A very up and down week last week depending on who you captained. Joel Selwood & Dayne Beams captaincy choices weren’t the greatest due to pure bad luck but on the flipside people who captained Dangerfield would’ve been laughing all the way to the bank. And now onto Round 15:
1) Scott Pendlebury
Pendles has long been Mr Consistent when it comes to SuperCoach and the Hawks are his sure things. In his ten games against the Hawks he has scored 110+ nine times – if that isn’t a guaranteed good score for this week I don’t know what is. Earlier this year he also ran rings around them for a score of 142. He’s also up in his 250th game this week if that makes you feel better about putting the C on him (he is, after all, a big game player).
2) Tom Mitchell
Titch has been quietly going about his business in SuperCoach this year but he’s been pretty good on the whole and has been one of the better premiums over the course of the year so far. If you recall, he had 50 possessions against the Pies earlier this year for a big 158 point game. His previous two on the Pies were 127 and 147 as well, suggesting he should score well against them again.
3) Lachie Neale
Another player who has just been quietly going about his business in SuperCoach, probably because his early scores were down which has led to his overall average not being quite what it has been since he clicked into gear. Regardless, he’s now scored 119+ in eight of his last nine games which is outstanding form and now he’s up against the Saints whom he scored 118 & 123 on in his previous two. Should be pretty good again.
4) Gary Ablett
He’s down the list slightly to be honest, and that’s for two reasons. One is the obvious – he may not play. Assuming he does though, the second reason is that the Blues tagged him last game with some success and North has been employing Mountford in that role lately, not to mention the fact that Ben Jacobs is potentially fit and available too. North has been a team that Gaz has utterly dominated many times over his career, and he scored 210 against them earlier this year if you recall. Could be massive.
5) Patrick Dangerfield
What? He’s 5th!? Yep, he’s 5th. Averaging 151 over his last four and clearly back to top form, Danger is dominating and is back to being his perma-captain self. However, four of his last five games have been at Kardinia Park and that’s a ground he always dominates at. This week he is away to GWS – a fixture he scored just 77 in last year. In fact, all opponents tend to struggle away to GWS and so I would really be super hesitant in putting the C on him straight up for that reason. If you can find a way to plug the VC on Danger I think it’s the way to go.
And lastly, popular options in Dusty and the Bont could also be pretty good, they just don’t stand out quite as much as the top 5 this week.
1) Tom Mitchell
Guess who still hasn’t scored under 100 this year? Yep, got it in one. In fact, he’s only had one score below 110 so you know you can rely on him for at worst a solid captaincy score. He’s much better than that though, averaging close to 130 and his last three against the Pies have been 177, 132 & 138. His most recent, the 177, coming due to 50 possession earlier this season – remember that game? Lock him in again with confidence.
2) Zach Merrett
Zachy is averaging a healthy 125 this year and now comes up against Brisbane, a team that a few have scored nicely against. The Lions are also boasting an injured Beams and a somewhat hampered Rockliff at the moment so guys like Merrett could really go large against them. He scored 140 on them earlier this year and 130 before that – an easy choice at number two.
3) Scott Pendlebury
Here’s a stat for you – in his last 18 matches against Hawthorn, going all the way back to 2007, his ‘lowest’ score is 89. He just always plays and scores well against them and did so with aplomb earlier this year too, scoring 144. He’s in his 250th as well this week and has ever been a big game player. He’s number three this week for DT.
4) Adam Treloar
Treloar is back, having put up good scores in each of his games over the last month now. He’s up against the Hawks as well, a team who has been giving up heaps of big points to opponents this year including to Treloar, who scored 120+ on them. He’s actually scored over 120 in three of his last four against the Hawks so was already good against them even before what the Hawks have become in 2017.
5) Gary Ablett
He’s down the list slightly to be honest, and that’s for two reasons. One is the obvious – he may not play. Assuming he does though, the second reason is that the Blues tagged him last game with some success and North has been employing Mountford in that role lately, not to mention the fact that Ben Jacobs is potentially fit and available too. North has been a team that Gaz has utterly dominated many times over his career, and he scored 162 against them earlier this year if you recall. Could be massive.
A couple of quick points – Dusty hasn’t got an outstanding record vs Port but he could potentially score well against them. The Dees are the toughest opponent for midfielders & defenders to score against and the Swans guns don’t have great records against Melbourne anyway so they’re out. Brodie Grundy should join in the feast against the Hawks and could be an out of the square option. And lastly, Docherty hasn’t ever had 100 against Adelaide before in his career so didn’t make the cut.
Oh, and that man Dangerfield – he is playing GWS away, a graveyard for opponents both new and accomplished alike. It is a fixture he scored just 75 in last year, a game in which Selwood scored 68, Mitch Duncan scored 16 in 2 & a half quarters before being cleaned up by Mummy & a game in which ZERO Geelong players reached triple figures. And GWS does that to every team they play at home. Of course Danger could buck the trend but geez it’s a risky call.