MANY AFL Fantasy coaches have been enjoying the Official Fantasy game of the AFL for the better part of two decades.
Quite often they remember the big scores or the season-defining picks that helped them win a premiership.
Owning Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and Joel Corey in the late-2000s was a must, while Joel Bowden was ahead of his time, getting cheap kicks and those all-important +6 (mark and kick) stat builders.
A great moment was the day Tom Rockliff appeared on the podcast in 2016 and called that he would return from an injury and, in his words, would score 180 Fantasy points. He did even better than that by racking up 184 following a few weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring strain.
Then there are some of the memories of the cash cows that didn't quite get it done like Relton Roberts in 2010 who managed just two games. Beau Muston's amazing debut for the Hawks had a great sequel, but that's where it ended as coaches were tricked into getting him after two huge scores.
The Traders enjoy a few laughs as they take a look at the highs and lows of being a Fantasy coach on this week’s episode of the podcast.
In this week's episode …
The final position for the Fantasy team of the decade is announced.
Paul Chapman leads the forwards with a six-year average of 97. He is joined by Cats team mate Steve Johnson who was ranked as the No.1 Fantasy player in 2013, averaging 118 points. Two key positions players make the cut as well as two of the best MID/FWD options from 2010-2019.
A pair of mature age recruits make the cut as the top earning cash cows on the bench.
1:15 - Roy is optimistic that the season will be underway sooner rather than later.
8:00 - Calvin is taken to task on his inclusion of Todd Goldstein in the Team of the Decade.
16:00 - Team of the Decade FWDs
22:10 - Steve Johnson was the closest to a forward pig we have seen.
30:00 - Justin Westhoff missed just eight games of the decade, should he be considered in the forward line?
33:20 - Lance Franklin kicked 13 goals for 204 Fantasy points, the highest score in the modern era.
36:10 - Dayne Zorko averaged 95 in his debut season to be the forward cash cow of the decade.
42:50 - Via Twitter, Owen offers up some interesting stats from the last decade such as how many points were scored and the highest scoring jumper numbers.
56:15 - Fantasy faves including when Ben Hudson was suspended by the Crows and Warnie wasn’t happy and called the club.
1:04:00 - Reliving how good the Cats were in the late 2000s - especially ABC; Ablett, Bartel and Corey.
1:10:30 - Beau Muston scored 127 and 106 in his first two games before tanking.
1:19:30 - The boys reel off Brad Johnson’s averages in the 2000s.
1:21:20 - Homework of the week is to pick a Fantasy team of five defenders, seven midfielders, one ruck and five forwards with only one player from each team.