Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 18


Is it me or has this season flown by? We have Round 19 on our doorstep and Fantasy finals are just a week away! At this point, we should all be relatively satisfied with our starting 18 but in doing so, some may be a little thin in the reserves stakes. Let me remind you how bad a late out can sting especially in finals so please make it your priority to have all positions covered. It’s a no brainer.

Those coaches desperate for cheap, adequate back up…you’re in luck! A couple of rookie priced players have come from nowhere and performed extremely well in Round 18. Take note below…


Three-Or-More Gamers


Other than Stefan Martin (Ruc/Fwd. $474,154, 54 be AF & $481,100, 50 be DT), no other 2014 rookie should be starting on your field. Furthermore, there are only a handful of ‘juniors’ that I’d consider decent bench options…


Kade Kolodjashnij (Def. $337,780, 62 be AF. $331,600, 56 be DT) – Yes, he’s injured but the kid can play. ‘KK’ is currently 4th favourite for the Rising Star and has averaged 18 possessions, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 71 Fantasy points this season.

Maverick Weller (Def. $340,591, 66 be AF. $344,900, 72 be DT) – Has cemented a spot in the Saints 22 and is in decent form playing through the midfield. Should score above 70 each week.


Dom Tyson (Mid. $433,902, 66 be AF. $427,500, 55 be DT) – A select few may still have one of the most improved players in the AFL. Tyson scored 130 in Round 18, which is obviously handy as an M9.

Anthony Miles (Mid. $447,168, 83 be AF & $439,200, 79 be DT) – Gun. Miles hasn’t taken a backwards step since getting an opportunity in Round 12. Sleep easy if you have him as your back up mid.


Cameron Wood (Ruc. $283,986, 26 be AF & $163,500 DT) – See below.

Ben Brown (Ruc/Fwd. $174,323, 1 be AF & $161,600, -33 be DT) – Handy DPP switch with Stefan Martin. Brown should return to the Roos senior line up this week.


Zac Merrett(Fwd. $333,350, 47 be AF. $342,200, 45 be DT) – Took a while to get going this season but there is no doubting his class. He’s more than capable of scoring 90+ and has averaged 85 from his past three matches.

Lewis Taylor(Fwd/Mid. $366,868, 84 be AF. $367,300, 101 be DT) – Has been in great form over the past month and he continues to play a big on-field role. Should average above 70.


Two Gamers

There’s not much to cheer about from the two gamers at the minute. Luke Thompson (Def. $156,144, 5 be AF & $119,200, -29 be DT) is probably the best option but he’s one bad game away from being dropped with Ben Rutten playing well in the SANFL. If you can afford to throw away your D8 position then you could trade in Thompson since he is the cheapest defender currently playing. 

Luke Tapscott (Fwd. $235,735, 49 be AF & $258,800, 64 be DT) returned to AFL ranks in Round 18 but didn’t produce a four-quarter effort. Tapscott was great in patches and hard at the opposition but he just doesn’t find enough of the ball. A career Fantasy average of 50 is enough to suggest that he should be avoided.

Dean Towers (Fwd/Mid. $163,587, 36 be AF & $119,200, 12 be DT) can play, he’s just not getting the opportunities he would likely get if he was at another club. In the blockbuster against the Hawks last Saturday night, Towers scored a very impressive 30 Fantasy points in just a quarter of footy and he did not look out of place at any moment. Given Towers job security issues, I wouldn’t trade him in.


One Gamers

In wet and rainy conditions, utility Jack Crisp (Mid. $211,989, -2 be AF & $238,400 DT) was in the thick of the action against the Suns. Playing between half forward and a wing, he had 12 kicks, 8 handballs, 3 marks, 7 tackles, 1 goal, 97 Fantasy points and most importantly, was one of the Lions best on the night. Looking ahead, Crisp will continue to play a role for Brisbane but don’t expect scores in the 90’s every week, I suspect he’ll average close to 72. Don’t hesitate picking him up in Fantasy this week!

Cameron Wood (Ruc. $283,986, 26 be AF & $163,500 DT) is the last player I expected to make an impression at this stage of the season. After being thrown a lifeline by Carlton in last year’s draft, Wood has been fantastic in the VFL all year and he held his own against Todd Goldstein in Round 18. He finished with 10 possessions, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 26 hitouts, 1 goal, 94 Fantasy points and impressed me that much that I would back him in as an R3 for Dreamteam. Unfortunately, Wood is too expensive in Fantasy for my liking.

Notable mentions to Sam Blease, 52 (Fwd. $169,511, 19 be AF & $173,700 DT), Louis Herbert, 33 (Fwd. $112,551, 14 be AF & $124,500 DT) and Alex Woodward, 8 (Mid. $102,020, 30 be AF & $119,200 DT). I cant see these three making worthy contributions in the final rounds of the season so stay away.


