Captain’s Choice: Round 17

Only a few months remain in season 2017, during the next few rounds your captaincy choices  are crucial to nail if you want to achieve success. So lets take a look at the best options available for this week.


1) Patrick Dangerfield

He’s averaging 159 in his last 5 and hasn’t scored below 140 in the past 7 weeks! His scores against the Hawks (as a Cat) have been pretty handy too: 90, 121 & 162. On current form he’s an easy loophole option given the early Saturday game and if he breaks of current form and goes sub 130 then feel free to keep reading the next possible options. Not much more needs to be said, he’s crushing it at the moment and will be loopholed by nearly everyone. His current form means it’s almost too risky not to do it.

2) Sam Docherty

Outside of Patrick Dangerfield he’s the only player that’s scored over 1,800 points this season. He’s been simply superb, averaging 121 for the year, but doing even better of late going at 136 in his past five. The loss of Patrick Cripps last week saw him move more into the midfield and he looked right at home and still picked up plenty of disposals. He hasn’t gone under 120 in his past 6 games and his opponent the Bulldogs are ripe for the picking. Last week the Crows defenders had plenty of big numbers Rory Laird (119), Jake Lever (111), Jake Kelly (104) and even the human headache Brodie Smith (91) scored ok.

3) Callan Ward

In the opening 11 rounds it’s safe to say owners would have been underwhelmed with his scores. Just the 3 scores over 100 and averaging 87. However, since then he’s scored 112, 116, 132 & 136 (and just quietly is in only 2.1% of sides). While none of these recent scores come close to Dangerfield’s current run of form, Callan is certainly one of the most in form SuperCoach players of the past month. If unqiue is wat your looking for the good news added to all this is his recent history against the Swans! He’s tonned up in his past 4 games against the Sydney and on current form looks to add to that number.

4) Dustin Martin

Last weekends 74 as his lowest score in months, in fact prior to it he was coming off the back of 7 consecutive tons. I fully expect the Tigers (and Dusty) to bounce back and remind the footy world just how far they’ve come in 2017. The Lions and been brave lately but i wouldn’t at all be surprised if the Tigers tear them apart this weekend. Last week Jarrod Berry was given the job on Joel Selwood, and all things being equal  did OK on him. If he again plays the tagging role on Dusty it could be a very different story! He’ll get eaten alive!

5) Nat Fyfe

He looked back didn’t he! 12 clearances, 18 contested disposals, 4 inside 50’s plus a couple of contested grabs it really was the Fyfe we have come to know and love. He loves the Derby games too, despite a poor showing earlier this year (62) he’d previously scored 115, 119, 107, 158 & 112. On their day not many in SuperCoach can match it or out score Danger, but Fyfe certainly fits that category. If you like to live Dangerously then maybe this could be the left field option you need.

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1) Patrick Dangerfield

In his past 7 games his lowest score is 116. In his past 7 games he’s had 5 scores over 130. In his past 7 games he’s had 2 scores of 150 or more!  Added to that is his recent history against the Hawks. In his last 4 matches he’s averaging 114 including scores of 93,  113, 137 & 105. If all this wasn’t enough, according to Tim’s fixture analysis which you can read here. It suggests that the Hawks despite getting back into form lately are still giving away some big fantasy numbers.

He certainly won’t be a unique option but given his current form, scoring history against opponent and the scores the Hawks are giving up in 2017 it’s hard to go past Danger.

2) Tom Mitchell

15 scores in a row of 100+ this season. A feat that fantasy legends such as Gary Ablett, Dane Swan, Zach Merrett and even Tom Rockliff have yet to achieve in a single season. That stat really says it all. If you’d left the captaincy on him for all 5 games you’d be averaging a score of 260 throughout the year. I know personally I’ve had some weeks were I’ve just crept across the 200 mark, so for those more conservative souls among us this is an easy pick.

3) Sam Docherty

Sam’s one of the most in form fantasy players right now.In his last 5 matches nobody averages more than him (he’s going at a huge 140.4) He’s putting together a pretty damn consistent season too, he’s currently on a big run of consecutive 100’s like Mitchell. Currently he’s smashed out 12  in a row. Only Gary Ablett, Dane Swan and of course Tom Mitchell have had better runs in the past few seasons.

He’s mega unlucky to not be higher up given how well he’s going, but it’s hard to split this years top 3 options.

4) Dayne Zorko

When the Mask of Zorko is on he’s got one of the best Fantasy ceilings in 2017! 7 tons out of his last 8 games with the lowest of those hundreds a 119. Scores of 125, 131, 157 & last weekends 181 during that time are reminders to fantasy owners that this guy has become  an uber premium. He’s already faced Richmond once this season and he posted a massive 139. In his 3 games at Etihad stadium this year he’s scored 124, 157 & 117.

Here’s the only caution I’d give for coaches thinking of placing the C on him. Zorko is much like Rory Sloane in that he can be well held with a tag and is also prone to the odd stinker. Just a few weeks ago against GWS he had just the 5 disposals and failed to score over 50. The highs are high, but the lows are crushing.

5) Gary Ablett

I’ll be honest, Zac Merrett was unlucky as was Dustin Martin who I expect along with his fellow Tigers  to bounce back hard, but based purely on his history (and for something different) I’ve given the #5 spot to the Little Master. Despite missing some games through some minor niggles this season Gaz has been putting on a fantasy clinic in 2017. 9 of his past 10 matches this season have been scores over 110, including 5 of them over 120.

Against the Magpies he goes Bananas with an average of 128 in his past 4 games with scores of 163 & 186 and being some of his monsters. yes some of those numbers go back a while, but Gary has shown the history on multiple occasions to be at his damaging best. With Levi Greenwood out with a suspension it could be a good week to go unique.

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