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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Todd Goldstein

After a massive 2011, Goldy is now in the new-school of Dream Team ruckman. A lot of coaches have already locked him in and thrown away the key. Is he a walk up lock for your 2012 AFL Dream Team or do you have some questions? Tee Tee looks at the pros and cons for selecting Todd Goldstein.

Name: Todd Goldstein
Club: North Melbourne
Position: Ruck
Bye Rounds: 11
2011 Average: 99.4
2011 Games Played: 21
Predicted Average: 103

Why should I pick him? Goldy has elevated himself to the ranks of rucking elite, crushing his 2010 average of 74.9 with a mammoth average of 99.4 in 2011. What really appeals about Goldy is his durability and consistency. He has played 21 games in his last two seasons, which is excellent for a big man. He racked up fifteen 90+ scores in 2011 and had only two sub-80 scores. He is capable of notching up big numbers too, carding 136, 144 and 130.

As a mobile ruckman who tackles (4.4 per game) and kicks goals (0.6 per game) while resting up forward, there’s not much to dislike about his Dream Team game. He is easily the Number One tall at Arden Street, ahead of McIntosh who will be looking to rebuild in 2012 after rehabilitating in 2011. At only 23 years of age, there’s upside too, with plenty of improvement to come from the big fella as he continues to build on his strength and hones his elite skills.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? In two words – Hamish McIntosh. Brad Scott seems set on the strategy of employing his two premium ruckmen in the Kangas starting lineup for 2012.  For fantasy football coaches, this presents the obvious risk that Goldy and HMac will be competing against each other for precious Dream Team points. And we know that the key to setting-and-forgetting your elite premo ruck combination is to pick those who play pretty much as the lone ruckman for their side, racking up plenty of hitouts and cheap touches as well as kicking the odd goal when resting at full forward.

Deck of DT Rating. Ace – you can’t go past class and Goldstein has it in buckloads. Whether he can improve on his 2011 average with H-Mac coming back into the side remains to be seen, but there’s no questioning Goldy’s durability, consistency and quality.

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Kev, aka TeeTee, has been contributing to DT Talk for the last couple of years. Top bloke and top DTer on top of it. Follow him on Twitter: @TeeTeeDT.



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    Dirty Tactics

    December 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Things would have been made so much easier if McIntosh had been traded. Will a few preseason matches be enough to show that Goldstein’s scores will be unaffected AND give me the confidence to pick him?

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    December 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    As a Roo boy myself I hope big H plays in tandem with Goldy, unfortunately that kills him DT wise!
    It does however elevate the kangas into the 8 and potentially higher!

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    December 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

    gonna pass on goldy. going with the Mc – Berger combo at the present. Bit worried bout hmac

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      December 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

      plus Berger an Goldy have the bye in rd 11

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    December 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Pass, got the McEvoy/Leuenberger combo set. Little off topic but here seems some good rookie picks.

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    Master DT

    December 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

    McEvoy and Leuenberger locked. Goldy won’t be number 1 at the Kangas this year.

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    December 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Not many sandi cox fans out there.. Which is great for me

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    December 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

    ye its leuey sandi for me, too risky that goldy will lose time in middle with mcintosh back

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    December 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

    McEvoy/Luey for me. Pass

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    December 15, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Goldstein, Leuenberger, Giles and Stephenson locked and loaded.

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      December 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

      How you going to cover Goldy,Leue and Giles in Rd 11 Ronald?

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        December 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

        whoop’s sorry bro forgot the “o”

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    The x Factor

    December 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Nah, I’m gonna have to pick leunberger. I feel he’s gonna BURST!

    Goldy already bursted last year and he can’t get much better with mac back into the team.

    Then Iv’e got jacobs as my second and he can only improve as a ruckmen in a developing team.

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    December 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Really want to put him in but reckon there is better value in berger or mcevoy.

    Also got a real keen eye on trent west durin preseason cause with vardy out surely he will shoulder the burden plus hr averaged 90+ in the final few rounds of last yr

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    December 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve been tossing up between Leuenberger and Goldstein for number one ruck. With McIntosh in, I think he’ll have the same problem as Ryder did last year.

    When Hille, Bellcambers and Ryder were all playing in the same team, Ryder performed horribly. When Hird finally saw that this wasn’t working, he left Bellchambers on the sideline and Ryder performed much better for the remainder of the season.

    If McIntosh, Goldstein and Petrie all play in the same team, I think we’ll see a similar drop in their figures. Hopefully Brad Scott finds a way to get all three players involved without making the team too tall and ungainly.

    So Leuenberger and Jacobs/Kreuzer, Giles and Stephenson it is.

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      December 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Actually no Jacobs, he shares a bye with Brisbane. Perhaps Mumford.

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    December 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Pass on Goldstein I think. Too many unknowns with how McIntosh will effect him. At this early stage I’ll probably go McEvoy & Mumford but keeping close eye on West..

    Anyone brave enough to go with Premium, Giles, Big O plus another cheap rookie and use extra cash elsewhere!! Could go Rhys Stanley to at least open up R/F as he will play games at some stage.

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    December 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Why are so many people not so keen on Cox this year?

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    December 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Risky picking him with “The Big H” back for a full season next year. Remember, Mcintosh (now aged 27) was there no. 1 ruckman and a proven scorer with an average of 90 in 2009 and 80 in 2010.

    Although I am a Roos supporter, I see more upside in Leuenberger in DT. Leunberger showed improvement in the second half of last year with 6 tons (3 in first half). I hope he improves on that for next year.

    Sorrry, Goldy.
    I’m picking Big Cox and Berger for 2012

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    December 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Was looking very hard at Goldy as one of my ruckman, but I’m just not sure. Going to wait a while and see how the next few months go before I decide I think.

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    December 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Sandilands and Hamish McIntosh for me… opinions?

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      December 15, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Sandilands or Leuenberger?

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        December 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

        Sandi is good value if he can stay fit, but I feel Luey is going to explode this year. I would go the Berger… just

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