The second edition of Ultimate Footy’s Dual Position Changes for 2018 has come with a bit more relevancy as we notice more trends in players six rounds into the season.
On this occasion, we see 12 players gain another position — 5 defenders, 5 Midfielders and 2 Forwards. Yet again, there are no ruck additions added, leaving a hole across many leagues that run deep.
After round three we saw a total of nine players added to the original 11 picked in January as DPPs. This leaves just three more opportunities for the team at Ultimate Footy to ponder over rounds 9, 12 and 15. Here’s what Ultimate Footy had to say to keep an eye on a few weeks ago:
Only one of those players made this cut this time, so without further ado, here’s the list of the latest changes.
Cale Hooker (ES – F) add B
Hooker’s swinging abilities can be read in more way’s than one, but with him going back into defence that has allowed Michael Hurley get back to his best again this season. He has played all six matches and is averaging 16.7 disposals 6.5 marks and a goal a game. While his numbers aren’t huge, it’s enough to notice that he’s a solid variable across many formats.
Brendon Goddard (ES – C) add B
The Pretzel king has had a fair run of scrutiny lately in the media, but the news of DPP for Goddard will be welcoming to fantasy coaches. Averaging 25.5 touches, 7 marks, 2.8 tackles and 3 R50s a game, the addition of Back has been given to Goddard before, and should probably stick next season. A worthy addition.
Jack Henry (GE – F) add B
The young defender was drafted more as a forward, but hasn’t even had a kick inside 50 yet. Instead, he’s spent his time crafting his defensive abilities with 9.6 disposals, 3.6 marks, 2 takcles and 2.8 R50s per game so far from 5 outings. Still a while away from being fantasy relevant.
Rory Atkins (AD – C) add B
A valuable addition to most backlines, Atkins has surprisingly had more inside 50s (22) than he has rebound 50s (20), showing he’s still a well-rounded midfielder, despite the heat map saying otherwise. His run off the back flank has racked up 22.2 disposals a match, 4.8 marks, 1.8 tackles and a goal a game. His past month has seen some of his best footy yet from the 63-gamer who’s starting to break out.
Michael Rischitelli (GC – C) add B
The 220-game veteran probably wondered how long it would take before he would need to slot back into defence. Just 11.8 disposals a game, 3 marks, 1.6 tackles across the board of averages, but hasn’t had a big impact in fantasy terms this season with his lowest average return since his first handful of games at the Lions ruining most teams that would have selected him.
Jed Anderson (NM – F) add C
The switch from Hawthorn 18 months ago is starting to pay off the Anderson, who has floated around the centre more this season. Averaging 15.8 disposals a game, Brad Scott is clearly trusting Anderson around stoppages with 5.3 tackles a game and 3.8 clearances to add to 2.8 inside 50s. At 24, he’s still only played 31 games so it will be interesting to see his growth from here.
Zac Fisher (CA – F) add C
Fisher is one of the shining lights to far for the Blues this season as well as fantasy coaches that may have drafted him or scooped up off the waivers. At 20.5 disposals and 4.5 tackles a game, the 19-year-old is making an impact around the ground with 3.7 clearances and 3.7 I50s to go with it. His last two games have been impressive with 109 and 97 points in scoring. In keeper leagues, lookout on his value as it’s pretty obvious he won’t keep the DPP next year.
Robbie Gray (PA – F) add C
A return to the midfield has seen Gray post the numbers from 2014-16 form that took him to the league’s best. Although he missed round 1, he’s averaging a career-high 28.4 disposals per match has has huge numbers across the board including round 4 with a 39 disposals, 10 clearance match backed up the week after with similar numbers. For fantasy owners, it was inevitable that Gray would get C again, but it makes you wonder if he can hold on to his forward status next year after kicking just the four goals so far this season.
Brett Deledio (GWS – F) add C
It’s been a long time coming, but Lids looks like his true self now after an injury-hampered year last season. His past three matches has averaged 28.66 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles and a goal. If he can keep this up and injury-free for the majority of the year, he’s a great asset even at 31-years-old and in the twilight of his career.
Harry Cunningham (SY – F) add C
Cunningham is posting career-high numbers in disposals at 16.2 per game but it hasn’t translated a whole lot into quality scores for fantasy. He’s one to keep on the radar having played every match this year, but isn’t worth much in terms of outpout when there’s better options available.
Jack Ziebell (NM – C) add F
The North Melbourne captain is relishing in his return to the forward line, so far kicking 8 goals to take the Roos to the top-8. Ziebell has become a target man up forward helping out Coleman Medal leader Ben Brown with options in a limited side. He’s been racking up 18.7 disposals a match, 4.7 marks, 4 tackles and 3.8 inside 50s. A handy bonus for anyone that drafted him.
Adam Cerra (FR – C) add F
The five-gamer looked to be drafted as a midfielder, but with Freo’s centreline already filled, Cerra has been spending time around the forward flank looking to stamp his name on a game. Unfortunately so far, he hasn’t had a huge impact, only gathering 10.4 disposals and 4 marks a match. The positive for Cerra is that he’s ranked among some of the higher effective users of the ball in the game, and is also a chance for a rising star nomination at some point when he can breakout.
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