Qusai AFL free agency off the mark! Time to go the whole hog.

Qusai AFL free agency off the mark! Time to go the whole hog.


This column is an open letter in response to this article posted on AFL Online.

Free agency ‘the greatest de-equalisation policy in 100 years’, says Paul Roos by Ben Guthrie

Paul Roos has described AFL free agency as the “greatest de-equilisation policy we’ve had in the 100 years of footy.”

His response comes after the announcement James Frawley has selected premiers Hawthorn as his destination of choice. St. Kilda coach Alan Richardson believes the current model favours the higher clubs at the expense of developing teams.

With AFL free agency period starting today, it’s a good time to reflect on how the first two seasons of free agency have played out and reflect upon the urgent need for changes in this system. The AFL’s quasi free agency system at present is inadequate at best.

Is Alan Richardson right? Is the current free agency model fundamentally flawed?

Background on AFL Free Agency

After years of mounting pressure from the AFLPA, the AFL embraced the concept of free agency in 2010 with rules established for the first off season of free agency beginning at the end of the 2012 season. The premise of free agency is to allow players to transfer from one club to another, without the restraint of trade and restriction from a players original club.

The Players Association argued the introduction of free agency would allow players the ability to leave after a predetermined period. It would also allow players who lacked opportunity to find greater opportunity at another club. The AFL and AFLPA developed a system where a player who had served his club for 8 years and was in the top 25% of player salary in the corresponding year would be classified as a restricted free agent. Any player who fell out of contract after 10 years of service was classified as an unrestricted free agent. Players who were restricted free agents were unable to move club freely if the players original club agreed to match the offer of an opposing club. If a club did not match the offer presented, the AFL will compensate a team for the loss of their player through a draft selection in the national draft. Its value is determined by the contract length and amount. Any player delisted by his original club was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent regardless of years of service.

During the first two off seasons, 29 players have moved through free agency, 14 players in 2012 and 15 players in 2013. Some of the games biggest names Lance Franklin, Brendan Goddard, Dale Thomas and Nick Dal Santo have taken advantage of the new age of professional Football in Australian and embraced free agency for varying personal reasons. These teams they left, received compensation for the loss of these superstars, but I pose the question why?

In a new age of professionalism and player movement where loyalty now plays second to players seeking to maximise their potential earnings in a limited career time frame, the AFL has let both the players and the clubs by introducing a half hearted, poorly conceived free agency system. Alan Richardson is right, the AFL free agency is flawed, but not in the way he might believe.

Gillian, here are five suggestions for how you can dramatically improve inadequacies of the AFL free agency system

Suggestion one. Make all players restricted free agents from the day their initial contract expires.

This is not as radical an idea as we in Australia may believe. One look at professional sporting organisations in America have long required player to be restricted agents for a predetermined period of time.

While this might seem dramatic, I have logic to support my argument. By making players restricted free agents from the end of their initial contract, you allow clubs to match any offer a rival AFL club offers them. In essence, you give them the Rights to First Refusal. To frequently players who are high draft picks who move to an interstate clubs and holding their clubs to ransom at the conclusion of their initial contract.

In the past names such as Jeff White, Scott Thompson, Jack Gunston and Taylor Adams have left their clubs after their initial contracts, placing their clubs at risk of getting a diluted return in regards to value for fear of the player walking to the preseason draft

At the end of 2013 season the Brisbane Lions lost five players who had been at the club for less than 3 years. Sam Docherty (pick 12, 2011), Elliot Yeo (pick 30, 2011), Jared Polec (pick 5, 2010), Patrick Karnezis (pick 25, 2010) and Billy Longer (pick 8, 2011). All of these players were first and second round draft picks with massive potential upside. However due to their initial contracts expiring the players were able to push their way out of the club. Opposition teams had the Lions over the barrel and were able to force Brisbane to take draft selections in the 2013 draft well below the cost spent to bring them to the clubs for fear of receiving nothing in return if they did not meet the demands.

Clubs need the Rights to First Refusal, to stipulate if a player is targeted by an opposing team, that the team who drafts the player has rights to hold onto their asset, without fear of losing him for nothing.

Making all players restricted free agents also means the need for a preseason draft becomes irrelevant. Delisted players can move freely as delisted free agents.

Suggestion two. Extend initial player contracts for higher draft picks.

