Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 14

What a week. The sudden passing of a great man and coach, the return of the game’s best and a handful of teams put their hand up for this year’s premiership. The highs and lows of AFL have had an impact on us all this round and Fantasy football is just a minor detail.

No game between the Crows and Cats saw last minute changes to Fantasy and Dreamteam. Without being able to plan for a cancelled match, awarding the averages of Crows and Cats players named for the weekend was a fair outcome for coaches. If you didn’t have too many Adelaide or Geelong players, the top 18 approach adopted by Dreamteam would have had nice benefits.

Looking ahead, many of us are making the last of our big on field improvements and we are all keen on the new wave of rooks coming through to generate the cash!


Three Gamers 



Sam Colquhoun (Def. $279,000, 9 be AF. $248,100, -25 be DT) continued his ball winning ways with 15 kicks, 7 handballs, 8 marks and 84 Fantasy points against excellent opposition in Sydney at the SCG. Playing on a wing and behind the ball allows Colquhoun to get plenty of it and he’ll continue to score well with Collingwood, Adelaide, Essendon and St Kilda his next four opponents. I’m that impressed that I’ll be trading my D6, Oxley to him this week to generate some cash. Colquhoun’s teammate, Nathan Krakouer (Fwd/Mid. $279,000, 33 be AF. $260,500, -1 be DT) continues to make me look bad. I traded out the skillful defender after he was banished back to the rookie list in Round 10 and he has since returned to the seniors on fire. Krakouer was one of Port’s best in the game against Sydney amassing 18 possessions, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 2 goals and 85 Fantasy points. He’s sticking around so if you held him, well done.

Matthew Kreuzer (Ruc. $330,000, 17 be AF. $370,200, 13 be DT) and Shaun McKernan (Ruc/Fwd. $267,000, -3 be AF. $289,800, -12 be DT) are very handy big men. Kreuz played his role and scored 88 Fantasy points from 7 touches, 29 hitouts and a whopping 9 tackles. McKernan was one of a few that showed up for Essendon on the weekend, working hard for his 19 possessions, 3 marks, 26 hitouts and 79 Fantasy points. Obviously keep these giants.

Brendon Ah Chee (Mid. $158,000, -13 be AF. $169,600, -21 be DT) was vestless and played the best game of his short career as a result. As an inside mid, he’s not shy to get amongst the rough stuff and he finished with 11 kicks, 8 handballs, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal and 74 Fantasy points. Ah Chee played well enough to avoid the vest this week but you never guarantee it these days. A risky pick but when there aint that many cheap options available, he could be worth the punt.


Alex Neal-Bullen, 65 (Mid. $201,000, 11 be AF. $155,100, -25 be DT), Keegan Brooksby, 64 (Ruc. $192,000, -6 be AF. $157,800, -28 be DT), Andrew Boston, 60 (Mid. $287,000, 33 be AF. $276,400, 45 be DT), Hugh Beasley, 54 (Def. $183,000, 2 be AF. $173,300, -13 be DT), Billy Stretch, 48 (Mid. $224,000, 26 be AF. $206,200, 18 be DT), Joel Hamling, 45 (Def. $222,000, 26 be AF. $209,500, 11 be DT), Kane Lambert, 42 (Fwd/Mid. $128,000, 12 be AF. $115,700, 3 be DT), Elliott Kavanagh, 41 (Mid. $225,000, 37 be AF. $200,600, 49 be DT) and Alex Pearce, 37 (Def. $193,000, 31 be AF. $194,200, 54 be DT) are not setting scoring records but their breakevens are lower than / close to their averages so you shouldn’t lose out if you hold them. In fact, I would approve if anyone still wants to pick up Brooksby or Lambert.

I’m being stubborn on Trent Dumont, 40 (Mid. $216,000, 34 be AF. $219,000, 57 be DT). He has had 5 green vests from 7 games and by the look of last week; he’d do a better job with a full run than some of his spud teammates. If he plays a few games without the vest, his earnings will escalate quickly. Hold him if you can.


If I haven’t categorised a player from Round 14 under ‘Keepers’ or ‘Don’t Panic’ then trade them out as soon as you can but when appropriate.

Young Toby McLean, 85 (Fwd. $263,000, 3 be AF. $226,300, -38 be DT) has been fantastic the last few weeks but late in the game on Saturday night, he unfortunately injured his shoulder and is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks.

