The Rookie Scout: Round 2
Howdy folks, I’m Barron Von Crow and welcome to the Round 2 rookie scouting report.
Week 1 of AFL action kicked off last week and it was an absolute belter of a round, with some fantastic footy being played. And what about the stunning debut of CoachKings?
I hope you all took the opportunity to try it out last week and I hope you will all go and give it a crack down at your nearest venue this week (see list of venues at the end of this post.. Jock and Higgo will be down at Doyles Bridge Hotel in Mordialloc on Friday night!)
If you thought playing at home was fun, just wait until you get down to the pub with your mates and give it a go. Believe me, it is an absolute ripper to play in venue while having a few beers with your mates.
Rookies though, that’s why we’re all here and how about some of the performances we saw last week. Some like Jacob Weitering blew everyone away with their efforts, high draft picks such as Callum Mills, Clayton Oliver and Darcy Parish all had very good starts to their AFL careers and more senior selections like Sam Kerridge and Ben Kennedy both showed that they both have a place in the league, while there may be a few picks such as Milera, Gresham and Davis that we may need to re-evaluate..
While we’re unlikely to be making any corrective trades this early in the caper, it’s important that we take a good hard look at the rookie landscape and make sure we got all our bases covered, so let’s go see how the best of the best rookies performed in Round 1 across Supercoach, AFL Fantasy and CoachKings!
Callum MillsSC Price: $211,800 | AF Price: $227,000 Round 1 Stats: 18 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 71 SCPoints, 59 AFPoints, 68 CKPoints
It was an OK start for Mills in Supercoach, with the 71 points, but a bit of a disappointing result in AFL Fantasy, with only 59. He had 18 disposals, but 14 uncontested, as well as only recording 2 rebound 50’s and 3 clangers hurt his scores a bit. I’d say that his result in Round 1 is probably the basement floor of what we’d be looking for from him, but his BE is -24, so it’s not like we run the risk of him stagnating at this point.
Clayton OliverSC Price: $207,300 | AF Price: $238,000 Round 1 Stats: 22 disposals with 15 contested, 2 tackles, 7 clearances, 75 SCPoints, 61 AFPoints, 69 CKPoints
The Round 1 AFL Rising Star nominee, on face value you’d of expected Oliver to score better than 75 SCPoints with a 22 disposal, 7 clearance effort, but 17 of his 22 possies were handballs and he only gained 116 metres over the course of the game. Encouraging though, he only had 58% ToG, so to grab that many possessions in just over half a game is an absolutely amazing effort from a first gamer, especially one who’s in the thick of it in the middle of the ground against plenty of experienced players, as you can see from his heatmap below.
That amount of inside work from the centre would suggest the kick/handball ration may still hold up long-term as he looks to fire out handballs to outside players. While I wouldn’t recommend immediately going from Mills to Oliver or anything drastic like that, the raw numbers are there to suggest Oliver can be a very good SC player, and I doubt the 25% of owners who started with Oliver will be upset by his output in Round 1. He could definitely be one we look to trade into our midfield next week if you have the cash.
George HewittSC Price: $102,400 | AF Price: $125,000 Round 1 Stats: 15 disposals, 7 marks (3 inside 50), 7 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 2 score assists, 1 goal, 96 SCPoints, 95 AFPoints, 86 CKPoints
A midfielder in Supercoach/AFL Fantasy, but Hewitt did most of his work up forward for the swans, with 12 of his 15 possessions occurring ahead of the centre square, and while his disposal efficiency was only 60% it was his work around the ground, the tackles and inside 50’s, as well as 3 marks inside 50 that boosted up his score. At this stage the only guy I could potentially see taking his spot is the return of Ben McGlynn. If he has another good game next week and you have a dud rookie, he could be a good fix.
Ryan DavisSC Price: $102,400 | AF Price: $125,000 Round 1 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 tackles, 2 behinds, 57 SCPoints, 64 AFLPoints, 44 CKPoints
Davis found the ball 17 times, which is a healthy amount, especially for someone who had most of them inside the forward 50 arc, recording 8 possessions inside the GC 50 zone and another 6 in their forward half. The problem was he just didn’t really use it all that well, recording a disposal efficiency of just 53% and missed both his shots on goal. He’s been a goal scorer in his time at the WAFL, so he could have just as easily kicked 2 goals and had a score in the 80’s. Keep an eye on him again, with GC having a few players out, there’s a good chance the more mature Davis could have some nice job security.
Darcy ParishSC Price: $202,800 | AF Price: $260,000 Round 1 Stats: 25 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 6 clearances, 69 SCPoints, 97 AFPoints, 58 CKPoints
The stats were there for Parish, but while he scored well in AFL Fantasy they didn’t translate to Supercoach success. His 64% disposal efficiency may have played a part in it, but he had a nice, near 50/50 spread of contested/uncontested ball, 6 tackles and 6 clearances too. Another one like Clayton Oliver where I would have expected him to score higher. Supercoach scoring consistency issues aside, that’s some quality numbers for a first gamer and he looks like a very attractive prospect in CoachKings and if he has another good game next week, he could be in a few more Supercoach sides.