One of the fundamental issues facing AFL teams is the inability to lock in early draft picks for a period beyond the AFL mandated 2-year minimum. I propose that the AFL consider creating a system where high draft picks earn longer initial contracts that lock in their service at the club they have been recruited.

I’d consider a model that radically changes the way top draftees are secured by their football club. Instead of all players being locked into 2 year initial contracts, This proposed model below would provide teams with an option to secure their draft picks on a longer term contract.

  • Pick 1 – 5, a minimum 4-year contract.
  • Pick 6 – 10, a minimum 3-year contract with a team option on the 4th
  • Pick 11 – 20, a minimum 3-year contract.
  • Pick 21 – 30, a minimum 2-year contract with a team option on the 3rd
  • Pick 31 – onwards, 2-year minimum.

This model would allow the AFL club to create and foster relationships with the top end talent and demonstrate a commitment between the player and his family for an extended period. Players on contracts that extended beyond the 2-year minimum would earn the maximum allowable under the proposed maximum salary cap (see below).

Suggestion three. Create a maximum salary cap pay scale based on years of service.

With a modification in the initial contracts of players, it is vital to consider the remuneration players would receive. I’ve proposed a scale salary cap system similar to systems used in the NBA, where players have an ability to earn maximum contracts depending on years played in the AFL system.

I propose this as a way of negating the impact of opposition clubs attempting to poach younger players, by offering large contracts. By enforcing a maximum player salary dependent on years played in the system draftee clubs are more likely to match an offer on their player as it will not impact significantly on their salary cap.

However, compromise needs to be met if players are forced to have restricted earning potential while they are restricted free agents. I propose a reduction in the length of time a player is a restricted free agent. At present players, qualify for free agency after playing 8 years in the AFL system. Players who have been in the system between 8-10 years and are in the top 25% of player salary are restricted free agents, while all other players both who are not in the top 25% and have played 8 or more seasons are unrestricted free agents. I propose a reduction to make all players unrestricted free agents after 7 years of service. The effect would allow players to gain the freedom to move freely earlier as a compromise of being restricted earlier in their career.

The attempt to bring in maximum player payment (MPP) will no doubt be met with skepticism. However, the model has proven successful in the NBA and allows clubs to manoeuvre and create trades around available room in a clubs salary cap. The mechanism promotes trade and movement.

The MPP for restricted free agents (1-7 year players) will provide clubs the ability to match any offer presented to their player.

All numbers on this scale are based on the assumption the 2015 salary cap value will be $10.071 million.

Initial 2-year contract Pick 1-20 (1.5% of total TTP) $151,065 per year.

Initial 2-year contract pick 20 – onwards (1% of total TTP) $100,710 per year

3 year player (3% of total TTP) $302,130

4 year player (4% of total TTP) $402,840

5 year player (5% of total TTP) $503,550

6 year player (6% of total TTP) $604,260

7 year player (7%) $704,970

The question asked is how do clubs possibly retain the stars of the game when they become unrestricted free agents after their 7th season. An upcoming example is Adelaide’s Patrick Dangerfield who on the open market will no doubt field offers of $1 million plus to gain his services and move home to Victoria from South Australia in the 2015 off-season. Adelaide as the team whom drafted Patrick Dangerfield needs the ability to not only matches an offer from an opposing club but to exceed the offers presented. Allowing clubs the ability to offer a salary that was for example 2% over the maximum salary allowable would provide teams with an advantage to retain their star players. The AFL could also consider introducing a soft salary cap that allowed the retention payment (2% of total TTP) to be paid outside the salary cap.

Unrestricted free agents – No ability to match offer.

8 year player (New Club) – (10%) $1,007,100

8 year player (same club plus 2% – 12%) – $1,208,520

Suggestion four. Compensation? What compensation.

An argument I hear regularly is what compensation my team should receive for losing an unrestricted free agent. The answer is, your club should get nothing in return. You have had that player for a large period and got the value of your initial draft selection over 8 plus years. What you gain as a team through the loss of a free agent is room in your salary cap to bring players in either through trade or free agency yourself.

A prime example of this is Hawthorn. At the end of 2013, they won the AFL premiership but lost their marquee player in Lance Franklin to the Swans. While they did receive compensation, they used part of the estimated $1.1 million space in their salary cap to target Ben McEvoy during the trade period. Subsequently the Hawks have now used their remaining cap space to lure James Frawley from Melbourne as a free agent to the club.

