Captaincy Candidates – Round 6

Written by Gunboat Diplomacy on July 9 2020

With the hubs moving to Sydney and Perth, just wanted to a give a quick disclaimer not to read into some candidates’ last three at a particular ground as much as you usually would given how far back I’ve had to go. Eg. for Neale’s last 3 at the SCG I had to go back to 2014 seeing though he hasn’t played up there that much – while still important, venues shouldn’t be weighted as heavily as opponent, form and history in some cases.

Vice-Captaincy Candidates

NEALE v Cats

  • L3 v Cats: 103, 132, 83 (106 av.)
  • L3 @ SCG: 110, 44, 86 (80 av.)

Not expecting Neale to score like he does up at the Gabba, but his form is hot that you’ve got to bring him into your calculations. Hard to see him falling short of 130.


  • L3 v Pies: 167, 158, 128 (151 av.)
  • L3 @ GS: 101, 181, 98 (127 av.)

Teased owners with a taste of old Titch two weeks ago. Got a feeling he goes big against the Pies with a 140~. Feeling so strong on Titch that I might deal with Rowell later and bring him in this week!

YEO v Crows

  • L3 v Crows: 98, 115, 94 (102 av.)
  • L3 @ Gabba: 71, 83, 91 (82 av.)

Been trying to keep things quiet on Yeo as I was hoping to have him all to myself as a POD lol. Returned to his best last week with team high tackles and CBAs and an elite pressure rating. With the Crows barely a team, he’s a lock for 120 minimum.

Captaincy Candidates

GAWN v Suns

  • L3 v Suns: 109, 148, 112 (123 av.)
  • L3 @ GS: 55* (55 av.)

Initially dismissed Gawn because he’s coming up against an established ruckman in Witts. However Fort and Ratugolea were able to match Witts for hit-outs last week, so Gawn will be solid for 130. Only played at GS once in 2013.

KELLY v Port

  • L3 v Port: 130, 92, 90 (104 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 124, 75, 92 (97 av.)

Clicked into form as predicted last week, just finding so much space on the wing. Intense match-ups between the inside MIDs should again free up Kelly again. A safe bet for 120. Whitfield may also be worth a look.


  • L3 v Blues: 112, 104, 145 (120 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 58* (58 av.)

Bont will look to respond strongly after being being muzzled last week. With the Blues yet to use Curnow to tag this season, Bont should be good for 125. Only played at MS once in 2014.

Steer Clear

FYFE v Saints

  • L3 v Saints: 63, 145, 126 (111 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 71, 166, 124 (120 av.)

Apparently Fyfe is set to play this week (this article is published before teamsheets are out), which is great for those who held him – however he’ll certainly have managed minutes and the attention of Steele, sub-ton incoming.

Smoky Pick

MACRAE v Blues

  • L3 v Blues: 150, 97, 141 (129 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 97, 101* (99 av.)

Macrae returned to playing on the ball last week with team high CBAs and even then he didn’t ton up. No doubt in a spot of poor form, but his history v Blues means he might be worth a cheeky look. History at MS dates back to 2013 and 2014.


Probably Neale into Gawn for me this week. Becoming repetitive, but their form and ceiling is just irresistible!


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37 thoughts on “Captaincy Candidates – Round 6”

    1. Hey, Sam.

      Usually Grundy’s always worth a mention, but with the Pies playing early I think there are better VC options. With Ceglar out, Grundy’s up against McEvoy this week; scored 145, 95 and 92 last time they squared off. Just worried he might put up an awkward 125~.


        1. Sorry, out as no. 1 ruck. Apparently they’re going to give McEvoy a run at Grundy first. Probably end up double teaming him.


  1. I’ve got all 3 vice captains choices. Please help me decide!
    T/U: Neale into Titch
    T/D: Neale into Yeo
    Comment: Titch into Yeo


  2. Just keeping it simple this week.
    Neale tonight into Grundy tomorrow night.
    Understand Grundy could miss a big score but always nice to have captaincy out of the way by a Friday night.
    Take 125-130 from Neale and lock it in


    1. Grundy has 145 against a solo ruck McEvoy in 2019, & a 95 in 2018 was round `1 though & Brodie has a bit of history with R1 scores up until this season, he looks a very safe VC


  3. Thanks GB

    Is Ceglar confirmed out?

    I was going to loophole him anyway,but if he’s out for a few weeks he may need to be traded.

    If he does miss, at least he won’t bleed any cash. 🙂

    No mucking around this week with Neale into Grundy.

    Thanks again.


  4. I’m going grundy into gawn….but as an aside…

    Last week took grundy as vc and he gets 151… I loophole to take a 150 score…why wouldn’t you? But I was seriously tempted to roll the dice on either neale or gawn as scores are higher this year…?
    Neale 130, Gawn gets a 163….

    So – what is now an acceptable vc score to take – is 150 the ‘new’ 130 of last year?

    With shorter quarters, less disposals per player – SC has had to accelerate scores of players to reach that 3300 points thingy they need…. So in this crazy year, less output gets more score for each player……

    Do rucks benefit more from this? 140+ for a ruck is common now? Last week, 3 over 150, another 4 over 130

    Are defs the big winner….how many defs have ever been over 100+ at this time of the year? Currently 8….normally….3 or 4?

    Forwards – 9 of them have a 100+ avg…normally say 5 if they are mid/fwd?

    Mids – 37 have 100+ avg…….

    Finding / managing a good cash cow to generate some money to buy into the 100+ players on any of these lines is difficult and probably a few more weeks away, especially with all the sideways trades due to injuries….so captaincy scores are (always) important, but perhaps more so now?

    So what is the new ‘minimum’ to take as the VC score?

    Just a random thought..


    1. Hey, Cuzza.

      Think you’re absolutely on the money there. Passmark for VC is 140+ this season imo. I’ve advised people, and done so myself, to turn down 130s when there’s a reliable C option later in the weekend. CD have been awarding some monster first quarter scores.

      Eg. site regular Jeannot (ranked around 1k) passed on Neale’s 130 last week after missing Grundy and backed in Gawn, who went 163. In previous seasons, passing on a 130 would have been derided as lunacy – but you’ve got to look for an edge where you can.


    2. I used to think 125 so bumping it to 130 seems fine to me, anynore than that still feels greedy to me,

      On DEF scoring better I think a few things are in there favor, intercept possessions were always gold but they’ve clearly been bumped up in this scoring format, it’s easier for defenders to have high disposal efficiency so more effective disposals, clanger kicks seem to be almost negative 8 at the moment that’s a 12+ point turn around an effective kick, spoils were (depending on state of game) 1 point now look like they are closer to 3.


    1. He is due a massive score very soon based off his history. If you don’t have Neale and you have either Gawn or Grundy waiting in the wings as a backup then he is a great option IMO.


  5. Only non-playing rookie will be Noble so limits my loophole options..

    Danger into Gawn for me !


    1. Wow, your doing better than most.
      Teams not announced yet, so counting chickens before they hatch?


      1. Definitely spoke too soon hey.

        Brander and D Cameron not named. Emergency and Captaincy loophole now though #silverlining

        Grundy into Gawn


  6. Hey mate I have no idea who to captain and need a big score to get me over the line in league matches I have kelly who apparently might cop sutcliffe, macrae who although had the most cbas last week I’m not sure if he is the macrae of last year and I also have Cripps who I just have no idea about tbh. Please help


    1. Argh. I’d go Cripps. Dogs don’t tag, whereas Macrae’s in poor form and Kelly might cop Suctcliffe.



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