Captaincy Candidates – Round 12

Written by Gunboat Diplomacy on August 13 2020

Vice-Captaincy Candidates

KELLY v Swans

  • L3 v Swans: 116, 91, 88 (98 av.)
  • L3 @ OS: 94, 107, 104 (102 av.)

A bye will have done Kelly in particular some good and expecting the Giants to slap up the Swans purely on MID depth alone. He’ll either serve a low ton or go 140, with the weakness of Sydney making the latter more likely.

NEALE v Roos

  • L3 v Roos: 140, 98, 74 (104 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 149, 157, 152 (153 av.)

While North have abandoned McDonald as a tagger given his utility down back, I’d be floored if they didn’t put some work into Neale. That said, his ceiling and form means he could probably fight through it for 130.


  • L3 v Pies: 92, 85, 66 (81 av.)
  • L3 @ G: 99, 83, 85 (89 av.)

Never know which Dee to tout, Racca or Satan. Both equally viable options this week for 125. Just think Racca’s contested possession and hardball get work might give him an edge in a tight battle against the Pies.

Captaincy Candidates

FYFE v Blues

  • L3 v Blues: 147, 154, 98 (133 av.)
  • L3 @ OS: 130, 112, 101 (114 av.)

Despite rotating FWD more to give Serong and Brayshaw increased MID minutes, Fyfe’s ability to hit the scoreboard and move up into stoppages and break open the game make him solid for 140 against a faltering Blues side.

MACRAE v Crows

  • L3 v Crows: 119, 177, 118 (138 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 162, 169, 122 (151 av.)

Slightly concerned Keays may give him some attention despite his excellent record against Adelaide and at MS. Similar to Neale in that you’ve got to weigh his elite ceiling v the potential of being tagged. Still think he’ll serve up 130 at a minimum.


  • L3 v Dons: 100, 128, 59 (96 av.)
  • L3 @ G: 86, 129, 70 (95 av.)

Has creeped up to 10% ownership, and rightly so. The Dons smaller sized engine room and shallow ruck stocks will set Steele up for CBA dominance and a score of 125+.

Steer Clear


First time I’ve done a double steer clear, but I think it’s warranted if Big Maxxy gets up. Gawn and Grundy have been the premier captaincy duo for a while, but both are severely underdone and playing alongside second fiddle ruckman. Expect them to cancel each other out and rest FWD at times. Sub-tons for both.

GAWN v Pies

  • L3 v Pies: 153, 99, 76 (109 av.)
  • L3 @ G: 87, 46, 97 (77 av.)


  • L3 v Dees: 84, 86, 98 (99 av.)
  • L3 @ G: 147, 100, 110 (119 av.)

Smoky Pick


  • L3 v Crows: 140, 120, 97 (119 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 96, 87, 105 (96 av.)

Bont’s juicy 138 was eclipsed by Macrae’s near double ton last round, but he’s back to playing on the ball with Dunkley forcing Bailey Smith out instead. Expecting Bont to back it up with another 130, more if Keays works on Macrae.


Neale into Macrae for me. Like I said, both might cop attention but if you miss a 160 from either of them you’ll be at a huge disadvantage v the rest of the competition.


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33 thoughts on “Captaincy Candidates – Round 12”

  1. SOS (Son of Shaggi) has a real problem.

    At this stage he has everybody in his 30 man squad playing so looking like no loopholing for captain
    He has gone Coniglio for the V and Neale for the C.
    Perhaps hoping that Schoenberg gets dropped as Talia, Hamill and Sloane likely to be inclusions.

    Any thoughts from coaches would be most welcome.


    1. i’m in a similar position.
      My two non playing guys are from games waaaay early in the round

      So my vice captains option must come from the giants/swans game

      Putting the C on Macrae at this point.


  2. Thanks GD

    My latest loophole is playing Sat in the Brisbane /North game.

    This means I can’t V/C Neale.

    Looks like Kelly into Neale / Macrae.

