The first two rounds of captaincy selection have been particularly easy to navigate, with the big fellas (Gawn and Grundy) dominating inexperienced opposition. With form starting to become a factor, this week is a little more challenging.
MITCHELL v Tigers
- L3 v Tigers: 124, 149, 128 (132 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 119, 102, 153 (125 av.)
The Tigers tend to pay opposition MIDs little attention and rely of the strength of their own game, so Titch should be free to do his thing. Great record v Tigers, expecting 130.
DUNKLEY v Giants
- L3 v Giants: 169, 87, 77* (111 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 131, 67, 153 (117 av.)
Put an asterisk next the 77 (which was in 2017 when Dunkley was still a pup), otherwise GWS have previously allowed Dunkley to go off the chain by tagging Bont and depriving Macrae of cheap possessions. GWS did run a double tag last week, but Dunkley’s still worth a look for the VC with Bont certain to cop De Boer and Macrae playing off a wing for some reason – can hit 140 if let loose.
GRUNDY v Saints
- L3 v Saints: 144, 109, 113 (122 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 115, 157, 86 (119 av.)
Initially didn’t consider Grundy thinking he’d be double teamed by Marshall and Ryder, but then I noticed Goldy held his own against them in R1. Grundy will just need to match them in hitouts across four quarters to be safe for a serviceable 125.
NEALE v Eagles
With Hutchings not yet returning for the Eagles, Neale should be able to continue his SC rampage. Can conservatively expect a 125 this week.
- L3 v Eagles: 127, 151, 120 (133 av.)
- L3 @ G: 171, 103, 85 (120 av.)
GAWN v Essendon
With Bellchambers yet to master the art of jumping vertically, Gawn should be on track for 130 coming off last week’s near double ton.
- L3 v Essendon: 126, 168, 85 (126 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 119, 99, 134 (117 av.)
FYFE v Port
- L3 v Port: 108, 129, 75 (104 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 124, 151 (138 av.)
Fyfe put in a huge effort last week and re-affirmed his viability as a captaincy candidate, going from single digits at QT to finish on 143. Decent record against Port, but his hot form should put him on track for 125.
BONTEMPELLI v Giants
- L3 v Giants: 90, 63, 141 (98 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 94, 76, 99 ( 90 av.)
This section of the article may as well be named “who is playing GWS this week” this week. De Boer has shredded Bont before, will do so again. Sub-ton coming, steer clear!
ROWELL v Crows
- L3 v Crows: N/A
- L3 v MS: 80, 171 (126 av.)
If I had a loophole option late enough, I would honestly give Rowell a look for the VC. He put up 171 against the Eagles, a dominant premiership side, surely he smashes a Crows team destined for the bottom four. Freakishly good his age, nothing less than 115 this week.
I don’t have Fyfe or Titch, so it’s looking like either Dunkley or Neale into Gawn for me. Yourselves?
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