21/02/2024

Josh Bruce was round 3's highest SuperCoach scorer. Image: westernbulldogs.com.au

Who should your captain be in SuperCoach heading into the next round of the AFL season? These are the best options.

The rolling SuperCoach lockout is fast approaching, with Fremantle hosting Geelong on Thursday night. It is still unclear how the season will be affected with sides relocating to Queensland, but for now SuperCoach is the most pressing issue.

With the lockout comes the finalisation of trades, however many coaches can still play with their captaincy picks, with the potential to loophole plenty of popular selections early in this week’s round.

These are the best SuperCoach captaincy options for this round.

Jack Macrae

Jack Macrae has been in some seriously good form this season. His ceiling is as high as ever, and his pairing with Bontempelli has been dangerous this season. The Dogs will play Gold Coast, and it’s expected for the midfielders to have a day out. Bont’s form against the Suns is one of the best in the league; he scored 146 against them in round five, which followed 169, 139 and 189 in his three matches against Gold Coast before this season. He has only dipped below 100 once this year, which was a 97.

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Sam Walsh

Walsh is officially Batman, and Cripps is his injured Robin. Walsh has been dominant this season, slotting into the top eight averaging midfielders comfortably. Four sub-100 scores this season, but his last three have been above 130 and he’s coming up against Collingwood, who he has scored 105, 113 and 70 in his only three matches against the side. Walsh has been in great form this season, and is worth consideration.

Brodie Grundy

Grundy has found his form in recent weeks, and is coming up against a Carlton side missing its best ruckman. His last four scores against Carlton have been strong, with 135, 127, 141, 154 spanning from this season to 2018. Tom De Koning will be shouldering the ruck load with a combination of pinch-hitting forwards, so expect the Blues, who conceded 193 to Sean Darcy, to allow Grundy to have his way.

Jack Steele

The St Kilda captain has really exploded in the last two months since Luke Dunstan returned to the side; with 126 being his lowest score in the last six weeks. 105 and 114 against Port in his last two isn’t super attractive, but his form in the second half of this season is what we’re looking at. Another great captaincy option.

Max Gawn

Max Gawn is no longer the uber-captain option that he used to be. His performances have still been solid, but Luke Jackson is rucking 50% of the time, leaving Gawn to find points elsewhere. He’s coming up against Hawthorn, who he loves to dominate, with 172 and 185 in his last two, and a 127 and 112 before that. If he rucks more than half the game, he’ll be in for a big game, but that remains to be seen.

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