WE LOVE a team on the rise and the Lions certainly gave us that last year.

Fortunately they don't look like falling away, with a list inundated with young stars on the verge of taking their game to the next level.

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Look for the likes of former first-round selections Jarrod Berry (MID, $591,000) (No.17) and Cameron Rayner (FWD, $334,000) (No.1) to provide plenty of value as both appear to be priced well below what they are set to produce in 2020 after notching up 57 and 46 games respectively.

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Lachie Neale (MID, $777,000) is a genuine star of the competition as we saw early in his debut season with the Lions, scoring an impressive 146, 135 and 139 between rounds two and four. He looked well and truly on track to smash his career-high average of 111 at that stage but slowed down to eventually average a second-best 105. Although he can be prone to the odd disappointing score with three in the 70s last season, the flipside of 162 in last year's Fantasy GF makes up for it. You want your premiums to be durable and that's where Lachie is worth his weight in gold, missing just two games in six years.

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Alex Witherden (DEF, $555,000) is certainly one to watch after having a quiet season by his lofty standards. After bursting onto the scene with back-to-back averages of 88, Witho recorded a career-low 75 last year. Defenders with his kind of scoring punch are hard to find, as we saw in 2018 when he scored 120+ on four occasions and he has good durability, missing just two games in the past two years. Ironically, it is also injury that has assisted us with his bargain price, given his score of just three where he suffered a minor calf complaint which brings his average and price down.

Dual-position tempter

Brandon Starcevich (DEF/MID, $189,000) could be a prime candidate for our bench following a solid season in the NEAFL which included two hundreds from his 11 games. The first-round pick from 2017 (No.18) has battled injuries since making his was to the Den but is determined to repay the faith, most likely across half-back, as opposed to the midfield role he was more accustomed to as a junior.

Bargain basement

Deven Robertson (MID, $228,000) was somehow left hanging after the first round at the NAB AFL Draft, much to the excitement of the Lions who didn't hesitate to pick up the young gun with the 22nd selection. He is a contested beast who is ready to make an impact at the top level after winning the Larke Medal following averages of 30 possessions, seven tackles and four marks for 113 points while captaining WA at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

Draft sleeper

Hugh McCluggage (MID, $678,000) had an impressive breakout season, taking his average from 78 in 2018 to a career-high 91. Drafted at No.3 in 2016, the elite ball winner had a traditional third-year breakout and he showed plenty of potential to take his game to the next level with five hundreds, including two in the final two rounds of the season.

Forgotten warrior

Dayne Zorko (MID, $775,000) had a slow start to the year, managing just one triple-figure score in the first seven rounds. From that point however, he didn't look back, falling below 100 on just five occasions from that point while also reaching 130 or more on five occasions. He averaged 114 in 2017 and his post-bye form reflected that with an average of 112.

Buyer beware

Grant Birchall (DEF, $428,000) has hopefully put his torrid run of injuries behind him and can enjoy a fresh start at the Lions. In 2011 the star defender averaged a career-high 90 while he also looked great upon return for the Hawks last year with scores of 80 and 73. The concern is obviously injury and durability after playing just eight games in the past two seasons.  

Brisbane Fantasy prices for 2020

Player

POSITION

AVG

GMS

2020 PRICE

Lachie Neale

MID

104.7

22

$777,000

Dayne Zorko

MID

104.4

22

$775,000

Jarryd Lyons

MID

97.5

22

$723,000

Mitch Robinson

MID

93.6

22

$695,000

Hugh McCluggage

MID

91.4

21

$678,000

Daniel Rich

DEF

88

22

$653,000

Cameron Ellis-Yolmen

MID

87.9

10

$652,000

Stefan Martin

RUC

84.8

22

$629,000

Jarrod Berry

MID

79.6

18

$591,000

Alex Witherden

DEF

74.8

21

$555,000

Charlie Cameron

FWD

67.3

22

$499,000

Allen Christensen

FWD

64.2

11

$476,000

Ryan Lester

DEF

55.8

9

$457,000

Lincoln McCarthy

FWD

59.9

22

$444,000

Rhys Mathieson

MID/FWD

56.6

9

$443,000

Marcus Adams

DEF

49.4

8

$430,000

Grant Birchall

DEF

73

3

$428,000

Darcy Gardiner

DEF

57.7

22

$428,000

Eric Hipwood

FWD

57.1

21

$424,000

Harris Andrews

DEF

56.3

19

$418,000

Oscar McInerney

RUC/FWD

56.2

19

$417,000

Noah Answerth

DEF

56.1

17

$416,000

Daniel McStay

FWD

51.6

22

$383,000

Zac Bailey

DEF/MID

48.2

13

$358,000

Callum Ah Chee

MID

62

1

$345,000

Cameron Rayner

FWD

45

22

$334,000

Mitchell Hinge

MID

54.5

2

$307,000

Jacob Allison

MID

43.5

2

$271,000

Archie Smith

RUC

46

2

$259,000

Cedric Cox

FWD

44

1

$245,000

Sam Skinner

FWD

0

0

$232,000

Deven Robertson

MID

0

0

$228,000

Brock Smith

DEF

0

0

$206,000

Keidean Coleman

MID/FWD

0

0

$198,000

Brandon Starcevich

DEF/MID

31

1

$189,000

James Madden

DEF/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Jack Payne

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Connor Ballenden

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Thomas Berry

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Thomas Fullarton

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Connor McFadyen

FWD

0

0

$170,000

Toby Wooller

MID/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Tom Joyce

MID/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Ely Smith

MID/FWD

0

0

$170,000

Jaxon Prior

DEF

0

0

$170,000

Corey Lyons

MID

0

0

$170,000

Matt Eagles

DEF

0

0

$170,000

 
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