Badger’s Best Rookies

Written by Badger on April 9 2015

Hi all,

Below is a list of rookie-priced players who had an impressive Round 1. I will add in the other players that didn’t score over 70 tomorrow, along with any rookie-priced players that are selected tonight to debut in Round 2 for season 2015.

Let me know your plans with rookies.




Kamdyn McIntosh DEF, $123.9K

Has well and truly carried his preseason form into the home and away rounds. His two NAB Challenge efforts hinted at a composed and versatile player that may be fighting at the fringes of the team. However, his game against Carlton last Thursday was nothing short of brilliant for a first gamer and will likely cement him in the 22. McIntosh scored 120 SC points from 14 kicks, nine handballs (78% disposal efficiency), two clearances, nine marks, two tackles and a goal (he also had five running bounces and four inside 50’s). A whopping 60% of teams don’t have McIntosh yet and I was nearly one of them. At 20 years, 192cm, 87kg and with loads of ability he’s ready for the rigours of AFL footy.

Adam Saad DEF/MID, $102.4K

Dual position, elevated from the rookie list, a mature aged recruit, cheap as chips, fast, a good mix of inside and outside game…and one of the few players among the Suns that can hold his head high in a side that lost to the Dees on the weekend. Saad scored 89 SC points from 13 disposals at 77% efficiency, four marks, two frees against, four tackles and a goal. If you’re one of the 38% of people that didn’t pick Saad then make it a priority.



Angus Brayshaw MID, $212.3.3K

Another rookie-priced player that bobbed up after playing zero NAB Challenge games. Of course we all knew his potential but it was still somewhat of a surprise to see Brayshaw not only selected but also escape the starting green vest (although he copped the red vest after 62% game time). A great performance from Brayshaw in just 62% game time; 86 SC points from seven kicks and two handballs at a disposal efficiency of 88% (four contested possessions, zero clangers), two marks, a game high nine tackles and two frees for. A massive kid at 187cm and 91kg and a top 3 draft pick too – I’m excited to see what he will do with more game time. Congrats to the 8.5% who picked him prior to Round 1.

Cameron Ellis-Yolmen MID, $123.9K

A solid Round 1 hitout from Ellis-Yolmen with 78 SC points from 15 disposals (eight contested) at 80% efficiency, two clearances, two marks, two tackles, two hitouts and four inside 50’s. Promising score considering his time on ground was just 66% and did not include a vest. At 22 years, 188cm, 89kg and with a very strong inside game Ellis-Yolmen appears to be a player that will continue to improve and should remain in the Crows best 22. Owned by 47.5% of Supercoach teams.

Isaac Heeney MID $137.3K

Heeney had an excellent debut against the Bombers and kicked the sealing goal in the final quarter to put Sydney 12 points ahead. Heeney finished on 96 SC points with 13 kicks, four handballs (eight contested possessions and a disposal efficiency of 52%), two clearances, three marks, seven tackles and one very important goal with just over a minute remaining in the game. Great progression from a strong preseason and has the build to handle full games (186cm/84kgs)…I’m still unsure whether he’ll escape the vest with the likes of McVeigh, McGlynn and Mitchell yet to play for the Swans. However, Towers might lose his spot before Heeney and the Swans will look to manage Goodes with less games throughout the season. Owned by 50% of Supercoach teams.

Ben Newton MID, $215K

Newton’s promising preseason form translated into a good showing against Gold Coast Suns with 78 SC points (down on his DT score of 96) from 11 kicks and five handballs at 68% disposal efficiency, a clearance, six marks, six tackles and two goals from 70% game time. A good value pick in Supercoach being a mature age recruit (22 years, 183cm and 84kg) capable of having a real impact synonymous with high SC points. Has the knack for playing tough contested footy as well as the more polished stuff.

Adam Saad DEF/MID, $102.4K – see DEFENDERS write-up.

Nathan Van Berlo MID, $215.6K

A relatively quiet NAB Challenge had Van Berlo appearing in just 25% of teams at the commencement of the home and away season. However, he put in a good showing against the Kangas on the weekend with 82 SC points from 10 kicks and seven handballs at a disposal efficiency of 76%, three clearances, four marks and four tackles. Van Berlo remains one of the fittest players on Adelaide’s list and providing he avoids further Achilles or other injury concerns then he looks value at $215.6K. If you have him, keep him. If not hold off another week to see if the 75+ scores are likely to continue.

