I love a man I can rely on to a do a job. He doesn’t have to be flashy. He doesn’t have to rack up 150’s every other week. He just needs to deliver the number of Supercoach points I expect him to deliver – with a little bit of cream on top.
Above all else I love a man who doesn’t let me down. He doesn’t crack a bloke in the chops and get 3 or 4 weeks. He’s not soft. He doesn’t hit the massage table with every bloody niggle he gets. He certainly doesn’t feel the need to “rest” or be “managed” throughout the season. He’s a man’s man. He’s a footballer’s footballer. He is robust of spud.
2014 Price: Supercoach $513,200, AFL Fantasy $461,900
2014 Position: DEF
2013 averages: 95 SC, 86 DT (22 games)
2012 averages: 94 SC, 93 DT (19 games)
2011 averages: 95 SC, 95 DT (22 games)
2010 averages: 100 SC, 101 DT (22 games)
Kade Simpson played 158 games on the trot for the Blues between 2005 and 2012 and the only thing that stopped him was a broken jaw. He is rumoured to have fronted up the week after with a cricket box gaffa taped to his chin in an attempt to play. That jaw break remains the only thing that’s stopped him. He played all 22 games in 2013 as well.
This is a bloke who you can rely on to hit the park for you. And he’s a good bloke. He’s a humble bloke. The kind of bloke you want to see do well.
In fantasy footy terms the trouble with Simmo has been that he hasn’t had the calibre to score heavily enough to be counted amongst the top line premium midfielder options. His average has hovered around the 95-100 mark for the last five years which has made him an awkward proposition in the guts. You really need to believe that cattle filling your premium midfield slots are capable of averaging well over 105 to earn their keep in that role.
But he’s been named a Supercoach and AFL Fantasy defender for season 2014 and that makes him bloody interesting..
Verdict2014 Predicted Status: Premium
Predicted Average 2014: 90-100 SC
Selection Status: Unlikely to make the final cut for JR Brumby FC 2014
On the face of it he looks very attractive. 14th in total kicks in 2013. 14th in effective disposals. Gets almost double the amount of free kicks than he gives away. Reliable. Durable. Good bloke. Game changing beard. Robust plums. So why not snag him now that he’s been named a defender Jock you brilliant old bastard?
Digging into his numbers reveals a bit of a downer for mine. He stunk it up a little bit too regularly in 2013. As you may have heard me say in our preseason defenders podcast; in 2013 alone we see scores of 42, 66, 55, 69, 73 and 71 staining the underpant of his bid to be selected in my side.
We could attribute a lot of this to the fact that he was moved back into defence by old Malty balls last season. He tended not to attract a tag in the midfield alongside your Judd’s and your Murphy’s and was allowed plenty of free access to the pill because he was not a prime target for the midfield taggers. He does however attract the forward tag when moved back into defence – like he was through the middle and latter parts of last season.
We saw him forward tagged by Macaffer in round 15 for 69 and also Cross in round 20 where he only managed a 55.
Don’t get me wrong. He’ll still get time in the guts and up on the wing and he’ll still regularly knock out tons. There’s just a stack of good options down back and he’ll likely just miss the cut.
What’s your call?