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Rowan Marshall – Deck of Dream Team 2023

38% of Fantasy Coaches currently have the big Saint locked into their sides. Are you with them?

Player Rowan Marshall
Club St Kilda
Position Ruck
Price $808,000
Bye Round 12
2022 avg 91.3
2022 gms 21
Proj. avg 105
Draft range 2nd round

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Why should I pick him?

You’re picking Rowan Marshall this year because you’ve been patiently waiting for this moment his entire career.
Rowan Marshall is finally the #1 ruckman at St Kilda.
Paddy Ryder has retired leaving Marshall one out and history has shown he’s a better fantasy ruckman when solo.
Need the proof though? Here’s the stats;

In 2021, in 7 games with Ryder, Marshall averaged 77.9.
In the 6 games without Ryder, Marshall averaged 103.7 including scores of 117, 118, 124 and 139.
In 2022, in 11 games with Ryder, Marshall averaged 78.6.
In the 10 games without Ryder, Marshall averaged 105.3 including scores of 118, 131 and 163.

Injury has also been a recurring issue with Marshall but according to all preseason reporting he is currently flying and in his own words ‘is the fittest and in the best shape that he’s ever been’.
It appears that Marshall was right there with us all along, spinning his wheels and waiting to get that number 1 ruck role because he has absolutely stepped up and become a stand out on the track this preseason.

Marshall also gave us a look at what we can expect this year in his last 5 games of the season.
With Ryder out, Marshall went on a run of 108, 163, 118, 118 and 47 to finish the year!

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

The biggest reason would be that 47 in his run home last year.
The fact that it coincided with Tom Campbell’s only game of the year shows that it’s not just sharing duties with Ryder that held him back, it’s sharing ruck duties with anyone!
While the Saints ideal set up on paper seemed to be Marshall rucking with a Jack Hayes type playing forward and chopping out Marshall in the ruck when needed, an injury to Hayes will see him miss the first month of the season.
This could mean Tom Campbell is called on again, unfortunately this is likely to result in Marshall playing the forward ruck split as Campbell isn’t as versatile and is more of a stock standard ruckman.
The injury to Max King also adds to this as the Saints tall forward and ruck stocks are now looking quite thin.

Our hope could be left in the hands of Ross Lyon (which in itself is a terrifying proposition) to see what type of set up he decides to roll with. We may not know this until the preseason comp or even the first few games.

Another factor to consider is Marshall’s injury history. While we’re seeing a bunch of preseason propaganda out of St Kilda right now telling us Marshall is in the best shape of his career, the unfortunate truth is that Marshall has found new and interesting ways to miss game time each season. The most recent being stress fractures to his feet followed by plantar fascia which required surgery. While we can all cross our fingers and hope he really is in for a good run, his history means he can’t be considered a ‘set and forget’ option just yet.

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IF Rowan Marshall gets a clear injury run and owns the number 1 ruck role, he has every chance to be the highest scoring ruckman this year. As you can see though, it is a pretty big IF!
38% of coaches have seen the red flags mentioned above and still have him locked in their side, are you with them?
Personally, while I will be watching the news and preseason comp very closely leading up to round one, Marshall is currently locked into my ruck line. That 15-20 point upside is way to tempting to pass up!

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1 year ago

Very close watch preseason games. If hes solo ruck hes a lock, however whats the bet ross plays 2 rucks and marshall spends a heap of time forward, due to the injuries to their big forwards.

1 year ago
Reply to  PK

It would be a changeup, pretty sure he used to like just the one, also Saints and Freo were good Fantasy scoring teams under him in the past, boring and negative sure, but still racked up points.

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