AFL Fantasy Rookie Watch

Updated: August 24, 2017

The All Australian Fantasy Rookie Team will be announced after the weekly wrap. The team will consist of 8 Defenders, 8 Forwards, 4 ruckmen (as AFL Fantasy has 4 ruck positions) and 11 Midfielders (as RDT has 11 midfield positions). All players will be genuine rookies, as in debutants in the 2017 season. First I’ll be covering the round 22 results.

Round 22, a make or break round for the log jam of teams trying to hold on to the last two positions in the eight, or trying to break into the eight. Friday night opened the round with what most think could be the grand final battle for this season, the top of the table Crows and the fast finishing Swans. The latter recorded the win by just 3 points. Then we were off to Ballarat to see the Dogs go down to the Power by 17, the cats took down the Pies at the G to the tune of 11 points. The Giants stalled the Eagles finals aspirations with a 21 point win, the Bombers were wasteful in front of goal but did enough to down the Suns by 33, and Carlton pulled a 7 point win over the Hawks to round out the Saturday night action. Sunday saw the Demons struggle over the line against the Lions by 13 points, the Saints culled the Roos by 49 and the Tigers set the Dockers adrift by 104 over in the west. It all comes down the the last round to finalise the top eight’s last spot. The Bombers look to be favourites (YES!) to hold on to eighth, facing Fremantle. The Eagles have to overcome the minor premiers in the Crows, while the the Dogs and The Saints need very healthy wins to challenge the Bombers on percentage. The Saints face the in-form Tigers and the Dogs meet Hawthorn. We will have our answer by 8pm Sunday! Let’s look at this week’s top 6.

TOP 6 SCORERS IN ROUND 22                                

#1 Hugh Greenwood (Midfielder / Forward) Adelaide   Score: 96

#2 Mitch Hallahan (Midfielder) Gold Coast    Score: 94

#3 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon   Score: 87

#4 Tom Stewart (Defender) Geelong    Score: 86

#5  Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide   Score: 85

#6  Jack Graham (Forward) Richmond   Score: 84

Mitch Hallahan turned it on in his second match, Jack Graham had a debut to remember, while Bomber Josh Begley had 72 on debut, It’s  a shame we haven’t seen these players a lot earlier. 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 missed this weeks clash against the Crows. But holds onto top spot overall and will likely come straight back in next week against Carlton.


#2 Sam Powell-Pepper (Midfielder) Port Adelaide

Total Score: 1402           Average per round: 70.1 (20 Games)

Mr. Durable SPP was back in full flight this week following a rare rest. He will more than likely string together another high score against the Gold Coast.


#3 Andrew McGrath (Defender / Midfielder) Essendon

Total Score: 1337         Average per round: 70.36 (19 Games)

McGrath looked great against the Suns, I expect him to have another great day out against Fremantle. Andy is the leading DPP in fantasyland and has shown why he was the number one pick this year.


#4 Samo Petrevski-Seton  (Midfielder) Carlton

Total Score: 1314          Average per round: 73 (18 Games)

Samo is a solid performer of late and is a handy bench option in Fantasyland. Carlton take on the Swans, so he might stuggle to amass a large total against a quality midfield.


#5  Mitch Hannan (Forward) Melbourne

Total Score: 1085            Average per round: 57.10 (19 Games)

Mitch is showing signs of a heavy workload this year. He is our leading forward, but I’d consider selecting him against Collingwood and their sketchy defense.



#1 Nic Newman (Captain) (Syd)  Total: 1477  Games: 17   Average: 86.88

#2 Andrew McGrath (Mid) (Ess)  Total: 1337  Games: 19   Average: 70.36

#3 Tom Stewart (Gee)   Total: 916  Games: 17   Average: 59.3

#4 Lewis Melican (Syd)   Total: 754   Games: 16   Average: 47.1

#5 Luke Ryan (Fre)    Total: 753   Games: 10   Average: 75.2

#6 Tom Williamson (Carl)    Total: 715   Games: 14   Average: 51.1


#7 Harry Perryman (GWS)   Total: 442   Games: 8   Average: 55.3

#8 Griffin Logue (Fre)   Total: 553   Games: 13   Average: 42.5



#1 Sam Powell-Pepper (Vice Captian) (PtA)  Total: 1402   Games: 20   Average: 70.1

#2 Samo Petrevski-Seton (Carl)   Total: 1314   Games: 18   Average: 73

#3 Jake Barrett (Bris)   Total: 1069   Games: 17   Average: 66.8

#4 Hugh Greenwood (For) (Adel)   Total: 946   Games: 12   Average: 78.8

#5 Alex Witherden (Def) (Bris)   Total: 698  Games: 8   Average: 87.3

#6 Tim Taranto (For) (GWS)    Total: 737    Games: 12  Average: 61.4

#7 Jarrod Berry (Bris)    Total: 962   Games: 16    Average: 60.1

#8 Ben Ainsworth (For) (GC)   Total: 712    Games: 12   Average: 59.3


#9 Zach Fisher (Carl)     Total: 717    Games: 16     Average: 44.8

#10 Declan Mountford (Nth)     Total: 696     Games: 11     Average: 63.3

#11 Daniel Lloyd (GWS)     Total: 345   Games: 7    Average: 49.3



#1 Sean Darcy (Fre)    Total: 669     Games: 8     Average: 83.6

#2 Braydon Pruess (Nth)     Total: 538     Games: 8     Average: 67.3


#3 Ivan Soldo (Rich)     Total: 363     Games: 7      Average: 51.9

#4 Wylie Buzza (Gee)     Total: 255      Games: 5       Average: 51



#1 Mitch Hannan (Melb)      Total: 1085    Games: 19       Average: 57.1

#2 Dan Butler (Rich)         Total: 1054       Games:19        Average: 55.5

#3 Dan Houston (Def) (PtA)      Total: 1069        Games: 15       Average:71.3

#4 Hugh McCluggage (Mid)      Total: 1021     Games: 17       Average: 60.1

#5 James Parsons (Gee)        Total: 824      Games: 17       Average: 48.5

#6 Will Hayward (Syd)       Total: 827       Games: 16         Average: 51.7


#7 Brandan Parfitt (Mid) (Gee)      Total: 627       Games: 11       Average: 57

#8 Jack Bowes (GC)        Total: 549       Games: 11       Average: 49.9


There you have it folks, The All Australian Rookie Team class of 2017. All debuted this season as was my prerequisite, who did I miss out on? Well for next week’s article, I’ll take you through some players not listed here as ones to watch for next year in Fantasyland.


Written by Ash Loveday (@AshNRRAu)

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