The Adelaide Crows have done the same after losing Kurt Tippett. The available cap space allowed them to target free agents Eddie Betts and James Podsiadly. The remaining salary they hope to use to retain the services of Walker, Sloane and Dangerfield who all fall out of contract at the end of 2015.

Suggestion 5. Declare player salaries.

Create transparency in the market by removing the cloak and dagger mystery of how much a player is being paid at his respective club.

Imagine list managers scouring the player salaries of each club to find players they believe are underpaid. Transparency will increase mid range player wages and promote movement and trade. The mechanism will either make a team pay their player more and reduce that teams salary cap, or push the player to another club who will remunerate his output.

Does that mean the coaches are right?

St. Kilda coach Alan Richardson is right. Our current free agency model is fundamentally flawed. However, that does not mean the concept of free agency is wrong, merely the model needs to be fixed.

To borrow the infamous words of Mark Williams on the premiership podium in 2004, Paul Roos – “You were wrong!” free agency is the catalyst to equity in the AFL. The AFL just has to move away from this quasi free agency model and embrace true free agency in its entire splendor.

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NAB Challenge: Cats v Pies

NAB Challenge: Cats v Pies


Here are the DreamTeam scores from Last nights NAB Challenge game.

Geelong 0.16.6.104 def Collingwood 1.13.15.102

Player DreamTeam
Corey Enright 128
Mathew Stokes 117
Cameron Guthrie 95
Steve Johnson 94
Harry Taylor 94
Mitch Duncan 89
James Kelly 87
Travis Varcoe 85
Josh Caddy 84
Andrew Mackie 81
Taylor Hunt 81
Jimmy Bartel 79
Mitchell W. Brown 78
Tom Hawkins 74
Billie Smedts 73
Jared Rivers 72
Tom Lonergan 68
Lincoln McCarthy 59
Jordan Schroder 56
Joshua Walker 53
Dawson Simpson 50
George Horlin-Smith 46
Mark Blicavs 43
George Burbury 42
Nathan Vardy 41
Jesse Stringer 0
Player DreamTeam
Steele Sidebottom 117
Taylor Adams 116
Dayne Beams 109
Jamie Elliott 100
Scott Pendlebury 99
Brent Macaffer 90
Luke Ball 89
Harry O’Brien 83
Ben Kennedy 77
Brodie Grundy 74
Quinten Lynch 73
Tony Armstrong 70
Jackson Ramsay 70
Jesse White 64
Marley Williams 57
Marty Clarke 53
Peter Yagmoor 46
Tom Langdon 43
Travis Cloke 40
Jack Frost 38
Clinton Young 35
Nathan Freeman 34
Nick Maxwell 23
Tim Broomhead 14
Lachlan Keeffe 8
Jonathon Marsh 5
Top 5: Young Guns

Top 5: Young Guns


Top 5 series will look at the top 5 prospects for AFL Fantasy (AFLF) & DreamTeam (DT) from a different category.

Today we look at Young Guns who have been in the system and are looking to have a breakout season.

Clay Beams

Clay Beams (MID) – $198,800 (DT) $187,400 (AFLF) – The former NAB rising star nominee is back after recovering from an ACL injury last season. Beams the brother of Pie Dayne, dominated in the NEAFL in 2012 averaging 23 possessions. With the exudous of Lions over the summer, Beams has a chance to secure a spot in the Lions team over the NAB Challenge.

Gary Rohan

Gary Rohan (FWD) – $176,600 (DT) $138,400 (AFLF) – After suffering a broken leg in the now infamous sliding tackle, Rohan managed to return late in the season to play three home and away games at an average of 32.33ppg Despite never showing real Fantasy scores in his past, the former number 6 pick has the potential to be a solid early season Cash Cow.

Christian Howard

Christian Howard (DEF) – $169,300 (DT) $135,500 (AFLF) – At 22 this season it is now or never for Howard. Playing 17 games in the VFL averaging 17 possessions per game, Howard has failed to live up to the expectations of a first round pick. If he can get good amount of game time early in the preseason, he could be a handy underpriced player in our defence.

Billy Longer

Billy Longer (RUCK) – $239,000 (DT) $194,400 (AFLF) – The move to the Saints will mean Longer will be contesting for the number one ruck spot with fellow young ruck Tom Hickey. Picked at number 8, Longer demonstrated he has the potential to be a solid ruck in the future, dominating the NEAFL averaging 45 hitouts per game. Watch his preseason to see whether he can claim the number one ruck position at the Saints.

