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?
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