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Byes navigated, now let's get serious

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   ​With the treacherous bye rounds successful navigated, footy is finally back in the full-on sense and for the first time in nearly a month, Ultimate Footy coaches will have a full complement of players to choose from.

Ultimate Footy: Fantasy stalwarts still going strong

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Footy Prophet   We resume normal duties this week, with all 18 teams taking the field. This means we have a full complement to draw our rankings from, and there are some familiar names in the mix.

The Round 14 Hunch Report

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Each week, the team at Footy Prophet will cast a glance across each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help benefit coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: Reaping rewards from big trades

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   When it comes to off-season player movement in the AFL you'd be hard pushed to pick a bigger 

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round 13

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round 13 of the 2015 AFL premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: Bye round upsets balance but the sun might shine for some

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Footy Prophet   Our Ultimate Footy rankings are again depleted this week. With six teams on a bye and a further two in Fremantle and Collingwood playing on Thursday night, a number of usual top-five candidates are ineligible.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round 13

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Each week, the team at Footy Prophet runs an eye over the 18 clubs to benefit Ultimate Footy coaches and their teams.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round 12

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round 12 of the AFL premiership season.

Bye rounds throw up strange possibilities

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   The bye rounds are always a little strange, and while that'll no doubt be the case again this weekend, we've also got some tantalising fantasy match-ups to look at.

Ultimate Footy: Lions and Doggies defenders stand out in a small crowd

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Footy Prophet   With Hawthorn and Adelaide having already played and a further six teams on a bye, our rankings this week can only draw from 10 AFL clubs.

The Round 12 Hunch Report

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Each week, the team at Footy Prophet will cast a glance across each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help benefit coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: The injury report

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Matt McGrath, Footy Prophet   Our footy heroes time and time again recover from injury to grace us with their football skill and fantasy contributions.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round 11

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round 11 of the AFL premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: Farewell Juddy

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Conrad McDonald   When champion Chris Judd announced his retirement earlier this week, it was not the way anyone would have liked it to happen. Judd's untimely ACL rupture on the weekend denied the public a chance to give Judd a victorious farewell.

Ultimate Footy: New faces get chance to star

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Footy Prophet   This week there are six teams on a bye, with star Hawks Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge just some of the fantasy stars missing in action.

Ultimate Footy: The Round 11 Hunch Report

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Anthony Wingard   Each week, the team at Footy Prophet will cast a glance across each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help benefit coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

New coach helps Carlton fantasy spike

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   Footy and a public holiday, two ingredients for a perfect weekend.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round 10

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round 10 of the AFL premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: Duo’s prime-time ascendency

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   There's nothing better for an Ultimate Footy coach to hear that your star player won't be shut down by the opposition team. While taggers have an undoubted role to play in modern football, they are the bane of fantasy coaches, leeching the scoring output from the best prospects.

Ultimate Footy: Sun to shine on Swans

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Footy Prophet   Last week it was Hawthorn players that dominated our rankings, this week it's Sydney. The common link? Their opponent, Gold Coast. The Suns have had more off-field struggles this week, but on-field they remain the most favourable match-up in fantasy football. Expect the entire Swans midfield to run riot this weekend, and net their Ultimate Footy coaches a ton of points.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round 10

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   The team at Footy Prophet runs an eye over each of the AFL’s 18 clubs to help coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

The trend: Going back to go forwards

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Matt McGrath, Footy Prophet   Champion AFL players – midfielders in particular – have often retired too young or faded at the finish, with years of bash and crash in and around the contest taking a heavy toll.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round nine

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round nine of the AFL premiership season.

Too many midfield cooks may spoil the fantasy broth

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   All AFL teams struggle sometimes. Right now, two teams are particularly in the doldrums, namely Carlton and Brisbane. While Carlton's implosion is receiving much focus thanks to the sacking of Mick Malthouse, Brisbane released some pressure thanks to a gritty 37-point win over Port Adelaide in round seven.

Ultimate Footy: Hodge tops in defence

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Luke Hodge returns to the Hawthorn line-up this week, and takes his place at the top of the defensive rankings.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round nine

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   The team at Footy Prophet casts an eye over each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs from round eight

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round eight of the AFL season.