Jeremy Laidler

Jeremy Laidler (DEF) –  $167,200 (DT) $135,500 (AFLF) – Averaged 66 ppg from 19 games in 2011 under Ratten and was considered a vital cog in the Blues defence. Despite returning from injury Malthouse did not have the same confidence in Laidler, playing only 1 game in 2013 for a score of 34. With injuries and retirement in the Swans defence, look for Laidler to be given opportunities early in the season.

Top 5: Under-appreciated Premium Ruckmen

Top 5: Under-appreciated Premium Ruckmen


Top 5 series will look at the top 5 prospects for AFL Fantasy (AFLF) & DreamTeam (DT) from a different category

Today we look at Ruckmen who have the potential to be stars, but are under appreciated heading into the AFL Fantasy and DreamTeam season. It’s easy to select Cox, Naitanui or last years AA Ruck Will Minson with Aaron Sandilands a popular selection as your second Ruck. Here are some options you may usually scroll past.

Sam Jacobs

Sam Jacobs (Ruck) $409,900 (DT) $406700 (AFLF) – After averaging 88 and 87 during 2011/12 respectively, the “Big Sauce” had a poor season by his own admission, averaging 12 points less per game in 2013. After a solid preseason where Sauce has reportedly lost weight to increase his aerobic capabilities, he will be looking to bounce back to the form that had many calling him the premier big-man in 2012.

Matthew Leuenberger (RUCK) $465,100 (DT) $461,500 (AFLF) Returning from injury last season Leuenberger grew as the season progressed and average 85.2 ppg* for the season. In 2011 Leuenberger averaged 92 points per game and showed signs that as the sole ruck he can achieve those heights again. At $465,100 I believe he is still slightly underpriced and potentially the best scoring ruckman in the competition.

Matthew Kreuzer (RUCK) $472,900 (DT) $469,200 (AFLF) – Kreuzer had an improved year last season and excelled from the midpoint of the season after returning from a thumb injury.  Kruzer demonstrated that while he may not be the best ruckman at the bounce, his ability to move around the ground and collect possessions or move forward and kick a goal can compensate for that deficiency.

Matthew Lobbe (RUCK)  $442,800 (DT) $439,300 (AFLF) – Lobbe, a former first round pick, demonstrated that he has the potential to be a bonafide A-Grader in the latter half of the season. Blossiming like many other ruckman in his mid 20’s (24) from round 12 he was ranked the 4th best Ruck in the competition and averaged 35 hit outs a game. From round 12-23 Lobbe averaged 88 points per game. In his two finals games he average 94.5 as a sole Ruck. Lobbe is a unique option who will go under the radar of many coaches. Buying him early could provide you an edge over the rest of the competition.

Hamish McIntosh (RUCK)  $297,800 (DT) $344,700 (AFLF) – After an injury ravaged past few season, McIntosh will be looking to repay the faith shown by the Cats in recruiting him to the club. Playing only 8 games in the 3 previous seasons, McIntosh is a huge risk, but one worth taking if his preseason form is solid. At his best he could score upwards of 80+ as a ruck/forward. Geelong has a weak ruck stock and McIntosh could be the missing piece this season.

Recruiters Pick – Dale Thomas


Dale Thomas being presented his new jumper.RECRUITER PROFILE:Name: Dale “Daisy” Thomas

 
Name: Dale “Daisy” Thomas
Club: Carlton Blues
Position: Midfield

AFL Fantasy: $346,400
AFL Dream Team: $328,600

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Dale “Daisy” Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points.

An offseason move from the Pies to their bitter rival the Blues will see Daisy reunited with his mentor and his coach of 7 out of 8 years in the system Mick Malthouse.  This relationship cannot be understated and will allow Thomas to regain the confidence he needs to be a successful AFL player. Thomas averaged 95 in 2010, 103 in 2011 and 93 in 2012. Daisy’s 2013 average of 75 ppg* was impacted by starting as a sub in round 4 against the Tigers and only managing 35 AFLF*

points. In his 4 other games coming back from injury and no preseason he still managed to average 86 points per game.

The Recruiter

The ANALYSIS

Why should I recruit Daisy Thomas?

