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Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 17

With few rooks getting a run in the AFL, don’t think Jeppa takes a back seat. All the relevant ‘juniors’ are covered as well as a couple of untried rooks likely to get a run very soon. This is a must read.

What a week it was for the DT Talk crew in Perth. Last Thursday night was a blast and my liver is still quite sore. A big thanks to Warnie, Roy & Calvin for making the week a great one. As per recent announcements, I’m sorry to say that this will be my last season doing Jeppa’s Juniors. Family and work are my priorities and I’m struggling to find the time for rookie analysis and write ups.

Onto the footy. With Fantasy finals are around the corner and it’s important to get your rookies right. It is however reasonable to sacrifice your D8, M10, R4 and F8 positions with a rook that may or may not play regularly as long as you have a playing emergency. I was one of the coaches who was handed a donut thanks to Elliot Yeo’s late out and insufficient bench cover but I won’t be making the same mistake twice. Don’t be a fool like me.

Those That Matter

The Dogs have got themselves a gem in Lewis Young (Fwd. $175,000, 0 be AF. $125,300 DT). Athletic and composed, he looks a natural footballer with a bright future. Reading the play like a 10-year veteran, Young was superb against the Blues and he took enough incept marks to get noticed. His stat line at the final siren read 10 kicks, 11 handballs, 9 marks and 73 Fantasy points. Young didn’t lay a tackle in the match but he’s still worthy of a spot on your Fantasy bench. To try and maximise funds, I’m trading Young in as my F7 an I’m expecting an average of 65 Fantasy points per game from this point forward. He has to be at the top of your list with what’s available.

Jay Kennedy-Harris (Fwd. $232,000, -5 be AF. $217,100, -22 be DT) owners can finally rejoice. After red hot VFL form for over a month, Kennedy-Harris played his first game since Round 7 and was a notable contributor in the midfield amassing 23 possessions and 102 Fantasy points. I’ve been talking him up for ages and bagged by plenty of keyboard warriors in the process but if the keeps his midfield role his scores will be up there. With Vince suspended, I think we’re in for another good score this week.

Nothing has changed with Alex Witherden 91 (Def/Mid. $347,000, 15 be AF. $286,100, -13 be DT) and Sean Darcy 81 (Ruc. $346,000, 15 be AF. $297,300, 4 be DT). They’re still kicking ass and still very relevant in Fantasy and Dreamteam. Josh Thomas 75 (Fwd/Mid. $324,000, 34 be AF. $257,600, 3 be DT) and Luke Ryan 72 (Def. $306,000, 18 be AF. $302,900, 10 be DT) are the next tier of rookie must haves and Ryan has been doing a great job in my Fantasy starting 22 for the past couple of weeks. The non-owners are missing out.

Ivan Soldo 64 (Ruc. $214,000, 8 be AF. $180,000, 3 be DT) got a recall and ended up rucking more than Nankervis who was preferred forward of centre contesting the high balls. Soldo’s job security is a week by week proposition pending strategy from Hardwick and at $214,000 there are far better cashcows lurking.

Joel Smith 46 (Def. $151,000, 18 be AF. $274,600, -25 be DT) and Ryan Nyhuis 43 (Def. $188,000, 9 be AF. $403,600, 42 be DT) are slow burn rooks showing potential. Both players are doing their job but they won’t be hitting huge scores for Fantasy owners. Joel Smith as an ideal D8 in my opinion.


In the Lions rebuild, another cub in Jacob Allison (Fwd/Mid. $150,000, 29 be AF. $125,300 DT) looks likely for a run in the seniors. Allison can play a variety of positions but he’s best suited as a rebounding defender. He can rack up the possessions but from what I’ve seen he’s a confidence player so it will take a few weeks for Allison to getting going at AFL level. His dual position status is invaluable at this time of the season but I’m waiting to see what he produces on debut before trading him in.

