CAPTAIN McCAPTAINFACE Round 23
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…. Or Patch is off taking care of business elsewhere and I’m just filling in for the week. Anyway, it’s the last week of home and away football and the last Captain you’ll be picking for 2018. Tom Mitchell and Max Gawn have made it very easy for us this year, but since it’s the league Grand Final and your last chance to make a jump in the overall rankings, maybe you’re looking a bit left field this week. Hopefully we can help you with your picks.
Tom Mitchell has been our #1 Captain pick all year, but his averages against his former side has not been the greatest, with scores of 98 and 105 last year against the Swans. He plays on Saturday night, which puts him as a VC option only this week.
Grundy’s scores versus Fremantle haven’t been the greatest, even when taking on someone like Jonathan Griffin he only scored 103 SCPoints, but the Pies are on fire at the moment and we’re coming off a week where Ryan Abbott scored 109 SCPoints against Sean Darcy. Grundy having a mid-afternoon game on Saturday puts him as a VC candidate, especially when you consider his 3-round average.
Gawn had a bit of a quiet period towards the end of the year but got back to his best last week with a score of 156 SCPoints. His last game against GWS? He scored 160 SCPoints. Lock him in as your C this week.
Macrae has a few quality scores over the last month with 147 SCPoints against Port Adelaide in Round 19 and 153 against North Melbourne in Round 21. That’s bookmarked with scores of 121 versus the Saints in Round 20 and 110 against Carlton last week. The Bullies are against the Tigers this week though, which prevents their most difficult matchup in a while. A Saturday afternoon game makes him a VC choice only, though one I may put lower down on the list.
Cripps hasn’t had a useable VC/C score over the last 3 weeks, with his last big game coming against the Suns in Round 19 where he scored 173 SCPoints. In fact, over his last 7 games, he’s only had two scores that break my 125 SCPoint threshold. The Crows midfield can be hit and miss, but I’d still probably give Cripps a miss this week.
Dangerfield would have to come under consideration just because the Cats are playing the Suns this week. Danger only scored 100 SCPoints earlier in the year against the Suns however, and I imagine the Cats may use this game as an opportunity to “rest” Danger up forward more than usual. Still, if he kicks a bag of goals, that will lead to a quality score.
Kelly’s 3 round average was lowered slightly after being concussed by a Taylor Walker tackle, which sent him off early with a score of 82 SCPoints to his name. Taking the Crows game out of the equation, his 3 full-game average sits at 155 SCPoints, which is slightly inflated by a HUGE score of 205 SCPoints against the Blues. His last score against the Demons was 127 SCPoints, but with this game being scheduled on Sunday afternoon I would skip Kelly this week.
Over the last 4 weeks the Demons have played the Suns, Crows, Swans and Eagles and the only C worthy score he put up was 147 SCPoints against the Suns. A 3-round average of 120.3 SCPoints certainly isn’t bad at all, but since the Demons are scheduled on Sunday afternoon, I don’t think Oliver has enough potential to risk the big C on.
Franklin has been on fire over the last 3 weeks, with scores of 178 and 161 to his name. His recent record against the Hawks isn’t super flash, but maybe Jeff Kennett’s recent comments about Buddy might fire him up a bit more. A Saturday night matchup makes him your boom or bust VC choice this week.
And that will be it from me for the first and last Captain McCaptainFace I present this year. I will be going for a Dangerfield/Gawn combo this week, but I want to here from you below what your VC/C setup is looking like this week. Good luck and I hope you choose wisely.