Fantasy Footy Radar 2013 – Jack Grimes

Published by Jock on

I still cringe a bit when the name Jack Grimes is mentioned in AFL Supercoach and Dreamteam circles.

The man we know as Kleenex Jack has suffered more than his fair share of soft tissue injuries. In his first 3 seasons he only knocked out seasons of 11, 14 and 6 games. But young Jack appears to have sorted out these Kleenex dramas and was solid in his 21 game 2012 season.

The facts:

  • 2013 Price: Supercoach: $472,400, Dreamteam: $474,000
  • 2013 Position: DEF
  • 2012 averages: 88 SC, 92 DT (21 games)
  • 2011 averages: 78 SC, 74 DT (6 games)
  • 2010 averages: 88 SC, 82 DT (14 games
  • Age: 23

 Jock’s Verdict:

Confidence is a prick of a thing when you’re low on it folks. Especially when you are the co-captain of your footy club trying to get the respect of your mates. After being knocked around far too often for one so young I think that young Jack was pretty low on the old confidence early in 2012. It takes a while to trust your body again after it lets you down kids. I reckon it took the kid till midway through 2012 to get the confidence required to provide premium fantasy football scoring output;

  • Supercoach average of 78 rounds 1 – 16 2012
  • Supercoach average of 107 rounds 17 – 23

As you can see his effectiveness increased considerably in the latter part of the season. It is true that the latter part of the season included hit outs with hacks Port Adelaide, Gold Coast and GWS.. but what I saw with my own eyes is a bloke that felt like he belonged as an elite member of the Melbourne Football Club.

What you also need to remember is that Jack didn’t get through much of a preseason prior to 2012 and was playing catch up for most of the season. With a full preseason this year, and a strengthening Melbourne lineup around him I feel that he is one to consider in 2012.

He’s 16th listed Supercoach defender is terms of price but is way up as the 4th most expensive Dreamteam defender.  I reckon he is a good chance to finish in the top 6 Supercoach defenders of the fantasy footy season in 2013 as his influence on the game increases with his advanced maturity (23 years old), his solid preseason and his booming confidence.

I believe in the kid. I reckon he’s one to have a good hard think about in 2013. At this stage I would say he is likely to miss out on a place in my starting lineup, but it will be a very close call. Just feel that that injury risk still looms… ask me again during the NAB and we’ll see how we go…

Is Kleenex Jack on your Dreamteam, Supercoach or AFL Fantasy radar in 2013? He’s on mine.

Click here for all the players on Jock’s Radar in AFL Fantasy 2013


Dools · 27/12/2012 at 20:53

G’day Jock hope chrissy down Hasting went well for you mate.

I read your article, Laughed out loud and got concerened for your sanity.. Then read it again and it wasn’t so funny the 2nd time.

Just finished it for the 3rd time, now I’m looking at it from a different angle. Now; like you, I will place the young man on me radar and see how he goes in NAB and Preseason.

However; 1st four games for the Dees are at the ‘G against Pt ADL, Dons, WCE and GWS.

Nice to have you back on the airwaves with provoking thinking.

    jockreynolds · 27/12/2012 at 22:07

    Dools old mate! Had a bloody great Chrissy mate.. drunk as a lord and ate like a king.

    Set out to write this one in a NO WAY frame of mind mate… then like you the more I looked the more I scratched the old chin.

    He is still an unlikely started in JR Brumby FC but he'll at least be in the mix, could very well break out this season I reckon mate? Still a risk

Dools · 27/12/2012 at 23:09

Agree he is a risk; Just like your BFF G. Boughton LOL
Leaning towards Heppel (Ess) or even D. Pearce (Freo) over Kleenex..cheaper and DPPs but lets see what the pre season throws up eh?
But I will keep an eye on how Kleenex does could be the sart of a raging year as you said
Trelich is the lad I'm watching from the Dees as a 9/10 Mid in me squad. I let you all know how he pans out MTF

    Dools · 27/12/2012 at 23:37

    Correction my last Terlich is a DEF only Mature aged rookie ready to Kaching$$$

@MRB37 · 28/12/2012 at 17:01

Most likely not picking him, still not convinced about him or any players from Melbourne FC. Like Dools, i'd probably go for someone like Heppel before I look at Grimey. Still, we'll keep an eye on the kid, he does have the talent to be a very good footballer, i'd just prefer to wait and see what he offers me, rather than jumping aboard straight away.

It's also a $ thing for me. On my current quick pick team i've loaded up so much on MIDS that it's left me tight for money elsewhere, so outside of Gibbs I haven't spend more than $300,000 on another defender.

Dools · 28/12/2012 at 17:18

Hi Marc, does this mean no Goddard in defence or in Mid?

    @MRB37 · 28/12/2012 at 17:40

    That was the plan so far. My quickly picked team in DEF consists of

    Bryce Gibbs, Zach Tuohy, Nathan Bock, Cameron Pedersen, Jordan Russell and Luke Brown. That's just a quick pick however, so that'll change 50 times between now and the start of the season.

      Dools · 28/12/2012 at 17:55

      Hi Marc
      I had a quick look the price range DEF under 300K. Wow I was thinking you picked Tuohy,Pederson (Cash cow$$$) and Bock (my choice also) but luke brown & Russel took me aback,
      But as you said it will change many times..Just suprised No Goddard ..MBR of leadership group, suposedly promised Mid role Essondons play from last yer suits his style of attack .
      He can do all that in your Def line for SC I’m thinking as many DDP Players as posible Up FWD and in Def as my statagy this year (Inc the cheaper options ie B. Goodes)
      I think Goddard will rip the game a new one this season barring injury/suspension.
      Just thinking out loud mate you could be right and I might be pulling stuff outa the cloulds..

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