Before we begin this week, can we all take a moment to reflect on the season so far? We’ve had heaps of ups and downs but I still think it’s flown past.
Finals time already, wow…
Goldy continues to dominate, but he doesn’t play until Sunday so there’s ample opportunity for a VC gamble.
The Crows and Danger himself had their colours lowered by the Swans last week scoring only 73 and getting beaten by quite a bit. He’s a gun we know, so he should hit back against Richmond with an average of 111 in his last three against them. He is dominating at the Adelaide Oval with a 123 average there this year.
We saw how explosive Lids can be on Friday night and he’s enjoying some of the best form of his career right now. He averages 127 at the Adelaide Oval and in his last three against the Crows he’s averaged 121. Nice numbers.
If there’s one side Pendles loves it’s the arch-rivals, Carlton. Heading into an absolute must-win clash for the Pies, he averages 130 in his last three against the Blues. He’s due for a big score too. How about no, Scott?
I love watching Robbie Gray, but he’s never scored over 100 against the Western Bulldogs. Maybe the Doggies’ new style of fast footy will suit him but I’m sticking to a safer option this week.
A tough one this week as he’s finally hit form (coincidently, just as I traded him to Gary Ablett too of course). Is he worthy of your VC? In 2013 he cracked 163 against the Swans, but since then his scores read 98 and 89, not very convincing numbers.
The Mop has been so consistent and he delivered again with 125 on the weekend. Expect a similar output against the Hawks who he averages 115 in his career against, including a PB of 173.
Amazing that a defender can be a legitimate captaincy option, week in, week out. Against the Eagles Hodge averages 111 but he’s never scored below 88, which is remarkable. One feels if the Hawks are to win he’ll have to have a big impact.
Toddy. Who’s he going to devour next? Can Max Gawn step up? Is he the new prema-captian? So many questions. Goldy scored over 100 points in the second half alone last week and ominously he averages 133 in his past three against the Demons.
A quick shout out to Heater Shaw, who continued to impress with 145 on the weekend. His last two against the Bombers have yielded scores of 127 and 130, and given how easily the Dogs rebounded last week, it could be another biggie for Shaw.
If Fyfe does play it might be worth looking elsewhere for captaincy choices: in five games he averages less than 80 against the Saints and has a highest of 102. You get the feeling Ross might be resting a fair few this week anyway.
Top three captaincy selections:
3. Matt Priddis
2. Todd Goldstein
1. Scott Pendlebury