There’s no doubt about it, the best ruckman in the AFL is back. Max Gawn’s ownership has been lower than usual this year after Melbourne’s recruitment of Brodie Grundy implanted a seed of doubt in all our minds.
Our doubts that the 2021 premiership captain could maintain his incredible scoring history with Grundy in the side were justified, as he only averaged 89.3 SuperCoach points up until round 11.
However, since Grundy’s fall from Melbourne’s best 23, Gawn’s reminded us how good he can be. Since round 12 the six-time All-Australian has averaged 125.6, which puts him in third place for the highest averaging player. This impressive average also includes huge gameday scores of 215 and 175.
My only concern with Gawn is that there isn’t room for two in Melbourne’s side and it’s only a matter of time before Grundy returns to their starting lineup. If that happens, Gawn’s scores won’t be terrible but his average will likely drop back to the 90’s and that’s not what we want in these later stages of the season.
Still, Gawn could be the extra edge that you need in your SuperCoach finals series. If I had a or two trade left this season, I’d be spending both on duel Melbourne Best & Fairest winner this week, especially if Grundy isn’t named to play again.