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Benjy’s Rookie Radar – AFLW Round 1

Benjy has a look at how the rookies did in Round 1.

Round 1 featured a whopping 127 rookie priced players including 17 from Sydney Swans alone.

It’s tempting to use the three trades swapping out underperforming premiums.

But I’ll be using mine to make sure I’ve got the best rookies in my team to set up cash generation for the rest of the season and shore up those scores at D5 and F5.

Rookies of the round

The votes for the Charlie Rowbottom Medal for best rookie of the season go to:

5. 🍐 Abbey Dowrick (MID) 83

4. 🍐 Elizabeth McGrath (RUCK) 75

3. ✈️ Paige Scott (FWD) 73

3. 🐯 Eilish Sheerin (DEF) 73

1. 🦘 Vikki Wall (FWD) 67

1. 🦢 Montana Ham (MID) 67

1. 🦅 Jessica Sedunary (MID) 67

Cash is queen

The biggest price rises this round were:

🍐 Abbey Dowrick (MID) $9,900

🍐 Elizabeth McGrath (RUCK) $8,600

🐯 Eilish Sheerin (DEF) $8,300

🦘 Vikki Wall (FWD) $7,400

🦅 Jessica Sedunary (MID) $7,400

Trade targets

🐯 Eilish Sheerin | DEF, $37,000, 4%

Sheerin won six coaches votes after racking up 19 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles against Geelong.

The 29-year-old scored the second most fantasy points of defenders in Round 1, behind only Ruby Schleicher who costs $83,400 more.

🍐 Elizabeth McGrath | RUCK, $37,300, 11%

If you had McGrath at R1 then you definitely won rookie roulette!

She’s a definite swap if you’ve got a different rookie ruck at R1.

If you went the set and forget option, however, you might consider waiting a week on McGrath and fixing up low scoring DEF and FWD rookies instead.

🍐 Abbey Dowrick | MID, $38,600, 18%

Dowrick attended 69% of Port Adelaide’s centre bounces and earned herself a Rising Star nomination.

She’s an easy swap for the injured Montana Ham and an excellent option for M5.

✈️ Paige Scott | FWD, $48,800, 22%

Scott attended 53% of Essendon’s centre bounces and earned herself a Rising Star nomination.

She’s the pick of the rookie forwards and can comfortably sit on field for most of the season.

Side note

Pick 7 🍐 Sarah Goodwin (DEF) is in 13.9% of teams but was named as an emergency and didn’t play in Round 1.

Port Adelaide’s team won’t be named before lockout but I’d consider holding her if you’ve got pressing trades and don’t need the $14,400 from trading her to a basement priced rookie.

Goodwin could play soon and you’ll save yourself two trades (out and then back in) if she plays well and scores close to that 84.9 SANFLW average.

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Benjy is a Swannies supporter whose love of fantasy footy far exceeds his skill. Is a sixth year breakout on the cards? Follow on Twitter: @benjylat

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. stew42

    August 30, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Very happy that I kept my eye on the news, saw Fleur Davies out for the season, so decided to go with (what seems like) the only other GWS ruck in McCormick, got a nice 61!

  2. Baldrick's boys

    August 31, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Thx @benjy nice write up – really want to trade out a couple of under performers but will maintain faith in round 1 x 3 rookie swaps.

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