Kissed on the Bigboy?
WOWweeee! Pretty sure if you look up the word ‘Lucky’ a picture of Ben is next to the definition.
After being traded from the saints for Shane Savage & a 1st round pick (hmm who was the winner from that I wonder) Bigboy came out and went BANG BANG averaging 101.5 in his first 2 games for the Hawks before suffering a calf injury and missing the next 2 weeks.
Once he returned he went on a bit of a rollercoaster ride with his scoring going 65, 135, 83, 105 and then 28 which is when his Hammy went TWANG! And the Bigboy missed the following 6 weeks.
On his second come back from injury Bigboy averaged 107 for the next 3 weeks before his form took a U-turn to crapsville going 65 and 72 before being dropped for the last 2 rounds of the season and on the verge of finals.
The next few weeks the hawks showed why they are one of the great sides of the last decade disposing of all challengers giving them the chance to go back to back. You would forgive Clarko for thinking – if it isn’t broke don’t fix it – and Bigboy would miss out on another grand final appearance like in 2010 with the Saints.
But nope Bigboy not only trained the house down he was a dominant force in getting the Hawks VFL side through to their own Granny and was selected to play in the AFL Grand final where he would score a handy 93 SC points.
So after a fairly up and down 13 game season the Bigboy has a Premiership medal around his neck just 1 year after joining the Hawks.
Going into 2015 I guess the question we should all be asking is – Is Big Boy a viable option for our Supercoach Squads?
|Games last season:||12|
|Average last season:||89.8|
|100+ games last season:||5|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range last season:||$448K – $503k|
|Missed games last season:||10 (calf 2 R3-5, hammy 6 R11-17 & dropped to the VFL for 2)|
|Significant history:||Since his 3rd year in the AFL Bigboy has been up and down like a yoyo with his games played (see below)|
Will 2015 be his next 20+ game season?
He’s a risk because he is a ruckmen and those blokes are as reliable as a Chocolate Fireman.
I think if you were going to select him from the start you would be hoping that he continues his pattern of games played, keeping him for the entire season and selecting him as R2 with a set and forget ruck combo, this could pay dividends.
Would not hesitate to select him for Draft leagues as you could do a lot worse.
- Plays for the Hawks so being on the winning side of the SC points shouldn’t be a problem.
- At 26 years old like most rucks this is when they really start to hit their straps.
- Doesn’t mind a contested mark Ranked 8th in 2014 for CM’s per game
- Is fit and firing from all reports from Hawks preseason trainings so far (finished 3rd behind Smith and Hartung in the time trial)
- He is 200cm Tall.
- Has a history of poor durability.
- Could find himself sharing ruck duties with Hale.
- Has a large Standard deviation history = rollercoaster scores
I’m warming to him. He has proved in the past that he is capable of putting some pretty big scores. He is at a prime age in his footballing career to really start making his mark and by all accounts is really turning it on in training this preseason. With Hale turning 31 during the season you would have to expect Bigboy to do the majority of the Ruckwork. The negatives are going to be the same as many other Ruckmen as in they struggle to stay on the park. My final decision will come down to team strategy and balance as this is one line I have not made my mind up on how I will tackle it for 2015. If it’s set and forget then Bigboy will definitely be getting a look in for the R2 spot. Monitoring his preseason with a keen eye.
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