GOLD Coast's co-captain David Swallow's AFL Fantasy stocks have increased after gaining FWD status this week. He's been bumped from his regular midfield role but he may find himself back in there following Matt Rowell's shoulder injury.

Every six rounds the team at Champion Data add an extra position to players who are playing a different role than their initial Fantasy position suggests.

With a focus on where players line up at centre bounces among other statistics, the team at Champion Data assign players’ positions for Fantasy at the start of the season but also use these positions internally for the data they provide to clubs and the AFL.

Fantasy positions are adjusted if a player carries a single position and they have spent more than 35 per cent of time in a different position. 

Additions are welcomed by Fantasy Draft owners to add flexibility to their squads and some become trade targets in Fantasy Classic based with the added value a second position may bring.

ADD DEFENDER

Although his last couple of scores have been a little disappointing, the 76 and 88 racked up in rounds two and three are numbers that would see Jack Bowes in the top-10 defenders. He's available in two-thirds of Fantasy Draft leagues and should be considered for the bench, or an on-field player in deeper leagues. 

Many coaches drafted James Harmes with the thought that he would be gain defender status due to the pre-season talk about a new role. It has happened, but his scores are a long way from the 94 he averaged last season. 

Ben McEvoy has played as a key defender in the first part of the season, but was swung into the ruck last week and also spent some time up forward. If, and it is a big if, he can regain the No.1 ruck role for the Hawks, then he'll be a super-cheap option as he's already dropped $154,000 this season. 

Player

Club

Avg

Classic

Ownership

ADP

Draft

Ownership

DPP

Jack Bowes

GCS

68

0%

259

34%

DEF/MID

Chris Mayne

Coll

58

1%

195

32%

DEF/MID

James Harmes

Melb

56

0%

106

49%

DEF/MID

Reece Conca

Frem

55

0%

261

12%

DEF/MID

Ben Long

St K

45

1%

Nil

4%

DEF/FWD

Ben McEvoy

Haw

43

1%

129

49%

DEF/RUC

Jay Lockhart

Melb

38

0%

Nil

1%

DEF/FWD

 

ADD MIDFIELDER

Adding MID status doesn’t have the same relevancy as a midfielder gaining DEF or FWD. 

It does open up the opportunity to switch players around positions to provide cover or some extra trading strategy. In most cases, a player who has gained midfield status is usually scoring more points than they have previously as they’re around the ball more.

Player

Club

Avg

Classic

Ownership

ADP

Draft

Ownership

DPP

Christian Petracca

Melb

88

34%

91

95%

MID/FWD

Lachie Weller

GCS

76

4%

98

92%

DEF/MID

Zak Butters

Port

66

3%

Nil

33%

MID/FWD

James Aish

Frem

65

2%

208

42

DEF/MID

Brett Bewley

Frem

63

6%

Nil

35

MID/FWD

Jake Stringer

Ess

61

1%

276

16%

MID/FWD

Brodie Smith

Adel

60

13%

51

85%

DEF/MID

Connor Rozee

Port

59

6%

132

70%

MID/FWD

Ben Keays

Adel

57

1%

Nil

8%

MID/FWD

Cameron Rayner

Bris

50

4%

Nil

3%

MID/FWD

Will Hoskin-Elliott

Coll

50

1%

192

34%

MID/FWD

Harry Cunningham

Syd

50

0%

149

55%

DEF/MID

 

ADD RUCK 

Only Darcy Fort qualified in this round of additions. While his numbers have been modest, he could be a bench option for deep drafts while Rhys Stanley is out for the Cats. 

Player

Club

Avg

Classic

Ownership

ADP

Draft

Ownership

DPP

Darcy Fort

Geel

51

1%

Nil

3%

RUC/FWD

 

ADD FORWARD 

Steele Sidebottom has another three weeks to serve of his suspension; however, when he returns, he'll be a target of many Fantasy Classic coaches. The Magpie's 94 average makes him the No.1 available FWD in the competition but you’ll need to save some cash to get him in as he’s worth $800,000. 

For Fantasy Draft coaches, it lessens the blow of the suspension knowing he can be switched forward on return. Maybe he could be some valuable trade bait? 

The immediate winner of the DPP additions is David Swallow. When Matt Rowell went down on the weekend, Swallow was moved back into the midfield and attended 17 of the 25 centre bounces to score an impressive 94 Fantasy points. 

If he's available in Draft, get him as a Free Agent. If you're considering an under-priced player in Classic, Swallow's breakeven is 37 and should have a decent run at midfield time over the coming weeks.

Tom Phillips averaged 95 and 90 in the past two seasons and also presents value under $600k. Consider as a Draft Free Agent pick alongside Tom Liberatore, Aaron Hall and David Zaharakis, who are performing well below their best, but remember their best has seen them average more than 90 multiple times.

