AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: August 1, 2017

The All Australian Fantasy Rookie Team preview will be coming up shortly. The team will consist of 8 Defenders, 8 Forwards, 4 ruckmen (as Real Dream Team has 4 ruck positions) and 11 Midfielders (as Fantasy AFL has 11 midfield positions). Last week I previewed the top ruck prospect of 2017, this week the Defenders – but first the round 19 action.

Round 19 was a real mixed bag of results, big wins to the Tigers, Cats, Dogs and Eagles. Close games included the Hawks beating the Swans by a straight kick and the Roos put a temporary halted to the Dees charge to the Finals, winning by 4 points. The inaccurate Giants held off the Dockers by two goals, Port fans started leaving in the final two minutes and missed a thrilling come back to edge out the Saints by 2 points and Collingwood nearly choked on a 50 point lead with a fast finishing Adelaide, that match ending in a draw.  Fantasy finals are here!!! Let’s check out the weekly Top 5.


#1 Luke Ryan (Defender) Fremantle   Score: 138

#2 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney    Score: 111

#3 Samo Petrevski-Seton (Midfielder) Carlton    Score: 105

#4 Alex Witherden (Defender / Midfielder) Brisbane   Score: 103

#5  Tom Stewart (Defender) Geelong    Score: 100


Defenders ruling the top 5 this week, in the week I’m previewing rookies – That’s a coincidence! I’m sure we will see at least a few of those names a bit later on. Let’s check out the overall top 5.


#1 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Total Score: 1342            Average per round: 89.46 (15 Games)

Hello Newman! Mr. Reliable takes the top spot again, Nic still owns the best average. He is a definite starter in any fantasy team. If your side is out of contention in Fantasy finals, it looks as though Nic is one to watch in future Fantasy AFL competitions.

#2 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 1301           Average per round: 72.27 (18 Games)

Mr. Durable SPP drops to second this week. The only rookie to not miss a match so far in season 2017. That fact alone should tell us that SPP is a must have in your midfield rotation for the finals.

#3 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 1162         Average per round: 68.35 (17 Games)

McGrath’s average looks to be declining, he is probably still worthy of maintaining a bench spot in your fantasy team finals aspirations. Andy is the leading DPP in fantasyland and should be considered.

#4 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

Total Score: 1102          Average per round: 73.46 (15 Games)

Samo looks to be a lock for a midfield bench spot for the fantasy finals. His average is on the up and will see out the year maintaining a healthy average.

#5 Mitch Hannan (Forward) Melbourne

Total Score: 982            Average per round: 57.76 (17 Games)

Mitch has a very poor average score, his average is not really moving up either. Let’s be honest here, you can find better options out there.



We have seen many defensive rookies used so far this season, some of which are dual position players. So let’s look at a group of dedicated Defenders and then potentially some of the dual position players that may be able to steal spots from them.

Sydney defender Nic Newman is a lock in the back line, along with team mate Lewis Melican. Both have featured for extended periods this season. Fremantle’s Luke Ryan’s huge score moves him up the list to secure a place, while team mates Griffin Logue and Ryan Nyhuis could also be smokeys for a bench spot. Cats key back Tom Stewart is also looking good to lock down a spot. Giant Harry Perryman has also had a great start to his AFL career, while Lion Cedric Cox has had a strong finish to the year. North and Carlton have also put time into some debutants many of them defenders: Vickers-Willis, Macreadie and Nielson to name but a few. The more senior game time the better in many cases, however average scores will play a part aswell.

As for dual position players, Bomber Andrew McGrath (Mid), Lion Alex Witherden (Mid) & Port’s Dan Houston (Fwd) all are very strong contenders and will be considered as locks, it remains to be seen as to which position. Next week I’ll be looking at the Forward All Australian Rookie Team Contenders.

Before I go – shout out to Melbourne Storm, Australian and Queensland Rugby League champion Cameron Smith. Cam achieved the 350 games milestone with the Storm’s win over Manly this weekend gone. Brilliant career and a pleasure to watch as a Melbourne Storm fan.

Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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