Witts was a popular bench option in 2017, but it seems to begin 2018 everyone had pretty much locked in the Gawn/Nic Nat combo in as our starting rucks and called it a day.
Then we’ve been hit with the news about Nic Nat not even being able to jump yet during pre-season training and people have now begun panicking, racing about to try and find a new ruck combo to pick.
Would I say there’s enough panic with Nic Nat that it’s time for readers to crack open each others heads and feast on the goo inside? No I wouldn’t, Kent.
But what we can do is look at a few players and set up some contingency plans in the event we can’t pick Nic Nat, ones that will hopefully mean we don’t have to compromise other choices we’ve made across other lines, because as we all know, cheap ruckman are hard to come by.
Player Jarrod Witts: THE FACTS
|2018 Facts||$518,300 RUCK|
|2017 100+ Scores||6|
|2017 Sub-80 scores||3|
|2017 Highs & Lows||High of 115, low of 72|
Consistency. That was Witts biggest asset of 2017.
He didn’t blow the roof off the place at any one point, with his season high being just 115 SCPoints, but he rarely failed either, with just the 3 sub 80 scores and never scoring below 72.
He was super close to boosting that 100+ score even higher, notching up 5 games where he scored 95-99 SCPoints, while also noting consistency with his hitout numbers too, recording 31+ hitouts in all but 2 of his games, with 7 games with 40-51 hitouts, while being just 0.1 AFL Player Rating points and 3.9 Champion Data points from being rated as an elite ruckman in the AFL.
He averaged 11.6 Hitouts to Advantage, which was 3rd in the AFL behind Sandilands on 13.1, Jacobs on 11.7 and equal with Gawn and just ahead of Ryder on 11.5. He also won 66% of his contested possessions pre-clearance, which was the 3rd highest percentage of any ruckman. This leads into “The Bad” for Witts…
There isn’t a ton you can put here for Witts, other than the fact outside of the ruck, he doesn’t provide a lot else for the Suns, providing very little impact on the scoreboard or elsewhere around the ground.
This hasn’t hurt him massively, but it has limited his ability to post big 110+ scores, with just 2 of his 6 100+ scores being above 110.
His Round 10 bye could provide some headaches, with bench ruck options usually being limited, but it could also be the opposite for the regular bye rounds.
At the moment he’s owned by just 0.5% of teams, which puts him in Super POD territory and his consistency means you can likely put him in and not have to worry about him at all during the year.
If Nic Nat is available, it makes sense that people go in his direction given his price and scoring capability, but at just $52,400 more, he’s a solid alternate option if you don’t, or can’t, shell out the extra $100K+ to grab Kreuzer or Ryder and want to go in a different direction than others who likely pick Goldstein, Jacobs or Grundy.