Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 1

Finally, Fantasy preseason is over. Our lineups are set but it was a tough lesson in Round 1. Most of us are already fighting an uphill battle after the carnage that came from our so-called reliable premiums. Ablett (61), Beams (83), Jelwood (76), Harvey (47), Dusty (53), Deledio (53), Hibberd (62) and Newnes (43) were all substandard and what’s worse is that Rockliff (79) and Sidebottom (88) are both out for at least 6 weeks with injury. Bartel is likely to miss a week also with concussion. Two trades in a week are never enough!

Only 47 rookie price priced players ($250,000 and under) suited up in Round 1, down from 73 this time last season…luckily we’re about quality not quantity. So which rooks are the must haves and who are the ones to avoid?

Here is my take on the rookie performances from Round 1…


One Gamers

Let’s start with the best. Kamdyn McIntosh (Def. $158,000, -30 be AF. $124,600 DT) was the only rookie priced player to hit the ton in Round 1. In an amazing debut, he racked up 14 kicks, 9 handballs, 9 marks, 2 tackles, 1 goal and 101 Fantasy points. Playing on a wing, McIntosh was arguably the best player on the ground beating the likes of Dusty, Cotchin and Deledio in most facets of the game. They breed them tough in Pinjarra and even though I doubt he’ll be as prolific in the short term, If you don’t have him then you need to trade him in immediately.

Ben Newton (Mid. $221,000, -6 be AF. $232,800 DT) was another to make a big impression. His second half against the Suns was outstanding and he was a key factor as to why the Dees got the 4 points. Newton finished the game with 16 possessions, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 2 goals and 96 Fantasy points playing between the midfield and half forward. He was named in the best for the Dees and he’ll be a big part of their team going forward. In the same match, new Demon Aaron Vandenberg (Mid. $143,000, -9 be AF. $127,800 DT) also played an important role. The strong bodied on baller played at half forward and scored a healthy 69 Fantasy points. Vandenberg took some great marks, did the one percenters and his high work rate will see him as a regular in the Dees 22 this season. I’m a big fan.

Isaac Heeney (Mid. $269,000, 12 be AF. $137,900 DT) lived up to his hype against the Bombers in tough, wet conditions at ANZ stadium on Saturday night. The teenager was a solid contributor with 17 possessions, 3 marks, 7 tackles, 1 goal and 92 Fantasy points. As good as he was, I’m nervous about how the Swans will use him. McVeigh is expected to return this week, McGlynn isn’t far away and Tom Mitchell is around the mark. Don’t be surprised if he cops a green vest or is dropped in the coming weeks. Here’s hoping he can have another big game against Port this weekend to cement his spot.

Even though the Cats got pumped on Monday, Mitch Clark (Fwd. $184,000, -9 be AF. $162,600 DT) could hold his head high. The big fella very worked really hard and finished with 10 kicks, 2 handballs, 8 marks, 2 tackles, 2 goals and 86 Fantasy points at the final siren. Clark is still working his way back to top fitness so there’s plenty of improvement to come. Make sure you have him in both Fantasy and Dreamteam.

Young key forwards Jesse Hogan (Fwd. $212,000, 8 be AF. $138,900 DT) and Cameron McCarthy (Fwd. $160,000, -8 be AF. $167,600 DT) were focal points for their teams in Round 1. Hogan was a beast, taking plenty of contested marks and kicking 2 goals on his way to 73 Fantasy points. McCarthy worked really hard, marked plenty and kicked a mini bag of 3 goals to finish with 74 Fantasy points. I really like the look of these two but as young key forwards expect some inconsistent scores along the way. Due to price, McCarthy is an ideal F8 in Fantasy and Hogan an excellent F8 in Dreamteam. Tom Boyd (Fwd. $201,000, 23 be AF. $197,600 DT) 52 and Jack Redpath (Fwd. $154,000, 32 be AF. $197,600 DT) 22 are two young talls you want to avoid!

Adam Saad (Def/Mid. $140,000, -4 be AF. $102,900 DT) and Mitch Honeychurch (Fwd. $197,000, 8 be AF. $225,800 DT) were impressive in their games but it didn’t translate on the Fantasy scoreboard after reaching just 62 and 69 respectively. Saad showed off his power and pace from defensive 50 and he was named as one of the Suns best players on the day. Honeychurch gave the Eagles plenty of headaches at half forward and finished with 13 possessions, 7 tackles and a goal. The Dogs new run and gun and possession game plan suits Honeychurch immensely. Both Saad and Honeychurch are bench keepers.

