The Rookie Scout: Round 20

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Barron Von Crow

It’s here – Supercoach Finals time!

There will be those of you who are still fighting for a top overall ranking rather than worrying about your league finals as your priority, and that’s cool, but for a lot of us it’ll be about our leagues and sticking it to our mates (I’ve found CoachKings is good for this as well).

We also start to hit that dreaded period where players are “rested” or “managed”, which is usually translated from footy talk to mean “we think the team we’re playing is shit and we’ll whoop ‘em”. We had Stef Martin last week, and I’m sure we’ll get another out this week that’ll just annoy the heck out of a lot of us.

We’ve already heard the news that Sam Jacobs will be out, as well as dealing with Tom Liberatore as well. There probably won’t be as much use for rookies, either on-field or as downgrade options as normal, but we saw last week with Martin out and a few going over and picking Sam Naismith just how much of an impact these blokes can still have, so don’t go writing them all off just yet!

And for CoachKings, don’t forget that it’s your last chance to enter the “invite your mates” contest. Invite your mates to play with you via the CoachKings website and you could win some BIG prizes, so make sure you gather all your friends and head down to your local CoachKings venue this weekend. Have a few beers, watch some footy and play some CoachKings, you won’t find anything better to do with your Saturday.


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OK, onto the madness.


Darcy Parish

SC Price: $354,200 | AF Price: $351,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,800
Round 19 Stats: 21 disposals, 4 tackles, 6 clearances, 73 SCPoints, 66 AFPoints, 83 CKPoints

Another handball happy game from Parish with just 5 kicks in his 21 disposals, though again he tended to do a bit more inside work, finishing with a season high 6 clearances as well as 12 contested possessions. His ownership percentage is still holding over the last month, going down just half a percent to 9.8% and he has a BE of 53 this week.

Callum Mills

SC Price: $402,000 | AF Price: $382,000 | CoachKings Price: $8,100
FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Saturday, Sydney VS Port Adelaide
Round 19 Stats: 24 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 74 SCPoints, 88 AFPoints, 84 CKPoints

Another very solid game from Mills, he’s now running with a 5 round average of 85 SCPoints, while his year average is up at almost 75 a game. Most people have sold Mills now, between Round 7 and 8 his ownership percentage dropped from 44% down to 25% and now currently sits on 13%. Not huge numbers, but I would be very happy if I still had Mills as bench cover for finals. I’d probably skip him for CoachKings this week, you can get Luke Parker for just $800 more, or even just scrimp some cash elsewhere and buy JPK for $9,700, who has been in red how form.

Aaron Francis

SC Price: $198,300 | AF Price: $230,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,600
Round 19 Stats: 7 disposals, 1 tackle, 42 SCPoints, 24 AFPoints, 53 CKPoints

A bit of a disappointing game for Francis after his great debut in Round 18, but the Bombers struggled for parts of the game last week, so not a total surprise. He was thrown forward a bit and also played down back, but failed to get those contested intercept marks that he did on debut. Still, he’s a young kid and inconsistency comes with that, so I wouldn’t be concerned at all. 

Jade Gresham

SC Price: $344,200 | AF Price: $317,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,800
Round 19 Stats: 17 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 64 SCPoints, 62 AFPoints, 57 CKPoints

Gresham continued his decent run of scores and now has his 5 round average sitting at 73 SCPoints. His ownership percentage has been falling slowly, going from 13% in Round 12 down to 9% this week, but he has steadily been making cash the entire year. His BE is 70, which he could get near based on his 5 round average, but there isn’t much cash left for him. Still, he could be a handy bench player to have through the finals, especially with the Saints having Carlton, Richmond and Brisbane on their docket. He wasn’t great in CoachKings last week, but he’s still sitting at a reasonable price, so he could be worth the risk, or someone you start with and then rotate out at half time if he’s looking like a dud. 


Christian Petracca

SC Price: $366,100 | AF Price: $330,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,800
Round 19 Stats: 14 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 1 goal, 77 SCPoints, 52 AFPoints, 91 CKPoints

A pretty good game from Petracca, he didn’t record a single clanger, which is the first time he’s done that this year. He gained $21.3K in his price this week and has a BE of 48 while his Round 18 score is still in his rolling average, so he should break that again. Still almost in 50% of teams at this stage, there will be plenty of teams running with Petracca into the finals it looks like.

