LaHug’s Captains 2017 – Round 6

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Last week, Danger bounced back quickly but Selwood outshone him and Sloane showed he’s currently the best fantasy footballer around. Each week, I’ll bring you a statistical analysis of the top options to give the highly important C and VC to!

If you can’t remember how the VC loophole works, see a quick summary in my Round 1 article here.

VC Options – Round 6

Strnadica plays on Saturday night so all the earlier games are primed for your VC choice. Of course, if you’ve got someone not named in a later game, you can loophole options from my Captains choices.

Bontempelli

Last 3: 88, 115, 133 (112 avg)

Last 3 against GWS: 100, 112, 83 (98 avg)

Last 3 at Manuka: N/A

The Bont has had a couple of quieter weeks and is only a VC consideration based on potential this week. I like to say he’s huge in big games but he only scored 100 against the Giants in their prelim win last year. Prediction – 110

Dahlhaus

Last 3: 120, 145, 124 (130 avg)

Last 3 against GWS: 117, 84, 125 (109 avg)

Last 3 at Manuka: 114, 80 (97 avg)

Don’t look now but Dahlhaus has a three game average of 130. You’d be very happy with your captain scoring that each week so he’s gotta be a real consideration for the VC on form alone. Prediction – 125

Rockliff

Last 3: 104, 176, 104 (128 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 81, 41, 91 (71 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 176, 118, 102 (132 avg)

Rocky’s form is a bit up and down but his ceiling is so so high. Against Port though, he’s shocking. Prediction – 110

Zorko

Last 3: 121, 118, 109 (116 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 92, 111, 83 (95 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 118, 112, 54 (95 avg)

Zorko’s been amazing this year and hasn’t dropped below 100. He’s great at home but not so flash against the Power. Prediction – 110

Beams

Last 3: 100, 90, 109 (100 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 93, 141, 141 (125 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 90, 120, 66 (92 avg)

A lot of Lions should be good this week but I’m not sure any of the mids will be great. Beams has to be worth consideration as your VC based on those two 141s in 2014 and 2015. Note that one of them was with the Pies and one with the Lions. Prediction – 110

Gray

Last 3: 139, 68, 92 (100 avg)

Last 3 against Brisbane: 134, 134, 111 (126 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 134, 134, 113 (127 avg)

Gray is your best VC pick by far. In a game that will probably be one sided, Gray could get plenty of the ball while also continuing his goal-kicking ways. He’s got a good ceiling and a fantastic record against the Lions, particularly at the Gabba in the last two years. Prediction – 135

Captain Options – Round 6

Assuming you’re using our favourite Freo ruckman, you’re loopholing one of the above. If they don’t deliver, hopefully these safe captain options will have you covered.

J.J. Kennedy

Last 3: 76, 110, 66 (84 avg)

Last 3 against Fremantle: 141, 101, 112 (118 avg)

Last 3 at Subi: 110, 82, 103 (98 avg)

It’s always a bit risky taking a key forward as your captain when you can’t loophole him. Kennedy should kick a bag this weekend based on his history against the Dockers. High risk, high reward. Prediction – 115

Fyfe

Last 3: 126, 107, 113 (115 avg)

Last 3 against West Coast: 115, 119, 107 (114 avg)

Last 3 at Subi: 126, 113, 108 (116 avg)

Fyfe is one of the rare players this year to not drop below 100. That makes him very safe and a great choice for the valuable C. He’s been good in Derby’s and should be good again. Prediction – 115

Heppell

Last 3: 123, 67, 95 (95 avg)

Last 3 against Melbourne: 112, 118, 149 (126 avg)

Last 3 at Etihad: 109, 95, 98 (101 avg)

Heppell loves the Dees and will be happy to be playing them again for the first time in two years. I don’t think you can back someone coming off a 5-day break but I’d be strongly considering him otherwise. Prediction – 110

Dangerfield

Last 3: 120, 90, 138 (116 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 86, 109, 117 (104 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 90, 146, 121 (119 avg)

Danger is good, there’s no doubt about it, but is he even the top Cat right now? He bounced back well with a 120 but his record against the Pies leaves much to desire. Prediction – 115

Selwood

Last 3: 154, 110, 121 (128 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 72, 51, 104 (76 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 110, 179, 108 (132 avg)

Selwood’s also lacking against the Pies but he has better form than Danger and is looking great at the MCG recently. Prediction – 120

Pendlebury

Last 3: 67, 94, 125 (95 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 140, 155, 102 (132 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 67, 120, 146 (111 avg)

What happened to Pendlebury? His form is down and I haven’t heard any injury news. Against the Cats, his record is amazing. If he’s ever going to bounce back, it’d be this week. Prediction – 110

Treloar

Last 3: 141, 72, 108 (107 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 115, 132, 91 (113 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 141, 108, 96 (115 avg)

Finally, Treloar scores well. 141 was huge and it comes just before a matchup with a team he’s good against. Get ready for more good scores. Prediction – 120

Sloane

Last 3: 139, 124, 168 (144 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 92, 124, 105 (107 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 124, 168, 77 (123 avg)

Do you have Sloane? If so, you’re better at managing your team than me. Four weeks in a row now where he’s been the perfect set-and-forget. I can’t see any reason why he won’t dominate again this week. Prediction – 140

Huggy’s POD

Each week, I’ll bring you a POD option. Ideally, this guy will play early enough in the week to put the VC on, reducing the risk factor. I’ll pick a guy based on either nice numbers, interesting AFL whisperings, or pure gut feel. Feeling adventurous?

S. Martin

Last 3: 107, 131, 125 (121 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 119, 76, 77 (91 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 131, 126, 111 (123 avg)

I think Martin’s a much better ruck than Ryder (for hitouts) and that, plus his good form, plus his great home form, plus my gut makes him a really good VC POD this week. Gutsy prediction – 135

People’s Choice

You voted on Facebook and asked me to look a bit closer at Buddy Franklin and Heath Shaw this week so here goes!

Franklin

Last 3: 70, 77, 74 (74 avg)

Last 3 against Carlton: 86, 102, 149 (112 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 100, 95, 102 (99 avg)

Having Buddy the last three weeks has killed me and there are no numbers that say you should pick him as your VC this week. So why did the People choose him? Last week, Robbie Gray got 5 goals and 139 points against the Blues. The week before, Matera kicked 3 goals (159 points) and Lynch had 7 (161 points). The Blues are leaking goals to small forwards, tall forwards, and mid-forwards alike. Buddy is the perfect hybrid and you can bet I’m booking him in for 5+ goals. Prediction – 135

Shaw

Last 3: 92, 80, 89 (87 avg)

Last 3 against Bulldogs: 69, 203, 144 (139 avg)

Last 3 at Manuka: 80, 129, 70 (93 avg)

Shaw came second in the People’s Choice voting but I remembered that 203 and wanted to call him out. You can VC Shaw so there’s no risk for the high reward. Based on this year’s form, you just can’t give him the captaincy but, if you’d held firm and want to chase the 203, I say why not? Prediction – 90

Top 3s

Top 3 VC Options

  1. Gray
  2. Franklin
  3. Dahlhaus

Top 3 Captain Options

  1. Sloane
  2. Selwood
  3. Treloar

 

Will Huggett

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