Rookie Review – Rd 10, 2021

Written by Chillo on May 25 2021

The upcoming round 11 represents your last chance to get your team in shape before the byes begin. It’s easy to focus on how many premiums we have playing in each week of the byes, but just as important is how many active rookies you have – especially if they are rookies that seem unlikely to get a game. It can be surprisingly difficult to scrape together 18 players when one third of the competition is on holidays! Make sure you trade wisely this week to maximise your returns throughout this tricky little period of the season.

Here’s a review of the rookie performances from Round 10. Players “on the bubble” are marked with an asterisk.

PlayerClubPriceScore (avg)BE
James MADDEN* (FWD)BRL$123 90078 (63)-51
Nicholas MURRAYADE$146 000 (+$43.6K)60 (53)-32
Thomas HIGHMORESTK$167 500DNP (61)-24
Nathan MURPHYCOL$159 400DNP (51)-12
Lachlan JONESPTA$181 500 (+$41.7K)48 (59)-9
Harry EDWARDSWCE$164 100 (+$40.2K)61 (55)-6
Liam STOCKERCAR$209 800 (+$9K)56 (45)16
Mark KEANECOL$217 200DNP (55)17
Nik COX (FWD)ESS$262 600 (+$3.3K)89 (58)37
Jacob KOSCHITZKEHAW$277 300 (-$3.1K)52 (56)43
Jaxon PRIORBRL$245 200 (+$2.9K)25 (50)55
Connor MENADUENTH$294 000 (+$18.5K)66 (65)74
Jordon BUTTSADE$331 400 (-$5.6K)48 (63)91
Kieren BRIGGS (FWD)GWS$123 90042 (42)N/A

Goodbye for now: Parks, Mansell, Frederick

THE GOOD: Cox is still in around 20% of teams and rewarded his owners by posting a “good” score this week. He’s been very inconsistent, but 9 marks and two goals was a great return in the Bombers’ big win. Madden is now on the bubble after impressing in the Lions’ victory on Friday night, taking several intercept marks and his first goal in league footy. You wouldn’t want him kicking for your life, but he is fast, fast, fast and seems to read the play well too. Special mention to Murray, who was solid for the Crows in their huge upset over the Dees, in particular his match-saving tackle on Gawn late in the game was an incredible clutch play from a guy in just his third game!

THE BAD: The dreaded rookie wall finally arrived for Prior, who has been great but only saw the Sherrin six times against the Tigers. Trade time!

THE UGLY: Highmore and Murphy were each named as sub and spent a considerable time warming up during their respective games, but never actually set foot on the field. Frustrating, especially if you were otherwise lacking loophole options this week!

PlayerClubPriceScore (avg)BE
Riley COLLIER-DAWKINSRIC$214 300 (+$31.8K)50 (64)-10
Tanner BRUHNGWS$161 600DNP (37)-2
Patrick NAISHRIC$155 600 (-$0.4K)45 (24)2
Ryan BYRNESSTK$194 700 (+$35.2K)72 (57)3
Sam BERRYADE$232 800 (+$12.1K)51 (52)25
Charlie LAZZARONTH$188 500 (+$8.2K)47 (36)37
Lachlan MCNEIL WBD$253 500 (+$12K)44 (49)61
James JORDONMEL$366 100 (+$5.9K)47 (71)75
Tom POWELLNTH$350 600 (-$25.1K)49 (71)115

Goodbye for now: O’Connor

THE GOOD: Byrnes was a shining light in yet another disastrous showing from the Saints. He looks to be a smart sort who has a knack for finding space, as shown by his 12 marks. Relatively low contested possession rate hurts his scoring though.

THE BAD: Plenty of coaches had Collier-Dawkins on the field this week, but he disappointed with only one contested possession among his 18 touches. Not ideal for an inside mid, and with plenty of Richmond stars due back soon he will have owners on edge this week.

THE UGLY: After an exceptional month of footy, Jordon was again inexplicably pinned to the pine with only 59% time on ground against the Crows. He still managed a commendable 9 tackles in that time, but 47 points is not what we were hoping for.

