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YOU DON’T win your AFL Fantasy Draft league on draft Day, but you can certainly lose it.

Like any good boy scout, you need to be prepared.

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Having your pre-draft list loaded ahead of the draft will help to avoid too many on-the-spot decisions - especially when the countdown timer closes in on zero when it's your turn.

Highlighting smokeys and players you believe will improve their average, is how you can gain an edge on your opponents. While some will draft based on last year’s average or even ADP (Average Draft Pick), taking a player in a break-out year can add an extra 10 points to your team per week.

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Last season, Nick Riewoldt was the highest averaging forward and, after losing a lot of the top end players who were dual-position, he is more than 10 points per game ahead of the next best in Jack Macrae.

It can been argued that Macrae’s average doesn’t reflect his usual output (he went at 104 in the two previous seasons) and that Riewoldt’s final-round score of 200 boosted his average by an extra five points. This would put the two averaging close to each other.

Thirteen of the available forwards averaged more than 85 points in 2016, however 59 players scored in the range of 70-85 points per game.

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It is often fraught with danger selecting key position forwards in Fantasy Classic. However, in Fantasy Draft they can be important for your season. Adelaide's Tom Lynch, for example, has been taken in the top eight forwards on ADP.

Quite often the break-out candidates come from the Fantasy forward line. The midfield probably sees the larger group of players improve their average, but the value is in the forwards who take their game to the next level. Usually this is through extra midfield time or new opportunities.

Jack Steele has flown up draft boards and his ADP of 144 is definite value. He is likely to go well inside the top 100 selections post-JLT.

The Traders' forward rankings

There are different mindsets when it comes to the forward line. Some aim to avoid key position players, while others aim for DPPs. Some even keep spots open and draft players who may gain FWD status during the season – eg. Gary Ablett, Dustin Martin or Robbie Gray.

Isaac Heeney has been a hyped player up until the glandular fever news, ranking him as the ninth forward taken overall according to his ADP of 43. He will slide now as his return date is unknown. Same goes for Brett Deledio. His calf injury has the boys scared as they collectively rank him tenth overall when ADP placed him at fifth.

RANK

PLAYER

ROY

CALVIN

WARNIE

ADP

1

Jack Macrae (MID)

1

2

1

11

2

Nick Riewoldt

2

1

2

7

3

Luke Dahlhaus (MID)

3

3

3

15

4

Isaac Smith (MID)

4

5

4

27

5

Lance Franklin

6

4

5

24

6

Toby Greene

5

6

7

32

7

Josh Caddy (MID)

8

7

6

62

8

Tom Lynch

10

8

9

42

9

Touk Miller (MID)

7

12

8

67

10

Brett Deledio

11

10

18

25

11

Steven Motlop

15

14

11

86

12

Jack Gunston

20

11

10

53

13

Devon Smith

12

19

12

72

14

Chad Wingard

13

15

16

107

15

Josh J. Kennedy

19

13

14

52

16

Jack Steele (MID)

14

22

12

144

17

Tom J. Lynch

17

17

15

63

18

Jarryd Roughead

9

24

20

73

19

Koby Stevens (MID)

16

21

22

84

20

Jack Billings (MID)

22

18

19

90

21

Cyril Rioli

23

16

23

89

22

Isaac Heeney

41

9

17

43

23

Christian Petracca

18

26

27

173

24

Mark LeCras

24

27

24

117

25

Justin Westhoff

27

30

21

129

26

Caleb Daniel

21

23

39

132

27

Levi Greenwood (MID)

36

20

28

120

28

Josh Dunkley (MID)

26

28

32

105

29

Michael Walters

25

33

29

130

30

Steve Johnson

30

29

30

124

31

Nathan Hrovat (MID)

48

25

25

131

32

Elliot Yeo (MID)

31

42

31

150

33

Matthew Wright

35

36

34

128

34

Harley Bennell (MID)

39

34

36

69

35

Jesse Hogan

32

41

37

114

36

Josh Jenkins

38

31

51

164