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Fry’s Cash Cows – 2019 Rookie Award Ballot

With rookie trades no longer taking priority, Fry puts forth a list of categories to vote on for the 2019 cash cow/rookie awards!

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And then there was one. One weekend of fantasy footy remains until another long offseason where we are left to ponder where it all went wrong. For some coaches though, this round is the most important of all, with bragging rights and New Era caps still being hotly contested. Rookie downgrades won’t be at the top of everyone’s list this week, so after putting forth some nominees last week, it’s time to have your say on who should win a number of rookie awards! Below is the list of categories that I need your votes for, in an effort to find some deserving rookie/cash cows worthy of recognition after season 2019.

Cash Cow King – Round 22

Before diving into the heavy awards I need to give the Round 22 CCK nomination out. Big guns like Sam Walsh and Sam Jacobs failed to fire with Xavier Duursma and Sydney Stack nowhere to be seen, which left some other unheralded youngsters left to do the heavy lifting. It would be unfair to throw Atkins in this same group after 20 games of service this season. If anyone was still rocking him in their sides, he won’t be leaving with their final set of trades. Kudos Tommy.

Award Races

Game of the Year

The early season nomination came from Connor Rozee, who showed why Port Adelaide drafted him 5th overall last year. The young gun dropped the first rookie 120+ of the year in Round 3 with a five-goal outing against Brisbane one of the highlights of the rookie season. A little over a month late, amid plenty of late change confusion, Charlie Constable threw his hat in the ring with a 27-touch, 10 mark display against the Roos. Unfortunately, his score sat on most people’s bench, but it was a stellar showing from Constable in what was likely his final game for a lot of fantasy coaches.

The next candidate in Reilly O’Brien came via 54 hitouts against a helpless Richmond ruck division as ROB cemented himself as one of, if not the best fantasy rookie going around. A Carlton midfielder might have something to say about that, and while statistically speaking Walsh had better scores in his rookie campaign, his performance against the Dockers in an away win could see him earn multiple Brownlow votes, if not BOG honours.

Rookie Coach of the Year

Throughout the 2019 season, some coaches have caused coaches to pull their hair out in frustration as we struggle to find the perfect rookie shuffling technique. However, through these trials and tribulations, there are some lead men who have provided us with stability. Giving their respective rookies multiple games to find their feet and adding to the list of debutants as the season wore on. Who gets the nod in your eyes as the Coach of the Year from a rookie/cash cow perspective?

Cash Cow King of the Year

Over the duration of the season, I have nominated four players each week who were worthy contenders for the Cash Cow King of each specific Round. Through 21 weeks, there are a handful of candidates whi stand above the rest as the most consistent and reliable contributors of the season, each garnering multiple nominations and a few wins as the best performer of an individual weekend of footy. In no particular order, these five players have found themselves nominated on a consistent basis ahead of any other rooks. Who gets your vote as the more consistent rookie and the Cash Cow King of the 2019 season?

Defender of the Year

After trading out Xavier Duursma in Round 5 for Rory Laird I quickly discovered that I pulled the trigger too early on Port’s young star. Not only did Duurs showcase a much higher ceiling from that point onwards, he grasped the best rookie defender label with one hand in the process. He had noteworthy competition however, with Marty Hore and Sydney Stack entering the conversation throughout the year as potential winners of the best rookie defender, with the trio separating themselves from the rest of the pack as the season wore on. Who gets your vote for the best defensive rook this year?

Midfielder of the Year

With a clear winner emerging in this category it was tough for the other nominees to stand out. The front runner for the Rising Star award in Sam Walsh looked a class above his years in 2019, playing with a level of poise barely witnessed by a player so young. The likes of Dylan Clarke and Tom Atkins had their moments, but unfortunately for them, they basically just made up the numbers in this pool. Who’s the winner of the label as best midfield cash cow this season?

Ruckman of the Year

I am contractually obligated to put a poll up for this award, despite a clear winner in this category. No offense to Zac Clarke, who had his moments especially in the second half of the year, but there isn’t a lot of competition here…

Forward of the Year

Only one of these players revolved through my team throughout the year, but I think all three have a decent case as the best forward this season. Both Miers and Rozee have had their difficulties with Liam Baker’s case hurt by some missed games. However, the Tigers’ small may have boasted the highest ceiling of the trio, with two huge scores just prior to the byes proving to be a huge boost for coaches. Who get’s your vote?

The 2019 Rookie MVP

The head honchos behind this successful site have already put their own nominations forward for the rookie MVP, with a clear two-horse race between Sam Walsh and Reilly O’Brien. There are different factors that weigh heavily in each players favour, with both putting forward a strong case to be a worthy MVP winner. There can only be one though…

Feel free to shoot your rookie/cash cow questions through on Twitter at @SportsbyFry for me to answer in the article. If Twitter isn’t your preferred domain hit me up on Instagram or Facebook and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Good Luck for Round 23 for your Fantasy Grand Final!




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    Baked Beams

    August 21, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    “I am contractually obligated to put a poll up for this award, despite a clear winner in this category. No offense to Zac Clarke, who had his moments especially in the second half of the year, but there isn’t a lot of competition here…”

    **Zac Clarke wins 41-59**

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      August 21, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      That’s what happens when I allow people to vote multiple times on the same poll haha. His mum must have been mashing that vote button ?

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        August 21, 2019 at 8:53 pm

        Never ask the people a question unless you absolutely have to, or you don’t care what they decide!

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          August 22, 2019 at 4:45 am

          Why on earth would you do that DoubleA?

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          August 22, 2019 at 9:34 am

          I don’t care, the people get to vote is Clarke wins then it’ll be hilarious…but he won’t

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    Prowling Tiger

    August 21, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    You were superb Fry in your 1st season, thanks heaps for the time and effort you put into it. You consistently guided us all through the rookie minefield. Hope you will be back next season.

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      August 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks mate, means a lot. I’ll be back if they’ll have me haha. Appreciate it ?

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    Fantasy Mad

    August 21, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you, Fry, for your considered analysis of the rookie situation throughout the season.. It has certainly helped me into my League GF. As Prowling Tiger has said, hope to see you back next season.

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      August 21, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Glad to know it helped you out mate! Appreciate the support

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    August 22, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for your good work, Fry. Catch you next year, (if I can bring myself to try yet again).

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      August 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      Anytime mate! I look forward to seeing you if I sign up for 23 weeks of torment as well ?

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    August 23, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Hey Fry. Just need some advice for GF mate.

    Couple of options:

    1. Trade Greene to Martin and Gawn to Marshall (not sure what Maxxy is doing – Injury??)

    2. Greene to Martin and B Crouch to J Kelly
    (Keeping Gawn and risking it)

    Thanks for all your work this year. Been unreal

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      August 23, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Love the Greene to Dusty love mate, I’m in the hold Gawn basket atm so I’d have to lean to the second one. Thanks legend ?

  6. Fooz


    August 23, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Fry.
    For what it’s worth – I traded Sam Walsh out during the byes, and never managed to get ROB in! This might explain a few things in my rankings….

    My best picks for 2019:
    DEF: Scrimshaw (yes, an elevated rookie)
    MID: Walsh, Constable early on
    RUCK: Nil, but ROB would have been there.
    FWD: Liam Baker for his 6 – week run. I missed holding on to Miers and co.

    • Fooz


      August 23, 2019 at 11:34 am

      Saddest pick up was Kyron Hayden. He’s still on my pine and wasn’t able to be moved on…

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      August 23, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      I did the same thing with both mate. Sounds like we need to put 2019 behind us ?

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