Batten's Best Buy

Batten’s Best Buy Round 8 – Isaac Heeney

As SuperCoaches, we are faced with many tough decisions on a week-to-week basis. Dan will aim to outline the ‘best buy’ of the Round in terms of price, overall output and/or cash generation for the rest of the season.

Isaac Heeney

Price: $453,300
Current average: 99.3 (3 games)
2016 average: 79.4
Predicted average: 95-100
Bye: Round 11
Breakeven: 42

Countless SuperCoaches had this lad in their side before Round 1, and it is a delight to see young Isaac Heeney back on the park again.

Isaac came down with a case of glandular fever, the ‘kissing disease’ on the eve of the season, sidelining him the Swans’ first four matches. He must have made his moves quick considering Sydney’s lock-out laws.

Heeney’s current form appears to draw parallels to his purple patch off the field, starting his 2017 campaign in impressive fashion. The 21-year-old is averaging a touch under 100 points in his first three games, including two tons in the past fortnight.

We can cut Heeney some slack for his first game back, where he had a modest return of 16 disposals en-route to 75 SuperCoach points. It has been since then that has been very, very fascinating.

Heeney looks to be playing the role we saw him play in last year’s finals series and during the famous JLT Community Series: an inside midfielder who spends stints up forward.

Let’s crunch the numbers. In 2016, the Heen-machine played predominately as a small forward, averaging 15 disposals, 79 points and booting 26 goals during the regular season.

Since the end of the 2016 home-and-away season, he has registered 23 disposals and 96 points per game. He has eclipsed the 20 disposal mark in five of these seven matches, and hit the fabled SuperCoach ton on four occasions.

These are tasty stats, and it is no wonder over 30% of SuperCoaches had the blond-bombshell in their sides at $430k off the back of his finals series alone.

His possession heat maps this year confirm he is spending more time in the guts, which makes him capable of nearing that 100-point average

Yes, Heeney’s scores of 107 and 116 were against average opposition in Carlton and Brisbane, but I’m not too concerned with this considering he posted scintillating totals of 118 and 120 against Adelaide and Geelong in crucial finals last year. He has proved he can perform against the very best on the big stage.

In a year where forward options aren’t screaming out their names to be selected (we miss you Merrett, Dusty and Zorko), Heeney is worth the punt considering his pricetag of $453,300, and his scope for improvement.

However, some will be put off by his Round 11 bye, a popular one for many highly selected premiums – particularly in the forward line.

Others will question whether he can reach that elusive 95+ mark, especially coming back from glandular fever. Heeney told the Herald Sun he is “not 100%” just yet, still feeling the effects of the illness. Sounds pretty promising if he’s punching out back-to-back tons while at less than 100%,

Considering the hole left by Tom Mitchell and the wayward form of Luke Parker, Josh P. Kennedy and Dan Hannebery, he is a very good chance of remaining in his SuperCoach friendly role, which will give him the potential* to break this barrier.

If you are tossing and turning at night wondering whether to trade in Isaac, take the advice of a less significant Isaac:

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things” – Sir Isaac Newton

If your gut feel is to trade in the young man in, do it. The worst thing in SuperCoach is nearly pulling the trigger on a player and then watching them flourish before your eyes.

On the flipside, if you can’t see him being your F6 at season’s end, don’t pull the trigger.

One things for sure, though; his current ownership of 3.7% won’t stay like that for much longer.

Oh, and another. I will be slotting Isaac Heeney in my side this week for the omitted Dan Houston.

*Classic SuperCoach buzzword

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