Barron Von Crow - inner sanctumThere’s been some interesting developments in the rookie ruck department, with more than a few rookie priced rucks being given some run during the NAB games.

The issue still is that none of them look like having particular strong job security, or scoring potential and for many people, selecting a playing ruck will interfere with structural and loophole strategies. Still, lets see what’s on offer.

The following changes have been made from v1 to v2, so if you don’t feel like scrolling through the whole thing again, just CTRL+F the following names and see what we’ve added/updated.


V2 Changes:

  • Added Reilly O’Brien to “Potential Watchlist”
  •  Added Archie Smith to “Maybe Later”
  •  Added Paidrag Lucey to “Maybe Later”
  •  Added Thomas Downie to “Maybe Later”
  • Added Marc Pittonet to “Maybe Later”
  • Added Jason Holmes to “Maybe Later”
  • Added Keegan Brooksby to “Potential Watchlist”
  • Updated info for Toby Nankervis
  • Updated info for Sam Naismith
  • Updated info for Thomas Downie
  • Updated info for Andrew Phillips
  • Updated info for Jarred Redden

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SUPERCOACH ROOKIE RUCK PROSPECTS

Note: All players are sorted by price (lowest to highest) and then alphabetically by last name. 

PRIORITY WATCHLIST

POTENTIAL FOR ROUND 1 ACTION

No standouts at this point!


POTENTIAL WATCHLIST

MAY NOT PLAY ROUND 1, BUT MAY GET SOME EARLY GAMES

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Keegan Brooksby – Gold Coast – $102,400

  • Looks like he’s battling Tom Nicholls for the backup ruck spot.
  • UPDATED 01/03 – Brooksby played against the Cats and had 7 disposals, 3 marks and 8 hitouts for 53 Supercoach Points. Only had 53% TOG.
  • UPDATED 07/03 – Playing in a Suns side with both Zac Smith and Tom Nicholls, Brooksby had 8 disposals and 7 hitouts for 36 Supercoach Points. All 3 ruckmen had similar TOG%.

Reilly O’Brien – Adelaide – $117,400

  • With Jacobs slowly returning from a knee injury and Luke Lowden on a modified training program to recover from an injury, O’Brien has been the #1 ruckman for Crows in the pre-season.
  • UPDATED 01/03 – O’Brien took lead ruck duties against Daw and Currie of North Melbourne in the Crows 1st NAB game and had 8 disposals, 3 marks and 14 hitouts for 54 Supercoach Points.
  • UPDATED 10/03 – O’Brien has been named as the lead ruckman again for the Crows game against Geelong, with Jacobs being eased back into a full workload. Head Coach Phil Walsh has said that if O’Brien performs against Geelong he will play him in the Crows 3rd NAB game against Port and will consider him for Round 1 selection if his form demands it.
  • UPDATED 12/03 – Rucked half the game with Jacobs being eased back in. Had 4 disposals and 9 hitouts for 46 Supercoach Points. Still on the rookie list though.

Toby Nankervis – Sydney – $123,900

  • Named as senior emergency 3 times last year, and can swing forward as well as ruck. Swans played Derickx alongside Pyke a fair bit last year, so the question is do the Swans continue with that duo, or try and blood a youngster, or will they go with Pyke as the #1 ruck and have Kurt Tippett as his backup. Derickx is a ham and egger and Pyke wasn’t much better last year either, so they’d probably be wise to give a shot to Nankervis or Naismith.
  • UPDATED 31/01 – Sydney Head Coach John Longmire says “Toby Nankervis has been doing all of the ruck work, he’s a very resilient player, trains all the time and gives himself every opportunity to improve so we’ve been happy with how he’s going.”
  • UPDATED 06/02 – It’s been revealed that Kurt Tippett has been training in the ruck in pre-season, which may be a bad sign for Nankervis and Naismith getting early gametime. They may go into the season with Mike Pyke as the main man and Kurt Tippett providing relief, similar to what he did at Adelaide with Sam Jacobs.
  • UPDATED 06/03 – Nankervis played in the Swans NAB game against Brisbane and 6 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 29 Supercoach Points from 68% TOG.

