With Round 9 done and dusted in Ultimate Footy leagues, it is once again time for a new batch of positional changes. As is always the case, some of these will no doubt cause much debate and consternation among Ultimate Footy coaches around the country.
Many will be disappointed the player they were sweating on earning DPP has missed out, while others will be rubbing their hands with glee at the sudden bonus they have just received.
While most of the positional changes named today will have little impact on Ultimate Footy leagues, there are one or two players who have been given DPP in this round of changes who could help those coaches who have them turn their seasons around.
None more so than St Kilda’s Jack Newnes. Newnes has held DPP as a def/mid in previous seasons, and has been given that status once again.
Although he started the season slowly, the young Saint had been building his season nicely, until a knock last weekend saw him leave the ground early with concussion. While that may have resulted in a disappointing 10 for his owners, in the previous five games he had averaged 104.8, with a high score of 123 and a low of a very respectable 91.
After Newnes, arguably the next biggest change is Brandon Ellis gaining DPP as a defender. While many Ellis owners – particularly in keeper leagues – will be thinking it’s about time, his positional change will not have much of an effect on UF leagues, as he is sitting on a disappointing average of just 68.6, and has only passed 80 on one occasion.
However, if he could get back to the form he has shown in the previous three seasons, his value to his coaches, and on the trade table will sky rocket.
For many coaches, searching desperately for a back-up ruck, the guys at Ultimate Footy have come to your rescue with four forwards gaining DPP as a ruckman.
The most significant and expected one of these is Cam Pederson, who has been something of a revelation since coming into the Melbourne side in Round 6 against Essendon to try and solve the Demon’s ruck woes.
Having played only 47 of a possible 92 games over the previous four seasons with an average no higher than 68, the 30 year old has averaged 102.3 in his four games thus far, including a whopping 120 in his most recent outing against North Melbourne.
With Max Gawn expected back in Round 12 or thereabouts, Pederson’s current output will more than likely fall somewhat, however he has certainly shown enough in his appearances so far he can still be a damaging second ruck, and should retain his place in the side for the foreseeable future.
Rory Lobb is another forward who has gained ruck status, and while his average of 63.8 is hardly impressive, he does have job security, and is more than capable of pulling out the odd big score. Will be a more than handy back-up ruckman for those coaches who have struggled to find someone who plays each week.
As will Levi Casboult. With an average slightly under Lobb’s of 63.3, Casboult is no number one ruck, but he will play each week, and like Lobb can churn out reasonable sores on occasion.
The final forward to receive DPP as a ruckman is Hawthorn’s Ty Vickery, however as he is once again likely to be dropped this week after another ordinary performance on the weekend, his gaining of DPP, doesn’t make him any more attractive.
Another big name to gain DPP this time around is Geelong’s Steven Motlop. While the addition of midfield status could certainly be handy for coaches with little depth in that area, a disappointing 2017 average of just 77.4 means he is unlikely to be used in the middle for the vast majority of coaches who have him in their side.
Possibly the most contentious of this round of changes, although not a really significant fantasy player, is that of Thomas Bugg gaining forward status. With an average of just 61.8 from five games, Bugg is only owned in a third of leagues.
Others to gain DPP this round are Kurt Mutimer of West Coast who gains forward status, as does Fremantle’s Brady Grey and Brisbane youngster Jake Barret, while his Lion’s team mate Ryan Lester, adds a C next to his name.
Well, there’s the Ultimate Footy changes for Round 9. What are your thoughts? Is there anyone you think has missed out this time around, or is there anyone among those named who shouldn’t have gained DPP? As always feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below or on Footy Prophet’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Jack Newnes (SK – C) add B
Steven Motlop (GE – F) add C
Brandon Ellis (RI – C) add B
Cameron Pedersen (ME – F) add R
Brady Grey (FR – C) add F
Kurt Mutimer (WC – C) add F
Jake Barrett (BL – C) add F
Ty Vickery (HW – F) add R
Tomas Bugg (ME – C) add F
Ryan Lester (BL – F) add C
Levi Casboult (CA – F) add R
Rory Lobb (GWS – F) add R