Jeppa’s Juniors – 2017 Forwards & Rucks

This season, quality rookie forwards come at a cost. We’d all love to spend $150,000 on multiple youngsters with guaranteed job security but unfortunately we are not that lucky. Given the slim pickings on other lines, I’m currently rolling with two starting forward rooks and I recommend you do the same. It’s undoubtedly the year for midpricers.

As for the rucks, well it’s pretty thin as usual. Almost all of us will have my cheap nominated rookie rucks on our benches come Round 1.

Considering role, job security and scoring ability, here are my best forward and ruck rookie options (not in order) TO START WITH this season…

 

FORWARDS

1. Brett Eddy

AFL Fantasy Price: $150,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $109,300
Predicted Average: 54

He’s rookie listed but keep your eye on the Power’s latest mature age recruit. Eddy has been a colossus in the SANFL in recent seasons and he’s versatile enough to play as both a key and medium forward. The 27 year old looked pretty comfortable his first AFL preseason hitout against the Saints last Thursday too with 6 kicks, 5 marks and 36 Fantasy points from less than half a game of footy. Job security is the issue with Eddy and unless injuries strike at Port Adelaide then he might not get promoted to the senior list prior to Round 1. If all goes to plan and Eddy is named for Round 1 then leave him on your bench as he wont be a big time scorer.

2. Ben Ainsworth

AFL Fantasy Price: $244,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $206,300
Predicted Average: 62

When you think of Ainsworth, think of a young Dayne Zorko. The dynamic forward is incredibly agile, has pace to burn and he knows where the goals are. He showcased his talent in JLT Week 2 with 13 possessions (92.5% efficiency), 2 marks, 1 tackle, 2 goals and 55 Fantasy points from 57% time on ground. Problem with Ainsworth is, will he find enough of the footy on a consistent basis? He’ll definitely have some great games but I think it’s a big ask for him to score 70+ each week. Inconsistency is a down side but the positive is job security. His dual position fwd/mid status will also come in handy. Not for me but still a decent option.

3. Dan Butler

AFL Fantasy Price: $150,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $132,400
Predicted Average: 63

Well here’s some value! Butler is your modern day small forward who hasn’t put a foot wrong this preseason. From intraclubs to the JLT Series, it is all looking very good for Round 1. He puts the pressure on in the Tiger’s forward half, which will give us plenty of +4’s and he breaks the lines and creates with his speed. Butler does have competition at Richmond for the small forward role with Castagna, Rioli and now Shai Bolton but Hardwick has played two zippy forwards in the past and that should continue. He’ll be a popular pick and he’s currently my F6 in AFL Fantasy.

4. Jack Bowes

AFL Fantasy Price: $232,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $179,300
Predicted Average: 62

Picking Bowes comes with its risk. Expensive for a rookie, Bowes has been talked up by coach Rodney Eade (source) but as good as he may become, he’s still very raw. Like Ainsworth, Bowes’ job security will be decent but those unscheduled rests and quiet games will sting when you’re paying well over $200k for a cashcow. I doubt he’ll be a popular selection this season given his price, which might give some a nice point of difference. If I decide to pick him it will be in Fantasy only so I can trade him out if it turns pear shaped. I like him as a player but he’s on my watchlist only for now.

5. Hugh McCluggage

AFL Fantasy Price: $246,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $210,800
Predicted Average: 64

McCluggage is AFL ready. Last year’s pick 3 in the draft is a serious talent even if it hasn’t translated on to the field yet. He’s only managed 45 and 37 Fantasy points from 65% and 74% time on ground respectively but the opportunities will no doubt be there for him this season and he looks set for Round 1 (source). McCluggage averaged an impressive 118 Fantasy points in the TAC Cup last year so he’s Fantasy relevant but it could take some time adjusting to the big stage. I’ve never been a big fan of spending $200,000 plus on rookies but for McCluggage I may make an exception.

