The Milkmen – Rookie Cash Cows

A Word From The Milkmen

With some of the die hard coaches well into the early planning stages of their 2018 AFL Fantasy team (ourselves included) we wanted to introduce ourselves to the Dreamteam Talk community.

Unfortunately, after doing such a good job for such a large amount of time, Jeppa has decided to step down from his role of finding us coaches the best cash cows amongst the rookies. As avid followers of all his posts, we know this is a massive loss and would like to commend Jeppa once more for his high quality output and helpful advice to all those that needed it.

However, with Jeppa stepping aside, it has become the Milkmen’s responsibility to fill the void that has been left by continuing to find the best cash cows on offer. In recent years we have been blessed from a cash cow rookies perspective with expansion clubs and the Essendon saga providing plenty of scope for cheap players to get plenty of senior game time, unfortunately, those days are over. Thankfully, The Milkmen have been keeping a very close eye on the Under 18 Championship, TAC Cup, WAFL, SANFL, NEAFL etc and have you covered. 

So Where To Start

For the sake of simplicity we have decided to include all Cash Cow rookies as players priced in AFL Fantasy as $270,000 or below (this is based off the price of the number one draft pick, Cameron Rayner).

To help the community start to be able to get a better idea of what we are dealing with this year, we have put together a quick list of names you should start to get to know in each position. Once the JLT season has finished, we will do a top 10 list in each position, but in the mean time, these are our early favourites. 

Please see the table below for a list of names you should start to become familiar with. They represents the players at this stage of the year that we believe to be the most fantasy relevant for the season ahead. 

Nicholas CoffieldDefender/MidfielderSt Kilda
Aaron NaughtonDefenderWestern Bulldogs
Harrison PettyDefenderMelbourne
Mitchell HibberdDefenderNorth Melbourne
Joel SmithDefenderMelbourne
Tom DoedeeDefenderAdelaide
Sam MurrayDefenderCollingwood
Cam O'SheaDefenderCarlton
Bailey RiceDefenderSt Kilda
Colin O'RiordanDefenderSydney
Angus StylesDefenderSydney
David MirraDefenderHawthorn
Brody MihocekDefenderCollingwood
Lachlan KeefeDefenderGWS
Isaac CummingDefenderGWS
Alex MorganDefenderNorth Melbourne
Andrew BrayshawMidfielderFremantle
Paddy DowMidfielderCarlton
Luke Davies-UniackeMidfielderNorth Melbourne
Hunter ClarkMidfielderSt Kilda
Lachlan FogartyMidfielderGeelong
Tim KellyMidfielderGeelong
Brayden AinsworthMidfielderWest Coast
James WorpelMidfielderHawthorn
Dylan MooreMidfielderHawthorn
Dom BarryMidfielderPort Adelaide
Thomas NorthMidfielderFremantle
Hamish BrayshawMidfielderWest Coast
Bailey BanfieldMidfielderFremantle
Tom NorthMidfielderFremantle
Nicholas HolmanMidfielderGold Coast
Callan EnglandMidfielderWest Coast Eagles
Corey LyonsMidfielderBrisbane
Zac BaileyMidfielderBrisbane
Nathan FreemanMidfielderSt Kilda
Cam RaynerMidfielder/ForwardBrisbane
Jaidyn StephensonMidfielder/ForwardCollingwood
Jack HigginsMidfielder/ForwardRichmond
Liam RyanForwardWest Coast
Bayley FritschForwardMelbourne
Charlie BallardMidfielder/ForwardGold Coast
Sam HayesRuckmen/ForwardPort Adelaide
Brayden CrossleyRuckmenGold Coast
Gryan MiersForwardGeelong
Charlie ConstableForwardGeelong
Zac LangdonForwardGWS
Mitch CrowdenMidfielder/ForwardFremantle
Sam SwitkowskiForwardFremantle
Billy GowersForwardWestern Bulldogs
Patrick WilsonMidfielder/ForwardAdelaide
Dylan ClarkeMidfielder/ForwardEssendon
Billy FramptonRuckmen/ForwardPort Adelaide
Daniel VenablesForwardWest Coast
Willie RioliForwardWest Coast
Darcy CameronRuckmenSydney

We will soon be providing a spreadsheet with the full Cash Cow List for 2018, including all drafted players (both NAB and rookie) as well as players names you should look out for who were drafted in prior years. Including all their Under 18 and reserve level fantasy stats that you need to know. Something to look forward to anyway!

