Many of us had Nic Naitanui penciled in as our first picked Supercoach player in 2013 by the end of last season. News that he is now eligible as both a forward and a ruck made that a foregone conclusion.
But all that has since changed and the news is not flash for those who were looking to lock him straight in for 2013. He’s gone under the knife for groin surgery and is not a likely started in the 2013 NAB Cup.
The Fijian flyer has the goods to become one of the finest AFL Fantasy ruckman that has ever played the game. His impact on a game of footy is as devastating as I have seen. He is a far more attractive Supercoach option than he is a Dreamteam option due to his ability to influence games whenever he touches the pill. He finished the highest scoring Supercoach ruck in 2012, while he finished 9th in terms of Dreamteam average score per game for the big fellas.
He only averaged 5 kicks a game…
2013 Price: Supercoach: $611,000, Dreamteam: $442,800
2013 Position: RUCK/FWD
2012 averages: 114 SC, 86 DT (20 games)
2011 averages: 94 SC, 75 DT (20 games)
2010 averages: 71SC, 62 DT (21 games)
$611,000 makes him the most expensive ruck and the second most expensive forward line prospect in Supercoach 2013. This is a significant investment. I’m not happy forking out this kind of coin unless the cattle I’m purchasing is tip top and in perfect working order.
With this buggered up pre season Nic Nat will need weeks to gather the fitness required to perform at his 2012 level. His price will fall and this will make him a nice upgrade target as he makes the transition back into elite fitness around round 5-6.
I’m happier to look at him this way this season especially considering I’ll have the option of bringing him into either my forward line or into my rucks when he finds form. My hands will be less tied than they would otherwise have been if I needed to force him back into my ruck line.
Leaving Nic Nat on the sidelines will give me the flexibility to consider more of the tasty midpriced ruck and forward options that are on offer this year such as Leuenberger in the ruck, then your Mark LeCras, Travis Varcoes, Brent Stakers, Chris Knights and co up forward. Can afford to roll the dice just a touch more with the extra trades.
So that’s how I’m assessing the Fijian flyer in 2013… will you consider whacking him into your starting side?