For all the reasons provided above. Daisy at his best is an All-Australian calibre player. He has the ability to play multiple positions and can kick goals when afforded the opportunity. Daisy is the ideal player that we typically look for in AFL Fantasy/Dream Team competitions. He is a premium player who has a lower price due to injuries. Last season we saw Brendon Goddard another high profile free agent switch teams and he played tremendously, highlighting that free agents can change teams and maintain good scoring output.

Why should I avoid picking Daisy Thomas?

You should avoid Daisy if it appears like he is still struggling to recover from injury during the preseason. He is also at a new club and it can take time for players and their team mates time to build chemistry and get accustom  to playing with one another.

The Conclusion

Daisy Thomas is an underpriced premium and should be strongly considered as a starting 8 midfielder. You should look closely at Daisy especially in AFL Fantasy where rookie players are of a higher value and you need to save some of your cap for premium players. At his best Daisy can be a damaging outside player capable of racking up possessions, ideal for a fantasy player.

*AFLF POINTS (AFL FANTASY CLASSIC POINTS)

*PPG (POINTS PER GAME)

Top 5: Bargains (Midfield)

Top 5: Bargains (Midfield)


Top 5 series will look at the top 5 prospects for AFL Fantasy (AFLF) & DreamTeam (DT) In different categories.

Today we look at underpriced premium midfielders who have the potential to be premiums by seasons end. I’ve classified underpriced as $100k under the highest priced Midfielder Stevie Johnson.

Bryce Gibbs

Bryce Gibbs (MID) $485,300 – Now that Gibbs has lost his defender eligibility, he is no longer a walk up starter in our Fantasy sides. Gibbs average 89 AFLF points per game last season, down on the numbers he achieved throughout 2009 – 2011 where he averaged 107, 96 and 107 respectively playing loose on half back. Gibbs has the potential to be a 100+ a week player again but all depends on where Mick plays him throughout the season. Watch his preseason to see whether he plays a role conducive to fantasy scoring.

Brandon Ellis

Brandon Ellis (MID) – $429,300 (DT) – Wearing the vest 5 times last season, his average out of the vest in 15 games was 98ppg. Ellis demonstrated he has the potential to score big, scoring 143 and 155 during the season. Now entering his third season, known commonly as the breakout year, Ellis is a lock in the Tigers 22. With the quality of Cotchin, Deledio and Martin, Ellis is well down the pecking order of who to tag, allowing him to run free and rack up the ball averaging 4th at the club for uncontested possession at 75%.

Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas (MID) $328,600 (DT) –  Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points. Underpriced in both games  AFL Fantasy: $346,400 and AFL Dream Team: $328,600, if fit Daisy is a lock in all Fantasy sides this season.

Jack Redden

Jack Redden (MID) – $518,200 (DT) – Redden has demonstrated that he has the potential to be a superstar of the competition. The young South Australian has average 109, 103 and 95 over the last 3 seasons. If provided with the right opportunity, Redden could return to the highlights of his 2011 season and average upwards of 110 AFLF points per game.

Marc Murphy (MID) $467,200 (DT) Injuries have worried murphy over the past two seasons. Murphy average 86 last season, down from 101 in 2012 and 111 in 2011. Murphy had a difficult first year as Blues captain, struggling with the tag and a facial injury midseason. At his best Murphy is one of the most consistent players in the game. Watch his preseason and lock him in if he looks like he has found the form he had prior to his collarbone injury in 2012.

