1. Todd Goldstein
This might surprise a few. Not that Goldstein is in the top 5 options this week for DT and AF but that he is in fact in my opinion the number 1 option! He is the number 1 averaging PLAYER in season 2015 (114.1 per game in 20 games). He has a 3 round average of 119. In his last 12 games he has 11 x 100+ scores. The only sub 100 was 92 against the Saints 2 years ago. Last week he played his kryptonite, Aaron Sandilands, where he scored 111 points! This week he plays the Bulldogs under the roof (no weather concerns). Last week I watched Lin Jong and Marcus Bontempelli ruck in the second half. This match up has a monster score written all over it for Goldstein! Last week Naitanui scored 103 and Sinclair 87 against the Dogs.
2. Scott Pendlebury
Pendles is almost the perfect player! This bloke just never lets down his owners. He has only gone sub 90 on one occasion this year (way back in round 7 vs Richmond). Pendles has gone 120+ 2 times v Cats in his last 3. The club got smashed last week and there is no prouder man than Scott Pendlebury in all of the AFL. I expect him to not only bounce back, but to go very very big!
3. Tom Rockliff
This guy is very unlucky not to be the number 1 this week! 3 round average of 135.coming off back to back 120’s then followed with back to back 140’s. There is no one else in better form currently than Rocky. So why don’t I have him as number 1? His record v Hawks and at Aurora Stadium is why! The last time the Hawks played the Lions was round 1 in 2014 so there has been a lot of water gone under that bridge since then, but it is what it is! The Hawks are the only team that Rocky doesn’t average 90 or better against. He also averages 86 from 4 trips to Aurora.
4. Dustin Martin
Dusty has become a beast! In every meaning of the word. His last 3 scores are 116, 140 and 126. Essendon haven’t been the best lately. Last week we saw Aaron Hall score 121. Only 2 weeks ago Sloane had a picnic with a 136. Danger also went 118 and Lynch 111. Dusty has every chance to go bigger than all of these guys this week.
5. Andrew Gaff
Gaff has definitely taken the next step this year to premium. Back in round 15 when the Crows played the Eagles, Gaff ended up with a monster 152 points! Last year at the Adelaide Oval against the same opposition he scored 124 points. I don’t see him slowing down this week.
Smoky – Stefan Martin
There is no one in the league averaging more than big Stefan over the last 3 games. Swan is a very close second but it is big Stefan who leads the way going at an incredible 137.67. He also leads the way over the last 5 averages going at 128.6. Plenty of talk (and rightfully so) about Goldstein but big Stefan is currently travelling better. The only concern is the weather down in Tassie. There is predicted rain this weekend which usually isn’t great for good ruck scoring.
1. Todd Goldstein
As per above. This bloke’s SC scoring makes his DT scoring look ordinary! Fyfe has had an incredible year. Goldy is averaging 6 pts a game more than Fyfe. No matter which way you look at it, Goldstein has been Ablett-esque in 2015. Only 2 other players are averaging 120 or better. Fyfe and Dangerfield. I am going to stop talking now but I will leave you with the below scores since round 9. I think the numbers do the talking!
2. Brett Deledio
Deledio has been on a SC tear since his comeback. Take out the round 1 injury affected 66 and his below par comeback game of 60 and Lids is going at 118. Since that comeback game back in round 6, Lids has gone sub 100 in SC only 3 times in the 13 games. Lids also smashed out a 134 back in round 9 against the Bombers. Richmond v Essendon is Saturday night and Lids might just be the best captain option if Goldy as VC doesn’t go huge!
3. Robbie Gray
Gray is a SC beast. Nuff said! He already has 13 x 100+ SC scores in 2015. 5 of those are 130 or better. His last score against the Suns was 148 SC points. That game was at Metricon Stadium, which happens to be the same venue as this week’s game. One to consider!
4. Scott Pendlebury
The obvious way to go this week in SC would be Pendles VC for the Friday night game and then the captaincy armband for Goldy. Pendles has a decent record v Cats averaging 115 from the 12 occasions he has played them. As I mentioned in the DT section, Pendles will be wanting to bounce back this week after the monster loss to the Tigers last week.
5. Heath Shaw
I am not going to say any more than look at the below numbers!
Smoky – Matt Priddis
Priddis is probably the most consistent SC player in the competition. This guy just just not stop scoring well. In his last 16 games this year, he has gone 100+ in 14 of them. Crazy that I am listing him as a smoky, but this is more because of the timing of the game.