Dean Cox ($511,200, 121.62) – His preseason was superb leading many to jump on his $428k price at the start of the year. After opening up with scores of 165, 129 and 121, that price jumped $50k. Played every game and went sub-100 only 4 times. An absolute workhorse who got it done all over the ground. Second only to Pendlebury in terms of total points scored. His high for the year was a sublime 213 against the Dogs in R19, his low came last week against Brisbane when he scored an injury-affected 49.
Todd Goldstein ($492,000, 114.05) – Mumford averages more but Goldstein is more durable which is what gets him the nod. Another one who started the year as a bargain ($320k) because up until that point he’d played second fiddle to McIntosh but with an injury to big Hamish he got his chance and boy did he grab it. He kicked things off a little slowly scoring 81 and 85 but since R7 he hasn’t scored less than 92. Notched up 14 tons for the year including his season high of 158 against Melbourne in R8. His low came the week before that against Geelong when he managed only 71.
Honourable mentions: Ben McEvoy ($435,700, 102.75). If Only They Could Have Got On The Park More Often: Aaron Sandilands ($448,100, 111.75) and Shane Mumford ($540,700, 115.25).
There’s more than a few players I could think of for the 2011 Ruck Chillers and Drillers. Who did you come up with?
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