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Who's our best contender for the Brownlow?

The Brisbane Lions may have finished 15th place, but Lions fans have a genuine chance of supporting a winner on Brownlow night. is expecting former skipper Dayne Beams to be right in contention entering the final month, with an outside chance of pinching the win.

Despite winning just five games, Brisbane is predicted to have 11 players grabbing votes, including nine matches in which a Lion polls three votes.

Best chance: Dayne Beams

The dynamic midfielder is a proven vote-getter and should be right in the hunt. After a slow beginning to his season Beams gets a real hurry-on between Round 9 and 17. In that eight-game span, predicts the former skipper to poll 15 votes, including best-on-grounds against Sydney in Round 10 and in wins over Carlton and Hawthorn in Round 16 and 17. Expect him to be in the thick of the action at that stage.

Fast starter: Stefan Martin

The mobile ruckman had another terrific season after starting like a house on fire. He is expected to grab a vote in the opening-round loss to St Kilda and then another three when almost single-handedly giving the Lions the chance of an upset win over Port Adelaide. Martin had 49 hit-outs and 30 disposals in the five-point loss.

One-vote wonder: Luke Hodge

After coming out of retirement the 34-year-old had a fine season and might be a chance to add to his 131 career votes in round 14 against Greater Western Sydney. Hodge had 30 disposals and kicked a goal in the 27-point loss.


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