The world of AFL related media is vast, dynamic and fast paced. If you aren’t engaged on a daily basis, you’re bound to miss something in the flood of news articles, opinion pieces, videos and social media posts – and how relevant are they all to your SuperCoach team anyway? This preseason, we’re solving your problem. Each week we’ll give you our take on the most SuperCoach relevant media.
2015 SuperCoach Average: 104.8
2014 SuperCoach Average: 106.4
After a well-documented 12-month sideline stint, the Bombers named Dyson Heppell their new skipper. A 24-year-old with the weight of reviving a historic club on his shoulders, big ask, right?
If Round 1 is anything to go by, then Heppell is more than ready. You could tell how keen the dreadlocked midfielder was to just play footy, as he came out red hot against the evergreen Hawthorn.
Heppell collected 34 disposals (16 contested) at 82% efficiency, complimented by his three goals and seven tackles in a game-winning performance. His total SuperCoach score read 152 points, third for the opening week behind West Coast’s Josh J Kennedy (174) and Richmond’s Dustin Martin (159).
His price is undoubtedly discounted for a player of his calibre, and his upcoming fixture is sure to excite current and future owners. Heppell, who is currently owned by 10 per cent of teams, will face Brisbane and Carlton over the next two weeks.
Now we know he won’t be scoring 150 each week, but if the Captain tag has enhanced his game then people who started with him will be showing it off. Elite scoring isn’t a new thing for Heppell, this is a player who averaged 83.5 in his rookie year and hasn’t dropped below that ever since. During his 2014 season, the Bomber dropped below 90 just three times!
The following year, whilst the supplement scandal shadowed his club’s performance each week, it didn’t seem to phase Heppell. Consistency remained the story for him as he came out averaging 120 across the first four rounds. He again dropped below 90 just three times for the remaining rounds.
Heppell proved in those two years that he can score consistent 100’s whilst also obtaining the ability to keep a high ceiling. You can count on him to be there too, he played every game in his first season, whilst also filling out the home and away season in 2015.
Now you MUST know that sideways trading after round one is utter stupidity – unless one of your players has received a long-term injury. So, don’t go trading a Patrick Cripps or a Dan Hannebery to the new Essendon skipper. If Heppell can keep performing in a way that dominates the rest of the competition then he’s one to look at once it’s time to upgrade those cashed up rookies – let’s just hope he doesn’t explode too much so he remains affordable!
For those with him, keep enjoying this blokes consistency!