Ultimate Footy: A big weekend for fantasy coaches

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   A big weekend of fantasy footy begins tonight when Geelong host Carlton at Etihad Stadium. Both sides are coming off a loss and keen to get back in the winner's circle, which hopefully will see many of fantasy footy's big names put in big efforts to get their team across the line.

Ultimate Footy: Dogs have their way

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Footy Prophet   Bulldogs Matthew Boyd and Liam Picken sit atop Ultimate Footy's defensive rankings for round eight.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round eight

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   The team at Footy Prophet casts an eye over each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: Yeo emerges as fantasy jet

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Brisbane's infamous exodus of the 2013 off season certainly sent tremors among the Lions' inner sanctum and around the league.

Ultimate Footy: Bulldog reinvented

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Footy Prophet   Ultimate Footy released their second wave of position changes for the 2015 season this week, and one big name to join the defensive ranks is Bulldog Matthew Boyd.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round seven

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Footy Prophet cast an eye over each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: St Kilda unearth a fantasy gem

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   When it comes to action, football fans were certainly not left wanting last weekend.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round six

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round six of the 2015 AFL premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: Chance for fresh faces

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Footy Prophet, Matthew Jaensch    With star Hawks and top-five regulars Jordan Lewis and Luke Hodge set to miss this week through suspension, the door has opened for some fresh faces at the top of our Ultimate Footy rankings.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round six

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Footy Prophet casts an eye over each of the AFL's 18 clubs to help benefit coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round five

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round five of the 2015 AFL premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: The Hunch Report, round five

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   Footy Prophet casts an eye over each of the AFL’s 18 clubs to help benefit coaches and their Ultimate Footy teams.

Ultimate Footy: Mature-agers rule the roost

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   The past decade has provided us with a whole host of fantasy footy stars from the National Draft.

Four Rs, round three

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round three of the 2015 AFL premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round two

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round two of the premiership season.

Ultimate Footy: Surprise-packet Bulldogs shape as a goldmine

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   At the Carlton season launch, Mick Malthouse rather imprudently said he could not find a game that Carlton would lose this year.  He didn't have to search for long with the Blues' sliding to a miserable 0-2 start. As we learned in high school physics: 'for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction'.

Ultimate Footy: Round two preview

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   Let’s not beat around the bush. For fantasy coaches, round one was an absolute nightmare.

Ultimate Footy: Dee-fying the odds

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Anthony Wingard, Footy Prophet   On Saturday, the footballing world witnessed a spectacle not seen for a long time.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs, round one

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Jason Sherwin, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Regrettable and Ridiculous from round one.

Ultimate Footy: Fresh faces to the fore in round one

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   Call me biased, but there are few better ways to start off the year than a Tiger victory. The win was made all the sweeter by the thrill of seeing young players on both sides lead their team for statistics and effort.

Three tips to make 2015 your best fantasy year yet

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   It’s been a long summer, longer than usual. We’ve seen scandals, we’ve seen sackings, we’ve seen injuries. Finally, however, footy is almost here. In just a few days, round one begins, and the pre-season will be just a distant memory.

Ultimate Footy: Class of 2012 – Jackson Macrae

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David Ford, footyprophet.com.au   Class of 2012 is the definitive guide to the AFL’s next batch of breakout candidates. It’s widely accepted folklore that players can often see sharp improvement in performances in their third AFL season, both in real and fantasy terms.

Ultimate Footy dos and don'ts

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   When you're in your Ultimate Footy fantasy draft, you'll likely have a list of players who you're specifically targeting. Whether you think they're in for a good year, or they're just a favourite of yours, for whatever reason you're keen on them.

Ultimate Footy: Four Rs – NAB Challenge week three

Matthew James, footyprophet.com.au   With teams starting to field close to full-strength teams, Ultimate Footy coaches this weekend had a chance to see how some of their draft targets are likely to perform in 2015. With 12 teams on show between Thursday and Sunday, there were plenty of takeaways.

Eade won't 'rob Peter to pay Paul' when it comes to Ablett

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Ronny Lerner   Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade does not intend to “rob Peter to pay Paul” when it comes to how superstar Gary Ablett will be used this year.

Ultimate Footy: Bigger and better in 2015

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The ultimate fantasy AFL game, Ultimate Footy takes your fantasy experience to a whole new level with unrivaled customisation options and a completely immersive draft-based experience that will have you competing for bragging rights. There are also a bunch of new stats and features for 2015 that will take your experience even further.