Peter Wright

SC Price: $386,500 | AF Price: $357,000 | CoachKings Price: $8,600
Round 19 Stats: 9 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 6 hitouts, 56 SCPoints, 50 AFPoints, 63 CKPoints

Up and down, that’s the way Peter has been going over the last month it seems. He was on the downward part last week, failing to kick a goal (which usually happens on his down part) and only recording in single digits for disposals. It was a low scoring game, so there wasn’t a ton of opportunities for him. Hopefully he can hop on the upward part this week. Reckon it would take a big set to pick him in CoachKings this week given his recent form and his price, but plenty of attention will be paid towards Tom Lynch, so it could be Wright’s chance to shine. He’s scored some big points at times this year when he gets going in front of goals.

Sam Kerridge

SC Price: $365,700 | AF Price: $385,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,700
Round 19 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 5 tackles, 71 SCPoints, 74 AFPoints, 46 CKPoints

Kedge had a bit more of the hard stuff in his game last week, finishing with 10 kicks and just 6 handballs, as well as 7 contested possessions, which is his highest amount in 6 weeks, and also had 4 clearances, which is his highest total since Round 9. He did end up losing $5.5K and with a BE of 110 this week is tipped to lose another $20K from his price. His ownership percentage has dropped a tad, but still extremely high at 43.9%. Kicking has still been a bit iffy at times.


Brendon Whitecross

SC Price: $243,900 | AF Price: $280,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,200
Round 19 Stats: 19 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 68 SCPoints, 68 AFPoints, 67 CKPoints

Not the greatest score from 19 disposals, I’d likely chalk that up to 14 handballs and 13 uncontested possessions. He’s probably a bit too expensive to be a downgrade option now, but if you’ve traded him in already I’d assume he will hold his place in the side for a bit longer, so he should be good cover during the finals.

Sam Collins

SC Price: $320,100 | AF Price: $287,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,600
Round 19 Stats: 9 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 61 SCPoints, 59 AFPoints, 75 CKPoints

Collins had an OK game, he has shown the ability to score big in the past, but 61 is probably reasonable after only having 9 disposals in a game. He lost the tiniest amount of cash and his BE is 59 this week, which is achievable. Still in just over a quarter of all teams at this stage, so he could be a very popular bench option for SC finals. He’d be a reasonable pick in CoachKings and he’ll be busy against West Coast.


Sam Naismith

SC Price: $252,600 | AF Price: $247,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,600
FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Saturday, Sydney VS Port Adelaide
Round 19 Stats: 12 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal, 25 hitouts, 109 SCPoints, 90 AFPoints, 134 CKPoints

His score was probably boosted a touch due to the fact that all 4 of his marks were contested, but it’s still an excellent score for him. Those who brought him in for bench cover while Stefan Martin was out this week would be very pleased with that decision I imagine. Probably one of the few quality ruck covers that will be available during SC finals. I’d definitely pick him in CoachKings this week against Port Adelaide.

Archie Smith

SC Price: $117,300 | AF Price: $154,000 | CoachKings Price: $3,800
Round 19 Stats: 19 disposals, 5 tackles, 30 hitouts, 9 clearances, 96 SCPoints, 96 AFPoints, 79 CKPoints

Great debut game for Smith, who did some good work in the ruck, both with his taps and clearing the ball out of there with a handpass. He had 17 handpasses as well as 17 contested possessions. He was also probably helped out a bit with 6 frees against for. The question now will be with Martin to come back into the side, does he stay in and how much time does he spend in the ruck if both he and Martin play? That’ll apply to CoachKings too, he’s cheap as, but might not score much if he’s resting forwards while Martin rucks.


Round 20 Fixture


Nakia Cockatoo – Produced a score of 47 SCPoints which is his lowest since his first game of the year back in Round 3. He had 11 touches, 2 marks and 5 tackles.

Sam Menegola – Another quality game from him, finishing with 19 touches, 3 marks and 6 tackles. He had 77 SCPoints and 82 AFPoints, looking like a quality pick in either format. On the bubble this week.

Tom Ruggles – Continued his yo-yo fantasy football scoring, producing a score of 81 SCPoints. That makes his scores in the last month of footy 53, 86, 56 and 81. He finished with 17 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles. Judging by that last month’s form you’d stay away from starting him this week.

Lincoln McCarthy – Couldn’t get on the scoreboard, so didn’t get on the fantasy football scoreboard either. He had 11 disposals, 3 marks and 44 SCPoints.

