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20 Best UltimateFooty Draft Selections of 2020

Every preseason draft coaches excitedly prepare for draft day. They spend months doing mock drafts, building their tiers and do everything possible to ready themselves for the most important day of the year. Truth be told, you don’t win your league on those early rounds of draft day. More often than not you win your draft of the back of some astute late picks and waiver wire selections.

You’ll always get some value for selections inside the top 100 picks. For example, Jack Steele is currently ranked sixth for total points scored but on the draft day had an average draft position of 79.6. In a ten team league, that’s an 8th round selection and an excellent return for owners. Christian Petracca is another who had an average draft position of 90.4 but is the highest ranked forward for both points and averages.

Even between picks 100-200, you get some that absolutely pop. One of the surprise packets of the year is Brayden Maynard. He’s currently ranked third for total points behind Jake Lloyd and Rory Laird (both picked within first three rounds) while Brayden’s ADP was 164. Sam Menegola (149) and Trent Dumont (153) were highly drafted but given their positioning have been enormous successes for owners.

As great as these selections have been, and they are. I want to look at players who were picked beyond range 200 that have gone on to return some of the best value of the fantasy footy season. So using UltimateFooty statistics as our guide here are 20 late round selections that you can build a case are the best picks of 2020.

NamePositionAverageADPDrafted %
Luke McDonaldDEF72.428714%
Jordan RidleyDEF73.724854%
Bailey WilliamsDEF66.524042%
Adam CerraDEF/MID6320161%
Zac Bailey DEF/MID6528315%
Jack BowesDEF/MID66.723864%
Jack LukosiousDEF/FWD6623647%
Cam GuthrieMID83.324062%
Tom LiberatoreMID67.323168%
Josh DaicosMID67.829021%
Jed AndersonMID8422272%
Will SetterfieldMID62257575%
Oscar AllenRUC/FWD602828%
Peter LadhamsRUC/FWD71.725640%
Ben KeaysMID/FWD62.23333%
James RowbottomMID/FWD59.922852%
Shai BoltonMID/FWD65.627624%
Jy SimpkinMID/FWD74.421176%
Michael GibbonsFWD60.530315%
Zak ButtersFWD62.327713%

UltimateFooty: Round 6 Positional Changes

After rounds 3, 6 & 9 the drafting format of Ultimate Footy awards additional player positions to players that have had a role change in season. As always players are required to have played a minimum of 3 games to be eligible and to be playing the new position as their primary role in the side.

In total 12 players have gained an additional position, two players have gained back status, five gaining centre, one new ruck and four have picked up forward status. Let’s look at who they are and the relevance to your draft sides and leagues.

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Kyron Hayden | Add Back

The big-bodied midfielder has found a home more recently in the Kangaroos backline and because of this has picked up the new position. As far as relevance for UltimateFooty coaches, there is none. A seasonal average of 33 from five matches and a top score of 45 is the type of scoring you only wish on your opposition and want nowhere near your squad. Pass… Next!

Jay Lockhart | Add Back

Stay with us, there will be a DPP that helps UltimateFooty community, but Jay Lockhart isn’t it either. The forward turned pressure defender is in a similar scoring boat to Hayden above. A top score of 42 and an average of 34 isn’t worth having on your roster. There is a reason why his average draft position was over 350 and why he’s owned in just 4% of leagues. Pass!

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Brodie Smith | Add Centre

Even before the injury-hit Adelaide skipper Rory Sloane, the Crows have loved using Brodie Smith higher up the ground in 2020. The club loves using his elite kicking skills for inside 50 delivery, and while the Crows forwards are yet to get it done, Brodie is playing his part, and his fantasy football results are starting to show. Even though he had a slow start (35 and 45), his past four weeks have been impressive—Scoring 73, 73, 75 and last week’s 107 against West Coast. In the past three weeks, only Nick Haynes and Callum Mills have stronger averages for those back eligible players. The allocation of centre DPP just enhances your scoring potential, especially if you might be blessed with all the best backs. Using the same three-week rolling average, he’s currently ranked 26th for averages in all of UF.

