The gents over at dreamteamtalk.com have dropped some tasty leaks for AFL Fantasy coaches on their most recent podcast yesterday evening. It seems as though the developers have listened to their fans and implemented some new strategic variables, as well as a modified pricing structure to drafted players in comparison to previous years.
The subtle changes brings a new element to the game and keeps it from stagnating, which can only be a good thing I beleive. It's nice to go into a new season with a fresh train of thought - [particularly when it comes to the strategy of the game itself.
Keep following the hashtag #FantasyLeaks on Twitter and read on below to reveal some interesting info that was given to us...
$11m Salary Cap
Coaches will now have an extra million bucks to spend on their teams in comparison to previous years.
Overall Player Price Increase
The downside to the aforementioned salary cap increase is that on average, player prices will also have a slight increase.
Players that only played 9 or less games in 2015 will get a price discount on their average - unless you are a 'rolls royce' player e.g Dayne Beams, Nat Fyfe. For example, a player that only played 9 games will get a 3% discount, while a player that only played 1 game will get a 27% discount.
Players that missed the entire season will get the full 30% discount, while players that have missed the best part of two seasons (think Jaeger O'Meara) will get a 35% discount. Going by this O'Meara will then effectively be priced at a 60 average.
Dayne Beams will be priced around the 519k mark, while Nat Fyfe will be priced around 595k as their are considered 'premium' players that have missed games. Sandilands is another who won't be discounted from his 2015 average - instead he will get a 15% discount on his 2014 average of 88.
The 'banned Bombers' will all have 10% discounts. Effectively making a player like Dyson Heppell priced at a 92 average for example.
Drafted Player Prices
Players that were selected 1-50 in the draft will have a basement price of 150k, while the highest draft pick (Andrew McGrath) will start at 250k. Each selection after the number one pick will drop 2k all the way down to pick 50. McCluggage at pick 3 for example should be priced at 246k.
Bye Rounds / DPP Changes
Dual Position Player changes will still occur as per last season. New DPP players will be added in rounds 6, 12 and 18.
Coaches will now also get 3 trades (thank you!) over the bye rounds (rounds 11, 12 and 13).
So there you have it, some handy information to wrap your fantasy heads around before Xmas. More leaks are to be revealed in the lead up to the January official opening of AFL Fantasy. Be sure to stay tuned to The Trader's podcast for all the latest information as it comes through!
Don't forget to leave a comment below on your thoughts about some of the changes and player discounts...