2018 Rookie Review – Round 6

Written by Huttabito on May 1 2018

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* Denotes bubble boy


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd6AvgBE
DoedeeAdel$337.3k (+$24.5k)8387.717
Finlayson (MID)GWS$355.9k (+$26.9k)6587.557
MurrayColl$327.4k (+$23.1k)6276.254
MirraHaw$165.7k (+$63.3k)7167.3-27
O'Connor (MID)Geel$123.9kDNP62-
RichardsWB$240.9k (+$16.0k)5859.841
NaughtonWB$282.3k (+$31.0k)7858.727
Coffield (MID)StK$230.5k (+$15.7k)2457.854
O'Brien (MID)Carl$184.6k (+$22.3k)3948.79
Z.GuthrieGeel$205.1k (-$17.0k)154583
O'SheaCarl$173.0k (+$2.6k)4838.841


Mirra scored pretty much on his average with 71 points but gets an honourable mention for looking much more composed and settled this week which will bode well for his job security finishing up with 15 disposals (11 kicks) at 67% DE.

Naughton has really settled into a role now and if it wasn’t for a clash against the Dockers hampering him for the final quarter, the 78 against the Blues on Friday night could have easily been his 3rd 70+ in a row. He finished up with 13 disposals (9 kicks) at 85% DE to go with 4 marks (2 contested), 4 tackles and 4 1%ers but what really helped his scoring was the 50% contested possession rate he finished up with.


Finlayson is the next solid rookie we’ve had this season that needs a kick up the behind because 65 points is not what we expect – especially against Brisbane who you were suppose to junk it up around the backline.

Coffield just didn’t want to go near the ball and only managed to touch it on 7 occasions for 24 points. Very off game for the kid after 3 x 17+ disposal games in a row – maybe he’s an aspiring piglet in training and was in awe of watching Titch run around.


Cole put on a tackling clinic putting up a game high 10 tackles to earn 5 free kicks and with an additional 12 disposals (8 kicks) at 67% DE, his 67 points look a little hard done by. One the bubble but at his price, who do you cut for him?

Duman heads into this round on the bubble and held his spot despite Johnson coming in he appeared to play more forward on occasions. He finished up with 12 disposals (8 kicks) at 75% DE, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 2 1%ers but giving away 3 free kicks held him back to 53 points. A repeat of last week would have been ideal for coaches who have eyes on him.

Appleby was a late inclusion and most of his 58 points was made up from a team high 9 1%ers. He finished up with 8 disposals (4 kicks) at 88% DE but one to hold off on for now.

Goodbye for now: O’Shea, Z.Guthrie and O’Connor


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd6AvgBE
KellyGeel$367.6k (+$30.5k)10698.839
CunicoGeel$246.1k (+$57.5k)718015
HolmanGCS$263.5k (-$2.0k)3370.535
L.FogartyGeel$294.8k (+$27.0k)5069.736
JacobsNM$311.4k (+$3.2k)656851
BanfieldFrem$269.9k (+$17.0k)526241
CerraFrem$241.1k (+$13.5k)4455.812
BrayshawFrem$237.1k (+$15.0k)6152.818
DowCarl$241.9k (+$16.2k)595014
BarryPort$171.9k (+$20.9k)354528
Davies-UniackeNM$191.7k (-$13.3k)3238.845


Kelly bounced back from being called a dud like planned with 106 courtesy of a team second high 14 contested possessions from 19 disposals (13 kicks) so imagine if he didn’t run at 53% DE. He took 2 marks, laid 5 tackles and kicked a goal to give his score a boost.


Holman knows just how to kill all cash generation and replaced a 35 from his rolling average with a 33 and actually lost money. After such a promising start to the season, he can no longer be trusted as he’s been playing forward of late and in a 50 point loss, struggled with 8 disposals at 38% DE.

Barry finally returned for many patient coaches but with an 11 disposal (4 kick) game with not many other stats than 2 marks and 2 behinds for 35 points, he may find himself out of the team just as fast.

Davies-Uniacke was rested last week and came back for a 9 disposal, 4 clanger game for 32 points and a $13k loss – I think it’s time to cut your losses with this one.


