Round 19 is no more or less crucial than any other round but as we draw ever so closer to season’s end – you can’t afford to make a mistake with your captaincy choice.
Playing on Friday night, Tom Mitchell should be high on the list of vice-captain loophole candidates.
Averaging 130.7 points across his last three outings, it’s easy to see why Mitchell is becoming such a hot item in most peoples SuperCoach teams. He plays his ex-side, the Swans, for just the second time, and scored 105 points against them earlier this year. A genuine ball magnet, consistent contributor and every chance of putting up a 120+ point score. Even if he’s tagged he’s still worth the vice-captaincy loophole label – such a contested ball king.
Josh P. Kennedy
It’s easy to assume a large portion of SuperCoachers will be putting their vice-captaincy loophole on Mitchell, however, Josh Kennedy is a candidate who is just as worthy.
Averaging 118.71 against his former side, it’s easy to see that Kennedy loves the pressure of playing Hawthorn. The only worry about placing a captaincy label on JPK is that he could certainly disappoint having averaged just 95 points in the last three weeks, and 104.6 for the season. However, for Sydney to take the four points, Kennedy’s contested ball ability will be crucial.
Expect Kennedy to hit back with a big performance.
Patrick Dangerfield is SuperCoach’s highest scoring player for a reason and is rightly so you’re number one priority for this week’s captaincy. He hasn’t fallen below the 140-point mark in nine weeks and that should be a good indication of where his scoring output will fall again.
Only averages 99.9 against the Blues in the past, however, can’t imagine that should be much of a worry for a bloke in as good a form as Dangerfield is right now. Plays on Saturday night. Lock and load.
Like Dangerfield, Gary Ablett plays on Saturday night. Despite not playing last week he has a kind history against the Tigers – averaging 138.2 points against them from 10 matches, with a high score of 170 and a low of just 120.
It has been another up-and-down year for the champion but in recent weeks he’s still been able to display his capabilities of holding down a spot as one of the league’s best SuperCoach contributors. He has been named so for other GAJ owners – let’s hope it stays that way.
Playing in the same game as GAJ is the red hot Dustin Martin.
Coming off a big 150-point performance, the 39% of teams that hold Martin should have the confidence he’ll be able to tear the Suns midfield apart on Saturday night. It’s pretty clear the cloud over his head surrounding his future is playing no effect on his ability with a career-best 116.5-point seasonal average this year.
As another positive, he also has an average of 117.2 against Gold Coast, and a 102-point average at Metricon Stadium.
Lachie Neale is averaging 110.5 points for the season and has a solid record against the Giants – an average of 119 points.
Fellow Docker Nat Fyfe also has a good track record against GWS, averaging 116 points in two outings against them.
Rory Sloane has been up-and-down all year, however, is coming off a big 169-point performance against Geelong last week.
Lions captain Dayne Beams is coming off a 131-point game and plays well against the Eagles – an average of 110.43 points per game.
Another Fremantle player in young Connor Blakely has been in sublime form, with scores of 119, 121, 129 and 115 in his last four games. Only in 0.5% of teams though.