Rookie Review – Round 3

Written by Huttabito on April 11 2017

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PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
OttenAdel$203.8k (+$79.9k)9883.7-87
McGrath (MID)Ess$246.5k (+$34.7k)626726
HamptonAdel$206.8k (+46.8k)8466-27
StewartGeel$148.9k (+31.6k)2246.35
MacreadieCarl$148.9k (+31.6k)4846.3-16
KellyAdel$206k (+9.2k)7045.327
Berry (MID)Bris$139.8k3232-
Hibberd (MID)NM$123.9k-23-

Newman posted a massive 105 points courtesy of 23 disposals (15 kicks, 4 handballs) at 74% DE. He also took 4 marks for the game with 4 rebound 50s, 4 tackles, 4 1%ers and a goal. This game came in perfect timing for many as they still hold Smith/Hibberd on their benches looking for a suitable replacement. One the bubble with Rampe out for a while, Newman fits this bill and will begin to start making some nice cash with a BE of -106 and will no doubt be the most sought out after rookie this week.

Otten must have someone looking over him from up above with his spot in the side being blessed yet again with McGovern going down in the final quarter with a hamstring injury. Making the most of his opportunity back in the AFL, he had 16 disposals (8 kicks, 8 handballs), 3 marks, 4 hitouts, 3 clearances, 3 tackles, 4 1%ers and 2 goals showing just how versatile he is. Scoring 98, he is becoming a very handy on field rookie option in defence and with a BE of -87 he has a lot of money to make and can push 330k by the byes with only a 70 average from here on out. It’s hard to see him being pushed out any time soon playing the way he is.

Williamson debuted this week and looked right at home at AFL level on his way to 77 points from his 15 disposals (9 kicks, 6 handballs). Playing all over the ground, he took 2 marks, had 2 rebound 50s, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50 entries and kicked a behind. One more week before he pops his bubble but if he’s given a decent run, may be a handy cash cow option.

McGrath managed to get 12 disposals (6 kicks, 6 handballs), 7 tackles and 4 1%ers for the game but a DE of 67% and 4 clangers hindered his score. Averaging 67 with a BE of 26, he looks set to be a slow burn to a little over $300k but with Adelaide in Adelaide this weekend, he might see a fair bit of ball in Essendons backline.

Hampton finally came to the party and you could hear the collective sigh or relief across the SuperCoach community when he did. He was clearly struggling with the pace of AFL but has gotten better each appearance and scored 84 points this week as he begins to find his feet and shake out his jitters. Registering 18 disposals (12 kicks, 6 handballs) at 72% DE this week, he also had 3 clearances, 6 inside 50s and 9 tackles to boost his score. With this in his rolling average now, he will make a nice amount of money for us in the coming weeks, particularly if he can take advantage of the game this weekend against Essendon.

Logue debuted this week with Ross The Boss swinging the axe opting for youth for the first time in his coaching career (*gasps* he did what???). Being a high draft pick in last years national draft though, his price tag is in the upper range for rookies and will need to score more than 52 next week to be relevant. He had 10 disposals (5 kicks, 5 handballs) at 80% DE to go with 3 marks (2 contested) and 2 tackles.

Stewart had a game he would rather forget as he only collected 10 disposals and only hit the target with 2 of them. Combined with 5 clangers for the game he only only managed to scrape together a 22 for very minimal cash generation. Looked safe for 60 a week until this week, he now has a BE of 5 and with have stunted growth while the 22 remains in his rolling average but an average of 60 will see his price reach 250k by Rd9.

Macreadie scored just above his average this week and only collected 5 disposals. His score was boosted to 48 due to his 100% DE and 6 tackles for the game. He doesn’t look like he will make a lot of money and with a BE of -16 and his current average he will top out shortly a tad over 200k.

Kelly had his best game for the season to date with 70 from 16 disposals (6 kicks, 10 handballs) at 75% DE. He also had 2 marks, 4 tackles (3 free kicks for) to exceed his BE however won’t make to much more unless he strings together a few bigger games in a row as his average is creeping towards his BE.

