Juddlow’s here with his first H&A Rookie Review ever for SCT. It is truly a momentous occasion *wipes tear away*.
With great excitement I present the Round 1 Rookie Review of 2016. With a number of solid performances this week, I have chosen to write about the top 12 rookie priced(<250K) players(based on their Round 1 scores) and provided a table of all rookie scores for each position.
E Mackenzie (WCE, 243K) After a spectacular season in 2014, the 196cm big man went down with an ACL early last season. On the back of a strong summer, the 27 year old has slotted back into the Eagles defensive line up very nicely. On the weekend he finished with 24 disposals 7 marks and 6 rebound 50s for 95 pts. Although I am not sure this 100kg defender is SuperCoach relevant, he could be one to watch this weekend.
C Marchbank (GWS, 215K) To say this man flew under the radar in the preseason would be an understatement. The pick number 6 from the 2014 draft played just his 7th AFL game on the weekend and scored a very impressive 93. Marchbank had 15 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles. Definitely keep an eye on him next week.
J Bennell (WCE, 228K) This 25 year old former Demon looks to be hitting his straps after a couple of setbacks. Benell was a solid contributor in the Eagles win over the Lions finishing with 17 disposals which included 3 Inside-50s and 2 goals. If he can replicate this next week, it could be tempting to trade in the 179cm utility if you didn’t start the season with him.
J Weitering (CAR, 220K) The number one draft pick of 2015 looked at home in his first game in the navy blue. He accumulated 12 kicks, 5 handballs and 7 marks in the narrow loss to the Tigers. Most importantly, he looked very composed with the ball in hand and rarely wasted a disposal. Weitering also highlighted his strength by out marking Cotchin in a one-on-one contest. Looks a very impressive young player.
M Adams (WBD, FWD, 117K) After an impressive 2015 season for West Perth in the WAFL, Marcus Adams showed his worth in his first outing in the red, white and blue. The 193cm big man looked very experienced in the Bulldogs defence, keeping Matthew Pavlich to just one goal and six disposals. Adams gathered 15 disposals himself and also took 8 marks, finishing with 82 points. I like the 22 year olds job security and ability.
|M Adams (FWD)||WBD||117K||82|
|A McDonald-Tipungwuti (FWD)||ESS||102K||50|
|M Brown (FWD)||ESS||117K||42|
G Hewett (SYD, 123K) After being taken at pick 32 in the 2013 draft, Hewett was given his first opportunity at the highest level on Saturday night and boy (!), did he make the most of it! The 20 year old gathered 15 disposals, clunked 7 marks, 7 tackles and kicked 1 goal. If he can hold his place in a quality Swans line up, the South Australian looks to be an asset to any SuperCoach side.
C Oliver (MEL, 207K) This youngster gathered 22 disposals in his first game at AFL level. Of his touches, 17 were handballs and 7 were clangers; this no doubt deflated his SuperCoach score slightly. However for any player to have 22 disposals in their first game is very impressive regardless (and from only 58% Time On Ground!). He should be given regular games this season.
Men in the middle-
B Kennedy (MEL, MID, 187K) In his first game in the red and blue, Kennedy top scored for Melbourne, finishing with 115 points. Kennedy amassed 21 disposals and a goal, the small premium in his price tag is beginning to look like money well spent. The 22 year old has played 27 games and was originally drafted at pick 19 in the 2012 AFL draft.
T Papley (SYD, 109K) The small forward from the Gippsland Power slotted 3 goals in his first match in the red and white. Papley looked at home in the forward line applying plenty of pressure and also looking very dangerous around goal. The 19 year old was taken at pick number 14 in this season’s rookie draft and elevated from the rookie list just hours before the Round One teams were named. At his price, it’s great for Supercoaches. The question will remain about his job security with a handful of Swans to come back into the side in coming weeks (McVeigh & McGlynn).
D Wells (NTH, MID, 243K) Much to the pleasure of all North Melbourne supporters and the majority of fantasy Coaches, this man appears to be back. Wells was influential in getting the Kangaroos over the line on Saturday night. He finished the game with 18 disposals, half of which were contested and 7 tackles. His efficiency was above 80% and he accumulated 8 Inside-50s. If he can stay fit, the 31 year old could be instrumental in pushing North Melbourne up the ranks this season.
S Kerridge (CAR, MID, 137K) The former Crow looked very dangerous in his first match under Brendan Bolton. After a stunning pre-season, Kerridge finished the match with 24 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles. He did make a couple of costly errors meaning he only finished with 85 points. However you would expect a player of his calibre to not make them a regular occurrence. If he can keep up his solid midfield work, he could finish up being the last rookie you upgrade this season.
C Menadue (RIC, MID, 155K) One of the more popular choices in the pre-season did not leave us waiting long to see what he could produce, slotting the first goal of the 2016 season. In spite of his slight frame, Menadue showed a high work rate and looked very dangerous. The 19 year old finished with 13 disposals, 2 goals and 4 tackles. No doubt the Tigers will be looking to develop this man.
|B Kennedy (MID)||MEL||187K||115|
|D Wells (MID)||NTH||243K||99|
|C Menadue (MID)||RIC||155K||80|
|J Simpkin (MID)||ESS||223K||72|
|D Robinson (MID)||SYD||240K||62|
|C Ellis (MID)||RIC||193K||59|
|C Ah Chee||GCS||189K||58|
|L Duggan (MID)||WCE||229K||56|
The big men around campus-
|S Frost (FWD)||MEL||217K||17|
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