2018 Rookie Review – Round 2

Written by Huttabito on April 4 2018

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PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd2AvgBE
Finlayson* (MID)GWS$123.9k10696.5-100
O'Connor (MID)Geel$123.9k6262-

Doedee earnt every one of his 115 points with 25 disposals (10 kicks) which included 14 contested possessions at a very calm and composed 96% DE. He took 6 marks (1 contested) and put in 4 1%ers and we can expect some pretty decent price rises in the coming weeks – if you missed the boat on him, it’s your last chance to bring him in cheaply.

Finlayson had his coming of age game with a huge effort to get to 106 points from 23 disposals (21 kicks, SuperCoach Gold!!!), 6 marks (2 contested), 7 rebound 50s, 2 tackles and 4 1%ers. He has an absolute lethal left foot and on multiple occasions, pinpointed out a GWS player amongst 3 Collingwood players and hit him on the chest perfectly. At 22 years of age, he has the all the tools of the trade being in the system for 3 years already and should be an onfield option moving forward and will be set to be a final upgrade target.

Guthrie spent half the day playing on Roughie and was outsized by a ratio of 2:1 meaning he only got a dozen cheap possessions (9 kicks) and 5 marks for 45 points. Given his elevated price and not backing up his Rd1 efforts, he can be passed up on.

Murray left the defensive rebounding for Howe this week but still racked up 20 disposals (11 kicks) at 65% DE  to get him to 58 points. He only had the 4 contested possessions and when combined with 4 clangers, it really held his score back in what was a quiet game otherwise with just he 2 marks and a tackle.

O’Connor was a late inclusion (late exclusion in Rd1 due to injury) showing how on the edge he is with the current injury woes to the Geelong backline but had a nice first game with 12 disposals (9 kicks) at 83% DE to go with 7 marks for 61 points. The only thing holding him back was he only managed 2 contested possessions.

L.Murphy started off pretty quietly but popped up and kicked 2 goals in just as many minutes which kick started his scoring. He finished up on 80 points from 10 disposals (8 kicks) at 80% DE and 50% contested possession rate to go with the 2 goals, 2 behinds and 3 tackles. He has done everything he has needed for his role the last 2 weeks and will wear the Adelaide colours for the time being.

(R)Ed Richards was picked up in last years draft and made his debut. Known for half-back speed, had 11 disposals (5 kicks) but went at a team low 55% DE for 49 points.

O’Shea was unveiled for the first time this weekend in Blues colours after making the move over from Port Adelaide. He had a huge first quarter – half a dozen disposals and 4 tackles – but trickled his way to 14 disposals (6 kicks) and 3 tackles (must have taken one off him after the game) to get to 48 points. He put in 7 1%ers but was let down by a low contested possession rate (29%) combined with 6 clangers.

Naughton clunked 7 marks (2 contested) for 48 points but he has far from set the world on fire and there are much better options.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd2AvgBE

Kelly is doing God’s work. Even though Dangerwoodlett demanded 414 points between them, the fact that Kelly was still able to walk away with 117 is absurd! He finished up with 27 disposals (20 kicks) at 67% DE to go with 6 marks, 4 tackles, 3 1%ers, 7 inside 50s (team high) and a goal and walks into Rd3 with one of the lowest BEs (if not the lowest) we’ve seen in recent history.

Holman yet again tackled his way to a score of 92 courtesy of a game high 11 tackles. Coming up against his former team, he collected 15 disposals (6 kicks) at 67% DE and 75% contested possession rate and he is set to be one of the better cash cows on offer, if you don’t have him, seriously consider bringing him in.

Jacobs has been known for the odd triple figure score over his playing career and given his price, Rd2 was the perfect time to do so. 104 points from a game high 10 tackles to go with 18 disposals (11 kicks) at 72% DE, 4 marks and a goal. Even though his massive score, his 2 week average is 66.5 which is about what you should expect over the course of the year.

L.Fogarty didn’t see as much of it as he did in Rd2 and just managed the 8 disposals (5 kicks) in the intense game against the Hawks for 47 points. Other than 3 tackles and 3 1%ers, he barely troubled the stats man, however he did kick a tidy goal.

Cerra made his debut a few weeks earlier than expected and spent majority of his time up front, allowing him 3 shots on goal to convert for 2 goals, 1 behind and 61 points. Nice tidy first game with 9 disposals (6 kicks), 4 marks and 4 tackles.