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6. Aaron Black

AFL Fantasy Price: $150,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $132,400
Predicted Average: 57

Plenty are getting excited about Aaron Black but its not all sunshine and rainbows. Yes, he had a great game in JLT Week 1 amassing 13 possessions, 1 mark, 4 tackles, 4 goals and 79 Fantasy points but what happens when he doesn’t bag a major? Owners wont be thrilled with sub 50 scores. Black is definitely a talented footballer and thankfully, he’s impressed plenty in his short time at Geelong (source) but a spot in their best 22 is far from assured. If the stars align and he plays Round 1, I’ll pick him but as a bench warmer. He’s too cheap to ignore.

7. Jay Kennedy-Harris

AFL Fantasy Price: $150,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $160,400
Predicted Average: 54

Value is the theme for Kennedy-Harris. Entering his 4th season of AFL, JKH is mature enough to know how hard he needs to work and he was recently endorsed as a big improver by new coach Simon Goodwin (source) so take note. With the Dees on the way up, he should score at a decent click but there wont be too many games where he reaches 60+ Fantasy points. Kennedy-Harris is bench back up only ladies and gentlemen so if he’s starting on your field then move him to the pine!

8. Sam Durdin

AFL Fantasy Price: $150,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $132,400
Predicted Average: 52

Meet North’s new swingman. Over the summer, Durdin has been moulded as a key defender after spending most of last season in the VFL up forward. He’s got the backing of veteran teammate, Scott Thompson (source) and with the ability to play multiple roles, his job security is looking very solid. Unfortunately, young key talls aren’t traditionally big Fantasy scorers however at a bargain basement price, he’s ideal as an F8 especially with North Melbourne looking to blood some youth this season. Durdin is sitting pretty on my forward bench.

9. Kayne Turner

AFL Fantasy Price: $216,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $180,900
Predicted Average: 57

Courageous with plenty of fight, Turner will be a regular for the Kangaroos this season. The nuggety forward applies plenty of pressure on the opposition and Brad Scott has been a huge fan in recent seasons. Spots have opened up at North but Turner’s lack of scoring punch and inflated price will be an issue for some Fantasy coaches. He’s yet to fire in the JLT series but I wouldn’t put a line through him yet. Keep him on your watchlist.

10. Will Hoskin-Elliott

AFL Fantasy Price: $230,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $258,900
Predicted Average: 63

Hey Will, come to Collingwood and we’ll give you plenty of opportunities unlike those you received at GWS. That’s a summary of Derek Hine’s comments to the young rangy forward to get him to the Magpie nest in the off season. In fairness, WHE has had more than his fair share of injuries over the past couple of years but his preseason to date has been excellent and he featured in the Pies first JLT series game with 13 possessions, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 2 sausage rolls and 70 Fantasy points. Playing up forward with stints on the wing, he fits into the Pies best 22 so he’s worth the extra spend but don’t expect massive scores. I’m sitting on the fence for now.

 

Some of you may ask why Tim Taranto and/or Matthew Kennedy aren’t in my Top 10. The answer is simple really, JOB SECURITY or lack there of. GWS are stacked with talent and I cant see Taranto or Kennedy slotting into the Giants 22 on a regular basis.

Other rookie priced forwards that could come into Fantasy and Dreamteam contention this season include Josh Thomas, Josh Begley, Riley Knight, Oliver Florent, Cam McCarthy, Jy Simpkin, James Stewart, Jordan Dawson, Jordan Gallucci, Shai Bolton, Callum Brown, Tyrone Leonardis, Jarrod Pickett, Kieran Lovell, Callum Brown, Harry McKay, Michael Apeness, Teia Miles, Sam Weideman and Harley Balic.

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RUCKS

There are only a few rookie priced ruckmen I’d consider starting with this season…

1. Braydon Preuss

AFL Fantasy Price: $150,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $132,400
Predicted Average: 59

Preuss is an absolute brute of a bloke! The young ruckman is a small chance to play alongside Goldstein this season but I suspect Brad Scott will run with Ben Brown as a pinch hitting, secondary ruckman. Preuss did team up with Goldy against the Hawks last weekend however, and he finished with a notable 6 possessions, 2 marks, 27 hitouts, 2 tackles, 3 goals and 76 Fantasy points. There’s no doubt that Preuss will play senior football at some point this season so he could be handy down the track. Cheap, cheap, cheap.

