It took me some time to convince the AFL fraternity that young ruckman need time to develop. When a big fella reaches his mid twenties it’s his time in the sun. His time to sprout wings. His time to stake his claim as a premium AFL Fantasy Footy ruckman.
So when the Goldmember took the #1 ruck position and started dominating games as a 22 year old in 2011 I made a note in my Supercoach and Dreamteam little black book. I’m looking at it right now..
“Goldmember. Can play. 2 seasons = premium. Watch”
- 2013 Price: Supercoach: $497,900, Dreamteam: $407,300
- 2013 Position: RUCK
- 2012 averages: 93 SC, 79 DT (20 games)
- 2011 averages: 113 SC, 99 DT (21 games)
- 2010 averages: 66 SC, 74 ST (21 games)
- Age: 24
It was when the big Member was forced to shoulder the load at North Melbourne in the latter half of the 2011 season that he announced himself to me as a player of the future. He came home and averaged around 120 Supercoach points in the back half of the season while big Hamish McIntosh was crook.
But 2012 didn’t start how 2011 ended. He started last season like a bloke who didn’t know if he was Arthur or Martha. It became clear that Hamish McIntosh was still officially the #1 ruckman at North Melbourne. Todd had to fluff around up forward and get the slops when big Hame wanted a breather. His fantasy scores reflected that.
We then saw the Goldmember emerge again in the latter half of the season when Hamish was again sidelined. He immediately started smacking some tons on the board. He then had some niggly lower back/hamstring issues and I don’t believe he regained full fitness.
Heres why I reckon you need to consider Todd Goldstein in AFL Fantasy 2013;
- Hamish has packed up his swag and nicked off to Geelong. Goldstein is now clearly the top dog in the ruck division at North.
- He is underpriced. Ranked 13th in price as a Supercoach ruckman. Will finish in the top 4 rucks this season if he stays fit – mark my words.
- We have statistical proof that this bloke dominated when he’s the #1 ruck
- About to bloody explode. Still entering his prime. At 24 he will have improved physically since last season
- With attractive RUCK/FWD DPP players like Cox, Nic Nat, Ryder and co there is scope for more big fellas in your team.