Nathan Van Berlo (Mid. $282,000, 34 be AF. $231,200 DT) and Brett Goodes (Def. $209,000, 11 be AF. $267,300 DT) are a couple of expensive rookie options that showed a bit in Round 1. Van Berlo was on 49 at half time and looked the goods but faded badly to finish with just 70 Fantasy points. Goodes was important for the Dogs in their impressive win over the Eagles. His ball use was first class but he only had 14 possessions however, 7 tackles boosted him up to 70 Fantasy points. Expect both veterans to improve, as we get deeper into the season.

Although listed as a forward, young Jaden McGrath (Fwd. $158,000, 4 be AF. $117,900 DT) scored 59 Fantasy points playing in the back pocket against the likes of Jamie Elliott and Jarryd Blair. He had 8 possessions and a whopping 34 Fantasy points at quarter time but like most young players faded as the game went on. There’s a lot to like about McGrath and he’s still a cheap option, not for me though.

Both Cameron Ellis-Yolmen (Mid. $133,000, 2 be AF. $124,600 DT) and Touk Miller (Mid. $214,000, 33 be AF. $117,900 DT) were quieter this week than I had anticipated. Ellis-Yolmen was on just 4 Fantasy points at quarter time but showed his potential in the second half to finish with 49. Hopefully he’s not dropped this week for Scott Thompson because I reckon he’ll do some damage against the Pies on Saturday. Touk Miller wasn’t gona to rack up the possessions playing deep forward. The pocket rocket finished with just 6 touches, 4 tackles, 1 goal and 44 Fantasy points. Worrying signs.

Carlton pair Patrick Cripps (Mid. $174,000, 11 be AF. $205,100 DT) and Kristian Jaksch (Def. $183,000, 35 be AF. $217,900 DT) were very disappointing. Cripps struggled with the pace of the game and Jaksch was beaten in most of his 50/50 contests. They scored just 54 and 28 Fantasy points respectively! I’m still confident in Cripps but if you own Jaksch then I’d trade him out. Christian Salem (Fwd. $203,000, 22 be AF. $192,800 DT) is another I expected a lot more from. He played as a halfback, which should have boosted his scoring potential, but against the Suns he could only manage 54 Fantasy points. I’m keeping the faith with Salem for now.

Other rooks from Round 1 worth mentioning include Michael Talia (Def. $182,000, 1 be AF. $203,200 DT) 72, Tory Dickson (Fwd. $221,000, 14 be AF. $249,800 DT) 70, Tom Sheridan (Mid. $225,000, 1 be AF. $229,300 DT) 57, Tim Membrey (Fwd. $177,000, 15 be AF. $180,600 DT) 53, Jackson Nelson (Mid. $154,000, 9 be AF. $117,900 DT) 51, Dean Towers (Fwd. $215,000, 29 be AF. $236,100 DT) 50, Darcy Lang (Mid. $239,000, 38 be AF. $257,400 DT) 48 and Jackson Ramsay (Def. $206,000, 35 be AF. $214,500 DT) 39. At this stage, all of these players aside from Towers and Nelson have pretty decent job security.

Round 1’s green vest club was no big surprise. Jed Anderson (Mid. $183,000, 16 be AF. $151,000 DT) 53, Tom Lamb (Fwd. $209,000, 25 be AF. $117,900 DT) 52, Clem Smith (Mid. $148,000, 17 be AF. $117,900 DT) 38, Jack Sinclair (Mid. $126,000, 14 be AF. $138,900 DT) 33, Cory Gregson (Mid. $152,000, 31 be AF. $117,900 DT) 23, Jarrod Garlett (Mid. $242,000, 65 be AF. $152,900 DT) 16, and Jordan De Goey (Mid. $267,000, 74 be AF. $202,900 DT) 13 all got limited opportunities for their respective teams. Anderson was the green vested youngster that impressed me most. The Jedstar was at his attacking best between the midfield and half forward scoring 53 Fantasy points from just 42% time on ground! Anderson’s speed and skills are a pleasure to watch and with teammate Liam Shiels out for a month, longer on field opportunities should come his way this week. Tom Lamb deserves a quick mention. Lamb wasn’t convincing by any means and he has to work hard on his defensive game but with West Coast’s injury woes he should get more playing opportunities in the short term.

