The Midfield can be one of the most difficult areas of the field in AFL Fantasy Elite. If you’re one of the people who has a selection later in the first round, it is very likely that the best Midfielders (Swan, Ablett, Cotchin, Boyd, Pendlebury and Beams) will already have been selected.
Strategy dictates that you should look to get the premiums from other areas (Defenders, Forwards and Ruck) as midfield depth is stronger than other areas.
But now you are in the later rounds and it’s time to pick the best available. Here are some sub $500,000 DreamTeam players who could be a steal in AFL Fantasy Elite and SuperCoach Draft as well as the traditional forms of Fantasy Football.
Toby Greene $495,700 (DT) – $506,300 (SC)
2012 DT ave: 96.21
2012 SC ave: 94.63
Greene was a ball magnet as a junior averaging 29.2 disposals per game for Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC cup in 2011 and replicated that form in the AFL collecting 30 or more possessions on 9 occasions. An amazing result for a rookie. Averaging 96 ppg* in DT last season, more impressive was his end to the season, over the last 8 games averaging 110 points per game.
Potential Ave. 105 (DT)
Nat Fyfe $458,500 (DT) – $498, 800 (SC)
2012 DT ave: 89
2012 SC ave: 93.22
Injury curtailed his season playing only 9 regular season games (plus 2 finals) at an average of 89 points per game. Fyfe has potentially slipped in the minds of many AFL Fantasy Elite players. In 2011 he averaged 98.3 points per game and looked destined to become an elite AFL Fantasy Player. While many compare his onfield style to current Essendon Coach and Great James Hird, A fit Fyfe could well be one of the bargain buys of the season.
Potential Ave. 105 (DT/SC)
Luke Ball $343,100 (DT) – $301,800 (SC)
2012 DT ave: 74
2012 SC ave: 62.67
A knee injury ended the season of Ball in round 3 last season. In his first two seasons at the Pies Ball averaged 92.6 ppg* in 2010 and 96.3 ppg* in 2011. He is low down the AFL Fantasy Elite selection order and would be a good selection for anyone looking for a proven reliable player. Hold off selecting him in AFL DreamTeam until he returns.
Potential Ave. 85 (DT/SC)
Daniel Hannebery $421,800 (DT) – $439,700 (SC)
2012 DT ave: 81.86
2012 SC ave: 82.18
During the 2012 finals series Hannebery showed he has the capability to be a top line midfielder, averaging 30 possessions per game. Across those 3 games he scored 78, 106 & 106 ppg. After 3 seasons averaging around the 80 ppg (80.5, 79.7, 81.5 ppg) Hannebery is a standout contender for a more dominant role in the swans midfield.
Potential Ave. 85 (DT) – 90 (SC)
Brent Moloney – $309,800 (DT) – $362,400 (SC)
2012 DT ave: 60.13
2012 SC ave: 67.73
After a disappointing season at the Dees, Moloney, now at the Lions, will be looking to recapture the form he had in 2011 when he won the Melbourne Football Clubs best and fairest award. His average dropped from 88 in 2011 to just 60 in 2012.
The Lions have targeted him as a free agent to fill a role as a clearence specialist, not ideal for AFL Fantasy Elite, but perfect for SuperCoach Draft where contested possessions are worth more points. Expect Moloney to play from round one and help the likes of Black and the younger brigade of Redden and Rockliff in the middle.
Potential Ave. 75 (DT) – 90(SC)
Nick Lower $352,200 (DT) – $379,500 (SC)
2012 DT ave: 97.67
2012 SC ave: 88.67
This is a real surprise selection and is potentially risky. Lower now at his third AFL Club did not fit with in new Fremantle coach Ross Lyons plans for the club and only played 3 games at an average of 97.7 ppg* after injuries curtailed his early season oppurtunities to get on the park.
When playing back in the WAFL he averaged over 25 possessions a game and showed his ability to be a very solid contributor.
In a young Bulldogs midfield, Lower could become one of the real generals at the football club with a hardened AFL Body to help the likes of Griffen, Boyd and Cross.
Potential Ave. 70 (DT/SC)
ppg* = Points Per Game.
Also consider Jack Steven, Koby Stevens, David Mundy
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