2. Darcy Cameron

AFL Fantasy Price: $156,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $125,300
Predicted Average: 60

Big Darcy Cameron is handy for your ruck bench. The Swans third/fourth choice ruckman is listed as a dual position ruck/forward which is non negotiable for at least one of your ruck bench players. Injuries to Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith may however, see Cameron debut in Round 1 (source)! The lad from Claremont just needs to play 10+ games so we can all sleep a bit better at night knowing we’ve got a playing ruck emergency. Get him in your team!

3. Tim English

AFL Fantasy Price: $214,000
AFL Dreamteam Price: $138,800
Predicted Average: 52

Injuries to the Dogs talls propels English up the rookie ruck order. Touted as the next Dean Cox, he has got the skills on the ground and in the air, he just needs to add strength to his light frame so he can compete against the bigger bodies. English played last night in the JLT as the Dogs number 1 ruckman and got pushed around like a rag doll. 13 possessions, 2 marks, only 5 hitouts, 3 tackles and 54 wasn’t the worst stat line known but it won’t get much better. Even though he could play a few early games, English isn’t worth the extra spend in my opinion. I personally would run with Cameron and Preuss on your ruck bench in Fantasy and Cameron solely for Dreamteam.

 

Look out for my post JLT Series analysis on the forward and ruck rookies that performed well, those that struggled and maybe one or two that snuck under the radar! Remember rooks are classified as players under $250,000 in either Fantasy or Dreamteam.

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106 Comments

  • Thanks Jeppa. Slim forward & ruck pickings as things stand currently.

    10 team RDT league code: 144793. All welcome

  • Hugh McCluggage looked lost last night..

    Pass!

    Good Luck

  • Great as always jeppa although there are some guys I would love to hear more about namely Pickett, McCarthy, Florent and Knight.

    How would you rate these 4 in terms of job security and scoring potential?

  • Also, Dan Butler absolutely stinks of Menadue. Not going anywhere near him.

    • Why? Because he plays for Richmond? Menadue is a rangy winger, Butler is a FP. Besides, Menadue wasn’t all that bad. As long as he wasn’t on your ground and he was out of your side by about round 7. I’d only be slightly disappointed with another Menadue sitting at F7/8.

    • Don’t think we can afford to be picky this year.

  • Thanks Jeppa.
    Thoughts on Freo’s Sean Darcy? Yes he’s down the pecking order, but with Sandi’s old calves, Griffin getting on and Zac Clarke ruled out til mid season… he becomes more viable. Unless Freo see Apeness as the other ruck option in a ruck/fwd role…

    Granted that last weekend I only saw Darcy once – taking a mark in backline…he’ll never be a high scorer

  • How are Pickett’s stocks going? Still in line for R1?

  • I have Eddy and Butler on the field and Black/Durdin on the bench and Cameron on my ruck bench

  • Hey guys would love to know what everyones thoughts ate on Stef Martin vs Jacobs and also my ruck line up:

    Martin,Mumford (Cameron,Preuss)
    or
    Jacobs,Ryder (English,Cameron)

  • Corey Wagner? Looked decent against the Hawks with plenty of mid/half forward time.

  • What do you guys think of Sandilands?

    • tall, old, prone to rucking with his mouth open.

      … but if injury free, will be able to dominate the tap. That’s not going to score enough points to be viable considering his increasing lack of mobility around the oval.

    • Likes to back up into Nic Nats knee to.
      In all fairness if he looks fit he could be a decent mid price till the bye rounds, quite risky tho

  • Surely Pickett is better at F6 then Butler. High draft pick and the Blues chased him for a reason so u would say no issue with JS?
    WHE will ave about 55-60. I think it’s better to pay a bit more for a player who has better JS then some 150K rooks

  • I think J Thomas will be entering a lot of teams before Rd 1. Good value IMO.

  • Dyson Heppell and tony Nankervis
    Or
    David swallow and Sam Jacobs

  • Thanks Jeppa,

    Any thoughts on Riley Knight as a higher priced rook F5? Similar priced to Bowes and McCluggage, would have to be in the mix to take Lyons role, especially with CEY gone.

