The Rookie Scout: Round 1
Howdy folks, I’m Barron Von Crow and I’m here with some good news.
What is that good news you may ask? Well, the footy is back and it’s the happiest I’ve ever been! With the footy coming back it’s time to bring back the Scouting Report. but this year, we’re going for something slightly different. Normally we’d be focused on the highest priced players each week, but we’re going back to the future somewhat and this year we’ll be focusing on the opposite and be looking exclusively at rookies and rookie priced players.
With Jock Reynolds introducing the In-Venue game-by-game fantasy footy revolution CoachKings this season, this weekly article will give us an important heads up on the rookies available each week for both long form fantasy footy (Supercoach & AFL Fantasy) but also for the short form 9 a side CoachKings.
In Supercoach & AFL Fantasy, you’re not only relying upon your rookies for points, but also valuable cash generation that will allow you to upgrade your team to full premo status. In CoachKings, you’ve only got $60,000 to spend each game and being able to pick a cheap rookie with BIG scoring potential means you can plug more guns into your side. This means more points and more chances to show your mates down the pub that you’re the ultimate fantasy footy coach and maybe win a free beer or two.
Whichever form of the game you play there’s one thing that cannot be ignored: rookies have the potential to make or break your side. You pick the wrong rookie and you are gonna have a bad time. And that’s what we’re here to make sure doesn’t happen, so I hope the weekly rookie pick the very best rookies you can!
Callum MillsSC Price: $211,800 | AF Price: $227,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 2.3 Rebound 50’s, 4.3 Score
Get. Him. In. Your. Side. That’s all you need to say really, it doesn’t matter if it’s CoachKings or Supercoach/AFL Fantasy, he’s going to have a heck of a year. He had a terrific NAB Challenge and, he found plenty of the pill so you know he’s going to score well in either format, and although he’s at a rookie premium in SC/AD he is going to generate a heck of a lot of money with the way he scored over the NAB Challenge. I have him locked into my sides in all formats. I’m not too worried about the eventual return of Jarrad McVeigh; the Swans have lost Malceski, Shaw and Lewis Jetta across the back half in recent years, so there will still be some need for Mills to provide some run from back there, even with McVeigh in the side.
Ryan DavisSC Price: $102,400 | AF Price: $125,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 10 disposals, 2.3 marks, 2.3 tackles, 1.3 goals, 2.6 inside 50’s, 64 SCPoints
A mature age recruit who was originally on West Coasts list back in 2009, he’s a senior player who’ll continue to provide some experience for a young GC team. His scoring was consistent over the NAB Challenge, with scores of 67, 65 and 62, I’d probably say that in a normal year we’d look elsewhere, but the fact that he’s a rock bottom price in Supercoach and there’s a dearth of quality mid options this year, we’ll have to consider him. One thing is for sure, with Prestia, Swallow and O’Meara out for the first part of the year, Davis will likely have his chances to play games. He’s shown an ability to hit the scoreboard over the NAB Challenge, as well as in his time in the WAFL, where he kicked 116 goals over 78 games.
Clayton OliverSC Price: $207,300 | AF Price: $238,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 15 disposals, 2.3 marks, 4 tackles, 1.6 clearances, 75 SCPoints
Probably the 2nd best midfield option for us to consider in SC this year, if it wasn’t for the awesome pre-season Callum Mills had I imagine their ownership %’s would probably be the opposite (Mills is owned by 38.9% of teams, Oliver by 20.3%). I’m honestly not sure about his JS at this stage, the Demons will still have Brayshaw, Petracca and Trengove to come back, so any one of them could force Oliver back to the VFL, but the kid has talent and will undoubtedly play games this year. I’d say owning both Mills and Oliver in Supercoach is probably a bit on the expensive side, so if it comes down to it, I’d go for Mills in Supercoach.
Jacob WeiteringSC Price: $220,800 | AF Price: $232,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 17 disposals, 8 marks, 2.5 Rebound 50’s, 81 SCPoints
The #1 pick in the 2015 draft, Weitering showed plenty of skill as an interceptor across half back in the NAB Challenge. While he still has plenty of physical development left in him, he’s shown that he’ll still be able to step up and play a role in the AFL straight away. And those intercept possessions are going to be a big bonus for our teams, in CoachKings, intercept marks from opposition possessions are worth 8 (uncontested) and 16 (contested) points. As you can see from his NAB Challenge stats, he averaged 8 marks over his two games, that’s gonna see him potentially be a very good fantasy player for us in either format. In Supercoach he’s going to be a very serviceable D4-D5 this year!
Michael HartleySC Price: $117,300 | AF Price: $125,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 9.6 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 4 1%ers, 78 SCPoints
Another top up player for the Bombers, Hartley spent a few years on the Pies rookie list, but barely played due to constant shoulder issues. The Bombers aren’t exactly blessed with tall stocks at the moment, so you’d think Hartley would have sky high job security for the year, so he’s going to be a good D6/bench option for Supercoach. He did score quite well in Supercoach, despite averaging fewer than 10 disposals a game, and in CoachKings, those 1 %ers, that is your shepherds (2 points) smothers (4 points) and spoils (6 points) are all rewarded, so even if he goes into ultra-defensive lock down mode, he’s still a good chance to produce some points for you. I’ll have him in either format; in SC he’s on my bench at the moment. I’m still umming and ahhing if I’ll start with him on field, but he’ll certainly have his hands full with Gold Coast in Round 1 who will likely to boast a tall forward line with Tom Lynch and Peter Wright.