Plenty of popular rooks can now be offloaded given our teams are almost full of premos. This includes Patrick Cripps, 79 (Mid. $453,000, 72 be AF. $468,500, 102 be DT) who is under an injury cloud. Don’t be shy.

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Two Gamers 

1436094849816We are very lucky to have Jack Steele (Fwd/Mid. $272,000, 17 be AF. $117,900, -88 be DT) as a dual position forward / mid. The role he is playing at the Giants is an important one, through the guts with rests up forward. Steele was far from amazing on the weekend but still managed to score a reasonable 63 Fantasy points and he probably would have done better if it wasn’t for Maric’s forearm making heavy contact to his head in the third quarter. In his two games this season, Steele has proven that he’s a player with his toughness, tackling pressure, clean ball skills and I reckon he’s in the best 22 at the Giants especially with Griffen moving to half back. If you don’t have Steele in Dreamteam, trade him in this week! At $272,000, you can live without him in Fantasy.

Zac Jones (Def. $148,000, 13 be AF. $156,600, 17 be DT) held his spot after last week’s debacle and did a reasonable job against the Power. Playing at halfback, the nuggetty defender used the ball well and he won his fair share of contested ball. Scoring 50 Fantasy points is respectable and I’m forecasting a bit of improvement out of him with every game he plays. A viable D7 / D8 option given he’ll likely average 60 with no vests. No Gary Rohan for a month aids his job security that little bit more too.

Nick O’Brien (Mid. $152,000, -4 be AF. $124,600, -31 be DT) probably holds his spot given that Essendon doesn’t have much else to go to. O’Brien had 16 possessions and 58 Fantasy points but he doesn’t damage the opposition when he has the footy in hand. I’m not a fan but he’s quite cheap. Nick Holman, 55 (Def. $180,000, 15 be AF. $180,600, 10 be DT) was uninspiring in his first vestless game for the year. The midfielder is good at the one percenters but he’s not an accumulator of the footy. I suspect that his poor disposal efficiency won’t see him hold his spot for too long also. Avoid.

Talls Jack Redpath (Fwd. $166,000, 13 be AF. $197,600, 29 be DT) and Rory Lobb (Ruc. $188,000, 12 be AF. $176,100, -1 be DT) were respectable on the weekend scoring 61 and 58 respectively but I’m against trading in young key forwards…Jesse Hogan is an exception to the rule.

Stay away from Caleb Marchbank, 39 (Def. $272,000, 65 be AF. $197,900, 28 be DT), as he is not Fantasy relevant this season.


One Gamers

760191-b2be3604-2246-11e5-a000-2ed7e4b5ace9Caleb Daniel (Fwd. $168,000, 14 be AF. $117,900 DT) became a cult figure for Bulldog supporters on debut. The pocket dynamo started in green but came on at the start of the third and managed 14 possessions, 5 marks, 1 goal and 54 Fantasy points in half a game. Watching him closely, his work rate, ability to read the play, decision-making and skills are all impressive. No doubt, Daniel is a vest risk going forward however, short term I think he is a good option given his price. The kid can play and if you do trade him in, make sure it is as a F7 / F8.

I liked the look of Brayden Maynard (Def/Mid. $203,000, 25 be AF. $117,900 DT). In such a big game, he was hard at the footy, applied plenty of pressure on the opposition and was good with his second and third efforts. At the final siren his stat line read 7 kicks, 4 handballs, 2 marks, 6 tackles and 56 Fantasy points. Buckley would have been happy with his performance but at $205,000 in Fantasy, you’d want to see what he produces from another game before jumping on. In saying that, cheap options are limited in Dreamteam especially if you jumped on Steele early and a dual position Maynard is a reasonable option. My advice is to hold fire on Maynard though…Seedsman, Clinton Young and even Scharenberg are pushing hard for his spot. 

Toby Nankervis (Ruc. $134,000, 2 be AF. $124,600 DT) came in for the suspended Kurt Tippett and did his job. The ruckman started at full forward, pinch hitting on the ball when Mike Pyke needed a rest. He finished with 10 touches, 3 marks, 6 hitouts, 2 tackles, 1 goal and 54 Fantasy points but he wasn’t good enough to hold his spot. Tom Downie (Ruc. $133,000, 3 be AF. $124,600 DT) kept Maric honest but failed to have an impact worthy for Fantasy coaches. Playing as the Giants number one ruckman, he finished with just 7 touches, 3 marks, 21 hitouts, 2 tackles and 52 Fantasy points. I suspect Downie will hold his spot this week but with a better tap ruckman in Andrew Phillips breathing down his neck, he is a risky pick.

