Agree on utility spot. Think it is far more reflective of how AFL teams operate, playing to their strengths in a certain part of the field (if they have one). Also think it would remove a lot of 0s teams get forced into with shortage of Cs in comp.
Unsure of RB’s classification idea. Would probably err on side of just using positions as assigned by CD each season. The changes would be minimal I imagine.
Fixture: Think we should keep it random, not only to remove complicating things further, but also given ladder positions come about for myriad of reasons. Yes, overall list strength is the primary factor, but plenty of teams get struck by injury, suspension and poor form badly on certain weeks and lose to teams they on average wouldn’t. I feel as though a lot of times you try to manufacturer equality of outcome, you end up creating processes that are still just as flawed and just as susceptible to being exploited, whether by luck or by deliberate intent. I vote to leave fixture as random.
FA: Again, although Thursday Night games seem to be increasing this season, I feel making new policy for this small disadvantage will make it more complicated and confusing for all. I’m comfortable accepting that Thursday Night FA’s will be off limits this season due to impracticality.
Keepers This is my addition. I really want us to increase the importance of the draft. That is primarily what the Fantasy Sport challenge is based around. Having 20 keepers is too many. I personally would like 10, but understand that will unpopular as many coaches have huge attachment to their squads players. Perhaps we could go with 15? This means that we get to keep 50% of our squad year-to-year, but increase the draft pool by 90 players. Those 90 players would increase the talent pool in each draft immensely and create a greater value and importance on drafting well. Coaches would have to weigh up more seriously whether to use high draft picks to draft long term or short term, with the latter strategy providing teams to move back up the ladder quickly with a good mature-age recruit haul, given you are filling out at least 3 players in your Best 18. Coaches would still keep their best 50%/15 players under this setup, which I think is still a huge advantage.