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Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 14

Here’s another instalment of the legendary Jeppa’s Juniors. With some juicy options available and every trade becoming increasingly important, this is a must read.

We’re back to nine games a weekend and it’s fair to say that Round 14 was a timely reminder that team depth is essential. When the likes of Barlow, Ablett, Hall, Kelly, Jones, Fyfe, Scharenberg, Fisher, Cousins are all out in the same week, bench back up comes into play. Those with weak benches and other coaches looking to make some cash have a few valuable youngsters to pick from…

Those That Matter

You wouldn’t know Hugh Greenwood (Mid/Fwd. $337,000, 10 be AF. $310,500, -1 be DT) played Division 1 college basketball in the US a couple years ago. I bagged him for his move to AFL ranks (leaving my Perth Wildcats high and dry at the time) but now I need to eat my words because he’s definitely having an impact for the Crows on the footy field. Greenwood was one of the Crows best last Thursday after racking up 21 touches, 6 marks, 9 tackles, 2 goals and a 122 Fantasy points for his loyal owners. I wish I held him.

Sammy Powell-Pepper (Mid. $388,000, 50 be AF. $381,900, 42 be DT) deserves a mention after his Fantasy PB of 92 on the weekend. He’ll go well against the Tigers this weekend too…here’s hoping he give Dusty a stiff arm. Those thinking about trading Nic Newman 78 (Def. $491,000, 92 be AF. $476,700, 71 be DT) should remember he is averaging 91 Fantasy points per game! Hold him please unless he’s your last upgrade.

Baby faced Alex Witherden (Def/Mid. $225,000, 14 be AF. $125,300 DT) slotted in seamlessly for the Lions on debut. 20 touches at 75% efficiency, 7 marks, 2 tackles and 77 Fantasy points makes him Fantasy relevant even at his inflated price. At the Lions, his job security is solid and he will replace the injured Tom Stewart for me in Fantasy this week. I like the look of him so much that I’m trading him into my Dreamteam too. All aboard the Witherden train.

Sean Darcy (Ruc. $199,000, 3 be AF. $125,300 DT) didn’t waste any time acquainting himself to AFL ranks.  The big unit took on Stanley and Blicavs basically on his own and won the ruck battle. Picking Darcy in Fantasy or Dreamteam means you’re investing in the future. There’s no way Sandi plays out the season and if Freo want to fast track Darcy’s development then he’ll play games in the latter part of this year. I brought in Darcy last week for Preuss and those that still have the North big man should look to do the same. Note that both Darcy and Sandi won’t play in the same 22 and Sandi is due back this week so Darcy could be dropped.

Although he scored well in a Fantasy sense, Brennan Cox 69 (Def/Fwd. $182,000, 11 be AF. $125,300, -24 be DT) is still quite raw. Playing in the forward half and pinch hitting in the ruck, Cox looked a step behind and was paid little respect by Geelong. He did take 3 contested marks on the day but I reckon Freo are better off with Matty Tabener crashing the packs. I’m avoiding him but we’re getting to the stage where we can start throwing away bench spots. Note that Cox is a dual position defender / forward. Another fresh face for Freo is Josh Deluca 44 (Fwd/Mid. $150,000, 17 be AF. $109,300 DT). He’s not blessed with a lot of skill but his intent and ability to win the loose ball makes him an asset for the Dockers. As far as Fantasy goes, the scores will get a bit better than 44 but not by much. I’m carrying enough dead weigh so I won’t be picking Deluca as I hold little hope for his job security.

Ryan Schoenmakers 68 (Fwd. $277,000, 44 be AF. $185,400, -11 be DT) and Matthew White 85 (Fwd/Mid. $300,000, 32 be AF. $223,000, -16 be DT) are a couple of seasoned players relevant for Dreamteam. Of the two, I’d look to bring in White purely because of his job security versus Schoen. White has a role to play for the Power but he has been renowned for yoyo like scores in the past.

Callum Brown 29 (Fwd/Mid. $191,000, 33 be AF. $125,300, -11 be DT) was incredibly disappointing. Buckley is giving him a reduced role and when you play just 65% game time it is a lot harder to have an impact. There’s no doubting Brown’s ability, it’s just whether or not he’ll be given more on field responsibilities and to be honest it is unlikely! He’s likely to be dropped for Round 15.

Jonathon Beech (Fwd. $194,000, 4 be AF. $125,300, -52 be DT) is another set to lose his spot in the seniors. Mitch McGovern is ready to return and there’s no doubting they play a similar role. Little influence and 43 Fantasy points from Beech against the Hawks justifies a return to the SANFL especially since the Crows are dropping games. Luke Ryan 45 (Def. $200,000, 10 be AF. $166,200, -26 be DT) also had a shocker in Round 14 but his spot should be safe given Ibbotson is the only one knocking on the door.

