The Traders' AFL Fantasy Podcast

The Traders' AFL Fantasy Podcast


Roy, Calvin and Warnie kick your week off with a look at the the NAB AFL Fantasy games on


First wave of DPPs - Episode 129  

Every six rounds, the number crunchers at Champion Data work with the team at Fantasy HQ to adjust positions of players to reflect their roles in 2017. Where they line up, gather possessions and their heat maps all go into the mix to award players with dual position status ahead of round six, 12 and 18. In the first round of changes, 24 players have had a position added. Robbie Gray has regained the MID/FWD status that he has held across most of his years. Mitch Robinson and Michael Barlow are other midfielders to pick up dual positioning and could be among the best of the forwards available for the rest of the season. Popular cash cows Andy Otten and Dan Houston have added FWD and DEF status making the duo share the swingman link of DEF/FWD. This may prove to become very handy when trading around the bye rounds. Draft coaches who selected Brandon Ellis and Cameron Guthrie will have some consolation for this slow start to the year with the ability to throw them in defence. On this week’s podcast, Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss each DPP adjustment in detail, together with exclusive numbers from Champion Data.

Making his Marc - Episode 128  

It was a round where things started evening out. Some of the players that exceeded expectations early on gave their coaches a reality check. One man who is consistently getting the job done for his coaches is Marc Murphy. Carlton’s skipper started at $482,000 and after four rounds is now worth well over $600,000. Murphy is the highest averaging AFL Fantasy player following scores of 139, 125, 145 and 124. While there has been a fast start to the year from our premiums, Murphy is the only player to have scored more than 120 in each game. If you’re in the 73 per cent of coaches who don’t have him, is it too late to get him? The Traders discuss the big movers of the opening four rounds and how to get the most out of the cash cows in your team. Roy, Calvin and Warnie dissect the best trades and discuss the selection dilemmas facing Fantasy coaches ahead of round five. Also in this week’s podcast: • The highs and lows from round four (link to Roy’s Form Watch) • Chop’s chopping block • Fantasy news including injuries, suspensions, “Magoos news” and more • The dual position player watch list • Social media questions answered • A look ahead to Anzac Day and your Match Day teams

Max, Gawn - Episode 127  

A long term injury isn’t something that any footy fan likes to see, especially Fantasy coaches. Max Gawn (RUC, $588,000) is set to spend the better part of the next three months on the sidelines following surgery on his injured hamstring. Melbourne’s ruckman went down in the second quarter on 32 Fantasy points, meaning the most expensive ruckman at the start of the season dropped $46,000 in value this week. The main talking point on this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast with The Traders is what to do with the 208cm hole left in the ruck division. The 24 per cent of Fantasy Classic owners have a few choices. One is to find the cash and trade up to the in-form Brodie Grundy (RUC, $623,000), or basically straight swap him to Stefan Martin (RUC, $582,000) who is in the form that made him the top ruckman of 2015. These are simple moves, but could be get clever with the moves and make get more points out of our squad? Roy, Warnie and Calvin discuss the Max Gawn trade and help Fantasy Draft owners replace their first round pick with someone suitable. Also in this week’s podcast: - The best and worst from round three - Chop’s chopping block - Fantasy news including injuries, suspensions, “Magoos news”, breakevens and more - Which players we should stick with and who to move on - The players we missed with a look at Charles’ team who had the top scoring team of round three - Social media questions answered - Some stats to help you with your trade and captain dilemmas

Fix 'er up - Episode 126  

TWO ROUNDS in and AFL Fantasy coaches are starting to get an idea of what’s working and what’s not. Cash cows are the backbone of your Fantasy Classic side. The cheap players are how you are able to generate the coin to upgrade players in your squad so you can get as many premiums in when it comes to the finals in the last four rounds of the year. If you don’t think you have the best cash cows in your team at the moment, you need to make them a priority with your two trades this week. Roy, Calvin and Warnie work through the best moves to make ahead of round three. Also in this week’s podcast: - The hits and misses from round two - Fantasy news including injuries, suspensions, “Magoos news”, breakevens and more - Trading strategy in the early rounds - Social media questions answered - At look at “PACK ‘ER UP BOYS”, Trion’s team that won the week - A sneak peek at Calvin's captains research

