Collingwood's Dane Swan will be the most expensive player in AFL Fantasy, 2013
has retained his mantle as the most expensive player in AFL Fantasy, having been handed a whopping starting pricetag of $688,100 for 2013.
The price for the Collingwood star is almost $90,000 more than his starting price last season, when he went on to average over 133 points per game.
The 2013 player pricing is based on a salary cap of $9.139m, compared with pricing in 2012 based on a $8.78m cap.
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Swan and Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett
are the only two players priced at over $600,000, with Ablett set to cost coaches $642,500.
Ablett started last season as the fourth-most expensive player, but has risen back to No.2 on the back of a 125-point average in 2012.
Swan's Collingwood teammate Dayne Beams
rounds out the top three, his stunning breakout 2012 season reflected in a starting price for 2013 of $599,400.
As well as the sky-high pricetag, Beams has also lost his dual position status for next year, and will be available for selection only as a midfielder.
But, provided he can maintain his 116-point average, he still shapes as one of the fantasy competition's most popular players.
All top 10 most expensive players are midfielders, with Matthew Boyd
, Jobe Watson
, Trent Cotchin
, Scott Pendlebury
, Brett Deledio
, Brent Stanton
and Scott Thompson
filling places four to 10.
Like Beams, Deledio was a dual position player last year, but has been designated a midfielder only in 2013.
Pendlebury was the second-most expensive player in the game in 2012, but has dropped to seventh for next year.
AFL Fantasy's most expensive players in 2013
1. Dane Swan (Coll), MID, $688,100
2. Gary Ablett (GC), MID, $642,500
3. Dayne Beams (Coll), MID, $599,400
4. Matthew Boyd (WB), MID, $593,700
5. Jobe Watson (Ess), MID, $579,400
6. Trent Cotchin (Rich), MID, $570,200
7. Scott Pendlebury (Coll), MID, $568,700
8. Brett Deledio (Rich), MID, $568,600
9. Brent Stanton (Ess), MID, $548,900
10. Scott Thompson (Adel), MID, $541,200