Defender Tom Doedee (Def. $150,000, 29 be AF. $132,400 DT) is having a purple patch and is in contention to make his debut against the Cats on Friday night prime time. A high draft pick, Doedee has the talent and an opportunity looks to have come about through recent injuries at the Crows. You could pick him as a throw away D8 but I don’t think he’ll get many games and he’ll average in the low 60’s.

Dallas Willsmore (Mid. $175,000, 4 be AF. $132,400, -28 be DT) put on a clinic in the VFL last weekend racking up 36 possessions, 16 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals and 175 Fantasy points. That’s worthy of an AFL recall for any side especially the struggling Hawks. Given Hawthorn are out of finals contention expect the lessor likes like Willsmore to get plenty of opportunities till seasons end.

The previously mentioned Luke Partington (Mid. $150,000, 29 be AF. $132,400 DT) will get a game for West Coast soon. Adam Simpson flagged an injection of youth this week and Partington is long overdue for a senior opportunity. I’m hoping he takes Masten’s spot.


Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 18:


1   Lewis Young

2   Jay Kennedy-Harris

3   Dallas Willsmore (if named)

4   Luke Partington (if named)

5   Joel Smith


1   Jay Kennedy-Harris

2   Alex Witherden

3   Lewis Young

4   Ryan Nyhuis

5   Josh Thomas


Lewis is still very raw so JKH has the better job security. My ears are still ringing from Cals time on the mic.

Cash in Scharenberg first. Ryan’s confidence is growing weekly.

If he’s your last promo spot to fill then yes trade him.

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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    July 20, 2017 at 7:28 am

    What’s your thoughts on Alex keath?

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      Foo Foo the Snoo

      July 20, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Be interesting to see what the Crows do. I think he’s more of a KPP type isn’t he? Either way barring more injuries, these guys won’t last long.

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    Foo Foo the Snoo

    July 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Well done jeppa. Another great analysis.

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    July 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Mastin is a spud, I have no idea how he gets games. Butchers the ball every time.
    Simmo better play Partington this week!

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    Another Arctic Flying wombat Panda of Doom named Drowning fish

    July 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    A bit off topic but also speaking of rookies,
    How much do u believe that Newman can score in the pride game? Chance of him going 100+?

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    July 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Thx jeppa, ive got Ryan, with and jkh all on field currently as my last rooks plus nank. Can u give an order in which I should start trading them out. Obviously I’m more than happy having them there on field….

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    Grovers Guns

    July 20, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Thanks again Jeppa, you will be leaving big boots to fill as this is my most important article each week as I don’t have the time to see other rookies besides Freo’s.

    May take Young this week depending on in’s and out’s.

    My plan is to get Nank from R3 to F7 and Witherden to D7 and then fill all other spots with cheap rookies that may play or not using their DPP links for cover and hope I don’t get more than 1 out in each line.
    Maybe I am crazy but I have way too much money on the bench and with only 6 weeks left, may as well cash in.

    Thanks again for the great articles

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    July 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

    This year I’ve been taking more notice of Jeppa’s Juniors and thankyou I’ve had my best year yet thanks to reading these stories. Thankyou JEPPA

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    July 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Jeppa, Over the years your analysis of the rookies has helped greatly in building my team structure. Thank you for your insights and valuable contribution to the DT Talk team.

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    D Day

    July 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Jeppa you’ve been a legend for a long time and its sad to see you go although we can certainly understand.
    Thanks for all the time and effort you have put in over the years. This is probably the most important article on this website.
    All the best in your future endeavours, you are leaving massive shoes to fill so hopefully someone is up to the task!

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    July 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

    It won’t be the same without you Jeppa, you’ve steered us through more doughnut strewn waters than i can count.

    For a West Coast supporter, you’re alright………

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    July 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Bring back Chooks Rooks! Thanks for all the hard work Jeppa

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    Crazed Turkey

    July 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Thanks Jeppa, it’s been great.

