MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Ben Hobbs of the Bombers celebrates after scoring a goal during the round eight AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Marvel Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

We've reached the midway mark of the 2022 AFL season, with the top bracket of young stars having seemingly secured themselves among the best debutants of the year in our Rookie Rankings.

At the cessation of Round 11, we see another change in our top six, with a young Bomber replacing Saint Marcus Windhager in our rankings, while two other St Kilda draftees earn honourable mentions for their outings on the weekend.

We've also seen another change at the top of our rankings, while a young Tiger is pressing his case for another leap up pur standings after tussling with Swans forward Lance Franklin.

Criteria: For our Rookie Rankings, we are selecting players who have made their debut this season. Other players who may still be eligible for a Rising Star nomination but have already made their debut prior to the 2022 season will not be considered.

I.e. players like Jai Newcombe, Jake Bowey, Corey Durdin and Sam De Koning are ineligible. 


Round 11 Honourable Mentions

Mitchito Owens (St Kilda)
14 disposals, 10 tackles, two goals

The young Saints midfielder had arguably the best performance of any rookie over the weekend, stepping up against the Roos to earn the plaudits of many.

Cooper Stephens (Geelong)
15 disposals, six clearances, seven contested possessions

The young Cats onballer continues to show his worth in Geelong's 22, collecting a round-high six clearances among rookies for the weekend,

Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (St Kilda) 
17 disposals, nine marks, five intercepts

The flashy Saint added to an impressive first season in the red, white and black on the weekend, continuing to be part of avenues to goal out wide for Brett Ratten.

Brady Hough (West Coast)
23 disposals, 11 marks, five intercepts

The first-year Eagle had his best performance of the year in a defensive role against the Bulldogs on Sunday night, ending the evening as one of West Coast's best accumulators.


6. Ben Hobbs (NEW)

After a handful of honourable mentions across the course of this season, the Bombvers' top draftee makes his maiden appearance in our Rookie Rankings.

Hobbs is averaging 17.5 possessions per game across the past month, with his season-high 22 touches against Port Adelaide ranking third among eligible players for the weekend.

The Horsham product also recorded 11 contested possessions, six inside 50s and five score involvements in the 16-point loss to Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Played a wide role for Ben Rutten's side in rotating in midfield, while also moving forward and linking up in several avenues to goal.

Will face competition for his spot in our Rookie Rankings this week as the Bombers are fixtured their bye.