Brisbane Lions: Dream Team Preview

This is the next of our submitted Club Dream Team Previews. Thanks to Sam for sending this one in! You will receive a stubby holder and if your article is one of the two that gets the most Facebook “Likes’ (just above this blurb), you’ll get yourself an AFL Prospectus! Read on!

The Lions finished a disappointing 13th in 2010 and the pressure will be on Michael Voss and the team to turn it around. With Fev possibly out of the mix it’ll be even harder, but with their refurbished list and long list of injuries from 2010 including Brown, Drummond and Maguire abolished, they will be pushing the top 8 in 2011.

There are a host of new comers to the Lions including former Premiership winning assistant coach Gary O’Donnell and brownlow medallist Shane Woewodin, along with high draft picks Jared Polec and Patrick Karnezis.

To the fixture and all clubs say they have a good fixture but the Lions actually do. They play only 2 teams from the 2010 top 8 twice (Sydney and Fremantle), along with an extra game at the GABBA because of the inclusion of the Gold Coast Suns. Their byes are round 4 & 19 , which both happen to be rounds in which no league games are played, so if you’re going for a league win, you’d want to have a host of lions players in your team.

Defenders

Looking at the defenders… Adcock Adcock Adcock. That’s the only lions defender you have to consider. The highest averaging defender last year (not including Adcock) for Brisbane was Josh Drummond, averaging 73, showing there are no players to choose for their value. Adcock should be considered as his value will be really good after his horror 2010 season. Dropping 22 points in average from 2009 to 2010, he’s sure to be much cheaper than his potential of his 2009 average, 85.

Jed Adcock is really the only one to consider, although there are many to just not mention for the rest of your dream team career. Daniel Merrett is one. He has never averaged over 50 in a season, and doesn’t look like doing it anytime soon. He is a full back, their job is not to score points and yet over 9,500 people had him in their teams at the end of 2010. Keep away from him. If you must draw something positive, his average from year to year has never gone down, so you’re almost guaranteed to get more than you paid for.

Midfielders

With a new look midfield, no Rischitelli, Brennan and Sherman, it’ll be time for the youngsters to come through and take the reigns. Although the superstars are still hanging around in Luke Power and Simon Black, they will be a quality option If you want consistent scores for a cheaper price than the Swans/Abletts etc. Power finished the year averaging 87, but scored 75 or over, 71% of games. Black on the other hand averaged 92, scoring 75 or over, 78% of time. They are both ultra-consistent and would be good picks for medium to expensive range players.

Along with the proven players, there are many that are starting to get noticed. Rich, Redden and Rockliff are all young players that have shown promise in the past, and with more game time to fill the gaping hole left from the departures; they all have potential to be pushing the triple figure average.

Jack Redden averaged 79 as a teenager and showed that he can consistently churn out high scores, scoring over 90, 45% of the time.

Daniel Rich had a terrific 2009, winning the rising star award, but for all the criticism of him in 2010 his average was only 2 worse in 2010. He was played quite often off the half back line, as the loose man, which is a good sign. He could play there more as Travis Johnstone is no longer at the club, although he will probably play more in the midfield as Josh Drummond will come back across half back and they’ll need desperate help in the midfield. Keep an eye on where he plays in the preseason though. He is also playing in his 3rd year which as we know means he is destined for a big year.

Tom Rockliff averaged 87 in 2010 and was really a surprise packet. Hopefully he will be classified as a forward like last year, and you’ll be able to pick up a good quality midfield/forward that has great potential.

All three, Rich, Redden and Rockliff are 20 and on the up, and with a lot of responsibility on the three, they could all be heading for a 100 average.

Rucks

To the ruck stocks, and unless there are injuries or terrible form I can only see Clark and Luenberger playing.

Mitch Clark dropped 18 points from 2009 to 2010, but is likely to stay close to his 2010 average in 2011, as he now is sharing the ruck time with Luenberger.

Matthew Luenberger was terrific last year averaging 77 and playing all 22 games, compared to the 3 in 2009. He and Clark differed in average by 2 in 2010, with Luenberger coming out on top. If I had to choose out of the two, I’d go Clark as he rests up forward.

They are two, consistent, good quality, mid priced ruckman, aged 23 and 22 respectively, with plenty of potential to rise in average.