    Hopefully Kelly can get off the chain v the Swans Midfield.
    It’s basically Parker and a bunch of kids at the moment.

    Thanks again Gunboat.


  3. Fantastic work – considering Lloyd for the VC as Collins (GC Def, 110), Short (RICH Def 110), and Saad (ESS Def 115) scored amongst the best against GWS in recent outings… would their roles suit Lloyd’s potential to go large against the Giants? Thanks!


  4. Neale is probably a better bet if you’ve got him, but if you don’t, Goldstein vs McInerney could also be a good option for the 9.5 percent of coaches who have him.


  5. Jelly into Neale.

    Though I like the smoky pick of Bont. I can’t see him dipping below 120 if Keays goes to Macca


      1. Adelaide bleed points against opposition Mids….

        Sydney elected to tag Macrae for the first half against Doggies and Bont went 160+ that game.

        Keays goes to Macrae, Bont goes large imo


  6. Danger should be back in the midfield against the Power he’s had his 2 week rest up forward & Esava is back for Geelong, like him or Kelly VC into Neale.

    I don’t currently have a none playing player somehow though if Bennell is back in & Rivers keeps his spot.


  7. I decided this year to start two players unlikely to get games, just so I had extra e and v/c options…they are Comden, and O’Neill from WC. I chose them on the basis of the original draw, but its also worked out well with the revised draw. It looks like many will not be able to do the c loop this round. I’m taking the c off Comden this round and giving it to O’Neill.
    My strategy has also allowed an additional emerg loop in most rounds. The draw back is two less rookies to fatten, but then there are trades saved. I’m certain this strategy has helped me to my current 1667 ranking, despite the r3 disaster when I slipped to 32k.

    Like to hear some others’ thoughts.


    1. I also went Comben from North for the same reason – way back before round 1 started, when we had a 23 round fixture, I calculated North had the most Sunday games so he was a good option for Capt loophole. I also had David from Adel who I held until R7 when he became Rankine, and don’t regret that move.

      At this stage (before knowing who is in / out this round) Comben isn’t much help to me playing Sat arvo as I don’t really have any VC options from the Thurs night or Friday night games (prob. only Whitfield). If Gawn is out, that helps in that respect but doesn’t hep in that he is my Ruck. Unless Draper is in.


  8. Very tempted to go Oliver or Petracca as Captain as Collingwood refuse to put time into opposition players. Laird did as he pleased and can’t forget them letting Mitchell get 50 in that infamous game.
    It’s a risk but one or both will go large IMO.

    I’m thinking Petracca into Macrae as I don’t have Neale.


  9. Hi guys. Just wondering what everyone would do. I went Lloyd VC into Neale C. Opponent went Kelly VC into Neale C. Lloyd ends up scoring 137. Do you
    thumbs up take Lloyd’s score and do the Captain loophole.
    Thumbs down and take a punt on Neale as C and leave it. Brisbane are playing North, so he could get his average.


    1. I’m in the exact same boat. Went Lloyd VC last night. 137 is an awkward score. It’s obviously very good but I’ve got guys like Neale/Oliver/Grundy who could all go enormous. McDonald for Norf hasn’t been tagging of late so I think I’m going to go with Neale as C.


      1. Yeah, it’s a hard one but I think he’ll get a Jed Anderson tag. He tagged Patty Cripps when they played Carlton and limited him. I’m not sure what to do to tell you the truth. Projections are close either way and I get Wicks 34 as Emergency if I do it. I think I might leave it because of that


  10. Thoughts please,
    Neale vc
    Macrae c
    Have Watson as loop, for Noble or Day, is it worth the effort?

    Tu. Yes
    Td No


  11. So Vc’d J.Kelly think I might Captain
    T.Mitch T/U or Dusty T/D.
    Also have Walters and Sciliy.

    Cheers in advance


    1. I had the C on Bont but decided to take Neale’s VC and play it safe for the League win!

      I’ll never question the smoky pick again GD. Great stuff.



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