Damo has again stepped up to the plate this week, filling in for Patch on Captain McCaptainface.
FRIDAY 27TH OF JULY
Essendon vs Sydney – Etihad Stadium – 7.50PM AEST
Devon Smith has been in some great form but is he good enough to put the VC on? Zach Merrett is another you can look at, but he’ll likely cop attention from George Hewett.
On the other side of the coin, Lance Franklin is usually a resident vice captain for Friday night games because he has the ability to turn it on, but he also has the ability to stink it up so nailing your captain would be your main concern if he doesn’t do all that great. Jake Lloyd is another who has been in some great form lately averaging 119.6 over the last 5 games.
SATURDAY 28TH OF JULY
Richmond vs Collingwood – MCG – 1.45PM AEST
Is Dustin Martin back? Scores of 110 and 139 in his last two games would suggest he’s definitely entering some of sort of form. Not much else on Richmond’s end you can bank on though.
Brodie Grundy up against Toby Nankervis will be an interesting battle, both ruckmen are very mobile and it could either prove one’s ascendency over the other, or end in a dead heat. Scott Pendlebury has been “Mr Reliable” in the past, can he produce a big score in a big game again?
Geelong vs Brisbane – GMHBA Stadium – 2.10PM AEST
I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but a little player called Patrick Dangerfield loves playing Brisbane scoring 166, 131 and 165 in his last three games against them. Joel Selwood is another option you could look at, but he’ll likely cop attention from Jarrod Berry.
Dayne Beams is in very good touch lately, and could go gangbusters against the Geelong star studded midfield. The other Dayne of the Zorko variety is also a very good option scoring a 196 the last time these two teams played.
GWS Giants vs St Kilda – Spotless Stadium – 4.35PM AEST
Josh Kelly likes to beat up on lowly teams for example he scored a 146 and a 149 against Gold Coast and Brisbane earlier in the year. Dawson Simpson could absolutely monster whoever the Saints put the ruck, but that would be a huge gamble. Stephen Coniglio scored a 116 last time these two played.
Nobody from St Kilda really takes my fancy in this game.
Gold Coast vs Carlton – Metricon Stadium – 7.25PM AEST
Patrick Cripps. That is all.
Adelaide vs Melbourne – Adelaide Oval – 7.40PM AEST
Matt Crouch is a contested ball beast and has the ability to rack ‘em up, nobody else from Adelaide really takes my fancy in this game.
Max Gawn has never played at Adelaide Oval, but is averages 130 points outside of Melbourne this year. Clayton Oliver is averaging the same outside of Melbourne this year, and scored a 142 in his last game against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
SUNDAY 29TH OF JULY
North Melbourne vs West Coast Eagles – Blundstone Arena – 1.10PM AEST
Shaun Higgins is likely to receive attention from Mark Hutchings who has been great form this year for the Eagles as a tagger. Nobody else for the Kangaroos really stands out.
Elliot Yeo loves playing the Kangaroos scoring a 139 the last time these two teams faced off. Andrew Gaff is a player who is very good at football and scored a 119 last time these two teams played.
Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide – MARS Stadium – 3.20PM AEST
Jack Macrae has come back from injury, and will be playing against the team he actually initially injured himself against. He’s been very good this year aside from that, and will be looking to bounce back from a poor performance against West Coast. Marcus Bontempelli has been cleared to return but that’s not here nor there yet, much like his form this year.
Robbie Gray scored a 121 the last time these two teams played, and is another who has been in some great form this year. Justin Westhoff has the ability to pull a monster score out of nowhere too, but is not that reliable as a captaincy option.
Fremantle vs Hawthorn – Optus Stadium – 4.40PM AEST
Lachie Neale would’ve loved to hear that Daniel Howe is out this week, so you would think he’ll run a bit more freely this week. Michael Walters is Fremantle’s most effective player once he enters their attacking 50, and loves playing at Optus Stadium, and he has the ability to pull out a monster score. Luke Ryan will be given the green light to run the ball out of the Dockers defence and I anticipate that he’ll probably see a lot of the ball too.
Tom Mitchell, I don’t know if I need to say anything else. He scored a 192 last week and is averaging 144 on the road. If you wanted to take a gamble, then Jaeger O’Meara has been some very good form lately, averaging a 108.8 over his last five games.
TOP 5 CAPTAIN OPTIONS:
- Tom Mitchell
- Patrick Cripps
- Patrick Dangerfield
- Max Gawn
- Josh Kelly