Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 4

We are in no mans land at the moment. We can’t trade our cash earning rooks cause it’s too early but plenty of us a desperate to make an upgrade on field. What’s worse is that there are very few new rooks coming through. I’m rage trading Roughead to a premo mid but I need a cheap rook to make that happen. Fingers crossed a Polson or similar is named to debut.

The advice this week is to hold your rooks earning you cash. Guys like Stewart and Pickett have been flops with their scoring potential so if you want to rectify those spots with better juniors then feel free to do it.

It’s a short n sharp Juniors article this week but make sure you leave your questions if you need something specific answered.

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Our quality rookie field is already limited and then James Parsons (Fwd. $201,000, -16 be AF. $125,300, 70 be DT) goes and gives Hodgey a hard tickle across the jaw. He’ll miss two weeks with suspension as a result. Thanks a lot James.

Zac Fisher (Mid. $212,000, 11 be AF. $125,300 DT) looks the goods. He’s an elite kick and his pressure on the opposition was super impressive. He’s expensive but he’ll get plenty of opportunities at Carlton this season and you should look to trade him in.

Dan Houston (Fwd. $309,000, -3 be AF. $274,600, -6 be DT) started on fire against the Giants. At quarter time he was sitting on a whopping 49 but couldn’t maintain a decent scoring rate for the remaining three quarters. 82 Fantasy points is still a great score and he’s been one of the best cashcows this season.

Those that own Sam Powell-Pepper (Mid. $310,000, 38 be AF. $250,300, 29 be DT) in Fantasy should consider trading him but only if it means you bring in a premo. The young bull was held back a bit with 66% TOG and I’d say he’d be managed over the next couple of weeks.


Harrison Wigg (Mid. $150,000, 25 be AF. $132,400 DT) – An eye injury to Jake Kelly last weekend could mean that Wigg finds a home in the Crows 22. Kelly and Wigg are quite different players but I’m hoping a couple of role changes at Adelaide gives Wigg an opportunity as a running half back. Last weekend in the SANFL he impressed with 23 kicks, 7 handballs, 7 marks, 2 tackles and 107 Fantasy points. He’s an elite kick and he’ll fit seamlessly into the Crows style of play. Wigg’s job security should be perceived as a risk though.

Dallas Willsmore (Mid. $150,000, 25 be AF. $132,400 DT) – He’s not a big tackler but he definitely knows how to find the footy. Willsmore is a tall, outside mid that is a good chance to line up for the Hawks this weekend. With the Hawks possession style game plan, he could rack up some handy numbers and Fantasy scores but with the way rooks have gone this season, don’t expect miracles. Bench warmer only.

The previously mentioned, Cameron Polson (Fwd. $150,000, 25 be AF. $125,300 DT), Harry Perryman (Def/Mid. $224,000, 38 be AF. $161,300 DT) and Daniel Lloyd (Fwd. $150,000, 25 be AF. $125,300 DT) are all dominating in the 2’s. Polson is the pick of the bunch out of the three.


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


1   Zac Fisher

2   Harley Balic

3   Tom Williamson

4   Cameron Polson (if named)

5   Nic Newman


1   Nic Newman

2   Harley Balic

3   Tom Williamson

4   Hugh McCluggage

5   Zac Fisher

Twitter Q&A

Lewis Melican from the Swans or Ed Vickers-Willis who had a lot of the ball in the VFL on the weekend.

Stewart, Powell-Pepper, Preuss & Pickett.

Goldstein is fit and firing again so Preuss won’t have the time in the middle to score well so NO.

I am.

I won’t be surprised if Hampton is dropped but we’re all hoping he’s not. Myers will be playing in the VFL this week.


We should be chasing any player making cash. I picked up Neal-Bullen and I’m upset I didn’t pick up Ryan Burton.

Hold him if you can.

Stewart first. I’m expecting a 70+ score from Pickett soon plus he’s a dual position player.

Stick if he’s named to play this week which I expect he will be.


  • Jeppa,
    Blake Hardwick yay or Nay?

    • High risk. Only played 61% TOG but if he gets more time that should equate to more Fantasy points.

