The year is almost over, folks. Some of you are getting closer to glory in your SuperCoach leagues, while some of you have bowed out of contention and are now focusing on moving yourself up the rankings.
Me? Let’s not talk about me. My team is, well, a burning fire with no sign of relief. I sent the firefighters home because it was getting to the point where I’d prefer them be with their families than try and hose down a lost cause.
WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT CAPTAINS THOUGH, and I had some great feedback last week in regards to the new graph system I brought in. Most of you wanted the graphs as well as the analysis, so I have done just that.
Assuming Josh Kelly returns, he usually plays pretty well against the Hawks. With Coniglio and Ward both out with knee injuries though, could we see Daniel Howe head to Kelly? A risky pick, but the history is there, and the Hawks aren’t the same team they were a few years ago, and who knows what Clarko has up his sleeve for the rest of the season.
Clayton Oliver usually plays pretty well against Collingwood scoring 110+ in his past four meetings against the Pies. Has never had a huge score against them though with 127 being his largest score against them.
Travis Boak is an interesting option, especially considering his form this season does not seem to paint of a picture of his SuperCoach past, and Jake Lloyd has been fairly reliable all year as a defender but not so much as a captaincy option.
Gold Coast still have no idea how to stifle an opposition midfield which will probably make Lachie Neale a very popular vice captaincy pick.
These are the last four meetings between Brodie Grundy and Max Gawn. As you can see, no discernible pattern with Grundy getting the better of Gawn twice, and Gawn getting the better of Grundy the other two times. Most notably, in Round 12, Gawn scored a 153 but it was then revealed that Grundy persuaded Buckley to let him play even though he was under an injury cloud.’
I’d steer clear of them, but if you were to go for one i’d probably sway towards Gawn just on the off chance he goes big again, and with Mason Cox ruled out for the remainder of the season, the ruck duel will be an even battle, too, and Gawn is probably the better pure ruckmen despite Grundy’s ability to be an extra midfielder thanks to his mobility.
Jack Macrae has been playing like a house on fire lately with a 142.7 three round average. The highest of any other SuperCoach player.
Geelong will want to bounce back after being trounced by the Dockers in the west, and Patrick Dangerfield will want to be part of the assault. Plays very well against the Kangaroos, averaging 157.3 over his last three games against the Kangaroos, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Rhyce Shaw has a plan.
Patrick Cripps (Carlton) and Dustin Martin (Richmond) always have a good battle.
If you’re feeling lucky and want to go for some Smokey options, Isaac Heeney averages 106.6 against the Power with a 110 in his last meeting against them, and a 145 before that.
Gary Ablett has a great history against the Kangaroos, averaging 125.3 over his career, but only scored an 86 last time they met back in round 8.
Luke Shuey loves to play the Crows, scoring 136 against them back in Rd 10, and a 128 before that.
So who are you going with this week, community?