Badger’s Rookie Review

Written by Badger on June 30 2015

Hi all,

The byes are done and I’m barely hanging on. Somehow though, through one of my worst Supercoach seasons so far I sit one game and percentage outside the eight in the three leagues that mean the most to me. I think 2015 has been a cruel fantasy season for most which has evened up the field in a lot of leagues.

Let’s all put Rounds 11-13 behind us and focus on the run to the finals. Special mention to Shawn McKernan who’s just above the rookie price cutoff but becomes relevant given the recent injuries/suspensions to a number of ruckman.

My pick of the rookie bunch at the moment would be Sam Colquhoun, Jack Steele and Toby McLean.




Round 13 Rookie Ins (underline = first game 2015):

DEF: Zac Jones SYD, Nick Holman CAR

MID: Nick O’Brien – ESS

MID/FWD: Kane Lambert RICH


Round 13 Rookie Outs:

DEF: Jack Leslie GC – omitted, Clay Cameron GC – omitted

MID: Daniel Robinson SYD – omitted, Connor Menedue RICH – omitted, Corey Ellis RICH – omitted

RUCK/FWD: Peter Wright GC – omitted

FWD: Orazio Fantasia ESS – injured



**DNP13** Sam Colquhoun Port Adelaide, $188.3K, Preseason Draft 2012, 20 years/180cm/75kg

Had the bye on the weekend but scored well with 86 the previous week from 12 kicks and ten handballs at 77% disposal efficiency (six contested possessions), three marks, four tackles, two frees against, a goal, three clearances and five rebound 50’s from 78% game time. A nice follow up from his 65 in Round 11 and should continue to hold his spot in the team with some other more likely to be dropped ahead of him. Sam Colquhoun is an exciting young player who showed a bit in his debut season two years ago before a knee injury cut short his 2014. His junior and SANFL numbers show Colquhoun can find a lot of the ball and use it well. With a decent price rise ahead, you should strongly consider Sammy before his probable Round 14 appearance against the Swans. I expect his ownership to jump significantly before Round 14. Still only owned by 2%


Other DEF Options:

Nick Holman CAR, $123.9K

**DNP13** Jake Kolodjashnij GEE, $123.9K

Shaun Edwards Essendon, $123.9K

Hugh Beasley BRI, $144.7K (scored 65 on the weekend)

Alex Pearce Fremantle, $178.6K

Zac Jones SYD, $182.8K

**DNP13** Caleb Marchbank GWS, $197.3K

Joel Hamling, WB, $200.9K (nice game on the weekend with 72)



**DNP13** Jack Steele GWS, $117.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 24, 19 years/187cm/86kg

We all know his junior numbers yeah…? A phenomenal talent who finally got a crack in Round 12 and didn’t disappoint. Steele scored 84 points from eight kicks and 11 handballs at 65% disposal efficiency (seven contested possessions), three marks, a massive 10 tackles, two hitouts, three clearances, a rebound 50 and two inside 50’s from 86% game time. A fantastic debut. Owned by 22%


**DNP13** Alex Neal-Bullen MEL, $117.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 40, 19 years/182cm/76kg

A tough inside midfielder as a junior and has great endurance. Managed to kick three goals from 11 possessions scoring 65 against the Cats at Skilled Stadium in Round 12. Worth keeping an eye on. Owned by 2%


Elliot Kavanagh Essendon, $172.7K, 2011 Draft Pick 19, 22 years/187cm/81kg

Started as sub in Round 13 so can be forgiven for a score of 23 from 39% game time. Had a promising preseason and then trailed off a little in the NAB Challenge games. Good VFL form saw Kavanagh finally get a crack at it in the 2015 seniors and he played well in his first game in Round 10 scoring 77 from 25 disposals, but he followed that up with 49 in Round 11. Will need to avoid the vest in Round 14 and put in a good game to come back into Supercoach calculations. Risky pick from here. Owned by 10%


Other MID Options:

