The rolling SuperCoach lockout is fast approaching, with Geelong taking on the Western Bulldogs on Friday night. With eight teams on the bye in round 14, including popular set-and-forget options like Max Gawn, SuperCoaches may need to be more creative with their captaincy selections.
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.
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Marcus Bontempelli (Ave 126.5)
Bontempelli is the fourth-highest ranked midfielder in the current SuperCoach season, with an average of 126.5 points from the games he’s played. Sharing a midfield with SuperCoach jet Jack Macrae has certainly not detracted from Bontempelli’s scoring possibilities, particularly in recent weeks, as Bontempelli has racked up four 140+ scores in 2021, with a five-round average of 143.2. Bontempelli looms as a safe vice-captaincy option on Friday night, averaging 121.3 in his last three games against the Cats.
Tom Stewart (Ave 107.9)
Stewart is another solid vice-captaincy option in Friday’s big matchup, as the Cats’ highest SuperCoach scorer in 2021. Stewart averages 107 in his last three games against the Dogs, however his round 14 opponents have conceded scores including 133, 156, 132, 143 and 122 to defenders this season. In what could be a high-scoring affair, Stewart could have plenty of the footy coming his way on Friday night.
Jarryd Lyons (Ave 119.6)
Lyons has dipped below 100 SuperCoach points just once in season 2021. Averaging 119.6 on the season and 124.4 from his last five, Lyons is coming up against a North Melbourne outfit that’s recorded just the one win for the season and conceded 147 to Josh Kelly in round 13. Lyons is a red-hot chance to go big again against the Kangaroos this round, averaging 123 from his last three against them.
Josh Kelly (Ave 107.3)
If you’re a Kelly owner, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better captaincy option for round 14. Kelly’s last two matches against Carlton yielded scores of 205 and 131, and he’s coming fresh off a stat-laden 147 against North Melbourne. After a role change which is seeing him with far more midfield minutes, he hasn’t scored below 100, and coming up against a Carlton side that has been far from impressive in the last few weeks, Kelly could go big once again.
Zach Merrett (Ave 111.3)
Fresh from signing a six-year contract extension, Merrett is an excellent captaincy option in the Sunday afternoon timeslot. Averaging 124.3 from his last three games, and with a season-high 137 before the bye, Merrett faces the Hawks this week, against whom he’s averaging 141.5 in his last two games. The Hawks have conceded some big scores to midfielders throughout the season, and Merrett could be the next beneficiary.
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