Berry debuted this week for Brisbane and was one that people had locked into early teams however missed a chunk of the pre-season with a knee surgery but after impressing last week in the NEAFL, he earned his spot this week. For all it’s worth, he was named on ball but only collected the 8 disposals to go with a goal and 2 tackles. He will need to score more next week to be considered a trade in target.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
Petrevski-SetonCarl$240.9k (+$51.6k)11675.3-27
Powell-PepperPort$198.0k (+62.7k)5173.0-26
BarrettBris$170.6k (+42.7k)7456.7-25

Petrevski-Seton is this weeks rookie of the week with a massive 116 points. He has shown great signs the last fortnight but has struggled to put up a big score due to his DE and clangers. Shining in the wet just like the Sherrin, SPS had 17 disposals (65% DE – still a tad low), 3 marks, 8 tackles and a goal to get him to triple figures with his 75% contested possession count lending a helping hand. His ownership surprisingly went up before this round (albeit 0.4% of the competition), but for the owners who took a punt on him without seeing him play in the pre-season will reap the reward, with him increasing over $50k this week and dropping his BE into the negatives. He looks set to become a decent cash cow now and is up against Gold Coast this week.

Powell-Pepper slipped from the mantle of being the highest averaging rookie after a sub par performance in The Showdown. After having a high contested possession count in the first two games, he only managed 1 this week playing on the outside which was the hindering factor of his score combining with a DE of 50% from 16 disposals (12 kicks, 4 handballs). He had 1 mark, 4 tackles and a goal for the game to push him over 50 points. No cause for alarm and he’s projected to hit 300k in the next 4 weeks before his bye.

Fox collected 15 disposals (7 kicks, 8 handballs) at 67% DE to go with 1 mark, 7 tackles and a goal. Now on the bubble, he has the potential to make a fair amount of money with his low BE and basement price, but we will need a good 5-6 rounds of price rises out of him to make the trade worthwhile. Rohan/Papley are in the mix this week with Heeney/McVeigh possibly ready to return in the next fortnight, so getting that long of a run might be to much to ask for.

Barrett hasn’t earned fielding rights over the last two weeks but rocked up to the party two weeks late with his first decent score. He had 16 disposals (5 kicks, 11 handballs) at 56% DE which held back his score, but the 5 marks and 10 tackles got him to 74. His JS looks pretty set for sometime with him retaining his spot upon McLuggage’s debut and with a negative BE should make another 100k in the next 7 weeks.

Foote had 3 marks, 3 clearances and 6 tackles for the game but the high handball rate and 3 clangers reduced his score. He is now on the bubble after his second game on the weekend however his price tag is not worth his output after another sub par game from his 13 disposals. Pass.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
PreussNM$199.7k (+$75.8k)8780.6-82

Preuss took the #1 ruck duties for the game much to Goldstein owners horror and held his own against Mumford with 26 hitouts. Learning quickly, he adapted to pull the ball out of the ruck courtesy of Geelongs tactics last week and he had 4 clearances, 9 marks (2 contested), 2 tackles and 2 goals for his 87 points. Making over $75k this week alone, his BE is still incredibly low and could make a further 150k in 5 weeks if he continues to average 80. What the score could have been had he not had a DE of 50% from 16 disposals and 7 clangers for the game.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd3AvgBE
Menzel Adel$183.9k-81-
ButlerRich$198.8k (+$74.9k)7980-28
HoustonPort$185.5k (+$68.2k)6874-41
Ainsworth* (MID)GC$198.3k-72.5-29
KnightAdel$240.5k (+39.2k)6668.313
Turner NM$208.1k (+$36.7k)5560.7-5
Schoenmakers Haw$155.1k-60-
Parfitt (MID)Geel$166.7k (+$49.4k)9959.7-38
Taranto (MID)GWS$228.3 (+$21.0k)4956.39
HannanMelb$157.8k (+$40.5k)325329
Eddy Port$141.9 (+$39.5k)4249.7-35
Florent (MID)Syd$184.2k (+$17.4k)4845.315
Bowes (MID)GC$186.1k (+$14.8k)4344.339
McCluggage (MID)Bris$202.8k4343-
Simpkin NM$162.3k-4111
McCarthy Frem$202.8k (-$0.8k)5339.337
Balic (MID)Frem$123.9k3838-
Miles* (MID)Haw$123.9k21344
Pickett (MID)Carl$135.9k (+12.0k)36338
Dawson (MID)Syd$123.9k3232-

Butler, yes the token Richmond rookie, heads into Rd4 as the highest averaging multiple game FWD rookie, who would’ve thought? With Richmond up and about this season, Butler is playing a rather SuperCoach friendly role collecting 17 disposals (9 kicks, 8 handballs), 2 marks and 2 goals for his 79 points. Still has plenty of money to make and had good JS, go you good thing.

Houston managed to play in The Showdown with Pittard being told to return through the SANFL leaving the spot open. Unfortunately the call to bring him in needed to be made before his price rose and if he stays in the seniors, he will reward those who took the plunge. It takes risks to win this game but he had 17 disposals this week with 4 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50s for his 68 points which saw him rise just shy of $70k.

