Average vs. West Coast: 121.67 (147, 92, 126 – last three)
Marcus Bontempelli is firming as the best vice-captaincy option available for this week given his huge 123.6 average for the year and healthy track record against the Eagles.
The Bont has found himself in outstanding form all season to date, posting six centuries in seven games, five of which were above the 120-point SuperCoach mark.
It’s evident Bontempelli loves West Coast with scores of 147, 92 and 126 in his last three against them. He’s also not afraid of the big oval in Perth, having played well against the Dockers there just a few weeks ago and scoring 133 points.
Average vs. Hawthorn: 99.3 (146, 95, 57)
In the absence of Dayne Beams last week, Tom Rockliff was at his absolute best.
After putting up a dismal 53-point performance the week before (his first sub-par 100 score for the year), Rockliff returned in fine fashion finishing with 148 points against the Swans – his third 130+ point performance for the season to date.
Historically, Rockliff scores pretty well against the Hawks. With a significantly weaker midfield this year at Hawthorn, Rockliff should feast on the opportunity, especially if Beams is once again not playing due to injury. Averaging 30.1 disposals a game (14.3 contested possessions), Rockliff is in near career-best form at the moment and is an extraordinary option to have as your ‘VC’ this weekend especially given his ability to go really big!
Average vs. St Kilda: 100.7 (104, 141, 76)
Sam Docherty finds himself in 24.7% of sides this year and could firm as a great ‘VC’ option with the Blues playing on Saturday afternoon.
All season Docherty has been fantastic – yet to fall below the 90-point mark, and two scores above the 120-point mark. It appears that Docherty loves the Saints with scores of 104 and 141 against them last year. In addition, the hard-running half-back is no hater to playing under the Etihad roof having averaged a healthy 114 points in the seven games he played there in 2016.
Given Docherty isn’t usually the one to provide a monster score on a weekly basis, he’s probably not quite worth the risk with your captaincy tag. However, when you have the privilege of using him with your vice-captaincy loophole, it’s a whole new ball game. His scoring ceiling is big and there’s no reason why he isn’t capable of a big one on Saturday afternoon.
Average vs. Port Adelaide: 122.8 (100, 131, 111)
A game in China needs its stars to stand up, and the AFL will be backing Gary Ablett to be one that puts on a good show for the good of the sport.
Ablett holds a great average against Port Adelaide but has been up-and-down all year. Just two centuries before his double-century in Round six, while also posting just 83 points last week against his old side (despite collecting 32 possessions).
It’s obvious the humidity and weather will play a huge impact, which makes it even more difficult to simply judge Ablett off past form against the Power. If Ablett can clean up his disposal efficiency this week then you’re much more likely to get a big score out of him. Back him in to go big for you if your vice-captaincy option doesn’t pull through.
Average vs. Melbourne: 111.5 (106, 140, 104)
Similar to his Crows, Rory Sloane got well-beaten last week by Sam Gibson, only managing the 18 disposals and 80 SuperCoach points.
Despite the disappointment for Sloane owners in Round seven, there’s still a lot to be pleased about from him in 2017 – a season average of 124.9 points and five scores above the 120-point mark. Sloane will, like every other champion, bounce back after a poor week and he should do judging by his past performances against the Demons.
To add to that positive record against Melbourne, Adelaide finds themselves back at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night – the ground that has seen scores of 140, 124 and 168 from Sloane in his last three visits there. Probably the safest captaincy option available.
Average vs. GWS: 114.5 (114, 115)
With Adam Treloar a certain out and Scott Pendlebury at risk of missing Saturday’s clash due to the birth of his first baby, Taylor Adams may indeed find himself as the front-man of Collingwood’s midfield group.
Adams has already been fantastic this year regardless, averaging 30 disposals and a healthy 110.7 SuperCoach points to go with it. Coming up against his old side, Adams finds himself holding a good record against the Giants with totals of 114 and 115 in the two outings he has faced them.
The biggest factor, however, will remain as to whether Pendlebury and Treloar play or not. If one of them doesn’t it opens up the door for Adams to go big. Either way, he has been super consistent already this year with six SuperCoach tons from seven games.
LEFT OF CENTRE
Lachie Neale has the highest three-round average with an average of 130 points, yet remains in just over three-percent of teams. Averaging 118 points for the year as well, Neale is certainly a ‘unique’ captaincy option for those that have him.
Despite being a popular captaincy selection each and every week, Scott Pendlebury remains ‘left of centre’ choice this week. Expecting the birth of his first child, Pendlebury may not play at all or even play a half of football. However, what makes him a hit or miss option this week is his healthy 118.6 average against the Giants.
Many will remember Patrick Cripps‘ insane 172-point performance against St Kilda, in New Zealand a couple years ago. Since then Cripps seems to have maintained that record against the Saints with scores of 90 and 124 in his last two.
Lance Franklin loves playing against Scott Thompson, despite the defender getting the better of him last year. Coming off a 160-point performance, Buddy’s confidence is evidently the highest it has been all year.
Zach Merrett isn’t in many teams but is coming off a 133-point display and put up scores of 98 and 123 against the Cats last year.
West Coast defender Elliot Yeo has been huge all year averaging 114.1 points per game, including scores of 125 and 150 in his last two. Plays on Friday night as well so might be worth the loophole.
Tom Mitchell has been super consistent all year, averaging 110.6 points. Scores of 108, 117 and 127 in his last three games. Averaged 106 points in two games against the Lions last year, despite playing in a stacked Sydney midfield.