Captain’s Choice: Round 21

This week could be one for the ages. It was incredibly difficult to shorten the list down to just 5 names in either format – and so I didn’t. We’ll rip through a bunch of names in short, sharp fashion but honestly, honestly – you could pick any name here in any format and they’re a chance to go big and to be the best choice for the armband this week. If you want to pick a unique captain to gain ground, this is your week. On paper anyway. 

SuperCoach

1)  Dangerfield

The obvious choice. Hasn’t scored below 140 since Round 8 except for his most recent game in Round 19, however in that game he spent the entire game up forward as his foot was troubling him and the Cats had it won early. Must play midfield with Selwood out and hasn’t scored below 110 at Kardinia Park since joining Geelong but is his foot still troubling him?

2)  Max Gawn

BOOM! 160 last week and the behemoth from Melbourne is back! He plays Billy Longer this week and he’ll smash him. Even if Hickey plays in tandem Gawn has scored 120+ in his last two v the Saints.

3)  Matt Kreuzer

Two rucks in the top three and it’s another easy choice. Kreuzer has scored 120+ in 9 of his last 12 complete games in SuperCoach and if you’ve owned him he’s been simply amazing. Also has an easy matchup this week, up against Vardy & Petrie for the Eagles and Kreuzer will dominate them for sure.

4)  Nat Fyfe

Incredibly harsh to be all the way down at number 4 this week as he’s back in form and has been scoring huge – 2015 type huge. Four scores of 126+ in his last five and got 145 on the Swans last year. Could easily outdo everyone. Can Swans hold him a little better this year like they restricted a rampaging tom Mitchell a few weeks ago? Fyfe’s a different kettle of fish in power and height so I doubt it.

5)  Rory Sloane

This bloke is Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde like nobody before him. Well maybe Chad Cornes, he was up and down like a yo-yo but you had to have him as he’d always be a premium. Sloane will be back this week though (probably) – his last three on Essendon have been 124, 141 & 145. The Bombers barely tag and that means GOLD for Sloane this week. With both Crouch brothers dominating there’s less to gain by shutting Sloane down now too so I reckon the Dons will leave him be. Could be awful if they do send a shutdown player to him though.

6)  Matt Crouch

Been flying – 6 of his last 7 are over 116. Cleaning up on everybody. Won’t get tagged. Just a super solid option who could easily notch another 130.

Others

Docherty has slowed lately but got 138 on the Eagles last year and easily could again. Dusty’s recent record on the Cats isn’t amazing but the Cats have many out and Dusty is almost unstoppable at the moment. Paddy Ryder also hasn’t had a bad game in ages, has gone 130+ in three of his last six and comes up against the Pies’ backup ruckman this week (although big Mase is actually very good in the ruck so he may actually do well against Ryder in that department).

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1)  Dangerfield

The obvious choice. Hasn’t scored below 112 since Round 8 except for his most recent game in Round 19, however in that game he spent the entire game up forward as his foot was troubling him and the Cats had it won early. Must play midfield with Selwood out and hasn’t scored below 100 at Kardinia Park since joining Geelong but is his foot still troubling him?

2)  Rory Sloane

This bloke is Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde like nobody before him. Well maybe Chad Cornes, he was up and down like a yo-yo but you had to have him as he’d always be a premium. Sloane will be back this week though (probably) – his last three on Essendon have been 143, 126 & 136. The Bombers barely tag and that means GOLD for Sloane this week. With both Crouch brothers dominating there’s less to gain by shutting Sloane down now too so I reckon the Dons will leave him be. Could be awful if they do send a shutdown player to him though.

3)  Max Gawn

BOOM! 140 last week and the behemoth from Melbourne is back! He plays Billy Longer this week and he’ll smash him. Even if Hickey plays in tandem Gawn has scored 111 last time up v the Saints.

4)  Matt Kreuzer

Two rucks in the top four and it’s another easy choice. Kreuzer has scored 120+ in 4 of his last 9 complete games in DT/AF and if you’ve owned him he’s been simply amazing. Also has an easy matchup this week, up against Vardy & Petrie for the Eagles and Kreuzer will dominate them for sure.

5)  Dustin Martin

Been nothing short of amazing this year, in white hot form and up against a Cats team minus several of its stars. Scored 132 last up against the Cats already as well.

Others

Docherty has slowed but got 134 on the Eagles last time and easily could again. Matt Crouch is on a seven game streak of 99+ and is averaging 113 in that time. Brad Crouch is similar. And this isn’t even mentioning the great Tommy Mitchell!!! He’s gone under 100 in his last two and North will ‘probably’ attempt to tag him but Titch could oh-so-easily go over 130 again this week and we’ll all feel silly for ignoring him. As mentioned in the intro to this article there are a stack of guys who you could easily put at #1 this week and Titch is the very embodiment of that. Go for him if you’re keen. Bryce Gibbs another – last three on the Eagles are 100, 125 & 121 and no reason he won’t crack 120 again. Taylor Adams has also stepped up in Pendles’ absence with a 111, 139 & 111. Never going to get tagged either. Then we have Beams & Zorko who don’t have huge records on the Suns but who have both had several whopper scores this year when allowed to run free (as at least one of them surely is this week).

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