Sam Naismith – Sydney – $150,000

  • Got a token game last year, so he’ll be competing with Nankervis for a backup spot. You’d think Naismith would have the advantage at this stage having debuted last year and being in the system a year longer than Nankervis.
  • UPDATED 31/01 – Sydney Head Coach John Longmire says “Sam Naismith suffered a little bit of glandular fever at the start of his pre-season but he’s over that now and back into training although it’s not the full program so he needs to be doing a number of weeks before he gets his conditioning up to speed but we’re really happy with how he’s bounced back from that illness at the start of pre-season.”
  • UPDATED 06/03 – Naismith also took part in the Swans 1st NAB game against the Lions and had 2 disposals and 14 hitouts for 17 Supercoach Points. Gave away a few frees and had a few clangers which hurt his score.

Rory Lobb – GWS – $176,300

  • Played 2 games last year, but he could get a look in if something happens to Mumford or Cameron. Will maybe compete with McCarthy for a spot.

 


MAYBE LATER ON

UNLIKELY TO PLAY ROUND 1, MAY GET GAMES LATER IN SEASON

 

Paidrag Lucey – Geelong – $102,400

  • Was given half a game against the Suns and had 1 disposal and 5 hitouts for 17 Supercoach Points. Not named to play the Crows.

Marc Pittonet – Hawthorn – $117,300

  • One of the few pure rucks taken in the latest draft. Will be behind a few talls at the Hawks.
  • UPDATED 26/02 – Pittonet was quick to make his AFL debut, playing against Collingwood in the first NAB game and had 3disposals and 1 hitout in 23% TOG for 7 Supercoach Points.
  • UPDATED 08/03 – Pittonet once again played for the Hawks in their game against North and had 1 disposal and 1 hitout in 15% TOG for 14 Supercoach Points. Don’t expect to see him in the AFL this year, Hawks are just giving him some AFL experience.

Thomas Downie – GWS – $123,900

  • Played ruck along with Andrew Phillips against the Gold Coast and had 11 disposals, 3 marks, 12 hitouts and a goal for 79 Supercoach Points. Like Phillips, might not get another chance once Mumford is in. We’ll see.
  • UPDATED 13/03 – Played in the GWS’s 2nd NAB game against Essendon. Came on in the 3rd for Shane Mumford and had 6 disposals and 5 hitouts for 12 Supercoach Points. Only had 31% TOG.

Jason Holmes – $123,900 – St Kilda

  • US convert and brother of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes.
  • UPDATED 28/02 – Holmes made his AFL debut against the Lions, backing up Billy Longer in the ruck. He had 2 disposals and 7 hitouts 21 Supercoach Points.
  • UPDATED 07/03 – More AFL action for Holmes, this time against Essendon. He was once again the backup and had 3 disposals, 2 marks, 10 hitouts and a goal for 40 Supercoach Points. Don’t expect to see him much once the real action starts.

Archie Smith – Brisbane – $123,900

  • Played against St Kilda and had 5 disposals and 8 hitouts for 36 Supercoach Points. Was backup ruck for Luey and was out of the side for the Lions 2nd NAB game against Sydney once Stefan Martin returned.

Andrew Phillips – GWS – $210,700

  • Phillips played lead ruck duties for the GWS against the Gold Coast and had 9 disposals, 2 marks and 18 hitouts for 79 Supercoach Points. That will go down once Mumford is in the side, so not likely worth the price.
  • UPDATED 13/03 – Played a large chunk of the game in the ruck against Essendon and had 3 disposals, 4 tackles and 19 hitouts for 43 Supercoach Points. Remains to be seen if GWS play a backup ruck or let it to a ruck/fwd swing to play behind Mumford.

Jarrad Redden – $216,100

  • UPDATED 03/03 – Ports head of high performance Darren Burgess says “The last six weeks has been outstanding, he’s been in full ruck-contact drills and doing really well,” Burgess said. We expect him to play some part in the NAB Challenge.”
  • UPDATED 12/03 – Redden, who last played a game of senior football 651 days ago, has been named in the Powers NAB lineup to take on Richmond.

