We’ve made it through the multi-bye rounds and now it’s time to capitalise with a full team on the park. Unless you have Gary Ablett, Jack Steele and/or Nat Fyfe who have all been ruled out.
It’s time for the Dogs to stand up and Bontempelli could lead the way. He hasn’t hit triple figures since Round 7, he’s due! He’s got a high score of 153 against North Melbourne and that came when North Melbourne was playing the type of football that saw them play Finals. He plays on Saturday night so is a perfect VC option leading into one of the below captains. Take a risk on The Bont and it may well pay off.
Goldstein v a Bulldogs outfit sporting Tom Campbell and Jordan Roughead in the ruck is generally a good sign, for Goldstein. Goldstein found a bit of form against St Kilda last week, registering 128 SuperCoach points and could roll his good form into his match against a struggling Bulldogs unit. Expect the Dogs to come out snarling and look to shark his taps, Goldstein will need his North Melbourne midfielders to compete well at stoppages – a fact that Brad Scott recognises considering he’s given ex-captain and hard-nosed midfielder Andrew Swallow a reprieve. If North Melbourne compete well, Goldstein could go 130+ quite easily.
Zorko’s recent performances speak for themselves, he’s got a five-round average of more than 128 SuperCoach points and a 143 in his last start. The concern this week is that he faces flag favourites, GWS, who just keep getting the job done despite a lengthy injury list. Traditionally, Zorko is fairly consistent against the Giants despite not producing huge scores but he’s having a career year and could well improve on his record against the club.
While there’s no need to convince anyone why they should put the C on Dangerfield, I do have a word of caution this week. There are little whispers floating around that he left Geelong’s Wednesday training session with hamstring tightness.
In SuperCoach, he’s the second best player in the competition behind only Patrick Dangerfield and he deserves to be. He’s got an average just under 120, a three-round average of more than 140 and multiple scores pushing the 150-point mark.
Unfortunately for Docherty, Carlton’s game against Richmond is poorly scheduled from a SuperCoach perspective. A 3:20 pm start on Sunday is normally perfect for a captain option, however, this makes it hard to put the VC on Dangerfield as his game won’t be quite complete before you’ll have to make the decision whether to keep Dangerfield’s score or go with Docherty.
Dusty is another midfielder who’s going great guns but has that awkward 3:20 pm game on Sunday. Regardless he’s a pretty safe bet. We know he can score well, despite the attention of a tag which he’ll likely have from Ed Curnow. He plays a Carlton team in good form but will hope to hit the scoreboard and bounce back from a disappointing loss to Sydney in Round 13.
LEFT FIELD OPTION
Heeney plays on Friday night this week so is a perfect gamble for you VC. He’s spending plenty of time in the midfield for Sydney and is reaping the rewards. His high score against Essendon is 138 and he’s shown that he’s capable of replicating that score against other teams, scoring 131 against the reigning premiers just a fortnight ago. Expect this to be a hotly contested match, Essendon hasn’t beaten Sydney since 2011 and will come out firing. This will play to Heeney’s strengths.