Ben Keays | Add Centre

Since breaking into the Crows side, Ben Keays has found a role for himself playing as a tagger in the Adelaide midfield. His actual value is the fact that he’s forward eligible and has scored a 68, 72 and 59 in three of his last four outings. In most leagues that enough to consider placing on the field this year. Like anyone who gains a centre positional allocation it only ever enhances squad versatility, not player relevance.

Christian Petracca | Add Centre

The breakout year of Christian Petracca is well and truly on! He’s currently ranked as the top-scoring forward this year for total points. One of the primary reasons behind the scoring boost has been a significant increase in his midfield role at Melbourne. It’s no surprise he’s picked up C/F DPP.

James Aish | Add Centre

The move to Fremantle has seen the former Magpie become a crucial part of replacing Ed Langdon and Brad Hill. Playing predominantly as a winger James Aish is having a personal best season in terms of his relevance for draft coaches Currently as a back eligible player he’s ranked inside the top 20 for total points scored. As with every player that every gains centre status, it only ever adds flexibility to your squad and not adding to points on the field for owners.

Adam Cerra | Add Centre

Like teammate James Aish, 20-year-old Adam Cerra has taken his opportunities with departures in a few former teammates and started to make the midfield role his own. As a player, he’s a great user of the ball on both sides of his body, strong over the footy and clean at ground level. After being selected at pick five in the 2017 draft, Docker fans (and keeper league owners) are starting to get some glimpses of the player he’ll become. He’s ranked inside the top 50 for backs on averages and inside the top 40 based on total points. Does being awarded DPP make much of a difference to owners? Probably not, but it validates the role change he’s had in 2020.

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Darcy Fort | Add Ruck

This new DPP might be a but a very relevant one depending on the ruck stocks in your league. In the Geelong Cats ruck roulette, he’s the current flavour of the month. As such, he should be given the status given that when he has played in 2020 (four games), he’s been the ruckmen. A three-round average of 53 isn’t incredible, but as a bench cover, it’s not the worst. His scoring is significantly higher if you have additional scoring categories turned on.

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Tom Phillips | Add Forward

2018-2019 saw some fantastic scoring from Tom Phillips as he looked to establish himself as one of the best wingmen in the game. Averages of 95 and 90 had his coaches expecting another strong return in 2020. Except for Andrew Gaff, most wingers are seeing a scoring dip, but for Philips, it’s even more significant. For him, it’s more as he’s moved into a higher forward role. The benefit for the coaches that drafted him (Average draft position of 125) is that he moves from a midfielder you cannot field to now someone you can place in your forward line. His 101 back in round two against Richmond feels a long time away given he’s followed it up with four consecutive scores between 51-57. An average of 58.8 is far from stunning as a midfielder, but as a forward in this weird season, it’s not horrendous. He currently ranks inside the top 50 forwards and is ahead of popular picks like teammate Jordan De Goey, Luke Dahlhaus, Blake Acres and Robbie Gray. Small comfort for owners who’ve been frustrated with the return based on where there drafted him.

Jonathon Marsh | Add Forward

The Saints are stacked when it comes to tall defenders. With Callum Wilkie, Dougal Howard and Jake Carlisle taking up the three tall defensive posts the only way for the former Magpie to break into the side was through injury or a role change. For Jono Marsh, his journey back to the elite level more consistently has been through a role change. The offseason departure of Josh Bruce has opened up a tall vacancy to support young star Max King and Tim Membrey. From a fantasy football perspective scores of 39, 65, 41 and 24 are far from what we should want on our lists.

Hayden McLean | Add Forward

The Swans have been decimated for injures to key position players in 2020 and Hayden McLean while in the side as a ruck at centre bounces he has been forced to be a used up forward in general play to create a tall target to support Nick Blakey. A top score of 53 in the last four weeks isn’t huge, but could be handy in deeper leagues or those with additional scoring categories switched on. Regardless, once the talls start to return over the next few weeks I suspect he might not have the strongest job security.

Jarryn Geary | Add Forward

The Saints have had a radical change to their structures in 2020, and that was bound to happen given the plethora of players they brought into the team via the recent trade period. One of those changes was to use Jarryn Geary’s defensive skills up forward on opposition teams best playmaker. In the few times he’s done it he’s done a reasonable job. Given he’s only played four games in 2020 and one of those was an eight his average of 31 means that his fantasy relevance is as strong as the Adelaide Crows goal scoring. Non-existent!

