SuperCoach 2019 – Player reviews: Todd Goldstein

Old Goldy has been a serviceable ruckman for many years, but does he have what it takes to continue his form into the 2019 season? The new 6-6-6 formation rules look to be a potential boon to strong ruckman and Goldy no longer has to worry about Brayden Preuss potentially stealing hitouts from him. 2019 is looking like it has the potential to be a big year for him.

THE GOOD

Even when he’s had a “bad” year, he hasn’t really completely bottomed out. Since 2011 he has averaged over 100 SCPoints 6 times and the two times he didn’t he averaged 93 and 94.8 SCPoints. Not a bad streak at all! That consistency means you should feel more secure in plonking down a nice chunk of change for him knowing he’s likely worth the initial investment. His consistency score of 21.7, with a score range of 80-122 is only beaten by Stefan Martin and Brodie Grundy as well, which is another nice bonus. He’s the clear #1 ruck at the Roos, and likely won’t face any competition at all for gobbling up every hitout he can in 2019.

THE BAD

Rucks are a limited position with only two starting on-field, so most will look for a top 3 option when spending $548K on a player, but will Goldy be a top 3 ruckman by the end of the year? His average of 101 SCPoints last year ranked him 5th among rucks, but he was (along with everyone else) well clear of the top 2 rucks in Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn. The question likely isn’t what he’ll average, we have a clear indicator of what we will, but will that be enough to put him in the highest echelon of ruckman, which is what you want when you spend big $ on a ruck.

THE VERDICT

I like him, as a R1 option if you’re going with a cheaper R2, or as a set and forget R2 option. I currently have him slotted in as R2 paired up with Grundy and I think there’s an excellent chance he ends up as a top 3 ruck, especially if Gawn comes down to earth a bit with the addition of Preuss to the Melbourne side.

Community, are any of you considering taking Todd Goldstein as one of your main rucks? Let us know in the comments below what you think of Goldy for 2019.

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Russty_
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Russty_

Giday Barron, reckon I'll be sticking with Goldy to start, he's durable, and we know he can go big.
Worst comes to worse and he underperforms, could still cash in a rook and him for Gawny.
Hoping for a good year from him now he's past the worst of his problems, personal and physical.

Nice person
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Nice person

What the hell is giday
No offence intended

Randomcliche2
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Randomcliche2

phonetic pronunciation of g'day

Scotty
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Scotty

I am a north fan but do not rate him as a high scoring consistent ruckman He is on the decline i think and is going to continue to drop, he will have a lot of TOG especially with majak out and won’t be as effective He will have his good games but will have a lot of stinkers Grundy and Gawn combo is surely a lock for most, both score at a ridiculously high level and can be left alone all season. Averaging 130s is the benchmark for them and if you look at goldy to score 100s on… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Grundy and Goldy for me. I've made my team work around them. I don't feel comfy with a cheaper option like Naismith or Longer, or a rookie like Fort. And don't feel Gawn will be the monster he's been in the past. But JLT will hopefully reveal more.

hedski
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hedski

I have Grundy/Gawn for now but Goldy is pretty much the only other bloke I'll look at.
Cheers BVC.

_Kyle
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_Kyle

Grundy goldy is the way to go this year i reckon. Too many ?s about gawn with the addition of preuss so save yourself 150k to bolater the other lines

James
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James

The smartest option IMO is to start Grundy and westhoff with a Ruc/fwd at r3.
I believe westhoff will average at least 95 which will make him a forward premo if not very close. Therefore my plan is to eventually trade a forward swing westhoff to the forward line and pick up the highest performing ruckman. This will allow me to have cover incase one of my rucks go down..

Thoughts?

Carleton
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Carleton

The most sound reasoning here! All these people picking Goldstein blows my mind. Westhoff is a much better pick.

Westy
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Westy

That’s my secret move too.

