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Mid-Price Mayhem – Defenders (AFL Fantasy Elite, SuperCoach Draft & Ultimate Footy)

Mid-Price Mayhem – Defenders (AFL Fantasy Elite, SuperCoach Draft & Ultimate Footy)

Ben Jacobs

Todays first Mid-Price Mayhem will focus on Defenders. I can already hear the screams as you look down at your computer screen. Goddard, Gibbs, Scotland, Waters and Birchall are already selected. No premiums left! You begin to wonder why you decided to play a game where the best players are already selected before you have had an opportunity to select them.

Here are a few mid price options (Players under $425,000) that may be handy additions to your AFL Fantasy Elite sides.

Micahel Hibberd (Essendon)

Hibberd is one of the best readers of the game in the Essendon side. From round 1-4 he gathered over 20 possessions in 3 of the 4 games and lead the club in intercept possessions. Hibberd’s year was hampered by soft tissue injuries that restricted him to only 12 games. The positive sign is that Essendon found a place in their side both times when he was returning from injury. With Goddard now at the Bombers, Hibberd could get cheaper possesions playing of the half back line.

Potential Ave. 80

Nick Suban (Fremantle)

By all accounts has finally taken the step up on the track and got himself to the level required. As an underage player playing U18 National Championships, Suban averaged 23 possessions per game from a back pocket. He was also awarded an U18 All Australian Award, however was unable to be drafted as he was under age. In 2008 he returned again this time to the midfield where he averaged 16 possessions per game from the midfield.

Last season Suban played 14 games and was used as the sub in 4 of the last 5 games. The biggest drawback on his game is his fitness. Now however, he appears to have turned that around and may finally be able to utilise his footballing ability to its true capability.

Expect Suban to play a more inside midfield role this season to complement the outside runner of Hill, Pearce and Fyfe.

Potential Ave. 75

Jack Watts

The former number one draft pick has failed to date to live up to the high billing that accompanies those selected with that pick. The pressure of playing in a disappointing side as a key forward was too much at times and Watts form reflected that of his team. After moving to half back part way through the season Watts regained confidence and showed a glimpse of why he was rated so highly as a junior. He has an elite ability to read the game and accompanied with a good kick makes him a dangerous player moving the ball out of the defence. With another preseason under his belt he physically has the weapons to become a top line player.

Consider Linking Watts Def/Fwd link with a player such as Greg Broughton.
Potential Ave. 75

Preseason Predictions
Hamish Hartlett (Port Adelaide)


Hartlett is slightly above mid-price and is considered by many as a risky selection in both AFL Dream Team and AFL Fantasy Elite. When fit he is arguably Port Adelaide’s best player. Expect Hartlett to push into the midfield to assist Boak and drift between half back where he has a tremendous ability to move the ball forward effectively.

Hartlett has the potential to be a genuine top 6 fantasy defender by seasons end.
Potential Ave. 90-95+

Brodie Smith (Adelaide)


Smith showed his ability in the semi-final against Fremantle racking up a dozen possessions early in the game, before converting to a lockdown role on Chris Mayne after an injury to defender Sam Shaw. Entering his 3rd season Smith has the potential to be a breakout star with the attention going on his more fancied teammates. With more time playing in the midfield or on a wing this former 1st round selection could be a real steal in the later rounds of the draft.
Potential Ave. 75+

Chris Yarran (Carlton)

CARLTON’S CHRIS YARRAN WILL PLAY AGAINST HIS FORMER TEAMMATE NIC NAITANUI IN THE SEM-FINAL. HERALD SUN http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/afl/the-unbreakable-bonds-of-childhood-nic-naitanui-and-chris-yarran/story-e6frexx0-1226138410695

Yes, we have heard it all before but Yarran is underpriced this season and may be under valued by your fellow competitors. Having a poor 2012 after injuries and lack of fitness, Yarran could prove to be one of the big beneficiaries of Malthouses game plan along the boundary line with his pace and skill by foot a real asset. Look for Yarran to be used as a real link man this season with a high potential to rack up easy ball.
Potential Ave. 75+

Jordan Russell

The former Blue has the potential to be a real bargain this season. Priced at only $264,300 in AFL Fantasy: Dream Team. In 2012 Russell finished second in the Carlton best and fairest behind 2010 Brownlow Medalist Chris Judd. In that season he also was the predominant kick out player, highlighting his effectiveness and reliability as a general defender.

His move to Collingwood in the off-season could be the catalyst for him to regain form. Watch his NAB Cup form and see where he plays and the role others have around him. Also for what it is worth, he was recently handed the number 2 jumper
Potential Ave. 75-80

Kangaroos Double
Ben Jacobs
Jacobs is an interesting proposition in both Fantasy Elite and DreamTeam. As a junior Jacobs average 28.8 possessions a game for Vic Metro in the national carnival and was a proven ball magnet. Drafted at pick 16 and after two average seasons at Port Adelaide due to illness and a debilitating ankle injury. Jacobs has the potential to be a 3rd year breakout player. Expect him to push into the Kangaroos midfield rotation and potentially rotate with another Roo Shaun Atley. With 26 games under his belt and playing back in his home state of Victoria, Jacobs could be a steal for those willing to take a risk on this young Roo.
Potential Ave. 75+

Shaun Atley

Atley who was selected one selection after Jacobs in the 2010 draft at pick 17, also had a break out season in 2012 proving to be reliable playing across halfback. Averaging 60 ppg* last season, a move higher up the ground into an outside midfield role could see Atley’s value skyrocket and make him a bargain in AFL Fantasy Elite.
Potential Ave. 75+

Aviod – Nathan Bock – Fwd/Def (Gold Coast)
After a serious leg injury it is difficult to tell whether Bock will come back in good form, however as a late pick he may be worth the risk. Expect him to come back and play predominantly as a Key Forward.
Potential Ave. ?

ppg* = Points Per Game.

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