The Rookie Scout: Round 5
It was another inconsistent week produced by our rookies in fantasy football last week, but we’ll all have weeks like that in fantasy football, where it seems we cannot make a right decision on who to start and who to bench.
We had some continued dud performances from the likes of Tom Papley again, but also have some very interesting prospects on the bubble like Darcy Byrne-Jones for example. There are a few rookies who are starting to look like they may soon be at the stage where we look to move them out, while there are a few other rookies who look like they’ll give us a few more weeks of valuable scores yet.
A lot of these cheap blokes will come in very handy over the weekend in CoachKings.. many of them feature in fixtured contests down at your local venue. With $1000 cash now up for grabs every week I know I’ll be front and square down at my local competing for the grand!
Callum MillsSC Price: $271,800 | AF Price: $274,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,400 Round 4 Stats: 23 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 84 SCPoints, 92 AFPoints, 109 CK Points
A great rebound game after a disappointing Round 3 for Mills. He worked well across half back and had 9 intercept possessions (3rd best for the Swans), while also having 3 clearances and was only let down by the 5 clangers he recorded. BE is sitting at 20 this week, so still value left in him and hopefully he can put in another repeat effort against the Eagles this week.
Clayton OliverSC Price: $271,700 | AF Price: $291,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,400 Featured CoachKings Contest: Sunday, Melbourne VS Richmond Round 4 Stats: 11 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles, 41 SCPoints, 60 AFPoints, 37 CKPoints
A quietish game for Oliver in Round 4, though he still put in a big defensive effort in the middle with 8 tackles (2nd best for the Demons) and 21 pressure acts (4th best for the Demons). 8 of his 11 disposals were handpasses, which is the likely reason for his lower Supercoach score last week. He’s at about the same level as Mills now with a BE of 29, he could easily put up a bigger score next week, so hold on to him for at least another fortnight.
Ryan DavisSC Price: $178,900 | AF Price: $212,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,800 Round 4 Stats: 8 disposals, 1 tackle, 2 goal assists, 37 SCPoints, 31 AFPoints, 44 CKPoints
A season low 62% ToG for Davis, he just did not really get involve d in the contest at all after the first quarter, recording 1 disposal in the 2nd quarter, 2 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th. He made use of the ball when he did get it and had a pair of goal assists, so that is something and his BE of 17 means he’s still got some cash potential left for now, we just have to hope he’ll hold his spot in the team.
Darcy ParishSC Price: $309,100 | AF Price: $361,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,300 Featured CoachKings Contest: Monday, Collingwood VS Essendon Round 4 Stats: 24 disposals, 2 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 83 SCPoints, 65 AFPoints, 62 CKPoints
He looks like the pick of the litter for midfield rookies this year, another big effort from Parish, though again he had 16 handpasses from his 24 disposals. Adding 5 clearances and 4 rebound 50’s is a great effort though, and I’d look to lock him in for the big ANZAC Day clash in CoachKings. Keep starting him and hopefully he can continue the consistent scoring he’s displayed over the first month of the season.
Connor MenadueSC Price: $209,300 | AF Price: $237,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,400 Featured CoachKings Contest: Sunday, Melbourne VS Richmond Round 4 Stats: 15 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 58 SCPoints, 52 AFPoints, 50 CKPoints
He has yet to hit double digit in kicks and recorded a season low of just 3 with 12 handballs for his 15 possessions, with 11 being uncontested last week. That’s going to limit his Supercoach scoring potential for sure. Richmond as a whole are struggling and with scores in the 50’s looking common for him and a BE of 34 his time could be drawing near.
Sam KerridgeSC Price: $269,700 | AF Price: $377,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,800 Featured CoachKings Contest: Sunday, Fremantle VS Carlton Round 4 Stats: 26 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 78 SCPoints, 76 AFPoints, 61 CKPoints
He was the leading possession winner for the Blues last week, but the 6 clangers hurt (3 were frees against though) his score, which could have easily been a 100 point game. He had a bit more clearance work last week, recording 4, which is the 2nd highest result for him this year, which hopefully something that continues. The Kedge’s BE is just 16, so keep starting him and I would look for him to have a good game against Freo, so he’s an option for CoachKings too.