As always, if you see any names you think should be added or removed or have any news /information you’d think the community should know about, please let us know in the comments below.

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91 Comments

TJM · 16/03/2015 at 19:02

Thoughts please community

DEF: Smith, Shaw, Newnes, Gibson, Goddard, Edwards, Saad, Viojo-Rainbow
MID: Ablett, Pendlebury, Selwood, Sloane, Griffin, Newton, Boekhorst, Laverde, Ellis-Yolmen, Steele, Krakouer
RUC: Goldy, Nic Nat, Read
FWD: Gray, Martin, Swan, Clark, Hogan, Daniel, Lambert, Lonie

$184,000 left. Not sure what do to with it.

    spriggsy · 16/03/2015 at 19:20

    Backline is too weak as you can’t guarantee your deffense will have 2 of the 4 rookies names playe each week

      TJM · 16/03/2015 at 19:23

      What do you suggest I do mate?

        @RobMcLellan2 · 18/03/2015 at 14:28

        I would look to drop either Sloane or Griffen from the team perhaps and use that money to upgrade in the backline to either 1 more prem or perhaps 2 mid price options. In my mind there is more upside and value with Griffen than Sloane. Sloane is a great POD, but he also has the first bye so you can avoid 1 premium donut by trading him in at round 12.

    moneyman · 16/03/2015 at 19:46

    gotta invest that $184k into your team otherwise you just got cash floating around that isn't earning anything.
    if you put that money into a player and their price increases, then you'll have more than $184k if you choose to sell them

Pauly Walnuts · 16/03/2015 at 19:53

Gents, The Barron has done an excellent job with this post, we should be talking this and not Teams

    Muddie moose · 16/03/2015 at 20:27

    Very true Pauly
    The Barron has done an awesome job all pre season with all his articles and he’s rookie watch sheets are awesome

MarcoPolo · 16/03/2015 at 19:54

Hey guys, sorry it's a bit off topic, but where is the feed for posting our teams?

Nash · 16/03/2015 at 19:55

Need help guys!!
Considering Tom Bellchambers or Christian Salem for F4. Bellchambers should be the number one ruck man at the bombers and is that handy swing player with my bench option. Or Salem who may have a breakout year this year, and that giving me money to upgrade my D5 option. Anything from you guys would be great.

    MarcoPolo · 16/03/2015 at 19:57

    I think it comes down to what you want from the player. For me TBC is not a season long keeper, so then you should be looking at cash generation. And in terms of cash generation i reckon salem will perform better. Just my two cents. Will admit tho the Ruck/Fwd combo looks tempting!

    Stickman · 16/03/2015 at 22:13

    I think ASADA will help assist your decision. Currently my only essendon players are Edwards and Goddard as they will not be affected.

@TylerCA16 · 16/03/2015 at 19:56

type up 'show us your team' in the search bar in the top right and it's the first one that comes up.

@TylerCA16 · 16/03/2015 at 19:57

i'll be picking mason cox until another rookie ruck man presents themselves later in the year

    Squawking_Hawk · 16/03/2015 at 20:03

    I agree I am giving mason cox some serious thought. If one of the young Collingwood ruckman in Grundy or wits go down then cox could get the call up.

    Jayden · 16/03/2015 at 20:05

    Why mason cox?

      @TylerCA16 · 16/03/2015 at 20:31

      Because he is at the cheapest cheapest possible price, and has rck/fwd eligibility.

        Jayden · 16/03/2015 at 22:39

        Would rather go read as if he dosnt play then his games are later then the pies for vc loophole

          Chris · 16/03/2015 at 23:12

          Any chance you could explain the loophole? Read about it a few times but don't follow it….