Mutch was one of many debutants this weekend and there is mutch to like about him with 20 disposals (12 kicks) at 75% playing an outside mid role (only 5 contested possessions) for 66 points. He took 6 marks and assisted in a goal with only 3 clangers being the dampener on his game but the kid has had big wraps coming from the GWS academy.

Worpel was picked up in last years draft and was finally given a run. He managed 13 disposals (6 kicks) at 85% DE to go with 1 contested mark, 3 marks but unfortunately missed a shot on goal which would have made the debut much more sweeter. Solid 64 point effort for a solid moe.

Shipley was eased into AFL with a debut game against the Lions and spent time on the wing and rotating forward where he missed his only shot on goal from 7 disposals (4 kicks) to finish up on 41 points. He took 2 marks, laid 3 tackles and put in a further 3 1%ers but barely troubled the stat man otherwise.

Goodbye for now: Davies-Uniacke


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd6AvgBE
English (FWD)WB$285.4k (+$18.8k)4465.347


English was set to have a field day against the Kreuzer-less Carlton however game time as the solo ruck so young and skinny must be wearing him out as didn’t take any marks and only got the 10 disposals (1 kick) for 44 points. Many would have been disappointed as they looked to move him on field, or ecstatic like me if you wanted to but just couldn’t find the room. If he keeps the mantle of No1 ruck, the next month of footy he faces Witts, S.Martin, Jacobs, Grundy, Gawn and Ryder in succession so if he wants points, needs to be collecting them around the ground.


McInerney was bought in to help out the forward line but stole some of the ruck duties from Martin to finish up with 7 disposals (3 kicks) at 71% DE, 9 hitouts, 3 tackles and 8 1%ers for 41 points. Could be a downgrade option for English if he sticks around…


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd6AvgBE
Spargo (MID)Melb$117.3k8181-
Higgins (MID)Rich$196.9k (+$66.1k)7175-45
Johnson Port$199.7k7272-
GuelfiEss$177.5k (+$60.2k)6368-27
Stephenson (MID)Coll$322.6k (+$35.9k)4768.256
WatermanWCE$267.0k (+$19.3k)8565.229
FritschMelb$238.0k (+$38.4k)9064.8-7
RatugoleaGeel$246.7k (+$32.8k)7061.26
LongStK$269.9k (+$28.6k)455918
Giles-LangdonGWS$163.3k (+$46.0k)6057.3-28
Rayner (MID)Bris$290.9k (+$22.3k)525561
HenryGeel$217.8k (+$11.5k)5453.627
Crowden (MID)Frem$221.7k (+$19.9k)485328
J.Garlett (MID)Carl$212.5kDNP50.634
RioliWCE$210.2k (+$28.9k)4648.61
GowersWB$220.8k (+$26.3k)7853.85
D.Fogarty (MID)Adel$174.0kDNP45.315
VenablesWCE$170.5k DNP4517
Poholke* (MID)Adel$123.3k1835.52
Polson* (MID)Carl$130.8kDNP3312
Petruccelle (MID)WCE$117.3k1212-


Waterman was one of 3 multiple goal kickers for the Eagles and often found himself up the wing and helped himself to 14 disposals (8 kicks) at 93% DE, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals/1 behind for 85 points. Another who appeared to respond being called a dud the prior week and showed me up earning the Rd6 rising star nomination – maybe this is a thing. Who would you like me to name next?

Fritsch was well rested after a few weeks off and took advantage of the Bombers kicking 3 majors from 14 disposals, of which 13 were kicks and he went at an impressive 86% DE. He took 8 marks (3 contested) and finished up with 90 points which is exactly what coaches needed as he will look to cement his spot in the seniors once again.

Gowers finally wore his accuracy boots converting both his shots on goal to go along with 3 goal assists. Didn’t get among the rough and tough this week with only the 2 contested possessions, but all 9 disposals (8 kicks) hit the target and 7 marks pushed him to 78 points for the evening.


Stephenson couldn’t string his third stud game in a row and take full advantage of his low BE but you can’t blame someone so young on a 4 day turnaround. His score struggled due to only collecting 2 contested possessions from his 13 disposal (7 kick) game which resulted in 47 points thanks to a goal. Should bounce back after a longer break.