  • Really disappointed with your two rookie articles so far.
    No Marchbank mention in the previous article (Not even in the ‘other rookies to watch’ part)
    No Pickett or Knight here.
    Can guarantee especially Knight being ahead of the list on Durdin, JKH and Turner.
    Missed the first preseason game as part of his preseason management but is highly rated by the Crows and back in for the 2nd preseason game and has proven he can score well in the SANFL and had some decent games for the Crows at the end of 2015 including playing both finals.
    Usually enjoy your Rookie articles but question your commitment this year to it.
    Should get me to do the Rookie articles.
    10 Midfielders.
    Sam Powell-Pepper
    Harrison Wigg
    Jake Barrett
    Will Setterfield
    Lukas Webb
    Will Brodie
    Zac Fisher
    Jordan Foote
    2 of Joe Atley, Dylan Clarke and Declan Mountford

    • do an article then, post it here so someone can pick it to pieces because you didn’t include lovell, mcglugage, ainsworth, SPS, bowes, florent, berry, boulton, graham, ect, ect.

    • I take great offence to this Will.
      Disappointing.

      • Why ?
        I simply found the absence of Marchbank, Pickett and mainly Riley Knight very questionable. Enough to point out my surprise.
        I also said I’m an avid reader of your Jeppas Juniors articles and been a fan.
        But will learn from this and just be like everyone else and write the same generic response like everyone else.
        Be a really wonderful world if everyone was the same as everyone else.

        • you said you should have his job. That is more than being “questionable”

        • Don’t ever question my commitment!

        • There is a distinct difference between having a contrary opinion and being disrespectful. Also, you void the right to feel “extremely disappointed” when it’s a free service, in my view. We all want contrary views, but at least provide a solid case.

        • Put your money where your mouth is. Proof is always in the pudding. Let’s see your top 10, in depth.

      • +1, good read jeppa, appreciate the insight

    • I personally would hold off your critism until the season begins… for mine Jeppa has the runs on the board over the journey

      None of us (that I’m aware of) have a crystal ball so I’m going to follow Jeppa into battle on this one.

    • Will EAD,if your so knowledgeable why even read the articles?
      Without a doubt Jeppas articles are the most informative and relevant on the DT website.

      • “If i’m so judgemental why even read the articles ?”
        Did you not read my comment in full ?
        I said I used to find his Jeppas Juniors an extremely important read.
        Just said I had been a bit disappointed in the 2 so far. I’m allowed an opinion am I not ?
        I did not name call, abuse or anything like that. If that makes me a dick so be it.

        • I said knowledgeable, not judgemental. As in if you know the best rookies to put in then why even bother reading the info.
          I am sure Jeppa watches every match and puts in hours of research into this, but he cant include every player.
          Of course you are, but to put the man down for not including some players is harsh.

      • Exactly Kingzy.

        Jeppas Juniors is the most informative and important article on this website IMO. He does thorough research and always comes through with the goods.

        Who you end up choosing to put in your team is up to you but Jeppa is just here to give us some insight on who he thinks are these best options.

        So if you’re all that with rookies, Will, then please submit an article but until then how about you crawl back into whatever shitbox you came out of.

    • Whilst I don’t disagree with the points you make on some players Will, there’s an appropriate way to raise your opinion without coming across as a Matthew DICK. To raise concern over Jeppa’s judgement on the rankings of some players is one thing, but to then have the audacity to question his commitment to the article is definitely taking things too far. Even if you ranked first in the competition and were spot on with your thoughts on Knight and Marchbank, it doesn’t excuse your attack of a bloke who’s just trying to help the general fantasy public make rookie selection a little easier. Try again.

      • Its amazing. Not once did I resort to an Eat a Dick or Matthew DICK comment. Says more about you ‘Unsuspecting Observer’ and ‘Kingzy1’ and your maturity levels.

        • Don’t worry observer , this will prick is just a good example of what they call a troll or a keyboard warrior.

        • So what was the line
          “Usually enjoy your Rookie articles but question your commitment this year to it.” then.

          The last half re commitment is a bit……………

    • who was that bloke 2 years ago who made similar comments each week? seriously, we all have a whinge now and then, but this is the sort of whinge you make when you just spent a few hundred $ on a crap repair. This is free, I think making the time alone justifies any commitment jeppa has.