            General Soreness · 17/03/2015 at 08:34

            Chris essentially you select a gun premo playing early preferably Fri night as your VC. If he pumps out a score you would like to keep as your captains score (i.e. double) then you put your non playing player onto the field, i.e. Read and make him captain. Move your playing ruck to the bench, make sure you put the E on your Ruck. When your captain scores 0 the VC score is taken and doubled as your captains score and you get the score of your emergency ruck. I used Rucks in this example but can be used on any line with any non playing player.

              Brillsy21 · 17/03/2015 at 10:09

              What do you do if the VC doesn't get a good score?

                General Soreness · 17/03/2015 at 10:35

                Leave your team in its best line up and put the C on your best captains choice.

                  Brillsy21 · 17/03/2015 at 10:49

                  Okay thanks mate. Can you help me with my team?

                  Thoughts on my team? $9,600 left in Salary Cap.
                  DEF: M. Hibberd, H. Shaw, B. Smith, J. Newnes, N. Brown, H. Goddard (S. Edwards, A. Saad).
                  MID: S. Pendelbury, N. Fyfe, A. Swallow, R. Griffen, L. Neale, J. Steven, B. Boekhorst, I. Heeney (J. Steele, R. Atkins, N. Freeman)
                  RUCK: N. Naitinui, J. Giles (S. Naismith)
                  FOR: D. Martin, D. Swan, B. Goddard, L. Dahlhaus, C. Salem, M. Clark (J. Hogan), K. Lambert

                    General Soreness · 17/03/2015 at 12:09

                    Brillsy the positives – rookies are all still subject to R1 selection but all look fine, just watch Atkins. If a rookie presents to replace N Brown take him. I think all your players are solid selections but you have gone a bit too thick on the mid pricers. I do not see Swallow or Steven making top 15 mid fielders and Neale is also a query but may make it. Given the amount of available forward rooks I would downgrade Dahlhaus to a rookie and upgrade Steven to proven premo, I would also use the spare cash to upgrade Giles to Maric or better.

                    Scott · 17/03/2015 at 17:04

                    Brillsy I like your team, I reckon stick with your gut on Giles, maybe look at down grading Dahlhaus, although he has been in and out of my team too. You do have a few mid pricers in Neale and Stevens. Hopefully they are good PODS can be consistent scorers. I reckon you need one more premium rather that Swallow. It's a big call not to have Ablett, I reckon you should consider Kennedy, Selwood or Danger or someone of that ilk if your not going with Ablett.

                    As General Soreness pointed out keep an eye on rookies leading into round 1. Everyone is off Brown, but at such a low price I think that even if he does not score heavily he will rise in price and he is assured of getting a game if he's fit. I think he got 97 on the weekend.

                  Beerz09 · 17/03/2015 at 12:47

                  I didn't realize you could change your team around like this during lockout…
                  How often do people use this loophole, every week?

                    General Soreness · 17/03/2015 at 14:28

                    Every single week.

                  Scott · 17/03/2015 at 17:05

                  Good work GS

    Ben · 16/03/2015 at 20:23

    Cox isent the best pick especially for the loophole

Brian · 16/03/2015 at 20:07

Any chance Peter Wright from GC will get a game early on? Maybe in the forward line??

    Pauly Walnuts · 16/03/2015 at 20:13

    Brian, he's on my bench ATM, only because there not much else about. It's an absolute raffle this spot !

      Brian · 16/03/2015 at 20:45

      Paul, will cost me extra $$$ but may pay off later in the season after using him as the loophole. One of those gambles I suppose.

        craigo · 16/03/2015 at 22:43

        You won’t see wright getting a game anytime soon…inside word

          tigertuff · 17/03/2015 at 00:15

          Agreed, injury prone at the moment and GC are in no rush to get him onto the park. Maybe pick him up at a later stage of the season for another cash generating option.

Jack · 16/03/2015 at 20:10

Whats the deal with read? Why is he being picked in so many teams?

