Round 12 is the first of the bye rounds, meaning only your best 18 score points. For some, it is less than that, depending on your team balance. This makes selecting a captain this week more crucial than ever before. The SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast team have checked out the form to give you the best options for this weekend’s action.
Tim English – $597,700
English came back from injury with a bang last week, scoring a huge 160 against the Eagles. This week’s opponents are also light on for ruck options, with Rhys Stanley lacking fitness after returning from injury and Mark Blicavs pinch-hitting in the ruck. This should mean plenty of hit-outs for English, as well as the ability few have of competing with Blicavs around the ground. Last week’s ruck opponent for the Cats scored the highest score of the round! (see Reilly O’Brien below).
A Friday night game means that there are plenty of popular Bulldogs players to choose from, but given Bont and Dunkley’s increased time up forward, Bailey Smith’s uncontested game style and Jack Macrae’s previous history against the Cats (last two scores sub 100), we are backing English to be the top dog.
Captain Confidence Rating: 8/10
Touk Miller – $578,500
By his lofty standards, Miller has had an up and down season to date. Scores of 160 and 130 a couple of weeks back made us think he was back in SuperCoach form, however, the last two weeks have been sub-par, with scores of just 59 and 109.
Up against the lowly Kangaroos this week, the opportunity should be there for Miller to regain some point-scoring form, hopefully laying a few tackles and hitting the scoreboard in a big victory. Last year he scored 131 and 123 against Roos, so we expect him to hit back hard and post another 130+ score.
Captain Confidence Rating: 7/10
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Clayton Oliver – $659,900 / Christian Petracca – $566,600
It looks like a wet one is on the cards for Saturday night at the MCG, which means a heavily contested game with many stoppages. These conditions suit the big-bodied Demons mids down to a tea.
Clayton Oliver is in great SuperCoach form, and if it was not for a lack of effective kicks last week, he would have scored more than the 113 points from his 36 disposals. He also scored a huge 178 the week prior.
Meanwhile, Petracca had the statistically worst game of his career, with just 10 touches. We are expecting him to bounce back in a big way.
If your VC has failed, pick one of these guys and hope for a Demon’s dominant display against the Swans.
Captain Confidence Rating: 8/10 for Oliver and 7/10 for Petracca.
Unique Captain’s Choice – Reilly O’Brien $523,500
This week he faces little opposition in the ruck against the Eagles (Tim English dominated against them), with youngsters Bailey Williams and Callum Jamieson shouldering the load.
Expect O’Brien to dominate the hit-outs and around the ground and rack up another huge score. In just 2% of teams, he looks like a great point of difference trade-in to keep for the rest of the season.
Captain Confidence Rating: 7/10
Last Week: Witts 119, Oliver 113, Laird 118, Coniglio (unique) 85
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