Aaron Vandenberg MID $127.9K NAB1 

A massive differential between Vandenberg’s DT (69) and SC (99) scores is always handy especially if it remains a habit of his (NAB Challenge there was a positive differential as well). The 22 year old had 11 kicks, six handballs (nine contested possessions and a disposal efficiency of 52%), two clearances, four marks, a tackle and a goal against the Suns. Vandenberg has size (188cm/90kg), speed, loves the contest, kicks goals, can find a lot of the footy and kick goals playing MID and is versatile enough to play forward. Owned by just 30% of Supercoach teams.



Mitch Clark FWD, $155.2K

After an awesome preseason Clark played a nice game against the competition’s best (how bloody good are Hawthorn?). He scored 78 SC points from 10 kicks and two handballs at 66% disposal efficiency, eight marks, two tackles, two hitouts and three goals. If he can do this against the Hawks then Clark’s scores could skyrocket throughout the year (early call I know…) and he might prove to be a keeper by season’s end. Owned by 70% of Supercoach teams.

Jesse Hogan FWD, $130.4K

A great effort from Hogan leading the way with four contested marks against the Suns. Hogan finished with 79 SC points from nine kicks and six handballs at a disposal efficiency of 80% (nine contested possessions), a clearance, seven marks, a free for and two goals. At 20 years, 195cm and 97kg and having been a part of Melbourne’s program for three years now (unable to play as a 17 year old in his first) he’s a young KP player that can have a big impact straight away, especially if the Dees continue to play a more attacking style. Hogan appears in 52% of teams.

Cameron McCarthy FWD $210.7K

He’s a good egg McCarthy and had a very nice game against the Saints with 85 SC points from 15 disposals at 73% efficiency (seven contested possessions), five marks, two frees for and three goals. According to Dermie he’s fearless and will crash packs with no regard for his own safety (“looks like a Viking and plays like one too”) and I can see McCarthy scoring the occasional monster score. Owned by just 3% of Supercoach teams making him a very unique pick.

Jayden McGrath FWD, $117.3K

Let’s be honest, Jayden McGrath popped up out of nowhere. His junior numbers were okay without being spectacular and his NAB Challenge performances didn’t show signs of a Supercoach relevant rookie. However, his numbers against the Pies were strong with 70 SC points from 14 disposals at 71% efficiency, a clearance, five marks, two tackles and a free for. I’d be hesitant to bring him in based on one good game but he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. Owned by 5.4% of teams.


Author: Badger


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16 thoughts on “Badger’s Best Rookies”

  1. Great write up. Completely off topic but do league games start this week instead of round 3 as usuall??


  2. Great write up.

    I’m going to be saving trades until the end of round 2, I will keep my eye on these guys now!


  3. Thanks Badger. Have to say I’m fairly mystified at times with the difference between DT and SC scores. Adam Saad for example, who I’ve got and played well, somehow scored 89 from only 10 effective disposals and two frees against? I don’t get it.
    Have Lamb and Lonie riding the pine currently, but may swap one of them for McGrath if he goes well again this week. Also keen to see what happens with the Melbourne rookies, with Vince and Dawes due back this week.


  4. Was not prepared for the new setup in the midfield. I think i should have run one of lambert or krakour, as a non playing mid so i could use the e loophole. Three on the pine is too many. How many points will i miss out on fielding the wrong player this week.? If cripps dosent go bang tommorow, burning a trade to someone who WONT play


  5. Agree with Diz which makes me wary on some rookies so far, great scores for minimal disposals. My money is on mcintosh at the moment, any rookie defender picking up 23 disposals has my vote! Hope vandenburg is not the sub on another note


  6. Very happy with my rookie selections already. Had mcintosh start on the field (only because he played the early game and wasn’t the sub), saad and heeney on the bench (heeney’s score hurt)
    Also had v’berg and Ellis-y start

    Hogan and Clarke up front, with Lonie and lamb on the pine

    So all up, not looking at any others at the moment, just waiting for them to fatten up.



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