    Muddie moose · 16/03/2015 at 20:20

    Hey jack
    A lot of us are picking read because he is one of the cheapest ruck-forward swing options and has a good draw where a lot of geelongs match’s are towards the end of a round so we can use him for the cap loophole

      Pauly Walnuts · 16/03/2015 at 20:28

      Correct! If you go the 'The Bruyn Manoevre' post on 25/2 , he explains it all, but I have P.Wright

    LEKD0G · 16/03/2015 at 21:56

    http://www.jockreynolds.com.au/2015/02/25/the-bru

Brillsy21 · 16/03/2015 at 20:19

Thoughts on my team? $9,600 left in Salary Cap.
DEF: M. Hibberd, H. Shaw, B. Smith, J. Newnes, N. Brown, H. Goddard (S. Edwards, A. Saad).
MID: S. Pendelbury, N. Fyfe, A. Swallow, R. Griffen, L. Neale, J. Steven, B. Boekhorst, I. Heeney (J. Steele, R. Atkins, N. Freeman)
RUCK: N. Naitinui, J. Giles (S. Naismith)
FOR: D. Martin, D. Swan, B. Goddard, L. Dahlhaus, C. Salem, M. Clark (J. Hogan), K. Lambert

Thanks i'd really appreciate it

    sam siddall · 16/03/2015 at 20:48

    Way to many players that aint keepers u need to down grade 1 or to 2 to rooks and up grade others to top prems

      Brillsy21 · 16/03/2015 at 21:02

      Like who?

    jamie · 16/03/2015 at 21:17

    hasnt Atkins done an injury out for a while

      Brillsy21 · 16/03/2015 at 21:30

      Not sure haha

Redd · 16/03/2015 at 20:35

Im going the the T.Read vc loophole all year keep up the good work barron

dognino · 16/03/2015 at 20:45

I don't think you could pick any swans rookie ruck in the hopes of them actually playing, there is too much competition. Even tippet ' the man of glass' is supposed to be sharing the ruck more this year…..if he can get on the park

Brillsy21 · 16/03/2015 at 21:29

Thoughts on my team. $229,100 left in salary cap!
DEF: H. Shaw, M. Hibberd, S. Hurn, J. Newnes, T. Langdon, S. Edwards (A. Saad, H. Goddard)
MID: G. Ablett, S. Pendelbury, N. Fyfe, R. Griffen, A. Swallow, B. Newton, I. Heeney, B. Boekhorst (A. Vandenburg, R. Atkins, N. Freeman)
RUCK: N. Naitinui, M. Leunburger (T. Read)
FWD: D. Martin, B. Goddard, D. Swan, C. Salem, M. Clark, J. Hogan (J. Steele, K. Lambert)

Please help I need it haha

    pauly walnuts · 16/03/2015 at 21:49

    inject your 222k into your midfield mate, Griffen is an M5,Swallow M6 IMO,good luck for the season

    RooBoy · 16/03/2015 at 21:57

    Much better Brillsy, though I don't trust Leuey and would downgrade Langdon, bring Goddard back in and upgrade Leuey to the best ruck you can afford eg. Goldy or Mummy.

      RooBoy · 16/03/2015 at 22:01

      oops sorry, just saw you have Goddard on the bench!
      Maybe, dare I say it, N Brown at least until another rookie presents himself.

        Brillsy21 · 17/03/2015 at 08:07

        I downgraded Langdon to Brown then used the cash to upgrade newton to JPK

throttlefinger · 16/03/2015 at 21:40

Well done, Barron. But the only response I have to this selection is simple…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zStwUCu_Prw

Tom · 16/03/2015 at 22:30

I have 160k and i am happy with the rest of my team. Currently have sloane at M4 and was wondering if it was a good idea to go up to Rockliff or save the money and use it to buy him later in the year. Any thoughts?

    Seaford Scouse · 17/03/2015 at 07:52

    Well Tom for me I want to maximise my points on field ASAP so if there is an opportunity to upgrade to a premium or in your case elite then I would be doing it. With rocky whilst it can be argued you can pick him up later for cheaper do you really want to watch him hit a 150 when Sloan struggles to break a ton and you lose your league games by 30 points knowing that you could have invested in the win? If you think you’d still be comfortable in that scenario and your gut says pick him up later then go for it otherwise I’d be backing him and enjoying the extra points. A lot also depends on your trading strategy, make sure you have one and there’s a path to rocky at maximum price in it as there’s no guarantee he’s going to lose value like many seem to think. He’s a beast who only really emerged last year and I think there’s room for improvement still which is scary.

