Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 19


What a year! As @CalvinDT would say we’ve been ‘kissed on it’ regarding the quality of rookies in all positions that performed above expectations week in week out. For me this season has been more about the rooks than the premo’s. Too many premo’s have upset us with injuries (Waters, Boyd, Watson), inconsistency (Cotchin, Stanton, Gibbs) and suspension (Stevie J, Bartel) but in times of need we could always rely on the likes of O’Meara, Terlich, Mitchell, Nicholls, etc.

Round 19 unearthed a couple more ‘juniors’ that have the potential to score big during the business end of DT…FINALS!

Three-Or-More Gamers


Lachie Whitfield (MID, 121, $362,300 & BE 57) was PIG like against the Dees on the weekend. He ran hard for most of the game and linked up well with his young teammates through the midfield. Whitfield was on 114 DT points at three quarter time but sadly could only add another 7 in the last to finish with 121. I doubt Whitfield will get much easy ball against the well disciplined Dockers this weekend but he should still be good for an 80+.

Brad Crouch (MID, 106, $411,200 & BE 62) was BOG for the Crows in the Showdown. He played on ball the whole game and finished with 9 kicks, 19 handballs, 6 marks and 5 tackles. Crouch has a knack of knowing where the ball is and winning the 50/50 contest. It’s a little scary to imagine how good Crouch is going to be in a couple of years. Mitch Clisby (DEF, 90, $262,400 & BE 11) played his best DT game to date in his custom back pocket role but he let Devon Smith off the leash, letting him kick 3 goals in the last quarter. With the up and down nature of defenders this year, Clisby has been pretty consistent of late and thus a solid defender back up so stick with him for at least one more week.

Eagles pair Brad Dalziell (MID, 110, $341,100 & BE 23) and Mark Hutchings (MID, 102, $394,400 & BE 58) appeared to enjoy the free flowing contest against the Suns. The inside midfielder Hutchings did well at the clearances and pressure acts around the stoppages and Dalziell got a lot of easy outside ball during the Eagles forward thrusts. If both Dalziell and Hutchings improved their disposal, they’d be far more damaging players.

Other notable performers from Round 19 include Dane Rampe (MID, 93, $265,900 & BE 32), Jaeger O’Meara (MID, 86, $446,600 & BE 118), Scott Lycett (FWD, 84, $190,000 & BE -29), Luke Brown (DEF, 81, $291,700 & BE 40), Tom Lee (FWD, 81, $223,100 & BE 19) and rising star Zac Williams (MID, 81, $223,800 & BE -10).


At this point it is pretty obvious which underachievers need to be traded out. Each coach will have different trade needs dependent on dollars. Just be sensible and sacrifice only one bench spot in each position.

Two Gamers

What a game by Mitchell Grigg (MID, 58, $108,500 & BE -27)! In a quarter and a half of football, Grigg had 11 kicks, 4 handballs, 2 marks, 1 tackle and 1 very good goal playing on a wing. Grigg was that good that even with limited playing time, he was still named in the bests for Adelaide but it was his ball use, composure and decision making that was most impressive. With their narrow loss on the weekend, the Crows are officially out of the finals race thus they will look to get some experience into their younger brigade. Grigg will avoid the green vest this weekend and in my opinion he’s the number one downgrade option for the rest of the season given his scoring potential and job security. Hold no fear!

In tough conditions for big men, Brodie Grundy (RUC, 57, $107,200 & BE -79) competed well in the ruck but he was no stand out. His clean hands and attack on the footy are features of his game that will see him have a long and successful career at the Pies but short term, he’ll be replaced by Jolly either this week or next. Jolly had a decent first hit out in the VFL last weekend so don’t be surprised if Grundy makes way for him this week. Big D Jol is better suited to compete against the Swans 100+ Kilo monsters in Mumford and Pyke and Buckley did say during the week that he will pick a ruck setup best suited to the opposition (source). Time will tell if Jolly needs another week in the VFL but inevitably Grundy is on borrowed time…I did warn you last week for those that traded him in as an R3! John Ceglar (RUC, 10, $99,300 & BE -11) is another ruckman that is being used sparingly. Ceglar was a late inclusion for the Hawks No. 1 ruckman, Max Bailey in Round 19 and with Bailey expected to be available this weekend (source 3min 19sec), it will be at Ceglar’s expense.

One Gamers

I’ll be honest, I expected Lewis Johnston (FWD, 98 & $140,100) to be pretty average in his first game this year but to my surprise he was the most dangerous key forward in the Showdown. Johnston finished the game with 13 kicks, 4 handballs, 7 marks, 1 tackle and 4 goals and was named in the bests for the Crows. He was consistent over four quarters and looked to have taken a big step forward from those hip and knee injuries that have hampered his career to date. I suspect that Johnston will have a sub 70 game against North this weekend (Thompson will smother him) but he should do well against the Bulldogs, Melbourne and Eagles in the last three rounds of the season. I’ll be waiting a week before trading in Johnston as my F8 for a bit of coin.

