Badger’s Rookie Review

Written by Badger on June 9 2015

Hi there,

Bye rounds ahead, up to three trades each week and a difficult navigation between trying to win games, score well and conserve trades for later use. All I can say is best of luck and may your opponent prove as careless at Bye Strategy as I’ve been when Top 500 became out of reach.

Rookies who are part of a team with the bye this week have been highlighted.


Round 11 Byes:





Round 8 Rookie Ins (underline = first game 2015):

DEF: Clay Cameron GCS, Hugh Beasley **BYE** BRI

MID: Elliot Kavanagh ESS, Aiden Riley MEL

RUCK/FWD: Peter Wright GCS

FWD: Toby McLean **BYE** WB, Orazio Fantasia ESS, Michael Luxford GEE


Round 8 Rookie Outs:

DEF: Daniel McKenzie (MID) STK – injured, Daniel Howe **BYE** HAW – omitted

MID: Shane Biggs **BYE** WB – omitted, Brant Colledge WCE – omitted, Daniel McKenzie (DEF) STK – injured


FWD: Liam McBean **BYE** RICH – omitted, Brandon Jack SYD – omitted



No Standouts in Round 10.


Other DEF Options:

Hugh Beasley BRI, $102.4K **BYE**

Joel Hamling, WB, $123.9K **BYE**

Tom Clurey PORT, $150K

Henry Schade GC, $207.4K

Clay Cameron GCS, $213.8K           



Daniel Robinson SYD, $123.9K, 2013 Rookie Draft NSW (Elevated 2014), 20 years/184cm/80kg

Started as sub this round and scored just 18 as a result. More prominent in his first game during Round 9 with a full game and 83 points from 15 disposals (seven contested) at 87% efficiency, three clearances, one rebound 50, four inside 50’s, five marks, four tackles, two frees for and a goal. Daniel Robinson has made steady progress as a midfielder in the NEAFL across the last two seasons. A particularly impressive 2014 where he averaged 29 disposals saw him elevated to the senior list. Worth considering if he escapes the vest Round 11. Owned by 5%


Andrew Boston GC, $124.6K, 2013 Rookie Draft QLD Zone (Elevated 2014), 21 years/180cm/80kg

A decent game from Boston saw him score 63 from nine kicks and two handballs at 73% disposal efficiency, a contested mark, two tackles, two frees for, a clearance, a rebound 50 and five inside 50’s from 85% game time. This follows on from a score of 71 from 18 disposals and five clearances in Round 9. His 2014 was mainly ruined by injury but he finished off the previous year well enough to be elevated onto the senior list. Boston remains a chance at holding his place in the Suns team. Owned by 3%


Elliot Kavanagh Essendon, $145.1K, 2011 Draft Pick 19, 22 years/187cm/81kg

Had a promising preseason and then trailed off a little in the NAB Challenge games. Good VFL form saw Kavanagh finally get a crack at it in the 2015 seniors and he played pretty well in a disappointing Essendon side. Kavanagh scored 77 from ten kicks and 15 handballs at 72% disposal efficiency (just seven contested possessions), four marks, two tackles, two frees for, four clearances, two rebound 50’s and three inside 50’s. Has to hold his spot given some poorer performances from others in the team. Rated very highly as a junior before ongoing hamstring issues in his final year of TAC Cup meant Kavanagh was taken as a speculative pick in the Top 20. Good luck to him over the next few weeks with what could be his final chance at proving he’s AFL class. Owned by 2%


Trent Dumont North Melbourne, $194.2K, 2013 Draft Pick 30, 19 years/186cm/85kg

Another vest free game from Dumont scoring 74 from six kicks and seven handballs at 69% efficiency (eight contested possessions), seven tackles, a free for, a hitout, three clearances, three inside 50’s and a goal assist from 77% game time. This followed on from his excellent game against Collingwood with 84 with highlights that included 18 possessions (15 contested), seven clearances, 10 tackles and four inside 50’s. Dominated in the VFL last year and could play like Luke Dunstan did last year if given a run at it. Still great value and will jump up significantly in value again. Owned by 7%


Other MID Options:

Liam Dawson BRI, $116.3K **BYE**

Connor Menadue RICH, $139.4K **BYE**

Corey Ellis RICH, $167.5K (scored 71 from nine disposals and a goal). **BYE**

Carl Amon PA, $168.8K (worth mentioning that he scored 63 from 50% time on ground after being subbed off before the final quarter. 13 possies and five clearances).

