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LIVE GAME CHAT
Dylan Stephens was extremely cheap in some fantasy competitions at the start of 2022 which saw him creep into a lot of starting teams... only for him to spend the vast majority of the season so far in the VFL, apart from today's late in to replace best 22 players with illness. He is a signature example of the pitfalls of going for a fringe player whom you know is good but doesn't have enough job security to deliver appearance on the park in the senior. The best attribute of a fantasy player is actually playing in the ones, unlike Stephens most of the year.
LEGENDDT = Dream Team and AFL Fantasy.
SC = Herald-Sun SuperCoach.
Kk = Kicks. Hb = Handballs. Mk = Marks.
Tk = Tackles. HO = Hit-outs.
FK = Free kicks (FF/FA). G.B = Goals and behinds.
MG = Metres gained.
CP = Contested possessions. CL = Clearances.
= Clangers. = Disposal efficiency (%).
= Time on ground (%).
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ICONS* = This player kicked the first goal of the game.
= Hot (flame). This player is on fire in fantasy terms, on target for a Dream Team ton.
= Cold (icicle). This player has gone cold in this game, well down on his usual average.
= Sore (band-aid). This player has hurt himself, from a muscle injury or a knock. It's not bad enough to put him out of the game.
= Groggy (pow!). This player has hurt himself from a knock to the head, so he's feeling a bit woozy.
= Injured (red cross). This player will most probably not return for the rest of the game due to an injury. (Be warned that sometimes players are given this symbol wrongly due to incorrect radio reports.)
= Long-term injured (tombstone). This player will not only not return this game from a big injury, he won't play for a long while!
= In (jumper). This player replaced another player in the side in the last 45 minutes before the match started.
= Reported (hazard sign). The umpires took this player's name for an on-field discretion.
= MRP (TV). Due to an incident that wasn't reported, this player is likely to be cited on video by the AFL Match Review Panel.
= Job (cog). This player has a traditional defensive role on another player, so he's sacrificing his own game.
= Guard (shield). This player didn't play on a man all game, but guarded space in defence.
= Spearhead. This player provided a target for teammates kicking the ball inside 50 as a tall forward.
= Inside (shovel). This player played his part inside the midfield engine room, shovelling the ball out.
= Wing (feather). This player started on a wing or flank, providing run and carry outside the packs.
= Pocket (jeans pocket). This player started deep forward in a crumbing role, roving contests and laying pressure.
= Switch (arrows). This player has switched from defence to attack, or vice versa, to help his team.
= Plus one. This player has the role of being loose in defence as the seventh man, cutting off attacks.
= Quarterback. This player started on a wing but drifted to halfback to mop up, in the so-called quarterback role.
= Spitter (cobra head). This player is in the "spitter" role, coming off the back of the square through midfield and forward.
= Kick in taker (goalsquare). This player takes a lot of kick ins after points, and often plays on for cheap fantasy stats.
= Rock (Ayers Rock). This player has dominated his key defensive post, it seems no one can get past him.
= Witches hat. This player is playing a key defensive role, but he's putting on as much pressure as a witches hat.
= Atlas. This player carried the rest of the team on his back, but it wasn't enough to prevent a loss.
= Snout. This player racked up stats like a true fantasy pig, dipping his snout in the trough time and again.
= Cash (dollar sign). This player is a "cash cow" who is earning your team dollars with every point he scores over his breakeven.
= Graph. This player is a "mid-pricer" whose price will rise sharply after this excellent performance.
= Sub. This player is wearing the green vest indicating he is an official substitute.
= Concussion Sub. This player was temporarily substituted off for 20 minutes under the AFL's concussion rules.
= Sub. This player is wearing the red vest indicating he was substituted off during the game.
= Bench. This player has been benched by the coach for long periods of the game (Note: this icon also appears to the right of a name when that player is now on the bench).
= TOG (clock). This player is coming on and off the bench but not getting a decent amount of time on ground (TOG).
= Missing (magnifying glass). This player has gone missing like Wally or Carmen Sandiego. Where is he?
= Cobweb. This player looks to be short of match fitness after a long layoff, will be better for the run.
= Slow (snail). This player was caught holding the ball (HTB) several times because he was too sluggish.
= Empty (petrol gague). This player started well, but at some point he ran out of petrol tickets and stopped.
= Tagger (price tag). This player has a tagging role, playing very defensively on another player.
= Tagged (padlock). This player is the target of a tag by an opposition player.
= Spud (potato). It's no surprise that this player's fantasy score is so low... he's just a spud, no one should have him.
= Crab. This player looks like a crab, scuttling hither and yon in an ugly style. Stay away, fantasy coaches!
= Muppet (Kermit). This player has just done something unbelievably stupid, and turned into a muppet.
= Burger. This player has obviously been hitting the fast food just a tad, he's looking fat and slow.
= Donut. This player has begun the match with at least a full quarter of play with no basic statistics to show for it.
= Penguin. This player is so cold that his fantasy score is negative even after a lot of footy, brr!
= Cactus. This player is looking tired and in need of a holiday, somewhere sunny like Arizona.
= Fantasy Zombie. This player was supposed to be past it for fantasy purposes, but he's back in town today!
= Blue moon. This player is normally not fantasy-relevant, but he has had a rare statistical blinder today.
= Yin yang. This player had one terrible half but also one very good half to balance things out.
= Ghost. This player only got the ball a small number of times, contributing rarely and then disappearing.