Ben KennedySC Price: $288,200 | AF Price: $311,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,800 Featured CoachKings Contest: Sunday, Melbourne VS Richmond Round 4 Stats: 22 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50’s, 64 SCPoints, 73 AFPoints, 80 CKPoints
Kennedy’s stats were back to what they were in Rounds 1 and 2, but with 4 clangers and a disposal efficiency of just 68% his Supercoach score didn’t rise to the 100’s that it was in the first fortnight of the season. He could be getting very close to being farmed off with his BE currently sitting at 56, though another effort like Round 1 or 2 would see him gain another couple of weeks. He scored 80 in CoachKings last week and is currently priced for an average of 85, so there may be better valued pics available there on Sunday.
Tom PapleySC Price: $224,300 | AF Price: $229,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,600 Round 4 Stats: 5 disposals, 2 tackles, 2 behinds, 24 SCPoints, 22 AFPoints, 17 CKPoints
Papley had a season low 61% ToG against the Crows last week, and recorded season lows in pretty much every statistical category. His 76 minutes on field was the lowest for a Swans player this year, apart from George Hewett who recorded 62 minutes time on ground in Round 3 before he was dropped. Papley now has a BE of 62 and with many other rookies right on their first price rises it could be the time to trade him out, especially since his spot in the Swans side is probably not guaranteed at this stage.
Wayne MileraSC Price: $215,200 | AF Price: $231,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,400 Featured CoachKings Contest: Friday, Hawthorn VS Adelaide Round 4 Stats: 9 disposals, 1 mark, 1 behind, 1 tackle, 27 SCPoints, 25 AFPoints, 26 CKPoints
Milera sat out the majority of the last quarter with a quad injury and won’t be taking part in the Crows game on Friday VS Hawthorn. It’s looking like he’ll be out for a fortnight and I’d say there’s a good chance he’d struggle to return to the side after the injury. I would look to potential move him out this week if you have him.
Mitch McGovernSC Price: $205,300 | AF Price: $224,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,000 Featured CoachKings Contest: Friday, Hawthorn VS Adelaide Round 4 Stats: 11 disposals, 4 marks, 2 goals, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 68 SCPoints, 64 AFPoints, 92 CKPoints
McGovern had another solid game, nailing 2 goals and also provided plenty of forward line pressure. While scores in the 60’s aren’t probably what we’d want for a starting player, you can safely leave him on your bench with his BE sitting at -8, which means he’s still potentially got another 4 weeks at a minimum if he keeps scoring at his current pace. In CoachKings he’s currently priced to score 62 and pulled a 92 last week, so definitely consider him as a forward line option on Friday night.
Lincoln McCarthySC Price: $193,900 | AF Price: $204,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,300 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Port Adelaide VS Geelong Round 4 Stats: N/A
McCarthy was given last week off in order to manage his workload due to previous injury issues (he missed all of the 2013 and 2015 seasons with a foot injury and half of 2014 with a back injury), he’ll be a solid chance to return to the Cats squad this week, so don’t go trading him out just yet.
Jacob WeiteringSC Price: $333,300 | AF Price: $306,000 | CoachKings Price: $7,600 Featured CoachKings Contest: Sunday, Fremantle VS Carlton Round 4 Stats: 15 disposals, 5 marks, 4 rebound 50’s, 73 SCPoints, 47 AFPoints, 63 CKPoints
A decent return for Weitering, who still scored 73 in Supercoach despite recording 5 clangers, 3 of which were free’s against. He’s probably been the pick of the rookie defenders this year, along with Marcus Adams and still has a great BE of -6. I’d continue to start him for at least the next month and he’ll make a very interesting DEF pick in CoachKings on Sunday.
Matthew DeaSC Price: $293,000 | AF Price: $287,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,400 Featured CoachKings Contest: Monday, Collingwood VS Essendon Round 4 Stats: 16 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50’s, 73 SCPoints, 79 AFPoints, 74 CKPoints
It finally happened, Matty Dea recorded 2 clangers against the Cats, the first time this year, including the NAB Challenge games where he’s had more than 1 clanger for a game. His disposal efficiency was also down against the Cats, sitting at 62%, with it being between 80-93% in his other games this year. That’s probably just a credit to the Cats pressure last week. I’d continue to start with him though and I would probably consider him as a cheaper option for CoachKings on Monday.
