Sometimes the captain selection can be more crucial than at other times. Last week, with many premiums not scoring super huge scores, that elusive captain choice would have made all the difference.
This week, the SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast team have looked at the history and form to find those VC/C choices, sometimes not obvious to the untrained eye, to hopefully boost your team’s score.
Vice-Captain Options – Friday Night / Saturday Afternoon
Patrick Cripps – $594,300: A season-low (aside from the injury affected game against the Suns) 83 last week against the Giants was somewhat of a surprise, so we expect the Blues skipper to bounce back this week on Friday night primetime. Scores at Marvel this year of 162, 138 and 151 all point to another huge score this week at the same venue.
Callum Mills – $669,500: Now with the second-highest average in the SuperCoach yet only in 7.2% of teams. 167 points last week means he is in great form and it should be a hotly contested game, which is right up Mills’ alley. If you have him, he would be a great POD VC option.
Jack Macrae – $620,900: Continues to rack up the good scores – 117 last week is considered poor by his standards, that’s how highly we rate him. His previous five scores against this week’s opponent, the Suns, have to be seen to be believed…. 146, 124, 169, 139 and 189! Seems the pick of the VC choices early on in the round.
Touk Miller – $632,200: Those who jumped on a few weeks back would be regretting it. Scores in the last three weeks of 160, 122 and 130 have him back in great SC form and another prime VC candidate. It always makes sense to jump on people when in form, so Miller seems another logical choice for the VC.
Saturday Twilight/Night Captain Specials
If your VC option from above has a mare, Saturday night offers a couple of good captain options…
Clayton Oliver – $645,300: Oliver had a quieter game last week against the Eagles, scoring just 99. His season average of 120+, however, is too hard to ignore. He should run riot against an inexperienced North midfield and rack up the centre clearances and contested possessions. Three 100+ scores in a row against the Roo boys show he has good recent form against them.
Darcy Parish $613,300: Is it possible that Parish, who dominated SC last year, is flying under the radar? Despite the Bombers woes, Parish has been racking up the good scores, with six 100+ scores on the trot including two of them 130+. You get the sense a mammoth score is not far away from him, and what better place than Dreamtime at the ‘G. His performance in marquee games over the last 18 months is unmatched!
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Sunday Captain ‘Chasers’
If your VC failed on Friday or Saturday, these captain selections may help you ‘chase down’ your opponent and snatch the crucial league wins…
Josh Kelly – $580,900: 156 last week, a new coach this week and the Eagles as the Giants’ opponents. New interim coach McVeigh will be looking to shake things up and try new things, so here’s hoping he runs Kelly through the middle and allows him to dominate against the cellar-dwelling side from out west. It would be a bold move to place the C on him, but his side is a warm favourite and midfielders tend to go big against the Eagles each week!
Lachie Neale – $678,500: Only 115 last week. There aren’t many players you can say ONLY for when they score 115. Such has been Neale’s dominance this year, however, coaches would have been disappointed with that score. Still averaging a whopping 135.7 this year, more than 10 more than the next best in Mills, it just makes sense to back the numbers and place the C on Neale on Sunday afternoon. He should rack up the points against the largely inexperienced Hawks side.
Unique Captain Choice
Rory Laird – $634,200: Quietly dominating as a pure midfielder, Laird has the fourth-highest average for the year, never gets tagged and scored 142 last week. In just 1.5% of sides, he is the ultimate choice for a unique captain.
Avoid: Max Gawn – still potentially carrying a niggling injury which showed in his low 73 last week.
Last Week: Macrae 117, Cripps 83, Petracca 136, Goldstein 103, Neale 115, Lynch 125, Boak 36
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