AFL has been pretty wild over the last six months. Nude photo scandals, ex-players knocked out, current players jaws broken, links to organised crime, Ricky Nixon emerging as the slimiest man in Melbourne, and of course, the Bombers scandal. It seems like the whole city goin’ against the AFL.

On Thursday night, the league finally gets a chance to play the game on its own terms again. While the Carlton-Richmond curtain raiser might not be quite the clash it has been in the past, the return of Buddy, the emergence of the Bulldogs, the recruitment of the Cats and the intrigue around the Bombers is sure to make this a fascinating weekend of footy.

Not unlike the Geelong midfield, we've assembled our own dream team; Complex writers Andrew Nguyen and Will Brown team with Matt Scully of sports travel website Sports Where I Am to pick apart the chances of your team in 2016.