Marcus AdamsSC Price: $301,800 | AF Price: $310,000 | CoachKings Price: $9,600 Round 4 Stats: 12 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 72 SCPoints, 55 AFPoints, 83 CKPoints
It’s probably natural that Adams would have a quiet game against Carlton, he’s the anchor of the Bulldogs defence and the ball only spent 35% of the time in Carlton’s forward half, not that 72 SCPoints is a bad score from a rookie at all. His current BE of 9 means he’ll still be in our teams for quite a while yet, so don’t go panicking and thinking about getting rid of him yet!
Darcy Byrne-JonesSC Price: $123,900 | AF Price: $169,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,600 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Port Adelaide VS Geelong Round 4 Stats: 21 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 97 SCPoints, 84 AFPoints, 113 CKPoints
As of writing, Byrne-Jones is the most traded in player in Supercoach this week, with 19.91% of teams trading him in, while he is also the most popular choice for players trading out both Jason Johannisen (5.7% of TopDeck owners have made this trade) and Tom Papley (4.6% of Papley owners have traded him for DBJ). Can’t fault that logic at all, he’s one of the few Power players who could probably justify his spot in the team at this stage. Give him definite consideration in CoachKings as well; his score of 113 put him up there with the likes of other defenders such as Sam Docherty, Jeremey McGovern, Rory Laird, Jamie McMillan and Dean Rampe last week.
Ciaran ByrneSC Price: $123,900 | AF Price: $171,000 | CoachKings Price: $3,700 Featured CoachKings Contest: Sunday, Fremantle VS Carlton Round 4 Stats: 15 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 67 SCPoints, 54 AFPoints, 50 CKPoints
An OK game from Byrne, one that could have been a lot better if he could have avoided the clangers, recording 7 of them against the Bullies. He should continue to hold his place in the Blues side though, so Byrne will likely be the 2nd most traded in Byrne this week. He’s currently priced to average 46 in CoachKings and produced a 50 last week, so I wouldn’t make him an automatic selection, but picking him would free up some serious cash elsewhere.
Tom RugglesSC Price: $102,400 | AF Price: $174,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,300 Featured CoachKings Contest: Saturday, Port Adelaide VS Geelong Round 4 Stats: 17 disposals, 2 marks, 40 SCPoints, 50 AFPoints, 34 CKPoints
Clangers again undermining a rookie’s fantasy score, Ruggles recorded 5 last week, after only having 1 in Round 3. With the return of Corey Enright on the cards this week, we’ll have to hope Ruggles can keep his spot in the side. Even if he does retain his spot this week, he’ll also have to deal with the potential return of Jed Bews as well. We’ll just have to hope he can hold his spot for the next month or so and put up some decent scores so we can at least make some cash off of him.
Anthony McDonald-TipungwutiSC Price: $238,800 | AF Price: $256,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,600 Featured CoachKings Contest: Monday, Collingwood VS Essendon Round 4 Stats: 23 disposals, 3 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 106 SCPoints, 70 AFPoints, 98 CKPoints
Walla may be approaching must start status for a rookie defender, with Supercoach scores of 84, 71 and 106 over his last 3 games. He was in the top 5 for both score involvements and intercept possessions last week and didn’t record a single clanger for the 2nd time this year. I’d give serious consideration to starting him in all formats of fantasy football this week.
Toby Nankervis rucked for the Swans on Saturday night, but I expect him to be straight out once Callum Sinclair returns.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR…
Liam Sumner – Sumner only had 7 touches in his debut game for the Blues last week, but did kick a pair of goals. Tough to see him getting big possession numbers if he’s in the forward 50, but we’ll get another week to evaluate him before he’s on the bubble.
Matthew Goodyear – Played in Round 3 VS the Saints, but was very quiet. Dropped from the side, but there’s a chance he’ll be back soon.
