Now for the all important midfield engine, the area where games are often won and lost, but appears to have it’s fair share of diversity with new faces and a few rookies looking like they may be keepers. Some of us will probably need some time to let the dust settle before the figures sense, others have already traded in Andrew Swallow or Jobe Watson. Three Essendon players in the top 5 is pretty good going. Stanton started well last season as well. Swanlow and Dependlebury are in the lower reaches of the top 10, but Kennedy, Dangerfield, J.Selwood, Shuey, Cotchin, Murphy, Judd & Ablett are all not in the top 10, but we’ll see how it settles down over the next month or so. How are you placed?
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By Staff writers Thursday, January 17, 2013
Free to play and fully customisable, AFL Fantasy Elite pits coaches against one another under the pressure of a live draft, with each player able to be selected on only one team.
With the clock ticking, will you pick Dane Swan or Gary Ablett? Scott Pendlebury or Matthew Boyd? Lance Franklin or Dean Cox?
Getting it right could make your season. Get it wrong, and you’ll need to head to the trade table to strengthen your line-up.
Everything in the game – with the exception of how the points players earn are calculated, which is based upon AFL Fantasy Dream Team scores – is fully customisable by the league creator or ‘commissioner’, meaning you can choose the league size, squad size, trading rules and even competition start date that suits you.
The new game format will run alongside the traditional AFL Fantasy Dream Team game, which will continue this season.
Here’s all you need to know about AFL Fantasy Elite:
Setting up a league
The commissioner can start a new league to begin at any point throughout the 2013 home and away rounds, choosing between leagues with finals or one where the ladder leader at the conclusion of the league is the winner. You can also decide whether the league is private or open to the public for anyone to join.
Leagues can be customised to contain six, eight, 10 or 12 players, rolling lockouts (with changes to sides possible right up to the start of each individual game) or – as per the previously announced changes to AFL Fantasy Dream Team – fixed lockouts, and double or standard points for team captains.
Before the draft takes place, you can set up your preferred and desired player draft list for
convenience during the live draft, which will also act as your auto-pick order if you are unavailable or take too long during the draft.
When it comes to setting up the draft, there are three options:
OPTION 1: A live draft with all members of the league selecting turn by turn. Set your own time that each coach gets to make their pick – ranging from 60 seconds to no limit at all – take it in turns at your convenience when each coach makes a pick.
OPTION 2: An auto draft, where teams are automatically selected based on each fan’s preferred pre-draft selections.
OPTION 3: A live single computer draft, where a live draft takes place with each user taking turns to select on the same computer – or take it offline and let the commissioner submit each squad’s selections (this is only available in private league options).
The draft itself can be ordered in three different, easy-to-follow ways:
OPTION 1: Snake draft, where the order is reversed each round
OPTION 2: Linear draft, where the order stays the same each round
OPTION 3: Banzai draft, where the order reverses in round two, stays the same in round three, and then continues as per the snake draft
Setting up the sides
There are a whopping seven different team structures to choose from in AFL Fantasy Elite, with two options of 12 players in each squad, four variations of 15 players, and one with a 22-man make-up:
• 2 defenders, 2 midfielders, 1 ruckman, and 2 forwards (with 5 additional players on the bench)
• 2-3-1-2 (4 bench)
• 2-2-1-2 (8 bench)
• 2-3-1-2 (7 bench)
• 3-3-1-3 (5 bench)
• 3-4-1-3 (4 bench)
• 5-6-2-5 (4 bench)
Once you’ve filled your on-field team via the draft, the next selections are your bench selections, with a ‘floating’ bench where, if you choose to activate the Auto-Emergency option during your league setup, your lowest scoring bench player can replace anyone who doesn’t play from your on-field starting side.
Waivers and Trading
Why would you have a player score a donut when you can waive an injured player and replace him from the unselected pool of players?
When a player is cut from an AFL Fantasy Elite team in your league, he is added to the ‘waiver pool’, where he can be picked up by other teams.
The waiver order can be customised as either reverse ladder order or last pick option, where the waiver order is never reset and coaches go to the bottom of the priority order after each successive pick.
You can also try to improve your team by trading with other coaches in your league – you can nominate a player to trade and then watch the offers roll in. Or, make a direct trade offer for a player on another squad.
As per the fully customisable nature of AFL Fantasy Elite, the commissioner gets to decide how trades are approved:
• By veto vote from a percentage of coaches in the league
• Approved solely by the commissioner, or
• a free-for-all style system
Don’t panic, we’re here to help
If all of this sounds complicated, don’t fret – there are step-by-step guides to take you through the process, as well as an easy quick-pick option that will set up the draft for you based upon recommended options.
Or you can simply join a public league that is set up how you want to play the game.
Organising a draft party with your mates might be an option you want to consider; crazed fantasy fans sitting in bars with laptops glowing is a common sight in the US at the start of every season.
Commissioners can start creating leagues and inviting players to join their leagues on February 1, with the draft process able to be set from February 11.
At 12.30pm on Friday 18 February, there will be a live chat to answer any of your queries in regards to AFL Fantasy Elite.
In 2013, it’s a whole new world of AFL Fantasy – register now to be the first to know of more exciting developments ahead of the launch of the games on February 1.
It’s the middle of our first cold winter in a few, and my misfiring team simply refuses to stay settled this year. This week Stevie J & Beau Waters join Goddard, Dusty & Pendlebury on my bench. This has been a weekly occurrence for me this year in this year to forget. Still managed to grab 1956 which is reasonable for a team missing 5 premiums.
Maybe my priorities are wrong, but I am more concerned about my faltering Dream Team/Super Coach team than I am about Collingwood losing to old rivals, Caaarlton. Of course, it is easy to point to the fact that they were ‘the better team on the night’ both times we played, or, to the fact that Collingwood are generally speaking, travelling o.k.
Managed to win two out of five battles and am out of the eight in all five competitions. Can make the eight in two leagues where I am presently sitting in ninth-mond, don’t look good in the other three, but I can @ least make it difficult for others in the run home, provided of course that I can field a half-decent team @ some point this year.
How about you? Did you win on the weekend? Did you beat me? Are you still in the Eliminator? Are you in the eight? What is your trading position? What did you score?
Let us all know in the thread below…..
Finally, just under 97% of respondents have opined that they do not want byes in next years AFL ‘fixture’. This is a great way for you to have your opinion heard, the more that vote, the more definitive the results are, so make sure you have your say & share this link with anyone else you fancy sharing with. The poll is obviously in this thread above with a couple more, so get clicking…..