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AFL Dream Team Rules and Strategy for 2012

We have been lucky enough to find out the rules for AFL Dream Team in 2012. For us to plan for the new season, we need to understand what the playing field is like. How many trades, how we’ll deal with the byes and any new features that will change the way we think. It’s all here. Read on and get thinking!

HOT OFF THE PRESS: AFL Dream Team rules for 2012

We have been lucky enough to find out the rules for AFL Dream Team in 2012. For us to plan for the new season, we need to understand what the playing field is like. How many trades, how we’ll deal with the byes and any new features that will change the way we think.

– Squad of 30 players.
– 24 trades.
– Maximum 2 trades per week, except for Rounds 11, 12 and 13 where you can use up to 3.
– Salary cap of $8.78 million.
– 18 teams leagues.
– League matches will run from Round 3-19, finals from Round 20-23.
– Reversible trades up until lockout.
– Ability to trade out a player from one position to get in a player in a different position with DPP.

Multi-bye rounds

The biggest news is that we play through the multi-bye rounds ‘as normal’. In each of the weeks (Rounds 11, 12 and 13) there will be 6 teams with the bye, meaning a third of the players in the competition will be unavailable. The ‘solition’ to this has been to increase available trades for those weeks to 3. There is also some added trading flexibility that we will touch on later to help us during these rounds.

Simple strategy is to avoid too many players from teams who share the same bye week. This is very important across individual positions, as well as the spread across your team. The teams with the byes in the respecitve rounds are as follows:

ROUND 11: Adelaide, Brisbane, GWS, North Melbourne, West Coast, Western Bulldogs
ROUND 12: Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney
ROUND 13: Carlton, Gold Coast, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda

We will focus on some different ways to work through these multi-bye rounds over the pre-season but it will need to be in all of our thinking in regards to team selection. For example, a ruck combo that includes a couple of Mathew Leuenberger / Dean Cox / Todd Goldstein / Sam Jacobs would take a huge hit in Round 11. Oh, and we won’t get started on Round 13 and the backline.

Stay tuned to for more on strategy during the multi-bye rounds. A series of posts will be forthcoming looking at each round and the related positions.


Leagues will include 18 teams in 2012 with the inclusion of GWS (and GC from this year). The first two rounds will be non-league game rounds. We will play 17 head-to-head roster matches starting Round 3, through to Round 19. Finals will be played over the final four rounds – Round 20-23.

League matches will be played over the multi-bye rounds next season meaning our teams will take a huge hit. If you’re just playing for a league premiership and you’re sitting pretty in your leagues, take the hit with the losses and save those trades! They will come in very handy in the last 10 rounds of the season!

New trading rules

As mentioned, we will have 24 trades again this season with a maximum of 2 per week, except for Rounds 11, 12, and 13  where we can use two. But this isn’t new. We have two new trading rules that will add flexibility and some new strategy to our Dream Teaming in 2012.

Firstly, we can now reverse our trades up until lockout. Dubbed the “Heath Shaw Rule” after his Friday afternoon gambling suspension, we can lock trades in but they aren’t final until lockout. You will be able to ‘undo’ whatever you’ve done up until that final lockout – except for players locked because of partial lockouts.

FROM VIRTUAL SPORTS: “There is a full team/trade reversal system in place, available right up until lockout. This will reverse ALL changes made to your team during the week, and return it to what it was at the start of the week, at the completion of the prior round lockout.”

Next we have an exciting trading innovation. Here we can trade a player out from one position and using Dual Position Players (DPP), can trade a player into a totally different position with only one trade.

FROM VIRTUAL SPORTS: “New trading system allows up to 2 trades to be completed at a time, up to 3 in the bye weeks. It’ll also allow you to move dual position players, without having to have a ‘matching’ dual position player in the other position, from the new trade page. For example, you can elect to trade out a MID. If you have a DPP in your FWDs who is also a MID, he can be moved in that empty MID slot, so you then trade in a FWD.”

Let’s look at an example using a 2011 scenario. I trade out a DEFENDER (eg. Jack Grimes) and am left with an empty slot. I substitute a DEF/MID who is currently in my midfield (eg. Dyson Heppell) into Grimes’ empty slot and how trade in a new MIDFIELDER (eg. Dane Swan) into Heppell’s empty slot. So basically I have been able to trade Grimes (DEF) out for Swan (MID) using only the one trade.

