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Mr Fantasy's verdict: Hawthorn

Mr Fantasy  February 14, 2013 3:58 PM

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Sam Mitchell is still one of the smartest picks for your fantasy team, Mr Fantasy says

Hawthorn's fondness for retaining possession of the ball in its back half means it is worth including at least one of the club's defenders in your team. Matt Suckling and Grant Birchall have both been capable of big scores, and that shouldn't change this year. At the other end, the Hawks kicked more goals than any other team last season, meaning their forwards can be strongly considered as well. However, if 2012 is anything to go by, think carefully before including rookie-priced Hawks in your line-up. Alastair Clarkson awarded only one AFL debut last year (to Bradley Hill) and, with the team again expected to contend for the top four, spots won't be any easier to come by.
- Mark Macgugan

Sam Mitchell
2012 AFL Fantasy average score:
102
2013 AFL Fantasy Dream Team price: $523,500
2013 AFL Fantasy position:
Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Another outstanding year in 2012 from the former captain. Amazing ball-winner and despite the hefty price, is a smart pick.

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Brad Sewell
2012 average score:
89
2013 price: $457,800
2013 position: Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Enjoyed a consistent 2012 with 14 scores of 80 or more, but not likely to give you huge totals. I’d look elsewhere.

Brendan Whitecross
2012 average score:
89
2013 price: $457,800
2013 position: Fwd/Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Looks likely to miss the majority of the 2013 season after serious knee injury in last year's finals.

Jarryd Roughead
2012 average score:
92
2013 price: $472,200
2013 position: Fwd/Ruck  
Mr Fantasy says: Averaged more than 90 last season after pinch-hitting in the ruck in a role that suited him. Pricey, but scores well.

Matt Suckling
2012 average score:
83
2013 price: $426,900
2013 position: Def  
Mr Fantasy says: A very popular Dream Team choice as he often sets up the Hawks from half-back. Can also kick goals. Good selection.
Jordan Lewis
2012 average score:
90
2013 price: $463,900
2013 position: Fwd/Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Hard midfielder who hardly played a bad game last year. Expect an average around the 90s again this season.

Grant Birchall
2012 average score:
88
2013 price: $455,400
2013 position: Def  
Mr Fantasy says: Looks one of the more popular backline selections in Dream Team as he can rack up big numbers.

David Hale
2012 average score:
81
2013 price: $419,500
2013 position: Fwd/Ruck  
Mr Fantasy says: Averaged more than 90 in his last five games but is also capable of some poor scores. Not for me.
Cyril Rioli

2012 average score: 83
2013 price: $425,800
2013 position: Fwd/Mid  
Mr Fantasy says: Few are more talented than Rioli, but he does continue to struggle for Dream Team consistency.

Lance Franklin
2012 average score:
101
2013 price: $521,300
2013 position: Fwd
Mr Fantasy says: Featured in more than 134,000 Dream Team squads last year, highlighting his popularity. Only one of two Hawks to average more than 100 last year.