Just a handful of rounds remain in your fantasy season 2017, so let’s look at the best Captain’s choices for Round 19.
1) Patrick Dangerfield
Even on one leg he can get the job done! Despite not having his most impacting game he still managed to post 142 and deliver yet again another quality captaincy score. In his past 8 games his lowest score is 141! He comes up against the Blues who the only other time them he’s played them as a cat he scored 127. On the topic of Carlton, last week they chose not to tag either Dayne Beams and Dayne Zorko, now while they may correct this mistake and send Sam Kerridge to Danger this week I’d have little concern about it. Patrick has shown time after time that tagging him does little to impact his SuperCoach scoring. Whether it be looping him with a Sunday skipper or having him as the ‘back up’ captaincy on Saturday night he’ll need to be in the mix again.
2) Tom Mitchell
No longer is he just a “DreamTeam’ captaincy option, the move to Hawthorn has been brilliant for Tom and the Hawks. He’s on a ripping run of form with 13 consecutive SuperCoach hundreds, in fact only once this year has he not raised the SuperCoach ton. Just like the Hawks his past month of footy has been arguably his most consistent for the year as his lowest score in that time is 126. Under the lights at the MCG this Friday night against the Swans ‘Titch’ is perfect as a VC loophole choice.
3) Matt Crouch
Want unique & in form? Then look no further than Matthew Crouch! Check out these past 8 weeks of scores. 123, 105, 100, 131, 132, 116, 104 & last week 134. With more attention likely to head back to Rory Sloane this week via Levi Greenwood I expect Matt (and his older brother Brad) to pump out some handy SuperCoach scores.
4) Nat Fyfe
Was well held by Dan Howe last week (93) but in the 2 matches prior pumped he out a 126 & 139. With Coniglio no guarantee the Giants rarely use a negating midfielder and as such when allowed to roam free Fyfe is capable of putting up massive SuperCoach scores. Similar to the player I’ve written about below, his Saturday afternoon match makes him a handy loophole option to run into Dangerfield that night if he scores below 130.
5) Callan Ward
The Giants top 4 hopes hang in the balance at the moment and a victory against the Dockers is crucial for their aspirations. 6 of his past 8 matches have been 100 or more and with a Saturday afternoon match up against a lowly ranked side we could see a big enough score from Cal worth taking.
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1) Tom Mitchell
In my best Anthony Hudson voice…. ‘Seventeeeeeeeeeeeeeen.’ Yep, 17 scores over 100 in 2017. Every time he has laced up his boots and played for the Hawks he’s given fantasy coaches a ton. And to top it off over the past 4 weeks his lowest score is 130, the season he’s putting together is truly insane! This week he comes up against the Swans a side who he scored his season low of 108. Despite this for me he is still the clear #1 option both for current form and consistency.
2) Patrick Dangerfield
It’s become fairly predictable that among the best captaincy options most week’s include Patrick Dangerfield. Even last week he posted a 112 from a match where he only managed 25 touches. He’s on a stretch of 9 consecutive ton, with last weekend’s score his lowest in that time. In his last (and only) outings against the Blues as a Cat he scored 122.
3) Zach Merrett
Had it not been for the ridiculously big season from Tom Mitchell we’d all be talking alot more about the season of Zach Merrett! 14 scores over 100 or more, 6 of those over 130 and only once has he scored below 96. Although he’s yet to play the Dogs in 2017 last year he posted a monster 148 on the eventual premiers while in 2015 it was a score of 107. The bulldogs have rarely used a negating midfielder (aka tagger) this season and as such I can see Zach free to roam and rack up the fantasy points.
4) Gary Ablett
Chances are if you’ve been an owner this year you might not be now seeing as he’s missed 3 of his last 5 matches. However, when Gary DOES play he is a genuine captaincy option. In 10 of his last 11 matches this season he’s scored 100 or more and at Metricon he’s only had one game all season where he hasn’t scored over 100.
5) Connor Blakely
Let’s be honest if you’re looking this low in the list for your captain, then you must be looking for something intentionally unique. If you want unique and in form then look no further that Fremantle’s Connor Blakely. In his last 4 games he’s scored 107, 135, 149 & 114 and only Gary Ablett, Callan Ward, Sam Docherty, Tom Mitchell and Patrick Dangerfield average more in their last 5 outings. The only ‘red flag’ I’d wave here is that his opponent (GWS Giants) and have been the most restrictive side to score against over the past month. However, midfielders have been pumping out some tons of late on them, last week Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin where able to raise the fantasy ton as were Dan Hannebery and Kieran Jack the week earlier.