Top 5 series will look at the top 5 prospects for AFL Fantasy (AFLF) & DreamTeam (DT) In different categories.
Today we look at underpriced premium midfielders who have the potential to be premiums by seasons end. I’ve classified underpriced as $100k under the highest priced Midfielder Stevie Johnson.
Bryce Gibbs (MID) $485,300 – Now that Gibbs has lost his defender eligibility, he is no longer a walk up starter in our Fantasy sides. Gibbs average 89 AFLF points per game last season, down on the numbers he achieved throughout 2009 – 2011 where he averaged 107, 96 and 107 respectively playing loose on half back. Gibbs has the potential to be a 100+ a week player again but all depends on where Mick plays him throughout the season. Watch his preseason to see whether he plays a role conducive to fantasy scoring.
Brandon Ellis (MID) – $429,300 (DT) – Wearing the vest 5 times last season, his average out of the vest in 15 games was 98ppg. Ellis demonstrated he has the potential to score big, scoring 143 and 155 during the season. Now entering his third season, known commonly as the breakout year, Ellis is a lock in the Tigers 22. With the quality of Cotchin, Deledio and Martin, Ellis is well down the pecking order of who to tag, allowing him to run free and rack up the ball averaging 4th at the club for uncontested possession at 75%.
Dale Thomas (MID) $328,600 (DT) – Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points. Underpriced in both games AFL Fantasy: $346,400 and AFL Dream Team: $328,600, if fit Daisy is a lock in all Fantasy sides this season.
Jack Redden (MID) – $518,200 (DT) – Redden has demonstrated that he has the potential to be a superstar of the competition. The young South Australian has average 109, 103 and 95 over the last 3 seasons. If provided with the right opportunity, Redden could return to the highlights of his 2011 season and average upwards of 110 AFLF points per game.
Marc Murphy (MID) $467,200 (DT) – Injuries have worried murphy over the past two seasons. Murphy average 86 last season, down from 101 in 2012 and 111 in 2011. Murphy had a difficult first year as Blues captain, struggling with the tag and a facial injury midseason. At his best Murphy is one of the most consistent players in the game. Watch his preseason and lock him in if he looks like he has found the form he had prior to his collarbone injury in 2012.