Welcome back everyone for another week of Storey’s Skippers. With Round 17 upon us, league finals are starting to take shape and trades are starting to run low.
Just like every week, it is important to make use of the rolling lockout and the vice-captain loophole. If you are unsure of how to use this loophole just click on the following link, which has a simple list of instructions to follow.
Now let’s take a quick look at the fixtures this week:
Like most weeks, the majority of teams will be looking to Dangerfield as vice-captain but for those teams that are looking for an edge against their opponents here are a few names to consider this week instead:
Todd Goldstein (NTH) – Not much more needs to be said, other than he is in ok form and is coming up against a ‘ruckless’ Port Adelaide side, which have already given up big scores against some quality ruckmen this year. While there is no doubt that Goldstein is one of the top ruckmen in the game and utilised whenever possible, it is important to note that the Kangaroos face the Bulldogs, Hawks, Swans and Giants in the Supercoach finals this year. Still an option for your team’s captaincy this week however.
Marcus Bontempelli (WBD) – “The Bont” has been on fire since Round 7 and this has seen him be traded in by a lot of teams, particularly this week with the injury to Ablett. He is averaging 125 in his last 5 and has scored the second most amount of SuperCoach points since Round 7, only behind Dangerfield. With the Suns being heavily depleted in the midfield this weekend we should expect he and the rest of the Dogs midfield to easily get on top, and this could result in a massive score for Bontempelli this week.
Rory Sloane (ADL) – The Adelaide Crows are quickly becoming a serious premiership threat and with a number of games to come at the Adelaide Oval, including their match this week against Collingwood, who knows where they may end up. Sloane has been super impressive in the last 5 weeks and with the injury to Ablett a number of teams have brought him in this week, and it may just be beneficial to make him vice-captain. Just be wary of the Macaffer/Greenwood tag that Collingwood sometimes decide to implement.
There are a couple of good options you could consider this week in the event that your VC doesn’t work out:
Josh Kennedy (WCE) – After some impressive games from Carlton during the middle part of the season they have really dropped off in the last two weeks, and even though they are coming up against an Eagles side who don’t like travelling all too much, this is exactly the game the Eagles will be looking to win, and win big, to help themselves climb up the ladder. Carlton could struggle to stop Kennedy who does like turning it on against the lower oppositions. A genuine Captain option if you are looking to for something a little bit different.
Max Gawn (MEL) – Big Max is the new Goldstein. He is the must have ruckman of the SuperCoach season and with an average of 126 over the last six weeks it’s hard to argue with making him Captain if you need an edge over your opponent this week. Only scored 96 against the Saints last time out and the Demons don’t exactly have a great record at Etihad Stadium both of which are important things to consider before making a final decision.