the off-season. Shoulder surgery meant for an interrupted pre-season and a knee injury kept him out of both JLT Community Series games. Rockliff suited up in round one, playing predominantly forward, for a score of 52. Even his greatest supporters jumped off straight away, a decision that proved to be the right one as he followed up with 33, 78 and 43 for an average of 51.5 in the first four rounds of 2018. At this point, he was $195K cheaper than his initial price. Unfortunately a slight calf strain saw him out of the senior side in round five. Rockliff needed two games in the SANFL before making his return against the Crows in the Showdown in round eight. An ancient Fantasy footy proverb states that “you can’t keep a Fantasy Pig down”. In the home-town derby, Fantasy coaches around the country saw the player they’d loved over the last few years at the Lions. Rockliff racked up 31 disposals and his trademark tackling was back, laying nine for the match. His 127 was backed up the week later in Shanghai with a score of 106 as he once again cemented his place back in the midfield. Timing is everything in Fantasy football. On the eve of the bye rounds, getting Rocky at a bargain price with his acquired forward status is a gift from the Fantasy Gods. Not only is he cheap, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast players are trade targets as they’ll be playing through the upcoming multi-bye rounds. Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss the big Fantasy issues of the week which includes trying to uncover a reason as to why you may not take Rocky this week.

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AFL Fantasy Live - Round 10 - Episode 201
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The Traders chat round 10 teams LIVE. For more Fantasy content, head to afl.com.au/fantasy

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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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