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Ultimate Footy 2014 Player Positions

Positions Release

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.

Other

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:

New Defender/Midfielders:

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

New Defender/Forwards:

Matt Spangher Paul Stewart
Tyson Goldsack Nathan Bock
Michael Hurley Arryn Siposs
Brent Staker Kristian Jaksch
Tom Williams Jarman Impey

New Midfielder/Forwards:

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

New Ruck/Forwards:

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?

Register your interest for Ultimate Footy 2014 here, and receive an email when the game opens in the next couple of weeks.

28 Comments

  1. Roger Hassan

    Roger Hassan

    January 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Damien Hardwick on twitter today about Deledio:

    “He’s training as a mid/forward, but there’s always a strong possibility that he’ll play back. Is that you Lids?! #AskTheCoach”

    He is looking like a mighty mighty valuable pick!

    • Conrad

      Conrad

      January 23, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Damn straight.

  2. Tom

    January 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Surely Stokes is a forward?

    • Footy Prophet

      Footy Prophet

      January 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Stokes is a midfielder only. Spent a lot more time away from goal last year

      • Tom

        January 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

        I don’t know what you mean by that. Pretty lived on Geelong’s half forward line.

        • Tom

          January 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

          Pretty much, I should say.

  3. Brendan Pauweld

    January 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Does Toby Greene have Back eligibility or only Mid?

    • Footy Prophet

      Footy Prophet

      January 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Toby is only a midfielder this year

  4. Leigh Crump

    January 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Gee Wiz.

    I would have though that Aaron Mullet would be changed to Mid/Def… he played down back basically the whole of last season.

    • Matthew James

      Matthew James

      January 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Hey Leigh, Mullett is listed as a Defender only in all fantasy formats this year.

  5. Mark

    January 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I think that James Polkinghorne has been training with the backs this year, so is more likely to be a back/mid.

  6. James

    January 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Somewhat confused – I had Hurley as a Back/Forward last year.Goddard as a Back/Mid yet they are listed as ‘new’??

    • Matthew James

      Matthew James

      January 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      They’re in the ‘new’ category when you compare to what Champion Data listed them as. You’re right, they’ve retained their Ultimate Footy positions from 2013.

  7. Valma Downing

    January 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I have never played Ultimate Footy, but would like to give it a go. Are there tips for beginners? Rules? Thanks.

  8. Paul

    January 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Tippett as an R/F? Thank you Ultimate Footy! My keeper league team thanks you from the bottom of its heart.

  9. Bryan

    January 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Yeah, Ellis not retaining B status from last season is pretty surprising. Could make a case for most B/C’s to lose dual position if he’s going to as well.

  10. Matt

    January 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Hey guys,
    so is mitchell a DEF/MID now too?

    • Matthew James

      Matthew James

      January 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Yes he is. Same as McVeigh and Bartel.

      • sam

        January 17, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        are conca and ellis both losing their DEF eligibility? surely if Bartel and McVeigh are considered B-C one of those guys has to?

        • Footy Prophet

          Footy Prophet

          January 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

          Hey Sam, you’re right, both Ellis and Conca are midfielders only this year. Cross-team comparisons don’t generally form part of the reasoning for these decisions.

          • Ben

            January 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

            Can we hear the reasoning on Ellis and Conca losing B eligibility?

          • Matthew James

            Matthew James

            January 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

            That’s something you’d have to ask Ultimate Footy. Both certainly played in the midfield more last season rather than in previous years.

  11. Adam

    January 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Is Dangerfield FWD/MID? or just MID this year?

    • Matthew James

      Matthew James

      January 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Hey Adam, he’s definitely a FWD/MID this year in all fantasy formats.

  12. Conrad McDonald

    Conrad McDonald

    January 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    No Brandon Ellis :(

    Bat…ball…home….

  13. Alex Mulholland

    Alex Mulholland

    January 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I’m tipping Allen Christensen to go 90+ in 2014. Expect a big year out of him, can’t wait to draft him.

    • Josh Elliott

      January 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Note to self, draft Allen Christensen before Alex gets a chance ;) Brett Deledio and Harley Bennell definitely my favourites out of this lot.

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