Ryder Ruck Conundrum!


The SuperCoach Gods have struck early this year and its popular ruckman Paddy Ryder who has fallen victim. He will miss up to 6 weeks with an achilles issue and we are forced to burn a trade after just one round.

There is a plethora of choices at our disposal but I have put together a review of six players that represent our best alternative options.

PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t have Max Gawn in your team, stop reading – JUST TRADE HIM IN!



Sam Jacobs | Adelaide Crows | $526,300


2017 Average 95.7
Highest Average 115.4 (2014)
Round 1 Score 90
Current Ownership 7.1%
Job Security GREAT
Bye Round 14



Sauce represents the safest option when it comes to replacing Ryder – he hardly ever misses a game and has next to no competition. Jacobs possesses the ability to churn out mammoth scores but it’s his consistency issues that represent the biggest cause for concern. Last year he had 9 scores of 90 or less alongside 10 games where he managed to reach a ton.  Sometimes you don’t know what to expect from Jacobs but he should be a lock for a 90-95 average.

Toby Nankervis | Richmond Tigers | $488,300


2017 Average 88.8
Highest Average 88.8 (2017)
Round 1 Score 95
Current Ownership 10.1%
Job Security GREAT
Bye Round 14



After being an unknown commodity prior to last year, Nankervis was the ruck/forward we all craved in 2017! Now that he has lost DPP status, the question remains – Is he worthy of a ruck only selection? Nank only achieved a total of 7 tons last year but he averaged 100 SuperCoach Points without Ivan Soldo in the team. If he plays most games as the lone ruckman he could be a fantastic choice, I’m not fully convinced he can produce the goods all season long.

Stefan Martin | Brisbane Lions | $540,000


2017 Average 98.2
Highest Average 111.7 (2014)
Round 1 Score 111
Current Ownership 9.9%
Job Security GREAT
Bye Round 13



It is in my honest opinion that Stefan Martin represents the best trade option for your team this week. When playing as the solo ruckman last year he averaged 100 SuperCoach Points and has burst into 2018 in the best shape of his career. The only issues I see will be if Brisbane decide to bring in a second ruckman. They experimented for 6 rounds post-bye last year where they played Archie Smith alongside Stefan – he averaged a measly 78 during this time. There is a potential risk that this happens again but I doubt it occurs any time soon.

Todd Goldstein | North Melbourne Kangaroos | $521,400


2017 Average 94.8
Highest Average 128.8 (2015)
Round 1 Score 105
Current Ownership 6%
Job Security OKAY
Bye Round 13



There was a time where Goldstein was an automatic selection in our teams but after 2017, can we ever trust him again? Yes his year was affected by injury and form, but his fierce rivalry with Braydon Preuss is the main reason for his woes. He averaged 103 when playing as the solo ruckman and just a dismal 77 when a second ruck was in the team.  Goldy appears to be returning to his best, but his job security is a massive issue – just one bad game could mean he gets dropped, or North continue to offer him a chop out and play Preuss alongside him. He will be a boom or bust selection.

Nic Naitanui | West Coast Eagles | $465,900


2017 Average DNP
Highest Average 114.2 (2012)
Round 1 Score 113
Current Ownership 18.2%
Job Security GREAT
Bye Round 12



It was amazing to see Naitanui back in the AFL and in just 54% TOG, he produced 113 SuperCoach Points. He was phenomenal in limited game time and truly changed the game with his presence alone. Despite all these positive things I have to say, I firmly believe he is the BIGGEST trap out of all the Ryder alternatives. It’s highly unlikely that Nic Nat can sustain a high average with limited game time and he could potentially be rested after any given game. If you need extra cash to upgrade to a Bonner or Dangerfield you may decide to take the risk, but on face value I don’t suggest falling into this potential trap.

Matthew Kreuzer | Carlton Blues | $603,700


2017 Average 109.8
Highest Average 109.8 (2017)
Round 1 Score 74
Current Ownership 6.7%
Job Security GREAT
Bye Round 12



If you want the player with the best scoring potential and the most consistent form, then you can’t look past Big Kreuz. He had a breakout season last year and claimed the status of an elite ruckman. Out of all the Ryder alternatives, Kreuzer is the one I trust the most scoring wise, but it’s his body that concerns me the most. In his last 2 games he has rolled an ankle and hurt his groin – I’m not sure we can trust him to play 22 games. On top of the injury concerns, he is $37,200 more expensive than Ryder, so most teams will be forced to burn 2 trades to acquire him. Definitely a high risk/high reward selection.


When making your decision it’s important to take all factors into account, especially how many premiums you have playing each bye round.

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