2018 Player Review – Jason Johannisen

Written by Thommo on February 6 2018

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Position: Defender

2018 Price: $450,800

2017 Average: 82

2017 Games: 20

Past Averages (2016 – 2012): 94, 77, 64, 64, 60


After winning the Norm Smith, JJ was tipped to either have a big year or get tagged every week. And early on, neither happened! To start the season JJ spent his time shifting between the forward and backline and was basically ok with 80 – 90 point scores.

Around mid-year the taggers did finally came knocking and he struggled to win the ball, posting scores of 21, 58, 62 and 71 across a horror 5 week stretch. With JJ under a great deal of media scrutiny while contract talks occurred, Beveridge gave him roles on the wing, in defence and up forward for the last 5 weeks of the season to try and spark his form. He did respond somewhat with scores of 87, 105, 105 and 95 but he let the team down with a poor 47 point effort for Bob Murphy’s final game in Round 23.

JJ and the Doggies will want to put 2017 behind them and move on quickly!


  • The Doggies should improve in 2018 which will help lift averages of players like JJ
  • He is priced more than $50k less than 2017.
  • The Dogs play 10 of their first 15 games at Etihad Stadium and 13 of 22 for the season there.
  • Beveridge knows how important he is to the team’s structure so he will invest a lot of effort in freeing JJ to run and carry.
  • Surely the guy will one day learn how to break a tag!


  • JJ likes to win uncontested ball which is not rewarded in Supercoach leading to a poor ceiling.
  • Even in 2016 his scores were inconsistent with 6 tonnes but 3 scores under 70.
  • He kicked the ball less in 2017, a sign that teams are making him more accountable and rushing his disposal.
  • His disposal efficiency can be poor at times, a bone of contention when he won the Norm Smith with only 92 SC points from 33 possessions.
  • Teams understand his importance to the Dogs so he may never be allowed to run loose in the backline ever again.
  • He has only once scored at a premium level. Was his best year simply an outlier as a result of a premiership year?
  • He needs to rethink his hairstyle.


JJ is under-priced but he has never scored consistently and he has only once achieved premium status. He is young enough for his scores to improve and the Bulldogs’ draw is fantastic but logic says there are better defenders out there in 2018.

The only reason he will still have some fans is the ridiculous Bulldogs’ who play 10 from their first 15 games at Etihad.


The gut refuses to acknowledge JJ as a fully fledged premium and will not be vaguely considering him for the starting line-up. 2016 was a flash-in-the-pan!

Nothing to see here!

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