Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 18

After a well-deserved trip to Bali filled with sand, surf, Nasi Goreng and Bintang, I’m in a good space to bring you some important rookie updates.

An abundance of new comers hit the field last week but making the right choice is critical as we approach Fantasy finals. Check out my comments below for all your rookie needs and feel free to leave a question for me to answer.

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Ryan Clarke (Mid. $225,000, -1 be AF. $184,000, -37 be DT) – I underestimated this kid last week and for that I apologise. In just his third AFL game, Clarke was one of North’s best players after amassing 8 kicks, 18 handballs, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 81 Fantasy points against the Pies. He runs all day and will continue to score above 75 especially against the Saints this week. It’s a shame Clarke doesn’t tackle more otherwise we’d all have him regardless of price. For those with deep pockets!

Aaron Francis (Def/Mid. $232,000, 27 be AF. $202,300 DT) – Those that saw Francis play against the Lions now understand the hype. A one touch, one grab player, he’s super clean and 72 Fantasy points form 9 kicks, 7 handballs, 7 marks and 2 tackles is a great start. He began the match down back but looked at home in the forward line with his contested marking. Playing forward could hinder his scoring though. Francis’s dual position status is a big plus but I’m not a fan of spending the extra at this stage of the game. May suit a few.

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 1.24.37 AMSam Menegola (Mid. $158,000, -22 be AF. $121,300 DT) – What a warrior! After all the injuries and all the adversity, Menegola persisted with his AFL dream and he finally made his debut last Saturday. Coming in as a late inclusion, he surprised many with his work rate and racked up 26 possessions, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 100 Fantasy points against one of the hardest teams to score against in the Crows. He was also one of the Cats best players and thus there are no job security issues for the short term. It’s a no brainer to trade in Menegola…you can’t do better this week.

Jordan Foote (Mid. $132,000, 13 be AF. $121,300 DT) – Was ok on debut but there’s room for improvement. Against the Blues, Foote always made a contest but lacked the possession numbers to give us a significant score. He’s more than capable of hitting 70 plus Fantasy points and against Fremantle this weekend it will be brighter skies. A cheaper option than Menegola but I cant guarantee his job security long term.

Josh Schoenfeld (Mid. $185,000, -1 be AF. $121,300 DT) – First year Gold Coast footballer, Schoenfeld is a hard running, outside mid that rarely wastes a possession. His skills were on display against the Dockers and he finished with 19 touches (78% efficiency), 8 marks, 4 marks and a handy 85 Fantasy points. Assuming he can stay fit, Schoenfeld will play out the season and the Dees, GWS, Essendon, Collingwood and Port is a great run home. He’s already a little pricey for a rookie but should still be considered.

Shane Yarran (Fwd. $136,000, 8 be AF. $121,300 DT) – A stereotypical small forward, Yarran is an opportunist not an accumulator. He scored 52 against Gold Coast from 10 possessions and 2 goals but even that’s overachieving. Yarran will score poorly and should be avoided.

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 1.28.31 AMNathan Drummond (Def. $139,000, 2 be AF. $144,900 DT) – He didn’t set the world alight but the attributes are there for Drummond to become a very good AFL player. The Murray Bushrangers product is a natural, running half back but he was used forward by Hardwick, which limited his output in my opinion. His stat line at the final siren read 6 kicks, 4 handballs, 5 marks, 1 goal and 60 Fantasy points but I’m forecasting improvement next week and beyond. With the Tigers out of the finals race, they have to develop their youth so don’t worry about Drummond’s job security. A solid option.

Josh Cowan (Def. $165,000, -6 be AF. $161,700, -25 be DT) – Solid with out being amazing. That’s how I sum up Cowan’s game against the Crows. The defender / midfielder played his role for the Cats and had 12 touches, 4 marks, a whopping 6 tackles and 66 Fantasy points at the final siren. Bench back up only but his job security should be perceived as a risk!


Considering price, scoring potential & job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie downgrade options for Round 18:


  1. Sam Menegola
  2. Nathan Drummond
  3. Josh Schoenfeld
  4. Ryan Clarke
  5. Jordan Foote


  1. Sam Menegola
  2. Ryan Clarke
  3. Josh Schoenfeld
  4. Sam Naismith
  5. Josh Cowan

Twitter Q&A

You’ll get more value out of Drummond depending on your current team but Schoenfeld is still a very good option.

I am!

Yes! He could get more midfield time with Wallis out.

Yep. Your Starting 22 is always the priority.


Personally, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Look for value instead.

Option 1.

Collins…no doubt.


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!



  • Hi Jeppa , Thanks for your work.

    3K short of going Hams to Montagna and Matherson to Menegola. Could go Hams to Gunston and get Menegola.
    At present have gone Hams to Monty and Ruggles to Drumond leaving me 54K.

    How important is getting Menegola?

    • I reckon Menegola is a good option if you’re downgrading a bench player to generate cash which you’ll use elsewhere. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bend over backwards to bring him in

    • Don’t worry too much about missing on Menegola. Your starting 22 is the priority

  • Quality article Jep! Any new cheap rookies in line to debut this week? Looking for another downgrade target for SOS (can be FWD or MID) after going Jansen>Menegola. Any idea? Cheers

    • adam marcon a sneaky chance for debut for the tigers been playing well in vfl and is tough as nails mature age mid. Jake barrett from GWS has been killing the neafl getting 30-40+ touches on the regular been on the cusp all year. rupert wills sam skinner malcolm karpany and declan mountford all chances to debut before years end but i wouldnt put the house on them.

    • Keep an eye on Marcon

  • Hey Jep, missed your article last week!

    Better to get rid of Hams, Beast Mode or Phillips this week for Menegola? Gives me the cash to bring in Sam Mitchell for Gaff and keeping Clay Smith at F6 for another week.

