Last week we published the Optimal AFL Fantasy Lineup after the first three rounds and we’ll continue to update this throughout the season on a regular basis. The basis of this team is to identify the best scoring starting 22 players who you could have legitimately afforded heading into round 1.
This team will evolve each week as injuries occur and player’s form oscillates. There are some names on this list that started out with high ownership numbers but others that were barely mentioned, however, that’s the interesting part to this piece and makes a great discussion topic.
The table below shows the ins and outs post round 4 scores.
|Dylan Roberton (STK) – DEF||Rory Laird (ADEL) – DEF|
|Christian Petracca (MELB) – FWD||Lance Franklin (SYD) – FWD|
|Elliott Yeo (WCE) – FWD||Lin Jong (WB) – FWD|
|Tom Rockliff (BL) – MID||Adam Treloar (COLL) – MID|
|Daye Zorko (BL) – MID||Dustin Martin (RICH) – MID|
|Rory Sloane (ADEL) – MID||Nathan Jones (MELB) – MID|
|Tom Mitchell (HAW) – MID||Dyson Heppell (ESS) – MID|
|Luke Shuey (WCE) – MID||Jobe Watson (ESS) – MID|
The 22 below would have left you enough cash at the start of the season to pad your bench with 8 x $150,000 rookies. The team has scored a total of 9928 (Round 1 – 2349, Round 2 – 2597, Round 3 – 2517 & Round 4 – 2465) over the first four rounds at an average of 2482. The captain for each week is highlighted in the table as green.
If you started with this team you would be comfortably ranked No 1 in Australia by a margin of 996 fantasy points.
Note that no consideration has been given to trades between rounds or moving players on and off the bench, this likely would produce a slightly different side with a slightly higher score. This side is simply the best scoring 22 money could have bought prior to Round 1.
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