Captains Call – Round 4
Greetings all, the Barron is back on the old stomping grounds of Captains this week with Damo currently unavailable, the work falling to me because we assign work in the priority of ladder positions here at Jock Reynolds. So as a Crows fan that means I am completely SOL this year! (Lek deserves a break to be fair) We’re again hit with a Thursday night game, the Swans take on the Bulldogs, and we can only hope that we do not receive anymore cancelled games.
Josh Dunkley is OUUUUTTTAAAA HERE thanks to his somewhere in the foot bone injury, so that may leave your options limited to Jack Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli.
Macrae produced a score of 133 last week, with a score of 132 last time he played the Swans while The Bont scored 97 last week (with a season average so far of 89.0 SCPoints), but has scores of 158 and 140 in his last 3 games against the Swans. You’re only picking your VC here, a flier on Macrae could be on the cards, but that leads us to…
We are lining up with a GWS vs Collingwood game here, with Brody Grundy as the obvious man here. He scored 103 last week, but his season average is 132.3 SCPoints and he has scores of 157 and 139 in his last two games against GWS.
If we go a bit further, we can also look at scores against Sam Jacobs this year, with Darcy Fort producing a score of 94 in Round 1, Todd Goldstein scores 164 in Round 2 and Tim English had 120 in Round 3. Lock in that VC here, folks.
A big 4 games here, with Port Adelaide vs West Coast at 1:15pm, St Kilda vs Richmond at 4:05pm and then Essendon vs Carlton and Gold Coast vs Fremantle in the evening.
Travis Boak is the man to watch in the Port game, he scored 159 SCPoints last week, is averaging 132 for the year, though his last two scores against the Eagles are 95. Hard to pass up his current form however, if you don’t have Grundy he’s a fantastic VC choice.
The Saints/Tigers game doesn’t have anything that immediately piques an interest, while you have the old reliable in Patrick Cripps VS Essendon in the first evening game. He had 123 SCPoints last week, though his recent form against the Dons isn’t great, with scores of 89 and 111 SCPoints.
If you’re feeling super game, Marc Pittonet is an option, he’s tearing it up with a season average currently at 135.5 SCPoints.
The Dockers/Suns game is a super interesting one with the Nat Fyfe vs Matt Rowell battle, Rowell scored 141 SCPoints last week with a season average of 130.7 SCPoints, while Fyfe had a big score of 166 SCPoints last week, with scores of 124, 150 and 140 in his last 3 VS the Suns. My guts tell me to back Fyfe in this one.
Sunday will bring us Brisbane vs Adelaide, Melbourne vs Geelong and Hawthorn vs North Melbourne.
The one who is sticking out like dogs balls here is Lachie Neale vs the Crap Crows. Neale currently has a season average of 164.7 SCPoints with a score of 148 SCPoints in his last game vs Adelaide. The Crows will try sending someone like Ben Keays to tag him, don’t think it’s gonna work. That’s a rock solid Captains choice if there ever was one.
Max Gawn is another quality Captain choice, we obviously didn’t get a score from him last week, but his season average is at 138.5 SCPoints, with scores of 116 and 139 in his last two VS Geelong. Patrick Dangerfield has unfortunately not been the player he was in the past so far this year, with a season average of 86.3 SCPoints, but he does have a score of 154 SCPoints in his last game against Melbourne.
In the Hawks/Roos matchup we potentially have two choice here, with Todd Goldstein and Jy Simpkin both in the top 10 scorers so far this year. Goldy hasn’t been super great in his last 3 vs Hawthorn with scores of 114, 118 and 77, but his lowest score so far this year has been 136, so he’s looking like he’s in some career best form.
Simpkin is averaging 125 SCPoints for the year, he has scores of 131 and 140 this year, which would both be quality Captains results, but no real past form to back up his credentials given this is his breakout year. A risk for sure and one I would only use as a last resort.
That’s it for me here, but I will be back tomorrow to see how the trade winds are smelling. For now, let us know below in the comments section who you’re picking as your VC/C this week!