A solid start from the popular Captains in Round 1. Our most selected player in the poll was Dangerfield with 138. This was followed by Fyfe with an underwhelming 108, and Treloar, who proved to be a little disappointing with 96. Both played well, so hopefully will improve their output. Other popular selections Pendlebury (146) and JPK (134) continue to be reliable captain options. There was only one major disaster for a few coaches who took a slightly left-field choice. More on that below.
Loophole – With another Thursday night game, we’re provided with a huge amount of options for the Loophole this week. The difficult part is deciding whether to stick with the more popular choices, or try to get the jump on other coaches by going with your gut.
It’d be hard to resist Dusty after his performance last week, but as a pure midfielder this year, his ownership is way down. Any of Treloar, Bontempelli, Dahlhaus, JPK or Buddy would be reasonable options, however after an inspired second half against the Doggies, Pendlebury appears to be over any niggles and in red-hot form (or standard Pendles form). Pendles actually has a pretty average recent record against the Tigs, but it might be best not to over-think it this week, and go with the Collingwood champion.
Recent record against Richmond: 82, 110, 106, 85, 129
Lock – Ideally we’ll avoid mentioning Dangerfield every week, but its not every week his last score was 229 against his upcoming opponent! Paddy destroyed North last year, and with the Kanga’s facing a slide down the ladder, he’s every chance to go very large again.
Fyfe is again playing in the last game of the round, so if you have him, you could loophole either Danger or Gawn on Sunday.
Dangerfield’s recent record against North Melbourne: 229, 123, 101, 91
Fyfe’s recent record against Port: 115, 141, 122
In form – Many coaches have itchy trade fingers this week, and Roo is squarely in the gun, despite potentially only missing a week. After leading the round, Josh J. Kennedy looks set to backup at home against a disappointing St Kilda. Although not known for his consistency, his likely opponent Carlisle looked completely disinterested against the Dees in his come
down back match, which may see JJK get off the chain again.
Recent record against St Kilda: 140, 74, 105, 81, 69
Smokey – Hannebery gave up the booze over summer, but he may have driven most of his coaches to drink, with his lowest score since 2013! A popular choice over pre-season, many were tossing up between JPK and #nobeers, and while the new Sydney captain went large with 134, Hanners could only scrape together 52. He’s a champion though, and I’d expect him to put in a much improved effort for the GF replay.
Recent record against the Dogs: 123, 144, 104
Trap – It was great to see the Bombers field a full strength side, especially for their fans. New captain Dyson Heppell clearly had a lot to play for, and put in a huge first up effort of 152. Great value for those who forked out 513K. However he’s known for consistency, not a high ceiling, and typically only goes large two or three times a year. He definitely has the talent to increase his average, however I’d be waiting for some more evidence before throwing him the C.
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