While it is not yet confirmed that these changes will also apply to Supercoach in 2014, history suggests that these changes will apply to both formats of the games we know and love.
Here is a quick rundown of the changes that will influence team selection most next season:
Patrick Dangerfield to be MID/FWD
The Dangerman was already on the lock list of many for Supercoach and AFL Fantasy 2014. Now that FWD line eligibility can be added to the case for Dangerfield he looks set to be one of the most locked in players of the season. Read Barron Von Crow’s recent analysis of the Supercoach relevant blokes from Adelaide here for more.
Sam Mitchell to be MID/DEF
Sammy Mitchell will bolster many backlines with word that he will be eligible down back this year. Again, you’ll see plenty of teams decked out with Mitchell in the backline. Opportunities to stuff a player capable of premium MID output into your back half have to be seriously considered
Jimmy Bartel to be MID/DEF
After a few years on the dip, averaging 97 and 95 Supercoach points in 2011 and 2012, Jimmy stepped it back up in 2013 averaging 106. He turned 30 the other day but I have a feeling that age will doth not weary this bloody champion. High on my defence priority list at the moment.
Tom Rockliff, Dale Thomas, Brendon Floggard, Steve Johnson, Dyson Heppell all just MIDS in 2014
The news that Mitchell, Danger and a few other blokes have gained some dual position eligibility has been tempered by the loss of eligibility for a stack of others.
Goddard will have less appeal then ever being available only in the guts in Supercoach and AFL Fantasy in 2014. Daisy Thomas is highly favoured by many as discussed in last week’s podcast with his reduced price and change of club, but will require more thought now.
Heppell, Rockliff and Heppell may for the first time be consideres points of different selections in rund 1 teams.
Dean Cox and Nic Nat lose their RUCK/FWD eligibility.
We had a shitload of RUCK/FWDs last season, but all that looks to be changing next year. The biggest downgrades here are Big Cox and Nic Nat, neither of whom will be early locks in Supercoach and AFL Fantasy teams without significant consideration. In fact the forward line looks set to be a pretty difficult prospect in 2014 with the loss of Cox, Nic Nat, Johnson, Rockliff and Dale Thomas amongst those drifting back into the guts
Luke Parker and Tom Mitchell are now MID/FWD
Righto – having said that things will be tough up forward we are getting a few colts changing forward from their previous MID only status. Both of these Swans should now be on your watch lists. Both had solid 2013 seasons and while they may have been overlooked by many with only MID relevance in 2014 they may now be considered. If I was picking my team now I’d select neither with both likely to come in at an awkward$460K Supercoach price, Mitchell to enter the second year blues period and Parker yet to convince me he’ll improve on his consistency next year.
Other big changes leaking on the interwebs as I type…
Jarrad McVeigh DEF/MID
The Chad Wingard MID/FWD
Ben Howlett MID/FWD
Andrew Walker DEF only – this is big as well
Luke Hodge DEF/MID
This will be front and centre on this Sunday night’s podcast – you cant miss this one community. Download it on your phone things next week if you hit the sack early.
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