THOUSANDS of AFL Fantasy Draft leagues were completed prior to round one, but how much has changed in coaches’ thinking since March?

Players returning from injury, game style in 16-minute quarters and one week of Fantasy scores were enough to see plenty of different decisions made more than three months on since most Fantasy Drafts were held.

Roy, Calvin and Warnie assembled some seasoned Fantasy coaches for a pre-round two challenge.

Last year’s Fantasy Classic overall winner, Craig Wegener alongside back-to-back (2017/18) champion Selby Lee-Steere represented the gurus while Jake Waterman from the West Coast Eagles and Greater Western Sydney pair Jackson Hately and Sam Taylor flew the flag for the players.

The eight coaches took part in a 12-round draft to compile sides that included two defenders, three midfielders, one ruck, three forwards and four interchange players in a quick-fire Draft that will play out over the next 16 weeks.

Round 1

With an ADP (average draft pick) of one for the past two seasons, there was no surprise that Brodie Grundy went first. Max Gawn’s opponents over the first month was a big reason for Calvin to take the Demons’ skipper. Despite captains being on, only three coaches selected midfielders in the first round.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

1

Brodie Grundy

RUC

Craig

2

Max Gawn

RUC

Calvin

3

Tom Mitchell

MID

Roy

4

Jack Macrae

MID

Warnie

5

Lachie Whitfield

MID/FWD

Hately

6

Sam Docherty

DEF

Waterman

7

Dustin Martin

MID/FWD

Taylor

8

Josh Kelly

MID

Selby

 

Round 2

With one defender taken in the first round, four went in the second including Zac Williams. Craig quizzed the Giants boys and they assured him that the half-back will be good to go next week.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

9

Jake Lloyd

DEF

Selby

10

Andrew Gaff

MID

Taylor

11

Lachie Neale

MID

Waterman

12

Josh Dunkley

MID

Hately

13

Patrick Dangerfield

MID

Warnie

14

Jack Crisp

DEF

Roy

15

Rory Laird

DEF

Calvin

16

Zac Williams

DEF

Craig

 

Round 3

A forward run came in the third round with Warnie believing he has the pick of the bunch getting Bomber Devon Smith.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

17

Stephen Coniglio

MID

Craig

18

Toby Greene

FWD

Calvin

19

Michael Walters

MID/FWD

Roy

20

Devon Smith

MID/FWD

Warnie

21

Isaac Heeney

MID/FWD

Hately

22

Patrick Cripps

MID

Waterman

23

Clayton Oliver

MID

Taylor

24

Jeremy Howe

DEF

Selby

 

Round 4

Surprisingly, 10 defenders were off the board by the end of round four. Hately and Taylor didn’t jump on their first defender until the next round; a definite strategy for the duo going into the draft. A couple of the mid-priced Fantasy Classic forward options that put their hands up in round one – Christian Petracca and Chad Wingard - were taken much higher than their ADP suggested.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

25

Adam Treloar

MID

Selby

26

Christian Petracca

FWD

Taylor

27

Chad Wingard

MID/FWD

Waterman

28

Tim Taranto

MID

Hately

29

Bachar Houli

DEF

Warnie

30

James Sicily

DEF

Roy

31

Shannon Hurn

DEF

Calvin

32

Dan Houston

DEF/MID

Craig

 

Round 5

Craig and Calvin liked what Jack Martin and Bailey Smith did in round one, but no one knew what Roy was doing when he picked Darcy Parish. The Bomber has been the player that Roy is most keen to trade out of his Fantasy Classic team after bombing in his first round match against the Dockers.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

33

Jack Martin

MID/FWD

Craig

34

Bailey Smith

MID/FWD

Calvin

35

Darcy Parish

MID/FWD

Roy

36

Brad Ebert

FWD

Warnie

37

Caleb Daniel

DEF

Hately

38

Tom Stewart

DEF

Waterman

39

Christian Salem

DEF

Taylor

40

Hugh Greenwood

MID/FWD

Selby

 

Round 6

Waterman broke ranks when he picked up the skipper of the Eagles’ crosstown rival Nat Fyfe. Hately made the comment that Brodie Smith will bounce back and that he should get decent midfield minutes moving forward.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

41

Jordan Dawson

DEF/FWD

Selby

42

Marcus Bontempelli

MID

Taylor

43

Nat Fyfe

MID

Waterman

44

Brodie Smith

DEF

Hately

45

Nick Haynes

DEF

Warnie

46

Jarrod Witts

RUC

Roy

47

Zach Merrett

MID

Calvin

48

Taylor Adams

MID

Craig

 

Round 7

Midfielders likely to average more than 80 (the new 100) were still available in the seventh with consistent Scott Pendlebury the pick of them. In a shock move, Selby took Todd Goldstein as his ruck, the fourth off the board, ahead of the some of his more fancied counterparts.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

49

Connor Rozee

FWD

Craig

50

Brad Crouch

MID

Calvin

51

Jack Viney

MID

Roy

52

Scott Pendlebury

MID

Warnie

53

Mitch Duncan

MID

Hately

54

Kane Lambert

FWD

Waterman

55

Matt Crouch

MID

Taylor

56

Todd Goldstein

RUC

Selby

 

Round 8

Goldstein going at the end of the seventh round saw a ruck run as coaches completed their on-field players before looking at the interchange. Roy was stoked to grab Tom Rockliff at this late stage of the draft to sit next to fellow Fantasy Pig Tom Mitchell in his midfield.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