    This a question for everyone:
    Who is better to trade in AND FIELD out of Young and JKH? Am thinking JKH atm, should be relatively short-term.

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    July 20, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Is it worth going Newman > Witherden to make some cash?

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    July 20, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Trade danger even if his named?

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      July 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Danger is playing on Friday night so you’ll definitely know if he plays. If he does, I’d save the trade and use it somewhere else.

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      July 20, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I think it’s crazy to trade Danger, even if he doesn’t play this week. Unless you’re trading him for Docherty, Mitchell or perhaps Merrett, don’t do it. Once he’s out of your team, there in no guarantee of getting him back in (because of his price and of other holes opening up in your team due to injuries etc.), and without him you’ll just sink in the rankings. Suck it up and trade lower down your team so you have a reasonable sub.

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    July 20, 2017 at 11:40 am


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    July 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Who do I trade out first, burton or Newman

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    July 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Finally have lost faith in Stef (after Archie’s omission I thought the huge scores would return but it did not happen) so 3 weeks later, am jumping on Darcy finally, he still has value.
    Also gives me the cash to go Mountford- Selwood. Thoughts guys?

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      July 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      I dumped Stef for Darcy after Sandi’s injury and have watched with glee as there scores are around the same but I netted around 300k in the process..

      Downside is that I brought in Menegola who has been incredibly meh since then..

      It’s a BAD years for the Rucks outside of Kruezer/Witts/Grundy with cameos from Stef, Goldy, Jacobs, and Ryder, but overall (including Grundy) the consistency has been down.

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        July 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm

        I bet mate, I thought Darcy’s scores wouldn’t last and be overly consistent but they have been fantastic.. Watch Stef go big this week now that I have traded him out haha.
        I got Menegola about a month ago so have seen the good and bad with him.
        That’s ruckman in general, usually very up and down generally huh, this year we’re seeing more of it though, definitely agree.

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    July 20, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    What 150k ruck will likely play first

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      July 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Rowan Marshall (St Kilda) would be my best bet given the rumblings for him last week (after elevation from the Rookie to the Senior list) and this week’s comment by St Kilda’s reserve’s coach Gilbee who said “He’s too good a player for this level some expect he’ll get his AFL opportunity in the coming weeks”.

      Take it for what it is worth, though I reckon he must be amongst the best bets for a game, and maybe this week given Battle’s relatively quiet game against the Bombers and Hickey’s shocker and Longer not sure to return this week and Membrey still out and Gilbee’s statement (I’m out of breath after all those ‘and’ clauses!). JS would be questionable unless he does a ‘Darcy’.

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    July 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    A sad day Jeppa hearing your retirement from the Juniors, massive hole to fill next year.

    Thanks for all the advice and tips over the years, much appreciated.

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    July 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    This week cashed in Lloyd for Young as FWD bench cover and upgraded Newnes to Blakely..

    But fingers AND toes crossed that Greenwood AND Mountford have solid weeks so I can do a downgrade/upgrade to Zerret/Zorko/Dusty next week

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    big dog

    July 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Is it time to cash out on Greenwood?

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    July 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Sad to see you go, Jeppa. I’ve always enjoyed your helpful article.

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    July 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Sad day Jeppa…best article every week. I know what you mean. I virtually had to give up golf a few years ago because the kids needed more of my time. Good luck mate. Thanks for all your hard work.

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    July 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks Jeppa for all your invaluable information over many years – I have never missed one. Jeppas Juniors will be sadly missed. All the best to you and your family.

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    Sir Bobby

    July 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Great work Jeppa. I’m desperate for a Def downgrade this week for Hibberd. What’s your recommendation out of Nyhuis and Glass? Or anyone else for that manner. I’m not too keen to throw away spots yet, as I’m looking to go deep in finals.

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    July 21, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks Jeppa for saving my ass over the years with your research and knowledge! Legend! We’re all screwed next year…

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