Round 6 in AFL Fantasy sees the first batch of new dual-position players (DPP) added to the game.
DPP’s are players who split their time between two different roles, for example someone who plays half of their playing minutes in the midfield and the other half in the forward line.
To qualify as a DPP, a player needed to have only held one AFL Fantasy position going into the 2020 season and played in a different area of the ground for a minimum of 35% game-time so far this year, with a large enough sample size.
This week, SUNS Media take a look at the three Gold Coast players to gain DPP status.
David Swallow (MID/FWD) - $638,000
Perhaps the most relevant DPP addition for Round 6, Swallow has been given forward status for the rest of the season due to his extended stints in the forward line this year. After Matt Rowell went down injured in the first quarter, it was the SUNS skipper who stepped in to fill the void in the midfield and compiled his best Fantasy game for the season with 94 points from his 22 disposals, seven marks and five tackles.
Swallow attended 17 centre bounces against Geelong, and with Rowell set to miss three months with a shoulder injury, he’s likely to spend more time in the midfield to cover the loss. If he’s available in your Draft league, scoop him up and feel confident to play him on the ground each week. In Fantasy Classic, he will be a popular trade-in target this week due to his low breakeven of 37.
Jack Bowes (DEF/MID) - $587,000
After starting the year off half-back this season, Bowes has now earnt defender status to go with his midfield status he held last year. It means the 22-year-old is now a viable Fantasy option to be selected in the backline.
Bowes had 17 disposals, two marks and two tackles for a score of 55 on the weekend, but it’s his previous form which reads better. Scores of 76 and 88 in Rounds 2 and 3 highlight his scoring potential as a defender. In those games he had nine and seven marks in the backline which great contributed to his score. Bowes is a worthwhile addition in Draft formats, owned in just 41% of leagues and is one to watch in Fantasy Classic.
Lachie Weller (DEF/MID) - $659,000
While the addition of midfielder to Weller’s Fantasy profile doesn’t add any extra value, it does reinforce that his shift into the midfield in 2020 has been a permanent one. Weller has worth as a defensive Fantasy option this year, largely due to his scoring potential as a full-time midfielder.
Against Geelong, the 24-year-old had 11 disposals, two marks, five tackles and two goals for a score of 70. Playing all five games this season, Weller is averaging 76 points per game which places him seventh overall amongst defenders. However, owned in just 4% of Fantasy Classic teams he is a huge point of difference.