Ultimate Footy 2018 Position Changes Revealed

Connor Blakely of the Dockers kicks the ball during the round 17 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Perth, Australia.
(July 15, 2017 - Source: Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac)

The 2018 Ultimate Footy season is set to launch in about a week, and with that brings a lot of optimism and hope for fantasy footy coaches.

According to the website, here’s what we know so far:
– Ultimate Footy will be launching early February and will be back with the website currently stating it is just six days away (at the time of publication).
– The website will be mobile-friendly again in 2018, should your smartphone be able to create a bookmarked shortcut on your home screen (as most now do).
– Footy Prophet will have the biggest draft kit yet with in-depth player analysis, so stay tuned for more to come.
– Footy Prophet and Ultimate Footy are separate entities. We are not the same company.

Having said all that, the team at Ultimate Footy have added additional Dual Position Players (DPP) to 11 players for 2018 based on generic Champion Data positions. Like in previous seasons, players can gain extra DPP during the season when their role has been found out, and commissioners in custom leagues have the ability to add their own throughout the year. Having a player gain DPP in keeper and draft leagues can be a great advantage to flexibility in a side.

But now that the simple stuff is out of the way, let’s get into the newest position changes for 2018.

Rory Lobb (GWS – F) – add R
Average 66.3
Last year Lobb was R/F and in 2018 he has regained that from the get-go. With the retirement of Shane Mumford, there’s little doubt that the ruck position is Lobb’s to lose at the Giants. Playing 20 games as a pinch hitter in the ruck behind Mumford last year, Lobb only hit a ceiling of 97, managing scores in the 90s just twice. Although still relatively young for a ruckman at 24, he’s yet to make coaches feel confident of a breakout season.

Levi Casboult (CA – F) – add R
Average 62.8
Like Lobb, Casboult has regained the R/F position from last year. With the Blues bringing in Matthew Lobbe to backup Matthew Kreuzer, it will be interesting to see where Casboult fits in after booting 34 goals last year. Casboult did manage to record double figures in hitouts in five of his 22 matches, but is merely just a backup choice in 2018.

Shaun Burgoyne (HW – C) – add F
Average 81.4
Now this is a DPP we can get around. The 35-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down playing all 22 games in 2017. While he loses Back status, he gains Forward status after kicking 17.10 last year. Expect to see his scores hover around the 80s still this year with his 20 disposals per match.

Bailey Dale (WB – C) – add F
Average 67.4
Another player to regain a DPP from last year, Dale gets C/F back again after kicking 17.7 and recording 17 disposals. While he’s only played 30 games in three seasons, Dale is one of a number of small forwards looking to take the next step at the Bulldogs.

Harrison Himmelberg (GWS – B) – add F
Average 45.6
The elder Himmelberg goes from Back only to B/F in a switcheroo position. With just 16 games and nine goals under his belt, he’s unlikely to cause much damage in terms of fantasy. HH is likely to be a steady improver this year at the Giants and look to cement his spot after playing an important half-forward role kicking four goals in the Preliminary Final against the premiers, Richmond.

Lewis Taylor (BL – F) – add C
Average 77.7
It seems as though almost every year that Lewi is involved in DPP changes, be it midfield or forward. After an average 2016, the small forward kicked 17.19 last year along with 19 disposals per game — up from 14. He has only missed three games since debuting in 2014, but is due for a big season after promising with the Rising Star award in what feels like many moons ago.

Jack Gunston (HW – F) – add B
Average 85.0
In a bold move, this is a big changer in deeper category leagues. The versatility of Gunston gaining back status off the back of a 19-goal season comes from his lowest goals haul since he was a Crow in 2011. Typically he’s reliable every year to go between the 80s and low 90s, so be blessed if you gain him and his flexibility.

Connor Blakely (FR – C) – add B
Average 91.8
An absolute gun at just 21-years-old, Blakely’s average is better represented closer to 102 when discounting two games with injuries affecting his scores from last year. With this addition of DPP, he makes for a very envious coach who doesn’t have him. The accumulator amassed almost 24 disposals, five marks, four tackles along with a couple of inside 50s and rebound 50s per game last year.

Nic Newman (SY – C) – add B
Average 86.6
Regaining his old position, he’s another great defensive DPP option. Newman played in 20 games last year, impressing fantasy coaches with a score of 135 among five tons. The mature age rookie showed that despite not debuting until he was 24, he could mix it with the best with 20 disposals and almost four tackles per game on average. It will be a test to see how well he can back it up this year.

Jack Newnes (SK – C) – add B
Average 88.1
If you’re like me, this is a dubious call at best. Newnes moves back to his old DPP position of B/C allowing the 24-year-old to increase on his 3.4 rebound 50s. Similarly, with 3.4 inside 50s, Newnes averaged 22.9 disposals last year. Although he had one injury-affected performance, Newnes played all 22 games last year with the Saints.

Lachlan Weller (GC – C) – add B
Average 74
The Gold Coast recruit may have cost his former club a lot in trade value, but Gold Coast will be happy to have him. A former C/F, the younger brother of Mav has unproven potential in fantasy footy. Although it’s welcome news to have another DPP, it’s more of a “watch this space”.

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