Position Changes

2016 fantasy football player positions

The complete list of 2016 fantasy football player positions has been released, with Footy Prophet revealing the big additions for the upcoming season.

With the launch of Dream Team’s Assistant Coach team picker this morning and the equivalent for SuperCoach, we now have the complete list of player positions for fantasy platforms for 2016.

In addition to those positions already announced by the major platforms, we can now tell you the positional eligibility of every player at every club.

There are a few surprises, as always, and there are a few head scratchers, but all in all it’s a set that seems pretty straightforward.

Some of the real eye-openers are in the players that won’t start 2016 as dual position players. The likes of Ryan Griffen and Jack Newnes have been listed as midfielders only, contrary to early speculation.

Our team is on hand on social media (Twitter: @FootyProphet) to answer all your questions, so if you have any specific players you’d like to know about, let us know!


The notable names here are at the top of the tree: Jimmy Bartel, Jarrad McVeigh, Elliott Yeo, Matt Rosa and Brodie Smith are all Def/Mid eligible.

Biggest surprise: The only real surprise here is that Matthew Boyd is a defender only now. With the arrival of Matt Suckling, there’s a chance Boyd plays a bit further up the ground in 2016. It won’t impact his value much – he’s still defender-eligible – but he’s a candidate for DPP during the year in UF and AF.

Notable others: Daniel Rich, Nathan Van Berlo, James Aish, Aaron Francis, Jesse Lonergan.


We’ve lost Robbie Gray, but there are still a host of big names that feature as Mid/Forwards, including Dustin Martin, Leigh Montagna, Michael Barlow, Toby Greene, Luke Dahlhaus, Harley Bennell and Mitch Robinson. Plenty of talent for early-round fantasy drafts, or value for stacking your DT, SC or AF teams.

Biggest surprise: For me, it’s that Zach Merrett has kept his Mid/Forward status. The second-year Don averaged 90.5 fantasy points in 2015, and was one of the season’s biggest breakouts. The fact that he can still be selected for your forward line makes him very tempting once again.

Notable others: Dom Sheed, Angus Brayshaw, Mark Hutchings, Sam Gray, Jordan De Goey, Liam Duggan and Corey Ellis.


There was a bit of chatter around the ruck/forwards this year, but you may be a little disappointed. There’s not really any top-end options that are DPPs, but there are certainly mid-range players that become interesting either in the later stages of fantasy drafts, or as points of difference for your salary cap starting lineup.

Given their profile at their new clubs, Matthew Leuenberger and Callum Sinclair are the picks of the bunch. They have a real chance to lead their respective ruck divisions. Kurt Tippett is also a Ruck/Fwd, and if he’s to see significant midfield minutes like he did at the end of 2015, he could be a bargain in all formats.

Biggest surprise: Paddy Ryder is the competition’s premier Ruck/Forward, and he’s picked up dual-position eligibility once again. He did split ruckwork with Matthew Lobbe in his first season at the Power, and he’s probably relevant once again.

Notable others: Scott Lycett, Zac Clarke and Jon Griffin remain interesting backups, Jarrod Witts is worth owning, while Rhys Stanley showed a bit in his limited games with the Cats.


These are the genuine swingmen of the AFL, and there’s none bigger than new Bulldog, Matt Suckling. He’ll carry the most fantasy value of this group, given he’s capable of plugging holes at both ends of your lineup. Cale Hooker and Jake Carlisle reap the rewards of their game-day roles, and offer nice depth, while Adam Tomlinson could yet prove to be a breakout candidate.

Biggest surprise: Jed Adcock will start at his new club with DPP status. He did play a handful of games at the end of 2015 up forward, but enough to be a genuine dual-position player? I’m not sure, but here it is.

Notable others: Essendon draftee Mitch Brown, Jeremy Howe, Andrew Walker and Ben Reid round out the names here.


The premium scorers in any fantasy lineup, the midfield is a position that’s rarely discussed. Many midfielders are clear-cut decisions, but often it’s the players that fail to start the year with DPP status that can provide an edge. Think Daniel Cross, Toby Greene or Matthew Boyd, this time last year.

Brent Stanton, Pearce Hanley, Koby Stevens, Danyle Pearce, Jack Newnes and Lachie Hunter are all listed as midfielders at this stage. This isn’t to say that they will be only midfielders for UF, given the customary additional preseason positions granted by that platform, but they were all either DPPs last year or have been talked about extensively. Stay tuned to footyprophet.com for all our insights and analysis on position changes right throughout the year.

Biggest surprise: Without a doubt, it’s Ryan Griffen. The Giant was given defensive eligibility in UF and AF during last year, and many were sure that this was simply a formality. Not the case, and it now places some doubt over where UF will land on the former Bulldog.

Notable others: Josh Kelly, Adam Oxley, David Zaharakis, Mitch Duncan, Lachie Whitfield, Nick Dal Santo and Cam Guthrie are all midfielders, despite various levels of speculation.


There you are. Any specific positions you’d like to know?



  1. David Goodes

    December 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Hey Matt,

    Is it confirmed the Monty will be a MID/FWD in Ultimate footy? I know this is the case for champion data but are ultimate footy committing to this aswel?


  2. Callum

    December 19, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Would like to know if Ceglar kept forward status? Cheers

  3. david

    December 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Any news on Brendon Goddard?

  4. John

    December 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Where can i get the full list?

  5. James

    December 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

    What about hodgey? Our crew has been split down the middle on whether he should get def still. I read that you guys think he should too?

  6. Wicka

    December 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Ryan Griffen surely. That’s abysmal

  7. John

    December 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Is this only for dreamteam? As i have barlow in my keeper league in UF will his md/fwd status be the same?

    • Marty

      December 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      UF keep the same positions that Champion Data set at the start of the season and sometimes add more DPPs. I have never seen them remove them so it’s safe to say that Barlow will be a M/F in UF 2016.

    • Matthew James

      Matthew James

      December 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Agree with Marty, Barlow will be a mid/fwd for Ultimate Footy too.

  8. Ben

    December 16, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Tommy Mitchell? C only?

  9. Paul

    December 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Surely Griffen becomes a DEF/MID under the UF positions for 2016.

  10. Matt

    December 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    When do UF positions get released?

  11. John

    December 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sweating on kmac? Still m/b?
    Also no ones mentioned Bennell? Still m/f?

    • Matthew James

      Matthew James

      December 17, 2015 at 11:16 am

      KMac is a straight midfielder – played on a wing all year. Harley Bennell is Mid/Fwd

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