PlayerClubPriceScore (avg)BE
Jordon SWEETWBD$205 300(+$35.1K)75 (64)-9
Josh TREACY (FWD)FRE$110 90033 (27)11
Matt FLYNNGWS$351 100 (+$34.5K)94 (96)12
Bailey J. WILLIAMS* (FWD)WCE$210 100 (+$16.7K)52 (51)28
Tom CAMPBELL (FWD)NTH$331 700 (+$38.5K)73 (64)37
Riley THILTHORPE (FWD)ADE$254 600 (+$6.3K)49 (62)41
Ned REEVESHAW$123 90082 (82)N/A

Quite an amazing week for rookie rucks! Flynn celebrated his first win in the AFL with another exceptional effort, his 13 touches and 11 hitouts topped off by two vital goals. Sweet battled well against Ryder and contributed nicely to the rout with an impressive stat line of 14 touches, 16 hitouts, 6 marks and 6 tackles. Campbell keeps on rolling with a couple of goals capping his efforts in another solid score. But the big news was that Hawks beanpole Reeves made his debut, and looked great in another fairly flat team effort from Hawthorn. Thirteen possessions and 21 hitouts, sharing the duties with Big Boy, should have him on your radar as a future downgrade option.

PlayerClubPriceScore (avg)BE
Cody WEIGHTMAN*WBD$173 70098 (87)-70
Zach SPROULEGWS$159 600 (+$35.7K)69 (52)-27
Caleb POULTER (MID)COL$228 400 (+$54.3K)80 (70)-10
Matthew OWIESCAR$196 900 (+$29K)59 (58)0
Tom WILSON*COL$123 90045 (32)10
Hugo RALPHSMITH*(MID)RIC$123 90023 (28)18
James ROWEADE$294 600 (+$33.7K)71 (60)24
Sam FLANDERSGCS$237 700 (+$11K)54 (49)24
Beau MCCREERYCOL$210 300 (+$4.6K)56 (50)25
Alec WATERMANESS$167 200 (+$18.8K)48 (53)25
Jy FARRARGCS$243 400DNP (60)28
Deven ROBERTSON (MID)BRL$289 900 (+$3.2K)66 (66)39
Miles BERGMANPTA$272 100DNP (57)42
Jamaine JONESWCE$313 300DNP (60)45
Harrison JONESESS$250 400 (+$7.1K)52 (46)48
Mitchell LEWISHAW$272 900 (+$3.8K)56 (63)66
Chad WARNERSYD$315 900 (-$6.1K)59 (72)71
Archie PERKINS (MID)ESS$257 200 (-$14.4K)49 (52)74
Anthony SCOTT (MID)WBD$281 700 (-$4.7K)18 (52)93
Malcolm ROSASGCS$123 90021 (21)N/A

THE GOOD: Plenty of good stuff from the forwards this week, with Rowe really finding his stride now after another 18 touches and two goals in the Crows’ wonderful win. He looks to be a safe hold now until his round 14 bye. Poulter struggled a little with his disposal efficiency early on, but he finds so much of the footy that he still managed a respectable score and looks to be an excellent cash cow until his round 14 bye. Weightman is a slightly pricier option but just might be worth it? Another sprightly effort now sees him on the bubble with a superlow break-even, and a couple of injured Dogs should help him stay in the side now.

THE BADWarner was a popular trade out option this week, and just isn’t getting the midfield minutes that he was seeing earlier in the year. This week seems to be about his normal level now and he dropped more cash. Trade or hold? 

THE UGLY: A big win for the Dogs unfortunately did not translate into a score for Scott, who was quiet in the first half and then subbed out with double vision in the third quarter. He must be in doubt for this week, and those who were hoping to hold him until his round 13 bye must now strongly reconsider their position.


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6 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Rd 10, 2021”

  1. Madden and Weightman in for Campbell and Young (nth) this week, if Reeves keeps playing will bring him in for Draper (who’s been my loophole for most of the year) when he’s on the bubble, then should be able to upgrade Jordan and Warner to Macrae and Ridley round 14


  2. Thanks Chillo! Great write up as usual!

    I’m guessing that Madden doesn’t have very good JS – despite a great BE?

    Any Lions fans out there shed any light on him? Not much good trading if he doesn’t play over all the bye rounds at least … same for Weightman?



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