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Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 10

The bye rounds are here and rookie advice from the best in the business is a must. Jeppa has all you need to know ahead of a round full of strategic trading.

Many of us are pretty keen for some cheap rooks. Traditional bye round trading involves banking some cash this coming lockout to maximise your upgrade options in Round 12 like the ‘No. 1 pig’ Tom Rockliff! Whoever you trade in, you need to be 100% certain that they’ll be getting a game over the next few weeks and thankfully there are a few ‘juniors’ putting their hand up.

Seriously guys, look to make plenty of cash this week!

Those That Matter

Freo paid no respect to Andy Otten (Def/Fwd. $395,000, 54 be AF. Def. $377,300, 36 be DT) and he took full advantage. A stat line of 11 kicks, 6 handballs, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 4 snags and 107 Fantasy points was unexpected but owners will take it! It’s an obvious hold till Round 13 but don’t have him any longer than that. Fellow Crow Hugh Greenwood (Mid/Fwd. $213,000, -5 be AF. $125,300, -78 be DT) couldn’t cash in on the Adelaide onslaught but 55 Fantasy points is still respectable. I really like the fact that Greenwood can tackle and tackle well. He’s still got plenty to give in my opinion so back him in.

Upgraded from the rookie list, James Cousins (Mid. $167,000, 2 be AF. $109,300 DT) gave his all on debut for the Hawks. Playing on the ball and forward of centre, his role looks appealing from a Fantasy point of view and healthy scores should be forthcoming once he acclimatises to the speed of AFL footy. Against a pretty good team in the Swans, Cousins amassed 14 possessions, 1 mark, 6 tackles, 1 goal and 66 Fantasy points. After such a big win, I’d be very surprised if Cousins lost his spot as Clarko always backs the performers! Fellow Hawk youngster Dallas Willsmore (Mid. $155,000, 19 be AF. $132,400 DT) had a subdued debut. Playing as an outside mid, Willsmore was involved sparingly and finished with just 9 touches and 40 Fantasy points at the final siren. Cousins is head and shoulders above Willsmore for Fantasy.

Another outside midfielder, Jordan Cunico (Fwd/Mid. $156,000, 18 be AF. $132,400 DT) got his first run for the Cats. Chris Scott held him back a little though with just 61% playing time for 42 Fantasy points. He didn’t look out of his depth at all but in my opinion but with the Cats strong list, his job security is a massive risk. The perk with picking Cunico however, is that he had the Round 12 bye which is manageable for many. Not for the faint hearted.

Back from a long injury layoff, Matthew Scharenberg (Def. $244,000, 27 be AF. $197,500 DT) would have been pleased just to get through his first AFL game for the year. Playing Brisbane at the G, he got his mark and kick game going for 67 Fantasy points at the final siren. It’s Scharenberg’s disposal efficiency that will keep him in Collingwood’s 22 and given his potential, the Pies will want to give him as much exposure to senior football as possible. A good investment.

Bomber pair David Myers, 53 (Mid. $266,000, 21 be AF. $234,600, -4 be DT) and James Stewart, 56 (Fwd. $274,000, 31 be AF. $220,600, 9 be DT) were quiet in their games and I’m incredibly disappointed in Myers. He’s going missing in games and his scores are suffering. Daniel Lloyd, 59 (Mid. $207,000, 9 be AF. $170,400, -7 be DT) kicked a goal late otherwise he was looking likely for another bleak score. You’ve got to persist with these players and pray they score well until Essendon’s Round 13 bye.

Malcolm Karpany (Fwd/Mid. $182,000, 18 be AF. $202,900 DT) performed ok with 54 Fantasy points but missed a soda that made me swear my head off last Sunday. Unfortunately, he has no job security at West Coast so please avoid him.

This week is the chance to get rid of some dead wood. With three trades available, we can get offload the likes of Aaron Black (Fwd. $259,000, 1 be AF. $207,400, -13 be DT), Cameron Polson (Fwd. $153,000, 28 be AF. $125,300 DT) and if you’re like me…Mitchell Hibberd (Def/Mid. $150,000, 33 be AF. $132,400 DT)! Those coaches that are sitting pretty should look at trading topped up cashcows with the Round 11 bye in Tom Williamson, 54 (Def. $296,000, 53 be AF. $278,400, 29 be DT), Jake Barrett, 87 (Fwd/Mid. $351,000, 66 be AF. Mid. $334,600, 21 be DT) and Caleb Marchbank, 87 (Def. $421,000, 78 be AF. $411,700, 78 be DT). I’d keep Nic Newman, 78 (Def. $443,000, 47 be AF. $442,400, 57 be DT) though for his scoring potential.


Son of a gun Callum Brown (Fwd. $182,000, 35 be AF. $132,400 DT) is ready for the big time. After having a bout of glandular fever earlier this season, Brown has fully recovered and is pressing for senior selection. In his last VFL match, he racked up an appealing 29 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 95 Fantasy points. Brown looks a likely type as a high half forward for the Pies and he’s a front runner to replace Alex Fasolo as he takes leave from the club. I’ll be looking at Brown closely after Collingwood’s Round 13 bye but he may suit a few.

Mature ager Jonathan Beech (Fwd. $150,000, 29 be AF. $125,300 DT) has been on the Crows list for some time and he’s making waves in the magoos. Playing as a medium forward, Beech has averaged 20 touches, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal and 90 Fantasy points across 8 SANFL games. Job security is a problem with Beech but our rookie stocks are so low that some Fantasy coaches may be desperate. I may consider him once he proves his worth at AFL level.

The previously mentioned Luke Ryan (Def. $150,000, 29 be AF. $125,300 DT) is a shoe-in for the Dockers after their 100-point shellacking in Round 10. When Ryan is named, he’s pretty much a must have for every Fantasy team. He’ll average 65 plus.


Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 11:


1   James Cousins

2   Luke Ryan (if named)

3   Hugh Greenwood

4   Matt Scharenberg

5   Jordan Cunico


1   Hugh Greenwood

2   Matt Scharenberg

3   David Myers

4   Luke Ryan (if named)

5   James Cousins


Yep I would. I’m collecting cash in order to trade in Rocky next week however.

Ryan. He’s a lot cheaper and will score similar if not better.

All decent. I like this trades.

Sean Darcy from Freo. 

Parker maybe. Fyfe, no chance.

Polson had a great VFL match a couple of weeks back. As for Balic, it is all very hush, hush. Trade them both.

Nope, there’s just Luke Ryan at the minute.

You could trade Preuss to maybe Sean Darcy for the cash. I’m keeping him in.


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!

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A legend of the AFL Fantasy game, Jeppa provides the best rookie content on the internet, bar none! Follow the man behind the most viewed Fantasy series on the web, the Juniors, on Twitter: @JeppaDT.

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