Welcome back to the SCHQ captains article. I’m Josh and if you need help on who to put the VC and C on I’m here to lend a hand! I’m sorry it’s been a long time between drinks but, I’m back and will be for the second half of the season, the most important part of the SuperCoach season with finals fast approaching.
-Yeo at home vs The 13th placed Dons
Coming off a big 144 points last game following the Eagles bye, The Yeo Yeo looks fresh and seems to be showing no signs of the injury niggle he was carrying a couple rounds ago. The Bombers forwards aren’t exactly known for their defence (besides Devon Smith when he is down there), so when Yeo is back there I can see him getting a lot of the pill with little pressure applied on him.
He racks up a lot of his points from intercept marking and the Bombers rank 11th in contested marks this year. When Yeo is in the midfield it’s more good news for him and us SuperCoach players. Essendon is ranked 14th in the competition for average clearances per game in season 2018, a strong part of Yeo’s game, an area in which the contested ball beast averages 5 per game. Lock him in as VC option No.1 this round!
Max Gawn v Paddy Ryder
The big bearded Demon is currently averaging the most points of any fit player this season (we will miss you Macrae). Averaging 126, the 208 cm ruckman has pumped out huge scores including numbers like 168, 151, 148, 139 (twice), 127 and 121. He has produced scores of 110+ in 10 out of his 12 games this season and is always a huge consideration when picking a Vice Captain or Captain each round.
To help his cause Ryder is playing less ruck minutes than usual and isn’t performing to his All Australian ability of last year due to an ongoing Achilles injury. The majority of Gawn’s points come from hit outs to advantage and to his delight he has a 11th centimetre height advantage on Ryder who’s elite jumping ability that helps make up for the height disadvantage he usually faces, is effected by his injury. One to heavily consider as a Vice Captain option or Captain option if someone like Yeo fails to deliver.
– Robbie Gray averages 114 at Adelaide Oval in his five games there this season.
– Tommy Mitchell has scores of 126 and 135 in Tassie this year. He takes on the struggling Suns midfield there this weekend.
– James Sicily has pumped out 3x 120+ scores this year and will look to repeat that against a poor Suns forward line.
Josh Kelly V Lions
Found his mojo again in his third game back from injury against the Suns scoring a big 146 points! Kelly is one of the best players in the comp and has potential to up his average of 109 so far this season to 120 for the rest of the season if he remains injury free (sneaky trade in option for Lord Macrae). He plays a Lions outfit that has lost 11 games out of 12 and ranked 13th in clearances. They’re also without their tagger Mitch Robinson.
If you have Kelly he certainly isn’t the worst option to put the big C on this round!
Grundy v Kreuzer
This one hurts because I’ve watched him kill it all year averaging 125 when I opted to choose Nank and Merrett over Grundy and Cripps with around 30 minutes to go before the commencement of the Richmond V Carlton game Round 1… Stupid Essendon bias! Anyway, enough of that.
This big 203cm man-bun specimen has blitzed it this year. He even beat the big bearded Giant Max Gawn in their ruck duel a couple of weeks ago, 38 hit-outs to 33. Yes that’s right he beat Gawn, a man who is having a record-breaking year in hit-outs and hit-outs to advantage this season. But wait the best is yet to come. Grundy is averaging 21 disposals as a bloody ruckman! Not to mention he is up against the same guy (Kreuzer) that he scored 154 against in Round 3. If you have him and your VC fails, just chuck the C on him. Playing at such an elite level.
– Toby McLean has scored 110+, 6/7 times at Etihad Stadium this year. He plays North there this weekend.
– Dayne Zorko has an average of 122 in the last 4 games he has played at the Gabba. The venue of his game this weekend.
– Stef Martin has scored 110+ in 6 of his 12 games this year including big scores of 154 and 134. He plays the Giants who have lost their main ruckman Rory Lobb this weekend.