Josh Dunkley – Had another good game with 15 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 79 SCPoints. Running with a 3 round average of 92 SCPoints.

Zayne Cordy – Made his 2016 debut against the Cats and had 11 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and a goal for 59 SCPoints. Had an almost 50/50 split between playing in forward and defense, but is a DEF player in Supercoach.

Harrison Himmelberg – Another solid game for him with 16 disposals, 6 marks and 70 SCPoints. Only $4,200 in CoachKings, so consider him in the GWS game against the Gold Coast.

Sam Reid – Had an impact on the scoreboard kicking 3 goals, as well as having 11 disposals and 4 marks for 74 SCPoints. Has been in and out of the side, but played the last 3 and should be a solid bench option for the rest of the year. Could be a good CoachKings pick this week too.

Jayden Short – Wasn’t much happening for the Tigers, but at least Short showed something, finishing with 23 disposals, 5 marks and 83 SCPoints. Has produced some pretty good scores over the last 5 weeks.

Adam Marcon – An AFL debut Marcon probably won’t fondly remember, but he played OK with 16 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles for 54 SCPoints. Better in AFL Fantasy with 71 in that format. Only had 49 in CoachKings, but is $3,500, so I couldn’t fault you if you picked him.

Daniel Rioli – Rioli had just 10 disposals, 7 marks and 44 SCPoints. That’s a decent score for him this year though.

Oleg Markov – Had his first sub 10 disposal game, but didn’t totally bomb out, having 53 SCPoints from 9 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles.

Nathan Drummond – Drummond had just 8 disposals as well as 3 marks, but did have 6 tackles to boost his score up to 49 SCPoints. On the bubble this week. Scored 40 in CoachKings, but only costs $4,000, so another that will be in plenty of teams I think.

Kaiden Brand – Brand has had a quiet 3 weeks in fantasy football since his big score of 92 in Round 16, against Carlton he had 11 disposals for 47 SCPoints. Now has a 3 round average of 49 SCPoints.

Blake Hardwick – Made his AFL debut for the Hawks and had 8 disposals and 3 tackles for 31 SCPoints.

Tim O’Brien – Not a lot happening for O’Brien with just 7 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles for 30 SCPoints. Second week in a row with 30 SCPoints.

Jacob Weitering – Had 15 disposals and 2 tackles for 58 SCPoints. Has a 5 round average of just 52 SCPoints at the moment. Has fallen to $5,500 in CoachKings, but only scored 64 last week, so I’d be 50/50 on picking him.

Liam Sumner – Decent scoring (for Sumner) game on the weekend with 10 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 49 SCPoints.

Jack Silvagni – Had just the 7 touches, but also took 4 marks and had 4 tackles along with a goal for 56 SCPoints. That might be the best sort of result you can expect from him at this stage, but he should be nothing more than bench cover at the moment.

Josh Smith – Big game for Smith with 28 touches, 7 marks and 7 tackles for 108 SCPoints and 123 AFPoints. First time he’s broken into triple digit scoring all year. Only had 1 contested possession as well. Scored 123 in CoachKings last week and costs $5,800, if he can repeat that effort against Richmond then he’s value for money.

Rupert Wills – Looks like a tackling machine, racking up 11 on his AFL debut as well as 17 disposals, though only 5 kicks. Still, his tackling was enough to see him score 85 SCPoints. Good debut. Had 81 in CoachKings and is a bargain basement price of $3,800. Worth a pick.

Ben Crocker – Returned to the Collingwood side after being dropped for Round 13 and had 14 disposals and 2 marks for 52 SCPoints.

Simon Tunbridge – Has never played more than 4 games in a season and has been at the Eagles since 2013, but he made his 2016 debut for the Eagles last week and had 8 disposals and 5 tackles for 42 SCPoints. Starts at $207K, so I doubt he’s worth the money, but is only $3,400 in CoachKings, so if you need to save money, he’s your guy.

Malcolm Karnapy – Drafted back in round 2 of the 2013 draft by the Eagles and made his AFL debut last week, he had 8 disposals and 4 tackles for 34 SCPoints. Only $3,500 in CoachKings, but also only scored 41.

Rhys Mathieson – Probably a disappointing score of just 52 SCPoints after having 20 disposals, 4 marks, 7 inside 50’s, 4 clearances and 3 rebound 50’s, but he did also have 4 clangers and a DE of 60%. He’s scored better in previous games, so I’m sure it’s more of just a case of having a slightly off game.

