Selecting the correct Ruck set-up for your AFL Fantasy team at Round 1 is critical, with a number of value options to begin the 2020 season the task is a little more difficult weighing up value, scoring ability & ownership.
There will likely be no arguments for the Top 2 Rucks in this list, however establishing the correct order beyond that does prove to be a somewhat difficult task.
Taking in salary, opportunity, value & scoring ability, here are the Top 10 Rucks ranked in order for the 2020 H&A season.
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1. Brodie Grundy RUCK $906K
Grundy quite rightly owns the No.1 spot on this list, he recorded 120pts or more in 54.2% of games last season (AFL Rank: 1).
The fantasy output for Grundy likely won’t change in 2020, he has played in 96.8% of games since the beginning of the 2016 H&A season.
2. Max Gawn RUCK $826K
Gawn was outstanding in what was a down year for the Demons in 2019, he averaged a career high 111.3pts scoring 120pts or more in 42.9% of games.
Melbourne did draft Luke Jackson & have Braydon Pruess as back-up in 2020, that likely won’t impact Gawn in what should be a rebound year for Melbourne.
3. Jarrod Witts RUCK $775K
Witts underwent minor surgery on his foot in early January but is expected to be a go for Round 1, he averaged a career high 104.4pts from 22 games in 2019.
Witts sits comfortably as the No.3 ranked Ruck here, any type of slide in Hit Outs in 2020 may see his season average fall below 100pts again.
4. Reilly O’Brien RUCK $709K
ROB grabbed his opportunity last season and excelled as solo Ruck for the Crows on the back of the Sam Jacobs early season injury, as a result he was able to hold on to his spot even when Jacobs was healthy enough to return.
At 24 O’Brien is coming into the prime age for a Ruck, it won’t be a surprise if surpasses his average of 95.5pts from last year.
5. Sam Jacobs RUCK $514K
Jacobs moves into what could be a golden spot for a Ruck, the Giants were the second highest scoring team for AFL Fantasy points last season and with a healthy list heading into the 2020 season those points should flow again.
Prior to his injury last season Jacobs was quite durable at the Crows, he has never averaged more than 100pts in a season but a strong 2020 should see him exceed a 90pt average.
6. Todd Goldstein RUCK $656K
Goldstein was in a prime scoring role last year as solo Ruck at the Kangaroos, however he delivered arguably an underwhelming average of 88.2pts scoring 100pts or more in just 18.2% of games.
Goldstein will likely begin the 2020 season with the same opportunity as last year, at the age of 31 there may not be that much upside to his current fantasy output.
7. Scott Lycett RUCK $619K
Honestly it won’t be a surprise if Lycett moves up the rankings here over the course of the 2020 season, if he were to do so then it is likely he will be doing it as solo ruck.
At this stage Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley plans on playing both Lycett & Peter Ladhams in the same team only if both are “playing well”, the volatility does provide some concern on Lycett.
Let’s not forget Lycett fell out of favour with Hinkley last season, hopefully with Paddy Ryder now gone Lycett can establish himself as clear No.1 at the Power.
8. Tim English RUCK $572K
The breakout season is looming for English, it is just a matter of when for the 22 year old at the Bulldogs.
English averaged 78.5pts from 20 games last season scoring 100pts or more in just 10.0% games, it won’t be a surprise if he improves significantly on that average in 2020.
9. Toby Nankervis RUCK $642K
Nankervis will head into the 2020 season in a dual Ruck set-up at the Tigers, Ivan Soldo provided support last season with Nank in the team & coverage while he was sidelined through injury.
Nankervis has the ability to keep ticking over the scores despite being in a dual Ruck set-up, however keeping him healthy for Finals from a Richmond perspective will likely be the main priority for coach Damien Hardwick.
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10. Sean Darcy RUCK $511K
With the departure of Aaron Sandilands & installation of new coach Justin Longmuir the opportunity for Darcy will likely increase in 2020 at Fremantle, he averaged 68.8pts from 11 games last season failing to reach 100pts in any game.
There is plenty of scope for Darcy to improve over his career, 2020 will likely see a better fantasy average.
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