The Ranger
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The Ranger

Westhoff has too many questions over his role this year for mine.
He won't be rucking at all with Lycett coming in so does he go back on a wing?
Will he play full forward if Dixon doesn't get up?

Luke
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Luke

Agreed. I can’t see a better option at this point

Russty_
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Russty_

Hi James, I guess it depends on which Fwd you decide to trade to bring in the highest scoring ruckman, chances are that'll be Gawn so you'll need plenty of cash from the fwd you trade out, who were you thinking of when the time comes ?…If Gawn does a Gawn you could need to come up with an extra 200k or so. It could also hurt not having Fort or Sweet at R3 for the money they could make if they play. Also, with Ryder and Lycett rucking this year not sure how Westhoff will go not getting those… Read more »

The Ranger
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The Ranger

Grundy/Goldie for me too.
Goldie is over his depression and injury niggles and will have a big year. I hope.

NoLanguage96
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NoLanguage96

Nice analysis BVC. Big Goldy is tearing up the track and has reportedly shed some kegs so we may even see a return to his best, which is scary good! Currently R2 for mine 🙂

TMitch
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TMitch

I'll be starting 3 cash cow rucks this year and have an extra mid prem and def prem. I predict that the rules tweeking will result in greater transition speeds and the switched on clubs Melb/Pies/Eagles will be playing beanpoles at either end to take ruck duties and using their main rucks as mid ground defenders. It could mean a massive increase for the likes of Brundy and Max but could also just as likely result in a 20pts+ decrease. My cheapies wont lose $ either way and when I know what's really happening I'll send send the cows to… Read more »

Whitey
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Whitey

I like the idea but im nervous about Longer, Naismith, Fort, Brookesby etc having enough job security to amke enough money and guaranteeing I will be able to put 2 rucks on the field each week. Makes the rest of my team look amazing though, decision, decisions.

TMitch
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TMitch

I don't think the saints have any option but to play Longer. I'm not touching Naismith or Brookesby. I'm currently running Lobb, Longer, Fort and hoping that Longer and Fort will let me put Lobb at F5. It's unconventional I know but when I looked back at my SC history I noticed that my 2-best finishes over 10 years were the two years that I didn't finalise my Rucks until rounds 6-10.
It's only a game and same-old same-old is neither interesting or courageous

kevwal
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kevwal

Hi TMitch, like your thinking, but I have just placed Westoff R1 with Bines as doughnut and swing at F8, structure now 4-5-1-3 with one mid-price in midfield, doesn't look too bad at all. May fold closer to Rnd 1, but the team balance and value for money looks pretty good with Hoff/Longer/Fort combo.

TMitch
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TMitch

It can't hurt Kevwal and it gives you an instant POD. It's also not unheard of for a gun ruck to suffer a sore toe or other slight niggle early and miss a game.

TMitch
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TMitch

Regarding rucks taking time off; tiny sample from 2015 onwards only. I can't be stuffed doing full career for the top 10 unless I got my own page. Gawn in his breakout year (2015 went from 62SC to 102) missed the first 9 after starting as sub in the 4th practise game. 2016 didn't miss any 2017 missed rounds 4 to 13 with a hammy 2018 didn't miss any. Grundy only played 6 and 15 in his first 2-years 2015 missed rounds 11,12,13,14 one being bye 2016 missed round 1 2017 missed 21 and 22 2018 didn't miss any 2019… Read more »

Whitey
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Whitey

True, true, my best finish was the year I started Sandi and Witts, you should be a salesman, think you might have convinced me.

paul
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paul

There is enough really good rookies around why take the chance you may need to pay a little more for them tho.For me its a wait and see with the JLT.

The Ranger
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The Ranger

it's a ballsy move Tmitch.
Essentially you're running two midpricers in the ruck position so does that mean you're pure G'n'R everywhere else?
It's the locking in two trades bit that would worry me, there's no way Lobb, Longer or Fort are going to be in the top 3 rucks come season end.
I like to start the season with as many keepers as possible.

