How good was Round 5? Definitely the biggest round so far, and I reckon a lot of sides would have got their season best. My captaincy selections were on point last weekend – I the people’s choice Nat Fyfe (128), Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury (158) and North ruckman Todd Goldstein (92). I managed to have Pendles as vice captain so I got his double score!
Each week I’ll go through my ten options (some to stear clear of) and then nominate the top three captains!
Scott Pendlebury is again a great choice as captain. His form is exceptional and the Cats are one of his favourite sides to play against, averaging 117 and never scoring below 90. Pop the old VC on him with confidence.
Expect Geelong skipper Joel Selwood to hit back and return to form after a poor few weeks. The last time he played the Pies he knocked out 138, and don’t forget he scored a big 154 against the Suns a little over a fortnight ago. Not panic stations just yet.
Marcus Bontempelli has had a great start to the season comes up against the Saints this week. He’s only played them once in his short career, and delivered an 85. However his form this year and Saints’ vulnerabilities mean he could come out with anything this weekend.
The big guy Todd Goldstein must again come into consideration despite his worse score of the season (92) last week. In round 12 last year against Richmond he scored a massive 166 and averages 102 against them in his career.
Jarryd Roughead will come back into form against the Giants this week after two quieter weeks. His three scores against the Giants are 126, 130 and … 52. I’m expected one at the higher end however this week.
Only 4% of sides have Dan Hannebery and they should be reqarded this week, as he plays Melbourne. Last year against the Dees at the ‘G he produced a 138, and is coming off a 144 in tough conditions. Might look risky but in reality a pretty safe pick.
Nathan Fyfe is a jet. He’s only played the Bombers twice in his career, and averages 109 from those games. It’s going to take something special to knock him out of number one spot.
Has the ‘Hepp’ gone past Jobe as number one at the Bombers? Dyson Heppell is coming off his lowest score of the season but is going to hit back this week. Last year against the Dockers he churned out 133. Nice.
David Mundy is currently the number two player in the competition for points scored this year, with 633 at 127. However, his worst opponent historically is Essendon, and averages a lean 72 over his career against them.
The Power look a whole lot better with Robbie Gray in the team, at least in my opinion. He came back with a 134 and comes up against the Eagles, who he belted for a 139 last time he played them.
Schon’s Top 3:
3. Scott Pendlebury
2. Robbie Gray
1. Nat Fyfe