Jade GreshamSC Price: $144,300 | AF Price: $192,000| CoachKings Price: $3,700 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Western Bulldogs VS St Kilda (see venues below) Round 1 Stats: 9 points, 4 tackles, 1 goal, 44 SCPoints, 46 AFPoints, 64 CKPoints
A quiet start for Gresham, with just 9 possessions, but he did kick a goal as well. He did have a nice spread of contested/uncontested and generally used the ball well, so there’s lots of potential there if he can just get the pill a few more times. Only 67% ToG too, so hopefully he can boost that up a tad too. Consider him this week in CoachKings where there won’t be as many cheaper options available for the Bulldogs VS Saints game.
Connor MenadueSC Price: $155,400 | AF Price: $138,000| CoachKings Price: $4,100 Featured CoachKings Contest: Friday, Richmond VS Collingwood (see venues below) Round 1 Stats: 13 disposals 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals, 2 goal assists, 80 SCPoints, 67 AFPoints, 103 CKPoints
I reckon we all got what we wanted from Menadue in Round 1. A solid score of 80 in Supercoach is pretty good for a F6 or someone you have on your bench. He did some damage up forward, had some tackles and also did some work in the Tigers defensive half, with 54% of his possessions coming in that area of the ground. He did have 3 clangers, with two of them being free kicks he gave away, so if he can clean up his defensive work, he could still get a few extra points there. Solid DE of 77%, and a few rebound 50’s and goal assists to his name too. A must start in CoachKings for the Friday night contest between Richmond and Collingwood.
Sam KerridgeSC Price: $137,600 | AF Price: $299,000 Round 1 Stats: 24 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 8 Inside 50’s, 6 clearances, 86 SCPoints, 92 AFPoints, 81 CKPoints
I said previously you could probably expect Kerridge to average in the 90’s and he got darn close to that last week, with a first up score of 86 in Supercoach and 92 in AFL Fantasy. Overall I’d be happy with Kerridge’s game though, he rotated through the midfield and half forward, the only thing that likely hurt his score was the 4 clangers to his name. The clearance numbers are there, the inside 50 numbers are there and his disposal count and marks are both high, so there’s still plenty of upside to him. The Kedge is going to be a very good scorer for us this year!
Ben KennedySC Price: $187,800 | AF Price: $221,000 Round 1 Stats: 21 disposals, 4 marks, 2 clearances, 1 goal, 3 score assists, 115 SCPoints, 77 AFPoints, 133 CKPoints
Phwoar! That’s what I’m talking about from Kennedy! And the 34% of teams that went in with him will be very happy with what he produced too. He was always likely to be a better “rookie” pick than most since he is coming into his 4th season and has much more development in him. As evidenced by his heat map below, he didn’t get any real time in the middle, but still put in plenty of work around the ground to ensure that he scored well.
That’s a good sign going forward that he’s not just restricted to forward line duties. He was used mostly as the sub in his 25 games at the Pies, and he continued to build on his great NAB form and showed what he can do when he’s given the opportunity. If he has another great game in Round 2 and you find yourself with a non-performing mid pricer like Jack Steele (assuming he scores poorly again), there could be a downgrade option on the cards. And if he can keep up that type of CoachKings scoring, he’ll be a lock whenever Melbourne plays.
Tom PapleySC Price: $109,900 | AF Price: $125,000 Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 3 goals, 104 SCPoints, 79 AFPoints, 97 CKPoints
Tom Papley showed the ability to kick a goal during the NAB Challenge and he showed he can translate it to the real stuff, kicking 3 goals against the Pies. The concern with him would be that he doesn’t kick 3 goals every week and then sees his scores suffer since he’s not a huge ball winner or anything at this stage, but you certainly can’t fault his first effort. Another Swan I might be concerned loses his spot to McGlynn however. Keep him on your radar as a potential downgrade option for now.
Wayne MileraSC Price: $175,800 | AF Price: $199,000| CoachKings Price: $3,600 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Adelaide VS Port Adelaide (SA Venues Only, see venues below) Round 1 Stats: 7 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 40 SCPoints, 32 AFPoints, 52 CKPoints
A quiet game for Milera to begin with, with just 7 disposals and a couple of marks. That’s not a lot different from his NAB Challenge games where he was only getting the pill 10-12 times a game, he just missed those extra points he would have gotten from goal scoring (he did miss one he should have gotten) and being a bit more involved in setting up the ball for other goal scorers.
Not a game I’d be happy about if I owned him, but give him another week (if he plays) and if he puts up the same sort of score then I may consider downgrading him, especially since he’s at the higher end of the price range for a Supercoach/AFL Fantasy forward, or doing a sideways rookie trade to Kennedy (assuming you don’t own him already). He had a reasonable output in CoachKings that could certainly be improved upon this week in the Showdown.
