Rookie Review – Round 9

Written by Huttabito on May 23 2017

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PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd9AvgBE
NewmanSyd$372.9k (+$50.9k)9393.5-25
OttenAdel$353.9k (-$6.5k)7278.780
McGrath (MID)Ess$364.4k (+$0.1k)5974.389
McInnes* (FWD)WCE$155.1k6666.5-42
WilliamsonCarl$255.9k (-$0.1k)6460.748
HamptonAdel$279.3k (-$8.4k)5160.461
Vickers-WillisNM$255.7k (+$34.2k)7559.6-22
StewartGeel$257.6k (+$8.9k)5253.553
MelicanSyd$207.3k (+$9.9k)405251
Berry (MID)Bris$248.0k (+$36.6k)75490

Newman, the latest inductee to the Super-Premium Elites was a little down on out output this week only notching up the 93 points, how dare he! He racked up 30 disposals but using his elite left foot kicking skills, 24 of his disposals were by foot at 83% DE. He also had 7 marks, 7 rebound 50s, 1 tackle, 3 1%ers and a goal. People we so impressed by his efforts last week he was the 9th most traded player despite missing is initial cash gains but who knows, $322k for a possible premium is very cheap! (wishful thinking most likely….)

Otten gave his owners hope being named in the forward line with Jenkins being omitted and Lever being named as he was averaging 100+ in full games when Jenkins was out of the team. Much to their disbelief, he spent the first half in the backline and really struggled to impact the game given it was being played in the other half of the ground. Thankfully, he was thrown up forward in the last half where he was able to push himself up to a respectable 72 courtesy of a couple of late goals. He’s more than likely done most of his cash leaking after saving his score so should plateau now until the bye if you are willing to hold.

McGrath pushed really hard to collect 21 disposals (13 kicks) but was only able to get to 59 points despite going at 91% DE. He also had 5 marks and a tackle but given Essendon had a mighty huge chunk of the points pie this week and all but 2 of his possessions were uncontested, his score was held back a tad. Only just beating his BE this week to rise $100, he now has had two down weeks to see it jump up to 89 which suggests he will no longer make any more cash between now and his bye. Needing 75 points over the next 3 weeks to hold his current price til the bye, it’s a lineball call for coaches pending if you see him bouncing back or if it’s a worthwhile cash out option.

McInnes played his second game in a row against he Bombers as backup ruck for 66 points and given his performances the last fortnight he looks the good for about 65 points a week. Only spending a short period of time in the ruck he had 5 hitouts to accompany 14 disposals (3 kicks), 4 marks, 1 tackle, 4 1%ers and a goal assist. He is now on the bubble @ $155.1k which is a little pricey given his JS, however with the Eagles up against GWS (and Mumford) this weekend, if selected, he might be worth the risk if the club has faith in him given he had the handy Rd12 bye and the lack of genuine options for backline downgrade targets, which we so desperately seek. Petrie is waiting in the wings however he didn’t overly impress in the WAFL on the weekend.

Williamson scored just under his BE but given a 2 weeks average of 43 it was slightly elevated. He only dropped $100 but the score was enough to push his BE back down 48 and another 60 before his bye will lower it again to high 20s meaning he might be a handy option to hold throughout the byes if you value his cash gains. It’s hard to see how Rowe going down will affect him his scoring as it happened so early in the match but Williamsons scoring did dry up in the back half of the game but finished with 17 disposals (14 kicks) at 71% DE, 8 marks, 4 rebound 50s, 1 tackle and 3 1%ers.

Hampton unfortunately injured himself after spending 46% TOG which is a shame as he go to 51 points in his limited game time and had a BE of 71 going in. Collecting 9 disposals (5 kicks), he also had 2 marks, 4 clearances, 4 tackles and 2 1%ers however this has now severely hurt his cash output causing him to fall in price further than anticipated. His BE has down to 61 so has every chance to start making money again before his bye, however injury reports are suggesting he may miss at least a week but official words will come out this afternoon. My tip is he will be listed as a test for the end of the week. Update: “Unfortunately for Curtly, it’s a high ankle sprain,” Hass said. “We’ll collect a little bit more information this week, but it’s safe to say he’ll miss a period of time.” – so it’s goodbye to Hampton folks.

Vickers-Willis backed up his best SuperCoach performance in Rd8 with his second best in Rd9 with 75 points which has seen his BE drop to -22 with another 2 games before his bye, which is perfect timing if you ask me! Collecting 14 disposals (only 3 kicks though) at 71% DE he also had 6 tackles (3 free kicks for), 3 1%ers and 1 goal assist…  so a little unsure how he got to the score he did but it is what it is! With an average rookie score of 60 in the next two rounds he is set to increase in price by another $55k.

