The Buddy Rollercoaster – Are you Game?
Warning: Do not take this ride if you have a weak stomach or suffer from a heart condition!
by TRIGGER HAPPY
I kid you not this could be the defining selection of your Supercoach side in 2017!
If there was one player that polarises not just the supercoach community but the general football public it has to be Lance “Buddy” Franklin. Tom Boyd and Jack Watts normally get some press but Buddy is the poster boy.
I am pretty tight with some die in the wool swan supporters who have followed the bloods since the South Melbourne days and they can go from gushing over Buddy with comments such as” boy he can play worth every dollar” to not only in the same game but sometimes 10 minutes later in the same quarter “god he is useless what were the swans thinking 10 years! “Then ahh he is back and on it goes.
I bet if you look at the poll from the community it will be divided. Polarised.
But let’s face it Buddy can play. He puts bums on seats with the thought he can turn a game in a blink of an eye and when he is “on” there is no one better. He has the grace of a gazelle as he dances around opponents and launces that lethal left foot from outside 50. This has become his trademark. And for a big fella much like a gazelle boy he can run. Just ask Cale Hooker who vainly chased Buddy as he ran down the wing at the G to kick the goal of the year.
But don’t be fooled, this gazelle is no meek animal. Perhaps if you crossed it with a silverback then you would come close to Buddy. He has some mongrel in him; he goes hard especially if you get in his face, you will feel the brunt of BUDDY. This has caused him to run afoul of the men in white on more than one occasion.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||95|
|100+ games last season:||11|
|Sub 80 games last season:||5|
|Price range last season:||$514K (rd 11) – $426K (rd22)|
|Missed games last season:||
With the recent changes to our Forward lines in 2017 with most of our bread and butter DPPs becoming midfielders only we need to look at other options and this has put Buddy on alot of radars. So let’s zoom in, adjust our focus and put him under the microscope.
Fun fact. Since joining the swans Buddy has not averaged over 100 supercoach points despite not missing a game and being runners up in the Coleman medal in 2016. Why?
One word – Rollercoaster.
Some players you say will ride the rollercoaster but with Buddy it is 100% guaranteed. It will be a rollercoaster, there will be ups where the adrenalin will be pumping and you will feel on top of the world but like every rollercoaster there will be downs where you will scream in horror, cover your eyes and can’t wait for the ride to end. But one thing is for sure. You are in for one helluva ride. Just take a look at his last 3 years with the swans.
Imagine if you were designing a rollercoaster for a new theme park? You could quite literally use Buddy’s supercoach scores above. Any year would do the job but for the greatest thrill you would use the blue line. How much fun would that be? It would be seriously frightful and exhilarating at the same time!
Taking a closer look at the graph above if you don’t start him best of luck when deciding to bring him into your team? I would suggest going on history don’t bring him into your team when it is his 6th or 12th game as he tends to spud it up.
Might have something to do with his endurance? After 6 straight games he may be looking for petrol tickets?
A bit of further analysis of the last 3 seasons with the swans tell us that since crossing to swans:
- 10 games over 100 including a 168 against jocks saints – 9 snags
- 9 games under 100 including a 29 and a 31
- Missed 3 games
- 6 games over 100 including 149 against the blues – 7 snags
- 11 games under 100 including a 41
- Missed 5 games during the year and didn’t play in the final series. However now we know that he was a bit underdone in 2015 both mentally and physically which affected him both on and off the field.
- 11 games over 100 including 141 against the saints (seems to like playing against them) kicked 6 snags.
- 11 games under 100 including a 34
- Played every game
Some of those low scores were against Melbourne and West Coast so if you take the plunge make sure you don’t have the VC around his neck when he fronts up against these two.
If you do pick him you are selecting him assuming that he is going to be one of the top scoring forwards for the year.
At over $500k he would be a keeper.
The good news is his possession count has gone up each year since joining the swans going from an average of 15 in 2014 to an average of 18 possessions per game in 2016.
- Had 135 shots at goal last year (so getting plenty of chances) at 60% conversion
- Kicks more than he handballs. Ratio of 2 to 1.
- When he kicks a bag of 5 or more generally goes big
- Average 2-3 tackles a game
- Scores at least 5 tons each year
- Has the Sydney midfield delivering to him rarely doesn’t score a goal
- Boy he is exciting to watch!
- Can win you a league match in one quarter of blistering footy
- Did someone mention rollercoaster? Inconsistent!
- His bad can be downright putrid
- Scores at least 3 scores under 50 per year
- KPP so reliant on goals to score
- Misses games with injury
- Treads a very fine line with the umpires
- Can be riled up and tends to give away stupid free kicks or more frees than he receives
- Can lose you a league match with an abysmal 4 quarter effort.
At his best Buddy is a match winner, a dynamic and devastating force when he is on he’s unstoppable and a prolific scorer. Who can forget his 13 goals and 236 SC points against North in 2012? But on the other hand if you had him in your team you may want to forget the average score the very week before.
I’m in the “No Buddy way” camp as he has been put on the blacklist as I still have the mental scars from when I was admitted to the burns unit when on the eve of SC finals in 2014 Buddy was a last minute withdrawal leaving me a man down.
In 2015 history did indeed repeat as Buddy missed again on the eve of the SC finals and the majority of SC finals.
To sum it up look at Buddy’s last 3 scores in the home and away season in 2016.
141 – Rd 2 of SC finals
34 – Rd 3 SC finals
136 – GF SC finals.
So who is up for the Buddy rollercoaster?
A great bloke to chat fantasy footy with. Kick Buddy around with him in the comments below.
|This article has been penned as part of the Jock Reynolds Community Series, where anyone from within our proud community can have their say in front of their peers. These men and women have displayed the spirit of togetherness, positivity and community that we value significantly.|
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