Angus Brayshaw (Mid. $302,000, 41 be AF. $212,900 DT) 69, Adam Oxley (Def. $142,000, 26 be AF. $124,600 DT) 25, Jack Redpath (Fwd. $154,000, 32 be AF. $197,600 DT) 22 and Joel Tippett (Def. $134,000, 38 be AF. $173,600 DT) 6 all received the red vest in their games. Brayshaw is a player to get excited about. The powerful midfielder looked like he well and truly belonged at AFL level and his red vest was about managing his game time early after an injury-interrupted preseason. Brayshaw is tough with a great game sense and I was that impressed by him that I’ll be trying to work out a way to trade him into my Dreamteam this week!

Poor form and scores from Billie Smedts (Def. $181,000, 23 be AF. $200,400 DT) 41, Jed Bews (Def. $219,000, 37 be AF. $238,700 DT) 41, Dom Sheed (Mid. $236,000, 43 be AF. $235,900 DT) 40, Nakia Cockatoo (Mid. $267,000, 55 be AF. $177,900 DT) 38, Jack Lonie (Fwd. $176,000, 27 be AF. $117,900 DT) 37, Eli Templeton (Fwd. $200,000, 44 be AF. $231,400 DT) 26 and Ahmed Saad (Fwd. $171,000, 44 be AF. $153,700 DT) 13 have them all facing the chopping block this week. If you have any of these blokes then look to trade them out as soon as possible.

Please note that if I haven’t mentioned a rookie priced player above, it means I don’t rate them.


Keep Your Eye On

Ben Kennedy (Fwd/Mid. $237,000, 42 be AF. $251,200 DT) – Kennedy is a front runner to replace the injured Steele Sidebottom at the Pies. He’s had an excellent preseason and adds plenty of pace around the packs and up forward. He could cop the green vest though.

Liam Duggan (Mid. $268,000, 47 be AF. $172,900 DT) – Duggan had a late start to the preseason and missed the NAB Challenge as a result. Fortunately, the star midfielder has been tearing it up in the WAFL averaging 21 possessions, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal and 89 Fantasy points so far this season. Look out for him to make an impact early.

Blaine Boekhorst (Mid. $243,000, 42 be AF. $132,900 DT) – The Blues should make a couple of changes after their loss last Thursday night and Boekhorst has to be one of the first inclusions. He’ll add some much needed outside run to the Carlton midfield and should impact the scoreboard. Another green vest risk however.


There you have it. Feel free to ask me a question below and don’t forget to add me on Twitter @JeppaDT for all things Fantasy and more. Happy trading!


  • Great read Jepp, I had most of the good Rooks in RDT, took a punt on Brayshaw which payed off, couldve been even better if he didnt get subbed off but what can you do.

  • Great work again jep. Lamb I’m hoping will be playing every game this year bar injury. I don’t see darling coming back this season with that injury. Lamb looked good just a little bit off the pace but should adjust in his second game and get a few extra tackles and contests. Never know he might squeeze some of the awful kicking miss out of the middle and get a run lol

  • Who should i trade Lonie to in RDT?

    Lamb or McCarthy?

    Im thinking Lamb if he avoids the vest Friday night.

    • If that is your main worry in RDT then you are doing well.

      • Considering I missed Ablett, Rocky and Sidey and scored 1925 i think you could say that.

        Worried about Adams tagging doe.

    • Lamb is significantly cheaper, consider Hogan too!

      • I already have dat man Hogan.

        With Brown goin down I think Lamb will avoid the vest and play in the team most of the year – especially with Darling’s problems

  • Goods or Mclintosh on the ground?

  • What about Lambert?

    • Likely to struggle for a gig, hopefully gets named in a months time when we need a downgrade. Almost certain to wear the vest depending on injury etc…

    • Wont get a game this week with Tigers playing well

  • Hi Jepp,

    A fantastic summary as per usual.

    I’m sure you watched the game on Monday and you gotta feel for young Cockatoo in his first game.

    Every time he looked like getting the ball and breaking away Shaun Burgoyne monstered him !!! Would have happened at least 4 – 5 times….poor bugger.

    • The thing with Cockatoo is he’s an impact player which doesnt suit Fantasy or DT. He’ll get 10-15 touches and kick a goal but thats it.

  • Great summary Jeppa. I may be a Demons die hard, but you were right about Vandenberg avoiding the vest. Shame about Deledio for you, but could be worse.

    Big trick at the moment is who to have on the field. McIntosh is a given, but not too sure out of Salem, Hogan or Clark for that F6 spot.

    • Go with Clartk. Zac Dawson still injured and Silvagni (if he plays) and Johnson are too small for him.