This new trading rule adds more value to getting Dual Position Players into your team and across positions. The flexibility with this new rule will allow for some pretty awesome strategy during the season. There will be a lot more on this one over the pre-season to see how best we can use it. Fingers crossed there are quite a few DPPs for us to pick!

Stay tuned to for everything you need to get picking your AFL Dream Team in 2012. It’s going to be a fantastic season and we’ll be there for you right through the season.

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  1. James

    December 18, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Just an idea – its a good idea to make up a table showing who has the bye at which time in Rounds 11,12,13 on Microsoft Word or similar, and stick it somewhere near your computer. I’ve made one, colour coded it too, and I’m already finding it very useful.

  2. mtooler

    December 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Well its taken me until this morning to get a strategy for these annoying bye rounds out of the way. Now I can chill out and wait for the preseason data to start rolling in. It would be easier to get by with an extra 3 bench spots though VS, yes I’m talking to YOU!!!

    My advice for people only caring about league wins is not worry that much about your starting team structure too much, a strong starting team and largely unaltered bye round teams with trades to come home with, should be enough to get you into the finals without too much dramas.

    Happy dreaming.

  3. Damen Stephens

    December 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    “As mentioned, we will have 24 trades again this season with a maximum of 2 per week, except for Rounds 11, 12, and 13 where we can use two. But this isn’t new.”

    I’m pretty sure that Rounds 11, 12 and 13 have three trades rather than two from what I’ve read. I also think this may actually be a new thing, just brought in for this year.

  4. Colliwobblers

    December 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    so with th new DPP trade rules and the 3 bye rounds with so many missing DPP players are very important this year, so what is everyone going to do about it? I have stacked my FWD lines with the DPP mids and I have stcked my DEF line with the DPP mids. That part was easy, many of the best options in those positions are DPP mid.

    But… what do we do to get DPP into the Mids. I have gone with Beams for DPP FWD. But what do we do to get a DPP DEF in, do we choose scotland, i don’t want to so many better options for mine at that price.

    So do we have Scotland for te DPP DEF link or do we have no DPP DEF link in the mids?

    Some say get DPP DEF rooks, but will they even still be around come those bye rounds or if they are the right rooks will they already be upgraded.

    What are your plans, i’d be interested to know, I have sen many teams posted and no DPP DEF in any midfields yet….

    • Reprobates

      December 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Is a good question, currently have Zorko in the midfield as a link to the forwardline and L Brown in the midfield as a link to the backline. I am happy to kick off with these rookies, but when they are ready to sell and as 11-13 draws near what to do then. Still, me thinks it is good strategy to maintain the links..never know when your side may get hit with injuries/get rubbed out (not you Franklin!)


    December 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Anyone know if the inflated prices of players in 2012 means for example : Dane swan will have to average 140 or some c.r.a.p to maintain his 600k starting price. If so does this mean value picks Eg: J.Brown,Waters etc offer no rise in value unless they average 85+ ?

    • eeepobreci

      December 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Pretty much!
      Last year Swan was $511,200, (123 ave in 2010,) and after averaging 136 after the first 4 rounds, his price rose to $523,200.
      But by round 8, he average fell to 123, and his price fell to $459,900.

    • eeepobreci

      December 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Jarryd Roughead entered 2011, with an average of 69.5, priced @ $288,800.
      At round 9 was averaging 82, and was priced @ $336,000.
      2 weeks later, his average was 86, his price $353,900.
      Hope this helps!


    December 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Cheers. Makes the Mature aged rooks even more important than before they are the only players that really offer value for money. Not paying almost 300k Eg: Armstrong for a guy that has played a handfull of games he basically goes in as a keeper. These new prices have killed the midpricer imo.

    • Warnie


      December 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      I agree… but I’m massively worried about rookies. The midpricers in this day and age of substitutes and 24 trades could be gold. Especially finding structure around byes in your backline (and other lines).


    December 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    True i have found myself putting in alot of so called midpricers to fit the structure im working with. The way i have set my team rooks from round 13 are gold.

  8. Nick

    March 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    hey does anyone know when our leagues fill up? We only have about 14 in our league. Is it too late now to get the league filled up with people we know? Would the people have to have already entered a team in before the swans/giants game?

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