Keep Your Eye On

Don’t be surprised if Fremantle rookie Jacob Ballard (Mid. $115,200, 39 be AF & $98,500 DT) gets a gig this Thursday night. The big bodied midfielder has been flying for Peel in the WAFL over the past month and after Freo’s poor performance against the Saints, Ross the Boss is likely to swing the axe. Ballard isn’t blessed with a whole lot of skill but he’s a tackling machine and pretty handy at the clearances. Plays similar to Matty Boyd.

Liam McBean (Fwd. $154,300, 52 be AF & $119,200 DT) is Richmond’s likely replacement for Ty Vickery. The tall forward has kicked 11 goals from his last three VFL games and can pinch hit in the ruck when required. McBean wont be a huge scorer but you never know.

The previously mentioned Trent Dumont (Mid. $184,300, 63 be AF & $112,800 DT), Orazio Fantasia (Fwd. $135,500, 46 be AF & $112,800 DT) and Jared Jansen (Mid. $168,000, 47 be AF & $112,800 DT) have all continued their good VFL form and one could debut this week. Of the three, I like Jansen the most…he’s a hard working inside midfielder that would compliment Geelong’s best side so watch this space.


Jeppa’s Trade Strategy


Round 18 Score – 2,387

Remaining Salary – $7,760

Jep FantasyPlanned Trades – I brought in Dal Santo a couple of weeks ago with the plan to eventually use him as a back up defender. Thus, the obvious choice is to trade Weller up to a midfielder, switching Nicky Dal to my D7 position. To maximum funds, I can rite off the M10 spot and trade Hallahan down to Alex Woodward giving me a total spend of $537,833. I’m short of JPK and Barlow hence why I’ll opt for a well-rested Brent Harvey.

Pro’s – Dal Santo is a handy defender back up and my forward line will be much stronger with Harvey in it.

Con’s – I miss out on Sam Mitchell but he’ll still be relatively cheap next week.



Round 18 Score – 2,238

Remaining Salary – $164,400

Trades Left – 2

Jep Dt

Planned Trades – None. Two trades are a must the week before DT finals!

Pro’s – Having trades allows me to cover possible injuries, suspensions, etc. There is nothing worse than playing a man down in finals.

Con’s – Trading in Rockliff is my priority and he’ll likely go up by $40,000 this week but it’s all about the bigger picture.


What trades would you make?


Got a question? Leave a reply or ask me on Twitter @JeppaDT


  • Thanks for the article, Jeppa. I liked your Worthy Rookie Reserves section, although you did, I think, miss Brodie Martin. At just under $340k in Fantasy, with an average of 62.3 (80.4 over the last 5) he is at least the equal of Weller and is my only reserve worth his salt.

    I need to trade Walker out of my F6. Can just afford McGlynn but I get left with no cash reserves. I could go for the cash with Carlisle. Other possibilities Duncan (and risk him getting a rest) or Jack. What do you think?

    • McGlynn tags and Jack gets tagged. Its a tough call. I have both Jack and Duncan and neither have set the world alight for me. If you didnt have Buddy then I would say get him, but if you do, Jack for me. He is safer than Duncan.

    • Hi Henry. I wouldnt lose sleep having Brodie Martin at D7 especially with the Crows run coming up!

      Get Kieran Jack mate! Will start to assert himself on the field in the lead up to finals. If I already had Brent Harvey then I would have gotten Jack.

  • Chappy vs Zorko vs Carlisle (straight swap with premo round 22)

    • Get the Mozzie. He is spending plenty time running through the mids with Redden being out. Chappy is still likely to be rested as soon as Essendon have cemented a spot in the finals and I don’t think I am he only one that is jubious about Carlisle and his fantasy relevancy. I think Zorks is the safest option and has got back to back tons with Melbourne this week.

    • I agree with JAC…Zorko

  • Trade 1: Griffen – JPK, Sandi – Wood.
    This will leave me with 504k to upgrade Kersten to any mid via Dahl dpp next week and Jaensch to Mitchell moving Kelly/NickDal to bench cover.
    Trade 2: Griffen – Selwood/HepD/Macrae/Sloane, Jaensch to Mitchell.
    Trade 2 will be better for this week, but I am already in the finals for all of my leagues. Trade 1 will not help as much this week but will give me over 500k to get whoever I want up until the finals. As well as giving me kelly/NickyDal, Miles, Wood and Dahl as bench cover from next week. Thoughts?

    • I assume Sandi is your R3? If so then Trade 1. If not, Trade 2…I’d be nervous starting Wood on my field.

      • Yeah Sandi is my R3 and I have Stef and McEvoy as 1 and 2. At the moment I am happy with McEvoys returns of 88 and 88 so will give him a couple more games, so I can get a premo mid next week and Mitchell. Where are my manners. Cracking article as usual Jeppa!

