I’m mixing things up a bit this week with a focus on best rookie options only. Earlier on in the season with 20-30 trades up our sleeve there may have been a bigger benefit to seeing write-ups on most rookies.
But as each week passes and the value rises of the increasingly rare commodity called a trade, I think it’s safe to say that 80% of the rookies mentioned in previous posts won’t get a look in now.
Below is my shrinking list of rookies to consider. Feel free to let me know if you’re thinking about someone else.
N/A (Sammy Colquhoun is no longer rookie-priced but could still be worth the $230K+)
Jack Steele GWS, $117.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 24, 19 years/187cm/86kg
Steele followed on from his debut score of 84 in Round 12 with 69 on the weekend from four kicks and nine handballs at 69% disposal efficiency (six contested possessions), two marks, six tackles, a free for, two hitouts, four clearances, three inside 50’s and a goal assist. If you don’t own him yet then strongly consider. Owned by 28%
Alex Neal-Bullen MEL, $161.8K, 2014 Draft Pick 40, 19 years/182cm/76kg
A tough inside midfielder as a junior and has great endurance. Nice game on the weekend scoring 83 from eight kicks and eights handballs at 94% disposal efficiency (five contested possessions), three marks, one tackles, two goals, one rebound 50 and four inside 50’s. Previously scored 65 against the Cats at Skilled Stadium in Round 12 with 11 possies and three goals. Could be a handy unique pick. Owned by 3%
Consider: Rory Lobb, Tom Downie, Keegan Brooksby (or Andrew Phillips if selected and Shaun McKernan if you’re happy to pay nearly $300K)
Caleb Daniel WB, $117.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 46, 19 years today/167cm/63kg
Happy birthday to the little champ who turns 19 today. What a fantastic debut on the weekend even when starting as sub. Daniel scored 65 in just 53% game time from five kicks and nine handballs at 86% disposal efficiency (6 contested possessions), five marks, a goal and a goal assist. Big impact in the third quarter and should get plenty more games based on his first performance.
Jack Steele GWS, $117.3K, 2014 Draft Pick 24, 19 years/187cm/86kg – see midfield write-up.
That’s all folks for this week.
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