Gday community, welcome back to another ground of Supercoach. This week is our free trial of the byes – ByesLite if you will – with no Gold Coast or Port Adelaide players available this week.
As discussed on the podcast, your Nick Holmans, Robbie Grays and Dom Barrys won’t be locked out until the final game on Sunday, making them the perfect captaincy loopholes. So – who should be those loopholes? Let’s find out.
WESTERN BULLDOGS vs COLLINGWOOD
7.50PM, Etihad Stadium
Jack Macrae. If you’ve got him, you VC him, simple as that. You don’t ignore a bloke who’s averaging 174 over his past three when he comes up against a side that haven’t tagged all season, and let Tom Mitchell rack up 247 possessions in round one. Lock him in.
If you’re one of the 82 per cent of sides without him but have Brodie Grundy, he’s your man. He demolished an underdone Kreuzer in round three and was all over Sam Jacobs against the Crows – I don’t reckon anyone the Dogs throw at this man can stop him and his pristine hair. Smokie for a 140.
Adam Treloar had a quiet weekagainst the Saints last week despite being my pick from that game. Maybe give him a miss this week, likewise with Scott Pendlebury, who despite being an excellent selection at $520k, doesn’t have the ceiling this season to get the Big C.
RICHMOND vs ST KILDA
If ever there was a side that was going to play Dustin Martin back into form, it’s the hapless Saints. Dusty cracked his first ton in a month last week, ending a four-game dry spell. If you’re bringing him in this week for a bargain-basement $492k, why not throw the VC on him? I’d personally be reticent to throw the captaincy on him considering his five-round average of 86.6, as I’d rather have the backup in case he does play forward.
Elsewhere in this game, Jimmy Webster has a three round average of 114 and could do you well, but I wouldn’t expect much more than a 105 from him. No-one else really on offer for mine, unless you’re very keen on The Nank, which I’m not. Doesn’t average well against the Saints has been rumoured to miss the last few games due to niggles, so pass.
BRISBANE vs SYDNEY
4.35PM, The Gabba
God I love the Lions. They’re plucky, they give it their all, they play a nice brand of footy to watch and they’re bubbly. Also – sidenote – if you missed Dayne Beams‘ presser on handing the captaincy over, go and give it a watch. I wouldn’t put him down as an option for the captaincy or trade in just yet. The last time he played Sydney he scored 152, but that was three years ago and he’s only tonned up thrice this season.
The man he handed the captaincy over to, Dayne Zorko is a man I’d be looking to hand my side’s captaincy to as well, if I had him. He’s played himself back into form over the past three with an average of 135, and may thrive in a contested game with the Swans. However, he could also drop a 70. Captain at your own risk.
For the bloods, Isaac Heeney‘s last three have netted him an average of just 90, so I’ll pass there. Jake Lloyd is coming off a 170-odd and looks the man in form, but the man all eyes will be on is Lance Franklin. Back in the side and fresh off a 117, Buddy is BACK. How his battle with Harris Andrews goes will shape if he has an 80 or a 180. Could go either way, so hold onto your hats!
GEELONG vs CARLTON
7.25PM, GMHBAPQEZ Stadium
I can’t keep track of the new names for Kardinia Park. Maybe it’s just me getting old, but I don’t know what they call it these days? GMHBA? Aren’t they putting them in vegetables now to turn the frogs gay?
Not that they’re anything wrong with frogs being gay, mind you. They’re entitled to their sexual proviclivites. Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, but I won’t be spending any more time on it because every two weeks Carlton Football Club get torn to pieces by a club that isn’t Essendon.
Carlton are not playing Essendon this week. Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett could combine for three scores not seen since the glory days of Swan, Beams and Pendlebury at Collingwood. Throw a dart at any of them and put them as captain, but if you had to hope the dart landed on anyone, you’d want it to be Danger. Mitch Duncan is a smokie as well, if anyone has him.
Hell, Tim Kelly is likely to ton up this week.
Patrick Cripps is a bloody good footballer, and to Lek an Actual Real-Life God, but not even he can stand against the might of the Dangerwoodlettcanlly portmanteu. His last two against the Cats have been an 80-odd and a 60-odd. Give him a miss this week.
ESSENDON vs GWS
7.25PM, Spotless Stadium
This would have been billed as a belter Saturday night game in the drawing room of the AFL fixture HQ back in November, but I wager it could be far less than that. From a fantasy standpoint, Stephen Coniglio is only averaging 92 over his past five, which isn’t quite the enticing fact for captaincy selection.
That said, no-one at the Giants has done well over their past five games, Lachie Whitfield with the highest five round average of active players at 94. Tim Taranto, Dylan Shiel, Heath Shaw, Jeremy Cameron – they’ve all been bad. So pass on them.
Zach Merrett had another decent game against the Cats with 117, but something tells me he’ll be getting more attention this week and might not float your goat. If Michael Hurley is back he could be worth consideration, but at this stage word is he won’t be.
HAWTHORN vs WEST COAST
1.10PM, Etihad Stadium
Midfield gun Tom Mitchell should be all over this one and is currently my captain. Only averages 89 against the Eagles, but last time they clashed he came away with 127. If he plays – and please god let him play – Elliot Yeo – could be an option, but if I’m going an Eagles player it’s Jack Darling. Averaging 146 over his past three, and coming off a 180 if you don’t mind – he was unstoppable against the reigning premiers and flying high.
Nic Naitanui doesn’t love playing the Hawks but could be an interesting one to captain.
MELBOURNE vs ADELAIDE
3.20, The top of Uluru or something
See you in the NT for this one – Melbourne and Adelaide are going north.
There’s not much to see here in terms of captaincy option. Clayton Oliver we know broke his finger last week, so we won’t make the same mistake Lekdog did in captaining him, while Rory Laird hasn’t pumped out a big score in a while. Tom McDonald has had an easy run since his return, but I reckon the Dees’ downhill skiing stops here, and possibly so does his scoring.
EDIT: I forgot Max Gawn. How could I forget Max Gawn? Captaincy option. Lock it in.
FREMANTLE vs NORF MELBOURNE
4.40, Optus Stadium
Fyfe is Lyfe, always – except when he’s getting tagged by Ben Jacobs. I won’t be touching him, even as there’s the slight chance he goes to Lachie Neale, but I don’t want a bar of this game in any sense of the word, meaning I’ll probably be watching every minute of it.
Get someone before this one.
PATCH’S TOP FIVE
Absolute smokie: Shaun McKernan
(Go on, Lek, you know you want to.)
Who are you captaining, community?