Four Rs - Round 23

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Ridiculous and Regrettable from round 23 of the AFL season.

Ultimate Footy: Grand Finals come early

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   This clash of the AFL's in-form teams occurs in the same week of most Ultimate Footy grand finals.

Hamish Hartlett's star on the rise

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   Hamish Hartlett is a borderline fantasy star, a status underlined by yet another exemplary performance against Carlton last weekend.

Four Rs: Round 22

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Alex Mulholland, Footy Prophet   The Right, Ridiculous, Regrettable and wRong from round 22 of the AFL season.

Ultimate Footy: injury crisis wreaks havoc on the finals

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   As the 2014 AFL finals near, the Ultimate Footy finals series has already begun. For many coaches, round 21 represented the culmination of many months of drafting, trading and opportunistic pick-ups from the pool of unsigned players.

Ultimate Footy: the Four Rs of round 21

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   The Right, wRong, Ridiculous and Regrettable from round 21 of the 2014 AFL season.

Ultimate Footy: Tom Rockliff, the new Lion king

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   Despite a disappointing season for the Brisbane Lions, the newest star of the fantasy football world, Tom Rockliff, is on his way to achieving something special.

Four Rs: round 20

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Sarah Lucken, Footy Prophet   The Right, Ridiculous, Regrettable and wRong from round 20 of the AFL season.

Fantasy Footy round 20 preview

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   Round 20 is a huge week of footy, and it all kicks off when Richmond and Essendon go head to head at the MCG.

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Finals heroes

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   For the vast majority of Ultimate Footy coaches, fantasy finals have either arrived, or are just one game away. This is the business end of the season, the time when champions are crowned and dreams are shattered.

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Brisbane Lions players top the rankings

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Footy Prophet   After monster Round 18 performances on the back of career-best fantasy seasons, the top rank at each of the four positions is amazingly represented by Brisbane players.

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Ultimate Footy: Ben McGlynn's midfield transformation

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Roger Hassan, Footy Prophet   The intense pressure for spots has led the Swans to some incredible onfield performances this year, and one of those propelling Sydney forward is Ben McGlynn.

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Ultimate Footy: Young pups tackling like old Dogs

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Mark Kenny, Footy Prophet   It seems as though the Western Bulldogs have improved beyond recognition over the past few rounds, with the tackling pressure of their younger players proving pivotal.

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Ultimate Footy: Au revoir Gary for 2014

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   It’s been just one week since Gary Ablett tragically dislocated his shoulder and ended his 2014 campaign. Already, the game just doesn’t seem the same.

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Ultimate Footy: Four Rs of the Week

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Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   No matter which team you follow, there’s simply a good feeling in seeing Anthony Morabito back out on the football field.

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Ultimate Football - 21 category agendas

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Dave Cardamone, Footy Prophet   With Gary Ablett Jnr’s injury on the weekend, I thought I’d bring up 21 agendas that all category coaches should keep in mind with only a handful of regular season games remaining for Ultimate Footy.

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Ultimate Footy: Ruck understudies no more

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   We’re all excited by a player who comes in from the cold. There’s just something so inspiring about someone who finally breaks into a team, after perhaps long stints in the state competition, and has a positive impact.

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Ultimate Footy eyecatcher: Travis Colyer

Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   I'm a big fan of players in the 21-24 year old age bracket, as it is within this age range that most players have their most significant increase in fantasy output along with an improved level of consistency.

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Ultimate Footy: Fear the Cats

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   We all like to make big calls based on small amounts of evidence. A side has one disappointing loss and it's “season over.” A player misses an easy set shot and “he couldn’t kick to save himself”.

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Ultimate Footy: Risk? Or Reward?

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   Should you select a player with a high upper ceiling of points scoring potential, but who has a long history of injury or has bouts of inconsistency?

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Four Rs of the Week

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   After bidding farewell to one of their most celebrated players this week, the Lions gave Jonathan Brown the perfect send off.

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Ultimate Footy: An era ends with Jonathan Brown's retirement

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   It's time to bid farewell to one of the best and most loved players of the modern era.

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Keep the Faith with Essendon’s Elite

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   Despite the fantasy tag, our players are only human and they are susceptible to real-world problems that can have devastating fantasy implications.