      Dean · 17/03/2015 at 21:14

      I quite like Dahlhaus I have always believed this guy will be a Elite premium at some point and now that Griffen and Libba are out he will get allot more of the pill and I'm predicting him to average 110 – (Providing he doesn't get injured)
      Not to mention a great POD also.

      Regarding "A lot also depends on your trading strategy, make sure you have one"
      I used to spend countless hours on trying to work out a so called "trading strategy" and in all honesty they NEVER work out, due to injuries that occur throughout the season. I believe there is no such thing as a "trading strategy" unless your Nostradamus.

      Jock himself isn't worrying about the bye rounds, so it doesn't effect his initial gut feeling and his starting 30
      I'm not sure if you do this but I always write down my team structure changes and in more cases then not over the years of playing SC I found my initial structure or during the first few times of amending my team, I often would have scored better with my early selection as opposed to my final team. (This obviously excludes rookies)

      Jock's outlook has a ton of merit behind it, simply because the vast majority of us will be forced to change our initial team structure prior to when the Bye rounds start (Round 11, Round 12 & Round 13)

      It took me years to realise this I can assure you. It's honestly extremely likely by the start of the mid season when the Bye rounds start, your team will change dramatically.

      However we are all different with our methods and which ever way you choose to go I wish you ALL the best of luck.

josh11 · 16/03/2015 at 22:33

thoughts on defense?
Newnes, Ibbotson, Geary, Hunt, Dalgleisch, Jaksch, (Hamling,Saad)
25k.

    superhogs · 17/03/2015 at 13:16

    I like these 3 : Newnes, Ibbotson, Geary but is it too risky??

Smoothmovers · 16/03/2015 at 22:56

Ablett injury ? Not ready to return? May have some serious worries how he may start! Could re injure it again? Could change our structures without him until he gets some game time and we use Neale for a stepping stone after 4-5 rounds? Am I crazy?

    Seaford Scouse · 17/03/2015 at 07:56

    All reports are he will be cherry-ripe for Rd 1 mate. Best pre-season to date and keeps knocking out PBs in time trials. Keep an eye on him though he’s our biggest investment!

    throttlefinger · 17/03/2015 at 08:15

    Keep a BIG eye on him!

    PBs are meaninglessly when you have a shoulder injury. The issue here is his ability to comfortable put his arms up over his shoulders. From the reports, he doesn't have a lot of confidence in that yet. Which is a big concern. Also, this is his first major injury. Psychologically that's a tough thing to get over, especially when it's being done later in your career. Fyfe and Jelwood recoup well last year because they had had major surgeries before.

    Good to prepare for the worst. Could be a present in disguise for us SCoachers.

    I N Pieman · 17/03/2015 at 08:36

    Some huge curve balls thrown up in the last couple of days. Bombers players find out fate on the eve of the season. Which is totally ridiculous. Crowley gone IMO dismisses the Freo Midpricers, way too much uncertainty over roles, & you can't trust Ross anyway. And now GAJ overrules Rocket & says sorry but I'm not ready. Hmmmmmm casts doubt over round 1 & if he'll be eased back in & not score like the animal we know & love. So much to ponder! Crucial decisions to be made.

      Sarah · 17/03/2015 at 09:37

      This is not good.

      Northerner · 17/03/2015 at 11:54

      Just considered what team would look like without Ablett. Thinking I want to leave a premo space in my mids structure for his return in the early rounds. So thinking of going Gray in mids (who I could not squeeze in prior) pocketing some cash to shift NicNat to Goldy and to sprinkle on rookies. That allows a trade out of the FWDs to bring Gaz in before his 3rd game depending on his output.

