He’s nearly 34, he barely fits through a door but in season 2017 will he score?
As my first community series piece was a bit of a speculative selection (Josh Caddy), this one may also be received this way.
But over the next 5-10 minutes of your day I’m hoping to provide you with some food for thought on how you may be able to structure your team.
We all know this big lump has provided us with stellar Supercoach seasons previously, but now his teeth are working their way down that massive 211cm frame.
Could he still be a viable option for us?
|Games last season:||5|
|Average last season:||70.8|
|100+ games last season:||2|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range in 2015:||$434K – $582K|
|Missed games last season:||
Now big Sandiballs is far from a lock this season..
I chose to review him because Big Maxy Gawn and Toddy “somethings up” Goldstein are going to be expensive. Can you start them both and miss out on all these star mids as well as snapping up the discounted guns?
In 2014 and 2015 the bloke averaged 108 and 107.8 respectively. He scored 108 in round two this year before the ribs got destroyed.
Let me just leave these names here. David Mundy, Lachie Neale, Connor Blakely (who is just a young bull who wants the pill) and I think I’m forgetting someone… oh that’s right the majestic Nat Fyfe with a point to prove. These guys can win the pill and Sandilands should be knocking up hitouts to advantage on a regular basis.
Remember that “pop tap to space” the Fox Footy commentators loved and didn’t shut up about for a whole season? Well now think Stephen Hill, Bradley Hill, Harley Bennell hitting stoppages with some speed, could just add 2-3 extra + 5’s to the lumps game.
What if they bad third man up in the ruck contest? Who besides Max is going to be able to either out reach or out body him? Not many if any (yes this is a scribe reference).
Fremantle also have a bye in the last week of the byes meaning the Lump can chip away and be upgraded then. The man does get rested quite a bit but after missing most of 2016 he will probably be keen to play every week in what could be his last season.
I think he can average 100-105 Supercoach points for us with everything going right that could be higher.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) November 29, 2016
- His huge body could start to feel the pinch at 34
- This may start to limit his possession count and his ability to get to each contest
- He has never kicked enough goals when resting forward even for a guy that towers over everyone and seems to have decent hands
- Ross could rest him 3-4 times before the bye given how the team is performing.
If I was to select this purple giant it would be purely because I don’t want to splash the cash in my rucks and want to take a risk on the big guy getting back to his 2014/15 form. If he’s averaging just over the ton I’d upgrade him heading into his bye.
The Dockers midfield, I believe, will be much improved in 2017 and this should be good for Sandilands numbers.
Coupled with the possibility of the third man up being looked at one of the premier fantasy ruckman of the past decade could just give us one last season of pure Supercoach joy.
- His Big, he just wins hitouts
- He has been given a lovely price discount
- Nat Fyfe is back!
- He should want to perform after missing more than half of last year
- He’s big, slow, and getting older. This could really impact his output
- Must be considered a high injury risk
At $308,200 with his discount I think he’s hard to ignore given it will allow you extra salary cap to take advantage of underpriced guns on other lines.
If he’s right to go round 1.. it’s a YES.
Let me know what you think community…
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