Category: Top5

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.


Top 5: Injury affected 2013 Season.

Taylor Walker

Taylor Walker (Fwd)  – $268,300 (DT) – Don’t select Walker in round one but watch his form as he comes back from his ACL in the early stages of the season. His injury influenced average of 61 is well down on his output of 87 (AFLF) points per game in 2012.

Dale Thomas (MID) – $328,600 (DT) –  Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points. Underpriced in both games  AFL Fantasy: $346,400 and AFL Dream Team: $328,600, if fit Daisy is a lock in all Fantasy sides this season.

Matt Suckling (Def) – $316,800 (DT) – Suckling returns after injuring his knee during the 2013 NAB Cup. A key link in the Hawks defence, setting up play from half back and the wing, Suckling managed to average 91 in 2011 and 83 in 2012. At only 25, Suckling should manage to find his way back into the Premiers. Watch his preseason to monitor whether he is back to fall fitness and ready to go for Round 1.

Aaron Sandilands – $270,800 (DT) – Sandilands career has soured over the past few seasons playing only 37 games in the last 3 years. At his best he regularly averaged in the 90s, but being fit enough to play regularly is the big question. Selecting Sandilands is a big gamble and one you may need to consider.

The Ruck

Nic Naitanui – $423,100 (DT) Nic Nat had a difficult year coming off his All Australian 2012 season. Playing only 11 games in 2013. Returning in Round 6 as the Sub, Nic Nat went on to produce 80+ points per game scores in the following six matches. However injury and lack of fitness due to preseason meant Naitanui finished the season with four average scores in the 60’s (62,68,69 &63). Averaging 77 ppg down from86 in 2012, a fit and ready NicNat could be the premium Ruck in all fantasy games this season.