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The Traders rank the AFL Fantasy midfielders

The Traders, AFL.com.au  March 15, 2017 5:24 PM

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RANKING players for a pre-draft list leading into your AFL Fantasy Draft is important. Yes, there is the available player list that is able to be sorted by previous season's data and ADP (average draft pick), but the pressure of draft day can cloud your judgement.

Move players up and down the list based on where you see them performing this year. Base this on their scoring potential, durability, consistency and the x-factor of your gut feel.

In Fantasy Draft you don’t want to speculate too much, especially early. Look to grab the players who have the points on the board over a period of time.

A wise Fantasy Draft coach once said, "Don’t reach, young blood. There is no point in identifying a slider/smokey and drafting him way earlier than anyone else would".

Midfielders can be a dime-a-dozen. Last season, 28 players averaged more than 100. So there are arguably plenty of premiums to go around.

If you have the captains setting turned on for your league, the top echelon of midfielders carry extra value as points are doubled for the player you choose.

Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Rockliff, Zach Merrett and Adam Treloar will be taken very early due to their high ceiling and the likelihood that they’ll score more than 110 most weeks.

No less than 23 pure midfielders have been taken in the top 50 based on ADP (Average Draft Pick) so far this pre-season. In a league of 16 coaches, nine midfielders would be taken in the first round.

While a lot of midfielders go early due to their high scoring, smart drafters like to leave a lot of their midfielders until late. In a 16 team league, using the 3-4-1-3/4 format, 64 midfielders will be taken to play on the field.

Based on last year, 59 midfielders averaged over 90 points per game. 12 defenders, three rucks and seven forwards managed this. Therefore, you can wait on your midfielders for longer than other positions.

The Traders' midfielder rankings
Our consensus picks for the midfield saw just one player ranked the same between the three of us – Adam Treloar at No.3. ADP (Average Draft Pick) is based on data from completed drafts at the beginning of this week and refers to the overall average position players were drafted.

RANK

PLAYER

ROY

CALVIN

WARNIE

ADP

1

Patrick Dangerfield

1

2

1

1

2

Tom Rockliff

2

1

2

2

3

Adam Treloar

3

3

3

4

4

Zach Merrett

5

4

5

6

5

Tom Mitchell

4

7

4

10

6

Josh P. Kennedy

6

5

7

13

7

Luke Parker

7

8

6

5

8

Dan Hannebery

9

9

9

8

9

Scott Pendlebury

10

10

8

18

10

Lachie Neale

8

12

11

12

11

Jack Steven

11

11

10

23

12

Dustin Martin

14

6

12

19

13

Nat Fyfe

12

19

14

26

14

Dayne Beams

13

13

25

51

15

Marcus Bontempelli

15

21

15

34

16

Dyson Heppell

16

23

13

45

17

Bryce Gibbs

19

20

18

46

18

Rory Sloane

17

14

28

33

19

Dayne Zorko

28

15

16

38

20

Gary Ablett

18

27

17

41

21

Aaron Hall

20

24

20

50

22

Sam Mitchell

26

18

21

64

23

Jordan Lewis

27

17

22

35

24

Steele Sidebottom

22

16

30

39

25

Matt Priddis

25

25

19

54

26

Joel Selwood

23

28

27

58

27

Jack Viney

21

36

23

55

28

Michael Barlow

36

22

24

94

29

Stephen Coniglio

31

26

26

49

30

Matt Crouch

24

30

39

104

31

Ollie Wines

29

37

29

65

32

Brent Stanton

32

29

34

88

33

Patrick Cripps

30

38

31

68

34

Andrew Gaff

34

31

38

78

35

Lachie Hunter

33

33

45

61

36

Dylan Shiel

42

41

32

70

37

Luke Shuey

35

46

37

87

38

Callan Ward

48

40

33

92

39

Ed Curnow

43

34

47

75

40

Brendon Goddard

45

39

41

77

41

Liam Shiels

53

32

40

133

42

Jaeger O'Meara

38

44

44

122

43

Robbie Gray

37

43

49

80

44

Marc Murphy

41

42

46

98

45

Brandon Ellis

46

48

35

126

46

Dion Prestia

49

47

36

111

47

Jack Ziebell

52

35

53

101

48

Trent Cotchin

39

53

54

100