AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: June 13, 2017
Jake Barrett Celebrates

Round 12 has now been completed and what a round it was! Firstly I want to congratulate the footy community for donating and getting behind Neale Daniher’s fight for a cure for MND, raising well over 4 Million dollars and counting. Well done to the Dees defeating the Pies by 4 points. The Blues beat the surrendering Giants by 1 point. The Suns downed the Hawks by 16 points and big wins to Essendon, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Sydney also look back on track after defeating the Dogs in the grand final replay. Let’s now check out how our rookies went in Round 12. We had three players tied for fourth place this week, so here is the top 4.


#1 Jake Barrett  (Midfielder) Brisbane

Round 12 Score: 102

Jake breaks into triple digits and achieved his personal best score this week against the Dockers. Currently averaging a very handy 77.14 per week, Jake is a very handy option for midfield rotations in Fantasyland. He should play most of Brisbane’s remaining games this season.

#2 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Round 12 Score: 84

After Sydney’s bye last week, Nic stood tall in the back line with a solid 84 against the Bulldogs. Nic currently has one of the highest averages for a rookie this year at 89.625 per game. I would think you’d all have him in your fantasy sides by now.

#3 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Round 12 Score: 76

SPP seems to be holding form and upped his efforts once again against the Dons. Averaging 67.27 is still fairly good for a rookie this year. However he needs to up his average to remain a good prospect in Fantasyland.

TIED #4 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon, Jarrod Berry (Midfielder) Brisbane &         Ben Ainsworth (Midfielder / Forward) Gold Coast

Round 12 Score: 73

Three great players tied for fourth this week, all three from winning sides. All these guys have the midfielder position in common, with McGrath also a handy defender and Ainsworth able to play down forward. Dual position players are really handy in Fantasyland. However Berry has also been consistent, keep all players in mind as prospects moving deeper into the season.

All AFL teams have debuted at least one rookie this season. Collingwood have finally come to the party this round, debuting Callum Brown – the son of Gavin. He didn’t achieve a score of any great note though. Let’s check out the top 5 overall rookie scorers.


#1 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 805           Average per round: 73.18 (11 Games)

McGrath maintains the top spot this week. Essendon do have the bye this week, so we will find out if he holds on to it. I’ll hang on to him an bench him, as he is a handy option in my fantasy team this year. Great average and dual position, you can’t go wrong.


#2 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 740       Average per round: 67.27 (11 Games)

SPP is still moving in the right direction, increasing his weekly outputs. He may even go top in the final round of bye’s in the week to come. He will be starting on the ground for me this week to cover players on the bye and I’ll access him after next rounds matches.


#3 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Total Score: 717            Average per round: 89.625 (8 Games)

Nic moves up this week and is consistent as ever, holding the highest average for a rookie so far this season. He looks to be cementing a position in the Swans back line, which is great news for Fantasyland coaches. He will start on the ground for me, as he has done for a few weeks now. He is definitely a player I’ll hold onto.


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

Total Score: 705            Average per round: 64.09 (11 Games)

Tim looks pretty solid at the moment, However GWS do have the bye this coming week. I don’t think I’ll be trading him this week, as I’ll be trading some players with larger values to bring in some big scorers.


#5 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

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

No change to Samo’s score yet again. He was “managed” unexpectedly this week gone. He should be back however against the Suns. He will start on the ground for me this coming week to cover players on their bye.




Round 13 is the final of the bye rounds. Adelaide, Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn will be sitting out this week, so bench players from these clubs. Trade is also an option as we receive 3 trades this round. Some of us desperately need them too, I have too many players from these six clubs and will find it difficult to cover this round. Hopefully you’ve planned better than I have.

Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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