AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: May 23, 2017
Nic Newman Celebrates

The first of the “bye rounds” is now in the books, a few close matches and a few disappointments for some. The Bombers are up and about after taking down the Eagles. The Tigers for a second week lost in the final moments of the game. Have the wheels fallen off the bandwagon? Both sides will face off at Dreamtime at the G, as round ten is Indigenous round. The Giants for the third week straight won a tight contest.  The Power and the Suns will be a little fresher after their bye. This could be a tough round to tip. But let us recap the round nine action and see who the top performing rookies were.


#1 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Round 9 Score: 113

Two tonnes in a row for Nic and once again, top round scorer. He is on fire right now, so all coaches should have him by now. His numbers are like that of a seasoned campaigner and should be starting on the park for you.

#2 Hugh Greenwood (Midfielder / Forward) Adelaide

Round 9 Score: 93

What a debut from Hugh! The Ex- Perth Wildcat basketballer turned his attention to footy and was added to the Crows rookie list. He has now been elevated to the senior list and didn’t disappoint. I suspect he will be one of the most traded in players this week in fantasyland.

#3 Tim Taranto (Midfielder / Forward) Greater Western Sydney

Round 9 Score: 84

Tim yet again featured in this list, backing up and bettering last week’s score. He is a handy bench option or starter depending on your team setup. His dual position status also makes him worth having for flexibility.

#4 Jake Barrett (Midfielder) Brisbane

Round 9 Score: 80

Jake had a much better week this week, with a handy score of 80. Brisbane plays Collingwood in round 10. So he could be a handy pick up if you’re in need of a midfielder, probably as an emergency.

#5 Mitch Hannah (Forward) Melbourne

Round 9 Score: 77

A return to form for Mitch, who has been a regular in Melbourne’s forward line this season. His consistency hasn’t been the best, so he may be a good bench option as Melbourne tackle the Suns.

A better week for rookie scores, if you had the right ones. As Port Adelaide had the bye, did any of our regular’s in the top five hang onto their spots? Can I find another space themed pun for old mate Dan Houston if needed? Let’s have a look.


#1 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

Total Score: 633          Average per round: 70.33 (9 Games)

A 67 in the loss against the Dockers on Sunday sees Samo able to maintain the top spot. Currently the only rookie to play all matches so far this season. We should see some better numbers against the Roos this week. He will more than likely feature on my bench as an emergency this coming week.

#2 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 579           Average per round: 72.37 (8 Games)

McGrath scored a solid 75 this week against the Eagles and only just missed out on making the top 5 for the round. An above average score is always a plus and his form is still looking great. He is sure to feature across half back against the Tigers this coming week and I’ll have him listed as an emergency.

#3 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Total Score: 555            Average per round: 92.5 (6 Games)

Nic breaks into the top 5 for the season so far with consecutive 100’s. He also has the honour of being the rookie with the best average over multiple games. Of course Hugh Greenwood’s debut 93 from one game is the absolute best average scorer. Nic will be starting on the park in my team this week against the Hawks.

#4 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 538       Average per round: 67.25 (8 Games)

SPP holds on, but slips to fourth overall after Port Adelaide’s bye. I expect to see him ready to take on the Cats this week and will be fresh.  He will be sitting on the pine in my side this week.

#5  Tim Taranto (Midfielder / Forward) Greater Western Sydney

Total Score: 510            Average per round: 63.75 (8 Games)

Tim breaks into the top 5 with some solid performances since the GWS rested him. Dual position players are handy for your flexibility in fantasyland. However the forwards and midfielders I currently have will see Tim benched this week against the Eagles in Perth.



Round ten is here and all teams are back in action. It’s time to bring in Port Adelaide and Gold Coast Suns players, not just coaches who benched them. This period in time can make or break teams in league competitions. So select players wisely and remember all other sixteen clubs still have byes coming from round eleven. Power or Suns players could be a very good option moving forward.

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Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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