Top 5: Under-appreciated Premium Ruckmen

Top 5: Under-appreciated Premium Ruckmen

Top 5 series will look at the top 5 prospects for AFL Fantasy (AFLF) & DreamTeam (DT) from a different category

Today we look at Ruckmen who have the potential to be stars, but are under appreciated heading into the AFL Fantasy and DreamTeam season. It’s easy to select Cox, Naitanui or last years AA Ruck Will Minson with Aaron Sandilands a popular selection as your second Ruck. Here are some options you may usually scroll past.

Sam Jacobs

Sam Jacobs (Ruck) $409,900 (DT) $406700 (AFLF) – After averaging 88 and 87 during 2011/12 respectively, the “Big Sauce” had a poor season by his own admission, averaging 12 points less per game in 2013. After a solid preseason where Sauce has reportedly lost weight to increase his aerobic capabilities, he will be looking to bounce back to the form that had many calling him the premier big-man in 2012.

Matthew Leuenberger (RUCK) $465,100 (DT) $461,500 (AFLF) Returning from injury last season Leuenberger grew as the season progressed and average 85.2 ppg* for the season. In 2011 Leuenberger averaged 92 points per game and showed signs that as the sole ruck he can achieve those heights again. At $465,100 I believe he is still slightly underpriced and potentially the best scoring ruckman in the competition.

Matthew Kreuzer (RUCK) $472,900 (DT) $469,200 (AFLF) – Kreuzer had an improved year last season and excelled from the midpoint of the season after returning from a thumb injury.  Kruzer demonstrated that while he may not be the best ruckman at the bounce, his ability to move around the ground and collect possessions or move forward and kick a goal can compensate for that deficiency.

Matthew Lobbe (RUCK)  $442,800 (DT) $439,300 (AFLF) – Lobbe, a former first round pick, demonstrated that he has the potential to be a bonafide A-Grader in the latter half of the season. Blossiming like many other ruckman in his mid 20’s (24) from round 12 he was ranked the 4th best Ruck in the competition and averaged 35 hit outs a game. From round 12-23 Lobbe averaged 88 points per game. In his two finals games he average 94.5 as a sole Ruck. Lobbe is a unique option who will go under the radar of many coaches. Buying him early could provide you an edge over the rest of the competition.

Hamish McIntosh (RUCK)  $297,800 (DT) $344,700 (AFLF) – After an injury ravaged past few season, McIntosh will be looking to repay the faith shown by the Cats in recruiting him to the club. Playing only 8 games in the 3 previous seasons, McIntosh is a huge risk, but one worth taking if his preseason form is solid. At his best he could score upwards of 80+ as a ruck/forward. Geelong has a weak ruck stock and McIntosh could be the missing piece this season.


One thought on “Top 5: Under-appreciated Premium Ruckmen

  1. Great article – I’m looking at both Lobbe and Leunberger, however Sandilands’ value is just too hard to ignore. Lots can change in the next month though – bring on the NAB Challenge.

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