IT’S THAT time of the summer we have all been waiting for. That’s right, time to start piecing together your AFL Fantasy team for the upcoming season.
After some tough negotiations with Fantasy coaches, an agreement has been reached to increase the salary cap to $11million.
However, don’t get too excited, player prices have also inflated. Astute coaches following the price reveals of the last few weeks have already spotted some bargains.
Those banned Bombers returning this year have been given a 10 per cent discount on their price. Dyson Heppell (MID, $548,000) is exciting Warnie at this stage as an under-priced premium.
Most players who appeared in less than 10 games in 2016 have received a discount on their price, depending on how many matches played.
Roy has signed up Hawthorn’s recently appointed skipper Jarryd Roughead (FWD, $373,000) who received a 30 per cent discount as he missed all of 2016.
Value doesn't just come from discounts or players coming off a poor season. There were quite a few position changes handed out by Champion Data.
Calvin thinks Jack Macrae (MID/FWD, $596,000) and Taylor Adams (DEF/MID, $673,000) will rank as the No.1 forward and defender options respectively.
You can get started on picking your squad of 30 players right now at fantasy.afl.com.au. The new and improved smartphone apps for iOS and Android will launch in the next few days.
While you build your side, dream about driving around in the Toyota Hilux that will be driven away to the overall winner of Fantasy Classic in 2017. There is a huge range of prizes to be won this season.
Look out for some improvements to be made to the site over the coming weeks, including the launch of the re-imagined Draft game (formerly Fantasy Elite). Your draft day experience will be like no other!
Match Day returns once again and can be played in every game of the home-and-away season plus finals. $1000 will be won every round!
Stay tuned to AFL.com.au and the official AFL Live app as The Traders regularly provide their expert advice on all things Fantasy with a lot of fun along the way!
Now get to work … there’s less than two months until the first lockout!