Forwards

The first name that comes to mind is Jonathon Brown. If he plays 20 games+ he will be in the top 5 scoring forwards. He is a champion, and the word coming out of Brisbane is that Brown has lost a few kilos with the help of newly appointed physical performance manager Brett Burton. His average dropped 8 points from 2009 to 2010 (mainly because of injury), but with a good preseason he could be headed towards an average of 100.

Of course Brendan Fevola has to be mentioned. His average dropped into the 50s in 2010 after being in the 80s the two previous years. If Brisbane pick up their act as well as Fev, and stays uninjured, he could form a great partnership with Brown, and be a terrific cheap pick-up this year.

If you don’t want to spend mega bucks, or need to fill up your last forward spot, youngster Patrick Karnezis might be the right one. He’s a medium/tall forward that averaged 89 dream team points and 3 goals a game during the TAC Cup Season. He’s got great hands and if Fev fails to come up he could be called up to the starting line-up in his position.

The Lions will have a better year this year than in 2010, and that will mean the increase of dream team points throughout the team. They will play plenty of youngsters, and much of the responsibility will fall on them, meaning that there are potentially and hopefully a few Michael Barlows throughout the team. If you’re going for a league win, hop on the Brisbane band wagon, if you’re not still hop on, because there’s going to be some quality dream teamers in the lions outfit in 2011.

27 Comments

  • Joshua Green is a bloodnut from Tassie worth keeping on your radar as a bench for your midfield.

  • thats disappointing, i thought my review of brisbane was pretty good :( did u even recieve it?

    • It was a great one… Brisbane came down to 3 articles, between the 4 people who read them, this one came on top. I will post it as a comment here!

  • BRISBANE LIONS – Dream Team 2011

    After a disappointing 2010 campaign and a disastrous exodus of players, coaches and officials from the Brisbane camp many people are writing the Brisbane Lions off for 2011. Sadly, as an avid Brisbane Lions supporter I would have to agree. The many issues that have passed and still keep arising at the Queensland club are too impactful on the players and the team in general. For example the loss of midfielders Jarred Brennan, Justin Sherman and 2010 Club Champion Michael Rischatelli will hurt the group mentally, physically and structurally. These were three mature players all capable of a match winning performance that Brisbane had to trade because of salary cap pressures. Pressures that have all but arisen from their 2009 trade week ‘prize’ recruit and another issue Brendan Fevola. No one knows whether the badly mannered, publicly urinating, gambling addict, alcoholic, aspiring naked photographer full forward will play in 2011 or ever again. Having him there is hurting the Lions and Not having him there would also hurt the lions considering his money hogging deal was basically the catalyst of Sherman’s, Risky’s and Brennan’s departures. Nevertheless, Brisbane’s 2011 may be another disappointment for fans, the Dream Team cheapies and premiums come a plenty and the young players that impressed in 2010 will continue to grow in fantasy scoring and as AFL players of course.

    BACKS

    No premiums to speak of here in the Brisbane backline, but many cheap players are here for the taking as keepers, cash cows and handy bench players. The obvious cheapie here would have to be Jed Adock. The vice captain had yet again, a horror run with injuries only playing 9 games which is a good little discount for DTer’s. Injuries can be a worry for him as he only played 15 in 09 and 8 in 06. Although he did average 80+ in 06, 07 and 09 (07 being his best with 88.5 ave and 22 games) which is a handy output for a back pocket capable of a stint in the midfield. Adcock is just about a lock in for the backline and will be priced cheaply. He could turn out to be a keeper also, much like Beau Waters was for many coaches last year. The next injury plagued Brisbane defender is Josh Drummond. He is fresh from a LARS treatment on his knee which restricted him to 7 games. He has always hinted that he could break out to be one of the best running defenders in the league (he has averaged in the top 3 for rebound 50’s the past 4 years) but has never strung together consistent games because of injury. This could be his year. There’s not many rookies to speak of as backmen for the Lions but a rookie priced Xavier Clarke could be a handy addition to ones DT bench. He’s played 1 game in the last 2 years but used to string steady games for StK at an ave of about 60. A couple of long shots could be Pearce Hanley who looked ‘handy’ of half back last year or Joel Patful, who had a couple of stints in the middle last year.