57

Jack Steele

MID

Selby

58

Reilly O'Brien

RUC

Taylor

59

Rowan Marshall

RUC

Waterman

60

Stefan Martin

RUC

Hately

61

Sam Jacobs

RUC

Warnie

62

Tom Rockliff

MID

Roy

63

Tim Kelly

MID

Calvin

64

Elliot Yeo

MID

Craig

 

Round 9

Hately was pumped with his selection of former team mate Dylan Shiel for his bench. The Giant-turned-Bomber was the second highest scorer in round one with 122.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

65

Steele Sidebottom

MID

Craig

66

Jeremy Cameron

FWD

Calvin

67

Luke Shuey

MID

Roy

68

Gary Ablett

FWD

Warnie

69

Dylan Shiel

MID

Hately

70

Brayden Fiorini

MID

Waterman

71

Lachie Weller

DEF

Taylor

72

Andrew Brayshaw

MID/FWD

Selby

 

Round 10

Waterman is hoping his team mate Dom Sheed may gain DPP while Craig’s pick of Jack Steven could prove to be a league-winning move if he is fit and firing later in the season.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

73

Hunter Clark

DEF

Selby

74

Daniel Rich

DEF

Taylor

75

Dom Sheed

MID

Waterman

76

Jy Simpkin

MID/FWD

Hately

77

Darcy Byrne-Jones

DEF

Warnie

78

Darcy MacPherson

MID/FWD

Roy

79

Kade Simpson

DEF

Calvin

80

Jack Steven

MID/FWD

Craig

 

Round 11

Dayne Zorko played enough forward minutes to be eligible for FWD status in round one. If he can keep that up, he’d be hard to beat if he can keep it up and be available as a dual-position players at round six.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

81

Travis Boak

MID

Craig

82

Tim English

RUC

Calvin

83

Nic Newman

DEF

Roy

84

Dayne Zorko

MID

Warnie

85

Wayne Milera

DEF/MID

Hately

86

Jack Billings

MID

Waterman

87

Luke Ryan

DEF

Taylor

88

Jaeger O'Meara

MID

Selby

 

Round 12

Selby mentioned his team was looking a lot like his Fantasy Classic side and that continued with his bench cover being Nic Naitanui. Warnie also shored up his ruck bench with Jonathon Ceglar who carries dual-position status.

Pick

Player

Position

Selected by

89

Nic Naitanui

RUC

Selby

90

Dion Prestia

MID

Taylor

91

Brad Sheppard

DEF

Waterman

92

Rory Sloane

MID

Hately

93

Jonathon Ceglar

RUC/FWD

Warnie

94

Patrick Lipinski

MID/FWD

Roy

95

Josh P. Kennedy

MID

Calvin

96

Michael Hibberd

DEF

Craig

 

The Traders

Calvinator – Coached by Calvin

DEF: Rory Laird, Shannon Hurn
MID: Zach Merrett, Brad Crouch, Tim Kelly
RUC: Max Gawn
FWD: Toby Greene, Bailey Smith
INT: Jeremy Cameron, Kade Simpson, Tim English, Josh P. Kennedy 

destROY – Coached by Roy

DEF: Jack Crisp, James Sicily
MID: Tom Mitchell, Jack Viney, Tom Rockliff
RUC: Jarrod Witts
FWD: Michael Walters, Darcy Parish
INT: Luke Shuey, Darcy MacPherson, Nic Newman, Patrick Lipinski 

Warne Dawgs – Coached by Warnie

DEF: Bachar Houli, Nick Haynes
MID: Jack Macrae, Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Pendlebury
RUC: Sam Jacobs
FWD: Devon Smith, Brad Ebert
INT: Gary Ablett, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Dayne Zorko, Jonathon Ceglar

The Champions

Moreira’s Magic – Coached by Selby

DEF: Jake Lloyd, Jeremy Howe
MID: Josh Kelly, Adam Treloar, Jack Steele
RUC: Todd Goldstein
FWD: Hugh Greenwood, Andrew Brayshaw
INT: Jordan Dawson, Hunter Clark, Jaeger O’Meara, Nic Naitanui 

Top Me Up Buttercup – Coached by Craig

DEF: Zac Williams, Dan Houston
MID: Stephen Coniglio, Taylor Adams, Elliot Yeo
RUC: Brodie Grundy
FWD: Jack Martin, Connor Rozee
INT: Steele Sidebottom, Jack Steven, Travis Boak, Michael Hibberd

The Players 

theGtrains – Coached by Jake Waterman

DEF: Sam Docherty, Tom Stewart
MID: Lachie Neale, Patrick Cripps, Nat Fyfe
RUC: Rowan Marshall
FWD: Chad Wingard, Kane Lambert
INT: Brayden Fiorini, Dom Sheed, Jack Billings, Brad Sheppard 

Haternator – Coached by Jackson Hately

DEF: Caleb Daniel, Brodie Smith
MID: Josh Dunkley, Dylan Shiel, Mitch Duncan
RUC: Stefan Martin
FWD: Lachie Whitifield, Isaac Heeney
INT: Tim Taranto, Jy Simpkin, Wayne Milera, Rory Sloane 

Surgeons DT – Coached by Sam Taylor

DEF: Christian Salem, Lachie Weller
MID: Andrew Gaff, Clayton Oliver, Marcus Bontempelli
RUC: Reilly O’Brien
FWD: Dustin Martin, Christian Petracca
INT: Matt Crouch, Daniel Rich, Luke Ryan, Dion Prestia