Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 19

And just like that, it’s finals time! It’s been an incredibly challenging season and hopefully you’ve made the top 8 in a few leagues.

Unfortunately, too many premos have been up and down this season so if you think you’re safe in finals, think again. As far as the rookies go, there are very few quality youngsters to see us through these last few rounds but I’ve highlighted the best available.

This will be my last ever Juniors article. After 5 years with DT Talk I want to thank Warnie, Roy and Calvin for all the opportunities they’ve given me. I’ve loved being part of the DT Talk family but it’s time to pass on the batten. I hope you’ve enjoyed my insight and I’ll still be on Twitter @JeppaDT if you want to drop a line.

Those That Matter

What a break out game by Luke Ryan (Def. $363,000, -5 be AF. $366,100, -8 be DT)! Showing confidence well beyond his 7 AFL games to date, he was in everything down in defence racking up 25 possessions, 14 marks, 6 tackles and a whopping 138 Fantasy points which is the highest score from a rookie this season. With Blakely nursing a dislocated shoulder, Ryan had to step up and going forward he’ll be commanding a lot more of the football. He’ll smash it against Gold Coast this week.

Alex Witherden (Def/Mid. $423,000, 37 be AF. $300,000, 15 be DT) asserts himself again as a rookie turned keeper. As one of the Lions best performers, the young defender racked up 28 touches, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 103 Fantasy points against West Coast. You can sleep easy backing Witherden as a starting defender in Fantasy finals.

Lewis Young (Fwd. $235,000, 17 be AF. $181,700, -13 be DT) was more worried about stopping Joey Daniher than winning the ball. Locking down on one of the best forwards in the league, Young only reached 36 Fantasy points which hurt coaches like me who started him on the field! Persist with him though cause he faces the Lions this weekend.

Brisbane debutant Jacob Allison (Fwd/Mid. $168,000, 3 be AF. $125,300 DT) enjoyed roaming freely around Domain Stadium. With no real opponent all day, Allison had 20 possessions (75% efficiency), 5 marks, 1 tackle and 66 Fantasy points. He definitely holds his spot for a couple weeks yet and with dual position status, he’s perfect bench back up so please consider him.

Luke Partington (Mid. $167,00, 4 be AF. $132,400 DT) finally got a run for West Coast and his performance proves that the West Coast match committee have had it wrong for some time. Playing in the guts and at half forward, he wasn’t shying away from the contest and he finished with 16 touches, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal and 64 AFL Fantasy points. He’s impressed me and I’ll vouch for his Jobe security for the next two weeks. If only he was a DPP forward, mid.

I liked Brandon White’s (Def. $189,000, 22 be AF. $237,300 DT) debut on Saturday night! White didn’t set the Fantasy scores alight but he showed a good work ethic and with a little more confidence, he’ll command more of the ball. He didn’t lay a tackle but still managed a reasonable 49 Fantasy points. He’ll easily go 65+ against my Eagles this weekend. Sam Skinner (Def. $160,000, 15 be AF. $132,400 DT) rounds out the fresh faces and he showed plenty of potential. He was on 26 Fantasy points to quarter time but could only stumble to 48 by the final siren. He’s still a decent option if coaches need a cheap Fantasy
defender so don’t rule him out because of one sub 50 score.

Max Spencer 45 (Def. $158,000, 16 be AF. $109,300 DT), Sam Durdin 44 (Fwd. $207,000, 10 be AF. $197,800, -16 be DT), Conor Glass 39 (Def/Mid. $183,000, 11 be AF. $125,300, -33 be DT) and Harry McKay 23 (Fwd. $174,000, 21 be AF. $132,400, -11 be DT) all failed in Round 19. Glass tried hard last week but it just didn’t equate into stats.


A midfielder that can run all day, Kobe Mutch (Mid. $168,000, 32 be AF. $125,300 DT) is next in line to come into Essendon’s 22. A couple of Bombers are on the chopping block and he should be named this week. Mutch has averaged 81 Fantasy points in the VFL this season but given he’s not a big tackler, I reckon he’d only reach Fantasy scores in the low 60’s at AFL level. Cheap with plenty of potential.

