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Matt Rowell – Deck of DT 2022

The talent is there, the role is there, but can the rising Sun overcome the injuries that plagued the start of his promising career. Roy takes a look at the under priced Matt Rowell.

Name: Matt Rowell
Team: Gold Coast Suns
Position: MID
Price: $464,000
Bye round: 13
2021 average: 55.3
2021 games played: 12
Predicted average: 84
Draft range: Deep, bump up in keeper

Click here for 2022 Fantasy prices.

Why should I pick him?

The highly touted youngster burst onto the scene in his rookie year with two hundreds within his first three games including a 20 possession, ten tackle and two goal performance where he scored 104. That performance backed up his previous week of 26 possessions, seven tackles and two goals for 108. Need I remind you that these were shortened games due to Corona ball, so convert to 130’s.

He came in with high expectations after a successful junior Fantasy career, but that was ridiculous for a kid. He looked as experienced and physically developed as his senior rivals.

There aren’t a lot of positives that can come from two injury marred years but you can guarantee Rowell will take full advantage of every one available to him. He is a student of the game and took advantage of his time on the sidelines by fast tracking some learning and it leaves him well positioned to go bang in his traditional break out year, combining knowledge with his substantial talent.

After being injured in round one last year on 16, he returned in round 13, never looking himself and his scoring reflected that, reaching 70 on just two occasions and recording lows of 37, 48 and 49. Why am I writing this in the ‘pick him’ section? Because it makes his price extraordinarily low. We have witnessed how much better than that he is, in his 11 games to finish the year, he only reached 20 possessions on one occasion… a feat accomplished in three of his first four games as a rookie prior to injury.

Hugh Greenwood’s departure leaves a big hole and some serious grunt work required to take the pressure off Touk Miller in the middle and Rowell certainly has the ability to do it.

Elijah Hollands said Rowell had put his injury woes from the last two seasons behind him and was raring to go as the season opener approaches.

Let’s not forget what he did in his last year as a junior… He has an elite Fantasy game:
29.2 disposals (11.3 kicks + 17.9 handballs), 7.6 tackles, 4.4 marks, 115.8 fantasy points

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

It’s been two years and the young gun has only put 15 full games together, so there is a durability concern that must now be considered.

There are a number of under priced options in the same price bracket across all four lines that you may prefer to take a punt on. We never want too many guys at that price.

He has always been handball happy, and last season it was on full display. Following his return, his kicks only tallied higher than his handballs on three occasions and caused red flags on a couple of occasions including games of two kicks, 11 handballs and three kicks, 13 handballs. He eventually finished the year with 66 kicks and 103 handballs.

There is enough rookie priced midfield talent to leave Rowell out and save/make money out of his replacement.

Deck of DT Rating.


To find Matt Rowell’s price on the Suns team list, you have to scroll through 23 names and when you finally get down past Sam Collins, that’s where you find the young gun, priced at an average of just 55. He is so much better than that and capable of a 30 point improvement, It’s just whether you give up a midfield cash cow’s position to do it as opposed to paying up and selecting a best 22 player.


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  1. Sam

    February 16, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the write up Roy. You mentioned other midfield cash cows (and whether Rowell takes one of those spots). Who are the main midfield cash cows this year?

    Sorry if I’ve missed an article on that – just dusting off the cobwebs and starting my 2022 fantasy research this week!

  2. NickC

    February 16, 2022 at 10:50 am

    It’s a no for me at this stage as I have Caldwell instead. Watch and wait and if he goes bang… then it’s stacks on. Also thinking that his h/k ratio will be too high.

    • Ben Hill

      February 16, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      Matty looks like he will go down for the count


    February 16, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    I have newcombe has my midpricer in midfield

  4. Sam

    February 16, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    A lock for me. Other midfield cash cows aren’t priced at 55 but have the potential to be keepers.

    • FreemTheDream

      February 18, 2022 at 6:25 pm

      While this is true, for 20k more you can get a player in Caldwell who averaged 76 last year with injury interrupted games. That’s a definite 20 point head start from what we’ve seen from Rowell last year. While we know Rowell is better than that average, it is far less risk and just as much, if not more reward in Caldwell given his age and runs on the board last season. Right now Caldwell is a POD in the position, I assume that his name will start to be more common in teams, for that very risk/regard and pod factor

      • FreemTheDream

        February 18, 2022 at 6:26 pm


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