Typically I place equal weight on the VC and C candidates, however this week is tricky on two levels. Firstly, this week’s three captaincy candidates (Fyfe, Neale, Gawn) stand a cut above the rest on both form and statistical history. However, loophole options look bleak: Sydney plays on Thursday, many traded out their non-playing R3 for Pittonet and there’s no popular loop for Sunday. Thus, the challenge of this round will be getting the VC/C the candidates you actually want.
BONTEMPELLI v Swans
- L3 v Swans: 158, 105, 140 (134 av.)
- L3 @ SCG: 92, 128, 100 (107 av.)
Been a tough couple of weeks for Bont. With De Boer off his back, Dunkley out and the Dogs’ season at a crossroads, I’m expecting him to respond with a 130.
GRUNDY v Giants
- L3 v Giants: 157, 139, 82 (126 av.)
- L3 @ GS: 157, 82, 91 (110 av.)
Not much to discuss here: Grundy is a very good ruck man, Sauce is a very bad ruck man. Expecting 125, a solid option if you don’t have a late enough loop.
ROWELL v Freo
- L3 v Freo: N/A
- L3 @ MS: 141, 171, 80 (131 av.)
This kid is f*cking insane! I touted him last week and after I couldn’t loop Neale and Gawn didn’t play I rolled the dice on him and he delivered. With the Suns improving you can expect Rowell to go at 115+ from here on out.
FYFE v Suns
- L3 v Suns: 124, 160, 140 (141 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 166, 124, 151 (147. av)
The stats speak for themselves: 140+ averages against the Suns and at Metricon. He’ll be a popular trade in for Dunkley this week, will reward owners immediately upwards of 130.
NEALE v Crows
- L3 v Crows: 148, 110,55 (104 av.)
- L3 @ G: 166, 171, 103 (147 av.)
I thought he might cop some attention from the Eagles last week, but he continues to dominate. Crows will put up feeble resistance, so you can lock Neale in for 140.
GAWN v Cats
- L3 v Cats: 116, 139, 93 (116 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 119, 99, 134 (117. av)
With Stanely out (who would’ve been dominated anyway), Gawn is going to reach even greater heights v the four gamer Darcy Fort. Expecting a minimum of 150 from Gawn, with a double-ton definitely on the cards.
MITCHELL v Roos
- L3 v Roos: 75, 106, 178 (120 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 108, 192, 79 (126 av.)
A lot of people will be tempted Titch on a Sunday however he understandably hasn’t recaptured his Brownlow-year form just yet. While he may put up a 120~, the aforementioned C options are just too compelling. Look elsewhere.
BOAK v Eagles
Boak and Port have been popping off up at a Metricon over the last few weeks – conversely, the Eagles are (unfortunately) useless in Queensland. Boak on track for a 120 here.
- L3 v Eagles: 95, 95, 71 (87 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 159, 125, 76 (120 av.)
Won’t be surprised if Gawn, Fyfe and Neale combine for 500 SC this week. So, for me, you’ve got look at a 2 of them for the VC/C.
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