The wait is over fantasy coaches, and we’re excited to present the complete list of additional positions granted by Ultimate Footy for 2014! These positions are over and beyond those announced by Champion Data for 2014, and there are 52 changes in total. You won’t find this list anywhere else, an exclusive for our loyal Footy Prophet readers.
The major changes for 2014 are summarised below:
Dale Thomas – add Forward
Daisy only played 5 games in 2013, so it’s little surprise to see him reinstated as a Mid-Forward here. If he’s over his ankle issues, then he’s back to being a top-end fantasy selection.
Harley Bennell – add Forward
A breakout favourite for many fantasy coaches, Bennell benefits from the stack of talented Gold Coast midfielders, and is rewarded for his damaging ability forward of centre. He’s an exciting talent that won’t last long in fantasy drafts.
Jack Martin – add Forward
The dynamic half forward will debut for the Suns this year, and the addition of forward status in fantasy means he will fly off the draft board in the middle rounds. This kid is an incredible talent, so expect him to be a fantasy starter all year.
Brendon Goddard – add Defender
This is the big one, with the superstar fantasy veteran reinstated to dual-position status as expected. Goddard becomes an automatic first-round draft selection, and will challenge for the number 1 overall pick in some leagues.
Brett Deledio – add Defender
After one year stranded as a midfielder only, Deledio is back playing his role as a staple of fantasy backlines. His durability and high scoring potential means that he’ll be off the draft board early, so strike with your first pick if you want to be sure of landing this Tiger.
Shane Savage – add Forward
Savage showed plenty of potential during his time at Hawthorn, but never really cemented his place in the team. He will have every opportunity to succeed at St Kilda, and the addition of Forward eligibility will boost his value even higher.
Bryce Gibbs – add Back
He may have chopped and changed several times in other competitions, but Gibbs is still back-eligible in Ultimate Footy. He spent more time in the midfield last year, but remains a utility-type player for the Blues.
Allen Christensen – add Forward
There’s been an exodus of players out of Geelong’s forward line from a fantasy perspective, but Christensen is one who retains dual-position status. He’s a good chance to improve again next season, after a career-best 2013.
Daniel Wells – add Forward
North Melbourne’s classiest ball user gets a boost to his fantasy value with the reinstatement of his forward eligibility in Ultimate Footy, and is a top 20 option at the position in drafts this year.
Dean Cox – add Forward
Fantasy’s best and longest serving ruckman has kept his dual-position eligibility from last season and will likely spend more time forward as Nic Naitanui assumes the lead ruck role. Cox will be extremely valuable as a rare ruck/forward.
Zac Clarke – add Forward
It doesn’t matter who the lead ruckman at Fremantle is, Clarke will still play as the relief guy and spend plenty of time up forward. A PCL injury may delay the start of his season, but he’s the second best ruck/forward available this year behind Dean Cox.
Kurt Tippett – add Ruck
With Mumford now out of the side, Tippett is the obvious choice to partner with Mike Pyke in sharing the ruck workload. His fantasy eligibility now reflects this, and he has some mid-late round value in all formats.
Tendai Mzungu – add Back
A bit of a utility for the Dockers, Mzungu has been recognised for his shut-down roles and will be a mid-defender in all Ultimate Footy leagues. He is prone to quiet fantasy days, but he’s an important depth option and will start most weeks in draft formats.
Farren Ray – add Back
Don’t ignore him – Ray was instrumental to many fantasy championships last season thanks to his blistering end to the year. He scored under 80 fantasy points just twice from Round 15 onwards, and averaged 82 for the season. He’s a top 20-30 defender now.
Three players listed as defenders only have been given midfielder eligibility: Kade Simpson, Heath Scotland and Jarrod Harbrow. This doesn’t boost their fantasy value, as they’ll be selected to play in defence given the fewer quality options at this position, but they do offer some greater flexibility.
All positional eligibility as determined by Champion Data will apply in Ultimate Footy this year; i.e. Dangerfield is a Mid/Forward, Mitchell is a Def/Mid. For a list of all position added by Ultimate Footy this year, see below:
|Adam Oxley||Tendai Mzungu|
|Brendon Goddard||Jarrod Harbrow|
|Brett Deledio||Jamie MacMillan|
|Kade Simpson||Jack Newnes|
|Heath Scotland||Ryan Lester|
|Farren Ray||Ben Jacobs|
|Bryce Gibbs||Domenic Cassisi|
|Matt Spangher||Paul Stewart|
|Tyson Goldsack||Nathan Bock|
|Michael Hurley||Arryn Siposs|
|Brent Staker||Kristian Jaksch|
|Tom Williams||Jarman Impey|
|Xavier Ellis||Aaron Young|
|Harley Bennell||Kyle Martin|
|Allen Christensen||Will Hoskin-Elliott|
|Daniel Wells||Brandon Jack|
|Jackson Macrae||Viv Michie|
|Neville Jetta||James Polkinghorne|
|Shane Savage||Rory Atkins|
|Mitchell Grigg||Dale Thomas|
|Nick OBrien||Jack Martin|
|Travis Colyer||Derick Wanganeen|
|George Horlin-Smith||Brendon Ah Chee|
|Dean Cox||Kurt Tippett|
|Zac Clarke||Josh Jenkins|
|Tyrone Vickery||Shaun Hampson|
Which changes do you like? Which were you hoping for that aren’t in the list above?
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