Who’s Your Captain? – Round 18
Last week was a whirlwind for captains. There were some who had Dunkley, there were some who had captained Dunkley, there were some who had banked Grundy’s 137 and then still got stung for it, and then there were some who had captained Coniglio and got nothing back from it effectively giving you two donuts for the price of one and the need for a trade to boot.
Me, I took Grundy’s 137 as my vice-captain and ended up having the worst score in my league and free falling down the rankings three thousand places from where I was. I’m glad I didn’t decide to go for Bontempelli though, who I mentioned was my top captaincy choice.
This week I’m putting my faith in the two Patricks. Cripps on Saturday against the Suns, and Dangerfield against the Hawks on Sunday, we’ll dive into why during the article.
Top VICE-CAPTAINCY Options
Friday Night vs Essendon – AVG vs Team: 104.1
The Adelaide co-captain loves playing top eight teams for some reason, averaging a very respectful 122.1 against them. Couple that with the gaming being an Adelaide home game and Sloane should do quite well. I don’t have him, but if I did I would be slapping the VC straight on him.
Early Saturday vs Richmond – AVG vs Team: 102.7
Scored 134 earlier in the year when Port played the Tigers at Adelaide Oval and has continued his good form throughout the year so presents a fairly safe option. Has scored 114 or more on 10 occasions this season, Boak back in the midfield was a blessing to use SuperCoaches and we have Jarrad Schofield to thank.
Saturday vs Gold Coast – AVG vs Team: 107.3
Scored 169 earlier in the year when the Suns hosted the Blues at Metricon Stadium. If I remember correctly, he was tagged and scored something like 120 points after half time. If you’re going to Sloane as your VC then Cripps has a very strong case to take your captaincy armband off your hands. Otherwise, just put the VC on him.
Saturday Twlight vs GWS Giants – AVG vs Team: 91.8
Even when Brodie has a bad game, he can still pump out a score 110+. Only three scores below 108 for the year. Safe as houses, probably better has a C option should you need a decent safety net. Mumford doesn’t have the tank to go with Grundy either, so he should get a bit of the ball around the ground.
Saturday Night vs North Melbourne – AVG vs Team: 105.4
Scored 140 earlier in the year, but North were a different team back then. Under Rhyce Shaw, he won’t want Neale to get off the leash again. Might not be as safe as others think, happy to be proven wrong.
Saturday Night vs Brisbane – AVG vs Team: 82.2
Scored 159 earlier in the year, and Brisbane would’ve seen on the weekend that stopping Cunnington is the key to a victory. Brisbane haven’t been tagging this year though, it’s risky and there are better options.
Saturday Night vs Sydney – AVG vs Team: 105.6
The Dockers will be desperate to arrest this losing streak they’re currently on, Fyfe tried last week and scored a 154 at a ground the Dockers have never had total dominance at. At home, it might be a different story. Expecting an awesome score again, but I think my bias is at work here.
SMOKEY VICE CAPTAIN
Saturday Night vs Fremantle – AVG vs Team: 91.0
Scored a 173 last time he played Fremantle and with the way Fremantle have been sending the ball inside 50 lately, he’s every chance to score that again. A risky option.
Top CAPTAINCY Options
Early Sunday vs Hawthorn – AVG vs Team: 121.6
Scored 130 and 160 in the last two meetings against the Hawks. Patrick loves playing the Hawks, and always seems to pump out a massive score against them. He’s my Captain this week for that reason, and with the form he’s been in, it’s going to be hard to turn him down.
Sunday vs West Coast – AVG vs Team: 100.8
Scored 144 earlier in the year when he faced the Eagles at Optus Stadium, and with no Nic Nat to worry about again, he should score fairly similarly. Another safe option.
Sunday vs West Coast – AVG vs Team: 103.0
Scored 115 earlier in the year but if you’re going to go with a captain in this game, you’re better off with Gawn.
Sunday vs Western Bulldogs – AVG vs Team: –
Never played Western Bulldogs before, and with a new coach installed and up against Tim English…and well, even to my surprise, I actually don’t like this option. English should be able to match Marshall around the ground fairly well and this may not be a great option after all.
Sunday vs St Kilda – AVG vs Team: 88.0
After a 202 last week and a 130 last time he played the Saints, I’m expecting a great score again, but there isn’t a great history of players scoring massive points and going again the week after. Just earlier this year Coniglio scored 207 and then 64 the week after. Gibbs scored 101 the week after he scored a 208 in 2017 as well. I’d love if he backed up his monstrous score, but the likelihood is very low.
Sunday vs St Kilda – AVG vs Team: 93.3
Macrae is just getting the job done. Averaging a touch above 120 for the year, and just keeps pumping out scores around that mark. Averaging 135.6 over his last five and 126 over his last three, he’s in good form.
Sunday vs Melbourne – AVG vs Team: 72.4
Scored 136 earlier in the year, but again, I’d prefer Gawn in this game. Yeo is on fire though and if you want to try something a little bit different I don’t mind it. It’d be better if the game was earlier in the round, a VC would be easier to justify than a C.