One of the many features unique to Ultimate Footy is the ability for players to gain position eligibility over the course of the season. We like to keep things as realistic as possible so if something changes in real-life you'll see it here in the game too.
Since this is a new concept to many fantasy players we've listed answers to some of the more common questions below:
How often are player positions reviewed and changed?
Players are reviewed after every three rounds to determine if they have been playing primarily in a position that they are not eligible for in Ultimate Footy. More specifically, changes will be made mid-week following the completion of rounds 3, 6, 9, 12 and 15. Typically this is on a Wednesday afternoon after players have been properly analysed, however we do not announce what exact day and time changes will be made.
Any free agents that are awarded new position eligibility will be made a restricted free agent for a period of one day. This provides a more equitable opportunity for coaches to sign these players. Note that players will only be added to restricted free agents in leagues that have enabled restricted free agents.
What criteria is used when deciding on new positions?
There are several factors used to determine whether a player should gain position eligibility. A player must be deemed to meet all of them in order to successfully be awarded a new position.
1. The player must have played "primarily" in the new position over the last 3 rounds.
Primarily means at least 70% of game time and does not apply to players who may split duties between two positions. For example in 2012 Cox and Naitinui were ruck-eligible only despite sharing ruck and forward duties in a 50-50 split. Since neither played the majority of their games forward neither qualified for a change.
2. The player must be expected to continue to "primarily" play in this position on an ongoing basis.
Not only do they need to have been playing in a new position, they need to be expected to continue playing this position for the foreseeable future. Players playing out of position temporarily to cover injuries do not qualify under this condition.
3. There must be clear and obvious evidence of the player playing primarily in a new position.
We look at heat map data and try to gather as much visual evidence as possible but also check several statistical measures to support any changes. Statistics such as inside 50's, rebound 50's, centre clearances, "score-rate" (percentage of disposals that result in a score) and hitouts are all looked at to provide further evidence of a players role. We also look at how a player's stats rank relative to others in their team, so even if it looks like say a midfielder is winning a lot of ball down back, if their team as a whole is skewed towards possessions in the back half it weakens the case that this player is playing in defense.
If there are any doubts around the points above we may opt to wait another 3 weeks before making a change in order to gather more evidence.
What factors are NOT considered when determining changes?
There are also several factors we do not consider when making a change, such as:
- Players are assessed individually and not relative to any other players. So even if player X is a Centre and plays more time forward than player Y who is a Centre/Forward this is not grounds to make a change.
- Positions players are eligible in other fantasy games. Initial positions are set independently from any other competitions and so are any changes that are made.
These factors do not necessarily mean a player is eligible as per the above criteria so are not considered.
Can players lose positions?
No. We will only ever add new positions, never remove them. This would disadvantage teams who draft players to fill a specific position.
What if our league doesn't want positions to change?
Not a problem. Although all public leagues will be subject to position changes, all private leagues have the ability to opt-out of changes. Your league manager can simply select "Lock Original Positions" on the Edit League Settings page at any time during the season.
Do players with changes get added to restricted free agents to give fairer access?
Yes. In leagues that use restricted free agents any free agent that is awarded a new position will be made a restricted free agent for a one day period.
If you're in a PLUS league that doesn't want to follow these rules your league manager can manually adjust any players' restricted free agent status by going to Tools > Edit Restricted Free Agents.
Can I suggest some changes?
You're welcome to contact us with suggestions, however due to the volume of suggestions and sensitive nature we are unlikely to provide comment on them. Please consider the criteria above when submitting a suggestion.
What's the maximum number of positions a player can earn?
Two. So even if a B/C has been playing primarily as a forward we will not award them forward eligibility because they are already eligible for two positions.
Where can I view a list of the positions changes?
A list of all changes made since the start of the season is available from Players > Position Changes or can be accessed here.
What if our league doesn't agree with the positions changes?
You can either Lock Original Positions as mentioned above, or alternatively use the Edit Player Positions tool available to PLUS leagues to customise player positions on an individual basis.