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One of the biggest hot topics around this point of the season arguably revolves around the discussions and arguments of which players deserve a selection in people’s countless mid-season All-Australian lineups. One thing’s for sure in a world which encompasses a vast range of opinions – no two teams are the same.
As a result of all of this, it’s pretty clear that the ruck spot is arguably the most inconsistent position across people’s All-Australian sides. Most have gone with the popular Crow Sam Jacobs, while others have found Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy to be the better option.
Come in Matthew Kreuzer.
The former number one draft pick has ridden a unique football rollercoaster in his so far 151-game career with a lot of downs and unfortunately not a whole lot of ups.
Renowned as one of the league’s most injury prone players, Kreuzer has never really had the opportunity in his ten-year career to blossom and show the potential that was expected of him when drafted back in 2008.
2017, however, is very different. Having played all but one game for the Blues this year, Kreuzer’s consistency with his body has led to consistent individual performances throughout the 11 games that he has played this year. Averaging 15.9 disposals per game, along with 29.4 hitouts – it’s evident that these numbers are about on par with a majority of the other number one ruckmen in the league.
What separates Kreuzer from the rest of the pack, is his immense work-rate around the ground, which creates more opportunities for the 28-year-old to be an influential factor in a game outside of just winning hit-outs, and of course increases the avenues to add to his SuperCoach score. This is evident in Kreuzer’s 9.2 contested possessions per game average (fourth best amongst current number one ruckmen), and his huge 6.1 tackle per game average (the best amongst current number one ruckmen).
Ultimately, Kreuzer has flown under the radar, which is somewhat understandable given his team sits 15th on the ladder, however it still baffles me why he hasn’t even been part of these mid-year, All-Australian discussions.
Similarly, the situation is almost parallel in the SuperCoach universe. Kreuzer is in just 6.6% of teams.
Averaging 109.6 SuperCoach points per game so far this season, Kreuzer finds himself as the best ruckman on offer currently from an average standpoint, yet also holds the label as a ‘player of difference’ for the 13,536 people that have him in their side’s.
The simple fact makes us ask the question – why haven’t more people got Kreuzer in their team’s?
Yes, his injury history is a risk, and yes two of his first four games consisted of scores of 71 and 43, which is certainly not ideal.
Given the abundance of ruck dilemma’s people have had this year I can’t help but be a little confused why Kreuzer’s ownership number isn’t at least slightly higher than it currently is. A hefty pricetag (currently $606k) is another reason to leave him out of your SuperCoach calculations at present, however it’s more than justifiable given his last month, and even two months of football.
Since Round seven, Kreuzer has not dropped below the prestigious 100-point mark, with a low-score of just 104 points since then. In his past six games (since Round seven), he has averaged 129.0 points per game, while averaging 140.7 points in his last three outings.
Basically yes, I’m saying you need to consider bringing him in. His injury prone days appear to be over for now given he has missed just two games in the past two years.
Ultimately, he’s the best ruckman on offer for any SuperCoach coach, and I would not be surprised if he holds the same status with the All-Australian selectors at season’s end.