Top 5: Young Guns

Top 5: Young Guns

Top 5 series will look at the top 5 prospects for AFL Fantasy (AFLF) & DreamTeam (DT) from a different category.

Today we look at Young Guns who have been in the system and are looking to have a breakout season.

Clay Beams

Clay Beams (MID) – $198,800 (DT) $187,400 (AFLF) – The former NAB rising star nominee is back after recovering from an ACL injury last season. Beams the brother of Pie Dayne, dominated in the NEAFL in 2012 averaging 23 possessions. With the exudous of Lions over the summer, Beams has a chance to secure a spot in the Lions team over the NAB Challenge.

Gary Rohan

Gary Rohan (FWD) – $176,600 (DT) $138,400 (AFLF) – After suffering a broken leg in the now infamous sliding tackle, Rohan managed to return late in the season to play three home and away games at an average of 32.33ppg Despite never showing real Fantasy scores in his past, the former number 6 pick has the potential to be a solid early season Cash Cow.

Christian Howard

Christian Howard (DEF) – $169,300 (DT) $135,500 (AFLF) – At 22 this season it is now or never for Howard. Playing 17 games in the VFL averaging 17 possessions per game, Howard has failed to live up to the expectations of a first round pick. If he can get good amount of game time early in the preseason, he could be a handy underpriced player in our defence.

Billy Longer

Billy Longer (RUCK) – $239,000 (DT) $194,400 (AFLF) – The move to the Saints will mean Longer will be contesting for the number one ruck spot with fellow young ruck Tom Hickey. Picked at number 8, Longer demonstrated he has the potential to be a solid ruck in the future, dominating the NEAFL averaging 45 hitouts per game. Watch his preseason to see whether he can claim the number one ruck position at the Saints.

Jeremy Laidler

Jeremy Laidler (DEF) –  $167,200 (DT) $135,500 (AFLF) – Averaged 66 ppg from 19 games in 2011 under Ratten and was considered a vital cog in the Blues defence. Despite returning from injury Malthouse did not have the same confidence in Laidler, playing only 1 game in 2013 for a score of 34. With injuries and retirement in the Swans defence, look for Laidler to be given opportunities early in the season.


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