Just want to preface this final edition of Captaincy Candidates by thanking Motts for bringing me on board this year and then the community of readers who have regularly tuned in each week. I’ve often worried at times that people don’t actually read the article and just post their selections below, so thank you to those who have actually engaged with the writing, analysis and statistics – I appreciate it. Takes a couple hours for me to put these together each round, but it’s all worth it if somewhat helps coaches out.
Alright, down to business:
KELLY v Roos
- L3 v Roos: 162, 96, 91 (116 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 118, 77, 102 (99 av.)
As the Eagles only inside MID left standing, Kelly was just phenomenal last week: 30 touches, 15 contested, 9 clearances and a goal. North only managed 1202/3300 SC points total last week, so expect Kelly to feast for 140.
KELLY v Saints
- L3 v Giants: 130, 108, 76 (105 av.)
- L3 @ G: 138, 149, 94 (127 av.)
Looked to be the only Giant trying for parts of the game last week. With 20 kicks to only 4 handballs, 707 meters gained and 13 contested possessions, Kelly reminded us why he’s SC royalty when GWS medical staff aren’t performing experiments on him. Shown his ceiling at the Gabba, a look for 135 if Seb Ross doesn’t go to him.
SATAN v Dons
- L3 v Dons: 108, 89, 95 (97 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 100, 177, 175 (151 av.)
Satan’s stats were fine last week, but just abominable with his use. Expect him to clean that up at Metricon, where he’s gone 170+ twice recently. A lock for 125 this week, 150 if the Dees do the Dons dirty.
GAWN v Dons
- L3 v Dons: 126, 168, 85 (126 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 157, 109, 174 (147 av.)
Not much commentary to provide here: he’s the best SC player in the biz and you’re at a severe deficit without him. Honestly don’t see how he doesn’t go 150 at a minimum this week.
BONTEMPELLI v Dockers
- L3 v Dockers: 95, 132, 79 (102 av.)
- L3 @ CS: 80, 121, 64 (88 av.)
Bont’s become the one constant of the Dogs midfield over the last 7 weeks, leading the Dogs for clearances and contested possessions of late. Might have some work put into him by Serong at CBs and stoppages, but should be able to shake that for 130.
FYFE v Dogs
- L3 v Dogs: 128, 104, 151 (128 av.)
- L3 @ CS: 83 (83 av.)
With the Dogs backing in their own MIDs ahead of the tagging and Freo looking to continue their uptick in form, expect Fyfe to put in 100% to close out the season. A lock for 125.
NEALE v Blues
- L3 v Blues: 106, 159, 134 (133 av.)
- L3 @ G: 151, 113, 72 (112 av.)
I’d be shocked if Curnow doesn’t latch onto him, so do yourself a favor and steer clear of an imminent sub-ton. Plenty of other great options around.
PETRACCA v Dons
- L3 v Dons: 76, 94 (85 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 82, 141, 88 (104 av.)
Harshly scaled last week, but still an exceptional contested possession and ground-ball player. With the Dons letting off large MID scores lately, Racca could close out the season with a 130+.
You’d be a fool not to use Gawn this week. So for me it’s VC/C Gawn and one of J. Kelly or Bont.
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