Ben Keays – Just the 12 disposals as well as 4 tackles for 54 SCPoints, which is his usual sort of score this year.

Michael Close – Has had plenty of injuries over the last 2 years, missed most of 2015 with a torn ACL and then a couple of months this year with hand/wrist injuries, but made his 2016 debut against the Power and kicked 2 goals, along with 7 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 48 SCPoints.

Eric Hipwood – Couldn’t take advantage of his shots on goal, kicking 1.3 and also had 6 disposals and 4 marks for 43 SCPoints.

Matthew Hammelmann – Quiet game for him with just the 4 touches as well as 2 marks and 5 tackles for 37 SCPoints. Hasn’t been above 9 disposals in the last 3 games he’s played. Will be cheap in CoachKings, but hasn’t shown a huge amount of scoring potential yet.

Darcy Byrne-Jones – Just the 13 disposals for Jones, as well as 3 tackles and 5 marks. Has slowed down considerably from where he was averaging over his first 5 or 6 games, but he’s young and consistency isn’t always there, especially when you’re playing your very first AFL games.

Logan Austin – Just the 9 touches and 3 tackles for 47 SCPoints, as well as his usual bag of 1 %ers, which he racked up 13 of. Shines in CoachKings where he had 88 CKPoints and costs $5,700. I reckon I’ve picked him nearly every week in that format.

Ryan Clarke – A quiet game from his standards after averaging 23 disposals in his first 3 games, Clarke had just 11 disposals for 35 SCPoints against the Saints.

Jed Anderson – Hasn’t done anything to improve his starting price and only had 7 touches, but also 6 tackles for 38 SCPoints against the Sainters.

Jayden Hunt – Another very good game for Hunt, who has had a very strong run of games since about Round 13. Against the Suns he had 19 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles for 84 SCPoints.

Oscar McDonald – Put up a SC high score against the Suns with 19 disposals and 7 marks for 94 SCPoints. Had been running with a 4 round average of just 51 prior to last week.

Joshua Wagner – He had 13 disposals against the Suns, which has been his lowest amount since his debut game in Round 3. Also had 5 marks and 2 tackles for 68 SCPoints.

Ryan Davis – Davis could have posted a much better score (and maybe won the game for the Suns) if he had of connected on any of his 4 shots on goal, finishing with 4 behinds as well as 13 disposals and 4 tackles for 64 SCPoints.

Callum Ah Chee – Another game with 46 SCPoints, against Melbourne CAC had 13 disposals and 4 tackles.

Jarrod Garlett – A season high score for Garlett who had 12 disposals, 5 tackles and kicked 2 goals against Melbourne.

Joshua Schoenfeld – A bit more even in his contested/uncontested ration, going for 5 contested and 7 uncontested in his 12 disposals, as well as 6 tackles for 55 SCPoints.

Jesse Joyce – Under 10 disposals again with just the 8, but managed to add 2 marks and 5 tackles to boost his score to 64 SCPoints, which is a good result for him.

Darcy Tucker – Popped up above 10 disposals for the first time in his last 4 games, finishing with 17 disposals and 10 tackles, but unfortunately only 60 SCPoints.

Shane Yarran – Doesn’t get a ton of possessions, even in the WAFL, so I wouldn’t imagine him being a huge fantasy football player unless he kicked a bag of goals. He had just 8 disposals, 5 marks and 1 goal against Sydney for 47 SCPoints. Scored 61 in CoachKings and costs $4,100, if he gets on the end of a few goals he’d be worth it. Big if though.

George Hewett – Hewett had plenty of the ball with a season high 20 disposals, but could only manage 63 SCPoints from it thanks to 16 handballs and a DE of just 60%.

Aliir Aliir – Had another quality game against Fremantle, scoring 76 SCPoints with 18 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles. Has scores of 79 and 76 in his last two games and is looking like some quality bench cover at this stage of the year. Had a big game in CoachKings with 101 and costs $6,000. Repeat effort would be value for money.

Toby Nankervis – Played backup ruck and had 9 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles and 12 hitouts for 55 SCPoints. Still a bit more expensive than Naismith, but not getting as much ruck work. Had just the 62 in CoachKings and is only $300 cheaper than Naismith, so a no for me.