CalebCripps922
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CalebCripps922

Got Grundy and Goldy at the moment, love them both as options with no Pruess i think Goldy will thrive.

TRIGGA_HAPPY
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TRIGGA_HAPPY

Nice on BVC. I think rucks are going to be the biggest headache this year. To Grawndy or not to Grawndy that is the question. Goldy is a pretty good alternative. Though when he does have a rest who covers in the ruck? Pruess – no. Majak – no. Who.else? Will that mean he will spend more time on the ground and be buggered in final qtr? Currently in one of my iterations. One with gawn. One with Goldy. One with Vardy. Not sure if you got the league invite but the Happy Place is open for business and up… Read more »

TMitch
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TMitch

Spud McKay has been impressing at the the Hoppers Trigga he might take a few ruck contests down back; if he gets a game.

_Kyle
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_Kyle

Reckon i could jump into happy place again this year mate? Gotta defend my title 😉

TRIGGA_HAPPY
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TRIGGA_HAPPY

Sure mate.
Didn't you get an email?

_Kyle
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_Kyle

Legend. Must have just completely missed the email. In now

skindog
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skindog

These Rucks are doing my head in, do you go all out on the big spend, or go down a few rungs and use the cash else where? or save the coin if things go pearshaped and make the dreaded corrective trades early? ahhhhhhhhhhhh

skindog
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skindog

Im so back and forth with this, Big Boy is coming into calculations, missed % games last year,1 being the bye, so 4 more tons would have upped his average, Ceglar being back and playing games will give him the rest he needs to play out a full 4 qtrs, and likes to lurk up forward and kick a couple of snags??

TMitch
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TMitch

Big Boy is a great option if you want security of scoring but don't want to spend big$. remember the cost of a trade is about 100k and you will have to trade him out at some stage. If you're prepared to make a 50k-90k loss on that line go for it otherwise grab the cheapies and minimise the loss on the ruck line whilst pumping up the points on another line. So many options but I'm over the set and forget strategy for rucks, it costs too much. Having bargain basement rucks let me start danger, Smith, Heeney, Darling,… Read more »

kevwal
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kevwal

You are right TMitch, bit sick and tired of same-old-same-old, SC is a game after all. Love the ruck idea. Love the idea of trying to generate points and 100>150k from unexpected player options. 5-5-5 here I come.

TMitch
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TMitch

Throw caution to the wind kevwal and let the chips fall where they may

Skindog
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Skindog

Hey TMitch, I’m more thinking that big boy and the like will have decent scores and shouldn’t drop much if any in price and Gawn and Grundy will drop in price and then snare them if they are in fact the 2 to have, shouldn’t be too much coin to upgrade, also my side looks stronger on all other lines,,

TMitch
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TMitch

I agree that BigBoy will hold his price skindog the loss I was referring to was the trade cost when you trade him out, the boffins say a trade is worth about 100k. I prefer your strategy to taking the risk on Max and Brodie. Brodies toe is reason for concern even if he does lineup for round 1 those toes on the big blokes seem to be fickle little digits and it might only take a sly stomp from fort to put him out for 3+ weeks

Skindog
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Skindog

True mate, but we have to take some risks in this game, going along with everyone else like cattle just won’t cut it, there’s a bit of skill involved but a lot of luck, and yes Grundy turf toe? Sandi style, could prove huge, even thinking Martin Goldy line up, time will tell, good luck with your season TMitch👊👊

CJ84
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CJ84

Have not taken Gawn and Grundy out of my preseason team since gold picker opened up.
Just got to look for value elsewhere, or start 13 solid premos and rookies.
Cox curse is a myth that will be busted this year

Dave
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Dave

No one mention Nankervis, is he not worth it?

JohnDJ59
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JohnDJ59

I currently have the Grundy/Gawn combo, but if either of them don't look like working out, Nank will be the one taking their place.