For now, the list above should help get you started and increase your understanding of who the next crop of cash cows are that we will be dealing with in 2018. 

The Year Ahead

What do Holsteins, Jerseys, Guernseys, Ayrshires, Brown Swiss and all the players you’ll find in our posts have in common? They are all the best kind of cows to milk!

The pressure is on and we will be keeping a close eye on all news, interviews and most importantly the JLT series to bring you, before the season starts, a list of all the best rookies available in each position.  We’re equally nervous and excited about putting this together!  Once the season kicks off we plan to follow a similar structure to Jeppa with our weekly articles to help make the transition easier for all but with some added extras.

Where to From Now

We are looking forward to fielding all your questions throughout the year and the best place to find us outside of the comments on here will be on Twitter at our handle of “TheMilkmenDT“.

Please start shooting through any queries you have and we should be able to help you out in one way or another!


  • who are some must have cash cows in the back line

    • Hi Mitch!

      At this stage given what is coming out of the training camps Tom Doedee, Lachlan Keefe Cam O’Shea and Sam Murray are making a strong case to be the main rookies in defence but it’s always hard to say before we see their role throughout the preseason.

      • I think Mitch Hibberd has to be a good bet to, won the time trial recently and the coaches expect a lot out of him this year.
        Last game before injury was 87.

  • Welcome Boys! I wish good luck in for your fantasy teams this season

  • Cheers Milkmen awesome stuff, loved Jeppa look forward to your posts.

    long live Jeppa

  • Welcome lads! Looking forward to reading your articles and picking up the rookies you suggest to make my lack luster AFLFantasy teams better! Good luck & have fun!

  • Good luck boys and looking forward to reading the rookie articles!

  • Good luck lads, big shoes to fill!

  • Best rookies in rucks?

    • A very tough position even again this year. May need an injury or two just to make the rookies in this position relevant.
      Kurt Tippet’s absence increases the chances of Darcy Cameron getting a game and some of his NEAFL scores suggest he is more than capable (top score of over 150 last year).

      Billy Frampton is getting closer at Port Adelaide and Brayden Crossley is building a strong case to get games at Gold Coast after being drafted on to the senior list this year and taking out the Academy player of the year at the Suns club champion awards last year.

      Those three seem the best bets at the moment.

  • Glad to be an inaugural welcomer for you blokes, I look forward to your future articles, Jeppa’s shoes are going to be hard to fill with your 4 feet (not a pun at old mates height). But by the sounds of things you will have this covered! Good luck boys.

    When U walk up to opportunity’s door – don’t knock on it. Kick that bitch in, smile and introduce yourself!

  • Welcome aboard boys. If you guys are going to be putting up as much data as i think you are, i don’t think i’ll regret being a tight arse & not picking up the prospectus this year :)

    • One of us have an engineering background and one of us has a background at one of the AFL clubs. There will be a lot of data for sure because of this, probably too much!

  • All the best with your articles boys & thanks in advance for all of the time that you’re no doubt going to put into this. Looking forward to the reads.

  • Welcome aboard Milkman!

  • Thanks for your work – I know I’ll be following your posts with great interest. While getting the Rookies right is always important, I found it interesting that this year it’s more vital than ever from a “value for money” stand-point. I wrote a blog about it, if you’re interested:

    • just had a read. nice work. LDU and Rayner are certain starters for me. How do you rate Stevenson… pies snapped him up. Looks like a champ

      • Thanks TimorSaint! Looking forward to the year ahead. There’s definitely spots available in Collingwoods defence. By all reports he’s been impressive early. Certainly one to monitor throughout JLT. If he’s named round one I’ll most likely be starting with him as I can see him holding down a spot in Pies defence.

  • Hey guys.

    Currently have Coffield D4, Murray D5 and D6 with Mirra and Doedee on the bench. Is that s good start or should take out Coffield for a Hibberd or O’Shea.

    Also who are the mid rooks likely to get regular game time?
    Currently got Dow, LDU, Kelly, Freeman and Barry.

    Cheers looking forward to the read.

    • dunno if Coffeild will get an early run. H.Goddard is back and will be in the mix in the backline

      • Forgot about him

        • Plus a trimmed down Shane Savage in the mix also. It looks like there will be a lot of competition for spots down at Moorabin.

