AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: June 5, 2017
Hugh Greenwood with Eddie Betts

The six games over four days of round 11 are now in the books. I’m still not sold completely on the Thursday night game, however is does put an end to some of the unnecessary media noise a day earlier – such as poor umpiring decisions, the silliness of the jumper punch issue or Brendan Goddard: Confectionator. Yet a major disadvantage to tipsters is the lack of named ins and outs for the coming weekend. But we have the same deal this coming weekend, plus Monday’s Freeze at the G match between Melbourne and Collingwood. A concept spearheaded by the great man Neale Daniher to find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease. Daniher of course has MND and as he has stated, the money raised more than likely won’t benefit himself. He should be commended on this selfless act, along with the two combative teams – the Pies and the Dees.

Let’s review the Round 11 rookie efforts.


#1 Hugh Greenwood (Midfielder / Forward) Adelaide

Round 11 Score: 94

Hugh achieved his personal best score this week against the Cats. Averaging 80.66 per week, he is definitely worthy of your consideration and his dual position status makes him an extremely hot prospect for flexibility in Fantasyland.

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

Round 11 Score: 78

Tim continues his solid form of late against the Bombers. I expect him to do some damage on Sunday versus the Blues. He will be a starter for me!

#3 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Round 11 Score: 72

SPP looks to have recovered from his sluggish return from the Powers bye. He will feature against the Bombers and will be a starter for me to cover a midfielder out due to the bye. Get around this kid, he is the goods!

#4 Tom Stewart (Defender) Geelong

Round 11 Score: 69

Handy numbers by Tom this week against the attacking Crows. Geelong have the bye this week, so now is not the time to pick him up.

#5 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Round 11 Score: 68

Andrew played well against the Giants, however a little below his average totals. We will see him this week against Port Adelaide on Saturday night and I’ll start him on the park to cover for the bye.


Not the best week for our rookies this week, yet we still see some familiar faces. Let’s see if Round 11 shook the order of the top 5 overall.


#1 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 732           Average per round: 73.2 (10 Games)

McGrath takes top spot thanks to a handy 68, slightly lowering his average. He is still doing enough to hold on to him, especially if he is in your backline. His dual position is also a great reason to have him onboard. He will start for me this week!


#2 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

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

No change to Samo’s score as the Blues had the bye. Carlton have the Giants this week, but he will likely start for me as we will all still be covering byes. With the bye now passed, a fit Samo will play out the rest of the season. I’ll hold on to him unless he gets an injury.


#3 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 664       Average per round: 66.4 (10 Games)

SPP is slowly increasing his weekly output and looks to be back on track. With Port’s bye behind us now, he is set to keep his spot failing injury. He is doing enough for me at this time, I’d like his average and value to climb though.


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

Total Score: 660            Average per round: 66 (10 Games)

Tim looks good at the moment. I recommend you hold him if fit, as his numbers are trending upwards. His dual position status is a bonus during bye rounds to cover missing personnel. If you are thinking of getting him in, do remember GWS haven’t had their bye yet. I’ll be using him in my forward line to plug holes this week.


#5 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

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

Nic and the Swans had the bye, so no change to his score this week. He will be starting back on the park for me post-bye. Nic would be a great player to bring in, if you require a good scorer in your backline. He holds the highest score of all rookies and doesn’t look like slowing down. Definitely a keeper!



Round 12 is the third of the four mid-season bye rounds. Four teams will be sitting out this week, all are potential top 8 prospects. It’s time to bench your Geelong, Richmond, West Coast and North Melbourne players. Trade is also an option as we receive 3 trades this round. Some of us desperately need them too.

Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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