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Matthew Leuenberger – Deck of Dream Team 2014

If you are on the prowl for a younger Cox, don’t rule out Matthew Leuenberger. Roy looks at the Brisbane ruckman in today’s Deck of Dream Team.

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jan07_matthewleuenbergerName: Matthew Leuenberger
Club: Brisbane
Position: Ruck
AFL Fantasy: $461,500
AFL Dream Team: $465,100
Bye Round: 10
2013 Average: 85
2013 Games Played: 20
Predicted Average: 94

Why should I pick him?

At 26 years of age, and after missing the majority of 2012 with injury, Matthew Leuenberger is still developing and far from his best. In 2011, Berger had a breakout year where his average jumped from 78, to an elite 93. During that season, people were touting him as a mini cox and naming him up as the next ruck to be a walkup selection when we are finished grabbing cox at the start of each season. During that 2011 season he managed an impressive 9 scores over 100, including 110, 111, 118, 120 and 140 to go with another 5 scores between 90 and 100.

Last year, his return was full of the ups and downs you would expect from a big guy returning from a serious injury, but overall it was a success. There were some serious glimpses of the old Berger, especially in the back half of the season when he regained confidence in his body. After recording his first 100 for the year in round 15 with 122, he went on to score 3 more, along with a 99, giving every indication he is ready to roll in 2014.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Last year Leuenberger had 4 games below 70 points which is unacceptable for a player that will come at a cost this year.

The Lions recruited Trent West and there is plenty of rumours circulating about the Lions wanting to play Leuenberger as a forward, pinch hitting in the ruck.

There is value out there in the rucks. Aaron Sandilands will basically walk into teams, leaving just 1 spot available and a lot of capable rucks are returning from injury with a discount.

Deck of DT Rating.

Queen – I think Matthew Leuenberger will play predominantly in the ruck and rest forward kicking a few handy sausage rolls, rewarding coaches that are gutsy enough to pay the big bucks. In the back half of the season, he looked sensational and it was easy to recall why we all got so excited back in 2011. If he remains healthy, I think a personal best average is on the cards for the big guy, who will be a far more unique selection than he was at the start of 2013. If you are a fan, don’t hesitate to set and forget.

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  1. T-Pain

    January 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Definitely on the shortlist, is he an ideal R1 though?

    • VikingsElite

      March 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Yes, I have him in my side but the temptation to go down to Sandilands and then upgrade to leuey around round 6-7 is strong. Not sure what I should do considering my other ruck is Shane Mumford.

  2. samdiatmh

    January 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

    in 2013: only beat 90 8 times, 4 tons, and only twice above 110 (huh, funny how that halves each time)

    considering I think Sandi’s scores will be nerfed with a 2nd ruckman playing for Freo (either ZClarke/Griffin who will steal points), i’m not too sure that someone who’s regular scores is 80 is good enough for mind

    looking like a pass, i think there will be higher scoring ruckman (and the addition of West doesn’t help his cause either)

  3. gricho

    January 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Good read, ATM I’m going all 4 underpriced guys to raise cash to upgrade to the best rucks after byes so not a starter for me. I’m going H-Mac, Grundy, Sandi and Longer. Making money will be harder this season with more expensive rooks.

  4. Ethan

    January 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    For me my R1 and R2 are Minson and Nic Nat in DT, the question for me is, is he as good a value as Nic Nat? So at this stage its a no for me, definitely on the watchlist though, nice write up Roy!

  5. That dude over there

    January 7, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    What is everyones thought on Ivan Maric

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