Ronke has a job security rating as thin as a sushi chefs knife given the abundance of players in his role but 15 disposals (9 kicks) at 80% DE, 7 tackles and 2 goals for 92 points would lead you to believe otherwise. Great debut game and one to keep an eye on – once a kid get playing in Sydney, they often get a good run.

Spargo had a day out in his AFL debut with 18 disposals (4 kicks) at 90% DE and 50% contested rate getting him to 81 points. He kicked 2 goals to go with 4 marks and 3 tackles. He has attractive dual status and will be one to watch this weekend.

Johnson played his first senior game for 2018 and 6th in total on the weekend and finished on 72 from 9 disposals (2 kicks), 5 tackles and a goal. Given his price tag, this is the bare minimum game we would want from him.

Zurhaar is back with the unfun scores and just managed the 10 disposals (5 kicks) at 60% DE for 44 points. If he is to average mid 60s at his price tag, he will struggle to make $100k – pass for me.

Weideman got second run at it but with 31 points from 9 disposals at his price tag – pass.

Poholke got his second run but only 8 disposals (4 kicks) at 50% DE to go with 3 clangers and 18 points, we can probably scratch him off the list.

Petruccelle debuted but struggled with the pace of the game (despite being pacy himself) and just got the 4 touches for 12 points.

Goodbye for now: Ryan, Marshall, J.Garlett, Venables and Polson

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26 thoughts on “2018 Rookie Review – Round 6”

  1. Thought Giles-Langdon was very unlucky with the injury as was tracking for a very high score and looked good out there.


    1. 60 from 39% TOG is very impressive, could have technically called him a stud at that rate. Such a shame though, a triple figure score would have down wonders to make up lost ground from time on the bench.


    1. Everyone jumping off the Murray bandwagon very quick. He had a 4 day turnaround and has otherwise been very good. I’d take one down week over Sicily missing a game every two weeks.


  2. Spargo averaged 219 in a junior U16s championship. Not sure he has great JS but plays an SC friendly game.


    1. Huge wraps from the commentary team and there was a lot of fuss pre-season. Does Kent going down last week not improve his JS? Don’t know enough to comment myself, but am keen to find out for obvious reasons! SC-friendly and DPP status make him very attractive.


      1. It’ll help. Garlett, Bugg, Hannan and Kennedy-Harris are all out of the side, so there’s plenty of competition. He was Dees highest pick last year, so you’d think Spargo would be preferred over all but Garlett.


    1. Yep, that price at this point of the season stings. Finlayson, Doedee and Murray all scoring well enough to hold and Naughton has finally hit his straps and has more coin to make and want to make the most of his high starting price. I’m also not forking out coin and upgrading L.Murphy.

      If he lined up Rd1, would have been a great pick I think.


      1. Yep, was in my side as well, but had to jettison him for obvious reasons. Too high a price to bring in now I think.


  3. Seems to be a lot more rookies coming through this year, and scoring better than last year. Even though most rookies are not fully fattened, a few are starting to get to that point where cash generation is slowing. I’m wondering about going early on one or two and getting a few additional upgrades in early. Murray for example will make 10k – 20k this week maybe, or could be used to trade to a premium player, and have a new rookie in, earning quick $


      1. yeah true, also, a loooot of big guns looking like dropping in price next week (martin, mitchell, simpson, crouch, oliver, danger) so that would tie in well


      1. both those guys with BE’s in 50’s so may not make a whole bunch more cash, could be a good idea – if Yeo and Sicily both score big you’ll be pretty stoked! Personally I’m looking to move Murray on only, as I think Finlayson has more potential to go big again next week


  4. Obviously want to wait for rookies to play their second game but there are always exceptions to rules.

    Looks like there are 4 potential rookies on the bubble next week: Spargo, Mutch, Ronke, Worpel and/or potentially Appleby / Shipley. It might be the perfect week to double downgrade and cash in.

    However, for some next week is the perfect time to jump on some of the fallen premiums e.g. Oliver, Danger and Crouch.

    I may trade in rookie early this week in order to pick up another next week along with an upgrade (Holman / Banfield > premium).

    If you were to chose one rookie to go early on, which one would it be? Spargo and Worpel seem to have strong cases.



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