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An epic Warnie tantrum saw Devon Smith added to The Traders' first Fantasy squad - AFL,Fantasy,Devon Smith,Max Gawn,Nic Naitanui,Rory Laird
An epic Warnie tantrum saw Devon Smith added to The Traders' first Fantasy squad

AFL FANTASY is officially open, and down at Traders HQ we have been frantically constructing and arguing over our side.

The Traders answered your questions on Tuesday about their first team. Check out their responses below.

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With unlimited trades leading into round one, we have been switching players left, right and centre to come up with our initial squad.

At this stage of the year, selecting the right rookies is nearly impossible.

Knowledge is the key to success and after the AFLX and JLT Community Series the questions we have around these rookies will be answered.

When building your team, structure is very important. We have once again gone for a beefed-up midfield with five premium players.  With more points on offer in the midfield, we believe this strategy is one worth employing.

Compare this to the forward line, where Isaac Heeney (MID/FWD, $649,000) sits as our only premium player. With less options up forward in 2018, we believe Heeney will be a top six forward and with new dual-position players released in rounds six, 12 and 18, there still might be some gems thrown our way throughout the year.

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Warnie threw the biggest tantrum and made us include his boy Devon Smith (FWD, $575,000) who joins the Bombers after six seasons with the GWS.

Smith's role at his new club is something we will be monitoring closely this pre-season, but it appears that Warnie has already tricked 14 per cent of the Fantasy community to follow his lead.

In the ruck department, many Fantasy coaches will be starting with Max Gawn (RUC, $605,000) and Nic Naitanui (RUC, $417,000). They are currently the most selected players in the game with 47 per cent of coaches locking away Gawn and 53 per cent selecting Naitanui.

Both of these players are bargains in their own right and will remain popular selections over the pre-season.

The backline is an area you’ll be able to save some money. Traditionally, defenders don’t score a lot of points.

The only player on offer to us this year (given Sam Docherty will miss the whole season) who averaged over 100 is the reliable Rory Laird (DEF, $707,000).  It’s not worth getting fancy with these kinds of players, so just set and forget him for the long year ahead.

Occasionally, a player of difference (POD) is something that coaches like to have, just so their team is unique.

These players usually fall under the five per cent ownership bracket and for us, we have Luke Parker (MID, $693,000) and Aaron Young (FWD, $387,000).

Calvin is convinced that Young will thrive at his new club and after averaging 75 in the past, he believes the former Port runner is a complete bargain after averaging just 55 last year.

Luke Parker, on the other hand, is a premium superstar who averaged 110 two years ago. He managed just 98 last year and with a full pre-season under his belt in the new year, Roy believes that Parker can get back to his best from round one.

Good luck. Get trading, switching and making the most out of these unlimited trades over this busy pre-season.