Footy Prophet Announcements
17/04/2013: Ultimate Footy Position Updates (Round 3)
After Rounds 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15 Ultimate Footy review player position eligibility. If a player has been playing predominantly in a position other that allowed under the current UF rules, then that player may be eligible for an upgrade. A player can only be given extra positions through this process - positions will never be taken away. A player can also only have a maximum of two positions - i.e. Andrew Walker has been playing mainly as a defender, but is already a C/F for Ultimate Footy, so will not receive Back eligibility in 2013.
The full list of Round 3 changes are:
Mark Blicavs – Added Ruck
Chris Yarran – Added Forward
Aaron Mullet – Added Back
Rhys Stanley – Added Back
Chad Wingard – Added Forward
Charlie Dixon – Added Ruck
Steven Motlop – Added Centre
Mathew Stokes – Added Centre
08/03/2013: FP Fan League - participants announced!
Firstly, thank you to everyone who applied to be a part of our Fan League. We had some inventive, lengthy and humorous entries sent through, and there were plenty of worthy candidates. It was an extremely tough decision to narrow our field of applicants down to just 11 names. We received dozens of outstanding entries, but with limited spots the winning entries had to really stand out. The 11 guys who will be competing against Coach Wombat for the chance to participate in the Expert League for 2014 are all (self-proclaimed) champions of this game format. They are all staunch supporters of us here at Footy Prophet, and deserve their spot.
Our 2013 Fan League participants are:
- Adam Acquarola
- Angelo Agisilaou
- Coach Chirpa
- Danial Pearce
- Derek Burns (replaced Andrew Coster, 18/03/13)
- Jacob Pope
- James Nisi
- Kent Burton
- Matt Jeffries
- Sam Shepherd
- Tim Joseph (replaced Damon, 11/03/13)
And of course, our representative, the affable Coach Wombat!
Congratulations to everyone who made the cut, and thank you again to everyone who put their name forward. Get around these guys as they fight it out for the inaugural premiership!
30/1/2013: Exclusive: Ultimate Footy 2013 positions released!
Footy Prophet has been given the inside scoop on player positions for Ultimate Footy in 2013, and there’s a few gems hidden in there. We’re bringing you these today, ahead of Ultimate Footy’s imminent 2013 launch, and right here is the only place you can read about it!
All position eligibility from announcements made by Virtual Sports for AFL Fantasy and Super Coach have been included for Ultimate Footy in 2013, as a minimum. However additional eligibility has been awarded to some players, reflecting Ultimate Footy’s extensive experience with the draft game. Their revised list better reflects and caters to the deeper pool of players required in draft formats, with 57 players given additional positions for 2013. Amongst them are an extra 21 forwards and 10 backs - great news for any fantasy draft coach.
By increasing the number of eligible players at the back and forward positions, Ultimate Footy has given them greater prominence, significant boosting their fantasy relevance and ranking. The increase in players with dual-position eligibility also gives fantasy coaches greater flexibility in setting their lineup each week.
We've provided a complete list of all the changes from the earlier announcements by Virtual Sports, and also summarised the impact of some of the major changes below.
Ultimate Footy - 2013 positions
Mitch Duncan – Centre-Forward
Forward eligibility for the Cats youngster is consistent with Ultimate Footy in 2012, and puts Duncan as a top 20 option at this position. He's in line for a breakout season too, and as the Cats’ veterans wane he'll be one to take over.
Isaac Smith – Centre-Forward
The lanky Hawks winger with the booming kick is another great forward option, who sits just behind the elite guys. Should find a home within the first 30 forwards taken, and has reasonable upside.
Andrew Carrazzo – Back-Centre
The biggest name to retain his dual-position eligibility from 2012, Carrazzo’s ability to be selected as a back in Ultimate Footy is a great alternative to the other platform options. Will get his share of midfield time, but even with tagging roles he is a super no.1 back for your fantasy team if the first half-dozen guys are already off the board.
Tendai Mzungu – Back-Centre
Another back in a pool of players desperately crying out for greater depth, Mzungu fills a need in the middle stages of your draft. He’s subject to getting tagging roles, but can still push an 80 point average and is more than serviceable as a 2nd or 3rd back option.
Luke Hodge - Back-Centre
These days Hodge rarely gets a run on he ball, with his best position arguably sitting behind the footy and setting up the play. He should be drafted well ahead of where his 2012 fantasy numbers suggest he’s worth and is a solid number 2 back option for your team, with his dual position eligibility in Ultimate Footy granting him significantly more relevance in 2013 than other formats.
Reece Conca - Back-Centre
For those of you who played Ultimate Footy last season, you'll be pleased to note that Conca has retained his back eligibility. With the Tigers elite midfield group as it stands, Conca will still spend some time in the backline, but you can expect improved output and is one of the more attractive prospects at the position who could really have a breakout year.
David Zaharakis - Forward-Centre
Perhaps one of the true C/F players in the game, many fantasy coaches were shocked when Zaharakis was named as a Centre only in other formats. Thankfully Ultimate Footy got this one right. If his recent quadriceps injury does not hamper him like it did in 2012 where he missed 9 games, then he can return to being a dominant forward option.
Daniel Wells - Forward-Centre
The dynamic Kangaroos talisman, Wells is less of a resting forward and more of a goal-kicking outside midfielder. As a C/F he sits among the top 20 players for the position, and when fit can pound out regular 90s for your team. He may slide a little in fantasy drafts due to lingering health concerns but he's a fantastic second or third pick for your forward line.
Claye Beams - Forward-Centre
It pains me to spill the beans on Claye, but the younger brother of the Collingwood maestro could be the biggest sleeper in this list of changes. He has very little history, playing just 13 games so far, but he has all the attributes of a player that you could pick up as a free agent and becomes a starter by year end. Forward eligibility gives him that shot - as a centre only he's too far off the pace, even for draft leagues.
Stay tuned for our custom Ultimate Footy rankings - you'll only find them here.
Ultimate Footy position changes for 2013 - complete list
|Name||Team||Ultimate Footy||Virtual Sports|
|Danny Stanley||Gold Coast||Back-Centre||Back|
|Jared Brennan||Gold Coast||Back-Centre||Centre|
|Luke Russell||Gold Coast||Back-Forward||Back|
|Maverick Weller||Gold Coast||Back-Centre||Back|
|Thomas Lynch||Gold Coast||Back-Forward||Forward|
|Daniel Wells||North Melbourne||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Brendon Ah Chee||Port Adelaide||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Darren Pfeiffer||Port Adelaide||Back-Centre||Centre|
|Jayden Pitt||Port Adelaide||Back-Centre||Back|
|Lewis Stevenson||Port Adelaide||Back-Centre||Back|
|Farren Ray||St Kilda||Back-Centre||Centre|
|Jack Newnes||St Kilda||Back-Centre||Centre|
|Jamie Cripps||St Kilda||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Adam Selwood||West Coast||Back-Centre||Back|
|Jamie Bennell||West Coast||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Adam Cooney||Western Bulldogs||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Jackson Macrae||Western Bulldogs||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Lachie Hunter||Western Bulldogs||Centre-Forward||Centre|
|Lin Jong||Western Bulldogs||Back-Centre||Centre|
|Luke Dahlhaus||Western Bulldogs||Centre-Forward||Forward|
|Robert Murphy||Western Bulldogs||Back-Forward||Back|
|Tom Campbell||Western Bulldogs||Ruck-Forward||Ruck|