WHO’S YOUR CAPTAIN? – ROUND 7
Please excuse my abhorrent absence for the last 3 weeks, but have no fear because I have returned to guide you in this strange, unforgiving season.
Captains have been an interesting ride this season especially, more often than not it’s your Vice-Captain getting the armband just due to the safety of a 119 or whatever they score, and it’s meant that some of have lost up to 40 points because they went too safe, easily could’ve lost 40 points just the same though. Safe is safe.
TOP VICE CAPTAIN OPTIONS:
Collingwood enter the Perth hub and play Geelong on Thursday night. He goes up against whoever Geelong decide to run with and I imagine he could be in for a very nice score. He has only played at Optus Stadium three times in its short existence but positively has returned scores of 150, 116 and 137 from each encounter.
With Lachie Hunter back have we seen the last of Macrae’s subpar scores? His captain, Bontempelli might be a just as good option but Macrae with Lachie Hunter back in the side feels like a better bet. He scored 138 against Carlton in a heavy loss and attended more centre bounces, are we going to see the Macrae we have grown to love come back into our SuperCoach run lives? I bloody hope so. Worth the risk.
I think Lachie may have a date with Matthew de Boer this Saturday, but it hasn’t been beyond the Giants to tag a playmaker rather than an accumulator. You could argue, and I will too, that Lachie is both but there is the off chance that de Boer actually tags someone like McCluggage or Zorko. Do you want to take that chance?
Up against the Tigers this week who don’t rely on their ruck department to be too dominant, Goldstein could go massive. Lowest score this season so far is 116 and then next lowest score is a 129. If you’ve got him, definitely worth the gamble.
TOP CAPTAIN OPTIONS
Supposedly okay after his shoulder mishap against the Bulldogs, we could see a return to form for the Blues captain. Hasn’t had a huge outing against Port Adelaide in his most recent encounters but as a captain option it’d be fair to assume he scores at least 110.
Despite Power winning in a tight affair last weekend, the former Port Adelaide skipper will be keen to bounce back after being well held. Still on neutral territory at the Gabba, where Boak scored 133 just two weeks earlier.
Yes, really. If Nat Fyfe is cleared to play, he’ll more than likely spend most of the derby playing as a marking target up forward, this should allow Brayshaw to command the midfield again; 144 and 122 in the last two weeks when he’s been allowed to that. This season we’re throwing the rule book out, so who knows maybe this is actually a genius move? #BrayshawBreakout
It feels weird to say this but I actually prefer Brayshaw as a captaincy option. Like I said, if he’s deemed fit then I’d imagine I assume the Freo captain will demand the ball inside the forward 50 for the entire game, but what if he kicks 6? He could come away with a massive score.
Probably now in front of Neale as the best permacaptain of the season. No score below 140 since the season restart and has been getting it done each and every week as captain for a lot of teams. The safest option, and up against the Hawks this week who he generally scores well against.
Collingwood take on the Geelong Cats at Optus Stadium and Brodie Grundy is probably the best captaincy option out of that game but you could give Patrick Dangerfield a go as well, Sam Menegola or Adam Treloar also pose as interesting outside the box options as well.
Of the Saturday games, it would appear Matt de Boer has a date with Lachie Neale so maybe he’s not the best option but wouldn’t put it past GWS to put time into Zorko or McCluggage instead. Sydney and Gold Coast probably aren’t SuperCoach relevant on the captaincy front as yet, but maybe Hugh Greenwood if you’re wanting to be a bit different. Todd Goldstein goes up against the Tigers who don’t rely on a dominant ruck department. Goldy has also only gone below 130 twice, and those two scores are 129 and 116.
On Sunday we see the spirited Blues take on the ladder leaders in Port Adelaide. Patrick Cripps will be out to prove he’s over his shoulder issues and Travis Boak will be keen to bounce back after being well held against the Giants, despite the Power winning last weekend. Hawthorn take on Melbourne which presents possibly the best, tip-top option of the round in Max Gawn. Tom Mitchell is always an interesting prospect too, and the Derby has a few to consider. Andrew Gaff is going to love being able to run on the expanses of Optus Stadium but with Luke Shuey out (watch for team news) he’s taken a bit of a scoring hit, Tim Kelly back in Perth could go absolutely nuts, but so could Andrew Brayshaw if Nat Fyfe is stationed forward again. Nat Fyfe could also kick six while demanding the ball inside 50.
And on Monday the Saints take on Adelaide. The Saints have a fairly even spread of scorers most weeks but Jack Steele is probably the pick of bunch in this one.
Who’s your Captain this week, Community?