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Ultimate Footy: Don’t write off the Crows

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   Many sides are plagued by inconsistency, but few have shown such a wide discrepancy between their best and worst as the Crows this season.

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Gold Coast Suns shining

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   It’s hard not get excited about the Gold Coast Suns when they’re up and running.

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Ultimate Footy: Caddy, Kersten ready to shine

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Mark Kenny, Footy Prophet   Young Cats Josh Caddy and Shane Kersten will get the opportunity to prove their worth at senior level tomorrow against the Suns as the promising pair look to put early season injury woes behind them.

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GWS Giants: You Know They're Coming

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Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   What about those Giants? I know, I know: they had a big win on the weekend and everyone is raving about them.

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Ultimate Footy: Eyecatchers: Jasper Pittard

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The NAB Challenge this year threw up some very eye-catching performances from a number of youngsters that were taking a more prominent role at their respective clubs.

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Ultimate Footy: The Prophet's Profit

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Alex Mulholland, Footy Prophet   With round 12 done and dusted things are really starting to heat up in fantasy leagues.

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Four Rs of the Week

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   Once again West Coast midfielder Matt Priddis got the job done for his fantasy owners, with yet another 100 point fantasy total.

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Ultimate Footy: Cellar Dweller Delights

Rob Dauth, Footy Prophet   It can be tough if your side is at the bottom of the ladder, and I’m not referring exclusively to rock-bottom.

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Ultimate Footy: The new number one

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   Tom Rockliff isn't only topping the leader-board, he's head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to fantasy points.

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Ultimate Footy: Milera's moment

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Mark Kenny, Footy Prophet   After an interrupted pre-season Terry Milera has made his way back into the Saints’ senior side.

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Ultimate Footy: Blue top bye performer

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Kade Simpson has undoubtedly been the player of the bye rounds, with two career best performances either side of Carlton's week off.

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Round 10 Preview

Josh Elliott, Footy Prophet   Round 10 is looking to be one of the most action-packed of the year so far, with several clubs playing potentially season-defining games.

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Ultimate Footy: Stuck on the fringe

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Mark Kenny, Footy Prophet   So close, yet so far away. This is the frustrating sentiment that a number of AFL listed players have become accustomed to as they ply their trade week in-week out in their respective state leagues.

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Ultimate Footy: Tiger Tiger, Burning Out

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   Firstly, an unreserved apology to those who crossed my path following Richmond’s calamitous defeat by Melbourne on the weekend.

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The four Rs: round nine

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   The right, ridiculous, regrettable and wrong from the weekend of footy.

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Ultimate Footy: Round Nine preview

Roger Hassan, Footy Prophet   Some might think that midway through the bye rounds there may not be many interesting games, but one matchup that is sure to keep us on the edge of our seats is Saturday’s battle between Fremantle and Geelong.

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Ultimate Footy: Unleash your inner salesman

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   In a somewhat abridged week of Footy due to the first bye round, what we lacked in quantity was made up for in quality.

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Ultimate Footy: Four Rs of the week

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet   The Swans have their mojo back, and their twin towers up front fired this week. Against Hawthorn the football world was able to see what $2 million buys you in terms of forward firepower.

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Ultimate Footy assessment: Jack Billings

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   Billings has been on my watchlist since his return to the senior side was announced prior to Round 5.

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Four Rs of the Week, Round 7

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Conrad McDonald, Footy Prophet   Round 7 was youth round in fantasyland.

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Ultimate Footy - Round 7 Preview

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   This week sees us enter Round 7, the last full weekend of footy before the bye rounds. With a number of key games, there will be a lot of teams wanting to keep a good thing going, and also plenty needing to get their season back on track. The same goes for Ultimate Footy coaches. 

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A new super power?

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Matt Palfreman, Footy Prophet   Last weekend saw the continued emergence of new, and to many, unexpected superpower in the AFL. Hawthorn and Geelong have long been held in high esteem for their ability to maintain their high quality lists and their ladder dominance, and yet it was the destruction of the latter on Sunday that heralded the arrival of a new team at the top - Port Adelaide.

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The Four Rs

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Roger Hassan, Footy Prophet   A lot of sense was injected back into the football world this week, with some major movers and shakers putting up big numbers in round 6.

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