Popular rooks in Jake Barrett 39 (Mid/Fwd. $402,000, 86 be AF. Mid. $402,500, 104 be DT) and Caleb Marchbank (Def. $420,000, 94 be AF. $412,000, 102 be DT) should be cashed in now. You can’t keep these blokes as bench back up so it’s time to upgrade them.


The odds are looking good for Jay Kennedy-Harris (Fwd. $195,000, 22 be AF. $184,500, 32 be DT) to return to the Dees 22. With Melbourne coming back from Perth on a 6-day break, I suspect Goodwin will rest a couple meaning JKH should get another go. He had 39 touches, 7 marks, 7 tackles and a whopping 151 Fantasy points in the VFL and his past month has been superb. Unfortunately, job security will always be a problem for Kennedy-Harris especially with the Dees on a winning formula but he should be picked as bench back up regardless.

The time is now for Luke Partington (Mid. $150,000, 29 be AF. $132,400 DT) to make his debut. The goal kicking midfielder was BOG for the Royals on the weekend after amassing an impressive 28 possessions, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 4 goals and 116 Fantasy points. His latest performance has been after a string of dominant games in the WAFL so selection is warranted. West Coast has a history of dropping kids after a couple of games so there’s a high risk picking Partington unless he dominates of course. He’s very likely to come into my Fantasy team this week.

Josh Begley (Fwd. $190,000, 36 be AF. $125,300 DT) is a goal kicker in contention to make his debut for the Bombers. He just missed Essendon’s 22 in Round 14 and responded with 12 touches, 4 goals and 81 Fantasy points in the VFL. Worsfold has always rewarded those in form so if Begley plays well on debut then he should be good for a couple of weeks following. Note that Begley’s scoring potential is low 60’s at best.


Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 15:


1   Alex Witherden

2   Sean Darcy

3   Luke Partington (if named)

4   Jay Kennedy-Harris (if named)

5   Josh Deluca


1   Alex Witherden

2   Matthew White

3   Luke Ryan

4   Jay Kennedy-Harris (if named)

5   Ryan Shoenmakers


Look to Ryan Nyhuis from Freo who has been in great WAFL form of late.

Barrett, no doubt.

I’m doing Stewart to Witherden in Fantasy this week. I recommend you do the same bud.

His job security is dicey. Partington could take his spot this week.

Great question. I am likely this week for only the second time this season.


Nope. His VFL form is average at best right now. Look to trade him.

Dare to be different and go with Menegola.



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    June 29, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Do you really think beech will be dropped this week? Tom Lynch is already out so I think beech might hold his spot. I reckon otten is more likely than beech to miss this week!!!

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      David C

      June 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

      I agree Ben. Otten was invisible last week.

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        June 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Otten was shit but has credits in the bank. Not so Beech. I can see him being dropped as they’re already very top-heavy there… Jenkins, Otten, Lynch, Beech, Tex, etc. I doubt Beech plays.

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          June 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

          Beech might get another week as Lynch is out with a virus

    • Jeppa


      June 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      I’ve been wrong before Benny. I just think Crows will do without him.

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    June 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Would it be better to get partington over witherden if it allows me to get a uber mid for SPP next week?

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      June 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Mate go for your life, but quadriple cross your fingers he plays

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      D Day

      June 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Needs to get a game first!

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    June 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Cheers Jeppa…on a week where a double downgrade is on the cards your Juniors article was essential…
    Barrett out this week, he’s done a great job…Withdrawn straight in for him, first trade is easy…second trade is trouble, had been considering Darcy to try and generate cash but Parlington or even JKH would suit better, problem is JS isn’t great for any options at present.

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    Little Black Duck

    June 29, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Jeppa, surprised you did not mention Mountford. Also, any chance of Scharenberg getting back in soon?

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      David C

      June 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Scharenberg was very good in the magoos and must be in the selection mix.

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        June 29, 2017 at 9:56 am

        Do we know why he missed? Form seemed to be okay…

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          Kanye West

          June 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

          I guess they are still managing his recovery.

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    June 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

    All my Juniors not named Greenwood are bench players so don’t need their score, but I do need them to make me some of that sweet sweet cashola..

    Fingers crossed that Ryan, Mountford, Lloyd, Darcy & Beech get a good 2-4 more games in them and get above the 250k mark and toes crossed that McNiece & Polson can get another game, can’t see that happening though..

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    June 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

    What’s the news on Ablett??

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      David C

      June 29, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Gold Coast expect him to play. Just like last week.

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    June 29, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Hey Jeppa, strategy question with $220k in the bank. Do I double upgrade Marchbank and Barrett to Lloyd & Menengola leaving me with Mountford as the worst on the ground. Or do I downgrade Williamson to Witherden and upgrade Parsons to Lloyd via Heeney DPP, meaning no players under $400k on my ground?

