Last year he was simply stunning. Far and above the best ruck option last year & barring something disastrous happening he should be once again.
Name: Max Gawn
Club: Melbourne Demons
2016 Highest Scores
174 Vs Gold Coast, Round 7 (SuperCoach)
146 Vs Collingwood, Round 12 (AFLDreamTeam/AFLFantasy)
Personal Best Scores
174 Vs Gold Coast, Round 7, 2016 (SuperCoach)
146 Vs Collingwood, Round 12, 2016 (AFLDreamTeam/AFLFantasy)
Why Is He Relevant?
In 2015 his 13 game run to end the season gave us a glimpse of what was to come in 2016 and if you were one of the coaches that got on him at the start of the year (and stayed on) you were handsomely rewarded with him becoming the #1 scoring ruck in 2016.
Last season for DreamTeam/AFLFantasy coaches he posted 15 scores over 100 including 8 over 120. of those 120+ scores 6 of them were over 4 of them were above 140, which for a ruckman is just insane! In SuperCoach he posted 15 hundreds for the season, 9 of them above 120 and 5 scores over 150!
As great as his whole season was, it really was what he achieved over his final 13 games, so if upgraded to him you’d have been loving life. From round 10 onwards and over the next 13 games he averaged 115 in DreamTeam/AFLFantasy and posted 11 hundreds, while in SuperCoach he averaged 124 from the final 13 games of the year and reached the ton in 11 of those matches.
Despite these amazing scores and phenomenal averages he still managed a number of poor games. In DreamTeam/AFLFantasy he had 5 games where he posted a score under 80 including 2 stinkers under 60. While in SuperCoach had 3 scores under 70 including a 49 against eventual premiers the Western Bulldogs in Round 9. While poor scores like this are some cause for concern (and we will talk about them soon) that also highlights just how big his ceiling if it’s able to balance out these poor scores
2015 stats tell a similar story of high ceiling scoring were from his 13 games he posted 4 DreamTeam/AFLFantasy hundreds with 3 over 120 and 8 SuperCoach tons and 2 over 140
He’s the only ruck that Champion Data rate elite in terms of disposals, intercept marks, hitouts and score launches. Furthermore, he’s the only Ruckman ranked elite for both hitouts to advantage (34%) and winning hitouts from a ruck contest (54%).
For mine, I can only see one thing from preventing Max Gawn being one of the best scoring Rucks in 2017 and that’s injury. Especially in SuperCoach where his efficiency and dominance in the ruck make him hard to compete with. Added to this is the introduction of the banning of ‘Third man Up’ in ruck contests around the ground certain ruckman will benefit from this the most, and Max is certainly one of them. Given how strong he in the 1on1 battles and his high percentage of not just winning hitouts but putting them to advantage of his team means we could have some potential scoring growth right here
If you choose not to start him your doing that in part because you believe you could pick him up cheaper 5-6 week into the season and also because you’ll be trying to extract some value from someone like Aaron Sandilands, Stefan Martin, Jarrod Witts or Toby Nankervis If you don’t start him he’ll likely be the ruck you upgrade too as locking yourself into set & forget rucks without giving space for Max Gawn to enter your side could well be the downfall of your side.
In a draft getting one of the best rucks is critical for success and given most draft leagues have only one ruck on field someone like Max is crucial for success. Due to this and his high scoring ability I can’t see how Max is still there after the opening round of a draft. Lock him in with your first pick if you want him!
Who’s Next – #3?
Tomorrow the JLT Community series kicks off so to reveal all 50 players before it starts I better drop another one this afternoon. I’ll be honest the guy I reveal at #3 is mighty unlucky not to be #1. Who do you think it is?