2012 AFL Dream Team Cash Cows - Defenders

Billy Smedts (pictued) looks set to have a successful 2012 at Geelong - picture courtesy of Herald Sun
Billy Smedts (pictued) looks set to have a successful 2012 at Geelong - picture courtesy of Herald Sun


One of the keys to doing well in AFL Dream Team, AFL SuperCoach and other similar fantasy football games is being able to select the right cash cows (high growth players under $150,000 that can either be kept on the bench as emergencies or fill final starting spots) that have the potential to rise appreciably in value and in some cases may even be worth keeping till the end of the season.

Last year it was first pick David Swallow and mature aged recruit Andrew Krakouer that proved the best options from round 1 - who will it be this year?

Here are some of the 2012 defenders with the most exciting potential:

Sam Darley (Greater Western Sydney) - $104,220

Darley is a high possession winning midfielder from Tasmania who

Who averaged 25 disposals per match in the 2010 NAB AFL U18 Championships and awarded the Hunter Harrison Medal for the best player in division two and was also named in the 2010 NAB AFL U18 All Australian team.

Billy Smedts (Geelong)- $104,220

Smedts has been the talk of Kardinya Park in the pre-season with his form on the training track. Originally a Geelong Falcons TAC Cup recruit from 2010, Smedts is a highly footy smart medium defender that should fit very snugly into the Geelong line-up and fill one of the open spots in the team by the retired Darren Milburn and Cameron Ling.

Brandon Ellis (Richmond) - $116,700

Richmond's first round selection at the 2011 AFL Draft is a very powerfully built rebounding defender who is AFL ready. He averaged 18.2 disposals per game at 75.2% effectiveness at the 2011 AFL U18 Championships which suggests he is a good ball winner that uses it reliably. Richmond have a strong youth policy and always give youngsters plenty of opportunity so keep an eye out for him in the pre-season.

Adam Tomlinson (Greater Western Sydney) - $143,700

Selected with pick 9 in the 2011 AFL Draft, Tomlinson is a centre half forward (can also play in defence) with a solid frame and a huge engine (15.1 beep test at the 2011 AFL Draft Combine). GWS are thin on key forwards, so it looks likely he will have to step up in 2012. Whilst most young key position players find the going tougher early on then midfielders and flankers, if he can put his big engine to good use he should be able to accumulate decent scores working up the ground.

Marty Clarke (Collingwood) - $141,500

Collingwood were willing to sacrifice 2011 All-Australian defender, Leon Davis from their playing list in order to re-obtain the services of the Irish man, who makes a comeback to the AFL after retiring in 2009 to return to Ireland play Gaelic Football for Down. He averaged 71 in his last 2 seasons with Collingwood, so he is not a complete unknown, previously demonstrating that he is capable of being a solid DT scorer.

For further information I would recommend checking out the 2012 AFL Prospectus, which is full of invaluable information for the avid fantasy footballer.

My other Dreamteam Hubs:

AFL Dream Team - Tips and Advice

2012 AFL Dream Team Cash Cows - Midfielders

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