Rookie Review – Round 2

Written by Juddlow on April 5 2016

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.

DEFENDERS Club Price Rd1 Rd2 Ave
M Adams (FWD) WBD 117K 82 135 108.5
M Hartley ESS 117K DNP 86 86
E MacKenzie WCE 243K 95 64 79.5
J Weitering CAR 220K 87 68 77.5
M Dea ESS 183K 61 87 74
A McDonald-Tipungwuti (FWD) ESS 102K 50 84 67
C Marchbank GWS 215K 93 31 62
C Cameron GCS 170K 49 73 61
A Litherland HAW 231K 67 54 60.5
M Brown (FWD) ESS 117K 42 72 57
J Bennell WCE 228K 89 23 56
J Nelson WCE 210K 43 44 43.5
S Lemmens GCS 237K 24 52 38
Z Dawson FRE 221K 61 15 38
D Gardiner BRI 233K 33 42 37.5
O McDonald MEL 155K 32 DNP 32




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.

MIDFIELDERS Club Price Rd1 Rd2 Ave
D Parish ESS 202K 69 97 83
G Hewett SYD 123K 96 48 72
C Mills SYD 211K 71 68 69.5
C Oliver MEL 207K 75 60 67.5
R Davis GCS 102K 57 63 60
J O’Rouke HAW 230K 54 65 59.5
L Weller FRE 206K 43 59 51
R Crowley ESS 58K 58 38 48
J Dunkley WBD 117K 61 33 47
J Gresham STK 144K 44 37 40.5
B Macaffer COL 174K 38 37 37.5




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.

FORWARDS Club Price Rd1 Rd2 Ave
D Wells (MID) NTH 243K 99 121 110
B Kennedy (MID) MEL 187K 115 105 110
T Papley SYD 109K 104 109 106.5
S Kerridge (MID) CAR 137K 86 106 96
T Garner NTH 243K 77 77 77
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
J Sicily HAW 222K 44 92 68
C Ah Chee GCS 189K 58 76 67
J Schache BRI 216K 59 65 62
W Milera ADE 175K 40 83 61.5
D Howard PORT 123K DNP 61 61
E Langdon FRE 231K DNP 61 61
L McCarthy GEE 139K 43 66 54.5
K Langford ESS 188K 41 66 53.5
J Short RIC 117K DNP 52 52
M McGovern ADE 123K 41 61 51
C Ellis (MID) RIC 193K 59 39 49
C Curnow CAR 171K DNP 46 46
P McCartin STK 200K DNP 45 45
D Kent MEL 232K 73 13 43
E Templeton STK 196K 41 DNP 41
D Rioli RIC 157K 39 DNP 39
J Lamb CAR 189K 46 30 38
L Duggan (MID) WCE 229K 56 17 36.5
N Kommer ESS 123K DNP 31 31
J Freeman BRI 218K 27 DNP 27
M Taberner FRE 242K 26 DNP 26
J Patton GWS 233K DNP 26 26
J Anderson NTH 223K 15 DNP 15
C Gault COL 215K 16 10 13

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21 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Round 2”

  1. Thanks Juddlow, love the format and info provided about all the relevant cows.
    I didn’t start with Papley and may have to do something about that this week.


  2. Thanks Juddlow, I reckon rookies are the main difference each year and thanks to your preseason rookie write ups and a couple of last minute polls I started with good rookies.
    Now for Fathers write up in a few weeks on when to cash em in


  3. Great stuff Juddlow

    Papley in this week.

    BTW – I was at the Doggies game on the weekend and Marcus ‘The Specimen’ Adams couldn’t have been more impressive – reads the play well, great contested mark, thumping long and accurate kick, great tackling and pressure – couldn’t be happier with our recruiting over the past four years. It’s a fairly obvious decision for anyone that hasn’t got him…


  4. Does anyone think it is worth a trade to go from either Mills / Oliver to Parish? He is averaging 83 vs. 69 / 67, but more importantly has a 97 in his score that will last for 2 weeks, meaning his short-term price increases will be greater. Obviously a sideways trade, however will likely lead to greater cash generation in the short-term.

    I had set aside 2 trades this week for rookie corrections. I need to do Gresham – Papley (via Menadue to mids), but other than that I have all the other main rookies covered except for Parish.

    I have Mills and Oliver at M7 and M8, just worries that with averages below 70 they may not make as much cash as I would like.


  5. Great review. Makes it easy for us and maybe even makes us lazy. Papley and Parish are the ones I’ve missed. Will do Papley for Barlow. I thought Parish was a bit expensive and the threads around RMT never gave me confidence to pick him. Did look good on Saturday but I’ll pass. Parker for Rockliff my other trade.


  6. Hey guys, trying to work out whether a trade is worth some potential increased cash generation by going from Gresham to Menadue. Is Menadue worth the trade?

    T/U: Trade! Get the rookies right
    T/D: Hold! Not worth a trade, Menadue could struggle too


  7. Interesting to see people trading Barlow to papley. It kind of goes against the rules a bit. I know papley has been very good but is it worth trading a “premium” for a rookie. Aren’t we trying to get all premiums. I’m not sure I trust papley enough to make that trade



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