    MIDS

    Brisbane’s midfield has been decimated this year with departures of Risky, Brennan and the Sherminator, but the up and coming “3 R’s” (not reduce, reuse, recycle) as I like to call them, could all have break out years in the midfield. Rockliff, Rich and Redden. Tom Rockliff had an excellent 2010 and was stiff not to win the rising star. As statistics show he had a better DT ave than Hannerberrry, better ave disp, better marks and better tackles. His DT ave of 87 will give him and awkward price to pick but he could well ave 105 with the loss of the 3 traded players. Daniel Rich, The winner of the 2009 Rising Star could also break out in the midfield this year he ave 77 in his first year and 75 last year which not a bad return for a first and second year. He could break out in 2011 and ave 105 like Rockliff. He is extremely durable also playing all 44 possible games since the start of his career. Lastly Jack Redden. He could really be a surprise packet for many coaches this year and I haven’t heard him talked up at all. Jacky ave 79 in ’10 from 22 games and remarkably his ave was 99 in his last 10 games. That is a HUGE stat. All three of these players are in their third year as well which is always talked up to be the break out year. Other midfielders Simon Black and Luke Power are getting old so I would stay away from them. Rookies, Jarred Polec, Rohan Bewick, Josh Green, Ryan Lester and Brad Harvey will all probably get a run with Polec and Bewick being the more likely two. Also look out for Clay Beams the brother of Dayne from Coll. He played very well in the Shanghai Showdown and could get a run. Callum Bartlett might get a run late in the year if he recovers from a knee operation and Cheyne Stiller and Sam Sheldon are training the house down.

    RUCKS

    The combination of Matthew Leuenberger and Mitch Clark in the Lions ruck is a more than handy one and capable of handing out some good scores. They both averaged about 75 last year. Clark previously ave 94 when he was the sole ruckman in 2009 but it is unlikely he will chalk up that ave again with Luey there. Leuenberger is a player on the rise. He is often compared to Dean Cox with his running and mobility abilities. He could improve this year and take the number one mantle. Jamie Charman didn’t play a game last year and will be cheap as chips and could be a likely bench option but may struggle to get a game.

    FWDS

    This is the place were Brisbane Can win games of footy and that is because they have this guy Jonathan Brown. He’s a premium forward and the stats show it. Browny has ave over 85 since 04. 06 being was his best ave with 110 (but only 10 games). He did have a bit of a down 2010 with 86 from 16 but that’s still a good return for a forward. Expect him to be at his best this year ‘cause last years disgrace would have hurt him. He’ll be firing. The other power forward from the Lions is of course Brendan Fevola. The only question is: whether he will play or not. If he does play, he is a very enticing pick. He had a down year because of injury and only ave 54. The previous years he averaged 89 and 82. They are very juicy DT numbers. BUT, no one knows what will happen with him or if he’ll do something stupid. Although, I BELIVE BRENDAN FEVOLA WILL STAY AND PLAY THIS YEAR. Simply because he’s already cost the Lions too much, they need to get what they paid for out of him, and we all know he can win a game off his own boot. If Brisbane were to sack Breandan Fevola they would have already done it, why else would they be going to the trouble of putting him in rehab and all that jazz. Amon Buchannan had an injury plagued ’10 and will want to have a better ’11. He is capable of averaging 80 as we saw in 06 with the swans. Todd Banfield had a good year for a small forward last year, but everybody is talking up his case as a midfielder. He has good pace and that’s what Brisbane lack in the middle. He could take stints in the middle this year. Aaron Cornelius will take full forward if Fev doesn’t so watch out for him. Rookie Patrick Karnezis may get a run or two. James Polkinghorne is also a chance to break into the midfield so watch his NAB cup.

    That is all from the Brisbane Lions. I hope that this article may have helped your Dreamteam for 2011. One last thing is that Brisbane is one of the teams that play all their byes on multi-bye rounds. That means all of the Lions players will play all of the league games. My Final wrap up is this. Hop onto Jed Adcok in the backline. Look out for Jack Redden in the midfield, remember he ave 99 in his last 10 games. Keep an eye on Matthew Leuenberger in the rucks but make sure you get Sandi (frem) and Petrie (NM) in your team as well. Jonathan Brown will be fired up and take my work on Brendan Fevola, His career isn’t over yet I don’t reckon.

