Still a few teams missing out of action this week, yet out of the teams playing we can make a case for multiple players in each game. Round 12 is set to be another cracker, make sure you’ve got the upper hand with your captain selections.
VICE CAPTAIN LOOPHOLE OPTIONS
Josh P. Kennedy
The two grand finalists from 2016 went head-to-head at the beginning of the year for the same result. Kennedy, who scored 89 that night, has strung together some quality games recently and will provide a good loophole option this week. Considering the game is at the SCG in slippery conditions, you can’t ignore the possibility of JPK exploding. He loves the wet, and before the rematch earlier this year, Kennedy managed 134 in last year’s extraordinary Grand Final.
He has been quiet over the last month, with a score of 99 followed by 81 and most recently 88, with the bye last week this young gun could be well tuned for a solid outing. Bont was huge earlier this season against the Swans with 30 disposals, seven tackles and 140 SuperCoach points. He mirrored his performance from the Grand Final, where he also put up 140 of the best, before that he scored 128 on the Bloods at their home arena. Usually hyped for the big occasion, great option.
Posted 103 on the Dogs in Round 2 and 100 on Grand Final day. Similar position as Bontempelli, he’s been good without being great – averaging 89 from his last three. With the round opener expected to be a wet one, I’d almost look at leaning towards the two previously mentioned players over Buddy. The Swans are also coming off the week off, which helps his case.
The last real loophole option due to the Crows playing on Friday night. Last week, Sloane dropped under 100 for the third time this season thanks to the Scott Selwood tag. Given Sloane’s great history against the Saints, he has a projected score of 122. Sloane averages 136 in his last three encounters with St. Kilda – must be worth something. He has the ability to score through the roof, and already has five scores over 139 for the year (and we’re only halfway). Sloane is third for the most times picked as captain so far this year, and with no Dangerfield this week, you can make a case for Sloane becoming the hottest Captain option this week.
Has been exceptional since joining the Hawks, leading the league in disposals in his first year at the club. Back to back scores of 105 the last two weeks, but before that he scored 158 on the Magpies and 135 against the Lions. Scores of 103, 131 and 144 in his last three matches against the Suns, a team he’ll be looking to take advantage of again this round. Mitchell’s average against Gold Coast is better than any other opponent, by a long stretch too.
Gary Ablett Jnr
Had himself another sensational game against the Eagles last round, scoring 139 points from 36 touches. In his last three against the Hawks, Ablett averages 136 points, and an average of 134 against them over the duration of his glorious career. Ablett also has a venue average of 129 at the MCG, and if you’re one of the small portions of people with him in your side, it would be hard to ignore.
Put his dismal Round 10 performance behind him with a steady 106 against the Magpies last week, faces a much easier challenge this round against Brisbane. He scored just 51 points against the Lions this time last season – however, he should find it much easier this week against them. Always a viable option yet I think there’s better players out there for this round.
With an average of 114 at the halfway point of the year, this youngster has been instrumental for his side, and has really showed his true colours since he’s name has circulated the media due to contract talks. Put together he’s highest SuperCoach score ever last week with 176 against the Bombers. He moves the ball by foot and does it efficiently, he’s a SuperCoach gem and deserves to start getting more mentions here each week. Has only played the Blues twice in his career, with 118 and 78 the results. With the form he’s in, a Captain selection is easily understandable.
Another warrior who’s enjoying a fine patch of form recently, averaging 127 from his last three games. The Collingwood skipper posted 104 points in Round 4 this year, the last time these two met. The two times before this were both on Queen’s Birthday, and endured 122 and 114 respectively. Although it’s a cliché, big players stand up in big games and if none of your loophole options work then this bloke is a safe bet.
LEFT FIELD OPTIONS
Dayne Beams has a handy average of 113 against the Dockers, coming off scores of 132 and 127 has me thinking Beams is ready to explode. 2016 favourite Zach Merrett isn’t as popular this year, yet is probably having just as good if not better a year in comparison, scored 99 and 140 on Port the last two times round.