Captaincy Candidates – Round 9

Written by Gunboat Diplomacy on May 13 2021

Vice-Captaincy Candidates

GRUNDY v Swans

  • L3 v Swans: 147, 165, 167 (160 av.)
  • L3 @ SCG: 165, 167, 105 (146 av.)

Only the 23 HOs against Goldstein last week but did mad work across the ground with 25 touches, 10 contested and 5 clearances. Plays Sydney and the SCG well, should be good for another 120 this week.


  • L3 v Port: 114, 130, 129 (124 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 161, 114, 130 (135 av.)

Shockingly neither Big Dog copped attention last week. Bont notched up 32 touches, 19 contested, 10 clearances and a clutch tackle and goal in the last. Got a good ceiling down in Adelaide, a lock for 125+ unencumbered.


  • L3 v Port: 113, 142, 51 (102 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 102, 113, 142 (119 av.)

After 7 consecutive weeks as the Dogs’ top CBA attendee, Macrae was down to 4th behind Bont, Libba and Treloar on 20. Chalk that up as an anomaly and expect Macrae to bounce back this week with a 120, more if Bont and Libba are manned closely at stoppages.

Captaincy Candidates


  • L3 v Freo: 111, 104, 121 (112 av.)
  • L3 @ MRVL: 115, 105, 111 (110 av.)

Reliably accumulates plenty, just a matter of his CP ratio, clearance numbers and impact on the day. With Freo flailing and the Dons deserving of win, pencil Zerrett in for another 130.

SATAN v Blues

  • L3 v Blues: 127, 158, 88 (124 av.)
  • L3 @ MCG: 125, 114, 115 (118 av.)

Yet to have a monster game but plodding along nicely as the #7 MID. If the Blues didn’t tag last week, Satan should be freed up to vibe with a dominant Maxxy at the G and sail to another 125.

GAWN v Blues

  • L3 v Blues: 184, 121, 79 (128 av.)
  • L3 @ MCG: 112, 147, 172 (144 av.)

Pitttonet underdone, Jackson now out and tremendous scoring history against his opponent and at the G. Back Big Maxxy in to bounce the f*ck back this week with a 140.

Steer Clear


  • L3 v Roos: 143, 75, 106 (108 av.)
  • L3 @ UTAS: 90, 159, 106 (118 av.)

Seems like an odd proposition after 41 touches and 147 but he’ll get Turner this week, who’s recently turned his hand to tagging smaller framed MIDs. Likely a sub-ton, best case scenario a low-ton.

Smoky Pick

LYONS v Suns

  • L3 v Suns: 113, 142, 114 (123 av.)
  • L3 @ MS: 126, 121, 115 (121 av.)

Flown under the radar as the #3 MID this year, benefiting from Rayner going down early and later Neale. Yet to sub-ton and got the ceiling v Suns and at Metricon to go 130 this week. If you’re among the sage 2% who’ve got him (looking at you RB!), gotta give him the VC this week.

Given Lyons’ low ownership, Guthrie, Laird and J. Kelly are all also solid smoky picks this week.


Finally a clear cut week for captains. Drilled the VC on Zerrett last week, it’s gotta be Grundy into Gawn for me this time around. Will take whatever Bont and Macrae serve up as icing.


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44 thoughts on “Captaincy Candidates – Round 9”

  1. Honoured to get a mention in your Captaincy column GD. Haha….

    Waiting for the Rare Gems to land. I’m going to push off the sight screen this week as I come in on off the long run to spruik Lyons.


    1. I had him as Captain last week and he got me over the line for a 1 point win in my work league


  2. Average CBA% for Gawn and Jackson in 2020/2021
    Gawn with Jackson 89%/11% (5 games)
    Gawn with no Jackson 95%/5% (9 games)
    Gawn with Jackson 75%/25% (8 games)
    Gawn with no Jackson (0 games)


    1. Gawn and Weiderman shared CBA ruck duties in 1 game in 2020. The CBA% split was 96/4% in Round 6.


  3. Probably Gawndy this week but i was wondering is there enough time between 1:45 and 4:35 game?


    1. Will be very tight for sure. Some live scores been slow to update in last quarters on Fanfooty recently too….

      A great point for all coaches though too Nateo, make sure you have that loop player planned out. The way the games are scheduled this week will take most of my DNP’s out early in the round.


