DPP Watch

 

This is the time of the year where the fresh new position changes aren’t flowing in as much as they were. Many players have been given their new positions, while others aren’t eligible due to already being DPPs (Unless they bring in the triple position player, like the D/M/F status for my guy Daisy Thomas).

 

That said, there are a few floating around out there as some teams struggle and start to make some drastic changes (still waiting, Essendon), while other players have missed time with injury and haven’t had enough time to prove themselves in a new spot. So let’s take a look at who’s on the move with some faces old and new.

 

Aaron Hall

Currently: Midfielder

Possible Secondary: Defender

Average: 69.8

 

The Statesman mentioned Hall on the podcast, and he’s found a home at the half back. Given his issues with Stewart Dew, it’s not surprising to see Hall moved around the ground to try and find a place where his talent can be utilised. We’ve seen the damage a line breaking speedster can do out of defence.

 

Hall has been better than his average suggests, a 102 in his new role hopefully a sign of things to come.

 

Shaun Burgoyne

Currently: Midfielder

Possible Secondary: Defender

Average: 65.6

 

Another one from the pod, Burgoyne is averaging 78 without the hammy twing in round 2. He is splitting time in the defence and midfield, and may end up spending more time down back, as experienced midfielders move to defence as they age like retirees move to Queensland.

 

Burgoyne is a cool head and I’d imagine that the Hawks defence will look to him to help them rebound and should see his average increase closer to that 78 he’s posted so far excluding the injury. He may not be eligible in UF leagues as he has C,F status, but AFL Fantasy keep a close eye on Burgs.

 

Zak Jones

Currently: Midfielder

Possible Secondary: Defender

Average: 69.3

 

One I may not have considered if Rory Atkins wasn’t given defender status by Ultimate Footy. Looking at Zak Jones’ recent heatmaps shows quite a concentration toward the defensive 50 on the wing. He’s been using the ball quite well in the past few weeks, so if you reward effective kicks in your UF league, keep a close eye on Jones, at 68% ownership on UF, he may be available in deeper leagues and if UF add B status, you’ll have found a solid player.

 

Marcus Bontempelli

Currently: Midfielder

Possible Secondary: Forward

Average: 90.3

 

He’s been mentioned before, but I think it’s time to take a second look. Bont has been a real target for the dogs up forward, booting 4 goals against the Lions. Whether or not he does this consistently will determine his position status down the line. He has spent a lot more time in the midfield in the weeks prior. Adelaide, Collingwood, Melbourne, and Port on the calendar for the next 4, and the Dogs may need some more grunt in the midfield. Seems a late season push may get him forward status (depending on how the dogs are travelling), but I wouldn’t bank on a change mid-year.

 

Scott Lycett

Currently: Ruck

Possible Secondary: Forward

Average: 79.8

 

Look away, Lycett owners. 30 hit outs (Second most for the year), and only 1 touch in the forward 50 as Nic Nat sat on the sidelines, suspended for playing football while large. It seems clear to everyone (apart from those who make the decisions, apparently) that Lycett is the definition of a ruck/forward. Thinking positively, we can hope Nic Nat getting a week off helps him freshen up for more ruck duties.

 

I’d be keeping the faith if you have Lycett. As UF is quick to point out, they factor in players filling in and won’t give DPP to a player just covering a missing player (See: C Dixon playing ruck for Ryder). So the reverse should hold true, and they shouldn’t punish Lycett for having to spend more time playing ruck. At least, that’s what you can tell yourself as you cling on for another week, hoping these experts pull their finger out and make the call.

 

Rory Lobb

Currently: Forward

Possible Secondary: Ruck

Average: 70

 

After sitting out injured, Lobb has returned to take over the ruck role he started with. UF realised early as he is already listed as R,F. AFL Fantasy should follow suit just in time for bye rounds as he has played in the ruck almost exclusively and only missed out on the first round of changes as he was injured. If he stays healthy, he’s as close as you can get to a sure thing at this point in the season.

 

Chris Mayne

Currently: Forward

Possible Secondary: Midfield

Average: 88.7

 

I think we all expected this. Chris Mayne would break into the Collingwood line-up and play on the wing. Then he would dominate. He racked up 25 touches and 10 marks (all uncontested) and 9 tackles on his way to 128 points on Sunday. If Chris Mayne can come in and contribute to your fantasy team, maybe the $2m was worth it.

 

Mayne could land a spot in your team at the forward spot and pitch hit in the mids if given the DPP. A handy player to have as insurance for owners of Pendlebury, Phillips, or another mid from Collingwood. Chris Mayne is a thing. Enjoy it and embrace it.