With Josh away for this week, I’ve been trusted with continuing on his fine form in the first three rounds this season. Last week’s article didn’t disappoint with Josh highlighting Lachie Neale (177 SC points) as his player to think of as well as popular captain options Patrick Dangerfield (128 SC), Max Gawn (126 SC) and Brodie Grundy (132 SC) all dominating. Have a read of the players I think you should consider this week!
Opponent: Western Bulldogs
After a somewhat disappointing Round 1 Grundy has bounced back in dominating fashion in Rounds 2 and 3 and this week comes up against Tim English who last week conceded 71 hitouts to Jarrod Witts. This is also a game that Collingwood will be looking to bounce back and win and last season in Collingwood’s 8 wins at the MCG Grundy averaged a ridiculous 130.25 and only scored below 100 once while scoring above 120 in four of those games. With that sort of record, as well as the opponent, Grundy appears to be a very good vice-captain option this week.
Max Gawn has a reputation as an interstate specialist averaging an outrageous 133.7 from his seven interstate games last season, going only below 100 once while managing five games of 120+. While the smaller SCG ground will likely suit him and his ability to get around the ground, the inclusion of Brayden Preuss throws into question how many minutes he will spend rucking and how many minutes he will spend in the Demons spluttering forward line! With Gawn only having played 3 games against the Swans in the last 4 years his average of just 98 may scare some off but the interstate specialist may just pull off another performance that kick starts the Demons season!
It is rare for us to use the vice captaincy on a defender, however, Jake Lloyd’s form definitely warrants his inclusion this week. With an average of 128, unheard of for a defender, Lloyd has scored 120+ in each of his three games this season and with Jarrad McVeigh going down it is likely that the ball will be going through his hands at all times. A point of difference vice-captaincy option that could very well pay off.
Opponent: Gold Coast
Venue: Metricon Stadium
For those that haven’t been paying attention Patrick Cripps is an absolute machine who can dominate with high numbers of possessions as well as tackles, which equates to SuperCoach gold for owners. This week he comes up against the Gold Coast Suns a team he has liked playing in recent times. His last three scores include a 114 and a 116 as well as a monster 172. However, while Cripps is an undoubted star of the game it is worth noting that last year in Carlton’s six interstate games, Cripps did score below 100 four times. One to consider if all else fails but maybe we shouldn’t be so confident this week?
Have we found the new perma-captain? Neale hasn’t scored below 120 this season through three games and is averaging a ridiculous 148. Has a decent record against Essendon averaging 121 from his last 6 games against the Bombers, including a high score of 147. Just give him the captaincy and watch him go to work!
While it is true that Grundy may have the advantage in his battle with Tim English, the Bulldogs midfielders are extremely good at sharking hitouts from opposition ruckmen – led by Macrae who is yet to score below 125 this season. While his record against the Pies is modest – average of just 104 in his last 5 games while only scoring 120+ in just one game – Macrae has become one of the premier midfielders in the competition and should be good for a decent score. One last bit of information worth considering is that Collingwood are yet to concede of more than 111 (Dom Sheed last week).
ONE TO JUST LOCK IN?
Patrick Dangerfield at GMHBA Stadium v GWS
- Last three games v GWS average of 155.7 including two scores of 160+, one of which was a score of 196
- Coming off back-to-back 125+ games
- Career average of 128 against GWS
Well that’s all from me this week. Josh should be back on board next week to take you through some more skippers. Hopefully some of the players above will pay off for you and your team this week! Good luck!