  • Would you trade in Ablett over Murphy if it meant you could get a Balic over a Polson. Or save cash and go Josh Kelly and Balic.

  • As always, best read of the week, Jeppa.
    Three questions: 1. If Barrett named (160 on the weekend) do I bring him in or go with Plan A a pick Fisher?
    2. Williamson or a debuting defender, eg Vickers-Willis, if named?
    3. Have I missed the train to Houston?

  • Is it too late for Houston?

  • If Polson gets a run (and Macreadie gets up) that will be all the Blues’ draft picks from 2016 playing except #65 Patrick Kerr. That’s a different feeling with Boekhorst and other pre-SOS picks running around in the twos. Would be the only club to pull that off by round four in most years let alone this year.

    • Yes and injuries haven’t hit the Blues yet! I really liked what i saw from Fisher. He’s a goes, just pricey.

  • Trade Pickett or Roughy to Balic?

  • Hawthorn hasn’t been scoring that highly as a team (1560pts per game) and this week they come up against the Eagles who are the hardest team to score against (1487pts per game). I wouldn’t be going near anyone at Hawthorn with shaky JS based on those numbers.

  • Thanks again Jeppa for the great write up.

    Already gone Roughy/Stweart to Balic (bench with McCarthy coming on) and Docherty (Otten to bench).
    Only non-playing rookie is Cameron (R4) with all rookies going well except maybe Pickett and Hannan. Hopefully Hampton will get another run and Barret will get at least 2 more weeks to fatten up.

    Parsons missing 2 weeks is a help for me as will possibly be only good pick up downgrade in next 2 weeks.

  • Have I missed the boat with Ryan Burton?

  • Nice article again Giuseppe, slim pickings as you say.

  • Should I trade Powell-Pepper to Josh Kelly/Jake Lloyd or Nankervis to Grundy/Martin?


  • Roughy and nank to tex and matera with $30k left. Or roughy to tex and miles to fisher with $17k left. Leaning towards option 1 to chase $$ plus I feel like I’m already doing pretty good with rooks on the bench and wanna wait till next week to bring in either daicos, Polson depending on how they go

  • what’s thoughts on going
    roughy > daicos & nank to martin?
    my thoughts are nank could score well against spencer this week and gain a few more $$, but martin’s be looks like it’s going to hurt more so than any other player if i don’t get him in this week?

  • do you think Josh Daicos will get a game this week?

  • SPP > Balic, Roughead > Neal-Bullen?

  • Dilemma with which Juniors to field this week

    Def: Marchbank, Newman, Otten and Hampton (2 spots)

    Mid: Balic, Powell-Pepper and Barrett if named (1 spot)

    Fwd: Houston, McCarthy and Pickett (2 spots)

    Thank you

  • Jeppa.

    One more. If I get Polson play him on field?

  • Do I trade Hampton or SPP ?

  • hi guys, thoughts on:

    1) taranto > balic & roughead > franklin


    2) hampton > balic (via DPP) & nankervis > grundy

    any thoughts would be awesome thanks!

  • Field taranto or balic?

  • Has there been any word on how Nathan Freeman from St. Kilda is travelling?? Could be a massive ca$h cow if the kid can get some luck and find his way onto the park..

    • Still being managed in the VFL, wouldnt expect him to get the call up for atleast another month and thats if he stays healthy

  • Nice work Jepp – where are you sitting after 4 rounds this year?

    I’m with you and have traded SPP to Balic so I could turn Roughie to Sloane

  • Is a sideways of SPP to Houston via DPP to keep cash generating a good idea?

    • It depends on what your side looks like – chasing low BEs seems to be all the rage this year in the absence of a good rookie crop. Houston may plateau in another $60-80,000 so it might be a good choice

      • Adams, Laird, Doch, Marchbank, Hampton, Newman (Otten,Stewart)
        Danger, Treloar, Fyfe, Beams, M.Crouch, Oliver, D swallow, SPP (Barrett,Pickett)
        Martin, Nank (Pruess,Cameron)
        Macrae, Haus, Steele, ANB, WHE, Butler (Balic, Eddy)

        29k in the bank

  • Roughhead to Voldt


    my R2 is preuss, so preuss to martin

  • is it too late to bring in houston despite his negative breakeven?

