This week's Rookie Rankings has seen one shift among the top six, while a pair of first-year Roos were handed honourable mentions for their performances on Sunday.

Two Bombers hold a spot in our rankings, while a young Saints has ascended his place to land fifth spot.

A young Magpies has backed up his strong run of form, but is facing healthy competition from the man he stole the No.1 spot from.

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. 


Paul Curtis (North Melbourne)
11 disposals, 4 tackles, seven contested possessions, one goal

Was among the few shining lights for the Roos in their defeat, stepping up as a forward target for his side and offering plenty of pressure inside 50.

Connor MacDonald (Hawthorn)
19 disposals, four marks, six score involvements, seven contested possessions

Arguably his best game for the Hawks, albeit in a loss. Was among several avenues to goal and played his role in midfield.

Jackson Archer (North Melbourne)
15 disposals, eight contested disposals, six intercepts

The son-of-a-gun impressed on debut against the Crows, playing across David Noble's defence and offering a rock-solid service in his maiden match.


6. Ben Hobbs (-1)

After a fiery past few weeks, Hobbs was limited in his impact on Friday night and unfortunately faces a drop in our rankings.

The Horsham native collected one kick and 11 handballs in a damning night for the Bombers, who handed the Eagles their second win of the season.

Spent more time as a forward compared to recent weeks and battled with the position, something we saw in Hobbs' opening few fixtures.

Essendon face a tough encounter against the Swans this week, with the corresponding match from earlier in the year a low point for Ben Rutten's side.