Poll – Big #211

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 3 2017

The big fella is back again for another crack.  All 211 cms of this Man-Mountain is going around at 34 years of age in 2017.  After an injury-plagued 2016 where NicNat rearranged his rib cage in Rd3, Aaron Sandilands (once again) starts at the tempting price of $308 200.  Although his stats are hard to argue with (when fit), the question of age and durability linger on……..

At his very best, Sandy has been a Top2 Ruckman on a number of occasions.  He’s managed a 100+ avg over six seasons, five of which were 105+.  His sheer size guarantees him a large chunk of the hitouts (has averaged as high as 44 per game), many of which are ‘to advantage’.  Sandy has one of the better ratios of ‘hitouts to advantage’ when he’s fit (around 28% from memory, feel free to correct me on that in the comments) which could help bolster his scores even further.  A quick glance at his 2015 stats shed light on the sort of output Sandy is capable of.  After a sluggish start over the first five weeks, Sandy held a 117 avg over the last 16 Rounds!  That sort of form would’ve had him a clear 2nd to Gawn in 2016.  That followed another 108avg over 21 games in 2014.

The big queries that arise with #211 come with the ‘turf toe’ in 2012, the crushed ribs from last season and the reports of calf troubles over this pre-season.  While he is expected to see game time over the JLT Series, there has to be a question on his ability to come back again for a SC-relevant season.  Is it worth picking Sandy at that price?  Is it just a trade waiting to happen?  At 34 years old, is Big Sandy past it?  How do you rate Sandilands in 2017?

 

Is Sandilands worth a chance as a 'stepping stone' option in 2017?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
8
0


Leave a comment / Scroll to bottom

16 thoughts on “Poll – Big #211”

  1. Lock has been applied since his price was revealed and should stay that way unless he finds a way to miss round 1. By far the best value selection of 2017 as he could finish top 3 in his position for average. Has missed 58 games in the past 9 years but has averaged over 107.5 in every year since 2010 when he has played over 10 games.

    Seasons with a 95+ avg
    Durability: 106/132
    Consistency: 0-79: 14/106
    80+: 92/106
    100+: 67/106
    120+: 36/106

    Between RD 6 of 2015 and RD 2 of 2016 Sandilands averaged 115.68 with no scores under 80.

    12

    4
  2. It will be 1 trade down the drain. Will definitely be rested a couple of times over the year so you need back up if going with him. Also if he goes down early Sandi is awkwardly priced to replace.

    12

    3
  3. He’s really good value and has the potential to have a big year with the new third man up rule which will only help him ….BUT for me its a no.

    He will either be rested or more likely injured and then you’ll have to use a trade.

    If you think he can play the whole year without missing a game then he is most definitely worth it…

    13

    0
  4. It might be a silly question but my memory on dual position player trading is a bit hazy. When a fwd is traded can they swap with a ruck/fwd such as Strandica moving Strandica to the forward line and the forward to the rucks allowing them to be traded for Gawn.

    2

    0
    1. Yes, that’s how it worked last year.

      So if Sandy went down for 2-3 weeks, you could trade a forward, move your ruck to the forward line and bring in another ruckman. You could then sit Sandy on your bench.

      3

      0
      1. Thanks Brad,
        My strategy with Sandi is to move him to the bench around the byes/inevitable injury and upgrade W Hoskin-Elliot to M Gawn.

        4

        1
  5. If you’re going with 211, then you’re essentially tying yourself to Paddy Ryder or Nankervis for cover.

    It just doesn’t make sense to me and Paddy and Nanka are not in my plans.

    6

    0
  6. I’ll be going set and forget with Sandilands with no ruck cover.

    His injury last year was freak and prior to that a he had a consistent run of games. He missed only 1 game in 2015 and 2 games in 2014. You have to go all the way back to the end of 2012 and start of 2013 for his turf-toe issues.

    I see no reason to assume he will have niggling injuries this year.

    The worst case scenario is if hes injured while priced less than 500k, making him to trade out. However, he only needs to play the first 6-8 games to rise in price enough to avoid this.

    13

    4
  7. He’s in my team right now which allows me to beef up my midfield. But I don’t see him as a keeper at all.

    He’s a stepping stone for once the top rucks start to reveal themselves. I just need 6-8 games from him to get up towards $500K and then its whooska!

    I’ll happily carry the injury risk as I’m not going with the likes of Beams/O’Meara/Swallow/Adams.

    8

    2
    1. I reckon you nailed it right at the very end there.

      There’s a lot of juicy priced SC relevant guns returning from an injury impacted 2016 season and you’d be crazy to roll with them all of them in your team. It’s a case of hand picking the small batch of them that you see the most value in. They’re all risky but weighing up a risk vs reward scenario should help.

      Personally, at the moment for example i’d prefer to risk Jaeger over Swallow and Fyfe and/or Rocky over GAJ. Sandi represents value but there’s just better options in the ‘risky players’ queue standing in front of him.

      5

      2
    2. I think this is a sound strategy, but what will you do of Sandilands proves to be no. 2, or even no. 1 ruck after 8 rounds? Will you consider keeping him?

      This scenario could be likely given the uncertainty around the other ruck premos.

      1

      0
      1. If he ends up being a top ruck I’ll keep him for as long as I can. I don’t see him as a keeper right now but would obviously love it if he turns into one.

        3

        0
  8. Goldy injury, Stef’s poor output, not really much else going on.

    Grundy maybe.

    Nankervis maybe as cover in Fwds? Ryder needs to pull his finger out over last 2 weeks of JLT or we’re almost all going to have to consider 211.

    2

    0
  9. Lot of folks saying sandi injury prone?, do broken ribs count as injury prone? I’m happy to start with any of the 3 set and forget rucks,Gawn-goldy-211, and a few saying here that sandi might get injured, to me that’s a stupid thing to say, Dangerfield might get injured, anyway I’m happy to start with him at the reduced price, if he gets injured it’s just a normal part of a SuperCoach year ( Fyfe last year ),
    At worst he’ll cost a trade at best he will punch out 100 points a game every week.

    1

    0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *