Rucks are becoming more important every year, with the likes of Stefan Martin and Todd Goldstein dominating fantasy. If you miss out the big guns you may need to dig a little further; and if you are in a big league, rucks become one of the most valuable commodities around.
Max Gawn (U50:121/39 games/24yo/UF avg:92)
A huge second half of the year that saw the Melbourne big man notch four 100+ scores in 10 games has ensued that he is not likely to be ‘under the radar’ of any fantasy coach. His inclusion on this list, however, is because I believe he can go bigger in 2016. After being in awe of Todd Goldstein’s fitness when the two faced off in round 19 last year, Gawn vowed to return in 2016 fitter, stronger and better – which by all accounts, he has.
Tom Nicholls (U50:100/30 games/24yo/UF avg:74)
Finally won the race to be the Suns’ number one ruck with a run of form that saw him average 88 fantasy points in his first seven games. He tailed off towards the end of the year, before a knee injury ended his season. With the Suns trading out Zac Smith and Daniel Gorringe, they are confident they have their number one in place, and if fit he could be ready to join the upper ranks of rucks.
Shaun McKernan (U50:96/43 games/25yo/82)
Only got back in the side Bellchambers and Giles got injured, but successfully transferred his dominant VFL form to senior level. He averaged 108 fantasy points in the last three games of the year, when he rucked alone, and with Giles gone and Bellchambers scrubbed out for the year he is set to do so again. Has the potential to make the leap into the top level rucks.
Callum Sinclair (U50:106/29 games/26yo/UF avg:75)
Showed his value in fantasy last year with three 100+ scores while acting as Nic Naitanui’s back-up at West Coast. A move to Sydney in the off-season, and a move into a ‘number one’ ruck role could see more improvement still. Definitely one to watch, and a great back-up option.