SuperCoach Scout – JJ O’Clock

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.

Jason Johannisen

Price: $469,400
Position: DEF
SuperCoach Average:  93.7
Breakeven: 101
Ownership: 11.9%

Every year there are big named players who come out of contract. Think Judd 2007, Cloke 2012, Franklin 2013 and Dangerfield 2015. This year the spotlight lands on midfield dynamos Nat Fyfe and Dustin Martin. But there’s another very high profile player that’s flown under the radar as a potential big news story of this year.

Reigning Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen earlier in the year put contract talks on hold until the end of the season, but Luke Beveridge told Fox Footy that the Western Bulldogs are “having good discussions” with the defender’s management. Although the premiership coach insisted that Johanissen would receive a “solid contract” it seems rival clubs could offer significantly more money than what the Dogs are willing to pay. Furthermore, the talk of the Western Bulldogs as a ‘destination club’ even more strongly suggests than Johannisen will be taking a much lower pay cheque at the Dogs than he could elsewhere.

The halfback’s recent performance suggest he is well worth a big pay packet. But with no many other star players around him, the salary squeeze will do him no favours.

Johannisen is now a genuine star. With acceleration and pace that sets him apart from any other player in the league, his rebounding power sets up many scoring plays for the Bulldogs. His run and carry that he provides is similarly important in our SuperCoach teams.

The 24-year old opened his account for 2017 with an extremely promising SuperCoach score of 126 points against Collingwood, where his eye-catching pace was on display on the vast MCG. However, his dominant fantasy form was short-lived, spending the next 4 weeks in the 80s and 90s, followed by a 68 against the Giants in Canberra – his lowest score since Round 17 last season. The South-African born Johannisen bounced back to form with a 24 disposal effort against Richmond which netted him his second triple-figure score for the year.

What we now have available to us is a premium player who has bottomed out in price. This week the star Dog has a price tag of a very affordable $469,400. The speedster looms as a primed upgrade target with a breakeven of 101. Now could be the perfect time to upgrade on top of the Crows rookie backline duo – Otten and Hampton who each have breakevens in the 90s, with their cash generation appearing to be maxed-out.

Averaging 93 for 2017, the Bulldog looks set to replicate a similar output to his 2016, in which he averaged 94 despite a major hamstring injury that halted his early season form. What makes JJ an even more attractive option is his unique appearance. The boofy blonde hair makes him stand out when watching at the ground and on television, adding to the exhilaration of the SuperCoach experience. What’s not to like about JJ?

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