Brayshaw put his little bit of everything on display with 16 disposals (11 kicks) at 69% DE, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 6 inside 50s (2nd team high) for 62 points – all that’s missing is a goal a game and he would be pushing the 70s+ that we ideally want from his price tag.

Banfield put in about the game we would be expecting from him with 14 disposals (9 kicks), 6 marks, 3 tackles and 3 1%ers for 64 points. Earning his keep at the Dockers and we should see more of him.

Barry worked up the wing for a team high 6 inside 50s from his 15 disposals (6 kicks) but a DE of 60% from only 4 contested possessions isn’t flash. Provided good pressure on the ball though, he laid 7 tackles on his way to 62 points.

Davies-Uniacke finally played the game we were waiting for.  He had 16 disposals (7 kicks) at 75% DE to go with 5 tackles and 3 marks for 77 points. Based on prior years, these top few draft picks know how to play however they do just take a few games to get going.

Dow is playing his role with 6 inside 50s from 11 disposals (4 kicks) but a 46% DE held him back to only 46 points with only 1 mark and 2 tackles giving his score a little bump. One to consider moving on if quick cash is your priority.

Clark struggled to get involved for the second week in a row and got 7 disposals (all uncontested) for 26 points and can thank his 4 tackles for most of his points. A rookie correction trade may be required.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd2AvgBE
English* (FWD)WB$134.7k3358-37

English was a shadow of his former last week self with 7 disposals and 6 hitouts for 33 points. Not what I was hoping for as cover from Kreuzer.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd2AvgBE
Stephenson* (MID)Coll$180.3k6463-20
Polson (MID)Carl$130.8k5050-
J.Garlett* (MID)Carl$117.3k3648.5-28
D.Fogarty* (MID)Adel$153.3k4446-2
Rayner* (MID)Bris$202.8k202961
Crowden (MID)Frem$117.3k2929-

Ryan has seen enough triple figure scores in other positions and decided it was time for a forward to venture into that territory. He kicked 3 goals, 3 behinds from 14 disposals (11 kicks) for 115 points but everything he did earnt points – 6 marks (3 contested), 3 tackles and 2 1%ers. His price is set to skyrocket over the next two weeks with this weeks effort being in his rolling average for 2 price increases.

Marshall finds himself sitting equal 5th for the Coleman after 2 weeks after  a 3 goal haul against the Swans from 12 disposals (7 kicks, 9 contested) at 67% DE, 3 marks (1 contested) and 93 points. With Westhoff/Dixon rucking for the next month, expect this kid to get a fair crack at it.

Waterman took advantage of the lacklustre Dogs to kick 2 goals for himself to get him to 78 courtesy of 13 disposals (7 kicks) at 85% DE and 4 marks. Doing everything he needs to do with JJK missing.

Stephenson just quietly goes about his work  and got to 64 from 13 disposals (8 kicks), 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal assist. An injury to Broomhead will solidify his spot in the team with a few more names to return.

Fritsch gets himself another 60 for the second week in a row courtesy of 2 goals from his 9 disposals (7 kicks). Slightly let down with a 56% DE but he took 3 marks (2 contested), laid 3 tackles and put in 3 1%ers to give him a respectable score and he’s doing everything we need from a $117.3k rookie.

Giles-Langdon played his role as small forward with Greene missing and kicks 2 goals from his 13 disposals (8 kicks) for 65 points. He seems to have settled and was a lot more composed compared to his first game last week. News has come through that he fractured his hand though and will miss at least a month of football.

Long was one of only two multiple goal kickers for the Saints with 2 helping him get to 51 points otherwise was a pretty quiet day for the nephew of Essendon great Michael Long, with just the 8 disposals (5 kicks) at 75% DE to go with 2 marks and a tackle.

Crocker loves a kick disposing all but 1 of his 11 disposals by foot to go with 4 marks (1 contested) and 3 shots on goal (1 goal, 1 behind, 1 miss) for 51 points. Injury to Broomhead helps him to stay around a while but will need more than 50s to give him a good price rise.

Gowers got 11 of his 13 disposals off by foot (62% DE) to go with 8 marks for 57 points. He had 5 shots on goal but was extremely wasteful with 1 goal, 3 behinds and an out of bounds on the full (from the pocket 5m out) – pretty much sums up the day for the Bulldogs.

Polson was a flash in the pan last year and played the 1 game in Rd5 before never being seen again. He only got the 7 disposals (3 kicks) at 86% DE and can thank the 6 tackles for majority of his 50 points.

Garlett will be an up and down player and this week, was a down week with 36 points from 11 disposals (8 kicks) at 64% DE and 3 tackles. One who will rely on a goal or two to push his score above 60 on any given week and unfortunately was held goalless against the Suns.

Venables kicked 3 goals for his 59 points but was really let down by his 6 clangers (-30 points). He collected 12 disposals (9 kicks) at 58% DE to go with 7 marks.

D.Fogarty is a good old fashioned forward who loves being roughed up and loves roughing up others. He booted another 2 goals this week from his 7 disposals (5 kicks) to go with 5 marks and 3 tackles for 44 points. With Lynch expected to return against St Kilda it will be interesting to see if they continue to play him as he does add a little flair to their forward line.

Rioli wasn’t able to kick a goal on his debut but did assist in 1 to go with a behind from 8 disposals (5 kicks) for 31 points but with 6 clangers (equal team high) he was never going to score big.

Rayner collected 4 disposals (lowest on ground) and directly turned 2 of them over so 12 of his 20 points came from the 3 tackles he laid. Strongly consider moving on this week with a BE of 61.

Crowden made his debut and played a high half forward pressure role and collected 11 disposals (4 kicks) but 4 clangers held him to 29 points – wait another week.

Henry had a great first quarter playing in defense before being concussed in the second on 35% TOG and 27 points from 5 disposals at 100% DE.

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15 thoughts on “2018 Rookie Review – Round 2”

  1. Thanks for the comprehensive review Hutta.

    2018 is going to see a record winning score for the overall prize due to these high scoring rookies.


  2. Langdon injured! Now I need a rookie replacement.

    Thoughts on who to choose out of Waterman, Venables or Gowers?

    The other option English, I would love to use him as ruck cover but I am not sure about his js


    1. English should be fine and will get more ruck time in the coming weeks as “Jackson Trengove is expected to miss the next two to three weeks with a cracked shoulder blade, Western Bulldogs Medical Services Manager Chris Bell confirmed today.”
      On top of that “The Club will assess ruckman Jordan Roughead during the week after a knock to the head in the third term saw him take no further part in the match.”

      Of those choices i am planning on going to Gowers as he got 11 kicks 8 marks last week it was just his efficiency that has let him down in both games going 40% and 61%. Plus with Trengove out and English likely to get more ruck Gowers becomes the main tall forward


    2. I like the look of Waterman the most, but with JJK coming back in a few weeks it’s a questionable trade in now. Venables won’t kick 3 goals ever week but is getting some mid time so could work his way into it. Gowers needs to tidy up and WB are a mess at the moment.

      Stab in the dark out of those 3 tbh.


    3. Venables over Waterman. Waterman will go when Kennedy returns. Eagles rate Venables. Not sure about Gowers.


  3. Naughton isnt looking great but I already have bonner, finlayson, doedee and murray.
    I dont know whether any of the other def rookies are worth the corrective trade. Possibly murphy due to his rockbottom price


    1. He’s not worth a trade, and unless his scoring improves he never will be, even if he stops playing.


    2. I’d probably hold, he’ll eek his way to $250k eventually and can then downgrade to a rookie that comes in and you can pocket the $120-150k we forever seek.


    3. Doggies have had 2 stinkers. Naughton’s scores will improve. Wait 3-5 weeks then downgrade him to Alex Johnson at $102k after he returns and plays two games.


  4. Note with ZGL, he has quite an unfriendly loopholing draw coming up. In the next 7 games, he plays games 5, 2, 2, 4, 1, 2, 2 of each round, so after this weekend, it’s pretty bleak and can only really be used for a Parker/Titch/Gibbs VC loopholes (other than Rd6) which opens up Danger and Cripps.

    Can only be used to loophole the likes of Ryan and Garlett twice (Rd3 and 6).


  5. Thinking of going Hibbo to Bonner and upgrading a rookie to Coniglio.

    The question is what rookie out of (LDU, Brayshaw or Barry) do i trade out to do it or if the suggested trades are any good.

    Thoughts? Was thinking LDU as he has the highest BE.


  6. Thanks for a great Rookie Review Hutta.

    Ryan the only rookie I don’t have. I went waterman instead.
    Do you think its too risky owning both?

    I have a couple of more pressing issues this week so I may have to miss that boat.

    Alot of big decisions to make this week.



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