Kieran CollinsSC Price: $117,300 | AF Price: $136,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 9 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 4 1%ers, 67 SCPoints
It looks like at this stage it may come down to Kieran Collins and Marcus Adams for a spot in the Bullies backline, but I’m currently on board with Kieran Collins. His NAB form was solid, despite not playing in NAB3, and while he is only just had his 18th birthday 3 months ago, he is already a solid lad at 194cm and 94kgs, so he should physically be fine to play AFL footy. This is likely one that we’ll have to wait for Thursday’s teams to be announced to see if one of them makes the cut.
Matthew DeaSC Price: $183,600 | AF Price: $170,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 16 disposals, 5.5 marks, 93% disposal efficiency, 96 SCPoints
Matty Dea, a top up player for Essendon, spent last year in Richmond’s VFL side, where he won the Best & Fairest, before being delisted by the Tigers. He’s still relatively young (24), and has only played 31 AFL games, so he has some experience, but certainly has some scope to improve too. He didn’t exactly grab a whole trolley full of possessions in the NAB, averaging 16 disposals, but he used the ball extremely well when he did get it and only record 1 clanger over the NAB Challenge. That’s going to be a big bonus in CoachKings where a clanger kick/handpass is worth -4 points. In Supercoach, if you’re going super thin down back, he’s going to be a solid D4 pick. The Bombers will likely suck, but Dea is at least good enough that he’s not likely to butcher the ball when he does get it.
Wayne MileraSC Price: $175,800 | AF Price: $199,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 10 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 1.3 goals, 1.7 Goal Assists, 6.3 Score Involvements, 71 SCPoints
Milera is on the more expensive side in long form, but he’ll cost you the standard rookie price in CoachKings and honestly, he’s going to be a great pick for your CK side as a cheap forward option. He didn’t get a ton of the footy over the NAB Challenge, only averaging 10 disposals, but what he did show was class and poise and as Kramer said to Ms. Rhode Island, poise counts. He may only get the pill 10-12 times a game, but he’ll make every one count for something. The only thing holding him back from being a lock in long form is both his price and his job security. He may be in the 22 for Round 1, but the Crows will have Charlie Cameron, Troy Menzel and Riley Knight waiting in the wings. If he’s named in the 22 along with Cameron and Knight however, I’d seriously think about jumping on board with him in Supercoach.
Connor Menadue (also a MID)SC Price: $155,400 | AF Price: $138,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 12 disposals, 3.6 marks, 2.6 tackles, 1 goal, 80 SC Points
A second round pick from 2014, Menadue actually played 5 games last year, but it hasn’t had a major impact on his prices this year. He played 3 very solid games in the NAB Challenge, and with Brett Deledio a confirmed out against Carlton and Dustin Martin perhaps struggling, there’s a good chance Menadue could carve out a nice role in the early going. I’d probably prefer to spend the extra 30K and snag someone like Ben Kennedy if I was using him as a F5-F6 just because I think his JS will be more solid, but Menadue didn’t put a foot wrong during the NAB Challenge and has done everything he possibly can to get a Round 1 birth.
Sam Kerridge (also a MID)SC Price: $137,600 | AF Price: $299,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 27 disposals, 3 marks, 4.5 tackles, 1.5 goals, 6.5 clearances, 115 SCPoints
The Kedge blew the bloody doors off for Carlton during the NAB Challenge after an injury interrupted 2015 season with the Crows. Kerridge is going to slot in quite nicely as a midfielder for the Blues, he can win the ball on the inside, and can be quite the nuisance up forward as well (Just ask North Melbourne). He’s also super fit, being the only guy who has beaten Nathan Van Berlo in the 3km time trials at the Crows, which is gonna serve him well in a team full of kids and a 90 interchange rotation cap in play. He averaged 115 SCPoints in his 2 NAB hitouts, while I don’t think he’ll reach those heights over an entire year, it’s more than possible that he averages in the 90’s for the season and could spend the majority of the year in your side. He has had some injury issues over the last two years, missing time with foot, ankle and hamstring problems, but if he’s fully fit he’s a great pick. He’ll likely be in every damn Supercoach and CoachKings side this year.
Ben Kennedy (FWD/MID)SC Price: $187,800 | AF Price: $221,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 15 disposals, 3.6 marks, 3 tackles, 0.6 goals, 5 Inside 50’s, 83 SCPoints
Kennedy yo-yoed in and out of the Collingwood side over the last 3 years, usually only getting sub minutes when he did make the Pies main side. With the sub now gone and in a new team, there’s a real chance for Kennedy to show why Collingwood used a top 20 pick on him back in the 2013 draft. He’s not likely to see any minutes in the midfield, but over the NAB Challenge he looked like a handy piece to have in the Demons forward half of the ground. He has a career high of 123 SCPoints, which he scored in 2014, so as long as he can make an impact on the scoreboard, he should score really well this year and has the potential to peak at 85-90 SCPoints.
Mabior Chol (also FWD)SC Price: $102,400 | AF Price: $125,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 NAB Challenge AVG Stats: 5 disposals, 1.6 marks, 3 hitouts, 23 SCPoints
The young man from Sudan who spent the last two years in the Brisbane Lions academy burst onto the scene during the NAB Challenge, showing he has a fantastic vertical leap and a very solid set of hands. He’s still developing as a football player, but his athleticism is off the charts. With the news that Ivan Maric is going to be missing Round 1 VS Carlton due to a back injury, he will likely be named for Thursday night. In Supercoach, his job security prospects probably aren’t super high, but worst comes to the worst you sit him on the bench and use him as a Captain Loophole when available.
Alright everyone, that’s it from me this week, but I want to know from you Community, are there any other rookies you’ll be considering for your Supercoach/AFL Fantasy and CoachKings sides this week?
Let us know in the comments below and/or hit me up on the twitter machine @BarronVonCrow