Josh Wagner – Might be a better AFL Fantasy pick than Supercoach, but did have a big game last week with 24 touches. On the bubble this week, but I think most people will go for DBJ instead.
Nakia Cockatoo – Produced a 29 in Round 3, but then had a score of 92 in Round 4. I’d probably expect some inconsistent scoring like that from him, so wouldn’t be rushing to trade him in just yet.
Tim O’Brien – Played 4 games last year and made his 2016 debut last week for the Hawks. Scored 62 in Supercoach, but I’d be wary of any youngster’s job security at the Hawks.
Tom Lee – Has only played 13 games in 3 years prior to last week at the Saints, though he’s playing as a defender now instead of up forward. 19 disposals and 5 marks last week, but only had 4 contested possessions and 1 contested mark in all that, which means he might be better for AFL Fantasy than Supercoach.
AROUND THE GROUNDS…
Liam McBean – Had 18 disposals, 8 marks and kicked 5.1 for the Tigers against Footscray. If the Tigers want to change things up, adding the 202cm McBean might be a move up forward for them.
Nathan Freeman – Sandringham had the bye in the VFL and VFL Development league last week, so no action for Nathan Freeman to report. The Sandringham VFL Development side has another bye this week due to the TAC side taking on Northern Territory, so Freeman isn’t guaranteed to play unless he’s brought up to the main VFL side to play Footscray on Saturday.
Christian Petracca – Made it look easy again, with 29 disposals, 10 marks and kicked 1.1 in the Casey Scorpions win vs Collingwood. It’s only a matter of time before he debuts for the Demons.
Jack Trengove – It was Trengove’s 2nd game for the Casey Scorpions, making his return from his footy injury and he had 20 disposals, 8 tackles and kicked 1.1 after very limited action in Round 1.
Mason Cox – A massive 51 hitouts for the big American, along with 7 disposals and a goal. Keep an eye on him, serious chance he makes his AFL debut in the Anzac Day match with Travis Cloke failing to fire and also being under an injury cloud.
Rupert Wills – Drafted last year by Collingwood from their VFL side, he had 34 touches, 9 clearances, 9 tackles and a goal for the Pies in the VFL last week. He’s currently averaging 32 disposals, 6 marks and 7 tackles. Good size for a mifielder at 191cm and 89kg’s.
Darcy Tucker – Pick #27 from last year’s draft for the Dockers, he’s currently averaging 18 disposals, 6 marks and 2 tackles over the 3 games he’s played for the Peel Thunder in the WAFL and has been on the emergency list for the Dockers over the last fortnight.
Sam Collins – Tall defender for the Dockers, he’s averaged 18 disposals and 8 marks over 4 WAFL games. Only 117K in Supercoach, but tall defenders aren’t traditionally the best scorers in SC, so maybe one to watch for CoachKings.
Tom Keough – Keough is on the Suns rookie list, but with Mitch Hallahan breaking his foot last week there’s scope for him to be brought up. He has averaged 15 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles so far this year in the NEAFL, though he only played half a game last week. He’s a MID/FWD in Supercoach, but has been used as a taller defender in the NEAFL this year
Ben Keays – Netted 29 disposals, 6 tackles and 1.1 in Brisbane’s big loss to the Gold Coast in the NEAFL derby last week.
Joshua Schoenfeld – Schoenfeld had 21 disposals, 6 marks and 2.1 for the young midfielder against Brisbane in the NEAFL derby.
Jack Hiscox – Hiscox was a 2nd round pick for the Swans back in the 2014 draft and had 13 disposals, 7 marks and kicked 5.1 VS Redland in the NEAFL last week.
Jacob Hopper – Made the Giants 25 man squad in Round 4, but didn’t make the 22 man team. Went up against Eastlake in the NEAFL and had 38 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals. He’s 193K in Supercoach, but could be in line for a debut soon.
Jarrod Pickett – Cross him off your lists, the #4 pick from the 2014 draft is out for the year with a Lisfranc injury (the same injury that Dane Swan suffered). He didn’t show much scoring potential in his NAB 1 game anyway.