AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: May 30, 2017
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Indigenous Round has been completed, questions were answered and history was made by some. A thriller Thursday night game with the Cats beating the Power, The Hawks defeating the Swans by a straight kick and Melbourne with a late surge took down the Suns.  The first 100 point loss was dished out by the Crows to a Ross Lyon coached side, Greater Western Sydney defeated the Eagles in Perth and the Tiger’s defense stood tall against the Bombers. The Dogs, Pies, and North all enjoyed putting wins on the board also. Let us first review the top 5 rookies from the Indigenous round action.


#1 Jake Barrett (Midfielder) Brisbane

Round 10 Score: 87

Jake had a followed up last week’s 80 with an 87 against the Pies. Brisbane will have the bye this week, so let’s hope he can continue with some consistency come round 12. Bench him or trade out if you wish.

#2 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Round 10 Score: 85

Andrew turned out a decent score against the Tigers, I expect he will play against GWS this round. Of course GWS are a very attacking side, so I’ll more than likely start him on the park in my team. He should see plenty of the footy.

#3 Mitch Hannah (Forward) Melbourne

Round 10 Score: 82

Mitch upped his efforts from last round, bettering his 77 with 82 against the Suns. Melbourne have a bye this round. Fingers crossed the week off does him good in round 12. Bench or trade are your options.

#4 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Round 10 Score: 78

Solid numbers yet again for Nic. He is consistent and that’s what we want as fantasy coaches. However Sydney have the bye, so time to bench or trade this superstar. He will be back round 12.

#5 Tom Stewart (Defender) Geelong

Round 10 Score: 74

This is the first time Tom has featured in the weekly wrap up. Key defenders rarely turn it on in fantasy land. His previous best being 63, I’m not confident he will bring you any large totals on a regular basis. However he will be available for Geelong this week.


Many familiar faces featured in the weekly top 5. Let’s look at the top scorers for the season to date.


#1 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

Total Score: 676          Average per round: 67.6 (10 Games)

Samo managed 43 during Carlton’s loss against North in Indigenous round, helping him hold top spot. His average is still fairly healthy, so bench him this week as the Blues have the bye. I don’t think it’s time to trade him yet, as he will play the majority of games this season if fit.

#2 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 664           Average per round: 73.77 (9 Games)

McGrath is averaging well in the grand scheme of things. If you’ve had him since the beginning, you’d be aware of his worth. He will start on the ground for me this week as a defender. He should see plenty of the footy against an attacking Giants outfit. He is a keeper!

#3 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Total Score: 633            Average per round: 90.43 (7 Games)

Nic is a very consistent performer and holds the highest weekly average for this seasons rookies. Move him to your bench this week as the Swans have the bye. I don’t think any coaches would be trading him while he is fit.

#4 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 592       Average per round: 65.77 (9 Games)

SPP wasn’t prolific during Indigenous round, only managing 54 against the Cats. The Power face off against Hawthorn this week. I expect his output will improve and I may be forced to start him on field due to players being benched during their team’s bye.

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

Total Score: 582            Average per round: 64.66 (9 Games)

Tim just missed out on the round’s top 5 wrap up this week, with a 72 against the Eagles. His Giant’s play the Bombers this week, so Tim will be starting on field for me. Let’s see how he goes as his average is increasing.



Just six games in round 11! So be sure to plan accordingly and either bench or trade resting players. Brisbane, Carlton, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney and Western Bulldogs are out of action. Remember Port Adelaide and Gold Coast have had their bye already. This could be a great time to bring in players from those two clubs.

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Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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