GERALDTON, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 25: Cam McCarthy of the Dockers kicks the ball during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Wonthella Oval on February 25, 2017 in Geraldton, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

We are just over a week out from season 2017. Thus the office, work-site, and schoolyard arguments begin in regards to who should be in your SuperCoach side. Here at Zero Hanger, we have put a together a list of some of the best rookies and bargain buys to give you the upper hand this year.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Tim Taranto poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL portrait session on January 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Tim Taranto (mid|fwd) $207,300 GWS – Not the cheapest rookie, but has performed well against good sides in the JLT. Handy pick up as a two-position player.

Sam Powell-Pepper (mid) $135,300 PA– In what has been a somewhat disappointing preseason for the Power, this youngster has been one of the shining lights. Taken at pick 18 in the draft, he has impressed to date and is likely to be playing come round one.

Timothy English (ruc) $130,800 WB – Taken the pick after Powell-Pepper, English has shown in the JLT Series he can go toe-to-toe with the big boys. His efforts have him in contention for round one, especially in a position that the Dogs have had some trouble with in recent years and particularly given Jordan Roughead’s hamstring injury, which will see him sidelined for at the first month of the home and away season.

Griffin Logue (def) $180,300 FRE – Named for the final round of the JLT Community Series, which most teams treat as a dress rehearsal for the real deal. Freo’s top pick and very likely to play round one. Very athletic and is normally efficient with his disposal.

Ben Ainsworth (mid|fwd) $198,300 GC – Has already shown his class around goal. Considering the tough year the Sun’s had in 2016, he is a very good chance to be in their best 22 come the home and away season.

MACKAY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 26: Ben Ainsworth of the Suns kicks the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Essendon Bombers at Harrup Park Country Club on February 26, 2017 in Mackay, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


Brayden Preuss (ruc) $123,900 NM – Has shown promise in the JLT Community Series, has the ability to clunk a mark and kick goals. Not guaranteed a game in round one, but if he does play, he could rack up good points.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 29: Andy Otten of the Crows wins the ball during the round 15 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval on June 29, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Andy Otten (def) $123,900 ADE – Has not played an AFL home and away game since 2014 hence the low price, however, his pre-season form suggests he could be back towards his best.

Cam McCarthy (fwd) $203,600 FRE – After a year out of the game, McCarthy’s low price is justified. However, we saw at GWS just how dominant he can be up forward. Should play in round one.

Will Hoskin-Elliott (fwd) $213,300 COLL – A change of scenery should help the ex-Giant, and at under $220,000 he is cheap. Listed as a forward, but should play in the midfield as well, which will help with his scores.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 25: Will Hoskin-Elliot of the Giants takes a mark during the 2016 AFL NAB Challenge match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs at Star Track Oval on February 25, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Billie Smedts (mid|fwd) $217,100 CAR – He struggled to get consistent games for Geelong and thus has found a new home in Carlton. Has the ability to play across the ground and loves a goal or two. Could be a steal if he plays consistently.