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Fantasy Face-Off: Daniher v Mayes

Fantasy Face-Off: Joe Daniher v Sam Mayes The Essendon beanstalk or the Lions' boom recruit - who do you choose?

Fantasy position
Forward Midfielder
2013 price $143,200 $152,200
Age 18 18
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.

The verdict
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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