Broomhead had a much better second game with 85 points which puts us in an awkward position if we want to grab him due to his price tag. Elliot is set to return this week but playing the way he did on the weekend will make it hard for him to be the one to be pushed out. Playing all over the ground, he had 26 disposals (11 kicks, 15 handballs) at 69% DE, 6 marks, 3 rebound 50s, 4 tackles, 1 inside 50 and 2 behinds for the game. Given his BE and scoring potential, he will make a decent amount of money if he can stay in the team. Might be an option for some.

Knight had 14 disposals disposals for the game with 5 marks, 4 tackles and 2 games. Adelaide have a couple of easier games ahead with Essendon and Gold Coast in the next two weeks which could see him collect a fair amount of ball and push his price up to $325k in the next 5 weeks.

Hayward wasn’t able to back up his debut SuperCoach point wise but the 3 goals he kicked help him push his score to 50. Unlikely to be the first one to be pushed out given he hit the scoreboard this week, his situation is similar to Fox being on the bubble and needing 5-6 games to make enough money, and there is question marks if he could last that long upon the others returns.

Turner only scraped together 55 points from 17 disposals (9 kicks, 8 handballs), 5 marks and 1 goal/2 behinds with a DE of 77% and 5 clangers. Without a game in the coming weeks where he kicks a bag of goals he will be staring down a 100k price rise before he plateaus. He faces Western Bulldogs this week which may be a tough ask but has Fremantle and Gold Coast the next two weeks so will have to make the most of those games to lower his BE again.

Parsons debuted this week for Geelong and reached a modest 60 points from his 18 disposals, 3 marks and 5 inside 50s. Another week to have a look but not screaming out as a must me pick this early into the season.

Parfitt repaid the faith for the owners with 99 points from 23 disposals (8 handballs, 15 kicks) at 70% DE whilst earning himself this weeks rising star nomination. He laid 5 tackles (earning 4 free kicks – most for Geelong), had 2 clearances and kicked a goal. A timely score with his initial low BE he has made $49.4k this week and with a BE of -38 this upcoming week, he will provide to be a decent cash cow.

Taranto just knows how to score lifelines to stay in the team with Griffin now going down for roughly 10 weeks and Setterfield also injuring himself in the twos relieving pressure on his spot. If I was at the club, I’d be looking into him to see if he’s sabotaging others – he did perform a couple hospital hand passes though so maybe I’m onto something! He looked a little bamboozled on the weekend and struggled to get into the game. He had 12 disposals (8 kicks, 4 handballs) but a DE of 58% and 3 clangers didn’t bode well for his score. He took 3 marks, laid 3 tackles, had 2 inside 50s and kicked a behind to scrape together 49 points. He did rise in cash and should stick around for a little while providing a very slow burn for owners. Might not be one to be fielding (especially in the MIDS) until/if he can string a couple of decent scores in a row.

Hannan has shown the 20,000 people (10% of the competition) who bought him in after Rd1 why it’s not always a great idea to trade in rookies off the back of their Rd1 performance. Backing up his 31 points from last week with a 32 this week, he had 10 disposals (5 kicks, 5 handballs) with only 5 hitting that target to go with 3 clangers. With a BE of 29, any more games like the last two will see him barely make any more money. If he can average his current 53 points, he will top out just over $225k by the byes.

Eddy didn’t get much action on the weekend with Port Adelaide losing their first game for the season with only 7 disposals for 1 goal. His BE is still in the negatives with last weeks 76 in his cycle so another game like that in the next few weeks will see him get to the $150k profit that is so elusively sought after from our rookies. Might not happen this week but has Carlton, Brisbane and Gold Coast before their bye to do so.

Florent shows lots of promise but for the third game in a row has struggled to make a huge impact on the game. He only collected 9 disposals but managed 5 inside 50 entries and a goal to push his score just shy of 50. Averaging just a tad over 45 points and a BE of 15, his days are numbered and owners should start to planning what they are going to do with him, especially if he is pushed out courtesy of Heeney/Papley and Rohan.

Bowes scored just under his average this week with 43 points. With Gold Coast having a field day, he was unable to collect a lot of the ball himself with 11 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles. His BE is now just shy of his average which is disappointing for owners although once the 26 is out of his cycle, he should rise another $50k even with mediocre efforts like the round just gone.

