O Captain! My Captain!

Oh Captain, My Captain! – Round 16

With most teams nearing full premium status (or close to), choosing the best captaincy option could be crucial to your week-by-week success. Ultimately, if you succeed in choosing a solid captain – it really helps to set up your week ahead.

VICE-CAPTAIN OPTIONS

Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly’s last three games: 108 (vs Geelong), 98 (vs Carlton) and 176 (vs Essendon). His score of 98 was the only time Kelly had not reached tripled figures since Round 6. Overall, the midfielder’s lowest score was 92 which is something that coaches would be loving – his consistency. His three round average sits at a lazy 127.3, while his five-game rolling average is 118.

Against Hawthorn (his opponent this weekend), he’s only faced them once, where he scored an even 100. This weekend, the sides will do battle down in Tasmania – a ground that many GWS players haven’t taken to in their AFL careers.

Despite this, and taking into account his recent injury niggle – Kelly would be a safe bet to chuck the VC option on if you can’t find someone on Friday night.

Marcus Bontempelli

There aren’t too many appealing options when it comes to the Friday night game this weekend. Could the Friday curse hit popular SuperCoach stars at the Adelaide Oval? Time will tell.

Bontempelli averages 109.9 so far this season, with a high score of 141 against GWS in Round 6. His scoring form since that point though hasn’t been ideal, with a triple figure score the following week and his next not coming until Round 14. Notably, when the Bulldogs midfielder reaches these sorts of scores – they’re always big. Only one of his seven SuperCoach hundreds was below 120, with two being 140+.

Against Adelaide, Bontempelli averages 115.5, while his average at the Adelaide Oval is a respectable 109.

Josh Kennedy (Sydney)

Josh Kennedy only has an average of 103.71 after taking to the field seven times against Gold Coast, while his average is slightly higher at the SCG (109.4). Despite this, JPK has been consistently scoring for his owners. His last sub-par score was back in Round 7, scoring seven tons on the trot.

He does only have a high score of 127 against the Suns. If you’re considering slapping the blue highlighter on him this weekend for something different, you’d be hoping he goes one better than that.

CAPTAIN OPTIONS

(George) Patrick Dangerfield

It’s really hard to go past this guy, but can he go without having a bad game? That’s the million dollar question. Maybe, a few sleepless nights with an addition to the family could be enough to upset the routine?

Regardless of what fatherhood will bring, he has an average of 132.7 for 2017! The only numbers higher in terms of averages are his three and five round averages – both sitting around 160 points.

At the Gabba, Danger averages 131, however, his overall average against Brisbane sits below 100 – at 96 points. His highest score against Brisbane is 166 – so maybe it’s worth loading up on Danger? It is possible to also put the VC on him if you have some options up your sleeve on Sunday.

Sam Docherty

Sam Docherty has increased his SuperCoach output again this season – with his name surely cemented in the All-Australian team. Averaging 119.6, the defender in the top 10 for total kicks, marks, effective disposals, bounces, rebound 50s, time on ground, uncontested possessions and SuperCoach score. If that’s not an achievement enough, his last five games have seen the Blues star averaging 132.6 per game.

He’s only had two games sub-100, with both of those scores remaining above 90. Despite being in 37.7% of teams, he’d be an even more unique choice of captains if you trust him, or are looking to spice things up in your SuperCoach team.

Patrick Cripps

Despite his form being slightly down on last season, Patrick Cripps’ last three games have seen scores of 126, 134 and 114. His last two games have been at the MCG, with games against Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs also featuring at that venue over the next fortnight.

His highest score against Melbourne is 153 after only playing them four times in his short career. Further to this, his average against the Dees is 116.75, while his overall MCG average is a triple figure score too.

 

LEFT OF CENTRE

VC- Lachie Whitfield

After returning from suspension, Whitfield has played some good football in 2017. Only one performance was below 90 SuperCoach points, with four tons in four games since then. Winning plenty of the ball is already happening – but in order to produce the good scores, Whitfield needs to ensure his kick-to-handball ratio is weighted towards the use of his foot.

His highest score against the Hawks is 135 – so if you want to take a risk, this could be a player to consider.

C – Sam Menegola

Last time Sam Menegola played Brisbane he scored 134 points. That game was also at the same venue as this weekend’s game, the Gabba. Despite him only facing the developing Lions once, his past two weeks have seen him deliver scores of 123 and 130.

The fact that he finds himself in less than 1% of teams may say a lot – but if you do have him in your side, the worst you could do would be to VC him if you have a better option on Sunday. A notable downside though is that he is going about his football alongside Patrick Dangerfield meaning you can only opt for one.

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