AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: August 17, 2017
McGrath #1 rookie in Round 4

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 Forwards, this week the Midfielders will be in the spotlight – but first the Round 21 action.

Friday saw the Giants send the Dogs to the doghouse by 48 points. Saturday the Swans torpedoed the Dockers by 104 points, the Cats continued their dominance over the Tigers by 14, the Lions downed the Suns in the Q Clash by 58, the Crows showed their class over the Bombers by 43 and the Eagles swooped the Blues by 17 points. Sunday the demons made life hell for the Saints winning by 24 points, the Hawks preyed on the Roos by 27 and the Power were too good for the Pies winning by 27 points. This week’s top 6 looks like this.

TOP 6 SCORERS IN ROUND 21                                

#1 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon   Score: 88

#2 Braydon Pruess (Ruck) North Melbourne    Score: 87

TIED#3 Jacob Allison (Midfielder / Forward) Brisbane & Alex Keith (Defender) Adelaide   Score: 82

#4 Samo Petrevski-Seton (Midfielder) Carlton    Score: 78

#5  Dan Houston (Defender / Forward) Port Adelaide   Score: 77

No massive scores this week, Andy McGrath takes the top spot while keeping Eddie Betts quiet. A good mix of all fantasy positions however. Let’s check out the overall top 5.


#1 Nic Newman (Defender) Sydney

Total Score: 1477            Average per round: 86.88 (17 Games)

Hello Newman! Mr. Reliable done himself a mischief this week, he sustained a right leg injury and hobbled from the ground. Monitor his fitness to see if he can get up to play. Might be time to say good bye to this Rookie champion this week in Fantasyland, by all means give him every chance to recover.


#2 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 1317           Average per round: 69.31 (19 Games)

Mr. Durable SPP was managed this week on the back of two low scoring games. The rest should do him well for the Powers’ finals aspirations. He should be back this week in Fantasyland.


#3 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

Total Score: 1259          Average per round: 74.05 (17 Games)

Samo is travelling along nicely at the moment and his average is on the way up. He is a handy bench option in Fantasyland. Carlton tackle Hawthorn this week, so I expect him to feature.


#4  Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 1250         Average per round: 69.44 (18 Games)

McGrath returned well from a week off and top scored in round 21. I expect Woosha to use him throughout the midfield a little more this week against Gold Coast. Andy is the leading DPP in fantasyland and should be considered.


#5  Mitch Hannan (Forward) Melbourne

Total Score: 1030            Average per round: 57.22 (18 Games)

Mitch was recalled this week, but didn’t score very highly against the Saints defense. He is our leading forward, but I’d consider selecting him against Brisbane even with his low average.



Midfielders or DPP’s who are also listed as mids have been plentiful this season, with a large quantity being dual position players. Let’s first look at the dedicated Midfielders. The hyphen brothers Sam Powell-Pepper and Samo Petrevski-Seton have lead the way all season long, these two will be selected pretty much instantly. Lion’s duo Jake Barrett and Jarrod Berry have also had impressive years with plenty of opportunity to show their worth. Roo Declan Mountford and Blue Zach Fisher have also put good cases forward to be selected. Giant Daniel Lloyd has also given himself a chance with limited game time, while the likes of Suns Will Brodie, Brad Scheer, Mitch Hallahan all have debuted, however we didn’t get to see enough of them. Other players who have also had limited opportunity are Eagle pair Kurt Mutimer and Luke Partington, Giant Will Setterfield, Swan Robbie Fox, Port’s Joe Atley, Hawk James Cousins and Corey Maynard of the Dees don’t have the numbers to support their claims to a place in the team unfortunately.

As for dual position players, mostly Mid Forwards make up this group. Higher numbers means that these guys will probably take positions off some dedicated mids. 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, Blue Jarrod Pickett, Lion Jacob Allison, Docker Harley Balic, Tiger Shai Bolton and Callum Brown low scores may see his chances shorten and will likely miss out. Lion Alex Witherden and Bomber Andrew McGrath both also listed as defenders are certain selections in either catagory. Next week I’ll show you my finalised All Australian Rookie Team of 2017, so don’t miss that!


Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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