AFL Fantasy Schedule Difficulty – Rucks

Updated: July 20, 2020

After a week where many held Marc Pittonet (aka Mr. Worldwide) in the hopes of a decent score against Tim English and were sadly disappointed, coaches will be searching for upgrade options in the Ruck position. The obvious option is to go straight to one of Grundy or Gawn, depending on who you have sitting at R1.

Whilst we don’t know the exact matchups in the remaining rounds of the fixture, we do know that each team will only play each other once. We also know who has already played, so we can also work out the remaining matchups for each ruck. We know who they will play, we just don’t know when. We also know from the games already played, what the average score each team is giving up to opposition ruckmen.

All this allows us to put together a Schedule Difficulty table for each ruckman, based on who they will face for the rest of the season.

Now, the table should be used to assist in any decisions, not as the sole source of information. I am by no means suggesting that you trade out Brodie Grundy given he has the second hardest run for the rest of the season. I also would not recommend bringing in Shane Mumford given that they have the best run home (though it could be worth thinking about picking him up of waivers in some shallow draft leagues).

What the table does tell us is that it is time for Mr. World Wide to depart. After a horrible score this weekend, it doesn’t appear as there is any light at the end of the tunnel, as Carlton have the 4th most difficult run home for Rucks. The obvious choice is still to bring in Max Gawn. He is middle of the road in Schedule Difficulty, but he has been on fire the last few weeks, with only 1 score below 98 all season. In fact, assuming that you have Grundy already, do what you can to get Big Max into your team.

If you can’t quite afford the price tag, you could look at Reilly O’Brien, who has a significantly cheaper price tag than Gawn. ROB is averaging 87.5ppg (with the game against St. Kilda still to come) and has also recorded two of the three 5×5 scores for the season (5 stats in 5 categories). He has been one of the few bright spots in a dark year for the Crows.

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Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

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