O Captain! My Captain!

Oh Captain, My Captain – Round 13

With one more bye round left, we’ve only got to get through one more week of those particularly annoying blue dots, and then we can put them behind us for another year. Until then, unfortunately, it means that not all of our premiums are available for us to pick from. Fortunately, there are still plenty of tasty options to take a look out for Round 13. Let’s investigate further:

VICE CAPTAINS

Patrick Dangerfield

As good as he is, it would take a very brave SuperCoach to put all your metaphorical eggs into the Dangerfield basket as he is playing tonight (ahead of another six Round 13 games), but with some doughnuts likely to be on your field, the loophole shouldn’t be an issue for you if you choose to put the VC tag on Dangerfield. Averages 113.5 against West Coast in his career and 113.8 at Domain Stadium. Even though he and his Cats are forced to venture away from the cosy comforts of Simmonds Stadium, Danger is still a more-than-serviceable option for you.

Dustin Martin

Granted, his history against the Swans isn’t great (average of 97.18 in 11 appearances), but he is in the form of his life, and you’d have to be made to forgo at least considering him. He has scored centuries in his last four games (including a season-high 165 last start) and has consolidated his status as one the most damaging ball-winners in the competition. The Tigers take to the field early on the Saturday afternoon, so there will still be a few games to come, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a ping on Martin – the man who has the third-highest average in the competition.

Dayne Zorko

Just about the complete midfielder, Zorko has finally been starting to get some thoroughly-deserved publicity in Melbourne this week, coming off the back of another 100+ point performance on the weekend. His 129 against the Dockers was his ninth triple-figure score in 11 games this year, and he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down either. With a tough assignment for the Lions this week (in a shape of Port Adelaide), we could see Zorko rise to the occasion once more, and if he goes big it could make a huge difference to your team’s score this week.

CAPTAINS

Gary Ablett

Many have been critical of the dual-Brownlow medalist this season, but what many people have overlooked is that he is the No.1 SuperCoach scorer in the game since Round 3 – the Little Master
still has all the tricks. Averages 118 against Carlton in his career and is coming off a mammoth 146 against Hawthorn last week, so he is clearly someone that you should be seriously considering if you have him on your side. Also, averages 125 at Metricon Stadium, so every sign is pointing towards another big total on Saturday night.

Tom Lynch 

Another Sun who enjoys playing Carlton, Tom Lynch is the exception to the rule that SuperCoaches should stay away from drafting key forwards into their side. Like all key forwards, he has his bad days but has scored 87 or more in nine of his 11 games this year, with five of those being centuries. His season-high this year came off the back of a lazy seven-goal, 161-point effort against Carlton earlier this year, and has never scored less than 86 in his five games against the Blues. He would be a unique captain’s pick, but he is a very, very good chance of going getting close to that 161-mark again this week.

Sam Docherty

For the first time in his career, Docherty made his way into the $600k club last week, but considering he has scored below 100 just twice all year (a 93 and a 91) it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who knows of Docherty. Scored a huge 144 last week in the Blue’s massive upset over the Giants, and there’s nothing to suggest that he can’t produce something similar against the other expansion club this week. His scoring is always reliable but could be your best bet, especially if the bye has decimated your midfield candidates.

LEFT FIELD OPTION

Tom Liberatore

You asked for left field, and here it is! It’s not often you would consider someone who isn’t even guaranteed a spot in their team as a potential captain, but hear us out. Liberatore had a massive second-half last week in the VFL, accruing a match-winning 104 SuperCoach points in the second half alone. The critics will argue that it is only VFL-quality that he was up against, but it is still the fourth-highest score registered by any player in the VFL in a half of football this year. Additionally, his history against the Bulldogs opponents this week – Melbourne – is even more impressive. In five games against the Demons, Liberatore averages a staggering 137.2 SuperCoach points per game, including a high of 171. If a recall to the senior side can spark a sense of urgency or motivation in the fiery young midfielder, it could spell trouble for the Demons this week. First things first though, make sure he’s named to play on Sunday!

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