I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t Mottsy cover off the Backline and Ruck areas in his last Movers and Shakers post? Well the truth is that Fev was on the phone with a couple of questions on his ball grip and that then lead on to me explaining to him that they should use pre-kicked around balls at the beginning of matches because they’re shaped better and before you know it I’ve run out of time. So here’s part 2 of the post.
Rucks. Probably the most injury prone of all footballers given the amount of leaping they do. Already this year we’ve seen David Hille go down with a season ending knee and now John Meesen over at Melbourne has stress fractures in his foot.
Did I have both of them? Yes. It just goes to show that if you can find a ruck that averages 80 and above for you that plays all 22 you need to get on him and ride him all the way home.
Obviously the Rolls Royce of all ruck models is Massive Cox. Some people got their hands on Cox early this year and will sit on Cox til the cows come home. My fellow scribe here at supercoachtalk.com, Bob, LOVES sitting on Cox. But I digress…
The other bloke I really like is McIntosh. The Bible will often play him up forward as well as in the ruck so he gets plenty of it. He’s averaging 81% Time on Ground and 110 points per week. Gotta love that! But I’ve already got him so who am I considering for Meesen, who I traded into the team in R5 to earn me some dough (which he’s done going up $97,700 – I just wish it was more).
Jake Spencer is the other rookie ruckman at Melbourne but (a) he plays for Melbourne, (b) he hasn’t played a game since R2 and (c) was last week rested from the Casey Scorpions. If he gets named this week in the team that will invariably get monstered by West Coast in Perth he looks a likely choice for me. I’d then use the $100k or so I make on the deal to upgrade a forward.
Another possible option is Joel Tippett. He’s only worth $83,400 but hasn’t played a game yet and is listed as a Test in the latest Injury List (well done on getting that up so soon, Duck).
Will get onto some backline options for you to consider tomorrow before the lockout. Til then feel free to let me know who you think is a good cheap option for Meesen. Would love to hear your thoughts. Cheers, Motts.
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