|X-factor, Rising Star or Mr Reliable?||X-factor. A 201cm forward/ruckman with remarkable mobility for his size, you can expect a few breakout scores to boost your AFL Fantasy numbers alongside the inevitable quiet games for a first year tall.
||Rising Star. The country boy from Port Pirie in South Australia has earned praise from his coaches as an accomplished competitor with a fine temperament. He's had two years of SANFL footy already, winning elite levels of possession for North Adelaide.
|Value for money||If his body can handle the heat, Daniher is a risk worth taking. Widely regarded as the best player in the 2012 draft, he's $40,000 cheaper than number one pick Lachie Whitfield.
||A real bargain if he grabs his senior opportunities early in the season. The Lions have promised he'll get plenty of time in the engine room.
|Job security||Daniher's workload will be managed strategically and on a no-risk basis but he's in the mix for a round one debut. If Scott Gumbleton has his usual run with injuries, Hird won't hold back giving his prize draft pick plenty of game time.
||Likely to debut in round one against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium and the rest will be up to him.
|Injury history||Missed the 2011 season with a knee injury and a growth plate issue in his lower back that caused hamstring problems. Watch his NAB Cup closely.
||Nothing yet - touch wood.|
|The case for||Capable of kicking bags of goals in a variety of ways and he may even get a stint in the ruck this year where the AFL Fantasy points could flow.||Likely to see more of the ball than Daniher, so is a slight favourite in this contest, as their respective prices suggest. Already comfortable and durable against big bodies, is a terrific kick, and hasn’t had any serious injury issues.
|The case against||There are question marks over his durability and the history of dominant first year full forwards in AFL Fantasy is almost non-existent. Kicking for goal has proven patchy in his junior career.
||The Lions boast a number of young forward/midfield options, so he will face stiff opposition from a few teammates for a spot in the Lions' best 22.
|Daniher is the standout long-term prospect but this season Mayes might be given more opportunities at senior level in a role more conducive to big AFL Fantasy scores.
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