Game on, baby - Episode 125  

Round one scores have been tallied, new prices calculated and we’re ready to make our first trades. With the weekly price movements, we need to be smart when using our two trades. There were some very high scores this round with 62 players breaking the 100 point barrier. It’s important not to just chase last week’s big score as Roy, Calvin and Warnie look at the best strategy for this first week of trading on the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast. Also in this week’s podcast: - Warnie’s lockout experience. - What we learned from round one including the slow burning rookies. - The top team of round one, Paul Forrester’s “raulup” that scored 2373 (see team below). - Your social media questions answered. - The Traders’ team.

Lockout Week - Episode 124  

It has been a long, hard pre-season for AFL Fantasy coaches. Some who were seeking redemption from last year, like Warnie, started as soon as the 2016 season finished. While others have been quietly absorbing information over the last couple of months and are happy with where their squad sits. For quite a few, this is the week when the first virtual step is taken on the Fantasy training track. Teams need to be finalised before the first bounce on Friday night, but if you wish to have a Tiger or a Blue, then they’ll need to be locked away before 7:20pm AEDT on Thursday night. The Traders guide you through every step of the way on the all-important final podcast ahead of round one. Also in this week’s podcast: - The Traders’ team is unpacked. - Roy discusses team structure. - The best of the sub-$250K players. - Calvin’s captain tips including the loophole. - Team Vanilla – the most popular picks this year. - Warnie catches up with Russell Shore, the winner of Fantasy Classic in 2016. - Your social media questions answered.

Fantasy Draft Special - Episode 123  

Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss the official Fantasy Draft game of the AFL with hints and tips for beginners to experts. Play now at

JLT4 Fantasy Review - Episode 122  

...and breathe. The 27 matches of the JLT Community Series are in the can and Fantasy numbers are being crunched as we countdown to the round one lockout. The challenge of playing AFL Fantasy Classic is selecting a starting squad that will score maximum points while staying under the $11M salary cap. To be able to fit as many premium players in your squad, you need to find players who are priced below what their output will be. Pre-season matches give coaches a bit of an idea of who is under-priced based on their potential role when the real thing starts in round one. The $150K players are best suited to the bench. But if you can get away with a couple to start on your field, then they not only act as cash cows but can provide handy points both directly and indirectly. They can allow you to select more premium players, getting an edge over your opponents. Plenty of under-priced players put their hands up across the course of the JLT Series, but it’s important to pick those who are likely to take that form into the pre-season. The Traders trim their extended squads as they aim to settle on the 30 they’ll take into round one. Also in this week’s podcast: - Game-by-game notes on Fantasy relevant players. - What we learned from the JLT Series as a whole – including who the top scoring players were, the players playing above their value and the best of the bargains to fill your bench. - How have Roy, Calvin and Warnie's teams changed over the JLT. - Social media question time. - The Fantasy Classic team of the JLT is revealed with a few surprising inclusions.

JLT3 Fantasy Review - Episode 121  

With all teams having played twice in the JLT Community Series, we are getting a bit of an idea of who could be in each club’s best 22 for round one – including the all-important Fantasy bargains. Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss the Fantasy hits and misses of the six games from the weekend. The boys analyse the players who are impressing as we piece together our Classic squads and who might be moving up the Draft rankings. Also in this week’s podcast: - Game-by-game notes on Fantasy relevant players. - The Tom Rockliff playing forward debate. - The outcome of the Bacon Cup and AFL Media drafts. - The best sub-$250K players to select. - Social media question time.

JLT2 Fantasy Review - Episode 120  

Another weekend of JLT Community Series action has a few more names make their way on the Fantasy watchlist including Jack Steven (MID, $630,000) who played a blistering first half on Thursday night. The Saint went at over two Fantasy points per minute. Steven’s ownership increased off the back of that performance as many coaches remembered that he was the highest averaging midfielder of 2015. Roy, Calvin and Warnie highlight some of the best performances of the weekend including potential dual position additions we may see this year. Dustin Martin (MID, $646,000) is a good chance to add FWD status while Brent Stanton (MID, $574,000) has a role that sees him playing significant minutes in the defensive 50 Register for AFL Fantasy - Also in this week’s podcast: - Game-by-game notes on Fantasy relevant players. - The changing ruck strategy including thoughts from Glenn Luff from Champion Data on the third man up rule and Fantasy. - Roy’s look at the best of the swag of under-priced players - How the first round of our Fantasy Draft is likely to pan out. - A team from Morts on the highest averaging players of the first two JLT game that would be scoring 2281 from the best possible on field 22.

