Last week, the SuperCoach Sanctum PODcast predicted Lachie Neale to have a huge week, and boy did he with 198 points. So who are our best (and left-field) captain options for Round 3? We closely examined the stats to give you the inside running to a great captain’s score.
Jack Macrae – $699,000
As long as the Bulldogs are playing in the first couple of games of the round (as they are this week), Macrae should be your man for the VC. He scored 142 points last week to go along with 133 in Round 1.
You can almost bank on 130+ and a good VC score to start the round. One point to note though is Macrae’s recent form against the Swans – scores of 116 and 92 in the last two meetings are cause for slight concern. Given his ultra-consistency over the years, however, you can still be confident he will produce a decent score.
Patrick Cripps – $454,800
Any doubts as to whether Cripps was back were laid to rest in Round 2, scoring a huge 162 to back up his 132 from Round 1. Even with Sam Walsh’s return, Cripps dominated against a talent-packed Western Bulldogs midfield. Given the young bodies that will potentially run through the Hawks midfield this week, you can expect Cripps to again rack up the contested possessions, which are Supercoach gold.
Despite an injury-plagued last two years, Cripps has also managed to average 122 against the Hawks in this time. A Sunday afternoon game means you will have to pull the trigger and make him captain, but given his projected increase in ownership (now up over 35%), this is the week to cash in.
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Andrew Brayshaw – $584,300
Brayshaw has started the season strongly, with scores of 127 in Round 1 and a huge 189 in Round 2. Whilst we can’t necessarily expect that big a score again this week, he seems to have taken his game to the next level. Despite St.Kilda’s efforts to curtail his influence, he simply outworked them, announcing himself as one of the competition’s elite midfielders.
A home derby against the Eagles poses no threat to Brayshaw either, as several key midfield Eagles should still be missing. Last year’s score of 121 against them also shows he has good form against them.
With no Nat Fyfe in the side for another 3-6 weeks, if you haven’t got Brayshaw, get him into your team, place the C on him and watch him dominate the last game of the round to snag you a league victory!
Touk Miller – $677,800
Touk Miller is untaggable. He just runs and runs all day, amassing possessions for the fun of it. Scores of 137 and 140 to start the season, the most recent against the competition’s best midfield in Melbourne, meaning he has started the season with a bang.
Miller scored 143 against the Giants last year, and it would not be surprising if he scores at least that again this week. In only 25% of sides, putting the C on Miller may be just enough to be the difference between a league win or loss.
Unique Captain’s Choice – Ben Keays – $560,400
One we suggested you consider last week, Keays didn’t disappoint with 149 points, taking his average for the year to 138.5. Rory Laird’s likely return should not impact his scoring, as he has the ability to find the football all over the ground, with 37 possessions in each of the first two games.
In only 0.7% of sides and in what will likely be a hotly contested showdown against the Power, picking Keays as captain or vice-captain would not be the silliest of options.
Travis Boak $578,500 – 156 in Round 2, 152.5 Average, just 1.5% ownership, in great form.
Marcus Bontempelli $651,700 – He is overdue!
Max Gawn $657,400 – just 180 points in the first two weeks, Jackson getting plenty of more time in the ruck.
Last Week’s Captaincy Suggestions…
Macrae 142, Neale 198, Petracca 129, Boak 156, Keays 149, Dangerfield 59, Marshall (unique) 67.
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