O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain, My Captain! – Round 17

We’re nearing the pointy end of our SuperCoach season and for those looking to better their ranking, there’s no time more important to get your captaincy selections correct.

VICE-CAPTAIN OPTIONS

Patrick Dangerfield

SuperCoach’s favourite son has been in unbelievable form recently – averaging 159.2 points in his last five outings, with scores of 165 and 192 in his last two games.

Patrick Dangerfield loves playing against Hawthorn and has an almost perfect record against just about every team in the competition, but there’s something even more special about his performances against the Hawks. Despite a lousy output of just 90 points in their one face-off earlier this year, it’s hard to forget the dominant display Dangerfield produced against Hawthorn last year that saw him rack up a huge 162 SuperCoach points. Averages 114.22 points against the brown and gold across his entire career.

Simply, he’s your best option this week undoubtedly. Everyone knows he’s the best player on the planet right now and firms for prime picking as your vice-captaincy option this week given his matchup with the Hawks falls in the early Saturday afternoon timeslot. Lock that ‘VC’ on Dangerfield.

Tom Mitchell

It’s hard to find a contender – other than Dangerfield – for your vice-captaincy option but Tom Mitchell is another safe bet you could keep in mind.

Having fallen below the 100-point mark just once this year (coincidentally against the Cats in Round four), Mitchell is as consistent as you could hope for.

Averaging 116.6 points for the year, Mitchell’s only doubt as a captaincy option is his capacity to score big, big scores. It’s hard to lock the ‘VC’ on Mitchell with as much conviction given just three scores equal to or above 130 points for the season from him. There’s no doubt he’ll get you a score around that 110-120 mark almost guaranteed, however at this point of the season we want more from our captains.

In saying that, Mitchell’s last two weeks have produced scores of 128 and 130 points, which are both very, very good scores, and for many may be the best low-risk option. If you want something a little more different maybe take the punt, otherwise, Dangerfield’s still the man.

 

CAPTAINCY OPTIONS

Sam Docherty

Sam Docherty is another high-ownership player who has been in great form of late.

Has not only averaged 121.1 points per game for the year but has a handy record against the Bulldogs – including scores of 145 and 110 in his last two against them.

Likely to win the Blues’ best and fairest this year, Docherty has not fallen below the 120-point mark since Round nine this year. He has been in sublime form all year and plays on Sunday which is handy, meaning we have a solid backup option if our vice-captaincy loophole falls through.

He’s also coming off a big 34-disposal, 10-mark, seven-tackle performance against Melbourne last week.

Dayne Zorko

Brisbane Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko is one of the more popular players being brought in to most people’s sides this week, and also firms as a great option for your captaincy this week.

Playing on Sunday afternoon, Zorko faces Richmond – a side he fares pretty well against with scores of 115 and 118 in his last two against the Tigers.

Coming off a 196-point performance it’s easy to see why people are jumping on the Zork-Train. Despite a few up and down games throughout the year (understandable given Brisbane’s three wins), Zorko has managed to average 116 points for the season. Just 6.7% of teams have Zorko so, in reality, he’s the perfect kind of player that it’s worth taking a punt on – his confidence is up, he’s scoring well and could be a captaincy option that boosts your team above the rest.

Josh Kelly

Another player who has been in fine form all season, Josh Kelly has been unreal for an only 22-year-old.

Averaging 113.9 points for the year, Kelly is another player (like Zorko), whom could be a unique captaincy option for the 11.9% of teams that have him in their side’s.

In addition, he has averaged 124.6 points in the last five games and is also coming off a 34-possession, 10-tackle performance in the Giants’ draw with Hawthorn. Despite Kelly yet to put up a 100 plus point score against the Swans (GWS’ opponent this weekend), he can be given leeway given his age and 2017 having been his breakout year.

 

LEFT FIELD OPTIONS

Michael Walters is the most obvious ‘unique’ option for those that have him – averaging 127.7 points in his last five and has scored above 100 points in his last three games. Worth considering for the 4.1% of teams that have him, especially as a captain of difference if your vice-captaincy loophole isn’t a success.

Bryce Gibbs has been in fine form as well. A score of 208, four weeks ago and has still managed an 114-point average across his last three outings.

Young Demon Clayton Oliver sits in 23.5% of teams at the moment and scored his season-high of 142 points against the Crows earlier this year. Only averaging 103 points in his last three though.

Geelong’s Sam Menegola has been huge all year and posted scores of 123, 130 and 88 in his last three outings. Scored 126 points earlier this year against the Hawks, of which he also collected 31 disposals (at 87% efficiency), five marks and 10 tackles.

Tom Rockliff has been up-and-down all year but posted 176 points against the Tigers earlier this year. Also, doesn’t mind Etihad Stadium: put up two scores above 150 points their last year.

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