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Close, but not yet…

Many coaches were hopeful that Dayne Zorko had done enough to be awarded forward status. And he was mighty close to picking up DPP. What arguably hurt his cause was that he’s missed multiple games through injury (round 3 & 5) plus missed a majority of the clubs round four clash with injury concerns.

UltimateFooty | Possible DPP Changes | Round 6

After rounds 3, 6 and 9 the drafting format of Ultimate Footy awards additional player positions to players that have had a role change in season. On Wednesday evening we’ll confirm with you exclusively which players WILL gain a new position, but before then here are some players we believe would be in consideration for obtaining a new positional status.

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Callum Ah Chee | Add Back

The former Gold Coast Sun Callum Ah Chee was brought into the Lions outfit to add some speed and class off half-back. Since breaking into the Brisbane side, he’s certainly delivered that. While an average of 49 doesn’t sound exciting, it still would place him as a potential depth player in your league.

James Harmes | Add Back

Was in contention in the last batch of DPP’s three weeks ago and has continued his role as part of the Melbourne defensive group. A top score of 64 and an average of 55 isn’t something you can field through your midfield, however, as a back could be enough to make it on your ground if not certainly be some defensive insurance.

James Aish | Add Centre

The move to Fremantle has seen the former Magpie become a crucial part of replacing Ed Langdon and Brad Hill. Playing predominantly as a winger James Aish is having a personal best season in terms of his relevance for draft coaches Currently as a back eligible player he’s ranked inside the top 20 for total points scored.

Christian Petracca | Add Centre

The breakout year of Christian Petracca is well and truly on! He’s currently ranked as the top-scoring forward this year for total points. One of the primary reasons behind the scoring boost has been a significant increase in his midfield role at Melbourne. Because of this, it’s a formality in my eyes that he’s awarded this new position.

Ben Keays | Add Centre

Since breaking into the Crows side, Ben Keays has found a role for himself playing as a tagger in the Adelaide midfield. His actual value is the fact that he’s forward eligible and has scored a 68, 72 and 59 in three of his last four outings. In most leagues that enough to consider placing on the field this year. Like anyone who gains a centre positional allocation it only ever enhances squad versatility, not player relevance.

Darcy Fort | Add Ruck

A pretty simple inclusion for the boffins at Ultimate Footy HQ. While it might be a but a very relevant one depending on the ruck stocks in your league. In the Geelong Cats ruck roulette, he’s the current flavour of the month. As such, he should be given the status given that when he has played in 2020 (four games), he’s been the ruckmen. A three-round average of 53 isn’t incredible, but as a bench cover, it’s not the worst.

Oscar Allen | Add Ruck

With Nic Naitanui taking the lead ruck role the Eagles have often used another tall as the relief ruck. West Coast turned to Oscar Allen to help bring some support. This year he’s averaging a career-high six hitouts a game and providing viable support to NicNat.

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Aaron Hall | Add Forward

The emergence of Jy Simpkin into the Roos midfield has limited the opportunities of some including Aaron Hall. He’s found himself while getting some midfield moments being used predominantly as a high half-forward option. As a centre, he’s not scoring amazing, but as a forward, it’s a different story. Four scores over 50 in the last five rounds including an 86 and a 79. If we were to add his current season averages and rank him against the existing forwards, he’d be sitting just the top 50 players. It would see him ahead of Luke Dahlhaus, Darcy Parish and Jack Steven who all would’ve been drafted miles ahead of him.

Dayne Zorko | Add Forward

Injury that saw him miss round three might be the thing that costs the Brisbane captain from picking up a position this last time around. Regardless, Dayne Zorko has had a drastic role change in 2020, spending the majority of time-based inside forward 50. In round one he attended 12 of a possible 26 centre bounces, while in round two it was 12 of 24. The Lions midfield is heavily centred around Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons and then a floating cast of thousands which includes Zorko, McCluggage, Berry and Rayner amongst others. Since coming back from injury he’s spent plenty of time inside forward 50 and will be a huge addition for his owners.