Jackson Nelson WCE, $182.9K

Brant Colledge WCE, $191.4K

Aiden Riley MEL, $221.6K



Peter Wright (FWD) GC, $187.3K, 2015 Draft Pick 8, 18 years/203cm/100kg

We’re low on rookie options in the ruck so any score qualifies for a write-up at this stage.  Wright scored 35 playing mainly forward and had just five disposals, two marks, a free for and a goal from 89% game time. It was against Sydney though so a bit of leeway for a first game key position player is definitely granted. A top 10 draft pick and very athletic for his 203cm frame, Wright will likely be played mostly as a forward with GC having plenty of ruck talent but just Tom Lynch and Charlie Dixon as likely match winning big men (and perhaps Sam Day who is currently injured but hasn’t shown as much as fellow 2010 draftee Lynch). With talk of Dixon potentially exploring other opportunities they will be keen to get games into Wright and also Brooksby below. Owned by 3%


Keegan Brooksby GC, $102.4K, 2015 Rookie Draft Pick 42, 24 years/197cm/99kg

Brooksby has scored 58 and 36 in his first two games, both of which were nearly full games and played as a forward and pinch hitting ruck. Owned by 5%



Peter Wright (FWD) GC, $187.3K – See RUCK write-up.


Orazio Fantasia Ess, $168.4K, 2013 Draft Pick 55, 19 years/178cm/66kg

Another young Essendon player who was more impressive than a lot of his senior counterparts and showed a bit of run with four bounces and speed to burn. Fantasia scored 64 from seven kicks and seven handballs at 71% disposal efficiency, three marks, six tackles, a free for and one against, a hitout, a rebound 50, five inside 50’s and a goal from 89% game time. Should hold his spot for the moment. Owned by <1%


Other FWD Options:

Toby McLean WB, $117.3K **BYE**

Michael Luxford GEE, $123.9K

Bailey Dale WB, $154.6K **BYE**

Lukas Webb WB, $198.8K **BYE**


FAREWELL Former Rookie:

Aiden Corr GWS

Blake Acres STK


Author: Badger


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27 thoughts on “Badger’s Rookie Review”

  1. Thanks again Badger!

    The lack of downgrade options is severely messing up my bye plans. I am feeling reluctant to downgrade someone if I do not have a satisfactory replacement. Boston is looking good for CEY, but after that….I may end picking no trade over dodgy trade.


  2. Looks like slim pickings. Will jump on Boston to allow a two upgrades with my other two trades. It seems Boston should hold his spot the next two weeks and this is a massive factor for rookies to trade during the byes (need those sweet sweet warm bodies)


  3. Great write up Badger. Has anyone got any further knowledge on Boston? Reasonable downgrade from T Miller to Boston?


  4. Great job, Badger. Does anyone known why Amon keeps getting subbed when he’s playing so well. Is his tank that small?


  5. Wright could be a great rookie option if he plays through the bye rounds. Injuries and lack of rookie downgrades have majorly screwed with my bye plans!


  6. From Doc Larkin – Geelong forward Mitch Clark (calf) is not likely to be risked in round 11, with the Cats playing Port Adelaide on Friday night. The Cats to see how much he train during the week.


  7. Got my eye on Kavanagh. Hird singled him out for praise on the weekend and I’m sure he’ll get an extended run with the poor form of some of Essendons more experienced players. Perfect to bring in for Mitch Clarke in Rd13.


  8. I’m really keen for a double downgrade this week as I have no money in the bank for next weeks big trades, but who else is there to pick up other than Boston?

    Is it worth taking a gamble on Robinson? Or picking up Amon even though he’s had a bit of a price rise already?


  9. Hoping McKenzie and Goddard get a saints jersey this week also think Alex Pearce should get his third game for freo this week with Johnson doing a hammy



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