        Sc newby · 17/03/2015 at 13:04

        I also thought if this strategy involving brining in a premium forward and shifting gray to mids, but considering I don't have rocky I can just straight swap, bank the cash and see what happens if ablett isn't named round 1.. Assuming a lot of ppl without rocky will adopt this idea as the easiest way to bring him back in…

        God or bad idea ppl?? No gaj is a major sc conundrum

          Ash · 17/03/2015 at 16:17

          And if Ablett is all good? Are you then going to sideways trade Rocky to Ablett, in round 2-3?

            Sc newby · 17/03/2015 at 16:25

            That's where the problems start lol I can't see that much cash being generated to be upgrading someone else that early, would love the communities thoughts on the matter
            Anyway I look at it, it involves burning a trade somewhere, maybe even sot in a mid pricer that could earn cash early

              Ash · 17/03/2015 at 16:58

              Thinking about writing Ablett off for the first part of the season, I know big call, but the shoulder is a tricky one. If he does not have the confidence in it to lift it, marking at full stretch is going to be an issue, as will tackling. If I start with out him the reality is it may prove both difficult and season destroying trying to bring him in early. Looking at probably after his bye to bring him in. Risky though.

                Sc newby · 17/03/2015 at 17:15

                Hmmm no ablett for over half a season, spells disaster… I reckon it'll be a wait n see just how early he comes back, if he's back say round 2-3 he should drop in value in the beginning considering his concerns over the shoulder, so maybe look at bringing him in maybe round 5-6 by then there should have been a fair bit of cash build up from rookies and might not be so bad, but waiting until his bye you could be missing out majorly on a hungry gaj that wants to play finals and pumping out 150's

        Glorin · 17/03/2015 at 18:56

        Like your thinking Northerner. I think I will poach your idea. Have been worried about Gaza for a long time now and with what Rodney Ease said on SEN earlier I have no confidence in him playing Rd 1 and if that is the case why wouldn't they hold him back for 2-3 more and get him cherry.
        Even if he does play Rd 1, he has had no contact training 3 weeks out from first game. If it was anyone else, no one would picking him.

    Marco_Polo94 · 17/03/2015 at 17:10

    Just when i think I've got my structures locked down! i don't need this rubbish popping up

r2d2 · 16/03/2015 at 23:57

Gazzzzz!!!!!! Nnooooo

    I N Pieman · 17/03/2015 at 07:13

    Massive game changer

    JoeWoolcock · 17/03/2015 at 08:28

    What's happened?

      Dean · 17/03/2015 at 21:33

      I wouldn't be paying too much concern on what Rocket has to say, put GAJ in and IF he isn't selected to play in Round 1 then you are assured of picking up ANYONE should you wish to change in the last day or so and by doing this your gaurenteed to have cash left over that could potentially help you else where or keep the extra cash in your kitty for a upgrade around 5-6

      i think Gaz will play in round 1 and if so its a no brainer LOCK & FORGET for me.

Jake · 17/03/2015 at 07:45

Thoughts anyone?

Def: Hibberd, Houli, Newnes, Langdon, Ibbo, Goddard (McKenzie, Saad)
Mid: Ablett, Beams, JPK, Griffen, Crouch, Swallow, Garlett, Heeney (Boekhorst, Laverde, Steele)
Ruc: Maric, Nic Nat (O'Brien)
Fwd: Bartel, Dusty, Swan, Salem, Clark, Hogan (Daniel, Lambert)

David · 17/03/2015 at 13:42

Gaz wont play rd 1 against Melb! Now picking vc & capt is not as predictable.Thats what I loved when he went down last year.

    Phil · 17/03/2015 at 15:11

    Yeah but on the flip side everyone will now have Rockcliff. I was enjoying having him as a little but of a pod (at least for the first few weeks) as I reckon he is gonna smash it this year

      Dean · 17/03/2015 at 21:42

      Rocky a gun without doubt but way to over priced for my liking. I will be waiting before I get Rocky even IF GAJ misses the first game.

