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Round 12 DPPs – Ep. 204

PODCAST: The new DPPs are in and the byes are here. It’s a busy time!

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As we hit the half-way mark of season 2017, the second rollout of the dual position additions for AFL Fantasy Classic and Draft landed on Sunday evening.

With 11 rounds of statistics, the team at Champion Data have highlighted 16 players to gain DPP (dual position player) status based on their role for their team which differs from their initial Fantasy classification.

These may help coaches manoeuvre the bye rounds with the added flexibility they bring.

On this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy podcast, Roy, Calvin and Warnie look at each of the DPP additions and strategy over the next three rounds to best use our three trades and get the best score possible from our 18 players.

New DEF status

Although initially listed as a forward, Essendon utility Cale Hooker has been used primarily in defence and is now able to be selected as a DEF/FWD swingman. He is capable of scoring in the 90s, but he is only relevant to deep draft leagues as a bench player that you may stream against opposition that may allow him to score freely.

Hayden Crozier has been playing the half-back role for the Dogs that was touted since his switch from the Dockers while Eagle Lewis Jetta has been used in defence this season. Neither are scoring anywhere near their potential.

Although he’s coming off a season low of 26, first year Cat Jack Henry has been a profitable cash cow earning $183,000 in his 10 games. He has been played as a defender and now has DEF/FWD status.

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New MID status

Most Fantasy coaches would agree that gaining MID status is hardly relevant. However, with the bye rounds occurring over the next three weeks, they provide some much needed flexibility as we try to field the best 18 possible.

Demon Bayley Fritsch is staking his claim as the best cash cow of the year. He can safely be played on field, his 126 against the Dogs on Saturday is testament to that.  He has averaged 94 since round six and this has been due in part to his midfield role that has seen him get more of the ball in the middle of the ground.

Also providing plenty of cash generation is Bomber Matt Guelfi. He is more often than not seen out of the forward 50, lining up further up the field.

The roles of Allen Christensen for the Lions, Jed Anderson for the Roos and Elliot Yeo of the Eagles have seen them awarded MID status.

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New FWD status

The most interesting player to add FWD status is St Kilda’s Jack Newnes. He has played every game of the last five seasons and has averaged 82 or more points each year. Newnes’ most reacent returns have been 88.4 and 88.1 in 2016 and 2017. While his season to date has been less than spectacular, the 113 against West Coast on Saturday night could be a taste of things to come. If he’s on your free agent list in Draft, don’t think twice about grabbing him. At under $500K in Classic, he could be worth a punt. Maybe.

Nick Holman has been magnificent in his last two matches. 108 against the Power in China followed by 88 in the Suns’ return to Metricon Stadium against the Cats has dropped his breakeven. First year players Paddy Dow and Adam Cerra are now MID/FWDs.

The RUC/FWD DPP can be a handy link and Oscar McInerney now has that flexibility. The popular ruck bench option can be switched into the forward line if coaches have link.

Finally, Jason Johannisen has been damaging running out of the back line across his career, but this year it appears he is spending more time lining up as a forward for the Dogs in 2018.

The final round of DPP additions will be implemented ahead of round 18.

Allen ChristensenFWDMID/FWD
Oscar McInerneyRUCRUC/FWD
Bayley Fritsch FWDMID/FWD
Jed AndersonFWDMID/FWD
Hayden CrozierFWDDEF/FWD
Jason JohannisenDEFDEF/FWD
Lewis Jetta MIDDEF/MID



  1. Daz

    June 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Only Yeo of interest. Some rookies maybe relevant but most teams should be nearing premos now. Will help over byes though.

  2. Daniel Kotronis

    June 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Don’t listen to others, after all it is there decision. My trades this week include:

    A.Pearce to Austin
    P.Dow to Ahern
    D.Venables to Walters

    Leaving me with $188K to upgrade other rookies such as A.Brayshaw (Fremantle) and B.Banfield

  3. Shags

    June 5, 2018 at 1:53 am

    I criticised people for saying this before.

    But I think its safe to say this is the most boring DPP chnages I have seen since DPP changes first introduced.

    • Warnie


      June 5, 2018 at 6:21 am

      It sounds so negative. Blame the 18 actual coaches. Haha.

    • Alan J

      June 5, 2018 at 6:33 am

      Shags, my nipples are tingling with excitement at these changes and I’ve not even had a morning coffee yet!!

    • Simon

      June 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

      They probably only help coaches who haven’t planned properly in that they suddenly get DPP links that weren’t previously there. My team is stacked with DPP options already, so these changes don’t help at all.

      The best ones are when premo MIDs get FWD status… like Dusty and Danger were supposed to. So yeah, nothing to see here for prepared coaches.

      • clever tent

        June 5, 2018 at 10:20 am

        Really its just insulting danger didn’t get it because his scores have just been so ok considering he’s a ‘midfielder’

  4. thebopper58

    June 5, 2018 at 3:49 am


    Totally agree – only 3 relevant players (Guelfi/Fritsch/Yeo)
    All the rest no one has or no one wants!!
    Best of luck for the rest of the season

  5. thebopper58

    June 5, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Thanks Gents

    Funny stuff yet again especially the start of the show warning!!
    Negative 3 to me assuming Danger to get DPP and trading out Kelly to get him :(
    Love the photo of Guthrie crying :)
    He probably did’t realize that AFL was going to be harder than under 14’s
    Good luck for the rest of the season

  6. Nostro

    June 5, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Well. ..I held Parker….A. cause I couldn’t get rid of him (lmao) and B. cause I assumed he’d get DPP.

    Newnes only just started to play mostly forward the past cpl weeks.

    Weird…. really weird.

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