Position Ruck Discussion

Who is your R2?

  • Gawn 🧔

    Votes: 61 53.0%
  • Naismith 🐄

    Votes: 23 20.0%
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    Votes: 31 27.0%

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Playing ROB onfield was a success, as he outperformed any M8... unfortunately I chose Macrae over Neale which would have locked in an easy win... If ROB mark2 appears I'll jam him in without a second thought. Otherwise watch my draft team do summersaults trying to find a reason to run nic nat...and then start grawndy.
 
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I was contemplating a rookie Jackson if granted games from round 1 at r2 and have Darcy cameron f8 floating into ruck dpp link
 
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I think it was about as successful as one would hope (ROB being pretty serviceable) but without being a knockout. I finished alright last year, but I think “having” to get Grawndy in reduced the flexibility of my options around the byes. If a ROB type rookie was available in Rucks this year, I’d have no problem going without one of them.

I think if I’d have stuck with my non-Grawndy combo post-bye it might have served me well too.

TLDR: Success highly depends on the rookies, I basically spent full price on Grawndy anyway, it limited my trading options during the bye AND it have me heart issues pre-bye.
I'm keeping a close eye on Draper's pre-season - Essendon rate him and they're pretty thin at the ruck position, although Phillips will be serviceable too if Bellchambers gets injured.
 
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The voting is about as unanimous as you are going to get in any of the four positional threads I think, 70% for Gawndy.

Imagine in one of them went down in the preseason!
 
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I'm keeping a close eye on Draper's pre-season - Essendon rate him and they're pretty thin at the ruck position, although Phillips will be serviceable too if Bellchambers gets injured.
I think a playing rookie ruck could absolutely work but you would want to be pretty confident they make 150-200k early on, if they stalled or missed games/low scores ect, Ruck is a hell of a position to get caught out playing around in. I know this because I have been down the cheap R2 path more than once.

I think if Draper is fit and playing some might go that path, that path would be easier if we get a decent ruck bench player and/or had a good R/F option to cover. No good R/F options makes going the rookie R2 harder I think.
 
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He will break out one year, but you really need to top 2 guys on that line, probably more than any other.
I'm just keeping an eye on him at this point, nothing more.

If he shows signs of solid physical development then he could be a bit of a Rowan Marshall type for SC - not necessarily world beating in the ruck but handy around the ground.

Having what I feel is probably the best midfield group in the competition might also help him be a bit more efficient in terms of HTA's (which in turn may help offset a lack of volume in total hitouts), mostly because their onballers are pretty much all sharks at the stoppages.
 
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I think a playing rookie ruck could absolutely work but you would want to be pretty confident they make 150-200k early on, if they stalled or missed games/low scores ect, Ruck is a hell of a position to get caught out playing around in. I know this because I have been down the cheap R2 path more than once.
I would never go a cheap playing ruck at R2 - this would be more a playing R3 as a vehicle to use a cheaper R2 (eg. Jacobs or even Nic Nat) to help finish the Grawndy combo sooner, without needing to siphon away $$$ from other rookies (the 2-for-1 trade would be expensive enough as it is).

That cheap R3 would of course need to be playing and making cash early on in the season or it falls down in a heap.

This season looks like it's going to be an absolute minefield in terms of navigating through all of the (tempting) fallen mid-pricers and pairing them with the right rookies.
 
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I would never go a cheap playing ruck at R2 - this would be more a playing R3 as a vehicle to use a cheaper R2 (eg. Jacobs or even Nic Nat) to help finish the Grawndy combo sooner, without needing to siphon away $$$ from other rookies (the 2-for-1 trade would be expensive enough as it is).

That cheap R3 would of course need to be playing and making cash early on in the season or it falls down in a heap.