Player

Club

Avg

Classic

Ownership

ADP

Draft

Ownership

DPP

Steele Sidebottom

Coll

94

2%

45

93%

MID/FWD

David Swallow

GCS

70

0%

135

49%

MID/FWD

Tom Liberatore

WB

62

1%

264

21%

MID/FWD

Tom Phillips

Coll

59

0%

111

52%

MID/FWD

Aaron Hall

NM

52

1%

205

26%

MID/FWD

David Zaharakis

Ess

41

0%

175

26%

MID/FWD

Shaun Burgoyne

Haw

41

1%

229

18%

DEF/FWD

Jarryn Geary

St K

31

0%

Nil

6%

DEF/FWD


TOP FIVE PRICE RISES 

  • Latham Vandermeer, Western Bulldogs (MID/FWD, $297,000): +$51,000
  • Curtis Taylor, North Melbourne (FWD, $358,000): +$51,000
  • Tim English, Western Bulldogs (RUC, $637,000): +$43,000
  • Hayden Young, Fremantle (DEF, $353,000): +$40,000
  • Aidan Corr, Greater Western Sydney (DEF, $408,000): +$40,000

TOP FIVE PRICE FALLS 

  • Luke Shuey, West Coast Eagles (MID, $671,000): -$67,000
  • Cameron Ellis-Yolmen, Brisbane Lions (MID, $592,000): -$52,000
  • Dane Rampe, Sydney Swans (DEF, $480,000): -$49,000
  • Rory Sloane, Adelaide Crows (MID, $590,000): -$45,000
  • Bailey Smith, Western Bulldogs (MID/FWD, $569,000): -$44,000

LOWEST BREAKEVENS 

  • Laitham Vandermeer, Western Bulldogs (MID/FWD, $297,000): -25
  • Sam Naismith, Sydney Swans (RUC, $368,000): -24
  • Curtis Taylor, North Melbourne (FWD, $358,000): -17
  • Shane McAdam, Adelaide Crows (FWD, $205,000): -12
  • Hayden Young, Fremantle (DEF, $353,000): -12

HIGHEST BREAKEVENS

  • Luke Shuey, West Coast Eagles (MID, $671,000): 107
  • Nic Newman, Carlton (DEF, $620,000): 106
  • Dayne Zorko, Brisbane Lions (MID, $687,000): 93
  • Rory Atkins, Adelaide Crows (MID, $523,000): 90
  • Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Brisbane Lions (MID, $592,000): 89

Breakeven data can be accessed with the Fantasy Coach subscription.

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BUY

Lachie Whitfield, GWS Giants (FWD/MID, $677,000) - The Giant running machine has seemingly found his feet after form and injury resulted in poor scores and a dramatic price drop over the first few weeks of the season. He is as cheap as he will ever be on the back of 101 and a BE of just 43. 

Tim English, Western Bulldogs (RUC, $637,000) - The versatile Dog is taking his game to the next level right before our eyes. Although he will rarely win the overall hitout battle, his work around the ground and marking more than makes up for it with 102 and 99 the past two weeks.

Jake Lloyd, Sydney Swans (DEF, $758,000) - The Swan ball-magnet is ripe for the picking in the backline. He scored 95 from 26 touches on the weekend and has a breakeven of just 46 indicating the time is right to bring him in before it rockets back up.  

Also consider: Nick Haynes, Max Gawn, Andrew Brayshaw. 

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HOLD  

Bailey Smith, Western Bulldogs (FWD/MID, $569,000) - The tough Dog shook off the prospect of second-year blues and opened the season with back to back 90s. Although he hasn't maintained that, his role and forward status ensures he is a valuable asset moving forward.  

Andrew Gaff, West Coast Eagles (MID, $857,000) - The hard running ball-magnet has had a sensational season prior to scoring 66 on the weekend. His season is about to go to the next level as the Eagles return to Optus Stadium where he averages a whopping 115.

Christian Petracca, Melbourne (FWD/MID, $714,000) - After a ripping start to the season with scores of 90 and 108, the highly touted mid has dropped off in the scoring department. A slight tweak to his kick-to-handball ratio should fix that up after going 7:20 on the weekend.

Also consider: Tom Rockliff, Jack Crisp, Marc ‘Pitbull’ Pittonet.

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SELL

Luke Shuey, West Coast Eagles (MID, $671,000) - After a ripping start to the year with scores of 116 and 94, the star onballer has been plagued with injury and needs to go for now. In the past three weeks he has returned scores of 31, 66 and 18 and is carrying a BE 107.

Darcy Byrne-Jones, Port Adelaide (DEF, $623,000) - The Power half-back has the ability to score with the best defenders in the game, as we saw in the first two rounds with scores of 86 and 84. His output has dropped dramatically since and he can be moved on. 

Ben Cunnington, North Melbourne (MID, $634,000) - The hard-nosed Roo made a statement in round one with an impressive 25 possessions and 117. Unfortunately injury has ensured it has been all downhill from there. He came back into the side on the weekend for 26. 

Also consider: Dan Hannebery, David Zaharakis, Jack Viney.

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