  • Round 1 was a pork knuckle if ever I had one jepp. Cripps has my attention though – wandering if he will either get dropped, enjoy patersons and the sucky weagles or be traded for a brayshaw. not particularly happy to use any trades at this point but might give him another week:/

  • any rookie rucks actually playing? :S seems like slim pickings and no bench cover

  • Great read.
    Just a question,or more a statement. Why does the Afl persist with the sub rule?
    Everyone hates it, the players, the coaches, the spectators, and most of all the fantasy footballer coaches!!!
    It was designed to slow the game down right in an effort to reduce injuries. It hasn’t worked. Infact, it potentially makes things worse. If a healthy player is subbed out at half time than another player or two go down with injuries, than there is no rotation. Injured are forced to take the field while a healthy player sits out with the vest.
    Its dumb right?
    Well…Thats my rant.

    • Agreed.

    • it would have worked if it had stayed 4 interchanges plus subs. but all it’s done is given teams less flexibility with their rotations. they should have just made the 3 emergency players available as injury subs if required.

    • Agreed mate. I thought this is the last year for the sub rule?

  • Start Saad or McIntosh?

    • Hard to go past McIntosh after a ton surely? If you have the DPP you could throw Saad in the mids if you wanted both scoring

  • Hey lads.. made a few frantic last minute bench changes and ended up with 2 dud rookies: Redpath as F8 and Sinclair as M10. I have Rocky and Ablett to worry me this week so I was considering trading one of them to Anderson to make mega coin, but worried about bleeding some points as I’m sacrificing a premo for a bit of money. If I did this the other would be traded to Barlow, Heppell or Lewis.


    • It depends on how many premiums you have still in your mids if you get Anderson and I would be getting Lewis for sure.

    • Trade Ablett and Rocky to Lewis and Barlow/Sloane.

  • Great read Jeppa! Just wondering, where do you find your BEs?

    • I pay the $20 (or whatever it is) for the additional stats. When i click on a player it tells me its BE

  • If I have the luxury trade this week after trading Gazza to Lewis is it worth trading Kk after 1 bad week or not? if so do i chase points with Taylor hunt or upgrade to a premo like Simpson?

  • Great work Jeppa as always! I’m going to drop Jaksch, then move A. Saad into defence in his place & bring in Vandenberg on MID bench.

    Am I going crazy, or is it not possible to do this trade (via Saad being DPP) on AFL Fantasy? I remember the DPP swapping got a bit more difficult last year, & seem’s like they’ve made it harder again! Anyone know how to actually do this?

  • With Dawes and Vince coming back does this mean Newton and V”berg gets the chop.

  • Hi Joppa. Great article:) for the forward line which two should I field out of: honeychurch,Clark,McCarthy and Salem. And for defense do I field saad, McIntosh or goodes and why? Thought would be appreciated

  • Jeppa*

  • Great article mate. Is a MUST read each week!! Just on some details though, Boekhurst had a deadset shocker in the reserves and I see no reason that hes anywhere near getting a call up this week. Tutt and Whiley were standouts for the bullants, Casbault was servicable as a ruck rover and are all far more pushing for call ups. Also keep your yes on Byrne on all things blues. Promoted from the rookie list this week, had a great nab cup, played all 3 and may get a call up.One last thing, in fairness to your call on Jaksch putting in a shocker… what he put in was a full game running around with 2 fractured ribs cause Daisy went down in the first 60 seconds and his club needed him to stay out on the ground. Hats off to him for what must have been a bloody tough debut to Afl footy. Cheers Jeppa

    • Dont be surprised if Boekhorst comes in…as the sub.

      I didnt know Jaksch was playing with broken ribs, he wont play for a couple of weeks then.

      • Yeah as a blues supporter I was harsh on him too after the game before I knew and yep will miss a couple of weeks. Casbault and Tutt flew with the team to Perth today. Boekhurst, though our number 1 pick is sorely out of form and ain’t gonna get even a vest till he can atleast show “something” in the reserves.

  • Hi Jep,

    Great article, thanks!

    Who would you trade in between Hunt and Rich? And for these who would you trade OUT out of Lumumba, Griffen and Ablett?

    Thanks again mate and keep up the good work!

  • I read somewhere that Malthouse said Jaksch copped a good knock to the ribs in the game against the Tigers, may have broken a couple. Pretty sure it was the AFL website.

  • As always a awesome article Jeppa

    I got a luxury trade this week, do you think trading Oxley to Talia a good move?

  • Nice write up Jeppa!

    Wondering with my 2nd trade if going Salem to Hogan/McGrath could be a good move to chase the cash, both have lower BE’s compared to Salem. Cheers.

  • R6WZ7W5V need to fill league thanks guys :)