This season looks like it's going to be an absolute minefield in terms of navigating through all of the (tempting) fallen mid-pricers and pairing them with the right rookies.
Agree, hopefully one or two present as must haves during the Marsh series and make it easy for us :)
 
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Having what I feel is probably the best midfield group in the competition might also help him be a bit more efficient in terms of HTA's (which in turn may help offset a lack of volume in total hitouts), mostly because their onballers are pretty much all sharks at the stoppages.[/QUOTE]

This in relation to Draper and Essendon cannot go uncommented on. I understand it is your "feeling" but I suggest it is hard to defend. The doggies, the giants, West Coast, Brisbane have (in my opinion) superior midfield groups by whatever statistical measure you wish to choose. Sharking is typically off the opponents tap, so how does Draper benefit from that? Perhaps even Richmond and the pies are deeper. I can see some logic in Draper as R3 but R2 because of Essendon's midfield - no thanks.
 
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Having what I feel is probably the best midfield group in the competition might also help him be a bit more efficient in terms of HTA's (which in turn may help offset a lack of volume in total hitouts), mostly because their onballers are pretty much all sharks at the stoppages.
This in relation to Draper and Essendon cannot go uncommented on. I understand it is your "feeling" but I suggest it is hard to defend. The doggies, the giants, West Coast, Brisbane have (in my opinion) superior midfield groups by whatever statistical measure you wish to choose. Sharking is typically off the opponents tap, so how does Draper benefit from that? Perhaps even Richmond and the pies are deeper. I can see some logic in Draper as R3 but R2 because of Essendon's midfield - no thanks.[/QUOTE]

He was talking about Tim English and the Doggies midfield in that post Chels, not Draper and the Dons :LOL:
 

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From memory Draper's ACL injury came literally the week before Bellchambers went down as well. He was piecing together a pretty solid season in the VFL and would've debuted had he not gone down. A big bloke coming off an ACL, with serviceable Bellchambers backup in Phillips having arrived (not Zac Clarke) I think they will probably be extra cautious with Draper, and probably once he's ready to play again just give him the year in the VFL to get back into the swing of things and develop further. 2021 might be the year for Draper.
 
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This in relation to Draper and Essendon cannot go uncommented on. I understand it is your "feeling" but I suggest it is hard to defend. The doggies, the giants, West Coast, Brisbane have (in my opinion) superior midfield groups by whatever statistical measure you wish to choose. Sharking is typically off the opponents tap, so how does Draper benefit from that? Perhaps even Richmond and the pies are deeper. I can see some logic in Draper as R3 but R2 because of Essendon's midfield - no thanks.
Nooo that was in relation to English and the Bulldogs, not Draper and Essendon.

There were two trains of thought being discussed there in alternate posts - its a bit confusing I know but you didn't follow the one that started here properly I'm afraid.
 
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From memory Draper's ACL injury came literally the week before Bellchambers went down as well. He was piecing together a pretty solid season in the VFL and would've debuted had he not gone down. A big bloke coming off an ACL, with serviceable Bellchambers backup in Phillips having arrived (not Zac Clarke) I think they will probably be extra cautious with Draper, and probably once he's ready to play again just give him the year in the VFL to get back into the swing of things and develop further. 2021 might be the year for Draper.

That's all entirely within the relams of possibility as well given that he will only be 10.5 months on from his ACL reco at the start of the season - but the aim apparently is for him to play a half at VFL level in round 1 if all goes well (skip to time 00:59 for comment on his rehab).

https://www.essendonfc.com.au/video...dal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1573708941001

A lot of water to go under the bridge of course and if he's only joining full training in Feb then the VFL round 1 goal might be a bit optimistic, but who knows what might happen if their big man stocks are beset by injury again?
 

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That's all entirely within the relams of possibility as well given that he will only be 10.5 months on from his ACL reco at the start of the season - but the aim apparently is for him to play a half at VFL level in round 1 if all goes well (skip to time 00:59 for comment on his rehab).

https://www.essendonfc.com.au/video...dal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1573708941001

A lot of water to go under the bridge of course and if he's only joining full training in Feb then the VFL round 1 goal might be a bit optimistic, but who knows what might happen if their big man stocks are beset by injury again?
Brilliant. Thanks for posting that. I have Draper in a SC keeper league and was really liking what I had seen from him, was shattered when he did his knee as he was so close to cracking into the seniors. From what I had heard he is really well liked amongst the playing group, and the footage in that video backs that up.
 
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