It’s a question that comes back to haunt us every year……..do we start with the most expensive player overall? At all costs? Normally that player’s name is Ablett and it’s a no-brainer (except for that dodgy shoulder and limited pre-season last year). This year that player’s name is Todd Goldstein.
No other way to describe it, he was simply massive in 2015! With the loss of Ablett & Rockliff early, Goldy provided Supercoaches with a reliable Captain each week (except for that Freo game – 44 pts). As a result, he is the most expensive player of the SC competition this year.
Only two players have been able to back up a 125+ season average in Supercoach history……….God & Dependlebury. At their peak, Hodge and Judd have been over the magical mark. Even Rockliff had his 132 avg in 2014. But backing it up proved too much, even for those SC Champions. (For the record, Nat Fyfe has scored 122 & 124 in the last two seasons. Very close indeed!).
There have already been a few variables of the Ruck line presented during the pre-season. Many Coaches have chosen the ‘Set & Forget’ method with Goldy at R1. Plenty are using the same method but without Goldy (Martin & Jacobs/NicNat). Others see Lobbe as a decent R2 option and ‘stepping stone’ to a (hopefully) cheaper Goldstein after the first few games. After all, Goldy faces off with Sauce, S.Martin, Gawn & 211 in his first four outings………not exactly slouches! They are the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 8th most expensive starting Ruckmen.
After some healthy debate with Raj in the RMT thread, I thought a closer look at the stats might be in order. I’ve calculated a few of Goldy’s averages against his first four opponents this season for your viewing pleasure………..
First four opponents: ADE (Jacobs), BRIS (S.Martin), MELB (M.Gawn) & FREO (Sandilands)
Todd Goldstein’s 2015 averages: 45 hitouts, 15 disposals, 128 SC pts
Goldy Vs Sauce
Goldstein’s averages against Adelaide over the last three years: 34 hitouts, 10 disposals, 102 SC pts
Goldy Vs S.Martin
Goldstein’s averages against Brisbane over the last two years (Martin in the ruck): 39 hitouts, 15 disposals, 126 SC pts
Goldy Vs Gawn
Goldstein’s averages against Melbourne over the last three years: 43 hitouts, 18 disposals, 138 SC pts
Goldy Vs 211
Goldstein’s averages against Freo over the last three years: 32 hitouts, 10 disposals, 83 SC pts
Take what you will from these numbers, I think there’s a case to be made either way (to start or not to start?). In the end it comes down to personal preference, team structure & your overall plan for the season. Normally I’d run a poll for this sort of conundrum, but there will be some Ruck questions coming up next week for ‘THE TEAM@SCT’ (don’t forget to vote on those!). Good luck with your Goldstein decision!
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