JLT1 Fantasy Review - Episode 119  

The first weekend of the JLT Community Series saw plenty of AFL Fantasy numbers for us to sink our teeth into. Warnie looks at who would be the top scoring players had they played a ‘full’ game. Although Roy says, we must #StayStrongJLT… but which players have confirmed their places in our Fantasy squads, made their way onto the watch list or may have had a line drawn through their names following the first six matches of the pre-season? Also in this week’s podcast: - Game-by-game notes on Fantasy relevant players. -’s rookie expert Callum Twomey names his top 10 draftees to watch for your Fantasy team. - Fantasy question time from social media. - A JLT team made up of good performers from week one

Fantasy Radio Hawks v Cats JLT Q3  

Third quarter featuring special guest, Luke Hodge. The Traders call Hawks v Cats from an AFL Fantasy perspective from University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston. 17 February 2017.

Track watchers - Episode 118  

On the eve of the JLT Community Series, committed AFL Fantasy coaches are preparing their notepads to jot down any information they can to help them select their squads. The Traders take you through what you need to look out for over the next four weeks Roy, Calvin and Warnie will be bringing you the action from the Hawks v Cats game at University of Tasmania Stadium on Friday 17 February. Tune into the live Fantasy radio call from 7:15pm AEDT streaming on and via the official AFL Live app. Also in this week’s podcast: - Notes from the recent intra club games and other Fantasy relevant news. - Jackson Thurlow joins the boys to chat about his pre-season and which Cats to keep an eye on for you team. - Fantasy question time from social media. - Advice to help you stay strong with all of the Fantasy relevant news floating around up until the first lockout of the season.

Which Ruck? - Episode 117  

One of the biggest questions this pre-season involves which ruckmen should make their way into your AFL Fantasy Classic team. Over the last few years the top two ruckmen from the previous season haven't backed it up. Will Max Gawn be the man again? Does Brodie Grundy start 2017 how he finished last year? Or do we see Stefan Martin and Todd Goldstein bounce back? Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss different structures for your ruck line up and how best to spend your cash. Register for AFL Fantasy: Also in this week’s podcast: • Who is burning up the track and training the house down. • A look at Roy's team and his tips in selecting your squad. • Wil Wagner from The Smith Street Band discusses his Fantasy Classic team. • Fantasy question time from social media.

We have lift off - Episode 116  

The new season of AFL Fantasy launched last week and The Traders have wasted no time in getting their squads together. Roy, Calvin and Warnie are back in the studio for their weekly podcast discussing the big issues facing Fantasy Coaches ahead of the round one lockout. In the latest episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast, the lads discuss their squads as they stand and what to expect in 2017. PLAY NOW: Also in this week’s podcast: New features of the game. The first cut of The Traders’ Classic team. Predictions for the top scoring players in each position (see list below). Fantasy question time from social media. Starting squad strategy – guns ‘n’ rookies versus mid-priced players, who the bargains are of 2017, which ruckmen to select and more. Lions’ midfielder Dayne Beams chats about his pre-season and Jack Ziebell shares his best buys from the Roos. MORE:

Western Bulldogs 2017 - Episode 115  

The Traders discuss which Bulldogs you should consider for AFL Fantasy in 2017.

Sydney Swans 2017 - Episode 114  

The Traders discuss which Swans you should consider for AFL Fantasy in 2017.

Geelong 2017 - Episode 113  

The Traders discuss which Cats you should consider for AFL Fantasy in 2017.

GWS Giants 2017 - Episode 112  

The Traders discuss which Giants you should consider for AFL Fantasy in 2017.

Hawthorn 2017 - Episode 111  

The Traders discuss which Hawks you should consider for AFL Fantasy in 2017.

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