Last week all five of Schwarzy’s captain selections went over 100, with Dangerfield the pick of the bunch with a healthy 133 points. His precautionary message about Fyfe being tagged by Jacobs was surprisingly incorrect with Fyfe being the first player to smash the Jacobs tag with his amazing 163 points. In his time matched up with Jacobs he gathered 24 possessions and he appears to be close to untaggable again, much like in his Brownlow season.
Anyway, on to Round 11: Who’s feasting at the Captain’s Table this week? As usual, all times are in AEST.
Lance Franklin (SYD) Friday night 7:30pm (vs Car) – Yes he was ordinary in the wet weather against the Lions last week but Buddy has a special place in his heart for the Blues. In his 6 matches against the Blues since moving to Sydney, Buddy has averaged 117.6 SC points and 5.3 goals per match with a high of 183 points in Round 23 of last season (In the Supercoach final!). Placing the VC on Buddy is fraught with risk given his recent injury and his tendency to disappoint when you need a bit score, but if he goes large… Yippee ki yay!
Max Gawn (MEL) Saturday 1:45pm (vs WB) – This week Maxy comes with a large question mark next to his name. In case you were unaware, the Doggies are the team that Maxy has historically struggled against. Since 2013 he has scored 92, 76, 74 and 49 points against the Bulldogs with the 49 points scored in 2016 when he averaged 118ppg across the season. To be fair to Gawn, most ruckmen struggled to face the Dogs in 2016 who were sharking every ruck tap-out on their way to the premiership.
But this season, Maxy is a different man. In the past 6 matches Gawn has high scores of 148, 151 and 168, his team are flying and they play the first match on Saturday suiting the VC. And perhaps the Doggies are not the team they were in 2016!
Jackson Macrae (WB) Saturday 1:45pm (vs Mel) – Like Gawn, Macrae doesn’t have a great Supercoach history against this week’s opponent. Since 2014 Macrae has averaged 100ppg across all regular season matches, but against the Dees he has only averaged 81ppg including 70 points in Round 13 of last season.
However, should we really pay attention to Macrae’s past form? This season he has lifted his 2017 average of 107ppg to 136ppg and few taggers have managed to impact his fantasy scoring. Melbourne has sent taggers to certain midfield guns this season (remember Nathan Jones tagging Tom Mitchell) but will they bother to tag Macrae? And if they do, can a tagger even stop him this season?
Patrick Dangerfield (GEE) Saturday twilight 4:35pm (vs GC) – Since moving to Geelong, Danger’s two scores against Gold Coast have been strong (110 and 132) and he is back in form with a three week average of 128ppg. I’m not sure we can say he is fully back to his old self but he is worth a VC especially with the Suns preferring to tag Selwood last season (not that they have the same coach!). At some stage this season Dangerfield will take hold off a match and really go to town and nobody wants to miss out on those juicy double points!
Dustin Martin (RIC) Saturday night 7:25pm (vs Ess) – Dusty has copped a bit of flack lately for his mid-season lull but signs were good last week that he is about to turn the corner. In the last two seasons he has averaged 129 points in his 3 matches against the Bombers and the Bombers have rarely tagged anyone – at least not successfully – in 2018, so Dusty could go large. The only concern is that you’d want to be able to loop hole his score in case he flops again and that might be a bit difficult as he plays on Saturday night.
Brodie Grundy (COL) Sunday afternoon 3:20pm (vs Fre) – King Kong Grundy has been in seriously great form this season and he now finds himself up against a Fremantle team missing Aaron Sandilands. Grundy has scored 9 straight tonnes after a shocking 95 points in Round 1 and he knows how to punish sides with weak ruckman with 152, 139 and 152 against the Bulldogs, GWS and Carlton (Kreuzer was carrying a groin injury) this season. He makes the perfect Captain candidate because you know he will give you a tonne at the least and a monster score at the best. I am so confident of his magnificence that I will guarantee that if he scores less than 120 points I will quit writing the Captain’s Table in Round 13!
Nat Fyfe (FRE) Sunday afternoon 3:20pm (vs Col) – While he will miss big Sandi, who is injured this week, Fyfe has to receive a mention because he has rediscovered his beast mode. He has a five week average of 129.2 points per week and is coming off 162 points while wearing a Ben Jacobs tag. Like Grundy, his worst is probably going to be at least 100 points and his best could be massive. The Pies are sending run-with players to the best mids in the league but if Jacobs couldn’t stop him, who can?
Thommo’s Top Tips
(Disclaimer: I’m terrible at captain selections!)
- Brodie Grundy
- Patrick Dangerfield
- Nat Fyfe
- Max Gawn
- Dustin Martin
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