For something a bit different, I’ve recorded a video version of the Rookie Review this week. All feedback welcome!
Although not as experienced as some site regulars, I’ve been playing Supercoach for a few years now. And if you don’t mind a deep, philosophical statement, then I have to say this year’s injury crisis is bad. The 3 D’s – Dunkley, Dusty and Danger – were supposed to be the nucleus of our forward lines in 2021, but as of this moment they are all inactive due to injury. Throw in the likes of Ridley, Butters, Howe, Rowell, Sloane, Adams, Coniglio, Shiel, Matt Crouch, Sicily, Anderson, Gunston and Yeo, and it’s a wonder we have any teams at all! Thankfully, there are a handful of decent rookies floating around that are at least capable of filling in the gaps until the big guns return.
Here’s a review of the rookie performances from Round 6. Players “on the bubble” are marked with an asterisk.
|Jacob KOSCHITZKE||HAW||$200 700 (+$41.7K)||104 (56)||-48|
|Connor MENADUE*||NTH||$201 500||92 (77)||-35|
|Jaxon PRIOR||BRL||$152 600 (+$28.7K)||50 (46)||-25|
|Lewis YOUNG*||WBD||$198 300||DNP (69)||-21|
|Rhyan MANSELL||RIC||$134 100 (+$31.7K)||39 (44)||-10|
|Jordon BUTTS||ADE||$269 500 (+$6.9K)||58 (60)||20|
|Sam DE KONING||GEE||$123 900||DNP (27)||23|
|Lachie YOUNG (MID)||NTH||$310 500 (+$16.9K)||64 (71)||46|
|Heath CHAPMAN||FRE||$269 200 (+$13.5K)||36 (62)||68|
|Nikolas COX (FWD)||ESS||$300 900 (+$11.2K)||60 (61)||78|
|Mark KEANE||COL||$158 000||DNP (48)||N/A|
|Zach REID||ESS||$166 800||DNP (53)||N/A|
|Liam STOCKER||CAR||$186 500||29 (29)||N/A|
|Martin FREDERICK||PTA||$123 900||88 (88)||N/A|
|Nathan MURPHY||COL||$123 900||47 (47)||N/A|
|Darragh JOYCE||STK||$177 300||35 (35)||N/A|
Goodbye for now: Jones
THE GOOD: It seems that Koschitzke really, really likes playing in Tassie. After booting six majors against the Roos at UTAS in the preseason, Jacob has struggled to make an impact right up until he boots 5 big ones against the Crows at – you guessed it – UTAS Stadium! Kosi’s maiden ton kick starts his cash gen and well done to you if you held onto him. Menadue is a North defender and that means he has lots and lots of work to do. Expensive and job security is a bit hazy, but on the bubble this week and will score well if selected. In Adelaide, “Flash” Frederick made his debut and looked incredibly good – as most of the Power players did – in the big win over the Saints, racking up 23 touches and six marks off the halfback line.
THE BAD: Playing against a team that is not all that interested in scoring can be difficult for a defender, and so it proved for Chapman. A distinct lack of ball at his end of the field saw Heath manage only 11 touches, although he generally used it well and is worth holding onto for the time being.
THE UGLY: 29% of coaches went early on dynamic Port draftee Lachie Jones, only to see him suffer YET ANOTHER syndesmosis injury and miss a month of footy. Yuck.
|James JORDON||MEL||$241 600 (+$23.7K)||82 (65)||-16|
|Lachlan MCNEIL||WBD||$195 400 (+$11.4K)||50 (45)||20|
|Tom POWELL||NTH||$325 700 (+$47.4K)||96 (75)||22|
|Charlie LAZZARO||NTH||$151 900||DNP (31)||25|
|Will PHILLIPS*||NTH||$204 700 (+$2K)||37 (41)||42|
|Sam BERRY||ADE||$213 200||DNP (54)||43|
|Tanner BRUHN||GWS||$155 700 (-$2.1K)||8 (29)||52|
|Errol GULDEN||SYD||$309 500 (-$6.1K)||38 (87)||78|
|Jay RANTALL||COL||$123 900||25 (25)||N/A|
THE GOOD: Patience was rewarded for Jordon owners, with the Dees number 23 shining with 18 touches and five tackles. Still only 56% TOG is a worry though, but he’s making the most of what time he does get. Powell continues to roll along in the besieged North midfield, finishing among the Roos best with 25 touches including 10 contested. McNeil was the pleasant surprise of the weekend, getting into the game early as the medical sub and booting a couple of goals to get himself to yet another 50.
