In previous weeks, many of you probably wouldn’t have even bothered reading through this segment. For almost all of us, we have delegated our captaincy duties to Patrick Dangerfield on a permanent basis throughout 2017. But the reigning Brownlow medallist’s suspension has ramifications for not only Danger and his team, but (most importantly) for us SuperCoaches as our fantasy finals campaigns kick off. Who are the best options to replace him? Let’s take a look:
If you were going purely off stats alone, Docherty appears as the most obvious vice-captain option. The star Blue has the highest tally of points for the year, and the best average if we exclude the Herculean abilities of Dangerfield. In the past three rounds, the rebounding defender has posted 102, 110 and 106 – slightly below his best but still maintaining his insane streak of thirteen consecutive triple-figure scores! This week he and his team face Essendon for the second time this season. Back in Round 3, the Blues upset John Worsfold’s team as Docherty scored 111. If you’re looking for a reliable score, look no further than this man.
Although his consistency of scoring may not match the like of Docherty, Brisbane’s live wire Dayne Zorko can have a devastating influence as a loophole option. The midfielder should be cherry ripe to perform at his best after a week off due to suspension, and returns to his preferred venue, the GABBA. As he has shown previously, he doesn’t necessarily need the Lions to be competitive to score well individually – just check out his 196 point effort in his side’s 85 point loss to the Cats!
After a midseason lull, the Bont appears to be peaking as we converge on September. Two of his last three performances have been particularly encouraging in strong Bulldog wins, and their win streak should continue against a measly Brisbane outfit on Saturday evening. Although the left-footer was relatively subdued when the two sides met earlier in the season, his only ever outing at the GABBA netted him 147 SuperCoach points – if you whack the VC on him you’d love anything near that.
The new raging-hot favourite for the Brownlow has been in sublime form once again and looms as the most popular pick for captaincy this round if the VC loophole isn’t activated. If his most recent scores of 150 and 142 aren’t appetizing enough, then his 2016 scores of 115 and 114 against the Hawks should be enough to suggest that this bloke is a bona fide star and will be extremely hard to ignore.
We all expected Mitchell to flourish as the main man in the midfield at his new club, but probably not to the extent of his elite performances. Despite many teams threatening to thwart his influence, the former Swan seems to have magical powers which allow the ball to be attracted towards him. Last week’s score of 98 against his former club was only the second time the ball magnet had failed to reach a 100 in 2017. As a model of consistency, it’s hard to see this bloke letting you down win, lose or draw.
It’s quite astounding how inconsistent Sloane’s scoring has been this season, and there’s no doubt his ability to shake a tag is a real concern. After an early season blitzkrieg, the blonde bombshell has only cracked the ton once since Round 10. However, the Crow has shown the ability to go huge is left unguarded with scores of 168, 169 and 177 all coming at the Adelaide Oval this year. The first score in that sequence happens to be the last Showdown, where he received the medal for being adjudged best afield. The midfielder will be looking to repeat the dosage but there are whispers Travis Boak will look to curb his influence, so tread with caution.