Tom Papley – Another quiet game for Papley where no goals = no fantasy football success, scoring just 35 SCPoints from 7 disposals, 3 marks and 6 tackles.

Xavier Richards – Played his 2nd game for the year and had 12 disposals, 5 marks, 2 goal assists, 4 inside 50’s and  kicked 2 goals for 62 SCPoints. Pretty decent effort, though the opposition was lacking.

Mitch McGovern – Big game for him and certainly did the job in filling in for Tex and making up for his awful game against Geelong finishing with 14 disposals, 8 marks and 4 goals for a season high 95 SCPoints. Had a big game in CoachKings with 122 and costs $6,000. If Tex sits again I would consider running with him, but if Tex is in the team then I’d skip him.

Sam Michael – Played just his second game for the Bombers, but didn’t do a heap, with just 7 disposals, 3 marks and 3 hitouts for 28 SCPoints.

Michael Hartley – Another score in the 60’s for Harts, which is his 3rd in a row. He had 9 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles and 6 1%ers for 61 SCPoints. Typing 6 so many times made me think of that Lano & Woodley lisp joke.

Martin Gleeson – Hopefully no relation to Tom, cause that guy sucks. Anyway, Martin didn’t trouble the fantasy footy world too much with 39 points in both AFL Fantasy and Supercoach from 13 disposals and 3 tackles.

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti – I was saying to Patch during the game last week that you gotta see this guy live to appreciate just how quick he is because watching on TV just doesn’t do him justice. He had 14 disposals, which is OK for him, but was let down a bit by poor disposal (57% DE) and 3 clangers, as well as 11 handballs, so had a score of just 53 in Supercoach and 38 in AFL Fantasy (His lowest score in that format since Round 1).

Connor McKenna – Good game from him with 16 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goal assists and 75 SCPoints.

Matthew Dea – Matched up on Eddie Betts, and despite some Eddie brilliance at ground level, Dea was able to use his height to his advantage overhead. Dea finished with 19 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 84 SCPoints, which is his highest score since Round 15 and just the 2nd time he’s scored above 80 since Round 9.

James Polkinghorne – Had 20 touches, but didn’t use it great, recording a disposal efficiency of 55%, as well as having 3 clangers to finish on 53 SCPoints.


John Butcher – $235K – FWD

Sam Menegola – $117K – MID

Joshua Schoenfeld – $117K – MID

Nathan Drummond – $123K – DEF

Shane Yarran – $117K – FWD

Aaron Francis – $198K – DEF/MID

Sam Michael – $123K – RUC


Marcus Adams – $360K – 111 BE

Sam Kerridge – $365K – 110 BE

Callum Ah Chee – $310K – 100 BE

Clayton Oliver – $365K – 95 BE

Tom Papley – $269K – 94 BE

Ben Kennedy – $294K – 88 BE

Martin Gleeson – $317K – 87 BE

Connor Menadue – $302K – 85 BE

Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti – $334K – 83 BE

Tim O’Brien – $230K – 83 BE

Peter Wright – $386K – 82 BE

Darcy Byrne-Jones – $286K – 82 BE

Josh Wagner – $346K – 82 BE 



Nathan Broad – Quality game from Broad with 25 touches, 11 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s in Richmond’s 81-50 win against the  Frankston Dolphins

Connor Menadue – Had 21 touches, though 15 handballs, so not much difference there, but also had 3 marks and 4 tackles.

Todd Elton – Kicked 2.2 as well as having 9 disposals and 3 marks.

Liam McBean – Not much better than his recent AFL form, kicking 1.1, along with 8 disposals and 5 marks.

Ivan Soldo – Led the rucks with 25 hitouts, along with 9 disposals and 3 marks

Maboir Chol – Chol was very quiet just the 5 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles.

Tom Phillips – Great game for Phillips with 33 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles and 4 inside 50’s as the Collingwood VFL side defeated Geelong 92-42.

Mason Cox – Returned from a month off with injury and kicked 2.2 as well as having 9 disposals, 3 marks and 8 hitouts.

Cameron Delaney – Cam had 20 disposals and 4 marks for Geelong.

Wylie Buzza – Took some ruck work last week and finished with 23 hitouts, along with 13 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles and kicked 1.1

Pradraig Lucey – Led the ruck with 41 hitouts, along with 11 disposals.

Lukas Webb – Led Footscray with 37 disposals, along with 4 marks, 8 tackles and 1 goal as the Bulldogs defeated the Box Hill Hawks 73-68

Bailey Dale – Kicked 1.2 along with 27 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.

