Thankfully, we are back to five games on a Saturday with plenty of options at our disposal. Here are some of the players likely to deliver in Round 9.
VC Loophole Options
While it is likely Gray will bide most of his time up forward, it should be a blessing considering his opposition. His goalkicking exploits were on full display last weekend in the Showdown, booting six goals en route to 122 SuperCoach points. Port would expect to get a big win and if they do, Robbie should get on the end of a few.
Only six centre bounces for Dangerfield but he looked imposing whenever the footy went near him last week, racking up 137 points. Another strong total is on the cards up against a dismal Dons outfit. Like Gray, he should hit the scoreboard while up forward.
Nathaniel Fyfe would probably be leading the Brownlow at the minute and has tonned up in all but one game in 2018. He faces the Swans on Saturday who he averages a formidable 106 points against across his career. A safe VC bet considering he can dominate even if his side isn’t victorious.
A must-have vice-captain (or captain) option. Grundy is in ominous form at the minute and faces Saints ruckman Tom Hickey, who has conceded back-to-back 120+ scores from opposition ruckman. A no brainer for Grundy owners.
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Clayton Oliver punched the air with joy when the verdict came down that Ed Curnow would miss this weekend. Thanks to Tribunal’s eventual decision Oliver should be left to roam free against the Blues on Sunday. Having surpassed 120 points in four games this season, he is worthy of the captain’s armband.
Tom Mitchell has had a few down weeks this season due to tags. The ball-magnet has topped 140 points three times but has also fell below 80 twice. Considering the Lions let Jack Macrae rack up 47 touches last week, it seems unlikely a stopper will go to him on Sunday.
Selecting NicNat as captain is certainly a risk but it appears to be a risk worth taking, especially if Nankervis is a late out. Regardless, Naitanui should benefit from extended game-time after the week off. Nankervis will get monstered in the hit-outs if he plays, so expect a season-high score from the Eagle. Follow @battenball96