The last and bye far the most treacherous of the bye rounds is upon us. Round 13 has taken a large swag of our captaincy options. The cupboards are bare. However, this is the week in which we may see as much diversity as I can recall. Without further ado, lets consider the best options for each format…
1) Patrick Dangerfield
The star Cat is an essential pick for all teams looking to scale the rankings. Patrick is averaging 5.2 points more per game than the next best player. He enjoys a three week average of 154.3 and 137 over the last five matches. Dangerfield has scored over 119 points in six of his last seven against the Eagles detailing back to his time as a Crow in 2013. This incredible array of scores averages out to 128 points per game. Historically the Eagles are Paddy’s sixth highest scoring opposition over the course of his career. Hampered by the rib injury suffered against the Hawks, the reigning Brownlow medallist is now certain to be well recovered post bye. Having hit form over the past five weeks and presenting as a simple vice captain option with a Thursday night fixture, its difficult to understand why you would look elsewhere.
2) Gary Ablett Jnr.
The Ablett-led Suns was thought to be a thing of yesteryear, however with growing confidence Gaz has been handed back keys to the engine room. Gary has an unmatched top range. Any individual that can score in excess of 200 has to be considered on a weekly basis. Gary has done this on numerous occasions and has a PB of 171 v the Blues back in 2010. Carlton have been randomly tagging individuals with no common thread to base prediction off of. However, tags have largely been based around congestion in 2017 and the run with role is a rare occurrence indeed. Whether the tag occurs or not, my faith in Ablett is unwavering. Having hit some semblance of form from those halcyon days, Gary is a simple pick each week. Enjoy the score post match and thank me later.
3) Dayne Beams
The only difference between Beams being fantasy revered in the same sense to his former teammate in Pendlebury has been injury. Dayne knows all of the tricks of the trade when it comes to finding the ball and he’s always been an efficient user, even when darting the much heralded inside 50 pass. Dayne has enjoyed three scores above 128 post the injury layoff and is establishing himself as the undisputed midfield leader as Rockliff struggles with his shoulder. Playing career match 136, Dayne takes on his fifth best opponent over the course of his career. Having scored in excess of 100 in three of his past four matches v the Power, including a 179 back in 2011, all indicators suggest a strong score is on the cards.
4) Sam Docherty
Carlton’s chief distributor out of the defensive half has taken his game to another level in 2017. This week he runs into the highly offensive, highly open Gold Coast Suns. Sam has not dropped under 100 in his past six. Sam is the fourth highest averaging Supercoach player to this midway point of the season. Lastly, Sam can knock a score out of the park on any given day. Last season Sam twice produced scores in excess of 140 points. This season he has done it again. From the relatively young career of Docherty, he has already scored three straight hundreds against Gold Coast over the past three seasons. After a safe selection in a week of queries and questions, Sam is your man.
5) Dustin Martin
The figure head of the 2017 season, Dustin Martin is beginning to define his fantasy career as a weekly captaincy option. The Tigers champ is a terrific fantasy type as he scores with extreme volatility. This is sometimes seen as a negative, but that is a neglectful way of assessing the situation when it comes to deciding on captains. Dustin has scored over the 140 point barrier in 36% of his fixtures this year, 3 of which were scores in excess of 150. When we need a high score, this man is as good an option as any to provide it. Over the past four performance against the Swans, Martin has struggled, registering just one triple digit score. However the classic risk reward scenario presents itself. Martin provides a three week average of 144. His best is as good as any. The risk may provide the best of rewards.
1) Gary Ablett Jnr.
The fact that Gary is at home in front of the faithful has been the narrow decider in gaining the number one slot for this week. Ablett has scored under 100 just once this season. In fact he has scored under 110 just twice. Talk about consistency from the dual Brownlow medallist. Gary has not scored under 110 in his past three v the Blues. There is so little to add here. Want a triple digit score with as little sleep lost as possible. Gaz is your man. Want top range scoring? GAJ has gone at 132 in his past five matches and has twice scored in excess of 150. With the Suns mounting a charge for a finals spot, and Gary rightfully leading that charge once more, this appears to be a no brainer on several accounts.
2) Patrick Dangerfield
Patrick Dangerfield presents as the most basic VC loophole option we’ve come across since last week with Titchell! Coming off the bye, Patrick is well and truly over all the ailments that plagued him during and post the Hawthorn fixture. He has been in dominant scoring fashion for sometime now, registering a 137 point average across his past three fixtures. The beauty with Patrick is that he has the capacity to deliver his score in alternate ways, whether that be from 35 touches, 4 goals, or both. When he does both, you know it’ll be one of the better scores of the fantasy season. Battling a top eight challenger away from home, all guns will be blazing with this man wearing blue and white hoops.
3) Dayne Beams & Dayne Zorko
The two midfield maestros will look to strut their stuff as they’ve been making a habit of for quite sometime. Dayne of the Zorko variety presents as a very interesting options. With an ownership of under 10% throughout the competitions, Zorko is the seventh highest averaging scorer. This week he plays a team in which he has only scored above 100 in one of his past six including just 76 last time out against the Power. However, he has such low ownership that he’s certainly the most unique of options to take into the week ahead. Just be wary of the history before going that way. Beams is dissimilar. Whilst injuring himself during the Round 6 match at the Gabba, he had previously scored six triple digit scores in his past seven against the Power. Injury permitting, Beams seems as likely as ever to continue his rampant scoring efforts.
4) Sam Docherty
Sam is providing the sixth highest weekly average this season. The defensive half ball movement surrounds his every action and if the ball doesn’t see his hands, the plan fails. With quality distribution and a penchant for the rebound mark, Docherty is presented with the chance to lock horns against the Gold Coast Suns. He has already produced a score of 132 on them in Round 4 of this season and is on a run of 8 successive triple digit scores. In career best form this season, it appears difficult to determine how the Suns quell his influence. Look him to make it 9 on the trot this round.
5) Bryce Gibbs
Although he doesn’t enjoy the best scores opposed to the Suns in recent history (3/5 100+ but none in the past two), he does have a lengthy spell of high scores to consider. He has scored over 130 in 36% of matches in 2017. Bryce is building on 2016 and surpassing his ’09 and ’11 seasons. He seems as likely as anyone to bank the 100+ points for your side as you try and avoid the difficulties of missing premiums. In six of his last seven fixtures he has scored in excess of triple digits. The Blues are gaining in confidence and will consider themselves more than a sneaky chance to grab the four points on the Gold Coast. If they can do it, Gibbs will no doubt be leading the side. Seems assured to provide quality regardless.
Thursday Night Vice Captain…
Don’t think, just lock in Dangerfield. If you’re one of the stingy folk still yet to own the reigning Brownlow medallist, my selections are in order as follows. 1) Duncan, 2) Gaff, 3) Jelwood, 4) Yeo, 5) Shuey, 6) Scooter. Mitch is such a unique option who has already demonstrated his capacity to score over the 150 mark in numerous occasions throughout his career. Take your pick of the bunch from the rest. The beauty is that a no loss scenario has presented with the loophole. Be sure to make the most of it.