  • Need help with trades this week. Have 145k in the bank! Suggestions please.

    Thinking of trading roughy but not to sure who too?? Any other suggestions to make my team better would be good cheers

    Adams, doch, laird, curly, marchbank, Newman( Otten,Williamson)
    Danger, rocky, Fyfe,tmitch, beams, O’Meara, D swallow, barrett( Balic,Pickett)
    Martin, Pruess( king, Cameron)
    Macrae, buddy, Steele, Roughead, Nankervis, McCarthy( weideman, miles)

  • I’ve currently got JOM to Sloane and Swallow to Rocky. Already have plenty of cash cows atm.

    Should I only do 1 upgrade and if so who to who?

    • It seems obvious from here lock and load…your outs were stepping stones anyway and your ins are likely top 5 mids…how do you have so much cash??

      • I did a double downgrade of underperforming last week and my score reflected that. Was hoping everyone would step up for one week…. haha

  • Need help deciding which of these three to go with….
    DEF: Adams, Laird, Lloyd, Marchbank, Hampton, Otten (Stewart, Hibberd)
    MID: Danger, Treloar, Titch, Fyfe, Beams, Crouch, Swallow, ANB (Balic, Fox)
    RUC: Martin, Nank (Preuss, Cameron)
    FWD: Dahlhaus, Miller, Steele, Roughead, Houston, Butler (Pickett, Taranto)

    Roughead -> Polson (ANB DPP) & Taranto -> Oliver
    Nank -> 150k Ruck (Field Preuss) & Roughead -> Rockliff
    Roughead -> Polson (ANB) & Hampton -> Docherty

    Or could stick to fixing up rooks, going Roughead -> Fisher and Stewart -> Williamson….


  • Should I go Barrett to Fisher or hold Barrett?

    • I’d wait until team sheets come out. Barrett had a good game in the 2s last week i believe

    • Great game last week! 30 touches handful of tackles and marks and 2 goals, heard someone earlier mention it equated to a 160 fantasy score in the 2’s

  • JOM and Roughy to Rocky and Balic?

    Seems like the right thing to do but as a hawks fan it brings a tear to my eye :(

  • Downgrade hickey to 150k rook and upgrade hannan to a premo forward/mid ie Macrae/ Gablet or look to solidify some rookie spots?

  • Who to choose?

    Field for R2
    Jake Spencer (Melb)

    Tough choice. SOS

  • Thoughts on teia miles, Hibberd or Mountford to come back in the near future?

  • What to do with Mills? Will he keep playing how he did last week or will he eventually play more in the guts? It seems like his teammates don’t want to include him!
    Should I look to trade Mills out?
    Options are Mills to Lloyd (if Roughie to Balic / M.Kennedy) or Mills to Howes (if SPP to Balic)

  • G’day Jeppa, nice stuff as usual.

    Thoughts on these potential trades and what it means for my team:

    Jarryd Roughead > Cameron Polson (bench Polson and field Balic at F6).
    Sam Powell-Pepper > Josh Kelly (meaning my midfield now consists of Rockliff, Dangerfield, Treloar, T. Mitchell, Fyfe, Kelly, Beams and Oliver).

    Thanks, mate.

  • Still have JOM (fortunately I had SPP and Swallow to cover M7, M8….)
    Parfitt or Fisher?

    Other trade will be Stewart to Williamson/EVW(if named).

    • Parfitt looks the goods to me. Didn’t see Fisher play tho, so he might actually be better.

      In the interests of full disclosure I’m just a random dude on the internet, not an AFL recruiter or anything…

      • Shocking revelation!!

        Thanks anyway – I think I’ll go for quality and get Parfitt. Might be able to do Roughy to him instead of JOM, depending if JOM is in this week.

  • Field SPP or Balic???

  • Is it worth trading Eddy to Balic in RDT or should I just save the trade?

    • Eddy is definitely worth moving on. Either balic this week or DPP to zac fisher mid next week. Not burning a trade if you can make 100K in a few weeks.

      Still a bit nervous about balic (trying to work out whether I ditch hibberd for him)

  • Wigg (if named) or Fisher?

  • Is it safe to field Fisher?