Kane Lambert RICH, $102.4K

Nick O’Brien ESS, $123.9K

**DNP13** Brendon Ah Chee PA $139.4K

**DNP13** Billy Stretch MEL, $151.2K

**DNP13** Aiden Riley MEL, $197K



**DNP13** Rory Lobb GWS, $176.3K, 2013 Draft Pick 29, 22 years/205cm/96kg

With Shane Mumford out for the rest of the year GWS will look to one or two of their younger Rucks to step up. I thought Andrew Phillips might take up the # 1 mantle with Lobb or Downie supporting, but Leon Cameron selected only Lobb to go head to head with Goldstein in Round 12 and the North ruck had a record 80 hitouts with 23 to advantage. In Round 9 of the NEAFL, Lobb kicked seven goals against the Lions along with 16 kicks, three handballs, 11 marks and 13 hitouts so it’s understandable that Cameron would give him a crack. I suspect though that GWS will introduce another ruck to either help out or replace him. I still hope they give the kid another run in the firsts with more time up forward and playing support to either Phillips or Downie (maybe James Stewart to have a rest after a solid nine weeks in the seniors). Owned by 2%


**And Shawn McKernan (FWD/RUCK) who’s above rookie-price being $255.3K but scored 98 from 21 possessions, five marks, three tackles, 18 hitouts and a goal – could be handy.


Other RUCK Options:

Jack Hannath FRE, $191.7K



**DNP13** Jack Steele GWS, $117.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 24, 19 years/187cm/86kg – see midfield write-up.


Toby McLean WB, $159.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 26, 19 years/180cm/72kg

McLean has now played two solid games in a row (79 Round 13 / 67 Round 12) and could be a good midseason cash cow if he can retain his form and spot. A goalkicking midfielder in the juniors who found plenty of the ball and recorded high disposal efficiency. McLean scored 79 from eight kicks and 12 handballs at 80% disposal efficiency (just four contested possessions), seven marks, one tackle, two frees for, a goal, one rebound 50 and three inside 50’s. Definitely consider if you already have Steele and need some coin.


Other FWD Options:

Kane Lambert RICH, $102.4K

Bailey Dale WB, $166.6K

Jack Hannath FRE, $191.7K

Lukas Webb WB, $199.7K


FAREWELL Former Rookie:

Andrew Boston GC


Author: Badger


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12 thoughts on “Badger’s Rookie Review”

  1. Been very lucky this season to still have 16 trades left
    – colq seems expensive at 188. I don’t need a def with hamling, lever and a Pearce mooing along
    – Steele will come in, but I’ll wait another week. Could replace Clark or d Mck
    – lobb//mckernan are interesting, could be handy to have a playing r3

    Decisions, decisions


  2. Trading Clark out this week and toying with two options:

    T/U – Steele as best rookie and make $187k
    T/D – McKernan as bench cover for both FWD/RUC


  3. Trading Clark also..

    My fwd line already has Dale, Bonts, Dalhaus and im thinking of bringing in Mclean to replace Clark as bench cover. I like Mclean and regretting picking up Dale.

    T/U -Do it
    T/D-Too doggies-centric, look elsewhere.


  4. For those thinking of bringing in McLean, the Dogs have been using one of their teenagers every week as the sub, almost rotationally. He looked the pick of them last week but just food for thought.


  5. Great write up Badger! Essential reading as we try to look at the last couple of down grades. My team is:

    D Shaw Simpson Houli Newness Gibson Saad Hamling Mckenzie
    M Fyfe Pendles Lewis Griffen Parker Ward Cripps CEY Sloane Krakouer Boston
    R Goldy Nic Nat Reed
    F Martin Goddard Mitchell Swan Dalihaus Clark Tarrant McLean

    Trade ideas below Gawn or McKernan would be F7 or R3

    Thumbs up Sloane and Tarrant for JPK and McKernan with 132 k in bank
    Thumbs down Sloane and CEY (via D Martin) for JPK and Gawn 40 k in bank



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