Kieran Collins – Had 10 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles, but unfortunately injured his shoulder in the game.

Kieran Lovell – Led the Box Hill Hawks with 31 disposals, as well as 3 marks and 4 tackles.

Alex Woodward – Good game for him with 29 disposals, 3 marks, 11 tackles and a goal. Just his 2nd VFL game this year after he blew his ACL last year.

Kade Stewart – He had 21 disposals, 6 marks and 6 tackles.

Jack Fitzpatrick – Kicked 2.2 as well as having 16 hitouts, 14 disposals and 9 marks. Has missed 10 weeks with concussion issues, so good to see him come back with a good game.

Ryan Burton – The Hawks top pick from this year. Was hyped as a potential top 5 pick on talent, but had plenty of medical questions after a bad leg break as a 17 year old. This was just his 3rd VFL game of the year after earlier knee issues and he had 9 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles.

Ben Kennedy – Had 40 touches as the Casey Scorpions smashed Coburg 116-38. Also kicked 1.2

Clayton Oliver – Oliver had 37 disposals, as well as 5 marks and 8 tackles

Jack Trengove – Kicked 1.1 and also had 29 disposals, 3 marks and 13 tackles.

Sam Weideman – Had probably his best game in the VFL, kicking 3.1 as well as having 14 disposals and 9 marks. Has a chance of a late season call up since Melbourne are likely out of the finals race.

Sam Durdin – Very good game for Durdin, easily his best of the year, kicking 4.2 as well as having 22 disposals and 8 marks.

Corey Wagner – Wagner had 17 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and kicked 2.1. The Werribee Tigers smashed the Northern Blues 165-102, with 25 goals kicked there were plenty of goal kickers for the Tigers!

Will Fordham – Kicked 2 goals, along with 22 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles.

Ben McKay – Also kicked 2 goals and had 9 disposals and 7 marks.

Braydon Pruess – Led the ruck for the Tigers with 37 hitouts, 10 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles.

David Cuningham – Had 20 disposals and 4 tackles for the Northern Blues.

Josh Saunders – Saunders led Sandringham in disposals with 32, as well as having 9 marks and 7 tackles as the Zebras lost to Williamstown 58-82

Jack Lonie – Lonie had 21 disposals, 10 tackles and kicked 1.2 for Sandringham.

Tom Lee – Busy up forward kicking 3.2, along with 18 disposals and 9 marks.

Eli Templeton – Had just 18 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles.

BYE: Essendon


Riley Bonner – Was busy in the 2nd half of the game and had 25 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles as the Port Adelaide Magpies lost to the Adelaide reserves side 79-104.

William Snelling – Kicked 1.1 along with 23 disposals, 5 marks and 10 tackles.

Jesse Palmer – Had 19 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles and 2 behinds. Has been averaging over a goal a game in the SANFL this year.

Billy Frampton – Only had 10 disposals, along with 4 marks, 3 tackles, 5 hitouts and a goal. Has been removed from the lead ruck spot now that Matthew Lobbe has returned from injury.

Jono Beech – Had a quiet 3 weeks after returning from a quad injury, but put up some good form against Port, having 27 disposals, 12 marks and 4 tackles.

Dean Gore – Kicked a goal along with 17 disposals and 5 tackles.

Reilly O’Brien – Did well in the ruck against Lobbe and had 34 hitouts, along with 15 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and a goal. Has earned an AFL birth this week with Sauce injured.

Paul Hunter – Kicked 2 goals along with 14 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 10 hitouts.

Keenan Ramsey – Had just 9 disposals and a goal, but injured his ankle late into the 3rd quarter.  


Michael Apeness – Dockers fans would be pleased with his game, he kicked 5.1, all in the 2nd half, along with 13 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 5 hitouts as the Peel Thunder lost to Claremont 67-112. Just re-signed for another 2 years this week.

Anthony Morabito – Was the other main goal kicker for the Thunder, finishing with 3.2, along with 15 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles.

Josh Deluca – Had 21 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles.

BYE: West Coast


Josh Clayton – Led the Lions reserves with 30 disposals, as well as 4 marks and 6 tackles as Brisbane lost to Aspley 74-111.

Jarrad Jansen – JJ had 28 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles. Will be in the mix for the main side this week.

