Is this the guy for your R3 spot?
Ruck bench (R3) is an interesting position to me. The $10m starting salary cap never seems to stretch as far as we need it to. It makes sense to back your rolled-gold premium R1/2 combination and plonk a 102k rookie on your bench who either has a lot of Sunday games to utilise the captains loophole or has R/F DPP (or both). We’ve got to squeeze every penny, right?
It’s not a position you look at for price rises or trade strategy. Mason Cox proved last year that R3 doesn’t need to be a waste. When his bye came in round 13, he was up 152k from his starting price. With cash generation the name of the game early, you need to get those rookies you’ve relied on early onto your bench and trade in those seasoned performers at top level. 1.4% of coaches jumped off Cox after his bye. The week before he had lost 1.2k after the round 12 clash against Melbourne. The “buy low/sell high” maxim had been reached. With the extra trade during the bye rounds, moving him on to a 102k rookie would have netted you 167k. Cox played 3 games after the bye and coaches that traded him out were up 167k. That, my friends, is STRATEGY.
Some argue that this game is mostly luck and maybe it is, but there are things you can do to give yourself the best possible of making it to the big dance at the end of the season. Sure, Buddy might go ballistic when your opponent has the C on him but theres nothing you can do about that. If you want some bragging rights over your mates in 2017, or hell, maybe even 50k, get your hands on the 2017 Jock Reynolds Supercoach magazine.
Darcy Cameron is not a walk up start at the Swans, but he’s a mature aged player and only an injury or two away from playing.
|WAFL Games last season:||19|
|Height / Weight:||204cm / 101-104kg|
|Predicted SC avg:||55-75|
STATS BREAKDOWN – Claremont 2016 (19 games)
Darcy Cameron is the epitome of mobile ruckman. Effective by hand and foot, agile, can go forward, and an endurance beast. Remember he’s two hundred and four bloody centimetres. I’m not sure if many of remember doing the beep test at school but I was about ready to die at level 6.
Though he doesn’t win a lot of the ball, he did average 93 at Claremont so he’s having a solid influence on matches. With his physique he should have no problems holding his own in the ruck and even if he doesn’t attend a lot of centre bounces his marks/goals are standouts.
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His position isn’t locked at the Swans and, barring an injury crisis at Sydney, probably won’t start round 1. If you pick him then start him at R3 and not your F7/8. I can see him getting an opportunity if Tippett or Naismith go down. However, he’s not just an out and out ruckman. If the Swans want extra height up forward he may get a call up.
He doesn’t get a shot and you get stuck with him. Many of us have been stuck carrying a non-playing rookie through the year because it’s hard to justify trading them out when you’ve got other moves to make.
The Swans have two Thursday night games and eight Friday night games in 2017 so there isn’t a lot of opportunity to use him as a loophole player.
- Can go forward and kick goals
- Endurance athlete
- Probably the most likely cheap DPP ruck to get games
- Mature aged
- Swans might not pick him
I was leaning towards starting him until I discovered the fixture breakdown for the Swans. If Longmire comes out and gives some assurances over his game time in 2017 it will go a long way to calm the doubts.
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