AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: August 9, 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 AFL Fantasy has 4 ruck positions) and 11 Midfielders (as Real Dream Team has 11 midfield positions). Last week I previewed the Defenders, this week the Forwards will be the focus – but first the Round 20 action.

Round 20, what can I say?  What an interesting collection of results. The Swans without their gun midfielder Josh Kennedy took down the hosting Cats by 46points, minus their star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield. The Giants accounted for the visiting Demons to the tune of 35points, Essendon got out of jail against with an 8 point victory over the Blues. The Bulldogs ventured up to Brisbane and took down the Lions by 14, the Roos went down to Collingwood by 54 points and the Dockers defeated the Suns by 23 to round out the Saturday games. Sunday saw the Eagles once again choke in Victoria against the Saints, losing by 8 Points, while the Tigers savaged the Hawks by 29 and the Crows turned off the Power convincingly in the SA Showdown by 84 points. With just three rounds left in Fantasy and the first week of finals now behind us, let’s check out the weekly Top 5 from round 20.


#1 Luke Ryan (Defender) Fremantle   Score: 126

#2 Hugh Greenwood (Midfielder / Forward) Adelaide    Score:97

#3 Jarrod Berry (Midfielder) Brisbane    Score: 91

#4 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney    Score: 89

#5  Mitch Hallahan (Midfielder) Gold Coast   Score: 88


Luke Ryan backing up last week’s monster effort, takes the chocolates again this week. Ex Perth Wildcat Hugh Greenwood coming in second, while we are on the subject of former Basketballers, this week also saw ex-NBL player Corey Maynard debuted for Melbourne scoring an impressive 78. Let’s check out the overall top 5.


#1 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Total Score: 1431            Average per round: 89.43 (16 Games)

Hello Newman! Mr. Reliable still large and in charge, 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: 1317           Average per round: 69.31 (19 Games)

Mr. Durable SPP maintains second this week, after the Crows put a hard tag on him in the Derby. 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 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

Total Score: 1181          Average per round: 73.81 (16 Games)

Samo increased his output against the Bombers and 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.


#4  Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

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

McGrath was managed this week and is expected to be back for the clash against the Crows next week. 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.


#5  Mitch Hannan (Forward) Melbourne

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

Mitch was managed for the game against the Giants, this doesn’t help his numbers for Fantasy coaches. He is our leading forward, but I wouldn’t be trading him with his low average.



Many forwards have debuted this season, with a large quantity being dual position players – Let’s first look at the dedicated forwards. Of course the leading rookie forward for the competition is Demon Mitch Hannan, Dan Butler has also been a regular for the Tigers this year have an overall score that will more than likely lock them in. Sydney’s Will Hayward and Geelong’s James Parsons are mounting strong cases for selection playing the majority of the year. Unfortunately for the likes of Crow Jono Beech, Brett Eddy from the Power, Dog Lewis Young and Roo Jy Simpkin are probably all outside chances due to low scores and lack of game time.

As for dual position players, many of our forwards are also midfielders. Higher numbers means that these guys will probably take positions off some dedicated forwards. Port’s Dan Houston (Def), Crow Hugh Greenwood, Lion Hugh McCluggage, Giant Tim Taranto, Cat Brandon Parfitt, Suns duo Ben Ainsworth and Jack Bowes are all strong contenders and will be considered, it remains to be seen as to which position. Swan Oliver Florent’s low scores may see his chances shorten and unfortunately we probably didn’t see enough of Tiger Shai Bolton, Lion Jacob Allison and Docker Harley Balic but they still have an outside chance due to being Dual Position Players. Next week I’ll be looking at the Midfield All Australian Rookie Team Contenders.


Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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