Mitch McGovernSC Price: $123,900 | AF Price: $125,000| CoachKings Price: $3,400 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Adelaide VS Port Adelaide (SA Venues Only, see venues below) Round 1 Stats: 9 disposals, 5 marks (2 contested), 3 tackles, 3 behinds, 41 SCPoints, 52 AFPoints, 34 CKPoints
A “could have been” game for McGovern, who missed 3 gettable shots on goal and also had a poor disposal efficiency of just 44%, if he had of rectified any of those he could have scored quite well. He had 15 pressure acts, which was equal 4th highest for the Crows, that’s part of what he’s in the team for, for defensive pressure in the forward half, which isn’t necessarily going to show up in our fantasy football stats. A low score in CoachKings, but if he starts again you could perhaps take a FWD line punt and select both Milera and McGovern and pump some serious cash into your other lines?
Jacob WeiteringSC Price: $220,800 | AF Price: $232,000 Round 1 Stats: 17 disposals, 7 marks, 94% disposal efficiency, 87SCPoints, 71 AFPoints, 126 CKPoints
An absolutely wonderful debut for the young man, he was quiet in the first half, but worked his way into the game fantastically and he looks like he’s going to match up really well with the likes of Simpson, Rowe and Jamison in Carlton’s back half. He won 77% of his disposals in Carlton’s defensive half, mostly along the 50m arc, so if he’s playing as a floater across half back he should continue to score well. He used the ball terrifically, with a DE of 94% and didn’t record a single clanger. A very encouraging start for the youngster. If you don’t have in your side, I’d still give him another week to properly gauge him, but if he has another good game, I’d consider trading him in, especially if someone like Matthew Dea is average again.
Caleb MarchbankSC Price: $215,800 | AF Price: $174,000 Round 1 Stats: 15 disposals, 4 marks (2 intercept marks), 4 tackles, 3 reboung 50’s, 6 1%ers, 93 SCPoints, 66 AFPoints, 118 CKPoints
A great effort for Marchbank to score 93 SCPoints after only averaging 49 during the NAB Challenge. It’ll be very interesting to see if he can keep up that sort of scoring next week though, he played 5 games last year and never scored more than 55 points, and then had scores of 48, 48 and 52 in the NAB Challenge. So is it a case of him showing the potential he has in him, or did he just have a really good game and will drop back to those scores in the 50 range again?
Matthew DeaSC Price: $183,600 | AF Price: $170,000| CoachKings Price: $3,500 Round 1 Stats: 15 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 93% disposal efficiency, 61 SCPoints, 72 AFPoints, 60 CKPoints
That was the same sort of stat line we saw Dea put up in the NAB Challenge, the problem was for 15 possessions he only gained 42 metres and 11 of his 15 disposals were uncontested. Still, we picked him because we knew he’d be a solid ball user, that didn’t change with his 93% disposal efficiency and 0 clanger count, which is probably a good sign long term for his potential. Stick with him for now.
Marcus AdamsSC Price: $117,300 | AF Price: $155,000| CoachKings Price: $4,200 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Western Bulldogs VS St Kilda (see venues below) Round 1 Stats: 15 disposals, 8 marks, 82 SCPoints, 67 AFPoints, 123 CKPoints
A great first up game for Adams who spent the day deep in defence, but found plenty of the ball, with 8 marks, 3 of which were inctercept marks and a fantastic kick that he used to great effect on a few occasions. A 93% disposal efficiency is quite good for a backman, who are sometimes not the greatest users of the ball by foot. The great thing about Adams is he’s one of the few DEF/FWD eligible players, so if you’re happy with your two defensive bench players you can always trade him in for a forward, or vice versa. If you’re playing CoachKings on Saturday night then go and make him your first picked in your forward or backline, depending on where you find the best value. He’s in my backline this week.
None… Unless you count Marc Pittonet as a good option, but chances are he won’t play against the Eagles with Johnathan Ceglar returning
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR…
Jimmy Toumpas –For SA CoachKings players, keep an eye out for the Toump. He had a solid 25 possession game in the SANFL last week and with Matt White getting injured and Hamish Hartlett under an injury cloud he could slot straight in to and make his Power debut in the Showdown. He has an elevated price in Supercoach/AFL Fantasy, but only costs $3,900 in CoachKings. A nice midfield option to consider if you want to save some money.
And that’ll be it for me this week. Any rookies you’re considering swapping to? Or are you looking to lock in a particular guy in your CoachKings side?
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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS: Will have the Adelaide v Port Adelaide contest on Saturday in place of the Brisbane v Kangaroos game
Hotel Barkly – St Kilda
Doyles Bridge Hotel – Mordialloc
Trios Sports Club – Cranbourne
The Wonthaggi Club – Wonthaggi
Caledonian Hotel – Wonthaggi
Torrens Arms Hotel – Kingswood
The Morphett Arms Hotel – Glengowrie
Arkaba Hotel – Fullarton
Warradale Hotel – Warradale
Renmark Club – Up on the Murray in Renmark