What the farking hell is going on here?
Supercoach players are dropping like flies – Gray, JPK, Nic Nat, Webster (?) and now Sicily out for six weeks. Things are getting a bit gnarly over here.
General advice I’d give is to trade Nic Nat and Sicily and hold everyone else, provided you have the cover.
Also – THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY IS GONE! Yes! Huzzah! I am genuinely jumping for joy at the prospect of not having trades locked out until 7.30ish on Friday, after extended teams are named. Shove that Thursday night footy where the sun don’t shine.
Anyway, let’s get into some captaincy options.
ST KILDA vs RICHMOND
Friday, 7.50PMm Etihad Stadium
As much as I love and appreciate the sentiment behind Maddie’s Match, from both a football and Supercoach perspective, there’s not a huge amount going on here. Jack Billings may struggle again, so loop him if you have the chance, while Dustin Martin is really the only option I’d think that could get off the chain. If you want to throw a hail mary on someone like a Luke Dunstan or Jack Steele or Seb Ross go ahead, but be prepared for disappointment.
Heck, Jayden Short has the highest projected score for this game at 107. Jayden who? Exactly.
COLLINGWOOD vs NORTH MELBOURNE
Saturday, 1.45PM, MCG
If you’d told me in round three this would be a game to shape the top eight I’d have told you to stone the crows. I mean by this stage of the season most other sides have stoned the Crows more than required, but good gosh. Wow.
Anyway, two of the competition’s top ruckmen will line up against each other. Saturday is supposed to be clear and suny-ish, so there probably won’t be a massive number of contests. Does that mean Brodie Grundy and Todd Goldstein negate each other? Neither ruckman loves playing against the other, with Goldy averaging 98 against the Pies and Brodie just 85. There are probably safer VC options out there.
Shaun Higgins is the man of the moment in the North midfield, but has an absymal record against the Pies and his one game of the year on the ‘G has netted him a score in the 80s. I’m not sold. On the flipside, Scott Pendlebury continues to confuse everyone – including myself – as to if he’s playing well or badly this year. I like a sneaky POD VC on Jack Crisp, who has five tons from his past six starts at the home of football. ‘
SYDNEY vs GOLD COAST
Saturday, 2.10PM, SCG
Hello Lance Franklin, my old friend. I know last week I said I’d never trust this man with a VC again, but this is backflip central and he’s playing the Suns at home in favourable conditions. I know he’s coming up against the greatest Supercoach option to ever play the game in Rory Thompson, but my word Buddy could score 150 here. Or 50. That’s what you get from the great man.
If you have Jake Lloyd, this is exactly the time to VC him. His past four scores at the SCG are 141, 122, 90 and 173 if you don’t mind. He also loves beating up weaker opponents and woah boy are the Suns a weak opponent. Josh P Kennedy (hold) is likely to miss this week, so look to Isaac Heeney to head into the midfield and rack up bigly numbers.
ESSENDON vs FREMANTLE
Saturday, 4.35PM, Etihad Stadium
Watch the Bombers get beat this weekend. Just you watch. Ross Lyon-coached sides tend to beat up on us, and I fully expect him to shut down our run, meaning I wouldn’t recommend Zach Merrett or Michael Hurley as VC options – Rosco loves a tag, too. In lieu of them, I present to you Lachlan Neale. Two of his past three games against the Dons are a 147 and 138, and he just runs bloody rampant.
If you brought in Tom Bellchambers like I recommended, why not go full #YOLO and VC him against Shaun Darcy. What have you got to lose, aside from league games and rank?
BRISBANE vs ADELAIDE
Saturday, 7.25PM, The Gabba
I reckon the Lions are a sneaky chance to make it four wins on the trot here. Even though Adelaide has a brilliant win under their belt from last year, Brisbane are good at football – as I keep telling anyone who’ll give me the time of day. Stef Martin is averaging 131 over his past three and could go bananas against Sam Jacobs, so he’s towards the top of my list from this game.
That said, Dayne Beams’ last two scores against the Crows are 132 and 126, which are big numbers. In Crows colours, Matt Crouch is perpetually injured, but Rory Sloane, fresh of a new contract, had 127 last week and 119 and 137 last time he played Brisbane.
GEELONG vs MELBOURNE
Saturday, 7.25PM, GMHBGETANEWNAMEA Stadium
Max Gawn. The mean machine averages 82 against the Cats, although that is obviously affected by injury so I’m not worried. Bring on *checks notes* Rhys Stanley. See what he can do to stop the UNQUENCHABLE THIRST FOR POINTS MAXWELL HAS. HE WILL NOT BE STOPPED ON HIS QUEST FOR A BROWNLOW.
With the shoe on the other foot, you know this Paddy Dangerfield bloke? The one who already has a Brownlow? Yeah, he’s a decent chance to score well. But him, Joel Selwood, That Gary Bloke and Mitch Duncan are far behind Gawn on my list of VC/C options here, which means you should look at all three of them and disregard Gawn going on my previous calls.
CARLTON vs HAWTHORN
Sunday, 1.10PM, Etihad Stadium
So. Let me play it to you straight. Tom Mitchell will get tagged. Probably by Ed Curnow. That means he scores less points. Can he still score 180? Absolutely. Will he? While I doubt it, the numbers have him projected to score 155, with 161 against the Blues in round 22 last year. So, yeah. Make of that what you will, but he’s my captain as we speak.
Patrick Cripps is the other bloke worth watching in this shindig. He doesn’t like the Hawks (who does though amirite?), only averaging 88 against them. So he’s a bit of a pass, especially as Kruuuueez is likely to miss. So Imma set him aside here. There’s no-one else here worth recommending, but if Lek’s reading this I want him to trade Daisy Thomas is and captain him. Yeah, I’m talking to you.
WEST COAST vs WESTERN BULLDOGS
Sunday, 3.20PM, Optus Stadium
Oh Jack Macrae, what did we do without you? Scored far less points. His emphatic return last week gave us a 130-odd, and this week will be… not the same. Jack doesn’t like going west, which is fair enough to be honest (no offence, Damo). Only had a 90 in his one game against the Dockers out there and doesn’t have a good record against the Eagles.
Andrew Gaff though, has two 120s in his past two starts against the Dogs. Yes please. Luke Shuey had a 128 last week and you’d expect more of the same back home now he’s in good form. Sneaky C option on someone you brought in at 300k? It’s that crazy that it just might work.
PORT ADELAIDE vs GWS
Sunday, 4.40PM, Adelaide Oval
I hate previewing games for both of these sides because there’s too much inconsistency. I don’t trust Justin Westhoff and Robbie Gray will probably miss due to injury, so both of them are off the table, and don’t even @ me about The Chad or Tom Rockliff.
Josh Kelly has a putrid average against the Power but is projected to score 125, Callan Ward is really good at football but I can never predict his big scores. Stephen Coniglio has fallen off a cliff, and all of their other good players aren’t scoring Supercoach points so I recommend NONE of these gentlemen because it’s all too hard and can my VC just score 150 again kk thnx byeeeee.
PATCH’S TOP FIVE
- Max Gawn
- Jake Lloyd
- Tom Mitchell
- Dayne Beams
- Andrew Gaff
Smokie: Jack Crisp