Who’s Your Captain? – Round 23
Before I get into captains, I would just like to thank all of the community for the season. You are the reason we keep doing what we’re doing, you have no idea how much it means to us here at the website.
Now that we’re done with all the sappiness, let’s get into the Captains.
Scott Pendlebury is a bully when it comes to playing Essendon. Has only had one score below 120 against the Bombers in his last four outings against them. Pendlebury’s teammate, Brodie Grundy, has also had a pretty decent run against the Bombers in recent times, and if the Bombers go in with Zac Clarke again, then Grundy could be in for a big day.
The last time Max Gawn and Todd Goldstein went head to head in Tasmania, they both walked away with a 172 each. Positively, Goldstein has also averaged 135.5 since Round 15.
Max Gawn averages 104.7 against the Kangaroos over his career, and 133.3 over his last three. I didn’t put him in the graph because I thought he had an injury cloud over him but he wasn’t listed on Melbourne’s official injury list, so it appears he is over whatever it was that had him bench for much of the final quarter against Sydney. Another good option.
Patrick Dangerfield has averaged 123.4 over the past eight seasons’ final rounds, and has been in ripping form too. Despite being well shut down by the Dockers and scoring a 57, he’s still averaging 119.7 since Round 14.
Josh Kelly could do one of two things this weekend. Get injured again and be out for a vaguely nondescript amount of time, or he could complete destroy the Suns, like he usually does, in the final round of the season.
Josh Dunkley has only ever played one injury affected game against Adelaide, so he’s a bit of an unknown. Jack Macrae on the other hand not only averages 141 at Mars Stadium, but also averages 125.6 against Adelaide in his last three games against them.
The Dockers are on the lookout for a new coach, CEO and a tenth win. Nat Fyfe will want to galvanise the group after the week’s events for the final game of the season. Scored a 129 when the Dockers played Port Adelaide earlier in the season.
If you’re looking for a point of difference in your Captain or Vice-Captain this week you could go with Jarrod Witts, he’s been in good form despite his team stumbling to the finish line.
Dion Prestia‘s average against Brisbane isn’t too fantastic, but what is fantastic is he’s averaging 113.7 since Round 15, 120.6 over his last three games, and 117.4 over his last five.
Same can be said about Jarryd Lyons though, too. Doesn’t have an amazing averaging against Richmond but is averaging 120.1 since Round 15, 123 over his last three games and 128.4 over his last five.
Prestia and Lyons are likely to be matched up on each other but they’re both having an amazing run at the moment, so you’d be backing in their recent form.
Are you challenging for the premiership in your league? Who are you captaining?