SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 04: Players run laps during a Sydney Swans AFL pre-season training session at Weigall Sports Ground on December 4, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

New faces: Sydney were inactive in the trade and free agency periods and thus go into 2018 without a fresh face in their best 22. Aliir Aliir is a player with the talent to cement a spot in the side after rarely featuring in 2017, with an opportunity to claim the CHB role likely between him and Melican.

On the fringe: Sam Naismith and Callum Sinclair will both stake their claims for the starting ruck position for the Swans, with Naismith a good chance to snare it depending on their plans with Tippett. Youngsters Ollie Florent, Matthew Ling and Lewis Melican will also play in 2018.

First picked: Lance Franklin

Last picked: Will Hayward

Best 22:

B: Dane Rampe, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Callum Mills, Aliir Aliir, Nic Newman
C: Zak Jones, Luke Parker, Jake Lloyd
HF: Isaac Heeney, Sam Reid, Kieren Jack
F: Tom Papley, Lance Franklin, Gary Rohan
FOL: Kurt Tippett, Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery
I/C: Dean Towers, Jarrad McVeigh, George Hewett, Will Hayward