Here we are: the last Captaincy Candidates for 2021. It’s my second year running the captains and just wanted to say thank you to those who check in each Thursday at midday. Always get great traffic in this space and the comments affirm selections, generate alternatives and keep us all sharp – thank you.
I’ve had one of my worst seasons to date this year, currently sitting 8600 OA after 3 consecutive seasons of Top 2k finishes. The only thing that’s kept me afloat in a season as f*cked as this has been my captaincy selections – and I suppose they of course should given it’s what I’m tasked with at SCT! So, to put my money where my mouth is, here have been my captains from Rounds 1 – 22:
- Round 1: Gawn (93)
- Round 2: Macrae (137)
- Round 3: Grundy (162)
- Round 4: Macrae (137)
- Round 5: Macrae (146)
- Round 6: Gawn (147)
- Round 7: Grundy (144)
- Round 8: Merrett (131)
- Round 9: Gawn (117)
- Round 10: Grundy (138)
- Round 11: Macrae (145)
- Round 12: Laird (144)
- Round 13: Gawn (123)
- Round 14: Neale (156)
- Round 15: Bontempelli (156)
- Round 16: Miller (153)
- Round 17: Merrett (143)
- Round 18: Miller (120)
- Round 19: Macrae (146)
- Round 20: Macrae (131)
- Round 21: Miller (155)
- Round 22: Macrae (136)
*didn’t own Steele or Walsh and no loop for Satan’s annual 200
Now, down to business:
MACRAE v Port
- L3 v Port: 115, 113, 142 (123 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 154, 116, 138 (136 av.)
Port usually not ideal to VC into but Macrae has just had a capital season. Career best 129 av., comfortably M1 and a reliable captain each week. Good for another 130. Given the stakes of the Friday night clash, Bont might also be viable.
MITCHELL v Tigers
- L3 v Tigers: 109, 96, 149 (118 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 150, 171, 118 (146 av.)
All of a sudden the Hawks are playing like a top four side and Titch has snuck into the Top 8. At the MCG and against an Tigers side leaking more MID points than ever, Titch to bring it home with 145.
LYONS v Eagles
- L3 v Eagles: 114, 92, 84 (97 av.)
- L3 @ G: 152, 100, 119 (124 av.)
Named Lyons last week and went to town on the Pies as expected. Will do the same to my Eagles for 150 – who knows what we’re doing. Zorko also serviceable here.
SATAN v Cats
- L3 v Cats: 130, 111, 141 (127 av.)
- L3 @ GMHBA: 141, 127 (134 av.)
How dare he not double ton against the Crows. Good CP numbers (15/28) but shocking use (53% DE; 5 clangers) and rotating attention held him back last week. Got a solid history v Cats and can score down in Geelong, so solid for 125+.
DANGERFIELD v Demons
- L3 v Demons: 140, 154, 126 (140 av.)
- L3 @ GMHBA: 169, 21*, 184 (125 av.)
Been going large down at Kardinia (had the throat injury) and the Demons have let off large MID scores all year. Will safely go 125+ and both he and Satan with the upside to go huge.
PARISH v Pies
- L3 v Pies: 162, 62, 74 (99 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 108, 121, 107 (112 av.)
Pies been great to VC/C into this season and an in form Dons side will relish picking them apart. Parish a lock for 135 and Zerrett also a rock solid fall back for us non-Parish owning peasants.
WALSH v Giants
- L3 v Giants: 71, 132, 80 (94 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 86, 141, 81 (103 av.)
GWS back to tagging, Walsh maybe taking it easy on that ankle, Blues with nothing to play for. Low-ton maybe. See you in 2022, Sammy.
LAIRD v Roos
- L3 v Roos: 105, 93, 106 (101 av.)
- L3 @ AO: 119, 104, 129 (117 av.)
Will want to see the season out strongly and at home v the Roos is a perfect stage. 130+ if he doesn’t send the ball into orbit and kicks straight.
KELLY v Blues
- L3 v Blues: 101, 131, 205 (146 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 148, 94, 132 (125 av.)
CT and bAps were right on the money with Jelly last week. No signs of a lingering injury, played like an $8 million dollar man. Giants slicing teams up, Blues are a meme and Jelly with great match up stats. Solid for 140.
If you’ve got Titch, Jelly or Danger, they’ve got to figure in your calculations this week. For me it’ll be Satan into Zerrett, with Bont on a Friday night and Laird late on Sunday waiting in the wings if I decide to spice things up.
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