22/05/2024

Clayton Oliver loves Adelaide Oval. Expect him to score big against the Power Thursday night. Photo: afl.com.au

The SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast has run its careful eye over the stats and history to provide you with the best captaincy options for Round 4.

After a week where few premiums scored huge numbers, selecting the right captain made the difference for many in snaring key league victories. The SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast has run its careful eye over the stats and history to provide you with the best captaincy options for Round 4.

Clayton Oliver – $663,600

Oliver’s SuperCoach form has been consistently great for years, however, the Adelaide Oval is his SuperCoach goldmine. Oliver has played eight games at the ground, with an average of 137.9 and a high of 205 last year.

With Port Adelaide sure to be fired up following their 0-3 start, expect plenty of hotly contested footy early, which is right in Oliver’s wheelhouse. The Thursday night game makes him a prime candidate for the VC.

Travis Boak – $621,000

At what age will Travis Boak slow down? Few thought he would start the season as he has, with Boak in just 2% of sides. Those who have taken the risk have been rewarded so far, with scores of 149, 156 and 133 to start the season, ranking him second overall.

Three scores of more than 100 in a row against the Demons means he is likely to score well, and playing on a Thursday night, he provides a great point of difference VC option.

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Touk Miller – $656,300

Touk Miller was blanketed superbly by Matt de Boer last week, posting just 76 points. How often, though, does a SuperCoach jet such as Miller have two quiet weeks? The answer is never, so expect him to bounce back against Carlton at home on Sunday.

His form against the Blues holds up very well – 132 and 155 against them in their two encounters last year and six 100+ scores in a row. With the Suns playing the last game of the round, you can confidently place the C on Miller and score big to finish the round.

Andrew Brayshaw – $613,700

A low 96 last week in an easy win for the Dockers last week shouldn’t put you off Brayshaw as a captain option. He is now a bonafide SuperCoach premium, and you can confidently expect 130+ scores this year on a consistent basis.

His form against this week’s opponent, the Giants, also stacks up well, with 132 points in their only meeting last year and 115 the time before. Now that he is the number one midfielder, we can expect higher scores than in previous years, so 140+ is a quite a possibility If your VC option faulters earlier in the round, then Brayshaw is a great choice on Saturday night to boost your score.

Unique Captain’s Choice – Jeremy McGovern – $515,100

This would be quite the left-field choice, but if you are looking for a bit of variety and like taking a risk to make your way up the rankings, then McGovern could be the solution. He is averaging 120 for the year and scored a great 128 last week.

Given the amount of ball that is currently making its way into the Eagle’s defence and the great marking conditions he can expect at Marvel Stadium, McGovern could very well put on an intercept marking exhibition.

Also Consider…

Jack Macrae $678,800 – because he is Jack Macrae and just scores well.

Tom Green $502,400 – lighting it up in the Giants midfield, averaging 139 so far this year.

And Avoid…

Lachie Neale $597,200 – big risk declaring the current highest score an avoid, but a sore ankle and previous low scores carrying an injury mean it may be best to play it safe for a week and see how he goes.

Last Week’s Captaincy Selections…

Cripps 119, Keays 113, Boak 133, Brayshaw 96, Macrae 92, Miller 76, Bontempelli 108.

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