Billy Evans – Evans kicked 1.1 as well as having 18 disposals and 4 tackles.

Trent West – Had lone ruck duties with Archie Smith in the main side and had 38 hitouts along with 15 disposals and 2 marks.

Clay Cameron – Kicked 5.4, along with 17 disposals and 7 marks and the GC Suns reserves destroyed Redland 171 to 58.

Braydon Fiorini – Heck of a game from Fiorini, kicked 4.1 along with 31 disposals, 8 marks and 5 tackles. Had a knee injury earlier in the year and missed 3 months of football, so this is just his 2nd NEAFL game back from injury. Maybe one to keep an eye on for 2017.

Cameron Loersch – Had 26 disposals, 10 marks and 19 hitouts. Better than his usual output and has improved in the 2nd half of the NEAFL season.

Darcy MacPherson – Had just 13 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and kicked a goal.

Barron’s 2017 Bargain Bin

It’s still 2016, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start preparing for the 2017 season. There’s plenty of players we would have had our eyes on in 2016 that haven’t played and now that the season is winding down and our reliance and interest in rookies this years starts to fall away a bit, we’re going to start taking a look at potential rookie priced picks for next year.

Some of these blokes will be draft picks who’ve yet to debut, some may be established players who were shunted down the pecking order and can’t get a crack at it, while others may just be injured and not able to get out on the park. We saw how useful someone like Sam Kerridge was to us this year, so these guys could be our 2017 versions of him if we’re lucky.

Curtly Hampton

Hampton was struck down with a stress fracture in his foot at the end of pre-season and has missed the majority of this year. He’s been back in the SANFL for a month now and is currently averaging 18 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles. He’s currently priced at $264K, so if he loses a good $80K + for not playing all year he’d be a prime D6 option for us to look at. If you go back and look through his scores at the Giants you can see a few patches of really good form that is then interrupted by injury. If he has a good pre-season and stays healthy then he could be a good addition to the Crows 22, which isn’t the fastest unit in the league.

Troy Menzel

Plenty has been said about Troy Menzel and his attitude and laziness problems, but there were definite long term plans at West Lakes for him and this year. He’s missed about 6 weeks with concussions, so he’s played a possible 10 of 15 SANFL games this year, averaging 14 disposals, 5 marks and has kicked 12.3. Another like Hampton where if he gets a nice discount of $80K it would make him prime F6 material. If you look at his stats and scores from his time at Carlton you’ll see he’s never been a huge accumulator of the ball, but has plenty of x-factor in front of goals. He’s been getting midfield minutes in the Crows reserves as his fitness improves, if that happens in the real stuff if he gets called up, that’ll definitely improve his potential scoring output.

Tom Lamb

West Coast’s Tom Lamb played just the 1 game in 2015, round 1 it was, but that was enough to boost his price this year up to $241,700. He missed 10 weeks early last year with a knee injury, so had pretty much spent the last 18 months in the WAFL, where he has played 15 games this year and is averaging 17 disposals, 5 marks and has kicked 17.13. If he gets a decent little discount of $50K plus, then we’re looking at a potential F6, or even F7/F8 option for next year.

And that is it from me this week, but I want to hear from you. How is your team going as we start our finals campaigns? And are there any players you think belong in the 2017 bargain bin for next week? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter @BarronVonCrow

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Don't Blush Baby

Great work the Bargain Bin, I'm sure most of the serious coaches are already planning for 2017

I N Pieman

Keep those bargain bin options coming BVC. Lovely addition. Great work as always mate


My favourite report and as usual comprehensive.Himmelberg sinteresting baron Had him preseason nice hands quick maybe a cheapie for 2017 Keep up the good reports baron


Swallow and O'Meara in the midfield for me next year
Love your work Barron


Guns and rookies for me next year


Lock if they are under 300k


Swallow looks good but not sure on O'Meara seems as though he will have knee troubles for the rest of his career


Bargain bin next year: Jaeger O'Meara, David Swallow.

Great work as always Barron!


Great stuff, Baron. Never too early to get some chatter happening for 2017.

Who will be starting with Gaz community?


He will have the potential to score well, but not a must have. It's a no from me.


I will stay true to my word, never again even if he is cheap


Nice work BVC as usual quality stuff.
Nice addition of 2017 bargain bin – throw beamer in that pile. Might be the libba of 2017.


Indeed, more injury prone than Libba, but more likely to average more


Hearing Stef Martin is unlikely to play. Hold or trade?