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      June 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Lloyd and Menegola for sure – finish that team!

    • Stuart


      June 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      I’m probably going Marchbank & Barrett to Lloyd & Menegola. Mountford comes on for Scooter (hopefully out for 1 week?) leaving me with $9k and operation trade Nank to Gawn next week. Means I miss going Stewart to Witherden this week though :(

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    June 29, 2017 at 10:20 am

    i was going to go Shaw to Laird, but with this endorsement of Witherden, should i go Beech to Witherden (via Otten DPP) ?

    will shaw score against the cats? is witherden a solid D7 keeper for 5-6 rounds? … its not near the end of the season yet !

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    June 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Need help with trades this week. Have 120k in the bank!
    Suggestions welcome.
    Nank-Gray and Scharenberg- Vince

    What do yous think??

    Doch, Laird, Shaw, Adams, Newman Scharenberg,(Witherden,Ryan)

    Rocky,Danger,Merrett,Tmich,Ablett,Hanners,JPK, Scooter( Myers, Lloyd)

    Martin, Jacobs( King, Cameron)

    Macrae, Buddy, Volt, Nank,Greenwood, Barrett(JKH, Beech)

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      June 29, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Or should I go Nank- Greene and Barrett – Gray??

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        June 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

        I prefer the Nank-Greene and Barrett to Gray trade. Vince hasn’t had a role change per Fantasy Freako. Gray is a risk but high risk/high reward.

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    June 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Who to cull first….

    Nank > Menegola
    Marchbank > Laird

    Both are about to bleed cash & sit at D5 & F5 respectively in my side

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      June 29, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      id take menegola and marchbank over laird and Nank …. menegola is more PODish

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      June 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      I’d prioritise the Menegola trade too, because Nank is gonna get absolutely slaughtered by Paddy Ryder in Adelaide this week. Marchbank plays at home too, which of course means Laird plays away.

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    June 29, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Is anyone else concerned that Witherdean was averaging 76 in the NEAFL?

    I feel like this score might be an outlier and he is the new Parsons.

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      June 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      its only jeppa’s write up that has me considering him

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        June 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        He’s not going to score high 70s every week, but he’ll still make some cash, and importantly he seems to have job security.

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    June 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I took Witherden last week. This week I need a fwd rookie priced 218,000 or under to replace Ainsworth and allow me to bring in Treloar for Barrett.
    I’m leaning towards Kennedy-Harris, if he’s selected. Any other thoughts?

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    June 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    adams or laird plus cash …. will lairds average pickup ?


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    June 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Nank- Gray and Barrett- Greene


    Nank- Gray and scharenberg – Vince

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    the Cricket

    June 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Anyone have any info on Scooter? AFL and Fantasy sites have him as injured but I can’t find any info anywhere!

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    June 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    who’s more likely to play this week out of scharenberg and myers?

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    June 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Stuck on either getting Witherden for Stewart or getting a fallen premo like Vince as an upgrade? What’s everyones thoughts?

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      June 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Witherden and Vince score roughly the same is all I am saying

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    June 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Yes, that is a fair judgement to get stuck on.

    I have had both Witherden and Vince in and out of my trades this week. The choice was made a little easier for me as I determinedly brought in Treloar for WHE, and didn’t have cash enough to go up to Vince with my second trade; hence Witherden.
    But Vince’s apparent role change with Jones out, does suggest he will score better over the next month if that role change persists. He is great value if he can go around 90, and he could go better.

    If I had sufficient money left over after bringing Treloar in, I would have seriously considered Vince (for the next month) over Witherden.

    All the best with your choice.

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      June 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks for the input guys. Still unsure. Vince could become a set and forget if he gets back to his best form. But it would more than likely be be only temporary..
      Leaning towards him, think they will need his experience against Sydneys powerhouse midfield.
      Witherden is intriguing, they loved the ball in his hands last week so his Fantasy potential is massive.
      You live and die by these decisions, ultimately it probably won’t be made until the last few mins before lockout tomorrow ?

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    June 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Thoughts on whether hibberd will perform well this week? (Ie > 50)

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    June 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Love your work Jeppa. Would you rate Newman, Greenwood and SPP as the best juniors so far this season?

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      June 30, 2017 at 12:02 am

      newman and marchbank are the best imo

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    June 30, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Newman and burton!!!!!!

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    June 30, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Trade out Pickett for begley or Co

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    June 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Trade out Pickett for begley or Cox?

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    The mighty decade

    June 30, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Just a question jeppa.why doesn’t your article come out Friday after team selections?Then conversation can be around selected juniors.

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    June 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Is Witherden really a must if he is only going to be on the bench?

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