      • i question jeppars choices for every article he writes, but he nearly always gets it right and proves me wrong , particularly if you follow him on twitter, hes advice about what players to stay away from is ezceptional , and your talking about a guy who nearly won the fantasy competition last year, jeppa you are a legend ! your commitment is first class, the other guy just thinks he is smart because he used to touch riley knight in PE.

    • Bit out of line mate, Jeppa will usually answer you if you ask why he hasn’t included someone or rates one player over another – usually its taking into account job security or potential scoring. No need to have a go at him or his dedication.

      I’ve disagreed with Jeppa a bunch of times, but the bloke helps us for free and has so many runs on the board.

      Pull your head in.

    • Bit out of line mate, Jeppa will usually answer you if you ask why he hasn’t included someone or rates one player over another – usually its taking into account job security or potential scoring. No need to have a go at him or his dedication.

      I’ve disagreed with Jeppa a bunch of times, but the
      bloke helps us for free and has so many runs on the board.

      Pull your head in.

      • Bit unnecessary

      • Takes one to know one.
        Pretty pathetic from someone who is one of the main people on the site to drop a name call on someone simply giving his honest opinion (without name calling).
        Shows who the real knob is.

        • just shut up will ur rookiesw u mention only 3 are any good and there questionable wigg ? barrett ? powell pepper tick marchbank tick but there maybe cheaper backs knight intresting. and all the rest u mention are crap

          • Id love to hear you name some better MIDFIELD rookie options than I did seeing their are so few.
            Go for it.
            Name 1 rookie priced midfielder I didnt mention above who will play early and score more ?
            Or did you not read where i said 10 MIDFIELDERS

  • Thoughts on Josh Daicos? Named again for Collingwood this week and played well in JLT1 and the intra-club. Would be very handy if he were to play early.

    • Will have to wait and watch him this week before making any calls. He is playing in a pretty classy side this week but we have to remember who is missing, Elliot and Smith, so if he is doing either of those roles, I’d be cautious.

      • Thanks for the response.

        Yeah that’s a really good point, what I saw of him in the intra I don’t see him necessarily playing either of those guys positions, but we’ll have to see how he goes tomorrow. Would need a good performance to push for selection R1 given how stacked the Pies are with mids and small forwards, but I wouldn’t put it past him at this stage.

  • Callum Brown was in the running to debut early before glandular fever just wondering what you think of his potential output??

  • No Taranto, pretty disappointing when he is by far the best player out of all the rookies

  • I’m pretty interested in Teia Miles. Hodge really seems to rate him. IIRC the comment was ‘I’d be very surprised if Miles didn’t get games very early’.

    His scoring isn’t fantastic but I reckon there’s a likely 60 average that can be relied upon on the bench. Currently sits at M8 for me with his forward DPP.

    A little surprised he wasn’t mentioned, but still a great read Jeppa! Have just moved butler to F6.

    Any idea what Eddy averaged last year in the SANFL?

  • Three spots left, feel free to join: 652984

  • RDT 565459

  • After reading the mob mentality comments towards Will, I honestly can say that I’m totally disgusted. Your comments are as bad as his. I’m not taking his side in any form or way, but in saying that I do believe the two articles aren’t Jeppas best, but understanding that the rookies this year aren’t clear cut like previous years and what Jeppa has given us, is still a good resource and many
    thanks for it.

    Bye

    • Yep I actually agree. People love to get righteous!!
      Some pretty noticeable players missing. I think what was supposed to be constructive criticism went a little overboard, but Will made a few valid points.
      I love Jeppa’s articles too. Just wondering why those couple of players were missed? Worth an update?

    • Anyone who resorts to insults in an argument instantly loses any high ground.

      Sure Will could have phrased his comment better, but people calling him dick and knob aren’t any better at all. They are probably worse tbh.

    • Maybe some people could use some better language but Jeppa deserves to be backed up. Language aside, what Will was saying was Jeppa wasn’t doing what the rest of us knows he does – put in the hard yards to help people who aren’t as good as Will rates himself. Jeppa also writes without talking down to anyone, not easy to do when people who can do their own research rate themselves so much better then feel like they can tell the world.

