O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! My Captain! – Round 4

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VICE CAPTAIN LOOPHOLE OPTIONS

Rory Laird

Average versus Collingwood 76.2 (last three versus – 85, 98 and 68)

An average of 120 across the first three rounds for last year’s All-Australian defender, finding plenty of the footy with an average of 38 disposals per game. Laird gets his points through his run and ability to find and use the ball superbly, starting to look more and more like a captain option each week. Record against the Magpies doesn’t read so well, never having scored a ton against them.

Nat Fyfe

Average versus GWS 121.5 (132, 127 and 105)

Fyfe backed up a solid second round score with a mammoth 160 last week against the Suns, it was joy to many who received double points from the Fremantle skipper. This is good signs for him, and we’ll he comes up against a powerhouse midfield in GWS this weekend, he’s only three games against them suggests he has it covered. Fyfe has kicked a goal in each game so far, but the most fantasy-beneficial stat for him are tackles – recorded eight last week.

Dustin Martin

Average versus Brisbane 104.6 (111, 54 and 129)

Albeit 93 points, it was a sub-par score for Martin against the Hawks last Sunday – who chose to do the team thing on several occasions, rather than slot the goal opportunity. He should be back and firing this week against the Lions, has a high score of 155 against them and the safe option for a loophole.

Marcus Bontempelli

Average versus Sydney 100.4 (92, 140, 140)

Bontempelli’s poor form was quickly forgotten about after a dismal round one display was swept under the rug by a game-winning performance against the Bombers. The young premiership hero is a left field option this week, however he has said some huge scores against the Swans in the past (including his 140 on the biggest stage in 2016), and is looking like picking up some good form.

Lance Franklin

Average versus Western Bulldogs 95.9 (95, 103, 119)

Franklin was held to just two goals in the Battle of the Bridge (are we still calling it that?) – but collected his points around the ground setting up teammates to finish with 106. Due to injuries, the Bulldogs are quite weak down back and it’ll probably be young Aaron Naughton who gets the job on the most dangerous forward in the competition. Expect a field day.

CAPTAIN OPTIONS

Tom Mitchell

Average versus Melbourne 104.5 (108, 79 and 125)

The most in form player in the league, if he’s not in your side he should be number one priority because an average of 155 won’t keep him under $700,000 for long. Unbelievable numbers across the first three rounds, and I don’t see Bernie Vince or anyone from Melbourne stopping him this week. Will be his fourth consecutive week at the MCG, and plays it like it’s his own backyard.

Max Gawn

Average versus Hawthorn 133.7 (168, 115 and 118)

Told us during the week that it’ll tough negating Mitchell in their upcoming fixture, as he’s Gawny’s SuperCoach captain. We love the humour, but I seriously think people should be considering Max this week. Has shown in the past how high is ceiling is, and in-form ruck Ben McEvoy won’t scare him, record against the Hawks speaks for itself. Huge upcoming game for the Demons and for Gawn.

Patrick Dangerfield

Average versus St Kilda 78 (120, 110, 116)

In his early Adelaide days, Dangerfield had troubles against the red black and white – but don’t let that fool you. Returns home for Geelong’s first game at the freshly named GHMBA stadium, a park where he averages 126 across his career and had no troubles dominating on last year. Only owned by 18 per cent, many will be hoping his price drops heavily with a breakeven of 216. So, for them, we’ll check back with you next week. If loophole fails, then he’s a safe bet for current owners.

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