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Supercoach 2013 Preview: Rucks

A look at some of the better selections in this year’s crop of Supercoach midfielders

AFL Rd 8 - West Coast v Fremantle

The AFL season is almost upon us and with pre-season footy in full swing, now is the perfect time to start tinkering with your Supercoach team.

The ruck position wasn't a friendly one for many fantasy football coaches in 2012 and as a result this season may see coaches spend their valuable dollars adding premiums elsewhere. What’s the best approach to tackling the rucks for the Supercoach 2013 season? Read on.

Injuries were a huge concern last year and could be again in 2013. Many of the premium attractions, and let’s be honest- there isn’t a lot of help outside of the top 10-, endured real concerns in 2012 and some will be heading into this season without a clean bill of health.

Nic Naitanui is considered the No.1 Supercoach ruck prospect, but he’s currently MIA. Nic Nat is racing against time to be fit for West Coast’s Round 1 clash with Fremantle after off-season groin surgery and may be under a cloud for a while longer. He’s played over 20 games the past three season, but the aforementioned issue and a price tag of $611,000 means he won’t be getting a look from me at the moment.

Cross town rival Aaron Sandilands is an even bigger injury worry and should be on absolutely no one’s team. Having played a combined 25 games the past two seasons, Sandilands suffered yet another injury in Fremantle’s Round 1 NAB Cup clash against the Eagles and won’t return until at least Round 2 or 3 of the home and away season. Stay away!

The injury trend continues pretty much all the way down the ruck premium list, so here are the few guys that should be considered:

Ivan Maric $606,900: Didn’t miss much time last season, but still had the odd issue or two to worry about injury wise. A breakout season saw the big man amass an incredible 113.4 average in what was his seventh AFL season and rarely gave coaches any poor weeks.

Dean Cox $600,700: Played 22 games for the third straight season (although I’m always concerned this bloke’s about to topple over and miss a couple of months) and averaged a very healthy 112.3. A very solid choice.

Sam Jacobs $546,300: A very nice option as a second ruckman. Played in 21 home and away season games last year and averaged 102.1. Potential trade up target.

With a number of solid, cheap cash cows in the ruck stocks this season (Daniel Currie, Sam Rowe, Jarrod Witts to name a few), the trade up potential is there much like we saw from Jonathon Giles at Greater Western Sydney in 2012. Be cautious in selecting your rucks this year and keep in mind the best options may not become apparent until we’re a few weeks into the home and away schedule.

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