As always, we only need to choose two Ruckmen on the field for Supercoach. Yet these two positions will have the greatest influence over the rest of our starting line-ups. It’s basically the same question that we’re answering each year of taking a ‘set&forget’ policy or taking a chance on some mid-pricers.
Brodie Grundy (COL) $708k & Max Gawn (MEL) $692k – At first glance most team structures will begin here and be influenced from the ‘set & forget’ option of Grundy & Gawn. Apart from Ablett, Pendles & Danger, it’s been a struggle for anyone to back up a 120+avg season. This might just be the 2019 key question as with Ablett in the past…….start both or risk it?
Grundy and Gawn were in the Top3 overall scorers for the 2018 season and are now priced accordingly for 2019. By starting with both, you can be fairly certain that you’ll have two of the top Ruckmen for the season (even if they drop off slightly in output). If you’re taking a chance with one or two mid-pricers then you’re probably gambling that Grundy or Gawn might get hit early with injury (or Gawn dropping his output by playing with Preuss).
Todd Goldstein (NTH) $548k – Preuss is gone, although they didn’t play together in 2018……plus he had that monster season in 2015 with the 127avg. After an indifferent start to 2018, Goldy scored 12 tons in his last 14 games. Having said that, his highest score was 133……Grundy’s avg (more or less). So the $50k question is has Goldy got one more big year in him?
Billy Longer (STK) $261k – To be brutally honest, I’ve never really rated Longer. With Hickey off to the Eagles, Billy is now the #1 Ruck at the Saints. It’s his spot to lose. If you want to risk starting without Grundy and/or Gawn for any reason, then Longer might just be the best stepping stone option.
Which way are you leaning at the minute? Set & Forget? Mid-Pricers?
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