Stewart scored just under his average this week with 52 points from 12 disposals (8 kicks) at 75% DE. Racking up lots of 4s, he had 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 1%ers  and 4 rebound 50s to make up the rest of his score. Another who has pretty much topped out in price so should hover until his bye.

Melican had another down week and was always going to be impacted with Rampe coming back in and being a presence in Sydneys backline and he only managed the 40 points to increase just under $10k. He had 9 disposals (4 kicks) at 78% DE to go with 3 marks, 2 tackles, 4 1%ers and nothing else… other than 2 clangers. With an average of 51 and a BE of 51, he should hold in price before his bye rolls around next week.

Berry has really begun to relish his midfield role backing up his best score for the season last week with an ever better one of 75 in Rd9. Collecting 16 disposals (10 kicks) at 69% DE, he had 3 marks, 2 tackles, 2 1%ers, 1 behind and 1 goal assist. 1 more game before his bye, he may well be one to keep throughout as he still has plenty of money to make with a 4 round average of 67.

Perryman was picked up at #14 in last years draft and with GWS in injury crisis at the moment, the door was opened ajar for him to slide into the seniors squad after performing well in the NEAFL. Not finding the ball as much as he has had in the 2s, he only managed 7 disposals (4 kicks) at 43% DE although he did bring his tackle game racking up 7 tackles to help push his score to 47. Not on the bubble until next week but there could be a fair few options available during the byes so would be a good idea to get one more look, especially given his $153.3k price tag.

O’Connor hasn’t found a tank in the last week only spending 62% TOG which was the lowest again besides the injured Cockatoo. He had 12 disposals (3 kicks) but with the high handball count, 67% DE, 86% uncontested possession count and 4 clangers held him down to 35 points. Not looking like a money maker despite his bottom dollar price. How desperate are you?

Goodbye for now: Hampton


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd9AvgBE
Petrevski-SetonCarl$384.7k (+$15.2k)5872.6109
BarrettBris$268.8k (+$29.2k)8762.712
MyersESS$171.8k (+$38.1k)6054.7-17
FisherCarl$188.3k (+$16.1k)6352.49
MutimerWCE$176.7k (+$25.6k)3542.316

Petrevski-Seton clearly didn’t get the memorandum that it was absolutely bucketing down in Perth on Sunday and that he loves the wet, then again, playing against 2017’s premiers is hard work sometimes. Only getting to 58 points from 8 disposals (5 kicks) at 75% DE, he has made all but his final cash days as he is now repping a BE of 109 with one more game before his bye, it is most likely time to say goodbye if you like money.

Barrett is another rookie Lion who is loving the extra responsibilities due to injuries notching up his best score for the season of 87. He managed to collect 16 disposals (7 kicks) at 69% DE to go with 2 marks, 8 tackles, 2 goals/2 behinds and a goal assist to help push is score to what he got. Despite having one more week before his bye, he is still projected to make more coin after their break.

Myers appears to be a little hard done by with 60 points which was the 3rd lowest score from a Bomber. Still building, he had 20 disposals (11 kicks) at 70% to go with 8 marks, 2 tackles and 2 1%ers. He was the most traded in player last week with 27,367 coaches grabbing him for his first price rise of $38k. With JS looking good, he should provide handy cover over the upcoming byes but not looking like the 70+ player we were hoping for.

Fisher is the master of all magicians when it comes to the disappearing act as he was somehow on 37 points half way through the first quarter before ending up on 63 at full time – a master I tell ya! Finishing up on 13 disposals (7 kicks) at 77% DE (7th best for the team in the wet) he had 1 mark, 2 tackles, 4 free kicks for and a goal but 4 clangers held back his score in the end as he could have pushed 80 otherwise, but it was wet so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I completely forgot to loophole Fisher and Myers at felt silly early on but then again, not sure I would have expected him to go north of 60 by a lot. His lowest score is now out of his cycle and once he pushes his second lowest next week (fingers crossed) he should provide to be a half decent cash cow over the byes and beyond.