Jesse O’Brien (MID, 69 & $159,700) wasn’t poor on the weekend but he didn’t turn heads. He’s a green vest risk and an expensive downgrade option at this stage of the game so that should be enough to put you off. If you’re looking for a midfield downgrade, trade in my boy Grigg and save yourself $50K.

Keep Your Eye On

Nick Graham (MID & $102,700), Richard Newell (DEF & $108,500), Cameron Shenton (FWD/MID & $108,500), Troy Davis (DEF & $108,500) and Daniel Currie (RUC & $102,700) are five players doing well in the reserves and all could be rewarded with an opportunity in the last four games of the home and away season. Keep a close eye on these players if you need a downgrade option other than Grigg and Johnston during DT finals.

2013 AFL Dreamteam Rookie of the Year

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That’s it for me this year guys. Good luck in the finals and I’ll see you bigger and better in 2014! Peace.

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  • Well done again Jeppa. Your articles have been great source of info all year. Pity about those poor Weagles.

  • If crouch had played a few more games he would be top 2 behind JOM for me. His average since coming back from injury is amazing! Mitchell has been great too but not enough games.

  • Thanks again Jep… awesome stuff all year! Enjoy the trip!

  • Great work this year Jeppa! Let’s hope we are blessed with such good rookies again next year!

  • What rookea do we know of for next year? I know of Martin and Hogan, but not anymore with DT relevance

    • And where are my manners, cheers for the great read, thanks for many awesome articals this year, and very much look forward for those to come next year.
      Again, thanks for everything this year

    • I think Brad’s brother Matt Crouch will be a good rookie.

  • Well done Jeppa, Chook would be proud of your efforts after handing over the job. Awesome articles, keep them coming next year. Thanks

  • Top work all year Jeppa!

    First trade on Sunday night was to bring in Mitch Grigg. There’s no reason for the Crows to vest him anymore. Seen him play a few times for Norwood last year, he’s small but he can flat out play.

    Any news if McBean might get a game? Apparently tearing up the VFL. I only got him in as F8 to swap around with Cox. Any game played is a bonus to me!

  • Thanks for the great article each week. It has been a real help in picking my side.
    Hope you carry on again next season bigger & stronger. Thanks again mate.

  • Cheers for all the work Jeppa!
    I have voted for JOM and Titch, but I honestly think Crouch should be in the options. I am so glad I held him!

  • Which rookie ruck would you guys recommend to replace Nicholls??

  • Thanks for your time & effort put into these articles this year Jeppa. This is the DT Talk article that I look forward to seeing most each week. Upon your advice, i’ll definitely look at Grigg rather than Grundy as a downgrade option cheers.

  • good knock jepp! a lot of good info this year

  • Great stuff Jeppa. The same top notch quality that you have displayed all year. Jeppa’s Juniors is always a terrific read, one that I always thoroughly

    Cheers for the Rooks all year mate.

  • Awesome work Jeppa! Keep it up over the finals please, having playing downgrade options over finals might just give you an edge. Resting players in prep for real finals is definitely a possibility.

    • Jep travelling OS for the last few weeks of DT, so there will be no Juniors. Stay tuned as we’ll cover relevant rookies through things like the podcast, live show and various articles during the week.

  • Mostly because none of us took the risk, but Hutchings deserves a nominations. Averaging 91 from a consistent run of games, wish I took the plunge after it was clear he would play out the season.

  • Thanks Jeppa, your articles this year were little gold nuggets in a sea of McNuggets smothered in bbq sauce. Travel well.

  • Great article Jeppa, Wondering who I should play out of Titchell and Crouch

  • Great article Giuseppe!

  • great work throughout the season Jeppa, much appreciated and very usefull stuff.

    I picked up grigg as a downgrade last week, was pretty happy to see him play that well, could even become m9 letting me downgrade titchell. Will see how he goes this week without the vest

  • Thanks Jeppa. I finished top 4 this week so if I win this week I’ll look to downgrade for Johnstone next week (probably Rowe). And maybe use the cash to upgrade Clisby or my thin ruck line.

    Perhaps Lachie Hunter down to Grigg if I need any more cash after that point.

  • Thanks Jeppa – Always a good read and handy tips
    Should do a Rookie brownlow – “Brownie”?
    Get 3 2 and 1 for the year on rookie list
    I took JOM and Goodes over Titch – mainly because how many times my defense was saved by Goodes solid 70 – 80 scores

  • Awesome work Jeppa – really appreciate your efforts for the year and I hope you have a great break.

  • Guys who to feild out of Rowe,Grundy,staker or gorringe just for one week

  • Thanx for great read Pepe. Forgot to mention Jarryd Cachia, got the job done and the cash flowing for me. Double upgraded him for a cheap Bird to Beams.

  • Who should i trade in… Pendlebury or beams? Im in a elimination final

  • Great work Jeppa!

    Thanks for all your time and effort this year. Whilst I’ve enjoyed all the articles on this site, I’ve found the Juniors to be the most essential read… Especially in these days of 44 trades.

  • Thanks mate, great work all year. One of the most useful articles on DT Talk as it is so hard to keep up with all of the rookies across the league, especially as I live in Canada at present haha. Looking forward to more articles next year. Cheers