  4. Thanks GD

    My first choice is Bont into Gawn, but I don’t have a loop to make it happen.

    Grundy will work, but I’m thinking something a little left field and going Steele. I’m unsure of his record v the Cats but its at Marvel and he’s due for a good score. I have faith in Max if he fails anyway.

    Thanks again for Captains and all you do on this site.

    Between you and Chaos Theory I have a new found fondness for Eagles Supporters. Weird. 😉


    1. Mills a sneaky option v The Pies at the SCG .

      He has been up and down, but maybe this week he puts two big scores together in a row.

      T/U Steele.

      T/D Mills.

      Comment. Grundy.


      1. Appreciate it, FT. Thanks.

        Here are the stats for Mills and Steele:

        MILLS v Pies:

        L3 v Pies: 74, 100, 83 (86 av.)
        L3 @ SCG: 101, 84, 87 (91 av.)

        Scoring history probably not that relevant given this is his first year as an inside MID. Pies letting opposition MIDs find plenty of it lately (Zerrett 34, Parish 42, Miller 34, etc.), so could be worth a look.

        STEELE v Cats

        L3 v Cats: 86, 120, 95 (100 av.)
        L3 @ MRVL: 91, 104, 150 (115 av.)

        Omitted him this week because he looks a touch underdone of late; strapped up, often resting at HF and behind Jones and Crouch on CBAs last week.

        If you’re set on an early smoky VC, I’d give Mills a look. Best of luck whoever you roll with, FT. Catch ya.


        1. Thanks GD.

          I missed the last Saints game.I may pass on Steele this time then.
          That 150 last time at Marvel is tempting though.He seems pretty unlikely to replicate that if not fully fit. I’m hoping Crouch keeps up those CBA’s. 😉

          I agree its hard to get a read on Mills. He could do anything.
          I think I will take a punt though as Gawn should be great back up.

          Thanks again and good luck.


          1. from memory – he’s also been butchering the ball a bit of late with a poor DE … or at least as deemed by CD scoring?


            1. Yeah, running at 67% DE this season with a season low 51% and 6 clangers last week.


  5. Most likely go with the usual, stick with the rucks.
    The late update to Grundy’s final score last week was costly.
    Only other consideration is VC on Duncan?
    What is your sage advice GD?


    1. Can’t go wrong with Grundy into Gawn this week, yeah.

      But no harm done if you want to spice it up with VC Duncan, can always fall back onto Gawn.

      Here are his stats:

      DUNCAN v Saints

      L3 v Saints: 100, 116, 108 (108 av.)
      L3 @ MRVL: 58, 124, 116 (99 av.)


      1. Thank GD, very prompt reply.
        I will ponder it, but I usually take the obvious one.

        Great post as always. Thanks again.


  6. Max Gawn – “Sam’s (Weideman) done that role (2nd ruck) for us previously, Tom McDonald and Ben Brown have done it. We’ve got some options. Gawny is going to take up a big part of our ruck this week.”
    Simon Goodwin


    1. I’d go Grundy, Kev. His stats and analysis laid out in the article.

      Ziebell might be a little proppy after last week and Hall is really starting to eat into his economy.


  7. Gee with Hawthorn playing early this week is really throwing my loopholing options out the window. Might just have to play a straight bat this week.
    I have a choice of 3 on who to bench.
    TU Poulter
    TD Rowe
    Comment Scott.


    1. Bench Rowe. He sucks interstate, playing Eagles in Perth, low floor.

      We’ll have Who To Field up later as well.


    1. I hope you are going to take his score? I was tempted to VC Guthrie then decided not to and went Grundy into Gawn instead.


  8. In points league took Capt off Lyon coz I vc’d Guthrie, in premier leagues have Ziebell vc and Capt on Zerrett.

    Should I:

    TU Keep Zerrett Capt or
    TD Curse you all and make last minute/second change to Gawny………..Hahahahahaaaa……

    ps Blame Bowes for getting injured an’ Cox for not playing (sulk)



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