My Top Five Rookie’s (<$200k) of the week:
1) J Strauss (Def 110k) Whilst I am concerned with Straussy job security, you can’t argue the numbers… a rock solid 70 in round 1, followed by a 87 in round 2. Straussy played 2 games in 2010 and has just played his second game of 2011. I’m not sure he’s the greatest user of the ball, but I believe it will get better if he gets more opportunity and builds some confidence. Straussy was a glimmer of hope in a bad games for the Dee’s picking up 21 disposals, taking 2 grabs and laying 3 tackles. My main concern with Straussy is that I don’t know that the Dee’s hold him in the highest regard, and I wouldn’t even try and guess what BaiIey is trying to achieve with his team which makes it tough.
2) J Howe (Fwd 103k) He was a Supercoach rookie standout last week scoring 97 points, and he wasn’t the Dee’s worst player this week with another 50 points. Howe started 2010 playing country football in Tassie. He moves well, and reminds me of the first time I saw Tapscott. Generally impressed! This week he had 14 disposals, took 8 marks, kicked 1 goal and layed 2 tackles. I was very impressed with his first game….. and I’m really struggling to split Strauss and Howe. If one gets dropped, then the decision is easy, but it’s a real coin toss.
3) Z Tuohy (Def 103k) The Rookie listed Irishman had the green vest in his first hit-out, and had a great run in his second game racking up 20 disposals, taking 3 grabs, kicking a goal and laying a tackle. He also scored 79 SC points. I’m always a little dubious about the Irish boys, but if you’re willing to roll the dice it may well pay dividends.
4) T Simpkin (Def 103k) Simpkin was promoted off the rookie list at the end of last season after a good year in the VFL. He hasn’t exactly been best-on-ground, but he has been solid in defense scoring back-to-back 61’s. This week Simpkin had 7 disposals, taking 4 marks and laying 7 tackles (that was the good bit). The Saints need to win most weeks and I’m not sure where he sits in the pecking order, as Lyon isn’t one for giving his kids a lot of games.
5) A Fasolo (Mid 103k) He played well in his first game, actually he played very well….. but he’s only here as a token-effort, as after the bye they will have Swan and Daisy return, and he will be dropped like a hot potato. In either case, he scored 69 SC points and 15 disposals, 1 mark, 1 goal and 2 tackles.
Here is the rookie data for you to analyse in your spare time, and form your own opinions:
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