Durdin debuted this week for North Melbourne and playing as a KPP was never going to have a huge score. He collected 10 disposals (6 kicks, 4 handballs), had 2 marks, 3 rebound 50s and 4 1%ers for his 44 points. Not on the bubble until next week but doesn’t look to be one worth bringing in at this stage.

McCluggage debuted this week but failed to have a huge impact given his price tag being the wrong side of $200k for a rookie. Wait a week before considering to bring him in as he may fall short of being a decent cash cow option. The question was being asked from the JLT series if he did have the potential though so might be one to skip.

McCarthy got off to a flyer and was sitting on his BE at half time. He was a popular trade out this week given his first 2 games and ex-owners would have had a sick feeling in their stomach (including me after advocating it was okay to trade him to WHE) however to their delight (and mine), he failed to register any more points after half time finishing exactly on his BE (although lost a few hundred bucks do to the magic number). He had 14 disposals for the game to go with 4 marks, 2 tackles and 2 goals however a DE of 64% combined with 7 clangers for the game heavily impacted his final score.

Balic is known for being a ball magnet and with many people holding onto some dead weight in the FWD/MIDS they are looking for suitable cash cow replacements. Scoring just 38, he struggled with the pace of the game and will need a bigger impact next week before being traded in.

Miles, with Hawthorn spudding it up in general on the weekend, only scraped together a measly 21 points. Now on the bubble with a positive BE, he can be passed on. For the 8% of owners out there, might be best to hold to get some price rises from him before cashing him out to a must have rookie.

Pickett is just doing his thing, stinking it up. He had 11 disposals (7 kicks, 4 handballs), 2 marks, 3 tackles and 2 behinds but it was his DE of 18% and 5 clangers which heavily affected his scoring as he could have been looking at a 60 point game. One to be parked as far away from an on-field position as possible.

Dawson made his debut this weekend but as a Dawson traditionally does, only scored the 32 points from 10 disposals. He took 3 marks and laid 3 tackles but will need to do more next week to be considered SuperCoach worthy.

T.Smith was in many peoples early development teams as he is a mature aged recruit at bargain basement price. With Hogan suspended, he finally got his call up but failed to have a huge impact. Another week to look how he goes before rushing him into your side.

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17 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Round 3”

  1. Really not a fan of Tuesdays but I always look forward to the rookie review.

    Thanks for your time and efforts.


  2. Great write up – BTW the price column doesn’t display correctly on a mobile device (I’m using an iphone) and it’s the same on both chrome and safari.


    1. Happens on my phone but refreshing the page seems to work. If not, I’ll have to find an iPhone at work to see if I can play around with margin settings.


      1. I’m looking at it on an Android and it looks brilliant EXCEPT for the first table where a couple of the columns are overlaying each other.

        Love the write ups btw. Brilliant stuff!


        1. Well that is rather frustrating. All 4 tables have the same margin widths AND I have an Android and it looks fine. Hopefully have this sorted out for next week.


          1. Cool – have you changed anything? The last three tables are displaying fine now (although they are pushing out to the right of screen), just the defenders table that is still overlapping



  3. Great write up Hutta!

    Good to see Petrevski – Seton reward the faith and , did not realise his ownership was that low. Will get a gig on the field this week , but just only if i had fielded him last week over SPP it would have resulted in 5 league results going my way.


  4. Taranto has been very dissapoint considering his JLT form.
    I guess it is a lesson to stay away from the $200k+ rookies unless they are older guys.
    We were a bit spoilt last year with Mills, Weitering and Parish all pumping out 70-80 on a regular basis with the odd 90-100.

    I will stay patient with him for now as I can move him to forward bench by swapping him with Jack Steele at M8 (SPP M7) and have houston, WHE and Butler as F4-6. But its pretty tempting to trade him to a cheaper rookie or even to david swallow.


  5. Great article. Tempted the same… get a higher priced slow burner who can score some points. Swallow and Burton are obviously considered mid-pricers…what’s your thoughts.


    1. Start: Otten
      Bench: Hampton

      Then flip a coin to field on the other. Marchbank should go back up again as it’ll be under the roof and dry, but Newman has good form.

      Mentally you want to put Marchbank on the field due to his higher price but go with gut feel on this one.


      1. I have all of these 4. With Jenkins & McGovern out, it looks set for a solid Otten game at home. Also being at home, I’m hoping Hampton turns in a good score. Brad Crouch had 40 possessions in the SANFL at the weekend and will be looking for a midfield spot very soon. Looking at our team, Hampton or Knight or Milera would be the ones under the pump.
        I currently have Marchbank ahead of Newman but liked Newman’s game last week and may put him at D6 and bench Marhbank.



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