  • Great article Jeppa! Who would you choose out of Reiwoldt, Ryder, Maric, Zorko and Carlisle for the F6 spot? These are the only guys I can afford. Thoughts are appreciated :)

  • How do you see Broomhead’s job security?

    At what point to we start looking at the cheapest player rather than playing options for downgrades?

    • Broomhead showed glimpses last Sunday as to why he was picked up earlish in the draft. Green vest risk though so Id be worried.

      Now…Im doing it this week!

  • Hey Jeppa.

    I have Weller as well but I’m not sure about keeping him as D7 for the rest of the year. I am holding Hibberd for this week because trading him may not allow me to make my preferred trades next week (I miss out on the Crisp price rise) and I think Weller should get 70-80+ against a Suns midfield that has been leaking points recently. I have about 150k left for next week, so is it worth possibly trading Weller-Ibbotson, who at a similar price, could be a great D7 for the rest of the year if he could re-capture last years form. Then, I can trade Hibberd-Pendles/Priddis/Sidebottom. Thoughts? Or is the Ibbotson trade a waste of a trade? This is for fantasy (obviously).

  • I doubt Ibbo would score too much more than Weller so it is a bit of a waste IMO.

    There is no quick fix when trading, be patient…sort out your mids before any other position.

  • Who would be your first pick between Carlisle, Dal Santo and Mitchell? I am upgrading from Langford so a I sure any of them will do better.

  • Thanks Jeppa, good to have you back.

    Yes Crisp caught my eye as well. Does anyone know why he hasn’t got a game this year before the last round?

    • No idea Nix. Has been knocking on the door for a while with good NEAFL form. If I had to guess, it is because his disposal efficiency is pretty average

  • Hey Jeppa, my rookie cover is running thin after some poor trading.

    Down back who do you think is the best hope of getting a game.

    Luke Thompson, Mark Austin or Clay Cameron?

  • Great article only one thing, when you mention 3 or more gamers as rookies to keep on field don’t forget the mighty Jackson Macrae – I nearly off loaded him 6 weeks ago but other issues meant I could not and thank god I did not, he’s a jet

  • Hello Jeppa,

    I am also choosing between Ben Brown(downgrading from Derricks) and Jack Crisp(from Shenton). Which one would you do first as I intend both over the next 2 rounds. My bench is week in both ruck and mid with Currie and Ross as my other bench players.

  • I know he’s not a rookie but I can’t believe you didn’t mention Butler for D7 @ 267k (especially being an Eagles man Jeppa!) Scored 95 last week – came home last year with 102, 93, 82, 90, 82, 91.

    Only cost me 22k to get him in for Litherland boom.

  • Thanks for the article Jeppa!
    My bench cover is really weak atm, so do you think I should hold off getting Rocky this week to save having weaker bench players?

    • Trading in the highest averaging player has to be a priority before everything else.

  • Can I use the V-Captain loophole this week?

  • Hey guys, I was wandering if I could get some advice on my team.
    DEF: Bartel, Simpson, Swallow, Malceski, Burgoyne, Suckling SUBS: M.Warren and J. Tippett
    MID: Rockliff, Kennedy, D.Beams, Pendlebury, Barlow, S.Johnson, Sloane, M.Murphy SUBS: Shenton and J.Martin
    RUCKS: Sandilands, Jacobs SUBS: Naismith, Currie
    FWDS: Harvey, D.Martin, Dangerfield, Franklin, WIngard, Walker SUBS: Honeychurch and B.Brown
    And I have 56,525 salary remaining
    I was looking at upgrading players like Suckling, Murphy, Wingard or Walker. Any advice on trades?

  • Gday Jeppa, Love your work. who do you reckon is the $115k ruckman with best chance of getting a game?

  • Great article mate. Do i rely on chapman for 1 more week and downgrade mcgovern or trade chapman this week to a buddy, jack, gray?

    • chappy just scored 114 and 93, i wouldnt be keen to let him go now if youve already held him through that string of 50s and 60s. plus his break even is only 67, something you would think he should smash. Mcgovern’s BE is about the same, 68 i think, so you would be better off letting him go.

  • Hey mate, great read. First time post long time fan. Gotta trade A.Swallow or cotch to get the pig in. What ya reckon swallow looks to be gettin better each week..

  • Great article Jeppa! Is Crisp a worthy M9 option? If I can downgrade Miles to him, it’ll free up a lot of cash to do a double upgrade next week. Cheers

  • Any idea if Charlie Cameron will get another game?

  • M10 candidates:

    CRISP $211k

    RILEY $180k

    MORABITO $187k (dropped this week)

    SAM BLEASE $169k

    JONO O’ROUKE $142k


  • omfg whats going on with blaine johnson >_< lucky his be was on 11, but worst cash cow ever.

  • maybe its just that he played st kilda for that 77, and now freo and sydney for consecutive 16s. heres hoping that he A. keeps his spot, and B. goes 50+ against his next opponents (suns, cats, power, bombers :S :S :S)