= Butcher (cleaving knife). This player got a fair bit of the footy, but he kept turning it over with clangers.
= Wall. This young player has had a good run since entering the league, but now he has hit the rookie wall.
= Astronaut. This player is so outside in his game style that he can only get a kick in space!
= Pumpkin. This player has had a great run recently but has now reverted to his true form: ordinary.
= Mare. This player is having a nightmare of a game, he can't do anything right. What a disaster!
= DT Talk. This player is the #1-ranked option in the famous Calvin's Captains article on the DT Talk blog.
= Irish (four-leaf clover). This lad (one of many) brings a touch of Guinness flavour to our great game.
= Lebanese (flag). Robin Nahas brings a touch of falafel flavour to our great game.
= Canadian (flag). Mike Pyke brings a touch of maple syrup flavour to our great game.
= American (flag). Seamus McNamara brings a touch of deep-fried flavour to our great game.
= Fijian (flag). Nic Naitanui brings a touch of lovo flavour to our great game.
= Burmese (flag). Trent Dennis-Lane brings a touch of ngapi flavour to our great game.
= Brazilian (flag). Harry O'Brien brings a touch of churrasco flavour to our great game.
= New Zealand (star from NZ flag). Karmichael Hunt brings a touch of hangi flavour to our great game.
= Tongan (flag). Israel Folau brings a touch of kava flavour to our great game.
= Japanese (flag). Sean Yoshuira brings a touch of sushi flavour to our great game.
= Nigerian (flag). Joel Wilkinson brings a touch of iru flavour to our great game.
= Sudanese (flag). Majak Daw brings a touch of aseeda flavour to our great game.
= Zimbabwe (flag). Tendai Mzungu brings a touch of sadza flavour to our great game.
= Egypt (flag). Ahmed Saad brings a touch of baba ghannoug flavour to our great game.
= Up. This player's fantasy score is up on his usual average.
= Down. This player's fantasy score is down on his usual average.
= Rookie (L-plate). The kid's playing his first game, cut him some slack if he doesn't get much of the pill.
= Bubble Boy (P-plate). The kid's playing his second game, so he's about to be "on the bubble" for fantasy price changes.
= Superman (Superman logo). This player has suddenly put the Superman cape on and delivered a great quarter of footy.
= Purple Superman. This Docker player has suddenly put the Superman cape on and delivered a quarter of wharfie time!
= X factor (letter X). This player wasn't the best player on the ground but he played a vital role in winning the game.
= Garbage (garbage bin). Had a pretty quiet game to start, but saved his day with "garbage time" stats when the pressure eased.
= Vulture. This player went in for the kill after the game was split open, feasting on the opposition carcass.
= Heart. Despite great adversity, this player has gutted it out and delivered a solid score for your team.
= Gun. Was there ever any doubt that this player would rack up huge fantasy points? This player is a gun, plain and simple.
= Magnet. He may not have been BOG or the most influential, but this player just kept getting the ball.
= Cherry. He was heading for a fine fantasy day, then he put the cherry on top with superior workrate!
= Hulk. This player copped a hard tag, but through strength and gut running he delivered for his team.
= On target. This player has scored a big bag of goals and kicked very accurately.
= Ram. This player may not have been a ball magnet, but he busted open packs all day to benefit his side.
= Seagull. This player hung outside the packs all day for cheap stats like a seagull pinching hot chips.
= Cooked (chicken). This player is just cooked, take him out of the oven, he's done.
= Star. What an awesome performance! He's the star player of the game, should get 3 Brownlow votes.
= Medal. This player won the official medal in one of the special games during the AFL season (equivalent to star).
= Dreamtime. This player is indigenous and is playing in the Dreamtime Game at the G.
= Anzac. This player has won the Anzac Day medal for best afield in the Anzac game.
SPECIAL PLAYER MATCHUP ICONS
= Jack Steele (Pig).
= Matthew "Dutchy" de Boer (flag of the Netherlands).
= Trent McKenzie (Cannon).
= Tom Scully (Skull).
= Tom Hawkins (Tomahawk).
= Easton Wood (tree).
= Harley Bennell (motorcycle).
= Nakia Cockatoo.
= Jack Frost (snowman).
= Mark Blicavs (lightning bolt, a.k.a. Blitz).
= Liam Shiels (shield).
= Jake Stringer (The Package).
= Trent Dumont (Froggy).
= Ben Jacobs (Blowfly).
= Nick Blakey (Lizard).
= Aidan Corr (Apples).
= Tim Membrey (Skunk).
= Brody Mihocek (Checkers).
= Charlie Ballard (Chicken).
= Dylan Grimes (Batman).
RETIRED PLAYER ICONS
= Dane Swan.
= Ryan "Creepy" Crowley.
= Jason Porplyzia (Porpoise).
= James Podsiadly (iPod).
= Andrew Raines (Raindrop).
= Andrew Carrazzo (Carrots).
= Matt Maguire (Goose).
= Liam Jurrah (Cougar).
= Cameron Ling (Pink Pig).
= Brad "Smiling Assassin" Johnson.
= Brett "Captain" Kirk.
= Warren Tredrea.
= Josh Carr.
= Peter Bell.
= Hayden Skipworth.
= Scott Gumbleton (Gumby).
= Jake King.
= Aaron Davey (Flash).
= Tomas Bugg (ladybug).
= Scott "Scooter" Selwood.
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