2014 NAB Challenge

2014 NAB Challenge


Match Venue Time* Info
Wednesday, February 12
COLLvFRE
Geelong Cats vCollingwood
Simonds Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Thursday, February 13
HAWvBL
Hawthorn vBrisbane Lions
Etihad Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Friday, February 14
RICHvMELB
Richmond vMelbourne
Etihad Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Saturday, February 15
NMFCvCARL
North Melbourne vCarlton
North Ballarat 4:40PM EDT FOXTEL
Sunday, February 16
ADELvPORT
Adelaide Crows vPort Adelaide
Richmond Oval 4:10PM CDT FOXTEL
Monday, February 17
GCFCvESS
Gold Coast Suns vEssendon
Metricon Stadium 6:10PM EST FOXTEL
Tuesday, February 18
FREvWCE
Fremantle vWest Coast Eagles
Joondalup 4:10PM WST FOXTEL
Wednesday, February 19
WBvSTK
Western Bulldogs vSt Kilda
Simonds Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Thursday, February 20
GWSvSYD
GWS Giants vSydney Swans
StarTrack Oval 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Friday, February 21
HAWvNMFC
Hawthorn vNorth Melbourne
Aurora Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Saturday, February 22
COLLvRICH
Collingwood vRichmond
Wangaratta 4:40PM EDT FOXTEL
Sunday, February 23
BLvGCFC
Brisbane Lions vGold Coast Suns
Townsville 3:40PM EST FOXTEL
Monday, February 24
CARLvADEL
Carlton vAdelaide Crows
Etihad Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Tuesday, February 25
ESSvPORT
Essendon vPort Adelaide
Etihad Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Wednesday, February 26
WBvFRE
Western Bulldogs vFremantle
Etihad Stadium 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Thursday, February 27
SYDvWCE
Sydney Swans vWest Coast Eagles
Blacktown Int’l Sportspark 7:10PM EDT FOXTEL
Friday, February 28
MELBvGEEL
Melbourne vGeelong Cats
TIO Traeger Park 5:40PM CST FOXTEL
Saturday, March 1
GWSvSTK
GWS Giants vSt Kilda
Wagga Wagga 4:40PM EDT FOXTEL

Top 5: Injury affected 2013 Season.


Taylor Walker

Taylor Walker (Fwd)  – $268,300 (DT) – Don’t select Walker in round one but watch his form as he comes back from his ACL in the early stages of the season. His injury influenced average of 61 is well down on his output of 87 (AFLF) points per game in 2012.

Dale Thomas (MID) – $328,600 (DT) –  Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points. Underpriced in both games  AFL Fantasy: $346,400 and AFL Dream Team: $328,600, if fit Daisy is a lock in all Fantasy sides this season.

Matt Suckling (Def) – $316,800 (DT) – Suckling returns after injuring his knee during the 2013 NAB Cup. A key link in the Hawks defence, setting up play from half back and the wing, Suckling managed to average 91 in 2011 and 83 in 2012. At only 25, Suckling should manage to find his way back into the Premiers. Watch his preseason to monitor whether he is back to fall fitness and ready to go for Round 1.

Aaron Sandilands – $270,800 (DT) – Sandilands career has soured over the past few seasons playing only 37 games in the last 3 years. At his best he regularly averaged in the 90s, but being fit enough to play regularly is the big question. Selecting Sandilands is a big gamble and one you may need to consider.

The Ruck

Nic Naitanui – $423,100 (DT) Nic Nat had a difficult year coming off his All Australian 2012 season. Playing only 11 games in 2013. Returning in Round 6 as the Sub, Nic Nat went on to produce 80+ points per game scores in the following six matches. However injury and lack of fitness due to preseason meant Naitanui finished the season with four average scores in the 60’s (62,68,69 &63). Averaging 77 ppg down from86 in 2012, a fit and ready NicNat could be the premium Ruck in all fantasy games this season.

The Recruiter: Patrick Dangerfield

The Recruiter: Patrick Dangerfield


 

 

 

The Recruiter

Name: Patrick “Danger” Dangerfield
Club: Adelaide Crows
Position: Forward/Midfield

AFL Fantasy: $534,700
AFL Dream Team: $538,900

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Who else could it have been! For those long term readers, my evident admiration of Dangerfield is about to be once again on display.  Danger along with Rory Sloane have recently been made Vice-Captains of the Football Club. This has more impetuous this season as Captain Nathan Van Berlo will miss the majority if not entire 2014 season after sustaining an Achilles injury, making Dangerfield and Sloane joint acting captains.

The ANALYSIS

Why should I recruit Patrick Dangerfield?

Sensationally will be available as a Forward/Midfielder in 2014 and is an absolute no brainer for any Fantasy player. Dangerfield at his best is one of the premier midfielders in the competition, with blistering pace and the ability to win the contested ball, Dangerfield is an unstoppable force in attack and in the midfield. Lock him in from round 1!

Why should I avoid picking Patrick Dangerfield?

We saw in 203 the burden captaincy can have on young players (Marc Murphy & Jack Trengove). If you support Port Adelaide andreally HATE the Crows… This is the only reason not to select this Superstar as a Forward in 2014.

ablett & dangerfield The Conclusion

First picked Forward of 2014 Patrick Dangerfield (Fwd/Mid) $534700 (AFLF) & $538,900 (DT) (FORWARD LOCK)