Blaine Johnson (Fwd. $185,000, 27 be AF. $211,100 DT) gets a notable mention for his 45 Fantasy points however he’s too expensive for the likely returns he will provide. Ariel Steinberg, 38 (Def. $167,000, 27 be AF. $171,600 DT) and Darcy Moore, 15 (Def/Fwd. $258,000, 76 be AF. $182,900 DT) were poor in their games and I’d avoid them at all costs.


Please note that if I haven’t mentioned a rookie priced player above, it means I don’t rate them. Remember rooks are classified as players under $250,000 in Fantasy and/or Dreamteam.


Keep Your Eye On


Anyone call for a big bodied midfielder? Jared Jansen (Mid. $123,000, 23 be AF. $124,600 DT) stands at 192cm, weighs in at 92 kilos and would be a very handy addition to Geelong’s 22 in my opinion. With the Cats injury list growing I’m hoping they turn to their youth and Jansen has been one of their better VFL performers in recent times. He’s a big tackler and should average 60 per game without a vest. Cheap as chips!

A ‘junior’ from a couple of years ago, Nick Kommer (Fwd. $207,000, 38 be AF. $147,700 DT) is available to us at rookie prices again after a lingering knee problem saw him miss the entire 2014 season. The defensive forward is one of Hird’s favourites and I suspect he’ll be named in the seniors very soon after stringing together three VFL games. Kommer won’t be a big scorer by any stretch but his job security will be decent assuming he can stay injury free.

I mentioned Matt Scharenberg (Def. $182,000, 33 be AF. $124,600 DT) last week and whispers are that he is firming strongly for Thursday night versus Port. After a couple of losses, the Pies are coming off a six-day break and Scharenberg is in ripping VFL form. Put him on your watchlist.


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!


  • Hopefully one of Phillips or Nankervis is named this week or I am screweddddd

    • Haha, I knew going into last week with Nan was setting up for an inevitable 0 this week, I regret nothing.

  • Saad or Oxley to Colquhoun this week?

    • You can E loophole Ox (depending on your F8) this week and, given the way he scores big or small, he is ideal for it. I’d keep him if you have that option unless you need the extra cash. If all your Def options are named then I’d trade Ox for the cash.

      • wait, wait… E loophole? is that actually a thing? never realised you could do that before but makes sense. seriously?

  • Should i get rid of amon,cripps or kavanagh

    • Amon should hopefully get a game this week, I would hold him.

    • Depends what you can do with the trade. I.e. Cripps to Steven?

    • I’ve got the same range of choices and am going Kav with the hope of Amon getting back, that gives me enough cash for Cripps to Gaz next week,

  • I think Kommer will be a reasonable scorer and should hit 75 in full games. Was on my watch list preseason.

  • Who would be the best def downgrade for mcintosh, I already have colqhoun and they would be on my bench

  • Hey Jeppa great work.
    Just one question. Would you trade in colquhoun over Brodie smith this week to play on the field? Saves around 60k.

  • Is Cripps playing?

    • Yeh I think he will be…. Go to our private chat on DT Live (port v collingwood game) I want to ask you something.

  • According to Hinkley, Jonas and Carlile are out for tomorrow’s game so that bodes well for Clurey to come back and smash out a solid 20 points

  • Thoughts on Zac Williams from the Giants? 79 and 80 in his last 2.

  • Hoping Maynard or Scharenberg can cement a spot in the Pies defence.

    Need to do a downgrade in the backline next week.

  • Actually Jeppa, do prefer Daniel or Steele in RDT?

  • Nice work again Jep. Was that your white commodore with JEPPA no. plates on Loftus Street ??

  • Doesn’t even look like Fantasia is on the bombers injury list. Good sign

  • Hey guys one question I am thinking of Trading in Colpuhoun for Schade then Trading out Cripps for Rocky. Now I have Clurey sitting on my bench with a cold arse, so if he plays this week am I better off bringing him on the ground and Trading say McCarthy out for Daniel then maybe bring in R Gray then next week I can Dpp Steele into the Mids for Gray and bring Rocky into my side.

  • Thanks barkhammer mate

  • No mention of M Dick for Carlton? Should make his debut after a killer game in the 2’s.

