Skip to main content
Main content

Dream Team builder: Dean Towers

More The Lowdown News

2013 position: Midfielder
2013 price: $107,200
Bye: Round 12

Last year's average: N/A
Last year's high score: N/A

Four reasons to have him in your team

1) The Sydney Swans have a tremendous record with their mature-age recruits and Towers, at 22, fits the bill. The fact the Swans spent their first-round pick (No.22) on the VFL star indicates they haven't recruited him as a depth player. Rather, he should play early and play lots if he gets up to speed on the training track.

2) Just as the Swans' experienced recruits have a proud history, so too do Towers' fellow Fothergill-Round Medallists. The winner of the VFL's best under-23 player has regularly gone on to star in the AFL the following year, with Michael Firrito (2002), Aaron Davey (2003), Robin Nahas (2008), Michael Barlow (2009), Michael Hibberd (2010) and Ahmed Saad (2011) all forging decent careers in the big league.

3) While Towers didn't rack up huge possession tallies with North Ballarat, AFL football - and particularly the Swans' style - will suit his strengths. Towers has been likened in some quarters to Hawthorn flanker Isaac Smith, in that he loves to grab the ball and run with it. Smith wasted little time in cementing a place in the powerful Hawks outfit and Towers has the tools to do the same.

4) The Swans love tall, running defenders of Towers' ilk - think Tadhg Kennelly and Martin Mattner, who it seems he has been drafted to replace in the long run. He has plenty of pace, an excellent leap and is a strong mark. Even if Towers starts the season in the Swans' reserves, Mattner and fellow defenders Rhyce Shaw and Nick Malceski are spring chickens no longer. Opportunities will come and he is experienced enough to make the most of them.

The downside?

It is often harder for new draftees to break into strong teams than those struggling at the bottom of the ladder. The Swans are well stocked with running defenders, with Shaw, Mattner, Malceski, Alex Johnson and Nick Smith all able to play down back. If that quintet starts the season fit and firing, Towers could find himself on the outer until injury strikes. That's clearly not ideal for Dream Team purposes.

We mentioned earlier that Towers' powerful style of play is well suited to AFL, but it doesn't necessarily translate to big scores. Granted, regular tons aren't what you generally expect from first-year players but you should be aware that Towers is unlikely to emulate the gobsmacking feats of fellow VFL alumnus Michael Barlow in his debut season.

Risk rating: Towers has all the tools to make an impact in Dream Team footy this year; he just needs to get the opportunity. Rather than relying on him to fill a position in your starting 22, stick him on the bench or put him on your shortlist for an early trade. Either way, the damage will be limited by his bargain-basement starting price of $107,200. Two Alan Didaks.

1 Alan Didaks

NAB AFL Fantasy is all new in 2013 with more trades, more ways to play and more than $60,000 in prizes up for grabs. Start building your team now.

Previous: Ollie Wines | Next: Koby Stevens

Follow BigPond Sport on Twitter: @bigpondsport


Port Adelaide's powerfully-built debutant Ollie Wines should be a monty for solid Dream Team scores in 2013
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Ollie Wines

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: With a big body and a huge appetite for the footy, Wines is set to star

Pie Brent Macaffer is a good, cheap option as a sixth forward
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Brent Macaffer

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: After a year on the sidelines with a knee injury, the Collingwood premiership player is tantalisingly cheap

Former Demon Brent Moloney will be looking for a fresh start - and better form - at Brisbane
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Brent Moloney

AFL DREAM TEAM: The former Demon will add some serious grunt to the Brisbane Lions' midfield

Tom Lee's standout WAFL season with Claremont earned him a second shot at the AFL
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Tom Lee

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: St Kilda's second-chance key forward could make you some early profits

Andrew Krakouer is cheap after coming back from a big knee, but will he get enough game time?
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Andrew Krakouer

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: The Magpie is set for a significant price rise this season after an injury-interrupted 2012

Mark LeCras is well advanced in his recovery from a knee reconstruction.
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Mark LeCras

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: Players returning from injury are usually bargains, so keep an eye on the West Coast superstar

Jonathon Patton will take huge strides forward this year.
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Jonathon Patton

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: The former No.1 draft pick had an interrupted first season, but he will be a big improver in 2013

A change of clubs could do high-scoring ex-Docker Nick Lower a world of good.
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Nick Lower

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: The former Docker has a handy knack of producing big scores

Danyle Pearce should find himself free of a tag more often at Fremantle
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Danyle Pearce

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: The former Port speedster should find it easier at Fremantle

Ex-Eagle Quinten Lynch fills an immediate need at the Magpies
Dream Team

Dream Team builder: Quinten Lynch

NAB AFL DREAM TEAM: The Pies knew who they wanted in the off-season, but is the Q-Stick right for your team?