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Breakevens | Round 5

Buy low, sell high! It’s the age-old motto to succeed in Fantasy football of all formats. Every week we share with you the players with the lowest breakevens across AFLFantasy, SuperCoach & DreamTeam. Here are the players that offer the best breakevens heading into a new round.

For SuperCoach and DreamTeam we only include players who are on the price bubble and have played more than one game.

PlayerPositionPriceAverageBreakeven
Sam NaismithRUC$296,800100-27
Laitham VandeermeerMID/FWD$225,00063-27
Jake AartsFWD$123,90076-27
Tom GreenMID$238,50069-27
Mitchell Georgiades FWD$130,80078-26
Hayden YoungDEF$262,70065-24
Kyron HaydenMID$197,90050-24
Josh BruceFWD$288,80057-23
Jack MahoneyMID/FWD$141,20050-18
Darcy CameronRUC/FWD$147,70051-15
Jye CaldwellMID$219,90070-12
Tristan XerriRUC/FWD$144,80048-12
Harley Bennell MID$123,90059-10
Toby NankervisRUC$449,30099-9
Sam PhilpMID$140,90046-9
Tom WilliamsonDEF$215,10062-8
Caleb SerongMID$200,00062-8
Thomas BerryFWD$177,50056-8
Griffin LogueDEF$357,40070-7
Shane McAdamFWD$142,10045-7
Ned McHenryMID$143,50035-5
Harrison JonesMID$123,90054-5
Stephen Hill DEF/FWD$214,00064-4
Jamaine JonesFWD$161,60049-3
Louis ButlerDEF/MID$117,30049-3
Ben DavisFWD$123,90051-2
Deven RobertsonMID$117,30047-1
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PlayerPositionPriceAverageBreakeven
Laitham VandeermeerMID/FWD$297,00050-25
Sam NaismithRUC$368,00077-24
Curtis TaylorFWD$358,00055-17
Shane McAdamFWD$205,00039-12
Hayden YoungDEF$353,00051-12
Jake AartsFWD$197,00054-9
Jye CaldwellMID$364,00064-9
Jamaine JonesMID$273,00050-9
Marlion PickettMID$255,00045-8
Tom GreenMID$301,00045-8
Ben CrockerFWD$363,00051-8
Darcy CameronRUC/FWD$225,00045-8
Josh WalkerDEF$367,00040-7
Tom BerryFWD$219,00035-7
Will HamillDEF$213,00033-7
Aiden CorrDEF $408,00055-7
Jarrod BranderDEF/FWD$354,00055-6
Kyron HaydenMID$227,00032-6
Justin McInerneyMID$282,00044-5
Ned McHenryMID$231,00033-4
Tom WilliamsonDEF$318,00048-4
Harley Bennell MID$267,00047-4
Noah AndersonMID$389,00053-3
Mitchell Georgiades FWD$258,00060-3
Sam SturtFWD$237,00039-3
Louis ButlerDEF/MID$189,00043-2
Jonathan MarshDEF$319,00048-2
Caleb SerongMID$309,00052-1
Ben KeaysFWD$425,00057-1
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PlayerPositionPriceAverageBreakeven
Sam NaismithRUC$360,50077-30
Jamaine JonesFWD$228,40051-23
Mitchell Georgiades FWD$167,20060-22
Darcy CameronRUC/FWD$200,20045-21
Hayden YoungDEF$336,10052-20
Laitham VandermerMID/FWD$291,70051-18
Jake AartsFWD$160,90054-18
Jye CaldwellMID$326,90065-17
Caleb SerongMID$256,80052-16
Shane McAdamFWD$191,60040-13
Harley Bennell MID$160,90047-11
Louis ButlerDEF/MID$152,20043-9
Curtis TaylorFWD$360,50056-8
Tom WilliamsonDEF$299,30048-7
Ned McHenryMID$219,10033-7
Kyron HaydenMID$223,50033-5
Ryan GardnerFWD$190,10035-4
Rhylee WestFWD$261,30047-3
Josh WalkerDEF$372,20040-1
Stephen HillDEF/FWD$272,80047-1
Ben DavisFWD$160,90037-1