      Will, we don’t want to know how well you rate yourself mate. We don’t care for you being offfensive to people who have earned our respect. Most of all, you don’t earn anyone’s respect by telling them how good you are.

  • Dear jeppa
    Can you give us your thoughts on marchbank?

    Many thanks

  • Thanks Jeppa

    Your efforts are always appreciated and make for informative reading
    Sadly this year there are no real standouts which hopefully will make for variety amongst most teams
    Just updating JHK has a broken arm out for two months
    When do rookie listed players get updated???
    Good luck in 2017

  • I’m hoping Ben Long can get early games – too many dollars for fantasy but cheap in RDT. He could last until his bye

  • RDT code 565459

  • Billings, Heppell, Shuey, and Neale
    or
    Miller, Gaff, Cripps, and Viney +26k

  • I read this article and immediately started calibrating Jeppas thoughts with my own, which will help me pick my team.

    The end.

  • Wouldn’t these articles be better suited to being after the JLT Preseason matches are finished ?
    Jay Kennedy-Harris is already wiped out from the list.
    Zach Guthrie must be a good chance in the backline now as well.

    No doubt I’ll cop a blast from the sheep for saying this too.

  • So have we reached the point on DTT that just because the articles are ‘free’ (let’s ignore the constant promotion of degenerate DFS games) we aren’t allowed to criticize or question the content?

    Will questioned aspects of the article without name calling and was met with abuse and insults, one of which came from the guy who is basically the face of AFL fantasy. Incredibly bad form.

    Do you guys realise that there are numerous Fantasy websites out there with much better content than here? Are you so arrogant to think that you can just pounce on anyone who disagrees with you because you know best? It’s cult mentality and absolutely laughable when placed in context.

    Fwiw, I quit Fantasy and stopped frequenting this site last year after the hugely embarrassing incident regarding deleted teams. But I always respected Jeppas work so checked in to read his usually brilliant articles on rookies that can be applied to RDT and SC. However, seeing his weak response to Will was very disappointing and Warnies input was pathetic even by his standards. The other comments I will excuse as we all did silly things when we were 14.

    The management of AFLF by Fanhub has already made the game a joke and the mentality on this website is the nail in the coffin. I won’t name other sites but you honestly are a long way behind the pack when it comes to Fantasy footy advice and maybe need a reality check.

    I’ve purposefully waited till Sunday to post this reply just so all the schoolchildren are free to bombard me with swear words. Don’t worry kids, one day you’ll grow up and play Supercoach.

    • Jeez.
      Really wasn’t expecting this.
      Was starting to think I was the only one.
      I too was surprised to be called a ‘knob’ by one of the guys who basically run this site, simply because I voiced my disagreement on something.
      Seems to be a lot of sheep on here.
      Think I’ll use Jock Reynolds after his comment to me on here.
      Really poor considering I have been a reader of this site for easily 4+ years now.
      The knob comment from that Warnie was the end point for me.
      After re reading what I wrote I can say I didn’t abuse or name call anyone.
      I simply gave my opinion on an article on here.
      All I will say is if that’s what is teaching our kids, it’s no wonder I see what I see from the young ones these days.

    • Weren’t you the fella who was taking legal action against Fanhub and getting the game closed down last year?
      How’d that go for you?

      • You aren’t referring to me there right ?

        • nah I meant Fat Knife. Someone really went off on one early last year and said they were getting the game closed down, just can’t remember their name. His comment reminded me about it and guessed it was probably him/her.
          I think far too many comments have already been made on yourself – no need for me to add to it. Best to just move on

      • I thought this reeked or feigning interest in a non-issue as a cover for a pre-existing gripe.

  • Just re read a few comments above and was surprised a couple of people actually realised I simply voiced my opinion on the article in a non aggressive manner without name calling or anything.
    Just wanted to say thank you for noticing it.
    Only to be called a dick,a knob (from someone who runs this site), a troll, a keyboard warrior and told to eat a dick.
    The comment coming from the person who runs this site was enough for me.
    As a follower of this site for 4+ years, that was really pathetic and to me showed me who the real knob is.

