I’m back for one more week, to run through some options for you to think about. Popular options Brodie Grundy (160 SC), Patrick Cripps (169 SC) and Lachie Neale (140 SC) all scored extremely well, while Patrick Dangerfield (66 SC) had a nightmare game against the Giants. But it is time to get back into it as I look forward to see who has the fixtures that may see them score well for your tea this week!
It was another dominating performance from Grundy in Round 4, albeit against not much competition in the form of Tim English. After the poor game in Round 1, Grundy has shown why he is one of the must have players this season. While he faces tougher opposition this week, coming up against Stefan Martin, it is hard to argue with Grundy’s form. This is Collingwood’s first interstate game of the season, which Grundy has dominated in the past. Last season Collingwood played in 5 interstate games which saw Grundy average 140.8, only scoring below 120 once.
It is rare to have such a tough decision to make in the first game of the round but that is what many teams are facing with a decision regarding vice-captaincy coming down to either Neale or Grundy. Having moved to the Lions in the offseason, Neale couldn’t have asked for a better to start to his time up in Brisbane. He is averaging 152 from his two games at the Gabba this season and has a decent average of 117 against the Pies in his last three games against them. There is not much else to say about him. I expect the Lions to be set for a big bounce back game after last week’s disappointing showing against Essendon and as such would probably lean toward putting the VC on Neale, who is just in unbelievable form.
A bit of a different option for those looking to take a risk in the hope that they can climb back up the rankings and get their season back on track! Goldstein boasts a reasonable record against the Bombers, averaging 111 in his last 9 games, which includes a ridiculous 221! So far this season his opponent Tom Bellchambers has only managed to average 65.5 while his opponents have averaged 107.5. While he may not reach the lofty heights of a 200 again, his record against Essendon speaks for itself and may just prove to be the type of VC option that can come out and dominate.
Venue: Manuka Oval
Whitfield has been in some amazing form to start the season and this has contributed to him having the third best overall average of any player so far. His only score below 120 came in Round 1 against Essendon and he is fast becoming a reliable VC or C option. He is an integral part of the Giants midfield but is doing pretty much everything else as well – floating forward and kicking goals and going back and cleaning up out of defence. He’s a star could be a point of difference captain for your team this week.
Opponent: Western Bulldogs
Not much is going right for the Blues at the moment but it is not for a lack of trying on Patrick Cripps’ behalf. He has been outstanding so far this season which is why he finds himself as the second highest averaging player in the game – managing 142 SC points a game. His one game at Marvel this season saw him score 157 against the Swans and last year at the same venue he never scored below 100 in his eight games there. He is fast becoming a lock for either the VC or C every round and this week is no different. If your VC doesn’t come through for you, Cripps is the perfect backup plan.
He let me down last week but we all know he loves the big stage and it also happens that he loves playing the Hawthorn Football Club. In his last 9 games against the Hawks, Danger has an average of 135.5, which includes six 120+ scores, one of which was a massive 173. He is a star who let his team down last week and was incredibly frustrated. Expect Hawthorn to try similar tactics to what GWS did to get under his skin, but I am fully expecting a bounce back from Danger and possibly even a signature game!
ONE FROM LEFT FIELD?
Adam Treloar at the Gabba v Brisbane
- Averages 132 against Brisbane in his last five games against them; 140 in the last three
- Highest score of 169 v Brisbane
- Averaged 115 in interstate games in 2018
Well that is me done for this week. Josh will be back next week to do a deep dive on the options for Round 6! Hopefully there are some winners in this article that perform well for your team. Good luck