There are a couple of high-end forward rookie options for us to choose from this week, but there is nothing much on the horizon. Here are the rookie options ahead of Round 8.
Charlie Spargo | $117,300 | FWD/MID | Average: 79.5 | Breakeven: -89
The blue collar option this week. Charlie Spargo was a high end draft prospect until injuries riddled his under 18 year. He has looked up to the level since debuting a fortnight ago, averaging 16.5 disposals and 79.5 SuperCoach points to go with his three goals. Should have good job security and scoring potential.
Ben Ronke | $123,900 | FWD | Average: 79 | Breakeven: -84
Ben Ronke reminds me of Tom Papley a couple of years ago. The pocket rocket has plenty of X-Factor about him and he proved that in a starring debut against the Cats, finishing with three majors and 90 points. Certainly wasn’t one of the Swans worst contributors in their shock loss to the Roos, but his spot is not set in stone.
Oscar McInerney | $123,900 | RUCK | Average: 59.5 | Breakeven: -45
The Big O is becoming a cult hero after just two games in the competition. The bean pole has competed well as a second ruck to Stefan Martin, scoring reasonable totals despite collecting just 5.5 touches per game. Not sure if he keeps this average up but he is a nice downgrade for English, or potential coverage for the suspended Nic Naitanui. Nathan Carroll lookalike Brayden Crossley looms as the better rookie ruck option, though.
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Kobe Mutch | $123,900 | MID | Average: 59 | Breakeven: -44
The Essendon youngster has been banging the door down in the VFL, but that is where he may end up next week. The 20-year old knows how to get his hands on the footy, averaging 18.5 disposals but this has generated just 59 points per game. In other words, he hasn’t done Mutch with it.
Flynn Appleby | $121,900 | DEF | Average: 57.5 | Breakeven: -42
The man with a name out of a children’s book came in as a late withdrawal and has proved to be fairly tidy, averaging 57.5 points from just 10.5 touches. Don’t think his job security is strong, but I traded in Taylin Duman into my defence last week… Appleby might be better.
James Worpel | $117,300 | MID | Average: 48.5 | Breakeven: -27
The Worpedo started his AFL career strongly scoring 64 points from 13 touches, but he backed that up with a 33-point display against the Bombers. Six touches in a win may not be enough for Worpel to hold his spot. In saying that, he is one to watch out for in the future in SuperCoach.
On the bubble next week
Brayden Crossley | $117,300 | RUCK | Average: 65 | Breakeven: -60
Matt Eagles | $117,300 | DEF| Average: 48 | Breakeven: -22
Lachie Keefe | 123,900 | FWD/DEF | Average: 51 | Breakeven: -28
Brad Scheer | $159,400 | FWD | Average: 69 | Breakeven: -43
On the rise
Josh P. Kennedy | $473,500| MID | Average: 95.1 | Breakeven: 7
Despite some reasonable attention from Ben Jacobs, Josh Kennedy backed up his best-on-ground performance against Geelong with another dominant display last weekend. JPK owned the coalface winning 18 contested possessions, nine clearances and nine tackles on his way to a whopping 151 points. He looks to be back, making him very tantalising at a meagre $473,500.
Dayne Zorko | $425,700 | MID | Average: 79.7 | Breakeven: 44
He was due and Zorko absolutely exploded, tallying 34 disposals, 10 tackles, four goals and 164 points if you don’t mind. We will need some more evidence before we jump on the Zorko train, though.
Set to fall
Paddy Ryder | $566,500 | RUCK | Average: 67 | Breakeven: 204
The 2017 All Australian ruckman returned from injury against the Eagles, scoring 66 points from just 59% time-on-ground. Ryder has a monster 204 breakeven to contend with, making him a potential option in a few weeks
Dustin Martin | $564600 | MID | Average: 114.1| Breakeven: 162 Dusty has been disappointing over the past few weeks, failing to surpass 100 points and faling over $90k in price. He is set for another big price drop so the 39% of SuperCoaches without him can trade him in at a discount.