  • Most people who had a go at me was having a go at me saying he is no longer committed.

    Quote “Usually enjoy your Rookie articles but question your commitment this year to it.”

    I simply questioned it, I did not say flat out “you just aren’t committed this year”

    • You are probably owed an apology by the guy who is pretty much the face of AFL Fantasy. And there were definitely holes in the article that you pointed out, and I agree with what you said.
      I suppose it came across a bit badly with the whole “I could do better ” bit, which was never gonna make you friends.
      But you’re right, people just love an excuse to vent at someone who says something a bit different and it is pretty weak!
      The Warnie comment surprised me and yeah, I’d say he should back away from it now. It was poor form in his position.

      • to be honest, I kinda agree with him
        sure, Jeppa tends to always mention that “If I don’t mention a rookie, then he’s not worth selecting” but people will always have questions about players, particularly in a rookie-friendly time like the preseason cup
        also, Jeppa mentions that the players in the article are “not in order” and then proceeds to count them 1-10, which to the uninformed, looks like an absolute ranking (with Eddy as #1, despite having one of the lowest predicted averages of the 10)

        while I admit that it was poor form to question his commitment, but then I admit that his article quickly becomes out of date (why would you start with pick #7 JKH when he’s out injured for 8 weeks – although tbf that information did drop AFTER this article was posted)

        I do also admit that some guys are not listed yet I think they’re handy options (Marchbank being most notable) – although it could be EASILY said that this article was written a while ago (especially with the “post JLT wrap up”)

        I’m not questioning the commitment here Jeppa, but do wonder about the timing of the release of these articles (as it definitely looks like you’re ranking them) – rather than having them released pre-JLT (as I’d say that’s when this article was originally written)

        ——————
        not defending anyone here, just my 2 cents

    • I think questioning his commitment was really the fatal error here. The commitment (effort and research) should be obvious to anyone who reads even a single paragraph of his analysis on any individual player. Your failure to recognise and appreciate this shows a level of entitlement and denigrates all the work he has done, going far beyond simply disagreeing on Marchbank, Miles et al. Apologise for it and move on.

      Calling someone a knob is obviously childish, but doesn’t carry any connotations with it that questioning someone’s commitment does, so shouldn’t factor into the discussion.

      I also think it would be great to hear Jeppa’s thoughts on Marchbank and Miles, but I’m not sure that we deserve the privilege! If only someone had inquired politely…

      • Another sheep

      • You are spot on about the research and insight. Far beyond my knowledge of the game. This and the Friday Scramble have been must reads for me for a long time. Long may it live!

  • Entitled little shits.

    Thanks to your “feedback”, I’d be surprised if we see Jeppa answering anyone’s questions on here this year.

  • So that was intense,

    Anyone have thoughts on

    Charlie Curnow, think his a great chance good for a 70 average and solid job security. Strong in the congestion, only issue is the shoulder complaint after the first JLT.

    Riley Knight, think he’s good for a 65 average, job security could be an issue if he doesn’t perform early but i can see him on a wing rotating though the forward line.

    Oliver Florent, Well all know the swans like playing kids, great accumulator that can play inside and out. Feel he could get a run on a wing and average 65 not an option in fantasy but defiantly a go in RDT.

    Just my opinion on a few that haven’t been mentioned.

    • would love some opinions anyone really.

      • of the three I think Curnow will have great JS, knight not so much but IMO will have a better ceiling and florent could be anything if Longmire plays him. all good smokeys

    • They’re all just a bit too expensive. They need to do absolutely everything right. If they score 90+ in the final JLT, get named in the best, and then get named on field in Round 1 then one of them could be my F5 instead of Hoskin-Elliot. Seems unlikely that any of those three has better JS than WHE though.

    • Cheers lads, would love to see knight in the midfield in the final JLT and with Heeney now down Florent could be a shot. I seriously rate Curnow though big lad and if he has any of the hunger that Ed has could be a jet

  • Taranto or Powell-Pepper at M8?

    • if your consider taranto why not just place him in the forward line and run powell-pepper at M8??

  • Have always appreciated your fine work Jeppa and look forward to more of your sound analysis and insights.

  • Very handy article! keep up the good stuff