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Warnie’s post-JLT team reveal

The Warne Dawgs haven’t been revealed this pre-season, so here’s how the squad stands following the JLT Series.

It has been a busy pre-season for us doing our thing as The Traders (check out all of our content at Podcasts, articles, the Draft Kit, the AFL Record and being as active as possible on social media, it is fair to say this has been one of our biggest and best pre-seasons yet. The Deck of DT was huge on DT Talk and Pete’s price reveal articles were monster – something you should definitely head back to if you want all of the knowledge to help you make the right decisions.

This pre-season has also been my first with a small human to look after. This Fantasy coach is lucky to have an understanding partner, although, prioritising the stuff to help others (podcasts don’t just take the hour they go for, and there is a mountain of work in getting all of the stuff out to the quality we have done this year) has meant my team has taken a bit of hit for time.

This is probably a good thing.

I haven’t tweaked it as much as I usually would. I haven’t undone all of my good work and research from the pre-season. I haven’t been too sucked into the JLT hype. Maybe.

Anyway, a lot of people have scrolled down to the bottom of the page to see the team without reading this rubbish – bloody millennials – but here are some things about my squad as it stands, right now, 9pm on the Wednesday night, less than eight days out from the first lockout.

Tom Mitchell was always going to be in my team from the get-go. Captaincy is one thing, but there’s no-way you’re getting him back in. Even a drop in his scoring (what to 120 instead of 127?!), wouldn’t get you to him. And hey, the Pies first up will see a monster score where he could even increase in price after round one. I’ve opted for midfielders that have been big dogs in the past and who I see as massive chances to bounce back. M2, M3 and M4 have been in the extended squad for the last six months. All have shown during the JLT that their selections are warranted. Adam Treloar will be well up over 110 following his girlfriend issues of 2017, Lachie Neale – see JLT2 – enough said and Luke Parker is the Swan to get his mojo back – his average/price was hampered by their slow start last year.

Three top six defenders and forwards are there to start with. Devon Smith is the ‘reach’, but he’s going 90+ without a doubt. Christian Petracca is realistically my only mid-priced option. I don’t love it, but happy to pay up for him. Has shown enough to say he’ll be in that 85-90 range with some upside on top of that if he is getting that mid click we’re predicting.

As for the rucks, Max Gawn is the biggest no-brainer of the year and with the word that Stefan Martin will be the solo man at the Lions (no Archie to be seen), he’s my safest set-and-forget pick. Grundy has Cox issues, Sauce is max-priced, Kreuzer injured and overpriced in my opinion, etc. Not touching NicNat even if he’s named.

So the rookies. Well, structure-wise, it’s pretty vanilla… and selection-wise, I think most will be rocking with the same guys I have there. I can’t wait for The Milkmen’s next article. It is going to be exciting – some pretty cool stuff to come from these lads. I’m fairly confident on the guys I’ve got on most lines to be playing round one – a few dodgy ones on the pine – but as you can see, we’re going to be paying up for a lot of our rookies this year. The massive locks for me for round one (not excluding guys I don’t name) that I’d be happy to play on field are: Sam Murray, Andrew Brayshaw, Tim Kelly and Bayley Fritsch. Also on my pine, I’m confident that Tom Doedee, Bailey Banfield, Jeremy Finlayson and Liam Ryan will be suiting up for the first game.We’ll be hoping that we can have a few other names next to them on that all-important and stressful Thursday night next week.

On a side note – we will be on Facebook live next Thursday from 6pm in the countdown to the first lockout of season!

Anyway – there’s my team as it stands now. There will be changes, that’s for sure. It is quite vanilla, but it’s not the worst flavour going around. And for those wondering, there’s just $16K in the bank.



  1. Max

    March 14, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Thoughts on Neal-Bullen?

    • Dovaas

      March 15, 2018 at 12:07 am

      It will depend on where he is named. He had the one JLT game and scored solid in AFL Fantasy and well in SC.

      He was named in on the ball (foll) and if that continues is a good or better pick. He may with a couple players in side that wasn’t there JLT 1 end up back as outside half forward or worse as forward pocket

  2. Todd

    March 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Keefe > Wigg?

    What if you downgrade Keefe to Wigg does that then means Wigg > Keefe???

    The riddle continues

    • Oskar

      March 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Wigg injured

  3. Ben

    March 14, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Wow almost the same line up as mine only diff is billings an peterraca to robbo an bunji in forwords Keefe to brayshaw in backs an trelour to coniglio in mids. In for a good year warnie I HOPE!

