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Lions in fantasy land

January 29, 2013 9:18 AM

Pearce Hanley is considered one of the Lions' elite fantasy football options

Pearce Hanley is considered one of the Lions' elite fantasy football options

Get on (Brent Moloney).

Once the 2013 AFL Dream Team competition officially launches later this week, many fans will begin shifting their pre-season focus towards their own fantasy football teams.

The popular online competition gives fans the opportunity to play the role of List Manager, and build their own team comprised of players from across the AFL (within a salary cap, of course).

Discussions are already rife surrounding which players are ‘must haves’ for 2013, and who might present a good investment.

The AFL Prospectus – the essential number-cruncher for the 2013 season – is compiled by Champion Data and provides an in-depth analysis on each player courtesy of their resident expert, Fantasy Freako.

According to ‘Freako’, there are a number of Brisbane Lions players that prospective Dream Team coaches should seriously consider when selecting their team:

Claye Beams: “There are a few signs this guy may make it. Don't cross him off your list.”

Sam Docherty: “Pencil him into your starting squad. He'll definitely get opportunities early.”

Mitch Golby: “A smart, neat defender is a good description. Bit of a smoky.”

Pearce Hanley: “His numbers are slightly better than Tadgh's (Kennelly) after five seasons. He's a genuine option in fantasy.”

Ryan Harwood: “Expect his numbers to improve this season. Keep him in mind as a mid-priced option.”

Matthew Leuenberger: “Should be a popular pick this season. We just need his body to hold up.”

Sam Mayes: “May see some early games. One to watch.”

Brent Moloney: “Get on.”

Jared Polec: “A top five pick entering his third season. A breakout season looms.”

Jack Redden: “Is now a gun. Will be a great scorer in all fantasy games this season.”

Tom Rockliff: “Disappointing end to 2012. Should bounce back this season.”

Brent Staker: “Stakes could be a cash cow this season.”

Dayne Zorko: “Already a premium fantasy player. I wouldn't hesitate in picking him.”

The 2013 AFL Prospectus contains 416 pages full of vital information for AFL fans and fantasy footy coaches, and is available now from selected bookshops and newsagencies.