First off, I need to say my theory seems to be different to that of most when it comes to the Ruck Bench. I have always been an advocate of not putting too much cash in your ruck area…… in particular the bench. However, this season is different:
1. You now have a bye that will impact your R1 and R2 at some stage. So you need backup and can’t afford a zero.
2. You now have an extra bench spot for you Fwd, Mid and Back, but not your Ruck.
3. Everyone knows Rucks take time (years) to develop, so it is unlikely you will get a first year ruck rookie on your bench who provides good cover…. for Bye’s and short-term injury.
4. You wont be wanting to waste trades on you ruck area if you can help it.
I see from the “Rate My Team” post the ruck bench is typically made up of Smith and Derickx, or a subsidy combination with Redden, Cordy, McCauley, Campbell, Bailey.
However….. I think that given you can have Petrie ($216k) or Fraser (237k) who are guaranteed starts with their respective teams, bigger conditioned bodies, for about an extra $100k…. I think it’s a handy insurance policy.
Tell me what do you think?
For what it’s worth I currently have Cox, Jolly, Petrie and Derickx (changed Fraser to Petrie today after previously locking Fraser)…… However, if Robbie Campbell actually gets a run and goes ok, he may be the exception.
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