What a week of upsets. I am loving the pace and high scoring nature of the AFL so far this season. I’d also like to give a huge shout out to the Essendon fans who have been through some very tough times and had a very special win. My top 10 rookies for the round are listed below-
M Adams (WBD, $117K) **ROOKIE OF THE WEEK** In just his second AFL game Adams scored 135 and looks to have instantly become an integral part of the Bulldogs line up. Post-match, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beverage couldn’t speak highly enough of the 22 year old stating “I’m not sure, over history, too many key defenders have played two games like that up front.” As many key position players take a while to develop, it’s hard to debate Beverages remark. Adams SuperCoach scores certainly support the fact he is something special. Adams had 24 disposals, 13 of which were contested. He also booted a game high 6 rebound 50s, laid 5 important tackles and had 7 one percenters. Overall he sounds like a player you’d want at your club, let alone SuperCoach Team!
M Dea (ESS,$183K) The Essendon top up player and former Tiger looks to be playing a solid role in John Worsfolds defence. He had 18 possessions, half of which were contested and went at just under 90% efficiency, finishing with 87 points. If he can consistently score around the 80+ mark he would be an asset to any Fantasy side, however you must remember that the Bombers may have had a rare win on Saturday afternoon.
M Hartley (ESS, $117K) After missing out at the selection table round 1, Hartley was straight on the winners list, helping solidify the Bombers back line against Melbourne. He gathered 14 disposals, 6 marks and 5 tackles. The 22 year old from Coburg also managed to push forward a kick a nice goal. Now he has been selected, he should be a safe bet for those that held him in Round 1, well done! We shall see how Worsfold handles him, could be a very early downgrade target.
A McDonald-Tipungwuti (ESS, FWD, $102K) To give some background, AMT is from the Tiwi Islands(approx. 80kms north of Darwin) he made his NTFL Premier debut for the Tiwi Bombers as a 16 year old and formed a part of the squad that won their only ever premiership. From there, AMT arrived at the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup in 2010, with very little English and not in great shape. He has put in the hard yards and his Round 1 debut could even be a positive to come from the supplement saga. The 22 year old played brilliantly against Melbourne hunting down 20 disposals and clunking 8 marks. Expect to see plenty of him this season.
|M Adams (FWD)||WBD||117K||82||135||108.5|
|A McDonald-Tipungwuti (FWD)||ESS||102K||50||84||67|
|M Brown (FWD)||ESS||117K||42||72||57|
D Parish (ESS, $202K) There has been a bit said about Melbourne’s decision to take Oliver over Parish and the pair lined up against each other on Saturday afternoon. After a good preseason in the red and black, Parish looks to be worth all the hype. In his second AFL game, the 18 year old gathered 21 disposals at 85% efficiency. He showed great ferocity in and around the contest laying 8 tackles, he also had 5 inside 50s and kicked a goal himself. Essendon should be looking to sign this kid long term as he has a big future ahead of him. On Monday evening he was named NAB Rising Star for Round 2.
D Wells (NTH, MID, $243K) The 31 year old is continuing to deliver what we expect from him. This will no doubt be the last time we see him in the Rookie Review and for good reason. Wells scored 121 points at the Gabba on Saturday evening and looked to have taken charge of the match with his 23 disposals, 7 clearances and 4 tackles. He also had 5 inside 50s and 3 score assists. This is the Wells we know. Now it is just a matter of having him remain fit for the remainder of the 2016 season.
B Kennedy (MEL, MID, $187K) Another 21 disposals for Kennedy in the loss to the Bombers, he almost got his side over the line with his impressive work. He slotted 3 goals, had 3 inside 50s, laid 3 tackles and had 3 clearances. It must be a magic number. Importantly for Kennedy he finished with 105 points to back up from his 115 last week, looks a rookie that you can hold for the long term if he can keep it up.
T Papley (SYD, $109K) After seeing Papley live, all I think to myself is ‘How didn’t this kid get picked up in the draft?’ Taken pick 14 in the rookie draft, Papley could well be one of the most exciting young players in the AFL at present. Against Carlton, Papley showed an extreme work rate and genuine pace. Of his 17 disposals, 12 were contested, he also laid 3 tackles and kicked 2.2. The 19 year old live wire has proven that Round 1 was no fluke and if he can maintain his from, it will be hard for Horse Longmire to leave him out.
S Kerridge (CAR, MID, $137K) As a Carlton supporter, I am very excited by the prospect of Kerridge, however there is no point carrying on too much as he is already in every competitive SuperCoach side. In the 10 goal loss to the Swans, he had 22 disposals (10 contested), 4 marks 2 clearances and slotted 2 goals.
J Sicily (HAW $222K) The 21 year old from the Western Jets had a much better outing in Round 2 against the Eagles. Of his 15 disposals, 9 were contested and he put himself in very dangerous positions. His 4 goals helped him to 92 points. He is a little awkwardly priced however should have his fair share of opportunities with the Hawks sizeable injury list. Sicily stands at 186cm was taken at Pick 56 in the 2013 National Draft.
|D Wells (MID)||NTH||243K||99||121||110|
|B Kennedy (MID)||MEL||187K||115||105||110|
|S Kerridge (MID)||CAR||137K||86||106||96|
|J Simpkin (MID)||ESS||223K||72||DNP||72|
|C Menadue (MID)||RIC||155K||80||63||71.5|
|D Robinson (MID)||SYD||240K||62||76||69|
|C Ah Chee||GCS||189K||58||76||67|
|C Ellis (MID)||RIC||193K||59||39||49|
|L Duggan (MID)||WCE||229K||56||17||36.5|
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