Welcome back everyone to Storey’s Skippers for Round 12. With the bye rounds quickly approaching teams are starting to take shape, leaving us more choices, but making the right one is still not getting any easier.
Just like every week, it is important to make use of the rolling lockout and the vice-captain loophole. If you are unsure on how that works just click on the following link.
Below is the list of vice-captain options I would consider this week:
- Tom Rockliff (BRI) – Rocky is back. If his body holds up that is. A burn man for a lot of SuperCoachers, some, having even started him this year. We should know better. Rockliff loves a big second half of the season. In 2015, from Round 15 onwards he averaged 121 (and that included a score of 50). In 2014, from Round 11 onwards that average increases to a ridiculous 139. In his last two matches against Fremantle Rockliff has scores of 158 and 168. Lock him in as a vice-captain.
- Patrick Dangerfield – Danger doesn’t usually enjoy his games against North, only averaging 93. But he is a different beast this year though with only one score below 124 since Round 4. Without Ben Jacobs I’m not sure North will be able to slow him down. If he works his way through the expected Sam Gibson tag he has the ability to have another big one on a prime time Saturday night!
- Lachie Neale – Only owned by 5% of teams but his last 5 weeks have catapulted him into vice-captaincy (and captaincy) potential. Against the Lions, Neale could have a field day and once again score a very respectable score.
- Gary Ablett – I said it last week and I’ll say it again … The G.O.A.T is back. He was pretty sore to start the season but returned a fortnight ago for a super impressive 143 and managed to back it up with a score of 121 in torrential-like conditions on the Gold Coast. This week though he’s coming up again the insipid Tigers, his favourite team. Averages 140 against the Tigers with a lowest ever score of 120. Since moving to the Suns Gaz averages 152 at the G from 8 games. Lock and load if your VC doesn’t work out.
- Daniel Hannebery – Not a single score for Hanners below 100 this year. That’s consistency you very rarely ever get from supercoach. For that reason, he has almost become the perma-captain for every team. I can’t see that changing this week.
AVOID, AVOID, AVOID
- Todd Goldstein – Even if big Todd is back in the North Melbourne team this week, which isn’t a given, I wouldn’t be risking the vice-captaincy on him. While scores of 154 and 145 against Geelong last year are super impressive, Goldy only has a career average of 97 against the Cats and Zac Smith has improved Geelong’s ruck-stocks significantly. Take him on as vice-captain at your own peril’
- Anyone from Essendon and Richmond – Unfortunately for Essendon, things took a turn for the worst last week (or was it for the better with the #1 pick effectively being on the line), and coming up against the Hawks this week, things could get really ugly. Richmond, on the other hand, are only coming up against the lowly Gold Coast but just haven’t performed anywhere near well enough this year, even in games they have won. Therefore, I don’t think that you can pick a single Richmond player who will score well enough to be your captain, or vice-captain.