Lloyd played his second game in a row for GWS and now heads into next week on the bubble. He seemed to do a disappearing act as well after being on 38 at half time to only collect 9 more points in the last half. He had 13 disposals (4 kicks) at 77% DE but failed to have many more stats with only 2 marks, 2 tackles and 2 clangers with absolutely nothing else, not even a shepherd! With the mounting injuries at GWS, his short term JS looks to be pretty decent although not looking like the most fruitful of cash cows but what more do we expect from this year really…

Mutimer held his spot in the side upon Cripps’ return which is good signs but he, along with West Coast, struggled big time in Melbourne. His 11 disposals (9 kicks) went at 55% DE which certainly had a major influence in him only getting to 36 points despite 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clearances and 3 inside 50s. Still set to increase his worth in the coming week, especially being back at home for Rd10.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd9AvgBE
PreussNM$262.7k -75.57

Soldo didn’t get the luxury of solo rucking against a ruckless Bulldogs outfit and had to share it with NankDaddy against Mummy instead. Combine these two and you only get about 32 points from 5 disposals (3 kicks), 2 marks, 6 hitouts and 3 tackles. With the Tigers desperate to have some forward line height to assist J.Riewoldt, he’s been given game time and with a handy bye, he could provide an option but don’t expect a great output as long as Nankervis is also playing. If you want more than 40-50s, look elsewhere.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd9AvgBE
Greenwood (MID)Adel$117.3k104104-
Ainsworth* (MID)GC$198.3k-71.5-27
Taranto (MID)GWS$340.1k (+$17.7k)8167.937
Bolton (MID)Rich$117.3k6767-
ButlerRich$275.7k 3664.469
Turner NM$324.2k (+$33.1k)8764.231
McCarthy Frem$340.1k (+$0.2k)616373
HardwickHaw$261.4k (+$4.1k)556166
Gallucci (MID)Adel$148.8k5757-
HaywardSyd$225.3k (+$15.0k)6452.330
Bowes (MID)GC$249.4k -51.939
ParsonsGeel$170.5k (+$2.5k)4746.415

Greenwood, former Perth Wildcat point guard (although walked away 17 days after pre-season training commenced), made his AFL debut and was the 6th most traded in player this week as people were scrambling to cover 0s and his DPP/low cost/late bye were all positives in their books and boy oh boy were they rewarded. Don’t you just hate people when they get rewarded like that for breaking SuperCoach cardinal sins? Father, your thoughts? Raising the bat with 104 in his fist game ever, he had 15 disposals (9 kicks) at 80% but his score was mostly made up from 9 tackles (3 more than the next highest on ground) and 3 goals. He won’t get to play Brisbane every week but is looking like a good prospect, especially if he can repeat his performance and he would be hard pressed to be dropped after this week. We all know too well how quickly rookies can turn though, and speaking of which…

J.Stewart was the second most traded player this round with 15,749 liking what they saw with in his 91 last week but he was unable to back up his performance with only 51 points which was the lowest score out of any Bomber. He only managed 9 disposals (5 kicks) but a DE off 44% and 2 clangers definitely didn’t help his case for an argument. Now on the bubble at nearly $170k, he will only have 91 in his cycle for one week and if he struggles to score again next game, his cash generation will be quite low until he can string some big games together in a row. His presence has allowed Daniher to be freed up and play more up the wing so he may well just stick around.

Taranto put up his third score above 80 in 4 weeks and has begun to make cash quite nicely and with GWS having the final bye, it’s looking to top out at a perfect time. His 81 points this week came from 19 disposals (11 kicks), 4 marks, 4 clearances, 4 tackles, 2 1%ers, 4 inside 50s and 1 goal/1 behind. Much like previous games, his DE is really holding his scoring back as he went at 58%, but to think what some of his scores would be like if he found his target more.

Bolton was serving a suspension until Rd5 which has kept his name out of AFL selection until he came back to the VFL for a couple of week to put his hand up. Wasn’t setting the VFL alight but managed to squeeze into the seniors with Butler out with injury and Dimma saying he’s not quite ready. But, he stood tall and took the game on and was almost rewarded by kicking the match winning goal (but I won’t go there to spare Tiger fans feelings). He fared quite well to end up on 67 points which wasn’t a bad effort for only 9 disposals (3 kicks) at 67% DE, 3 tackles, 1 mark and 1 behind with not much else! CD love child dare I say? Not on the bubble until next week, he could be a handy option throughout the byes if given an extended run, but that has the potential to be a pretty big if.

Look away Father…

Turner had his best score for the season to date with 87 points putting his 3 round average at 82 and rising in price ~$80k over this time. He finished up at the final siren with 20 disposals (11 kicks) at 75% DE, 6 marks, 6 tackles (2 free kicks for), a game high 8 inside 50 entries and 1 goal assist. With a BE of 31 he is expected to go up another $30k by his bye where he looks likely to top out in price.

McCarthy posted 61 points which saw him rise in $200 but given the weather conditions and being a key forward, I think that’s perfectly acceptable. All 8 disposals (8 kicks) hit the target (in the wet I know) to run at 100% DE and the 6 tackles he was able to lay with a single goal was enough to boost his score north of 60. His scores have dropped off the last 3 weeks though so his 73 BE may be starting to get sightly out of reach given the match up with Adelaide in Adelaide this week but is expected to hold price through to his bye if you hang on.