He burnt us earlier in the season but Teia Miles (Fwd/Mid. $173,000, 20 be AF. $132,400, -10 be DT) is back in form. Coming off 5 goals, 17 possessions, 8 marks and 102 Fantasy points last week in the VFL, Miles comes into senior contention for the Hawks. He was an emergency last week so he’s been there abouts for a while now. I doubt Hawks will make finals so they’ll be playing the kids like Miles pretty soon. Watch this space.

Harrison Wigg (Mid. $150,000, 28 be AF. $132,400 DT) has to be the best untried junior around. He’d get a game in any other team and the Crows hierarchy should be worried that he’ll seek opportunities elsewhere in the offseason. Wigg has been killing it in the SANFL for the majority of the season supported by his 34 possession, 9 marks, 3 tackles and 122 Fantasy point effort last weekend. Job security is a concern but it’s late in the season and it’s worth the risk.


Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 20:


1   Jacob Allison

2   Luke Partington

3   Sam Skinner

4   Brandon White

5   Harrison Wigg (if named)


1   Jacob Allison

2   Luke Partington

3   Sam Skinner

4   Lewis Young

5   Brandon White


Option 1. Sideass will kill it against North Melbourne this weekend.

Research is mostly me watching a lot of football. Watching how each rook plays and their Fantasy scoring potential, assessing where they fit in the team and coaches comments via press conferences.

Max Gawn, Dayne Beams, Nic Nat & Nathan Freeman.

Grand Final trips!

The greatest junior of them all…Michael Barlow.

Witherden, no doubt.

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  • Hey Jeppa thanks for the memories and hot tips over the years. All the best raising your very own junior.

  • Thanks for it all, Jeppa. Your article was always the best fantasy article of the week anywhere – a must read.

  • Thankyou mate and ciao. Here is to bigger and better.things

  • Peace be with you Jeppa, and enjoy life after DT Talk! Adios amigo…

  • Thanks Jeppa! The most important weekly fantasy article anywhere on the net. All the best legend!

  • Cheers Jeppa, don’t know how I’m gonna make it through next season without your analysis. All the best for the future!

  • You are the Greatest Jeppa. Hope you keep doing great things for this world. 👍

  • Field Newman (vs cats) or Ryan (vs GC)
    Also thanks Jeppa you legend!

  • Looks like everyone else has already said it, but worth repeating:

    Cheers for all your hard work, I can’t imagine how shit my teams would have been over the years if it weren’t for your detailed, in depth articles.

    I’m very worried for the future of my team! Might be time for me to retire!


  • Surely Andy Otten gets a look in for rookie of the year? Averaged just over 70 until his bye and was the only basement rookie to play every game. Sure he started to stumble towards the end but he was there when no one else was, when we were facing 0s earlier on, he pulled out a big 99 and a few other 80+ scores. Wins it for me, without a doubt.

    • all listed were better except maybe barrett as he hasn’t played much. Otten started well but dropped off massively.

  • Thanks Jeppa. Legendary effort.

  • Thanks for all the time & effort that you’ve put in for us Jep. Who knows, you might make a John Farnham comeback some time!

  • Your a Legend Jeppa💪💪

  • Thanks Jeppa!! Your rookie advice over the years has been invaluable. All the best for your future endeavours!

  • Thanks Jeppa ya pig

  • Jeppa, Thank you for your informative analysis and highly valued contributions over the 5 years. A sterling job! Your advice on the rookies has certainly helped me in my rookie selections and league positions. Enjoy your own junior! Best wishes :)

  • Cheers Jeppa, wonderful work down the years

  • Cheers Jeppa, your quality article will sorely be missed!

  • All the best in your future endeavours Jeppa! You’re a god among men. Really appreciate the hard work and hours you have put in for the fantasy community. Big shoes to fill!

  • Thanks Jep, been a pleasure mate

  • All the best Jep, thanks a million for your advice on DT talk and twitter over the years. I reckon the whole competitions average is about 100 points higher for your advice!
    Proper Ledge.

  • thanks for everything jeppa! its been fun, good luck with the other asepects of your life

  • Well done Jeppa and thanks for 5 years worth of Juniors, appreciated mate.

