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Fantasy Face-Off: Riewoldt v Riewoldt

Jennifer Phelan  February 28, 2013 7:00 AM


  NICK RIEWOLDT
 
JACK RIEWOLDT
 
Fantasy position
 
Forward Forward
2013 price $441,400 $413,100
2012 average 85.68 80.18
2012 high score 136 against Gold Coast in round 11 147 against St Kilda in round 10
Age 30 24
X-factor, Rising Star or Mr Reliable? You would have previously taken Saint Nick as a Mr. Reliable although different factors exist now, like his knee and age, that cast some doubt over his durability. Still, the veteran forward had a burst of four straight games last year where he cleared 100 points. That's X-factor form.
 
The younger Riewoldt's inconsistency makes him an X-factor – there's the good (147 points in round 13 last year) but beware the bad (33 points in round two). He won the Coleman again so has proven he can consistently kick goals.
 
Value for money On the wrong side of 30 and with a troublesome knee, it's fair to say there's better value around that mark. A solid recruit for that sort of coin, if you're prepared for the occasional down game. For a Coleman medallist, he's cheap.
Job security Expect the captain to be picked each week, starting with round one if his NAB Cup goes to plan. Obviously in the best 22 and is expected to be there for the season's opener as the focal point in attack.
 
Where he'll play Traditionally roams far and wide but his knee can restrict that. If fit, will continue to press up the ground. Jack sticks largely within the forward line and doesn't venture up the ground too often.
Injury history Has had problems with both knees although it was a tendon injury to the right one that ended his season three weeks early last year. You know the risks. Rarely misses games through injury. Had a hip operation at the end of last season but has played 86 games in four years. You can, at least, expect some points each week, even if he puts in a shocker.
The case for Has had a full pre-season, classed as "very normal" by coach Scott Watters, but  will have a modified NAB Cup program. Has proven that when fit – like in rounds eight to 11 of 2012 – he can make a decided impact on the scoreboard. 
 
He's great fun to watch but not always from a Fantasy perspective. Can rack up the disposals – cracked 20 twice last season – and has proven he can clunk a mark. Looked to be in good touch in his club's first intra-club match in February. He is also expected to benefit from better delivery this year too.
The case against As mentioned before, his age works against him and when you look at the comparative age of players in his price range, he's not the one you instantly want to pick.
 
He can go missing. Jack can be an emotionally driven player and can drop his bundle when things don't go his way. Is getting better at that but went goalless twice and kicked just one on five occasions last season.

The verdict
Jack wins. The Tigers are on the rise and have recruited accordingly with mature-aged recruits picked up to bolster the team's experience. He's the right age, has proven his durability and will benefit from the Tigers' expected march this season.