Boooo. Oh well Naismith may out score him anyway =p Source for this rumor?



Baggy Pants

Does anyone know whats wrong with him not on injury list.?


Rumour that he has broken ribs

Baggy Pants

You would think they would put it on their website.


Great article as always Barron.

How is Trengove not getting a gig at Melbourne ? Came in played some really solid games. Got dropped. Gets 30ish and kicks a couple in the reserves every week. Still no love for the former captain.

Yeah, he's on my bench but far from a pressing concern. Just curious as, like many other supercoaches, considered him to be an absolute midfield cover lock.


Should surely get a couple games maybe in the last couple of rounds


[email protected] Stefan Martin poofta !

Shake n bake

Shiel out oh well!!


Anyone know how long for?
As usual, I've had to change my trades once the teams dropped.


It seems each week one premo is out and one comes back from injury


Is it time to go lids to dalh? Lucky cox is in so I can cover stefan and dont have to burn a trade. 1 trade left after removing lids


If it's make or break this week then go for it, Hawk. B.e is 160 if you want to wait a week


Question, If I have Clay Smith as an emergency in the fwd line and he scores well can I sub him in for Petracca in the mid?

Thanks in advance.




No. Have to be on same line, even if they are both DPP ( I've read the rules closely on that one 😉


If I were to take one downgrade option this round, who would it be?

Boltons Blues

Dunkley, you've done well the last couple of weeks, now it's your time to shine!!


Libba to Menegola
Deledio to D.Martin
+173k for 2 final trades either in prelim if I win or next week if I lose.

How does this sound? Otherwise I've got to try and sidegrade both Libba and Lids with no cash in the bank. What's the play here? Paint the fence or double sidegrade?


Patrick Cripps? Gun draw- why isn't anyone mentioning him? Is there something I'm missing?


Plenty mentioning him.

Shake n bake

Mentioned Cripps 3 weeks ago!!


Some great work BVC! I'm one of few looking towards next year and had my eyes on Hampton. JS and injuries might be the problem though. Last couple years had Dangerfield and Parker just before that went elite, but took them out couple days before the season begins. In 2017 though, will be eyeing off the Bont…


Great write up Barron….Few players you missed on the bargain bin;
Heppell, Hooker, Hurley, Crameri, Watson, Myers, Carlisle and dare I say it Bellchambers!


Add Ryder to that list


As for next year options:
Fyfe, Beams, Bennell, D Swallow, O'Meara, S Selwood, Cam McCarthy, Elliott, Scharenberg.

Anyone any word on how the returning Essendon players will be priced? Hopefully Heppell and Hurley are steals.

Bitter Emu

And what about crouching. We miss you pal.


Ebert or Motlop for Libba?




Should I go Martin to Goldstein, Libba to JPK/Sloane and have either Naismith or Petracca on field
Naismith in the ruck and trade Petracca or Deledio to Merrett (could hold Deledio until next week)
Got plenty of cash to do anything


Worried about Goldstein only getting 50 against the bulldogs last time


Well you have screwed my chances Martin and Lepp dip switch, only one trade and have to use on lids so getting a donut. What's wrong with the soft cock?

Chubby McChubby

4 trades left with Libba, Hall, Shiel and one rookie to premo. Option 1 trade Libba upgrade rookie and hope hall and shiel come back next week.
Option 2 bite bullet and trade libba and hall


You should probably hold hall if you still have a rookie to upgrade

The Ranger

Lycett and Petracca onfield for the bloody third week running!
Damm you SC Gods! Can I just have one game this year where I actually get my best 22 on the bloody park?!


The only rounds I've fielded full premo this year were the ones where Hanners shat the bed and scored like a rookie anyway :S


Gonna have to be on my game this week.
Racing the clock.
As sheil is out put the E on petrecca.
If punches out a decent score leave if not ….
Quickly review his score at 4ish and sub sheil for menegola.
As I said gotta be on the ball for this one but it is finals and gotta try to get every advantage.


Hopefully none of them r reading this otherwise the cats out of the bag 🙂


Knock out final guy, cannot decide on Greene or Motlop,




Libba to Menegola
Deledio to D.Martin
+173k for 2 final trades either in prelim if I win or next week if I lose.

How does this sound? Otherwise I've got to try and sidegrade both Libba and Lids with no cash in the bank. What's the play here? Paint the fence or double sidegrade?