  4. Frank grimes

    March 14, 2018 at 9:33 pm


  5. baysietoff

    March 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Good team, I appreciate you putting the players in price order!

    • Alan J

      March 15, 2018 at 7:55 am


  6. brenno

    March 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    no rocky?

  7. Bill

    March 14, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks Warnie. Really appreciate the research that you guys do for us. Especially the thoughts on rooks.

  8. Steve

    March 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks Warn.
    Got a league to fill up. A game every round of the season, starting round 1, including byes. Get on it: 23AT4XAK

  9. The Chosen Won

    March 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Auto Fill?

    Good Luck™®©

    • DiggaDT

      March 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Auto fill – good one, Chosen One.

  10. Bill

    March 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve got spaces to fill in a RDT league

    • Johnny

      March 15, 2018 at 10:34 am

      I’M in Bill OldEasts46.

  11. King Fisha

    March 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Warnie. Good luck this year. I feel like you need/deserve your swag/mojo back. At least by beating Calvin.
    On your team I doubt you’ll start with Petracca. Surelly he’s a pick because your stuck to pick anyone else. Then there’s the elephant in the room… no Rocky. You and I both know he’ll be in your team come lockout.

  12. DiggaDT

    March 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Wow! This is going to get Calvin and Roy going. Going to be a long to be a long episode next Sunday.

    How much cash left over? Save me some work – what is the projected figure.

    Like Whitfield selection; actually like the whole team a lot.

    • DiggDT

      March 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Sorry, $16k left – didn’t read the last paragraph – apologies.

  13. Boschie

    March 14, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    23 out of 30 players, through on saving coin of O’meara to Fox if named in Sydney best 22

  14. Deebo

    March 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    very similar, all but 3 different.
    what’s anyone’s thoughts on going:
    JOM to brayshaw
    sic to lloyd
    and then extra cash to spend a bit extra on a couple bench rooks? +100k left over

    will be looking at 5-0-3 in mids

  15. ablett4brownlow

    March 14, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    I like it Warnie!

    Not sure on your F6 spot though. I’d try to find cash somewhere so you can upgrade ZGL or waterman to Christensen. Maybe hibbo to sic dawg.

  16. Fitzy

    March 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    If anyone is looking for a Draft league to join.


    DRAFT DATE AND TIME:18/03/18 @ 8:00PM CADT

    Please only join if you are going to be present on Draft night.

    • Matches

      March 15, 2018 at 8:04 am

      I wouldn’t join a draft league with captains on since I wouldn’t even get a mid until at least 10 rounds in.

  17. Rae

    March 14, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Feel free to join if you’re a fanatic!

    • Zarne

      March 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      make league bigger mate

  18. Justin11

    March 14, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    I’m in there.

  19. Justin11

    March 14, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I can beat Warnie’s team, I think… It will come down to D-day to see which rookies are selected for round 1.

  20. Tigers

    March 15, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Treloar and M crouch or Zerrett and neale?

    • Louis

      March 15, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Trelly and Crouch

    • AD_Allstars

      March 15, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Haha I asked this but with Duncan instead of Merrett.
      Option 2 by a nose

  21. Alex

    March 15, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I share 23 with you Warnie. Taking a gamble on Sicily at this stage, would rather have him out. Also I still have Bundy in my team.

    Not sure I am sold on Waterman, seems to be better as a bench option.

    Also do you think Naughton will make you enough cash to justify starting with him? I see 60ish averages for him. I am starting Doedee but I would be interested to hear your take

  22. Whitelies

    March 15, 2018 at 1:48 am

    Got a couple of spots left in this league 4M3C3C52

  23. MGPT

    March 15, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Yuck. I had Titch, Parker, Neale, Treloar and Whitfield as my premo mids before JLT and now Billy Bandwagon is all over then.

  24. Alan J

    March 15, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Nice team Warnie!! 22 of the 30 for me..

    Just a toss up between Simpson, Hibbo or Lloyd for D2……

  25. Euman

    March 15, 2018 at 8:37 am

    20/30 for me most are rookies though

    • Bushy

      March 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

      Same as for me. Love the green vest comment by Chosen W.

  26. The Chosen Won

    March 15, 2018 at 9:45 am


    Which means I am on the right track because I don’t want the same team as someone who gets 23 green vest every year :)

    Good Luck™®©

    • Harry

      March 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      My team has 14 of the same rookies let alone same players as Warnie. I think you will need “Good Luck” this season. And before your smart ass reply (which I have seen throughout every thread) I finished 44th last year largely in part to the content DT Talk provide so a little respect should be shown to the writers.

