MONDAY'S NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft saw 13 players make their way onto AFL lists and will subsequently be added to AFL Fantasy Classic and Draft this week.
One of them, Ryan Gardner (FWD, $170,000), has already been confirmed to play in round 11 for the Bulldogs.
The 21-year-old Tasmanian was originally drafted by Geelong with its first pick in the 2015 national draft. After some impressive form at both ends of the ground, he is set to make his AFL debut on Sunday.
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Three of the players selected have AFL experience and have been priced based on their most recent season average with a discount applied. All others come in at the basement price of $170,000.
The versatile Cameron Sutcliffe (MID, $356,000) played 104 games with the Dockers and will add depth to Port Adelaide's midfield and defence. His Fantasy return was an average of 73 from 19 games in 2016.
Josh Deluca (MID, $240,000) was taken at pick one by the Blues and could be a chance to play later in the season. The former Docker is averaging 26 disposals for Subiaco this season. His 2019 highlight was the state game (WAFL v SANFL) where the 23-year-old racked up 29 disposals, seven marks and a goal to win the Simpson Medal as best on ground.
Injuries at Essendon could see William Snelling (MID, $207,000) a chance to don the sash following his outstanding SANFL form. Clocking up 9.6 tackles per game, the one-time Port Adelaide midfielder averaged 128 Fantasy points per game for West Adelaide.
While the likelihood of some of the new draftees playing in the short-term is minimal, there are some that we should keep an eye on for late in the season or for next year.
The Suns may give Mitchell Riordan (MID, $170,000) an opportunity later in the season while Kyle Dunkley (MID, $170,000) would have possibly gone early in November's NAB AFL Draft had he not been selected this week.
Richmond taking 27-year-old Marlion Pickett (MID, $170,000) could be a sign he may play senior football in the last few rounds or early next season. His time at the Tigers will begin with a stint on the sidelines with a broken finger after sustaining the injury on the weekend for South Fremantle.
New players will be added to the game soon.