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.
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.
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.
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.