VICE CAPTAIN LOOPHOLE OPTIONS
Average versus Collingwood 97.0 (92, DNP & 104) Week by week he just keeps getting harder to ignore. Macrae has jumped up to 18% ownership up from just 1% in week one. He is currently ranked second in the league for total disposals, but his scoring potential doesn’t stop here. He also rates elite for both clearances (7 per game) and tackles at seven a game as well. He is on a Supercoach scoring tear at the moment with a three round average of 174 points. If that isn’t enough to take a VC punt on I don’t know what is. Levi Greenwood’s return is the only worry.
Average versus Western Bulldogs 77.4 (82, 107 & 63) Ignore the average against the Doggies, Grundy has been immense this year and he is coming up against a team with no dominant ruckman. He manages more than 20 disposals a game which is above average for a ruckman, and is going at 37 hitouts a game and 11.4 hitouts to advantage to go with it. He is projected to have a score of 127 but I wouldn’t be surprised if that ends up being much higher.
Average versus St Kilda 89.5 (146, 74, 82) Pretty well down this season, well compared to his multi award winning season from 2017. He is in the midst of a minor form slump, last week he did manage to crack the tonne in a well beaten Tigers outfit, I would expect both Martin and Richmond will be more than up and about this week. Last season he picked up 146 points and three brownlow votes against the Saints, with the Tigers looking to find their way back on the winners list expect Dusty to be at the forefront and on the end of a few goals. LANCE FRANKLIN Average versus Brisbane 110.3 (last three versus – 160, 106 & 90) Buddy finally made his return from injury last week against Fremantle. He picked up a handy 112 on return and should only build from here. Last year against Brisbane Buddy had a field day. He kicked eight goals and 160 supercoach points to go with it. He is currently taking over six shots at goal a week and managing 3.5 goals a game, we should see both of these numbers inflated against a Brisbane team that gives up the second most amount of points per game in the AFL. My personal best pick for VC this week. Embed from Getty Images
Average versus Adelaide 77.5 (57, DNP & 98)
The most dominant ruckman in the game has been more than serviceable as a captaincy choice the past five weeks. His average in this span of games has been 143 with a low score of just 121. His opponent this week Sam Jacobs is in somewhat of a form slump at the moment, I would suggest the best tap ruckman will be taking serious advantage of this. He is the only ruckman in the elite category for both hitouts and hitouts to advantage, this won’t be changing this week.
Average versus West Coast 89.0 (127, 113 & 36)
A return to form for Mitchell in a dismal performance from the Hawks against the Lions last week. There is a slight chance that one of the stoppers for the Eagles lines up next to Mitchell on Sunday (Yeo or Hutchings). Now granted he was stopped by tagger Ben Jacobs early on this season, nobody else in the AFL is really of his tagging standards. Mitchell is a contested beast, so even with a tag I wouldn’t expect this to drop, he also averages nearly 10 clearances a game. More of a risky captain choice with his latest yo-yo scoring but is a late game choice should your VC fail to fire.
Average versus North Melbourne 120.8 (139, 126 & 141)
Fyfe seems to be the safe option for the captaincy role with the last game of the round. His career average against the Roos speaks for itself, but his last three alone say a whole lot more. He has managed over 120 in five of his nine matches this year and this form has him in many eyes leading the brownlow at the completion of round nine. With the home field advantage of Optus Stadium this game could be a close one, if so there will be plenty of points on the line in the final quarter. Lock him in for another big score this week.