Brisbane Lions ruckman Stefan Martin is the toast of AFL Fantasy coaches this week. The big man is behind Max Gawn, Nic Naitanui and Brodie Grundy on the ownership table however, the 16 per cent of coaches who backed him in are stoked with his output against a ruck-less Port Adelaide.
Martin finished with 49 hitouts (Justin Westhoff won 15 as the Power’s ruck) and added 30 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles to his stat line to post a career-high 177 Fantasy points on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.
It appears that rucks coming up against Port Adelaide are in for a field day.
So far Aaron Sandilands (111), Callum Sinclair (93) and Martin (177) have enjoyed playing the Power while Patrick Ryder is on the sidelines. The Saints and Cats are also clubs that you can expect your ruck to score well against based on the data from the opening three weeks.
Solo rucks is where it’s at in Fantasy. You want your ruckman to go about it alone.
At the start of the season there was some trepidation around picking Grundy with Mason Cox in the side. Cox has played two of the three games (he was suspended in round two) and Grundy is the top scoring ruck thus far. Cox has been playing as a deep forward with limited time on the ball.
Melbourne and Brisbane Lions have conceded the least amount of points to rucks. Gawn and Martin have been dominant – although they nullified each other in round two – winning the majority of hitouts and collecting ball around the ground.
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- All of the action from round three
- News from around the grounds, including Magoos News
- Trade tips for round four
- Your questions answered
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Round 3 Fantasy Classic Winner
- Ashley Simpson’s team, “Master Clashers 223”
Fantasy Points FOR and AGAINST (season)