With salary caps set at $10 million and $13 million across the SuperCoach and AFL Fantasy platforms respectively, filling every position with a premium player is simply not possible.
In order to field a team that both keeps you under the cap and allows you to be competitive, selecting a smattering of rookies is essential.
Obviously, these young names won’t make up the bulk of your weekly totals, but should you select the right ones early, your bottom line and your win/loss column will look healthy.
Although we don’t know whether any of these names will break through the banner in round one just yet, their pre-season track work has piqued our interest.
These are each club’s rated rookies that look primed for early debuts.
James Rowe (FWD)
SuperCoach price - $117,300
AFL Fantasy price - $196,000
As a mature-aged recruit, Rowe’s frame is already primed to compete at AFL level.
Following a stellar season for SANFL premiers Woodville-West Torrens, Rowe averaged 96 Supercoach points in each of his appearances and also managed 35 goals to share the competition’s leading goalkicker title.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) December 15, 2020
It is his accuracy and ability to assist others in scoring that could see him line up in Matthew Nicks’ forward fifty right from the get-go.
Luke Pedlar (MID)
SuperCoach price - $162,300
AFL Fantasy price - $250,000
After being taken with the 11th pick of the 2020 draft, it is clear that the Crows have high hopes for Pedlar.
With a whopping average of 101.5 fantasy points from just four SANFL under-18 appearances, it is not hard to see why.
Adelaide with pick 11 select Luke Pedlar who played 4 games in the SANFL U18s as a inside midfielder position player with an avg fantasy score of 101.5.. Could be considered a big reach but another SA boys finds his way to the crows.. contested ball is his JAM
— AFLstatsmate (@AFLstatsmate) December 9, 2020
With almost every one of Adelaide’s starting 22 up for grabs, keep an eye on Pedlar’s pre-season form to see whether the left-footer snares one or not.
Sam Berry (MID)
SuperCoach price - $117,300
AFL Fantasy price - $216,000
Another of the Crows' midfield chicks to keep in mind is Sam Berry.
The former Gippsland Power product proved adept both with the football and without it, as evidenced by his 20 disposal, 18 tackle and 220 supercoach points against the Geelong Falcons.
Berry also finished fifth in the club’s 2km time trail, so his endurance is without question.
Riley Thilthorpe (RUC/FWD)
SuperCoach price - $202,800
AFL Fantasy price - $268,000
Thilthorpe is already being seen as ‘the great white hope’ by the Crows faithful.
At 201cm and 102kg, the local product is primed to hit the ground running. His ability to play in multiple positions including the ruck, up forward and even on a wing should stand him in good stead for an early inclusion.
Riley Thilthorpe getting forward to kick a goal from the wing - Crows fans should be excited by that.
SuperCoaches, too, for the future. #SuperCoach
— The Phantom (@ThePhantomSC) February 20, 2021