Brad Ottens ($416, 500, 116.50, 22) – I’m naming this guy through gritted teeth given BS drafted him in last week. Can’t argue with his numbers though: 105, 101, 129, & 131. Scarily it appears as though he’s getting better. He had 34 hitouts against The Mummy last week and also finds time to slot them in the forward line when he’s not in the middle. Looks to be the archetypal ruckman that has benefitted from the new rules. Good luck to him. Not.
Shane Mumford ($469,700, 113.75, 74) – Watching Mummy play in R4 I was struck with just how much he enjoys the game. He loves bashing bodies, getting into packs and getting his hands dirty, and taking pack marks. And he’s got the rig to do it too. Seeing this bloke coming at me with a fair bit of steam up would probably make me wish Mum still washed my reg grundies. Here’s hoping he stays healthy in ’11.
Honourable mentions: Mark Jamar, Dean Brogan, Robbie Warnock, Todd Goldstein, Tom Bellchambers and Josh Fraser.
Brent Renouf ($279,100, 51.75, 32) – Cudos for his 97 against Richmond a couple of weeks ago but his other scores have been 34, 16 & 60. The ruck division has been an issue for Hawthorn for years. Imagine how good they’d be with someone like Cox or Sandilands paddling it down to their midfielders!
Shaun Hampson ($247,300, 57.75, 69) – It’s probably a little rough naming Hammo here given he’s only worth $250k but I’ve been watching him closely now for 4 rounds and he’s just not hard enough at it. Both he and Henderson were ineffective last Saturday and when he does manage to take a mark in our forward line, more often than not, he’ll go back and spray it (he’s kicked 2.4 so far this year). In his 5th year with The Blues, I expect more.
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