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Mr Fantasy's verdict: Essendon

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Brent Stanton is one of the premier fantasy midfielders in the AFL

ESSENDON
The Bombers were generally a two-man fantasy team last season. If captain Jobe Watson or midfield engine Brent Stanton failed to fire, there wasn't much else. Essendon ranked 12th in disposals a game last season, underlining the need for midfield help. Enter: Brendon Goddard. The marquee recruit is a proven fantasy 'stat-magnet' and pleasingly, the Bombers have signalled Goddard will spend a fair chunk of his game time in the midfield. His signing will also take plenty of pressure off the players around him. - Ben Guthrie

THE TOP SCORERS
Jobe Watson
2012 AFL Fantasy average score:
112
2013 AFL Fantasy Dream Team price: $579,400
2013 AFL Fantasy position: Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Deserved Brownlow Medal winner after a super 2012, when he scored more than 100 in all but five games. Expensive, but as consistent as they come.

Brent Stanton
2012 average score:
107
2013 price: $548,900
2013 position: Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Back in the good books with Bomber fans after huge scores last season, when he averaged more than 106. Runs all game and worth a look, despite hefty price tag.

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Dyson Heppell
2012 average score:
85
2013 price: $439,000
2013 position: Mid/Def
Mr Fantasy says: Popular Dream Team selection last season, but he only managed two scores of 100 or more. Finished with a handy average of 85.

Ben Howlett
2012 average score:
85
2013 price: $435,800
2013 position: Mid
Mr Fantasy says: Solid effort last season, averaging almost 85. Gets under the guard of opposition teams and worth consideration.

Courtenay Dempsey
2012 average score:
77
2013 price: $396,700
2013 position: Def
Mr Fantasy says: Athletic half-back who showed some good signs last season, but needs to become a more consistent player.

Jake Melksham
2012 average score:
63
2013 price: $324,600
2013 position: Mid
Mr Fantasy says: Dropped more than $127,000 in price by year’s end. Not a huge possession gatherer, so I would look elsewhere.

Patrick Ryder
2012 average score:
90
2013 price: $465,100
2013 position: Fwd/Ruc
Mr Fantasy says: Certainly did well with an average of more than 90 in 15 games last season, but is injury-prone and still has too many quiet games.

Leroy Jetta
2012 average score:
64
2013 price: $330,200
2013 position: Fwd  
Mr Fantasy says: Livewire forward who has improved his Dream Team output through tackling. Averaged in the mid-60s last year; expect a similar output in 2013.

Tom Bellchambers
2012 average score:
80
2013 price: $412,800
2013 position: Ruc  
Mr Fantasy says: Certainly lifted his game in 2012, when he averaged 80 in 16 games. Still, there are better ruck options in 2013 and I’d pass.

Stewart Crameri
2012 average score:
66
2013 price: $341,500
2013 position: Fwd
Mr Fantasy says: Started the year very well, but tapered off as it went along when he battled injury. Can score well but the gap between his best and worst is too big.
The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs