2018 Rookie Review โ€“ Round 3

Written by Huttabito on April 10 2018

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DEFENDERS

PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
DoedeeAdel$219.1k (+$95.2k)
8595.3-70
Finlayson (MID)GWS$211.9k7790-57
MurrayColl$191.7k (+$67.8k)9575-39
Coffield (MID)StK$171.3k6666-
Richards*WB$135.3k8165-50
Z.GuthrieGeel$226.0k (+$31.6k)556234
O'Connor (MID)Geel$123.9kDNP62-
L.MurphyAdel$153.6k (+$51.2k)6358.3-52
O'SheaCarl$166.0kDNP48-
NaughtonWB$182.4k (+$15.6k)6144.7-1

Doedee is doing Doedee things and making my job easy this year. Another casual 15 disposals (10 kicks) at an impressive 100% DE to go with 5 marks, 5 1%ers and 2 tackles for 85 points.

Finlasyson was one of the few GWS defenders that was able to move the ball around their backline after Sydney shut down Shaw and Whitfield. He lead the team with 5 rebound 50s from his 20 disposals (13 kicks) at 70% DE but was hurt by his team high clanger count of 6. Nevertheless, still put up score of 77 which is more than we can ask for from rookies.

Murray enjoyed the low pressure from the Blues to rack up 21 disposals (13 kicks) at 7 marks to fall just shy of the SuperCoach tonne with 95 points. Collignwood new what they wanted from him and he’s proving his worth and earnt this weeks rising star nomination.

Coffield was personally a surprise omission of mine from the Rd1 team but it only took him a few weeks to get his debut. Top 10 draft pick from last year fit into the backline seamlessly and did exactly what he did during the JLT series – uncontested ball around the defensive 50. He had 18 disposals (12 kicks) at 90% DE to go with 6 marks and a goal when he even managed to sneak forward briefly for 66 points.

Richards has seemed to have found his home at half back and collected 17 disposals (13 kicks) at 71% DE to go with 7 marks and a team high 5 tackles. He had low contested ball with 15 of his touches uncontested but that didn’t seem to hold him back as he finished on 81 points. He would have been a much nicer downgrade option if he debuted once our Doedee’s and Finlaysons had maxed out in 6 weeks time!

Z.Guthrie was Geelongs main man out of defence with 6 rebound 50s from 14 disposals but he only got the 1 contested ball which held his score to 62 points. Looks quite flustered with the ball at times and wants to move it on quickly which resulted in a DE of 71% – someone with that little contested ball should be hitting the target of much more occasions.

Murphy continues his role with 12 disposals (7 kicks), 5 marks and 6 tackles for 63 points for a nice first price rise in excess of $50k rewarding the 10% of coaches who started him Rd1 and the other 14% that traded him in over the last 2 weeks.

Naughton is easing into it but he is just not taking the intercept marks that he was talked up to be so good at. 15 disposals (9 kicks) at 87% DE was a good return but 3 clangers held him to 61 points. Watching him play, he seems to hang back to let the forwards get hands on it first hoping to lay the tackle, but then not tackling…

MIDFIELDERS

PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
KellyGeel$231.7k (+$114.4k)90108.3-69
HolmanGCS$196.1k (+$93.7k)8290-57
JacobsNM$244.5k (+$44.4k)8572.7-44
L.FogartyGeel$175.2k (+$57.9k)7066.3-13
BanfieldFrem$172.9k (+$49.5k)6961.3-30
Cerra*Frem$184.8k5357-4
BrayshawFrem$213.6k (+$15.3k)3250.733
BarryPort$151.0k (+$33.7k)3948.3-11
DowCarl$200.4k (+$6.6k)4943.324
Davies-UniackeNM$194.9k (+$5.6k)2341.716
Clark*StK$175.8kDNP3338

Kelly appeared to have hit the rookie brick wall and was on 40 points heading into the final quarter. We need not panic, as he beasted the final quarter despite WCE having the full momentum with a 50 point quarter to finish up on 90 points giving him a whopping $114k+ price rise. Nice!

Holman was given tagging duties on Fyfe which isn’t always a bad thing as he gets drawn to the contested ball and can tackle which is exactly what he did. He had 14 possessions (50% contested possession rate) and got them off at 93% DE. He took 5 marks (1 contested), laid 6 tackles and had a goal assist getting him to 82 points.

Jacobs quelled Olivers influence in the quarter he tagged him in JLT so they sent him to him again in the real thing. Jacobs wore Oliver like a glove yet again and laid a game high 10 tackles to go with 15 disposals (4 kicks) at 87% DE and 6 marks for 85 points. Back to back huge scores will send his price sky rocketing for his 2,700 coaches.

L.Fogarty could have had a huge game, firing off 5 shots on goal however unfortunately for owners only converted the 1 goal with to finish on 70 points from 14 disposals (12 kicks) at 57% DE, 4 marks and a tackle.

Banfield did a solid job tagging Z.Merrett last week he was sent to Hall and did a fantastic job and melted him like butter left in the Australian summer sun holding him to just 5 touches. He managed to collect 11 disposals (6 kicks) of his own at got them off at 91% DE to go with 2 marks and 5 tackles for 69 point and has cemented his role in the Fremantle side.

Cerra had 10 disposals (9 kicks) at got them off at 90% DE to go with 5 marks (1 contested) for 53 points. His score was hindered by just collecting the 1 contested possession and heads into Rd4 on the bubble but given his price, can probably be passed on.

Brayshaw struggled to impose himself on the game with most of his work being done towards the end of the game. He just managed 7 disposals (4 kicks) but only his the target on 3 occasions to go with 2 marks, 4 tackles and 2 behinds for 32 points.

Barry had a quite game this week with 12 disposals (6 kicks) at 84% DE for 39 points. Has held his own the last 2 rounds and hope this hasn’t cost him a spot in the seniors as he was far from impressive.

Dow is slowly trending his score up since debut and scored 49 points from 15 disposals (9 kicks) at 67% DE. 28% of coaches have faith in the kid and are in for the ride, looks to be a very slow burn and needs a solid 80+ week to get his score rolling.

Davies-Uniacke was back to his old self with 7 disposals and 23 points. Not what 22% of coaches wanted to see.

RUCKS

PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
English (FWD)WB$184.9k (+$50.2k)76641

English, where was this last week when you were covering Kreuzer for me?!? Playing solo ruck for the Bulldogs, he had 19 of their 22 hitouts to go with 17 disposals (11 kicks) at 77% DE, 6 marks (1 contested), 4 free kicks for and 2 1%ers. Up against Sydney this week, it will be interesting if they persist with him against Sinclair and Towers but he will have a much stronger opponent midfield brigade at his feet ready to shark his taps.

FORWARDS

PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
RyanWCE$194.1k (+$76.8k)8880.3-88
MarshallPort$241.6k (+$47.3k)6973.7-18
WatermanWCE$181.0k (+$57.1k)7267-42
Higgins (MID)Rich$130.8k6363-
Henry*Geel$123.9k9360-46
FritschMelb$164.9k (+$47.6k)5658.7-18
Giles-Langdon*GWS$117.3kDNP56-42
J.Garlett (MID)Carl$158.2k (+$40.9k)6453.7-6
Stephenson (MID)Coll$203.6k (+$23.3k)335324
Ratugolea*Geel$123.9k7453-32
CrockerColl$208.8k (+$18.2k)4451.329
Crowden* (MID)Frem$117.3k7250.5-31
GowersWB$152.9k (+$35.5k)4349.7-9
LongStK$189.3k (+$21.2k)354927
D.Fogarty* (MID)Adel$153.3kDNP46-1
Rayner (MID)Bris$203.0k (+$0.2k)6340.338
VenablesWCE$144.2k (+$20.3k)2339.74
Rioli*WCE$123.9k4035.53
Polson* (MID)Carl$130.8k163312

Ryan continues to surprise and if anyone thought he could put up an 88 as a small forward against Geelong, they would be lying. Had collected 12 disposals (11 kicks) at 75% DE to go with 4 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50s and 3 goals of his own. His ankle got caught up kicking a goal in the final quarter and was helped off in pain and was seen with ice/crutches after the game – didn’t look good and latest news suggests he will spent an extended period of time on the sidelines.

Marshall has been one of the best and consistent forwards over the first 3 weeks but yet only appears in 1,600 teams. Had 8 disposals against Brisbane and got them all off by foot to go with 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 69 points. Will make a fair amount of coin for his coaches up until the Rd10 bye.

Waterman played the high half forward on his was to 9 marks (team high), 20 disposals (15 kicks) at 60% DE and 6 inside 50s for 72 points.

Higgins made his debut much earlier than expected, after most coaches saying he won’t be ready til mid-season. He impressed kicking 2 goals (including a soccer out of mid air) from 12 disposals (4 kicks) at 75% DE. Looked rushed at times but did his part as a small forward replacing Bolton who is out of form and finished up on 63 points – wait a week.

Henry is listed as a forward but with the crisis that is the Geelong backline, played defence and put together a team high 10 1%ers to get him to 93 points. He managed 16 disposals (11 kicks) at 81% DE to go with 4 marks (1 contested) and 3 rebound 50s but 4 clangers reduced what would have been a triple figure score. He is one the bubble this week and could well find himself in the same role for weeks to come with C.Guthrie also going down during the game.

Fritsch fell just short of triple 60 point games with 56 against North Melbourne. Very quiet for the day and score most of his points in half of the second quarter with 11 disposals (7 kicks) at 91% DE, 4 marks, 1 goal and a goal assist as his only stats for the day.

Garlett bounced back and scored 64 points from 12 disposals (9 kicks) however went at a lowly 50% DE (third team lowest). He took 4 marks and provided good ball pressure with 5 tackles, 5 inside 50s and 1 goal/1 behind.

Stephenson struggled to get involved and just managed the 6 disposals (3 kicks) at 100% DE, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 33 points.

Ratugolea played second ruck with no Smith or Stanley in sight and had a rather impressive game with 14 disposals (9 kicks) to go with 8 marks (3 contested – team high), 7 hitouts, 2 tackles, 2 1%ers and 2 goals/1 behind for 74 points. One the bubble, but if one of the first choice rucks line up nest week, he will be pushed out of his role which was heavily on ball.

Crocker got 10 disposals (5 kicks) abut a DE of 60% and 3 clangers for the nihgt only got him to 44 points.

Crowden might be small, but that doesn’t stop him as he collected 13 disposals (7 kicks) at 92% DE to go with 6 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal/1 behind and 2 goal assists for 72 points.

Gowers was restricted this week only half of his 10 disposals (7 kicks) hitting the target to go with 4 clangers for 43 points. Still having plenty of shots on goal (4 this week), he’s struggling to convert with just the 1 goal again.

Long appears to be trending downwards with 35 points, but does anyone really have him?

Rayner was on his way to a triple figure score at one stage but had a very quiet last half to finish up on 63 points from 9 disposals (6 kicks), 3 marks (2 contested), 4 tackles and a goal. Only just beat his BE which has now dropped so should start to rise a little more in coming weeks.

Venables struggled with just the 9 disposals (5 kicks) at 56% DE, 2 marks and 3 clangers for 23 points.

Rioli managed to sneak up the ground to get 12 disposals (8 kicks) which resulted in 5 inside 50s, but a DE of 42% combined with 5 clangers held his score to 40 points. On the bubble but much better options around.

Polson got 5 disposals for 16 points. On the bubble, hmmm…. next.

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30 thoughts on “2018 Rookie Review โ€“ Round 3”

  1. Cheers Hutta, great write up!

    I am looking for a replacement for Ryan and considering Crowden, Henry, Richards via dpp or waiting a week for Higgins. Any thoughts on which of these have strong/ weak js?

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    1. Henry would be my pick for those jumping on board this week, however Richard’s has some potential.

      Dunno about job security though.

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    2. Henry is my pick, Tigers clearly like Higgins but he will play that small forward role, but knows what he’s doing. I’m looking at Henry for Ryan this week myself.

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      1. Cheers. Geelong Is such a strong team, I am always weary about their rookies. But Henry sound ok.

        Is Crowders js ok or is he on shaky ground?

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        1. Geelong may be a strong team but they are in 8njury meltdown at present, and their backs were already thin due to retirements.

          Henry may be an SC forward but will play back if named.

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  2. I want to vote for Daniel Lloyd’s 95, but he’s not in the poll.

    Started at $214k and averaged 73 in JLT. Currently at $251k and averaging 70, but only in 1693 teams.

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    1. Looked alright in JLT but was just an awkward price. Which seems to be holding true with all our premo rookies this year.

      He is still an awkward price. At 251k he’s only really got 100k growth in him, so too late to jump on board now.

      But well done if you took him.

      I looked at him a number of times in the preseason, but couldn’t take the leap.

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  3. Is it worth going Will Brodie to Ed Richards via Finlayson DPP? Don’t ask why I started with him :/

    Gets me way better chash generation, and gives me an extra 40k to play with.

    T/U: Yes, worth it

    T/D: No, don’t waste a trade on it

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  4. I thought Banfield’s absolute smother job on Hall was the rookie game of the round. Even moving Hall to full foward didn’t shake the tag.

    Any time you get more than twice the possessions of the guy you are tagging you have had a MONSTER game.

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  5. If Coffield wasn’t coming on the bubble soon I’d consider moving Naughton on. Naughton was a last minute job when Coffield wasn’t named round 1 for me.

    Instead I’ll get a (small) bit of cash growth for another week and see how big Coffield’s negative be is before I make the change.

    Unless Naughton shows us these intercept marks finally.

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    1. Not sure how much it’ll be worth it to swap between these expensive rookies unless they have a really really low BE. I’m just going to hold Naughton I think and wait for a < $123 rookie to come along, at least you cash out a bit of coin on the downgrade. If you have Finlasyson, Murray, Dodeee and Murphy already, not sure he is a must.

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      1. Worth keeping an eye on O’Connor especially with Geelong’s injury woes. 123k dpp and 62 in first game.

        But Coffield looked good in preseason even if the SC scores weren’t quite up there.

        If he’s going to average mid 60’s though you will get more growth from Richards or another 123k one.

        Didn’t get Murphy, so that kinda means I’m on the wrong horse with Naughton, and looking for an opportunity.

        At least hiding off for another week gives more chance for a Mirra or similar to appear.

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  6. Nice write up again, Hutta.

    Is anyone else getting worried that the rookies are all debutting too soon and we’ll struggle for downgrade options mid-season?

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    1. We had 44 this time last year had played a game and are at 41 this year, so they’ll come. The way some are going though we may not need as many downgrade targets if they can grow cash all that little bit longer.

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      1. Is it worth moving Brayshaw this week for a cash cow (richards) or hold a bit longer?
        Im going Ryan to Henry this week i think.
        From there i was going to sit till the byes with plenty on field and bench $$

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  7. Ryan will have to go but who to bring in? With Sicily down back I have fwd and def options. Know what my SC homework will be this week!

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    1. If you have Finlayson and are looking at trying to get a player on field to replace Brayshaw, yes.

      At this point Crozier is no certainty as best 22. I’d be letting Richard’s plsy again if I was the coach and drop him based on form or losses.

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  8. I brought in Henry for Ryan, easy choice considering Geelong’s defence is the walking dead. He also looked great on the weekend so they won’t look at droping him until both of Taylor and Henderson are fit, but then i would have said that Geelong play West Coast without a ruckman, so what would I know!

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  9. I traded Giles-Langdon to Ryan because of his injury, and now I have to trade Ryan for the same reason.

    So much for conserving trades ๐Ÿ™

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