Captain’s Choice: Round 23

WOW! What a week of fantasy footy! Astonishing scores across the board and player after player put up captaincy-worthy scores. What will Round 23 bring? In honour of it being the final round let’s go a little nuts and lay out a top 10 for each format. How will that pan out? Let’s have a look-see…

SuperCoach

1)  Patrick Dangerfield

The obvious choice. Hasn’t scored below 140 since Round 8 except for 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 cleaned up last week and prior to that. He scored 196 on the Giants earlier in the year and has still never scored below 110 at Kardinia Park since he became a Cat. The safest of options with the highest of ceilings.

2)  Nat Fyfe

His form again is too good to ignore. Been putting up some captaincy scores, even doing well over the last two weeks despite Freo copping the mothers of all hidings. Freo could easily be just as bad this week against Essendon but there’s little reason to think that Fyfe won’t continue he born-again resurgence.

3)  Dayne Beams

Beamsy is gradually re-convincing all and sundry of how good of a player he really is when he stays injury free. His record in recent weeks is huge with a 126 average over his last five, including 148 & 138 over his last two. North has been giving up more and more scores to the opposition lately, especially to MIDs and so Beams is primed to go to town on them yet again.

4)  Paddy Ryder

Gathering steam as he heads towards a possible All-Australian ruck spot, his form has been spellbinding in the back half of the year. From his game-winning tap to Robbie Gray a few weeks ago to dominant performances inbetween, he will absolutely be licking his lips this week as he takes on Brooksby in the ruck as the Suns limp towards the line. Hitouts to advantage, contested marks and even the odd goal abound this week for Paddy.

5)  Sam Docherty

The Doch has been in sparkling form this year and was back to that form last week with a 140-odd. He knocked up a 149 on the Swans earlier in the year in a dominant display and also had 112 on the Swans last year. Looks a good chance to finish the year with a bang.

6)  Rory Sloane

If you could guarantee he wouldn’t get tagged then he’d be up with the big boys in Danger & Fyfe this week. Hutchings or others have done the tagging at West Coast a bit this year and so there’s a fair chance they do go to someone and that the someone is Sloane. Rory has started to work out of it lately though, including running through some Heeney attention last week on his way to 150. Every chance he ploughs through it again this week.

7)  Tom Mitchell

Pulled out a whopper with his 160 last week and is always a threat for a big score. Hasn’t had the greatest record on the Dogs which causes him to slip a little but given he plays Friday night could make the perfect VC candidate.

8)  Jack Macrae

Is finishing the year with a bang – averaging 117 in his last seven and has two scores of 145+ in his last three (the other one was away to GWS, the toughest fixture around). Is everywhere the ball is at the moment and should be left to do his thing on Friday again against the Hawks.

9)  Dayne Zorko

Another likely beneficiary of North’s points-giving to MIDs this week is Dayne Zorko. The two Daynes could potentially go to town this week and Zorko is no stranger to the odd huge score.

10) Matt Crouch

Finally ending his amazing streak of 11-straight 100s in SuperCoach is the other ball magnet of the competition in Matt Crouch. Has been in huge form and even scored 91 last week in a ‘down’ week. Should be very good again and another safe backup option for you.

And just a quick note that Dusty’s lifetime PB on the Saints is a 104 and that was back in 2014. He had a poor one on them already this year too.

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AFLFantasy / AFLDreamTeam

1)  Tom Mitchell

Is he back? Had he ever left? Two weeks ago a 30 point burst in a few minutes of the last quarter got him up to 118 and then this week he had a 143 to show he’s truly back. It all indicates that his scoring punch remains though and his possession-gathering hasn’t been hindered so I’m backing him to be solid once again this week. Doubt he gets tagged by the Dogs and so edges ahead for #1 this week.

2)  Dayne Beams

Beamsy is gradually re-convincing all and sundry of how good of a player he really is when he stays injury free. His record in recent weeks is huge with a 129 average over his last five, including 140s over his last two. In half his matches this year (excluding injury games) he’s scored 124+! North has been giving up more and more scores to the opposition lately, especially to MIDs and so Beams is primed to go to town on them yet again.

3)  Patrick Dangerfield

An obvious choice. Has been on fire since Round 8 except for 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 cleaned up last week and prior to that. He scored 142 on the Giants earlier in the year and has still never scored below 100 at Kardinia Park since he became a Cat. The safest of options with a good ceiling as well.

4)  David Zaharakis

Boom! An out of the box option for us this week. Zaka has just quietly gone about averaging 109 since Round 7 in case you hadn’t realised. He has had very few low scores in that time and went to town last week on the dilapidated Suns to the tune of 130 points. Freo have been getting smashed in recent weeks, giving up 13 x DT 100s over the past fortnight to all positions, including MIDs. Grigg is a not dissimilar player to Zaka and himself scored 153 on Freo last week. Sutcliffe did do a bit of a tagging job for Freo last week (on Cotchin) but it’s quite unlikely they’d put that tag on Zaharakis this week and so he’s a fair chance to pump out another 120+.

5)  Sam Docherty

The Doch has been in sparkling form this year and was back to that form last week with a 140-odd. He knocked up a 159 on the Swans earlier in the year in a dominant display and also had 122 on the Swans last year. Looks a good chance to finish the year with a bang.

6)  Rory Sloane

If you could guarantee he wouldn’t get tagged then he’d be up with the big boys in Beams, Danger & Titch this week. Hutchings or others have done the tagging at West Coast a bit this year and so there’s a fair chance they do go to someone and that the someone is Sloane. Rory has started to work out of it lately though, including running through some Heeney attention last week on his way to 150. Every chance he ploughs through it again this week.

7)  Taylor Adams

For all the concerns pre-season, Taylor Adams has played every game this season. No injuries, no suspensions. This is assuming he hasn’t finally met his injury match this week in the blurred vision he suffered on the weekend. If he does play though… Since Pendles went out he has also quietly gone out and absolutely smashed it! His last four are 151, 124, 128 & 132 so his form is as good as anyone in the competition. He only scored 81 against Melbourne earlier this year but he’s in different form now. If he plays should be good again.

8)  Jack Macrae

Is finishing the year with a bang – averaging 108 since the bye and last week became the only Bulldog for 2017 to actually score an individual 140+ so he is in form. Is everywhere the ball is lately so should finish well.

9)  Dayne Zorko

Another likely beneficiary of North’s points-giving to MIDs this week is Dayne Zorko. The two Daynes could potentially go to town this week and Zorko is no stranger to the odd huge score.

10)  Zach Merrett

Has slowed down a bit since the byes but he’s up against a very easy opponent. However, he was last week too against the Suns but couldn’t manage the ton so he does seem slightly out of sorts. He’s also a chance for a tag to come his way this week after Sutcliffe followed Cotchin last week. If not though, players everywhere have been scoring for fun on Freo lately and he should follow suit.

And just a quick note that Dusty has never scored 100 on the Saints in his entire career – they’re his worst team on average across the years since he debuted. He had a poor one on them already this year too with a 73 just seven weeks ago.

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