Hardwick has now had a couple of down weeks with a 55 against Collingwood to push his BE up to 66. He had 16 disposals (9 kicks) at 75% DE to go with 6 marks, 3 rebound 50s, 4 tackles, 2 1%ers but 3 clangers hindered his score. The injury toll at the Hawks seems to be impacting Hardwick as he’s lacking some senior support and with an average of 61 he could lose money short term but with the late bye, he is more than likely to increase his price overall before cashing out.

Gallucci was the second of debutantes for Adelaide this week and one who featured in many pre-season teams. Not as predominant of the two, he had 11 disposals (7 kicks) at 73% DE to go with 2 marks, 3 tackles and a goal. One more game before he pops his bubble but may be the less sought after of the Adelaide rookies in a fortnight if named again.

Hayward was busy early until the rest of Sydney turned it up a gear and left him behind but he still put enough hard yards in early on to finish on a resealable 64 points. He had 14 disposals (9 kicks) at 64% DE to go with 7 marks, 2 tackles, 3 1%ers, 2 inside 50s, 1 goal/1 behind and 2 goal assists. Given his average, he only has about another $25k to make before maxing out completely so next week when he has his bye I will most likely be saying good-bye to him in this article.

Parsons continued to build increasing his score the last 3 weeks albeit only 47 points but he’s trending! 14 disposals but his score was held back to his high number of handballs (10), mediocre DE (50%) and 3 clangers. With Cockatoo’s injury expected to keep him out of action for around 3 weeks, he may just have been thrown a lifeline for the time being. Parsons 2, Black 1.

Hannan gets a special mention for punching out an 85 due to a 3 goal 2nd quarter when a lot of people were forced to field him but otherwise was rather quiet for the rest of the game.

Goodbye for now: Pickett, Eddy, Menzel, Knight, Broomhead, Balic and Johnson

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21 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Round 9”

  1. Awesome write up Hutta! Ainsworth might be back from injury this week. Ainsworth or Stewart for a forward rookie? Thoughts?


    1. Yup got my eye on him – he played well in the first two games before the quad injury – did he play NEAFL on the weekend?


      1. The GCS team also had a bye in the NEAFL on the weekend so if named, Ainsworth will be coming in fresh. Not ideal given the risk of injury occurrence would be greater in his first hit out but I think he gets the nod for mine.

        Slightly more expensive but plays all bye 3 games, has DPP, better JS, more consistent scoring and scoring 64 against GWS in Rd2 wasn’t a bad effort given he didn’t hit the scoreboard.

        But boy, the price tag as a downgrade target…


  2. I view the rules more as guidelines than rules, but I so do not offer sympathy to those who taunt the supercoach gods and then suffer. If, for example, McInnes was cheaper, I might have brought him in for Hampton on his debut or last week. As it is I am still not sure; have to see if he is named again. Hate downgrading to someone over $150k, but so few defensive options this season.

    Shonky Smurf……


  3. Who is the better option out of Perryman and Mcinnes as a def downgrade, or if Scharenberg is named this week is he a better option?


    1. Reading Shaz’s player ratings suggest he’s in pretty good form:

      4 (VFL) Solid again in the back half and has to come under consideration for Anzac Day.
      5 (VFL) Steady game again across half back, just had little to no support. Has to be nearing a senior return.
      6 (VFL) Can’t be far off a call up with another strong display. Gained plenty of distance with 18 kicks and found space around the ground.
      7 (VFL) On fire early and marked everything in sight. Quietened a touch, but still had a good day. How is he not playing seniors?!
      8 (VFL) Superb again in defence. 34 possessions and is now on the verge of a senior return.

      McInnes and Perryman don’t fill me with a word of confidence for various reasons but McInnes is probably in front if named, especially against GWS.

      If Shaz is named though, you might get away with jumping on early.


    2. Scharenberg has gone 34,34,41 touches in the last 3 weeks in the 2s however I would still wait a week to see if he is named as Collingwood’s defence is not the problem atm so he is in no way guaranteed to get a game.


    3. Thanks for the info guys. The other issue with Sharenberg is if I bring him in and Greenwood in over the next few weeks plus myers last week thats three guys with rd 13 byes that wont be ready to cull.
      I wish I could guarantee McInnes would play through the byes as he fits my structure better.


    4. Happy for Scharenberg to miss this week. If he plays this week we’ll have to downgrade to him just before his bye which will be damn annoying. If Bucks holds him back another week it’ll mean he’ll be on the bubble coming out of his bye.


    1. there’s O’connor but you may as well be copping a doughnut if you have him on bench. McNiece is on the bubble too but I dont think the Don’s will bring him back in anytime soon. Dea seems to have replaced him and has been playing pretty well in IMO



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