          Dow and LDU are safe bets at the moment and everyone else has a bit of wait and see about them in the midfield group to see how much game time they get in the JLT. Those three names of Kelly, Freeman and Barry are great options if they are in the Round 1 Lineup. Kelly seems the most likely out of the bunch at this point.

  • Afternoon all. And welcome Milkmen – critical to my fantasy success

    Right now Im looking at

    DEF – Smith, Murray, Doedee
    MID – LDU, Wigg, Freeman
    RUCKS – who cares! another year of wasted $ on the bench. Ill chose Currie
    FWD – Ahern, Rioli, Venables, Rayner

    all thoughts and views appreciated.

    • RDT does it so much better with only 1 Ruck bench & the extra mid bench.

      • Good place to start TimorSaint.
        Holman from Gold Coast is one to keep an eye on in the midfield if he is upgraded to the senior list. Kelly and Barry that anth80 mentioned prior are also key ones to watch.

        If Jack Higgins wasn’t at Richmond he would be a walk up starter at most other teams but even still might get early games at Richmond. Absolute fantasy beast as a junior so add him to the list of forwards for now.

        • Totally agree re: Jack Higgins and another team. Straight in imagine Carlton, freo, Brisbane, Gold Coast etc…….. however as a tiges supporter…. and quasi list manager…… massive buyers beware even if picked for round 1! Tiges have an abundance of small forward talent with several blokes starring in the magoos who were a kick away from winning the vfl. Aka Bolton, stengle and old man Lloyd. In addition Hardwick loves to give the new blokes a two week block of games and then rest/drop them in the twos after the tiges have a loss. Happened to castagna, menadue, Butler, Short and Ellis in their early years with the club. That said down the track with a few injuries higgins will get a run but might have to earn his place first…….. cheers

  • *Cumming D6*

  • Hi guys
    I’m hoping to see Cam O’Shea put in a big JLT series. He could certainly help fill the roll of Docherty

    • Deck of DreamTeam reckons Simpson might fill that role. O’Shea getting some news though so definetly worth keeping an eye on in JLT

  • Isn’t Wigg out injured?

  • Gday Fellas

    Always looked forward to Jeppa’s write ups, thanks for stepping up to the plate to fill his shoes. Look forward to your articles. Will be worth their weight in gold.

  • Hey. The Milkmen is my team name! Has been for years. Thievery

  • I’m gonna miss Jeppa but the replacement looks good. Welcome Milkmen and looking forward to getting some extra intell to help selection. I am sensing a high number of guys potentially ripe to play, though the rolling lockout may mean everyone ends up safely selecting the same rookies.
    PS engineers are cool!

    • Thanks JJJ. Engineers are cool indeed! I’m glad we are on the same wave length.
      At this stage it does seem like we have a fair few good selections but come JLT and round 1 things could quickly change. Here’s hoping the bottom tier teams help us out.

  • Mind looking over my current squad and letting me know your thoughts?

    Def- Laird, Simpson, Hanley, Coffield, Cumming, Doedee
    Mid- Mitchell, Danger, Zorko, Martin, Rocky, JOM, Jacobs, Higgins
    Ruck- Gawn, Jacobs
    FWD- Barlow, Smith, Young, Christesen, Rayner, Ahern

    Was unsure of whether to bring in Hanley or McGrath. Any other squad improvements?

  • Thoughts on brayshaw from freo. Is he up there with dow and ldu? Currently have all three as my last 3 mids. Am i spending to much coin there? I think this is the year though to spend up on these cash cows

    • Hi Brad, i think Dow and LDU are much more likely to play than Brayshaw. I just feel that North Melbourne and Carlton’s midfield will be a lot easier to crack into. I also have a bit of faith in some of these $170,000 rookies. Time will tell, but i’ll be certainly keeping a close eye on AFL-X and JLT.

  • Doesn’t Brody mihocek play for colingwood?

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  • What about Alex Pearce at Freo? Priced like a rookie.

    • Key position defender who Ross Lyon has said may play forward this year. He is definitely apart of Fremantle’s best 22 so from a job security point of view is a very good option. Whether or not he starts in the senior team round one is still unknown. A lot will depend on how he goes for the remainder of the preseason/JLT. He suffered a bad broken leg in round 9, 2016 and has only very recently started full training again. I don’t think he will ever be a big scorer.

  • How good is cricket

  • Jordan Dawson, any news about him this preseason?

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