    Might have to look at Drummond next week for Ruggles / Collins.

    • Just be aware there’s a big chance Mitchell will miss the R22 game against west coast.

      • Really? With the R23 bye as well? I reckon there will be less rested players in the final H&A round this year. They won’t want to miss 2 weeks of football in the lead into finals, IMO (see Essendon in 1990 GF, with drawn/replayed preliminary final)

        • Yeah, he could be fine – but there’s a big chance. He’s been rested twice already this year and if Hawks have top spot secure all bets are off. I’d feel much better with someone like Pendles, who almost never misses a game, even if Mitchel averages 5-10 points more.

    • I’d get rid of Hams first due to his higher b/e (46) than Mathieson (37) and Mathieson’s got an easier game this week. I wouldn’t trade Phillips ahead of those two because he’s not going to generate you much cash.

    • Offload Philipps

  • Worth double downgrading Ruggles + Hams to Drummond + Menegola?

    Gives me 357k and only Clay Smith and Mathieson/Menegola on field for non premos.

    • If you can’t get to a premium this week and don’t need to win a league game/ not fussed with overall, that sounds fine. C. Smith, Menagola and to a lesser extent, Mathieson are all good enough to field as a stop gap. It might be worth getting lower priced players who can still score well like B.Crouch and Monty instead of holding out for dead set guns.

    • Nah downgrade, upgrade this week.

  • Thanks Jeppa great article as always. Will be double downgrading to Menagola and Drummond this week as have a top 4 spot on lock and not too many value for money premiums this week.

    All the best for climbing the rankings even further!

  • I still have Ruggles at D6, and Hams at F6.
    I dont want to field either, my mid is complete so trading Menegola this week is a waste.
    Thoughts on:
    Jansen (M10) – Naismith and move to F6 via DPP. Hams F7 to make a little more cash and dg next week.
    Ruggles – Enright for D5 POD?

  • Jeppa, are you confident that you can win the lot or finish top 3?

    I’m 12 spots behind you – how confident can we be in booking flights to Melbourne for our GF package?

    • I’m a Giants member. I’m confident that I’ll be able to buy a ticket at least.

    • I’ll be lucky to finish in the top 10 mate. It’ not easy.

      • Kelly and Boyd out, and not having either of them, certainly helps me this week.

        Jeppa I would have thought Naismith plays for Stef for you, Clay on the field for one more week, Cox down to Archie and then Kelly/Collins/Boyd to the Doctor, or are you going to field Cowan and Collins?

  • Thanks Jeppa. Love your work identifying young guns, but is there much point in downgrading for earning potential now?

    In my case, I only have McVeigh, Blics, Clay Smith, JJK and Menzel under $450k in my 22. I would like to upgrade them all with my next 5 trade pairs and get as many $$$ off the pine as possible.

    I have Collins, Hams, Frost, Naismith and Silvagni on the pine.

    My theory is to downgrade the most expensive bench player each week to the cheapest throwaway available. So this week it is Hams down to Apeness ($120k) for F8 not giving a damn whether or not he plays again, which funds the JJK to Zorko upgrade.

    Basically, trading Menegola in I would do in a heartbeat 3 rounds ago, but coming in now I’m not sure I’ll get a chance to cash in.

    Does my theory make sense, or is getting Apeness in just stupid?

    • It makes sense… The only thing being that you could use menegola on field in a pinch given any late round carnage.

      • There is ALWAYS R22 & R23 carnage when team rest players, having decent rookies could be huge.

        If you have a DPP fwd in your mids, I’d take the risk, but if not it’s a big risk.

    • You should still pick youngsters with decent job security mate.

    • I’m all over your theory. It’s a risk, but a calculated one and if you think you’ll need to take a risk to win your league then go for it.
      This week I’m bringin in Mabior Chol for Frost, next week I’ll bring in another cheap DPP RUC/FWD into the FWD line, so that I can utilise Naismith as cover on two lines. I’ll have two DPP MID/FWD players and Naismith available to cover three lines – mid, fwd, ruc. Plus potentially still Phillips if he gets a game.
      Last week I brought in DPP DEF/MID Clayton for $125k. I still have Collins and if need be I can swing Hodge back to cover a second defender out. I’d need four outs in one week (six, really, because I can always side trade) to have a doughnut.
      The plus side is that I get to have my team complete sooner, and with the best option, not needing to look for value and hope.
      Good luck Daniel.

    • Yeah but he’s saving $5k by getting Apeness over a $125k fwd with a heartbeat at least. Maybe in the last 2 weeks it’s worth it, and I’d understand it now in the Ruck line with a Naismith putting up 70’s, but a bit too early to carry a spud in the forward line yet I reckon. Cash is king! Good luck with it.

  • Who is better to field this week Ryan Clarke or Menegola

  • Apologies for posting my entire team here, but really lost this week and need the great Jep’s guidance!

    DEF: Shaw, Vince, Simpson, Bartel, Laird, Suckling (Ruggles, Collins)
    MID: Rocky, Hunter, Steven, Parker, Neale, Selwood, Titchell, Hodge (Mathieson, Wagner)
    RUC: Gawn, Martin (Naismith, Currie)
    FWD: Merrett, Zorko, Martin, Montagna, I.Smith, C.Smith (Phillips, Reid)

    99k in the bank, thinking Wagner -> Menegola and Isaac Smith up to Riewoldt? Could get rid of Mathieson and Clay instead but they have more money to make, thoughts?

  • who should i bring in, kelly or shaw?

  • Good to have you back Jeppa. Never leave again.

  • Now where the fuck is Freako?

  • any chance of jake long getting a game this season??

  • Hey Jeppa, is Skinner a good option to downgrade to this week??

  • Colse or Tumbridge a good option to bring in this week???