When I think security I think of a few things.
I think of Durex, which have saved me a few times community, I think Bonds jocks, which do a fantastic job of securing the Lek-Package, I think of Crim-Safe doors, Australia’s leaders in security door technology and I think of North Melbourne’s Ruckman, Todd Goldstein.
When the fantasy gods were cooking up the perfect fantasy football player, Todd Goldstein was the bloke they had in mind. The 201cm goliath has redefined what it means to be a ruckman in this fantasy caper of ours. This isn’t just a bloke who can hit a ball towards players in the same colour as him; this is an elite footballer that can read the ball as it fly’s through the air better than Hypotenuse could read the side of a triangle.
Not only did Goldstein finish first for hitouts in 2015 with a grand total of 1058 (60 higher than the next best in Aaron Sandilands) but he also finished first for total Supercoach points with 2705 (next best was Scott Pendlebury with 2557) and first for total AFL Fantasy points with 2663 (including finals)!
Goldstein’s impressive 2015 fantasy campaign didn’t just come about from punching a few balls to teammates. Whilst he did average 44.1 hitouts for the 2015 season he also became an accumulator of the ball, averaging 14.7 disposals, 4.2 marks and 4.2 tackles per game! Flashback to 2014 and most thought the change in ruck scoring would leave Goldstein stuffed…how wrong we were, the big bastard averaged 128.8 Supercoach points and 113.8 AFL Fantasy points for the year.
Now what really impresses me is the security this man provides, he has been so consistent for so long now that I think we all just need to lock him in and throw away the key. Since 2010 Goldstein has played at least 21 games each season (missing just round 23 in 2015) and since 2011 he has averaged at least 12 disposals per game and at least 31.6 hitouts per game. He also spends the whole game out on the ground and was ranked 16th for time on ground in 2015, this means the new rotation cap and lack of sub-rule will see this man on the ground as much as the goal posts!
If I haven’t sold you on him yet I’ll just add this, against Essendon in round 16 of 2015 he scored 221 Supercoach points and 175 AFL Fantasy points…
|2016 Prices:||$695K SC, $630K AF, $11.1K CoachKings|
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||129 SC, 114 AF, 139 CK|
|100+ SC Games last season:||18|
|Sub 80 SC games last season:||1|
|SCPrice range last season:||$511K – $771K|
|Missed games last season:||1|
The case for:
- Simply put you can’t afford to not have Goldstein’s consistent 100+ scores in your side.
- With Goldstein at R1 you don’t need to worry about whether he’ll play or not, he’ll be playing every week.
- How he scores. Goldstein scores from accumulating the pill, tackling and of course hitouts. He’s the best in the comp at hitting the ball to his teammates and that form is going to continue in 2016.
- Goldstein just signed a new three-year deal so he won’t be having the free agency jitters we’ve seen in the past.
The case against:
- This is the major one community, he’s the most expensive player in the game but so he deserves. You might be able to save a fair bit of cash by not selecting him but it is a risk.
- Sheep selection. Every man and his dog will have Goldstein in their team, if he goes down then we’re all stuffed. But if you take a risk and don’t select him then you’ll be miles ahead if he misses games.
- Other options. There are a lot of cheap ruck options this year and you have to ask yourself if an extra 20+ points a game from Goldstein is worth the extra $200K+ starting price on his head.
- CoachKings – He’ll cost some big coin but I don’t think you can afford NOT to select him. If you can pick the one game in 2016 when his score will drop below 100 then more power to you, but if you’re human like me you just deduct him from your salary cap every North Melbourne game.
- Supercoach/AFL Fantasy – Those of you who know me in the community know that I spend big in the ruck department. This year will be no different when it comes to my R1, lock in Goldstein and throw away the key. He was the number one fantasy scorer in both codes in 2015 and for good reason; he’s very good at football.