The end of Round 15 has seen significant movement among our Rookie Rankings, including a lead change for the first time this year.
At the conclusion of the bye rounds we've extended our rankings to a top eight, opening up a spot for another in-form youngster to present themselves in our race as we reach the home stretch.
The change has seen a young Docker and a Hawks defender move into our rankings, while seven of the top eight have moved places.
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 2023 season will not be considered.
8. Matthew Johnson (NEW)
The young Dockers midfielder was in consideration for a spot in our Rookie Rankings heading toward Round 14, but a quieter outing in what was a disappointing and disrupted clash with Fremantle kept Johnson out of our top seven.
Now stretching to a top eight at the conclusion of Round 15, Johnson finds himself in our rankings for the first time this year thanks to a prolific performance in Saturday night's win over Essendon.
Since making his debut in Round 3 against West Coast, Johnson has built a strong campaign in his second season with Fremantle, finding his role in Justin Longmuir's star-studded midfield group as an inside-outside asset.