All of a sudden there’s a bit of midfield carnage.
Big names are out and the range of available captains is limited. Nat Fyfe is a bit sore, Gary Ablett gone for the season and Dayne Beams is under serious doubt.
Here are the best captaincy options for Round 18.
Hodgey’s form has been superb, highlighted by his 140 on the weekend. His record against the Tigers is pretty solid, averaging 108 against Richmond in his entire career.
It’s no surprise that Richmond have been playing so well when Deledio has been in the side this year. It appears his Achilles injuries are behind him and he’s been dominating his high-half forward role. Averages 116 against the Hawks which is one of his best opponents.
Pendles is a big game player which unfortunately means some of his lower scores are against the Dees. However, with the Pies desperate to snap a five-game losing streak, the Collingwood captain needs to stand up. Averages bang on 100 against Melbourne and his last three read 114, 112 and 132.
For Round 18, Danger assumes the mantle of the league’s best SC midfielder. He has a tough opponent this week though in Sydney, whom he averages just 87 in his career. No 100s against the Swans since 2012 is concerning, but given the Swans are struggling he’s a good chance to turn it around.
2014’s Brownlow Medalist loves playing the Gold Coast, averaging 131 against them since their inception. And owners won’t forget his 196 against them earlier in the year in a hurry either. Great choice.
How good has Goldy been? Many pundits tipped that a tweak in the SC scoring would affect the outputs ruckmen negatively, but Goldstein has flourished. Averages only 90 against Carlton, however this is a whole different Carlton.
Finally Nic Nat is a nicely unique option for captain this round with a career average against the Suns of 111. He’s one of the few players who you can expect a 150 score from, and we know he doesn’t need a lot of the ball to score big.
Top three captain options:
3. Todd Goldstein
2. Patrick Dangerfield
1. Matt Priddis