JLT Rookie Review – Midfielders

Written by Huttabito on March 21 2017

Our Top 3 midfield-only rookies from the pre-season last year averaged 87 points. We don’t seem to be quite as fortunate this year…

Name Team Price JLT1 JLT2 JLT3 AVE
Powell-Pepper PTA $135.3k 56 71 82 70
Setterfield GWS $193.8k 80 46 63
Lloyd GWS $117.3k 115 10 63
Mountford NTH $123.9k 76 43 60
Barrett BRL $127.9k 37 85 47 56
Brodie GCS $175.8k 53 97 15 55
Fox SYD $102.4k 71 59 22 51
Wigg ADE $123.9k 70 26 48
Foote SYD $182.8k 81 24 31 45
Atley PTA $117.3k 16 78 30 41
Fisher CAR $117.3k 27 38 33

Before Burgoyne met Pepper….

Sam Powell-Pepper “Pig”  has been referenced to play a very similar game to Ollie Wines and I’ve finally figured it out. It’s nothing to do with both being bulls at stoppages, well, it might still have something to do with that, but it’s that they both LOVE a clanger!! SPP loves them so much he decided to have 8 in JLT3 to give a clanger average of 4 across the series. Despite this, he still scored a decent average of 70 due to his high contested possession count. If he can clean up his clangers and DE (63%) from the series, expect a little bit more from his 4 kicks, 12 handballs, 5 tackles and 4 clearance performances.

Will Setterfield and Daniel Llyod both played the first 2 JLT games and finished on an average of 63 points. Their scores are scaled up due to game 1 when GWS were missing pretty much their entire starting 22 midfield and they were sent in to fill the void. As they all returned, their time in the middle reduced before both being dropped from JLT3. Both very unlikely starters for Rd1.

Declan Mountford played the first 2 games of the series for an average of 60 points off an impressive 51% TOG. Another Roo who knows how to find the ball, he had the second lowest TOG from all the players to average 9 disposals. He averaged 5 kicks, 4 handballs, 4 tackles and 2 clearances which are slightly under his full capabilities based on the fact that he turned into a tagger part way through game 2 and barely touched it after but probably sits outside the best 22 and wasn’t give a run in JLT3. If Scott is looking for someone to give some one on one attention though, he may turn to Mountford.

Jake Barratt is still rookie listed and requires to be upgrade before playing R1 but playing all 3 JLT games shows good signs. He averaged 56 across the series from 71% TOG from 7 kicks, 7 handballs, 5 marks and 3 tackles. JLT2 was by far his best performance where he was playing through the middle and half forward and with McCluggage sidelined early, he might slip in to fill to void.

Will Brodie looked the goods in the first two games despite Rocket saying he wouldn’t push for selection until mid year. He averaged 75 over this time and was getting everyones hopes up for an early birth. Then Rocket put his foot down and gave him a very limited run to bring down all his stats. He ended up on an average of 55 from an average TOG of 53%. In this time, he averaged 5 kicks, 6 handballs, 2 tackles and 7 contested possessions. He now looks like a long shot to get that early game we were all hoping for.

Sydney duo Robbie Fox and Jordan Foote played all 3 games and averaged 51 and 45 respectively. With the Sydney starting midfield taking the back seat in JLT1, it left rookies such as these to pick up the slack. As the JLT series progressed, these two were pushed further out of the action although Fox was able to hang on just a little longer ending up slightly ahead. Both outside of Sydneys best 22 and would be relying on injuries to sneak in and looking very doubtful for a Rd1 spot. Fox offers more value though purely on his basement price and greater JLT influence.

Harrison Wigg was dropped for JLT3 after playing the first two games given his poor performance and decision making in game 2, although he was named amongst the BOG crew in the SANFL trial match that weekend. Of all the players who averaged 18 disposals, he had the 2nd lowest average TOG at 61%, just behind Jack Ziebell. With Brad Crouch and Scott Thompson all but ruled out of Rd1, he might get some early game time.

While an average of 41 points for 3 games isn’t something to boast about, Joe Atley did only average 48% TOG over the series. He loves the contested ball with 50% of his possessions being contested and given his small frame, is probably why he’s burning out fast and not getting extended runs. Getting to the bottom of the pack to extract the ball, 10 of his 12 disposals were handballs. He might get an early game but is sitting right on the fringe to drop out when a best 22 player returns from injury.

When I skyped with Motts before the JLT series, he told me to keep an eye on young Zac Fisher as he appeared to be a smoky coming through the ranks. I gave him a spot on my bench immediately hoping something would come of it, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be as he was given very little opportunity to shine over the JLT series.

… And after Burgoyne met Pepper.

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22 thoughts on “JLT Rookie Review – Midfielders”

  1. Thanks hutta.
    That is a really depressing read.
    I seem to remember being concerned about rookies in previous years only for s few to pop up from nowhere. Fingers crossed.

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  2. I can sense a mad scramble at about 6pm on Thursday evening. I think I’m going to have to delete my whole team and start again…

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    1. Thursday will be business as usual, they’ll all be named on the extended bench giving us some glimmer of hope. Then Friday when they are cut, that’s when the team deletes will happen!

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  3. Questions; if there are few cheap rookie options to choose from, where are we going to find the cash generation for upgrades?
    Does the lack of cash mean we have to delve into the mire of the mid pricer?

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  4. Thankfully we’ll see the Blues and Tigers teams tomorrow night. Here’s hoping the Blues continue to blood the youngsters.

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    1. Talks on you guys throwing SPS straight in there? Ballsy!

      Might just have to take any rookie who is named in the Blues/Tigers clash just to be sure.

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  5. might have to sacrifice a premo and go with more $$$$ rookies that are more likely guaranteed a rd 1 start RE: ( Marchbank etc) as from memory, the site can have a meltdown before the first bounce, and after 2 months of meticulous planning and absorbing all the great info and dedication on this site, you end up running around like a deranged lunatic, and totally balls up all your hard work 🙁

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  6. Wow. Hopes for some decent midfield rookies has dived even more. Getting desperate…

    TU – O’Meara/Atley
    TD – Sheed/Horlin-Smith

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  7. It’s a lot like picking ur favourite Victoria’s secret model, but Hutto u may have edged it in the sexy stakes this pre -season. To everyone of you who contribute to this wonderful site a sincere thanks. It’s become a 1 stop shop 4 me!!

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  8. Also starting to question if we can afford to have a loophole donut this year. The lack of rookie options probably means we need every position filled and generating cash for upgrades. Lots to ponder…

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    1. Lets be honest, you are only really left without a loophole option for the first round. There will always be some rookie spud who is dropped after the first game who you can use. Might not have the optimal game time like Strandica, but it’s still a loophole.

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  9. Had Taranto at M7 until I read a comment saying that Taranto may be locked in for R1 but might not last long such is GWS’ depth, so I went back to the players list and scrolled up instead of down where Billie Smedts appeared…. And Carlton is the opposite of GWS, a grandmother could walk in and make their best 22.

    So does anyone know where he stands at Carlton, in or outside their best 22? If in, he might be worth considering if his job security is not low?

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    1. He averaged 60 points (top score 67) over JLT from an average TOG of 78%. Those numbers don’t get me going and you’d be wanting a little bit more at his price. Should play this year but will be in and out I imagine.

      Think we will be ok for cheaper rookies up front as they seem to be starting to drop through. Enough to be able to swing into the MIDS as well.

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      1. Thought so. Decided to go with cheap rookies at M6-8 but obviously still subject to changes.

        Thanks Huttabito!

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