Captaincy Candidates – Round 10

Written by Gunboat Diplomacy on August 3 2020

Vice-Captaincy Candidates

MACRAE v Port

  • L3 v Port: 142, 147, 51 (113 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 142, 177, 51 (123 av.)

While Port really restricted opposition MIDs last week, Macrae’s got a tremendous record down in Adelaide. Dunkley’s return might clip his ceiling, but he’ll still be solid for 125.

NEALE v Tigers

  • L3 v Tigers: 190, 123, 129 (147 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 157, 152, 142 (150 av.)

The Tigers’ leak some juicy MID scores to their opposition even when giving them a pounding; it was 162 from Macrae last week and 140 at a minimum from Neale this week.

MARTIN v Lions

  • L3 v Lions: 108, 141, 54 (101 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 184, 100, 78 (121 av.)

“Where the hell did that come from?!?” I said to myself after Dusty cleaned the Dogs up with a 184 last round. He stands and delivers when the Tigers need him and his services will again be required in a critical prime time clash against the Lions. Solid for 120 with a high ceiling.

Captaincy Candidates

GAWN v Crows

  • L3 v Crows: 158, 130, 114 (134 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 140, 130, 151 (140 av.)

Gawn’s 40 hitouts last round shockingly didn’t translate into a monster SC score on account of the fact that the circle of fools (aka Dees MIDs) didn’t bother to get onto the end of his work. Expect the Dees to be more attune to his service as he strikes back with 135.

GRUNDY v Swans

  • L3 v Swans: 165, 167, 105 (146 av.)
  • L3 @ G: 100, 110, 114 (108 av.)

Been in poor form and looks a touch sluggish and underdone, but the weakness of Sydney’s ruck stocks makes Grundy a lock for 120 this week.

STEELE v Suns

  • L3 v Saints: 115, 96, 62 (91 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 87, 96, 75 (86 av.)

Steele has taken his game to a whole other level this year, continuing to relentlessly tackle and adding elite ball use and meters gained. With cracks starting to show at the Suns, you can back the man of Steele in for 130.

Steer Clear

BONTEMPELLI v Port

  • L3 v Port: 130, 98, 129 (119 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 130, 129, 120 (126 av.)

Pains me as an owner to caution people against him, but Bont’s last month in the Queensland hub has been uninspiring: averaging only 101, spending more time FWD and attending less CBAs. With Dunkley returning, expect a low-ton.

Smoky Pick

PETRACCA v Crows

  • L3 v Crows: 71, 88, 81 (80 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 62, 88, 121 (90 av.)

Despite the Dees hapless effort last round, Petracca’s role still remains conducive to big SC scoring: team high CBAs, hard ball gets and contested possessions – all the tools needed to engineer a 130~ against a weak opponent in the Crows this week.

Verdict

Worried Dunkley’s return might result in an awkward VC score for Macrae, so it’s looking like Neale into Gawn for me. Although, Macrae may re-enter my calculations depending on my mood later tonight lol.

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38 thoughts on “Captaincy Candidates – Round 10”

  1. Gawn in doubt according to Sam Edmund:

    @Sammy__Edmund reports that Max Gawn is in doubt for Wednesday night’s clash against the Crows. He is undergoing scans today. Melbourne are hopeful that he will still take his place in the side.

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    1. Yeah, I wrote this late last night before the news about Gawn was out. If he doesn’t get up, I’ll amend it.

      Cheers, Slats.

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  2. Still undecided on this. It’ll obviously involve Neale. Not sure of the second banana and not sure whether to give Neale the VC or C.

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      1. Shhhhhh….. No.22 at North is like the Scottish play or the bad guy from the Harry Potter series. We can’t mention him by name. (all intended in jest GD and Troo Roo)

        Seriously though, Goldy’s likely to have a good game but the issue i feel is the Geelong midfield vs the Cats midfield. Geelong’s is far superior (unfortunately) which will make it hard for Goldy to get the contested possession clearances that are boosting his scores so well. I’d back him in for a 110ish sorta score but not a 130+. Just my opinion though.

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  3. Thanks GunBoat.

    I’m a little torn on this one.
    First thought was Macrae, into Neale and be done with it quickly.

    I’m just a little nervous Dunkley in, might just help Macrae to an awkward 120-125.

    I then thought go Neale in to Petracca / Grundy. Seems sound enough. And then….

    I thought something similar last week and ignored Macrae and he went gangbusters. Ugh…

    I might have to go dust off a coin and give it a toss .

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    1. As bloody usual they play on the 1st night so a decision needs to be made without all the info required.

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  4. Thanks GD.

    With Grundy a bit underdone, but Sydney having no solid Ruck, is it fair to consider he may be increasingly rested throughout the course of the game as they get over the Swans and he’s less critical?

    It’s s hard to tell if he needs to be played back into form, or if it’s fatigue/minor injury with the big fella.

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    1. Yeah. That’s definitely a valid concern, MTCHL. With his current form and Darcy Cameron proving to be a servicable second fiddle, expect Grundy’s TOG and CBAs to be lower than usual.

      Even so, he should still sail to 120 – just not 160+ like he’s done in the past v Swans.

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    1. Hey, Bomber. Good to see you around again.

      Just worried Satan Oliver might cop some attention from Keays, but Steele is an excellent back up C. Good luck.

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      1. Hey GB yes always in the background reading this excellent site information, had not much time to put a team together at start and made a few mistakes playing catch up.
        Cheers for the advice on Keays maybe PETRACCA then!
        Rolled the dice and brought in Duncan this week/ watching Taranto …

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        1. Shocked that Adelaide haven’t tagged him, been popping off since the start!

          Apologies, Bomber. Bad read on my part, but take comfort in the fact that you’re among a minority that’ll pocket what is looking like a double ton at this stage.

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    1. Hey, Scott.

      I’d thought about naming Duncan, instead of Petracca, as my Smoky Pick for the round but there won’t be much for Duncan to do as the Cats should comfortably put the Roos away.

      Suspect they’ll rotate a lot of their stars FWD, give them less TOG and instead let the 7 INs they’ve named have a run at it. Just don’t think they need him to carry.

      Will be fine for 120, just not a monster imo. Good luck.

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    1. I would def take 132. Grundy’s scoring has been up and down. 118,61,144 last 3 games. Could go huge or could go down early. Could take it easy given he played only 4 days ago And has to back it up again in 5 days.

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    2. I’d roll the dice on Grundy, Abs.

      They’ve dropped Cameron as the second ruck, so Grundy will have all the hit out contests too himself. Also suggests that he doesn’t need the back up; i.e. not as sore.

      Should beat Racca’s 132 imo. Up to you though.

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