      • The Chosen Won

        March 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

        Fantastic Harry Congrats I bet you wear that hat loud and proud, I could muster up a top 150 finish overall but also wrangled a finish in the top 300 in RDT and guess what I made my own decisions and did my own research.

        Good Luck™®©

      • Conman

        March 15, 2018 at 8:43 pm

        Chosen one all you do is whine, the guys have great advice on this thread not continual negativity like yourself. Grow up or don’t post on the thread peanut

    • Warnie


      March 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Just because you make more noise than others, doesn’t mean it’s right, old mate.

      • maccas

        March 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm

        Don’t waste your time responding to these sought of people Warnie. The people that count respect you and are greatful for all that yourself and your mates Calvin & Roy give. Keep up the great work.

      • The Chosen Won

        March 15, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        Bit of light hearted Banter ole chat, Isn’t that what footy is about?

        Good Luck™®©

  27. ass2mouthcabbage

    March 15, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Have one spot left in a $50 buy in fantasy classic cash league. Reply with your email address if you are interested

  28. Cleo

    March 15, 2018 at 10:38 am

    What is the go with Zac Giles Langdon? On SuperCoach he is coming up on my field with one of those ‘red lines’ under his name. I thought he was OK after the little JLT injury?? Anyone heard anything?

    • Roger

      March 16, 2018 at 11:37 am

      He’s fine. According to Wayne Campbell, a big chance of playing rd 1

  29. Ben

    March 15, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Coninglio an bunji or menigola an rayner

  30. Fooz


    March 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks Warnie. Solid arguments there with the team (and the little bub also requiring permanent attention – never let it lapse!).

    Best of luck with the squad.

  31. raph

    March 15, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    tim kelly or davies-uniake

  32. Billy

    March 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    “See JLT 2 enough said”

    You mean the game where Freo won by 70 points and had nearly 450 disposals and Fyfe played only 70% Game Time?

    • Warnie


      March 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Ceiling, Billy, ceiling. A 40+ point drop off from that, I’ll take that for someone priced at 100.

      • Kingzy

        March 15, 2018 at 4:51 pm

        Neale will go huge this year, I have him in my team.
        Huge ceiling, with Fyfe back in form and Sandipants in great shape he will pig out.

        • Alan J

          March 15, 2018 at 4:59 pm

          Neale will go YUGE* this year, I have him in my team.
          YUGE* ceiling, with Fyfe back in form and Sandipants in great shape he will pig out.

      • Billy

        March 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm

        With great ceiling, comes rubbish floor

    • Roger

      March 16, 2018 at 11:39 am

      Something to think about with Neale. Last year he had a delayed pre season but in 2016 when his average was high, Fyfe missed most of the year with injury.

  33. Louis

    March 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Looking Good Warnie!
    What’s your take on Whitfield V Coniglio?
    Conigs 27k cheaper, Why Whitfield > him?

    • Warnie


      March 15, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      DPP. Means I would get one of those blokes off my field down back at round six (maybe culling time for Coffield/Naughton)… with the hope a midfield option will be there to replace in some form.

      • Kingzy

        March 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

        I have Whitfield F5 and Cogs F6, do you think having both is a bit risky?
        They have a great draw to start with id expect both to score well.
        Then slot Whitfield back into DEF round 6 and try get Rocky if playing well

  34. PowerAde

    March 15, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    wow, 15/30 and 10 of the 15 are rooks

  35. 13th Man

    March 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Dusty and Devon Smith or Parker and Billings??

  36. lizard-of-oz

    March 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    option 2

  37. Archie Vivash

    March 15, 2018 at 5:51 pm


  38. Matt

    March 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I thought you had JOM

  39. swanlow36

    March 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    W7H2RNYT (11 spots)
    J47MTH5F (8 spots)

    Nice team Warnie

  40. Bucco77

    March 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

    What are people thoughts on JOM at M6? Should we be downgrading him to a rookie to generate cash and upgrade other premos?
    With the cash I could go Jom to Rayner, Crisp to Simmo
    And then have spare cash for later?

    Or should I keep JOM as there is risks rookies will flunk/ be rested

    • Roger

      March 16, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      IMO he will average between 85-90. I’d get him but don’t want to get burned 2 years in a row with him.

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