TJM · 17/03/2015 at 15:49

I'm going to hold onto Gaz. Everyone will trade him out and we he comes back, everyone will burn trades to get him back. Ablett will be a POD aha. Never heard that before

Marco_Polo94 · 17/03/2015 at 16:24

How many people are throwing TBC into R2? tempting with that swing! great write up barron however i still dont feel safe selecting any R3 as a back up. Still think DPP with Read is the best form of security in the rucks.

    patty · 17/03/2015 at 20:13

    WHAT about ryder in the forward line can be used as a swap for read if you have an injury with a premium ruck ie nick nat, thats what im considering doing,

    Dean · 17/03/2015 at 22:23

    I had TBC in my forward line along with Read as my R3 (DPP) for the last 4 months or so but I have decided to go with GOLDY & NIC NAT in the Ruck as my (Lock & forget) and also have D Hale in my forward line as my third Ruck at this stage.

    The reason I chose this structure at this point in time is firstly we don't know what the hell is going on with Essendon and to be brutally honest I've had a gut full of this ASADA crap. At least this way if I chose to get TBC (A)- I know I can afford him and (B)- It gives me the extra $90k in cash to upgrade elsewhere.
    I cannot see myself having Hale by the time R1 begins, as I would prefer Callum Sinclair compared to Hale but the same applies, as stated above regarding TBC.

TJM · 17/03/2015 at 16:26

Thoughts on my team? I need peoples feedback. Any feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

DEF: Smith, Shaw, Gibson, Newnes, Langdon, Edwards, Goddard, Saad
MID: Ablett, Pendlebury, Selwood, Sloane, Griffin, Boekhorst, Vandenberg, Laverde, Ellis-Yolmen, Steele, Krakouer
RUC: Goldstein, Nic Nat, Read
FWD: Gray, Martin, Swan, Clark, Hogan, Lambert, Lonie, Daniel

Not sure wether I have gone too heavy in the backline or not. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Dean · 17/03/2015 at 22:44

    I like it allot mate, you have a very similar side to myself.

    If I had to be particularly picky, I loved Langdon last year as he made me a nice bit of cash, however I prefer Mayes over Langdon this year but who knows, Langdon could end up being a gun and averaging 90+ while Mayes averages only 60's or visa versa.

    Follow your gut mate and don't follow what I say unless your gut prefers Mayes over Langdon, the last thing id want is for you to change your mind and it costs you 50k or even 1k for that matter.

    Overall I like your side allot.

Tyler · 17/03/2015 at 17:52

Selwood or Beams?

    Glorin · 17/03/2015 at 18:59

    Worried new scoring may hit selwoods price. If you are not worried about loosing a little cash on him early he is a better bet.

      KJU FC · 17/03/2015 at 19:09

      how will the new scoring effect selwood Glorin?

        Glorin · 17/03/2015 at 19:22

        Apparently there was extra weighting given to possessions and efforts in the last qtr especially if it lead to winning the game etc. Joel collected a lot of this "extra" points previously and was the main beneficiary in the league. This has been removed this year. I would suggest this is why such a consistent and reliable scorer is in such few teams.

TSC · 17/03/2015 at 18:01

Thoughts community. Salary Cap $6,600
DEF : Shaw, Hibberd, Newnes, Ibbotson, Edwards, Goddard (Brown, Saad)
MID : Ablett, Fyfe, Selwood, Dangerfield, Griffen, Newton, Boekhorst, CEY (Heeney, Freeman, Steele)
RUC : Minson, Nic Nat (Cox)
FOR : Bartel, Goddard, Martin, Swan, Salem, Clark (Krakouer, Lambert)

patty · 17/03/2015 at 20:11

HI GUYS, JUST a question
what do you think of this strategy, predominantly ruck cover based
Rucks: Goldstein, Nick Natinui, Bellchambers
Fwds: Ryder or

Rucks: Goldy, Nick Nat, Cox/Read
Fwds: Ryder

is having ryder as Fwd/Ruck to expensive a option
Thank you in advance

Gareth · 20/03/2015 at 17:24

Is there any guarantee Bellchambers will play from round 1?

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