Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. Footy goes on, whodathunkit?
I’m going to assume that everyone reading this already had the highly impressive Marlion Pickett (MID, $123 900) locked in for the opening game of this strange little season we’re about to experience. And the rest? Turns out that rumours of a cowpocalypse may have been a little exaggerated – but has anyone got a cheap defender I can borrow?
WESTERN BULLDOGS v COLLINGWOOD
Tyler Brown (MID, $123 900) will probably score well enough, but his job security is wafer-thin given the imminent return of Adam Treloar from a hamstring twinge in a week or two.
The highly decorated Ben Cavarra (FWD, $123 900) finally gets his chance, but will probably play that small forward role that is usually SC poison. Still worth a thought at F8 but manage your expectations. Ryan Gardner (FWD, $136 800) is not SC relevant.
Notable omissions: Trent Bianco (MID/DEF, $117 300)
ESSENDON v FREMANTLE
Sam Sturt (FWD, $123 900) is named to start in the purple forward line, but I would expect him to be in the slow-burn club along with the likes of Max King (see below). You’ll be relying on Sturt having one or two big games amongst the mediocre ones if he’s going to generate cash for you – therefore he’s a bench option only.
Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (DEF, $189 000) is expensive for a rookie key defender, but given the dearth of budget options down back he looks to be a good option based on his intercept marking alone.
Notable omissions: Stephen Hill (DEF/FWD, $190 600)
ADELAIDE v SYDNEY
Justin McInerney (MID, $123,900) was excellent in Marsh 1 and hardly sighted in Marsh 2, but maybe Horse had already seen enough? Worth a shout on your mids bench.
Key defender Fischer Mcasey (DEF, $184,800) and small forward Ben Davis (FWD, $123,900) each get a gig but will likely play low-scoring roles for the Crows. Billy Frampton (FWD, $165 400) is an interesting choice at centre half-forward but there’s probably better options elsewhere for rookies on this line. Not sure why he doesn’t have DPP status?
Notable omissions: Will Gould (DEF, $117 300), Ned McHenry (MID, $123 900)
GOLD COAST v PORT ADELAIDE
Small defender Connor Budarick (FWD/MID, $106 900), wingman Noah Anderson (MID, $202 800) and number one draft pick Matt Rowell (MID, $207 300) will all debut for the Suns. Rowell and Budarick should be in every team; Anderson probably doesn’t have the scoring power at his price to be a viable cash cow.
Mitch Georgiades (FWD, $130 800) is an extremely exciting prospect in the Power forward line, but doesn’t really have a Supercoach friendly game just yet. May be worth a thought if some of the other more fancied options don’t make their final 22s.
Notable omissions: Izak Rankine (FWD, $123 900)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY v GEELONG
Contested ball animal Tom Green (MID, $166,800) gets a Round 1 debut and must be right near the top of your list of rookie candidates. The shortened game times should only help him as he builds his tank for senior footy.
Mature-age small forward Zach Guthrie (DEF, $190 100) impressed during the Marsh series and has been named on the wing for this game. Hasn’t been a high scorer in the past, but the change in role might make him more relevant?
Notable omissions: Lachlan Ash (DEF, $193 800)
NORTH MELBOURNE v ST KILDA
Max King (FWD, $123 900) will be a textbook slow burn rookie that you would normally avoid (especially in a shortened season), but his watertight job security might see him earn a spot on the pine.
Four rookie Roos were named on their extended bench: Aiden Bonar (MID/FWD, $202 800), Curtis Taylor (FWD, $123 900), Tristan Xerri (RUC/FWD, $123 900) and Tom Murphy (DEF, $152 000). If Taylor makes the cut then he should earn a spot in your forward line, while Xerri may get game time at some stage this year and is one of a handful of R3 candidates. Bonar comes with risks and I’ll let you decide if they’re worth it.
Notable omissions: Jack Mahony (FWD/MID, $117 300)
HAWTHORN v BRISBANE
The Lions also have four rookies named on their extended bench, with Deven Robertson (MID, $117 300) and Brandon Starcevich (MID/DEF, $147 700) the most likely of that quartet. Both are potentially good earners so keep an eye out for final teams this afternoon.
None of the Hawks rookies made the 26 man squad for the opening round.
WEST COAST v MELBOURNE
As expected, Jarrod Brander (DEF/FWD, $133 000) was named on the wing. He is definitely a work in progress but seems to have the confidence of the Eagles coaching staff in that role. Hulking swing man Bailey J. Williams (DEF/RUC, $123 900) was named on the extended bench, which is encouraging after he missed Marsh 2 with injury. But with shortened game times, does West Coast still need a back up option for Nic Nat?
Lively small forwards Toby Bedford (FWD, $123 900) and Kysaiah Kropinyeri-Pickett (FWD, $157 800) have each been confirmed to debut for the Dees, but should be avoided by Supercoaches.
Notable omissions: Trent Rivers (MID/DEF, $117 300)
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