Kade Simpson – Deck of DT 2016

Name: Kade Simpson
Club: Blues
Position:  DEF
AFL Fantasy: $474,000
Bye Round: 13
2015 Average: 86
2015 Games Played: 20
Predicted Average: 93

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Why should I pick him?

Judging by Kade’s attitude and body language last season, it appeared he had lost his spark and he looked completely unmotivated to continue his career. Enter Brendan Bolton and a complete revamp in attitude at the club and all of a sudden Simpson is talking 2017.

It’s ok to talk the talk you say, but can he walk the walk? Well actually he can do better than that! He is having a cracking pre-season which has defied all odds, recording a number of running PB’s despite turning 32 during the upcoming season.

Prior to Malthouse’s arrival, Simpson was a Fantasy stud with averages of 102, 95 and 93 and I am confident that Bolton will have a Fantasy friendly role in mind for him.

Simpson is as durable as they come and let’s face it, we don’t want to be shuffling ‘premium’ defenders  around, as Matty Boyd owners were forced to do during the finals last year. In the last ten years he has only missed five games which is phenomenal.

In 2010, his ability to ‘go big’ and crack the ton was on full display, reaching triple figures on 11 occasions, highlighted by 143.

Bolton is coming from the Hawks, where the highly skilled back flankers are asked to handle plenty of the ball and Simmo is the obvious man for the job.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Simmo is getting old, so it isn’t fair to expect him so somehow recapture career best form.

There are a number of younger under-priced defenders available this year and let’s face it, it is not much fun paying big bucks in the back line.

Carlton are still bad, and despite their best intention to take steps in the right direction, it will take a miracle to turn their fortune around and significantly improve their Fantasy production.

Deck of DT Rating.

King– Simmo has a spring back in his step and his recaptured passion will be reflected by an increase in average this season which means he is under-priced. It is always nice to have a reliable defender back there in the number one spot and he ticks all boxes including ability, durability and scoring potential.

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16 Comments

  • Nice write up mate… He is a tasty proposition at that price. Has been a fantasy stud in the past and with a lack of premium defenders he could almost be a lock. Has been in my team but can’t stop looking at docherty for 19k cheaper??? As you said Carlton are bad.. Number 1 pick again this year :)

  • KK or Simpson? And why?

    Cheers

    • Simpson. Runs on the board, also Kolos role is questionable with Ceski looking to be the main man.

  • Thanks Roy, Simpson is a lock for me. Has the runs on the board, played fairly average last year and still managed to be one of the top defenders, now coming off a good pre season with a new coach, i feel worst case scenario is he averages the same and stays a top defender. So with that being said how can you not pick him.

    • Just in the interest of playing devil’s advocate:
      – Carlton may look to rebuild under Bolton, blooding more youth and given the younger players more responsibility
      – Simpson is capable of shocking scores (I’m talking 20s)
      – Despite career best PBs, he is old, and may be managed throughout the season. Recovery takes longer as the years go by

  • Nice write up. Tossing up between Mackie,Birch,Simpson and Ceski V’s the younger brigade of Laird,Kolo,Yeo and Docherty.

  • he goes on “holiday” too much during the game for me, I think theres better options with less risk. Pass

  • LMAO at that pic of him

  • Been a hell no for me all year, but this write up makes good arguments. Still currently taking Bartel as that “old guy getting cheap marks” role, but now I’ll compare over the challenge. He as a player lives soley off junk uncontested marks off half back, so it’ll be interesting to see how much of that Bolton wants, the Hawks were much more direct out of the backline last year.

  • If McVeigh ain’t ready for Round 1 he may start as my D2

  • Good arcticle Roy but its a pass for me

  • lock for me hes a proven premo backman and ready to roll again under new leadership i think he will return to the old simmo that made him a top 6 backman of seasons past.

  • Reckon he will finish in top 8 Defenders but if you want a premo defender need to set and forget. For me this means McVeigh or Shaw. KS not for me.

  • I’m a Carlton man, and I won’t be having Simo in my team, the new young Irish boys are the ones to watch. Maybe even Walker for the price – $ 330k I think.