With another three rounds of football under our belt, it is once again time for the regular Ultimate Footy position changes. Who is next in line to become a DPP after 12 rounds of fantasy football?
There is nothing more exciting or controversial than dissecting the potential changes. We at Footy Prophet are merely the messengers however, and not everyone can get DPP status, so keep in mind some players will have to wait a little longer than others. That being said, who are the possibilities for DPP status in Ultimate Footy this week?
Note: these suggestions are pure speculation/opinion and thus have no effect or bearing on the position changes that actually occur.
Hayden Crozier (FR, added B)
Surely a lock. Ross Lyon has been using Crozier in defence for the past month, where he has shone fantasy-wise. Crozier spent 83 percent of game time in the back half against Essendon in Round 12, and that continued this week with him spending 80 percent of the game in defence against the lions.
Jack Martin (GC, added b)
Martin would be very stiff to miss out here. He is likely to be added as a defender after the last few weeks of football have seen him playing predominantly in the back half. Rodney Eade has been deploying him in defence more and more, which included giving him a role on Gary Rohan in Round 11 where he finished with 63% of game time in the defensive half of the ground. He backed this up by also spending time in defence against Richmond (albeit not as much as previous weeks).
Josh Dunkley (WB, added F)
Although he started off his rookie-season as a centre, Dunkley has been played forward in the majority of his games. With five matches under his belt now and some impressive form up forward, Dunkley should be another definite DPP. Like Marcus Bontempelli throughout the opening three rounds of the season, Dunkley has been deployed as the big bodied midfielder down forward for the Bulldogs, and if Bontempelli had done enough to earn it, then so too has Josh Dunkley.
Hamish Hartlett (PA, added B)
After playing 62% of his game in the defensive half in Round 11 and 90% before that against the Dee’s in round 10, Hartlett must be in consideration for a position change. He has played 61% of his game time for the season in the back half, and on Saturday, he lined up on Tory Dickson in defence throughout some parts of the game. Hartlett will be a line ball decision, and will either make or not make the cut by a slim margin.
Bernie Vince (ME, added B)
Vince has also been spending a decent amount of time in the defensive half recently, including 63% and 67% in the past two weeks. This along with playing behind the ball in the midfield may help push him for an added backline status. Being vital to the Dee’s midfield core and not being a genuine defender, however, may mean he misses out.
Pearce Hanley (BL, added b)
Hanley is always in the conversation, and must get a mention here due to his history as a defender, as well as increased time spent coming out of the back half. Hartlett far more likely, but Hanley may still be a chance.
After being deployed forward earlier in the season while also fulfilling his normal duties as a midfielder, Hanley’s return to defence in recent weeks has again ignited conversation about a move. Guys like Tom Cutler have moved up the field leaving Hanley to toil as the Lions’ link up player out of defence. But as we have seen in previous weeks, Ultimate Footy have been conservative in gifting gun midfielders a position upgrade, just for playing a kick behind the ball in defence.
Jake Lloyd (SY, added b)
Another player in line for a possible position change this week, Lloyd is making a strong push for defence status with 26 rebound 50’s for the year. The young Swan spent 53% of his game time in the back half this week, and 65% in Round 11. Although named on a wing each week, Lloyd’s job is to work deep into defence and he seldom enters the forward 50, with Coach John Longmire preferring him to stay at half forward as part of a defensive arc to keep the ball in the Swans’ forward line.
Lachie Hunter (WB, added B)
With seven rebound 50’s against the Power this week, and a total of 29 for the year, a case can be made for Hunter as a defender. The increase in his rebound 50’s, along with 60% and 64% game time in the back half the past two weeks means he could be set up as a DPP. .
Not Far Off
Kade Stewart (HW, added f)
In his first season, Stewart has been listed only as a centre. In his first two games however, he has played predominantly up forward. With just two games under his belt he won’t get a position change this week, but if he continues to get games for the hawks he is sure to keep playing up forward.
James Sicily (HW, added b)
In the past 2 weeks, Alastair Clarkson has used Sicily as a defender along with time up forward. His game times lie at 50% and 67% in the defensive half for the past two weeks. Although not enough to warrant a position change just yet, his time may be soon if his defensive role persists.
Taylor Adams (added b)
After coming close to DPP status last time, Adams injured his hamstring and is set to be out up until around Round 16. When he returns, however, he is likely staying back and this could set him up for DPP status. Before his most recent injury, Adams was playing as a genuine midfielder, but for two games earlier in the frame, was trialled as a sweeping player behind the play. Given his estimated return is around Round 16, which falls after the last round of position changes in Round 15, it’s unlikely we’ll see Adams get defender status this season.