    Here’s hoping you still might find the time to send out some weekly tweets next season with your rookie suggestions (hint, hint!)

  • Thank you Jeppa for all the advice you have provided over the years. You have helped out my side a lot. Good luck with the little one.

  • My team:
    Def: Docherty, Adams, Laird, Lloyd, Newnes, Witherden (Ryan, Hibberd)
    Mid: Mitchell, Dangerfield, Merrett, Martin, Treloar, Rockliff, Hannebery, J.Selwood (Mountford, Glass)
    Ruck: Grundy, Darcy (Buzza, Cameron)
    Fwd: Sidebottom, Macrae, Heeney, Yeo, Boak, Dahlhaus (Young, Polson)

    Cash: $29k

    Thoughts on going Hannebery to Beams and Hibberd (via Glass) to Allison or Partington? Cheers. Would be nice to have Ryan on field in backline and Witherden on field in mids to cover Danger, not sure if that’s possible though.

    • If you dont trade or move glass you can swap him and witherden to mids, play ryan. Trade hibberd to a 150k defender

  • Is Kruezer going to play

  • Take a bow Jeppa, you deserve the praise you are receiving here. Without a doubt the Junior article is the single most useful Fantasy article week in week out. \

    Anybody can pick a Captain or tell us the Premo / Fallen Premium trade targets each week (sorry lads, but it is true!) but to work out which Juniors to target and which ones that are just not a good role for fantasy, that takes skill and dedication. How we are going to work out our Juniors in seasons to come remains to be seen, but I do know for sure that my teams will never be as strong at the start of the season.

    Thanks for your amazing efforts, never think they were not appreciated by so many.

    Enjoy “retirement” and raising your own Juniors!

    • Totally agree with this and all the other comments, thanks Jeppa and best luck, we’ll miss you :( :( :(

  • Cheers for your hard work jeppa and good luck for the future

  • Best of luck for the future Jep. Thanks for the research and hard work you put in for us all. Cheers, Fooz.

  • Cheers Jeppa, thanks for the articles mate, all the best

  • My team:
    Def: Adams, Simpson, Laird, Lloyd, Newnes, Witherden (Larkey, Skinner)
    Mid: Mitchell, Kelly Martin, Wines, Treloar, Bontempelli, Beams, J.Selwood (Mountford, Glass)
    Ruck: Grundy, Martin (Soldo, Cameron)
    Fwd: Macrae, Heeney, Yeo, Steele, Dahlhaus, Greenwood (Zurhaar, Polson)

    Cash: $288,000

    Trades(help pls):
    Thinking Newnes/lloyd to Doc
    Greenwood to Sidebottom
    and downgrade non playing rookie to 150-170k playing rookie


    • Without knowing if you’re in a make or break final, you could wait a week on Doc as he has a high(ish) BE, and get Sidey this week, and the playing rookie with the lowest BE who will hopefully make you some cash. Just make sure you have enough leftover to do the Doch trade next week, which should be possible as you still have Mountford. Then you’ll be able to hopefully cash in the rookie you pick up this week, the following week.

    • Greenwood to Sidebum

  • Cheers for all your input mate! You have been a massive asset to DT Talk, all the best with your future endeavours!
    Hoping Miles plays, been sitting on my pine for a majority of the season but 3x in the best players over the last month so expecting a call up this week!

  • You’re THE GOAT Jeppa, cheers!

  • There should be a fantasy hall of fame for legends like yourself Jeppa, thanks for all your time and effort

  • Retirement = automatic elevation to the dt talk contributors hall of fame Jeppa. From one west coast fan to another, thanks for all your analysis and articles over the years. We all have found your info incredibly helpful, no doubt many dt teams have owed their success to your juniors insight to be able to set up a complete team by finals time
    Cheers 💪💪

  • Have taken Allison instead of Parytime.
    Your last advice for me, Jeppa.
    Cheers old chap!

  • 💪
    Say no more!!!
    All the best for the future, jepp.

  • Thanks Jeppa and best wishes!

  • Deadset legend. Cheers Jeppa.

  • You will be missed Jeppa. I have loved your articles over the journey … essential weekly reading!