The best of the 22 under 22?
Dyson Heppell hasn’t missed a beat since he slipped down the draft order in 2010 and was snaffled by the Bombers with Pick 8. The blonde shag played all 22 games in his first year of senior football in 2011, averaging 84. Since that time his trajectory has steadily grown, and whilst he spent the better part of his first 3 years playing off the half-back flank, this year we saw Heppell spend a lot more time dedicated to the mid-field post – we Supercoaches like that.
I like this kid. I like the way he moves and I like his prospects heading into 2015. The comparisons to Supercoach rolled gold like Scott Pendlebury are justified. He moves smoothly, he finds the pill and seems to create time and delivers nicely off the left peg.
The fact he was voted 4th in the AFLPA MVP awards speaks volumes.
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||106|
|100+ games last season:||13|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2|
|Price range last season:||$491k-$571k|
|Missed games last season:||1 game – Round 22 with a hand fracture|
|Significant history:||Number 8 draft pick in 2010 draftNamed Captain of the Best 22 Under 22 in 2013 & 2014Averaged 106 in 2014. Averaged 111 over the last 10 roundsHis average increased by 15 from the 2013 seasonAll Australian in 2014|
After steady improvement in each of his first 3 years, Heppell had a breakout year in 2014, averaging 106 – the first year where he has averaged 100+ points. There was a decidedly bad smell when Jobe Watson went down mid-year with a quad / hip tendon, but Heppell was like the warm breeze when spring bursts through and ramped up his output averaging 111 over the last 10 rounds of the year – that is premium scoring in anyone’s language.
- You have to ask yourself the question, will the kid go backwards in 2015? Will the ASADA investigation have an adverse outcome on his year?
- Provided you answer a ‘no” to both of those questions then the largest risks are somewhat mitigated.
- Perhaps the other risk is that Heppell has reduced midfield time in 2015, but given his growth and success this year, it is hard to see that happening.
- If you select Heppell from the start of your 2015 team, then it would be with an eye to keeping him for the entire year. The kid is durable, is improving, and if that improvement continues, then you have yourself a player who will average 105 to 115pts.
- If Heppell’s price is around $570k (confirmed price $571,800), then I think he represents decent value as compared to the ultra-premiums
- If his midfield time stays the same, then that is a bonus. The upside is also good should he win more contested ball and kicks a few more goals then lookout (he only kicked 6 in 2014).
- Heppell is durable. He hasn’t played less than 19 games in any of his first 4 years
- Potential POD, only owned by 4% of teams in 2014
- He has a bad year – so far his worst averaging year was 84 in his debut year of 2011
- The blonde shag gets so out of control that Heppell can’t see where the hell he is going. If that is the case, be prepared to jump into the Kingswood and drive the boy to the barber shop.
- An ASADA ban takes hold and nuts him for the first quarter of the year – possibly a real and present risk given the recent court findings.
It might be the black and red blood coursing through my veins, but I cannot help but be buoyant about Heppell. I owned him as a rookie in 2011, and again last year as DEF/MID. I didn’t own him this year, but I feel bloody positive about what he might deliver in 2015 – in his 5th year of footy, with another pre-season under his belt, I think he is ready to go up another level. He collects possessions, he collects points, stays on the park – in my book that is 3 ticks. In my squad you go Heppell son, welcome to Chicko’s Chumps.
What’s your say on Heppell in 2015?
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