Player Review: Dyson Heppell

Written by Thommo on January 10 2017


DOB: 14/05/1992

Team: Essendon

Position: Midfield

Supercoach Price: $513,300

2016 Average: DNP (Please tell me you knew that)

Bye Round: 13

Past (2015-2011): 104, 106, 91, 84, 83


Age/Durability: *****

Ignoring 2016, Heppell has played less than 20 games in a season on only one occasion: 19 games in 2013. How the year off in 2016 will affect the banned Bombers is impossible to predict but at age 24/25, Hep should be right to play another 20+ games in 2017.

2016 Form: ?

The great unknown about the Bombers!!

Consistency: ***

When last he played, Heppell racked up 14 scores over 100 from 22 matches, with only 4 of those sub-100 scores under 80 (the lowest 69). So while he’s not a lock for 100 every week, he’ll rarely hurt you with a shocker.  In addition, Heppell’s scoring curve has only gone backwards once after injury interrupted his 2015 preseason (and the entire team was mentally fried!).

Ceiling: ***

Unfortunately to date, when Hep has gone over 100, he rarely goes uber-large, with only 4 scores over 120 in both 2015 and 2014. Only thrice in his career has he crossed 140 and his all-time high score is 150.

Tag: ****

In his 6 matches where he was tagged across 2014-15, Heppell scored 3 tonnes and only two scores under 80, a 72 and a 57 (in 2014). It really is hard to judge how often he’ll be tagged in the new-look Bombers.

Value: ***

He’s not cheap but he is certainly under-priced after receiving a 10% discount for his enforced holiday. If he matches his 106 point average from 2014 he’ll score 10-15 points above his price.

Overall: ***1/2

Hep D is a durable gun reaching the peak of his career in his 6th year and mid-20s. After a year out of the game he’ll have plenty to prove and is sure to knock up a 105+ average, not bad value given his mid-90s price tag.

Verdict: He seems a safer option than Jobe as durability is underrated in Fantasy sport. You could do worse at M4 or M5.

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