SATAN v Port
- L3 v Port: 118, 105, 71 (98 av.)
- L3 @ AO: 118, 204, 137 (153 av.)
It was a funny feeling saying in last week’s Verdict “if you’ve got Satan or Petracca, they’re your men this week”, that Satan would “take the Dons straight to hell for 140”, seeing that play out exactly and then NOT owning him! Great job if you started him and backed him in last week. Port to throw everything at the Dees to save their season, tight contest and all at the AO where Satan loves to go large. Safe for 130 and Petracca similarly viable.
MACRAE v Tigers
- L3 v Tigers: 107, 162, 107 (125 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 133, 146, 107 (129 av.)
Looked to be on track for a 120-130 leading into the fourth but fizzled as the Swans mounted a comeback attempt and Macrae found himself on a wing. Not to worry, against the Tigers is a great proposition for a 130 for Macrae.
DUNKLEY v Tigers
- L3 v Tigers: 134, 116, 23 (91 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 117, 113, 73 (101 av.)
A very strong performance from Dunks last week with 31 touches and 11 tackles. Looks to be building into that ceiling and picking up the CP slack with Bont ailing and Libba oddly on a low CBA load. Solid for 120 and a shot to enter 140+ territory if he really gets the game on his terms early.
STEELE v Hawks
- L3 v Hawks: 91, 111, 105 (102 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 154, 132, 73 (120 av.)
A serviceable score from Steele last round but 12/31 contested, only 3 tackles and time out of CBAs still doesn’t bode well. Hawks rotating a bunch of players through their engine room, so Steele should be able to pip another 120 flat but yet to see him recapture his dynamic 2021 ceiling.
CRIPPS v Suns
- L3 v Suns: 73, 99, 123 (98 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 99, 98 108 (102 av.)
67% DE and a lopsided 1:2 K:H ratio clipped old Paddy last week but still looks the goods and had some strong numbers: 31 touches, 11 tackles and a goal. Blues to press the attack and Cripps solid for 125.
MILLER v Blues
- L3 v Blues: 155, 132, 102 (130 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 140, 120, 143 (134 av.)
Copped the hardest tag in years last week: DOUBLE vice gripped by Ash at CBAs and then De Boer coming off the half forward line. Anyone else would have been condemned to a 40. Insanity. Miller still probably the best midfielder at shrugging a tag but only so much you can do when you’re held for four quarters. The problem going forward now is that opposition coaches have seen how the Suns can be silenced when Miller is accounted for – and that brings us to this week, the Blues and Hewett. Despite having tagging in his repertoire, Hewett has been playing that sweeper role, chaining up really nicely with Cripps and actually been finding a lot of his own ball (great CP numbers). Perhaps the Blues don’t unsettle their midfield, which is leading the comp for clearances right now, and Miller could probably handle just Hewett and grind out 120, but only use him as a last resort.
NEALE v Cats
- L3 v Cats: 98, 75, 134 (102 av.)
- L3 @ GMHBA: 75, 132, 94 (100 av.)
I write this all up before Thursday teamsheets but word is O’Connor is coming in for a rested Selwood to tag Neale. Would have been an option otherwise but if O’Connor’s in do yourself a favour and steer clear of the incoming tag-affected sub-ton away from home.
HEENEY v Roos
- L3 v Roos: 87, 123, 116 (109 av.)
- L3 @ SCG: 140, 42, 55 (79 av.)
Heeney a pretty great option for those without Satan or Petracca to VC. Swans to devour the Roos and Heeney looking dynamic in his new OB role and of course slapping them in from every angle up forward- form and role both there. Lines up perfectly with C Macrae if you’ve got the coglioni. Recall ForBucksSake drilling Heeney the other week, could pan out again!
Macrae into Steele for me at this stage. Not thrilled with Steele but Parish’s form and f*cked CBA load has me off him as VC/C material and would prefer not to sweat Miller. Again, Satan or Petracca tonight absolutely the play if you’ve got them and Macrae must figure into your calculations this week.
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