Ruck option or not?
2012 was his break out year averaging 105.5 before being cut down with injury (calf) and only playing the 15 games. In 2013 Paddy’s form slumped and he had a drop in just about every stat before bouncing back in 2014 with a fairly consistent season and averaging 101.1.
I started with Paddy in 2014 and when he went down in rnd 2 with his ankle I made the mistake of burning a trade (mummy in, who I then traded out as well!) only to see him return and score 100,127,106,152,111!
His scoring is defiantly a lot better when he is the main ruck option and just resting forward, averaging 107.5 (12 games not including injury rnd 2) without Bellchambers and 99 (7 games) with him.. He is no Sandilands but paddy did rank 7th for 2014 for total hit outs averaging 26.1 per game.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||101.1|
|100+ games last season:||11|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range last season:||$454k-$556k|
|Missed games last season:||2 (Ankle sprain rnds 3 & 4)|
|Significant history:||Ever since taking over the ruck and winning the ANZAC medal in 2009 when David Hille went downed injured Paddy has progressed nicely.|
I see paddy as a 105 average player (when rucking solo) so there isn’t a lot of room for improvement left in him and his price is about topped out, also if he doesn’t get more ruck then forward time he tends not to score as high. Moving to Port Adelaide could be a bad move fantasy wise with Lobbe being a solid ruck as well. The other risk we have with him is the whole asada debacle which I won’t go into (being a bombers supporter I’m tired of it) but possibility of a late start to the season is there.
With so many other ruck options around the same price you wouldn’t select him for any other purpose then a Draft league.
- Can kick goals although not the most accurate (20.16 this season)
- Very mobile around the ground and a good mark
- Very good tap ruck
- Has been very durable with only 2 seasons under 20 games since 2007 (only 1 under due to injury as 2013 was 17 games after a 3 game ban)
- When playing more forward then ruck his scores suffer
- Still has asada issues
- Will have to work in tandem with Lobbe
2015 sees him likely on the move to Port Adelaide (confirmed team Port Adelaide) who only as Lobbe he could get back to that 105 average again if he is the number 1 ruck and not a pinch hitter, but how he fits into a team with a pretty solid ruck in Lobbe who was ranked 4th overall for hit outs in 2014 ?
I just can’t see them both being able to maintain those averages while being in same team. Only 1 team, I can think of, that had 2 rucks that both scored well in a season,
Eagles 2012- Cox (112.3) & Nicnat (114.2).
Ryder & Lobbe are good rucks but they are no Cox & Nicnat .
Sad to see him leaving the Bombers, can’t see him getting a starting role in my team for 2015 but I said that last year…..
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