Athletic Ruckman – Will his body hold up?
Nic Naitanui is a popular figure amongst the West Coast Eagle fans and club alike. He is an athletic ruckman that has the skills available to become the premier ruckman in the league and, given a solid pre-season and good run with injuries, could be the first genuine ruckman to have a red hot crack at the Brownlow since Scotty Wynd from Footscray in 1992.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||90.85|
|100+ games last season:||9|
|Sub 80 games last season:||8|
|Price range last season:||$511k-518k|
|Missed games last season:||Missed rounds 16 and 22 with Groin / resting|
|Significant history:||Averaged less than 100 last two seasons
Ranked 11th total hit outs 2014Drafted at pick 2, 2008 draft
Naitanui is an extremely talented, mobile ruckman that loves to float through the forward line and slot a few goals. In 2014 he was well below par due to a continual groin injury that has plagued him for two seasons now. The Eagles took a cautious approach to Naitanui and his game time, and impact, last season and an interesting point to note is that Nic Nat has never had a full preseason under his belt without injury concerns.
Nic Nat’s groin is about as reliable as a politician these days and has caused him massive problems over the last few seasons. He has been managed for numerous different injuries in his career which is a bit of a concern, especially as Cox has retired and his workload will increase dramatically.
If you were considering bringing Nic Nat into your team you will need to keep an eye on his off season injury development. He is a proven top echelon fantasy ruckman who can go large pumping out some pretty big numbers and is worthy of the odd Captain selection. The only real time Naitanui goes missing in games is when he is carrying an injury which, in the past, has significantly impacted his scoring abilities.
Selecting Nic Nat from round one is sure to send you on a front row seat in the emotional roller coaster for the year however if he can get his body right in the pre-season he has the potential to be the number one ruck in the league
- Has proven in the past he is a top fantasy football scorer
- Has the ability to push forward and kick multiple goals whilst resting from ruck duties
- With the retirement of Dean Cox, Naitanui will take the bulk of the rucking duties
- Spending more time in the middle, he will pump out some pretty large scores in 2015
- Injuries. It’s pretty obvious to all those who have watched him play, his scores dip a lot when he isn’t 100%
- Will the retirement of Cox impact his workload and body in a negative way?
It’s a bit of a conundrum to gauge NicNats impact on a consistent basis. If his body is right, and the Eagles are playing that damaging style of football he can just about win a game off his own boot. That being said I think Naitanui will average between 100-110 points in a career defining season for the big fella.
I can’t look past a former (and hopefully again soon) elite ruckman like him and with his price tag being under $500k, he is a lock from round one for mine.
What are your thoughts on Nic Nat?
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