THE BAD: The shine is officially off the apple for Gulden, who looks in need of a rest. 12 disposals at 58% efficiency is well down on his first few efforts, and the Horse may well give him a week off to recharge.
THE UGLY: The good news for the 22% of coaches still lumped with Bruhn is that he was named as the medical sub on Friday night and got an early entry into the game courtesy of a Nick Haynes hamstring. The bad news? 5 possessions in 63% game time.
|Paul HUNTER||STK||$134 300||DNP (44)||-9|
|Matt FLYNN||GWS||$273 000 (+$45.5K)||70 (94)||2|
|Tom CAMPBELL (FWD)||NTH||$164 000 (+$9.3K)||50 (37)||6|
|Josh TREACY (FWD)||FRE||$108 000 (+$5.6K)||22 (24)||26|
|Jordon SWEET||WBD||$123 900||DNP (73)||N/A|
|Riley THILTHORPE (FWD)||ADE||$202 800||91 (91)||N/A|
Goodbye for now: Fullarton, Meek.
The big news of the rookie world in Round 6 was Thilthorpe. The number 2 draft pick debuted with 16 possessions and five memorable goals during the Crows’ mid-match burst of unprecedented accuracy in front of the sticks. Adelaide have already flagged that the big man will be managed this year, but based on his debut he is definitely a downgrade option, with DPP status thrown in as an added bonus. Flynn was solid enough again and continues to gather value, but the Giants without Mummy lost again which is a bit worrying. Treacy will hopefully become a useful loophole option later in the year – and that’s all I have to say about that.
|Jy FARRAR*||GCS||$184 300||59 (71)||-34|
|Atu BOSENAVULAGI*||NTH||$175 500||62 (67)||-31|
|Beau MCCREERY||COL||$158 000 (+$40.7K)||47 (54)||-12|
|Mitchell LEWIS||HAW||$254 100 (+$54.6K)||83 (80)||-8|
|Anthony SCOTT (MID)||WBD||$201 800 (+$20.5K)||66 (50)||-8|
|Finlay MACRAE* (MID)||COL||$126 300||37 (39)||-4|
|Miles BERGMAN||PTA||$192 900 (+$34.3K)||51 (51)||1|
|Deven ROBERTSON (MID)||BRL||$225 800 (+$49K)||97 (72)||1|
|Conor STONE||GWS||$162 000 (+$17.7K)||34 (42)||2|
|Alec WATERMAN||ESS||$148 400||DNP (55)||4|
|Archie PERKINS (MID)||ESS||$209 400 (+$19.6K)||50 (48)||17|
|Michael FREDERICK||FRE||$249 900 (+$14.8K)||54 (59)||24|
|Sam FLANDERS*||GCS||$192 300||62 (42)||30|
|James ROWE||ADE||$232 600 (+$21.6K)||27 (56)||31|
|Harrison JONES||ESS||$174 800 (+$1.2K)||34 (37)||39|
|Jamaine JONES||WCE||$179 600 (-$6.9K)||46 (41)||41|
|Trey RUSCOE||COL||$179 600 (-$27.2K)||22 (20)||59|
|Braeden CAMPBELL (MID)||SYD||$235 800 (-$8.2K)||35 (55)||65|
|Chad WARNER||SYD||$337 300 (+$6.2K)||73 (81)||76|
|Logan MCDONALD||SYD||$251 300||DNP (57)||94|
|Will KELLY||COL||$135 400||26 (26)||N/A|
Goodbye for now: Brockman
THE GOOD: Robertson was drafted into the league with a promising pedigree for fantasy footy, and his 18 possession, two goal effort against the Blues is exactly what we were talking about. With Lachie Neale missing for the next two months, is it too late to bring Dev in as a high-priced cash cow? Lewis was terrific again at full forward for the Hawks, looking threatening whenever the pill was kicked in his direction and managing a couple of goals for his efforts. Warner struggled his way through the Suns match – as many of his teammates did – but managed to scrape together some junk late in the game to reach his BE, so he gets an honourable mention for that.
THE BAD: Campbell was yet another medical sub who was forced into the game early, but he still spent an awful lot of time sitting down (55% TOG) and he is now officially a bust as far as Supercoach is concerned. Macrae was a popular pick, mainly based on name recognition it must be said, but forward pocket for a midfielder is usually the death knell for Supercoach. Only one kick on the night for the younger Macrae, and unless a role change is imminent there may be better cash gen options elsewhere.
THE UGLY: Rowe was still on zero at halftime in Launceston. Maybe he should be banned from playing outside Adelaide?
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