    Cheers and have a good 2011 Dreamteam,

    • Cheers mate! :)

    • great write up mate. Unfortunately, you didn’t have a great deal to write about. I had adcock all the way until his price got released, i feel he’s just a little too much. assuming he’s fit come round 1, Brown will be in my team, the guy is a dead set superstar, tough as nails, and i reckon could top 95 this year. I just don’t see anyone else worth picking up though.

      • i had brown in my early draft of my team… i read however he will miss the NAB cup… so i will look at his early season form as an upgrade option if anything.

      • yeh, iv only got adcock and brown at the moment. The thing is with brissy’s players is that most of them are “wait and See’s”

    • Is Jamie Charman really no chance of playing?? Its such a fall from grace! I know he missed a lot of footy through injury but he was one of the top Rucks a cpl of years ago. No chance of Mitch Clarke spending more time up forward and Jamie coming in as aa 2nd Ruck?
      Is there any sub 100k ruckman that will/might get some games?? Need to fill my 4th spot.

  • GO THE LIONS!!!

    Rocky would have been considered by alot of teams if he was a forward….but he is not!

    Rich/Redden/Rockliff/Polec/Banfield/Cornelius are pretty much the team’s future. Adcock/Clark/Leuenberger/Drummond/Merrett will probaley turn into the core expirenced group within the next few years. Hopefully few guys out of like Claye Beams, Ryan Hardwood, Callum Bartlett, Patrick Karnezis, Ryan Lester, Rohan Bewick can prove out go be half decent players. Just need to sit tight for a few years Brizzy fans! :)

  • Surprised no one mentioned Bryce Retzlaff has been mentioned as a stand out at pre-season training and is MPP.

    • Retzlaf is unlikely to get a huge a amount of game time, if any at all. He is a big and Brisbane have no troubles in that department. He may only come in if brown or Cornelius go and fev still isn’t playing. Of the lions’ improvers in the off season I wood get onto clay beams, there is a big chance he’ll play and he dominated late in the qafl as well as the shanghai showdown.

    • Same! I think that he has a lot bigger chance of getting game time than Patrick!

      ALSO! what about c.beams!!!!????

  • Sorry, not related to Brisbane but the jumpers are all messed up on my Dream Team page. Eg : Goddard has a Sydney jumper, Gibbs has an Adelaide jumper????? Anybody else have this problem?

  • really wanted to get a Lions player in due to advantages of draw for leagues but got Otten instead of Adcock and don’t like the look of the rest

  • Btw Sam is very optimistic in saying “lions will be pushing the top 8” we could very well be the first team to finish 17th my fellow lion supporters :(. But we r now In a similar position as Melbourne were a few years ago so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but this yr we just past the tunnel entry sign unfortunately.

    • except no no 1 & 2 draft picks coming Brisbane’s way…

      • But we got guys like Tom Rockliff/Jack Redden/Todd Banfield/Jared Polec/Daniel Rich. And they’re some great players. Some of the best young players in the competition.

        Voss stuffed us up (And at the worst time possible). There’s no denying that. But now he has got to fix his mistake and rebuild this club……again – 2 rebuilding phases in a row! :(

        • yeh it is frustrating. Rocky, rich and redden are great players, they just need to win more contested ball!!!!! but yeh voss was just impatient. and the other annoying thing is they’ve picked the worst year to be the bottom team coz GWS will steal all of the picks.

        • You have some great young players but so do all the other teams in the bottom 10.

          Its going to be a rough couple years for you guys.

  • Also gone Brown & Addcock but looking at Green also!

    Shame that Goddard in a Swans jumper was just an error

  • adcock too expensive now for my liking.

  • I wont be having any lions players in my team from the start.

  • charman any chance to play this season ?

    • Maybe, If clark fils the spot left by fev.. charman could be second ruckmen behind leunberger!

    • For 97k I reckon hes worth a 4th ruck punt, there isnt too many other options at that price.

      Lions website says his achilles is coming on well, though read into that what you may.

      With no Fev he could be a smoky for a game and a good money maker if he strings a few games together

  • Brown is looking fit and reports from inside the club as follows:

    – he is ripped, fit, injury free and ready to blitz this year! Can’t argue with his history of 100+ DT games!