FOOTY returns this week and so does the fun of AFL Fantasy. Coaches are back to stressing out over trades and captain choices.

Question marks are over plenty of popular Fantasy players – especially the sub-$300k ‘rookies’ – that some decisions will need to wait until teams are announced on Thursday night. But having a couple of trade plans are important to have in place before the partial lockout ahead of the Collingwood v Richmond match and the full lockout on Friday night.

Callan Ward (MID, $539,000) looked prime in the Giants’ recent intra-club match. If he is named for round two, he may be a popular Fantasy Classic inclusion at a discounted price. As could Harley Bennell (MID, $224,000). The former Docker has been doing everything right on the track and could be the answer for a rookie-priced player in the midfield.

Fantasy Classic coaches have three trades to use this week and The Traders run through a range of scenarios. 2017/18 champion Selby Lee-Steere provides expert insight into how he picked his starting side and what he will be looking at in a new-look game with bonus trades and 16-minute quarters.

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In this week’s episode …

1:40 - Warnie runs through the lockout times coaches need to be aware of this week.

5:10 - The boys were involved in a fun Fantasy Draft last week with Eagle Jake Waterman and Giants boys Jackson Hately and Sam Taylor.

6:50 - Plenty of information has been picked up in the last few weeks from the training track with match simulations.

10:30 - A bit of news came out of the Fremantle intra-club game.

12:45 - Izak Rankine has been ruled out for round two.

14:00 - What changes will the Giants make with Callan Ward looking fantastic in their practice match?

17:20 - Simon Goodwin had some great things to say about Harley Bennell today.

24:25 - Calvin discusses the loophole this week.

27:00 - Brodie Grundy is the best bet for skipper with Jack Macrae not too far behind.

32:45 - Roy runs through his thoughts on trading out Lachie Whitfield to gain some much needed cash to fix up his rookies.

34:05 - Two-time champion Selby Lee-Steere gives some tips ahead of round two.

38:45 - What does Selby suggest for coaches who have Sam Naismith on the bench?

41:30 - What should you be doing with your three trades for the next four rounds.

45:00 - Questions from social media - follow @AFLFantasy on Twitter and like the Official AFL Fantasy facebook page.

52:00 - Is Jeremy Howe a must-have?

58:00 - If Harley Bennell plays, should he be a lock in your team?

1:03:15 - Jy Simpkin is a mid-priced forward getting a bit of hype this week. Is he an option?

1:05:20 - How many rookies should we have on field in round two?

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