Fellow diehard SuperCoaches,
I welcome you to a new series of articles analysing a pivotal concept of AFL SuperCoach, or any fantasy sports game for that matter: rookies.
Rookies are the cheapest available players but they are also the most important, in order to stay within the salary cap while selecting good premiums, a selection of rookies is essential.
In SuperCoach terms, rookies don’t always necessarily mean players who are new to the AFL, instead, it also incorporates experienced players who have had injury affected seasons and may be available at rookie prices.
So, what is a rookie price? Basically the rookie price range is anything under 250K. In this series I will be publishing an article for each position highlighting and previewing rookies who I think will have a profound impact in 2016 and are destined to rise in value.
This is the first article of the series and today I will be analysing the defence. Throughout the series I will be choosing rookies at basement prices, around 100-130K in order to provide the most value.
5 Rookie Defenders to invest in for 2016
Riley Bonner DEF ($117,300) Port Adelaide
The classy South Australian left footer will be looking to impress in his first season at Alberton Oval. Bonner has a strong overhead mark but by far his most valuable asset is his penetrating long range kicking from half back. He averaged 18 disposals in the under 18/s championship and earned a half back selection in the all-Australian side. He should get opportunities in a Port Adelaide outfit with not many notable efficient kicks apart from Hamish Hartlett.
Mitchell Hibberd DEF/MID ($117,300) North Melbourne
The highest Tasmanian in last year’s draft, Mitch Hibberd has been renowned for racking up the disposals at half back averaging 24 disposals in the TAC Cup. As a defender, any game featuring a disposal count over 15 is a solid return and Hibberd should therefore be on everyone’s radar. Also has DPP status which is always a bonus.
Bailey Rice DEF ($117,300) St Kilda
Another small rebounding defender, Bailey Rice racked up the disposals in the TAC Cup averaging 21 disposals. Like Mitch Hibberd he also has the capacity to have solid 15+ disposal games and should be given plenty of opportunities in an inexperienced St Kilda defence. He is the son of Carlton Premiership player Dean Rice and had the luxury of nominating Carlton or St Kilda as Dean played more than 100 games for both clubs.
Mitch Brown DEF/FWD ($117,300) Essendon
The revitalised Mitch Brown will be looking to cement his position at an AFL club after being added to the Essendon list after the suspension of 12 players due to the drug saga. A tall key position player Mitch Brown can play at either end of the ground. He had an injury cruelled stint at Geelong before impressing as a top up player for the Bombers in last year’s NAB Challenge. Like Hibberd, Brown also comes with DPP status.
Kieran Collins DEF ($117,300) Western Bulldogs
And last on our list is the 193cm ready made lock down defender from the Bulldogs. Collins can play as a lock down defender but can find the ball as well. He was ranked number 1 at the draft combine for clean hands so I expect he’ll make the most of his chances at gaining possessions. At 193cm and 100kg, Collins has the ability to null the influence of the game’s best key forwards.
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