2017 Average: 93.9
2017 Games: 22
Past Averages (2016 – 2012): 106, 93, 96, 95, 94
2017 IN SHORT
After the arrival of Brendon Bolton lifted Simmo to his career best season at age 32 in 2016, standard programming returned in 2017. He still averaged 24 possessions per game mostly playing across half-back but he dropped from his 2016 average of 27 possessions per game. The drop-off was mostly due to Simmo having to do the odd defensive job, having a very poor kicking efficiency some weeks and enjoying less kick-to-kick with Doc in the backline. He still managed the odd massive game where he floated free in defence or on the wing and gathered a ridiculous number of marks but a few of his stinkers were painful to watch.
According to our resident Blues’ tragic, a fellow named Motts, Simmo bleeds blue when you cut him and should have been named captain ahead of Captain Murphy so expect 100% effort until they carry him out in a box
(Simmo, not Motts).
- It’s a horrible Pro, but Docherty is out, Tuohy is a Cat so the backline needs a general.
- Simmo is uber-consistent: He has averaged 90s or above every year since 2008.
- Due to his ball magnetism, he has a high ceiling for a defender, often pumping out 120+ scores with a high of 148 in 2017.
- He’s very durable, amazing given he is turning 34 in 2018. To put that in perspective, he has missed 2 games in the last 5 seasons.
- He’s old… Father Christmas old. He may even have played in the pre-war era. As we have seen in the past, durable players often become injury-prone in a hurry. Does anyone remember that Brett Deledio was one of the most durable players in the AFL a few years ago?
- As mentioned, he threw in a few stinkers in 2017 with a low of 57 points in Round 2 due to low kicking efficiency combined with a low contested all count.
- The Blues’ kids can seriously play so the likes of Plowman and Marchbank may steal a few points in the backline.
Logic says Simmo is too old with too little upside to risk selecting him. Yes, with Doc out he’ll gather a few extra points but remember he has only twice in his career averaged 100 points or higher for an entire season.
Is it worth selecting a 34 year old for a maximum upside of 12 points?
With the early demise of Doc for 2018, my gut lashed out and immediately selected Simmo when the Team Picker opened. Since then my Head talked some sense into my Gut and Simmo is back out of Thommo’s Tribe.
There is no place for a 34 year old in the Tribe!
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