    With the non-existance of $120k rookies who can actually get the ball i will definitely be jumping on if he’s named

  • Hinkley quoted as saying he’ll make 4-5 changes this week…

    Colq and Krak should both be safe surely?

    Also give us a bit of info on Dick if you can?

  • thanks jeppa, always a great read. would you trade out patrick cripps ahead of jesse hogan?

    looking to bring in n.roo, and will be able to get him in if i trade out either of these guys.

    • Before Jeppa has his say… Cripps was on track for 100 before getting withdrawn from the game due to precautionary measures. Hogan is a key forward for a team who will most likely get pumped every couple weeks and see little of the ball. Keep Cripps 99 times out of 100.

      • i’d normally whole-heartedly agree. just worried about the injury cloud. i think hogan is a chance to get a cheeky 100 against essendon. whoever stays in, goes next week anyhow. so who to hold for 1 more week only, the reliable but possibly crippled cripps or a cheeky chance hogan? possibly each good for 80-100 each this week. i’m leaning towards hogan! or am i crazy?

        • which leaves me at, who to bench out of krak, hogan or steele?

          or fold hogan, hold cripps and bench him?…it never ends with this game!

          …my head hurts.

          • Bench Krak, chuck the E on him and if he goes 80+ tomorrow night then play a non-playing player on field to get his score.

            Depends who you’d trade Cripps too. If it’s an upgrade or to Rocky/JPK, then pull the trigger in an instant.

            Hogan could go boom vs. Essendon and a 70-90 on the cards.

          • yes brilliant idea, i’ll do that! cheers for your input.

            it would be cripps > n.riewoldt via DPP

            then hogan to rocky via DPP again next week. seems a bit backwards maybe. could go rocky this week, nick next week. but for now this is what i’m thinking.

  • Best rookie defender to get out of Maynard, Beasley, Jones or Kolo?

    • If Dick is named, go him. 120k coming off 30+ disposals running through midfield in VFL, last game team got pumped by 100 – still got 35 touches.

      • surely he would have the worst js out of them though? need an emergency on my bench after edwards screwed up.

        • I just think if it’s for an Emergency, don’t pay more than 120k. Saying that, Jones is a good call if Dick isn’t named. Beasley is a guaranteed 40-50 though and still at a good price. If I didn’t need the extra 30k to get to Boyd, I’d go Beasley over Dick.

  • Which two are priority? Rich, Saad, Oxley, Cripps?

  • Wow, Jeppa. They’ve really done the dirty on you. Your first 2 mentions, Colquhoun & Krakouer, are both out.

  • How the f@#% is colq dropped?!??!! Faaarrrgfggkjjjjfj

    • Watching the game against Sydney, he continually stuffed his kicks up, turning it over a lot

  • Worth holding either Colq or Krak?

    I’m still staggered by these omissions

  • Hm worth holding if you have cover, obviously not worth trading in this week. Flippin hinkley.

  • Colquhoun to Maynard or will Colq be back soon? Currently only have CLurey as cover :/

    • anything could happen at port right now. considering their low break evens i’d hold colq and krak for now. who knows, they could be back next week. but need to keep a close watch. i don’t think these would override most other priorities.

  • Dont you love it when the teams are named and all your plans are throw into chaos – No Grundy and then Colquhoun & Krakouer dropped …… arrrgghhhh

  • No Colq or Scharenberg.

    What’s the best downgrade target? Z Jones?
    Or would it be better to aim for a midpricer like B Smith?

    • personally don’t understand the smith hype. i’d prefer jones. i’m backing in maynard though myself. could be risky, but from risk comes reward. his def/mid DPP is handy at the very least.

  • Well Colq being dropped has stuffed up my trades this week.
    Jeppa was planning on going Ox to Colq, then upgrading McCarthy to Reiwoldt.
    Thoughts on Ox to Steele and dpp Newnes back to def, or trading Nelson to someone like Riley Knight and holding Ox for next week? Either way I can get Reiwoldt.
    I have Dumont/Amon as my M8, maybe to risky having 2 rookies in my mids?

  • G’day jep, if playing Jones at D6 allows me to get Hodge, should I do it?

  • Morning Jeppa. Great read as usual.

    Like many I planned on bringing in Colquhoun this week. If Saad Misses should I get Maynard (if he avoids the vest) or Jones?