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.
- 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
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.