I told you last week Lynch and Jacobs were the keepers….. hope you listened.
My Top Five Rookie’s (<$200k) of the week:
1) T Mzungu (Mid/Fwd 110k) Touted as a must-have rookie of the pre-season. Mzungu damaged his medial ligament and missed the first 8 rounds. In round nine he was the sub and we didn’t get a ‘real’ look at him…. But in round 10, we got a better look and his 14 kicks, 10 handballs 5 marks and 2 tackles means he has the x-factor that validates his pre-season must have status with 77 SC points. Mzungz is a 24yo mature age rookie who has played a number of years for Perth in the WAFL and his best season in 2010. His Mid-Fwd dual position flexibility also adds to his value.
2) B Jacobs (Mid/Def 153k) Still great value – Last Chance! Jacobs was Ports first choice in last years draft and I believe would have been set to play round 1, if it wasn’t for a bout of glandular fever. Jacobs starred for Vic Metro last year averaging 29 possies a game. Jacobs is back and has just played his third game getting another 13 possies, 3 marks, 1 goal and 5 tackles and a respectable 66 SC points. His Mid-Def dual position flexibility also adds to his value.
3) M Hibberd (Mid/Def 154k) Coming off the Bye – Hibberd is an alternate to Jacobs. Hibberds third run on the rookie review, but still great value at 154k. I’m still a little concerned he hasn’t had more opportunity since two permanent spots opened for the Bombers with Dempsey and Winderlich’s ACL’s. I’m still not 100% sure about his job security, but Hocking being suspended for 3 weeks will help, so hopefully wont be forced out when Hurley returns. This was the best of his three games racked up a lazy 75 points.
4) J McCarthy (Mid 171k) McCarthy isn’t exactly a bargain basement priced rookie…. But gee’s he scoring well with 83 and 87 in his first two games. He’s had 20 and 16 disposals in his first two games scored goals in both and layed 4 tackles in both….. so if he was a 110k rookie, I’d be saying he’s an absolute must have, but his price makes him a little awkward. Anyway, there are plenty of Pies fans out there so McCarthy may be the man for you, and based on his first two games he won’t let you down.
5) L Delaney (Def 103k) Delaney is Rookie-Listed for the Kanga’s and at 194cm he’s not exactly small, he joined the Kanga’s coming from North Ballarat in the VFL. He has been solid in both games with 9 and 7 disposals, a couple of marks and 3 followed by 4 tackles in each of his two games….. He got 77 and 56 SC points in his first two games…. He’s a option!
Special mention: For those of you thinking about getting another emergency Ruck, or cashing in Zak Smith on your bench then keep your eye on Nathan Vardy…. He has tons of mobility, and he reminds me of Mumford the way he just gives every bit of what he has to offer…. The only negative is that he will be number 2 to Ottens, and with only 3 on the bench I can’t see the cats going with two rucks, unless they look to drop Mooney or Hawkins which is altogether possible.
Here is the rookie data for you to analyse in your spare time, and form your own opinions:
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