LaHug’s Captains 2018 – Round 8

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This week is very annoying from a VC point of view. West Coast is the first Saturday game and, if Guelfi isn’t recalled, Essendon are still the second game. Most people will just use Tom Mitchell as the loophole but, if you want someone from another game, Lachie Murphy is another loophole option, not playing until 5:10pm Saturday.

VC Options – Round 8

Tom Mitchell

Last 3: 127, 126, 75 (109 avg)

Last 3 against Sydney: 98, 105 (102 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 127, 90, 149 (122 avg)

Titch isn’t amazing against his old side and hasn’t scored a huge VC score since the tags first started coming. Still, due to the timing of his game, he’s your best bet this week. Prediction – 125

Josh P. Kennedy

Last 3: 151, 125, 59 (112 avg)

Last 3 against Hawthorn: 50, 118, 140 (103 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 91, 50, 102 (81 avg)

JPK is back and he has been historically great against the Hawks (excluding his last game). If you’re bringing him in this week, a sneaky VC wouldn’t go astray. Prediction – 120

Patrick Cripps

Last 3: 94, 143, 151 (129 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 100, 140, 89 (110 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 151, 92, 130 (124 avg)

Cripps has gone big against the Bombers before and has shown some good form this year, including at the G. Tough ask to VC him because you have to have your eye on the clock if you’re using Lachie Murphy. Like his ceiling though. Prediction – 125

Captain Options – Round 8

Max Gawn

Last 3: 127, 168, 151 (149 avg)

Last 3 against Gold Coast: 108, 174, 88 (123 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 97, 66 (54 avg)

Form says you’ve got to look at him. Ceiling is amazing with a 178 against the Suns previously. The perfect loophole if you have a late game player out. A good captain option otherwise. Prediction – 140

Matt Crouch

Last 3: 122, 100, 51 (91 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 139, 88, 126 (118 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 122, 100, 119 (114 avg)

Crouch is back and loves to play the Power. Expect a good score. Prediction – 125

Jack Macrae

Last 3: 189, 141, 98 (143 avg)

Last 3 against Brisbane: 162, 121, 96 (126 avg)

Last 3 at Etihad: 141, 103, 131 (125 avg)

Boy I wish I had this guy in my team. Macrae is now the highest averaging player of the year. Plus, he scored 162 last time he played the Lions and is killing it under the roof. I’m expecting another phenomenal score. Prediction – 140

Nat Fyfe

Last 3: 142, 114, 151 (136 avg)

Last 3 against St Kilda: 84, 102, 82 (89 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 114, 151, 160 (142 avg)

I am happy to admit that I was very very wrong last week. I was certain Freo’s injuries would lead to Fyfe having to play up forward a lot. Instead, he played all over the ground and scored big. Expect something good again this week back in Perth. Prediction – 140

Lachie Neale

Last 3: 123, 151, 100 (125 avg)

Last 3 against St Kilda: 117, 118, 123 (119 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 151, 100, 77 (109 avg)

There have been a few already but Neale’s another player back in form right now. Loves playing the Saints too. Prediction – 125

Dustin Martin

Last 3: 87, 88, 91 (89 avg)

Last 3 against North: 166, 74, 121 (120 avg)

Last 3 at Etihad: 111, 74, 166 (117 avg)

If Prestia and Cotchin are both out this week, expect a big score from Dusty with more midfield time. If either is fit, I think Dusty will continue to play forward a lot. I’m not worried about Jacobs either as you can’t really tag Dusty. Prediction – 100

Adam Treloar

Last 3: 110, 149, 127 (129 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 92, 71, 115 (93 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 149, 127, 105 (127 avg)

Treloar’s not that flash against the Cats but the fact that 110 is disappointing shows how good he’s playing right now. Can’t see why he won’t keep going well. Prediction – 115

Scott Pendlebury

Last 3: 63, 108, 123 (98 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 149, 140, 155 (148 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 108, 123, 113 (115 avg)

Too risky with injuries but, if Pendles plays and is fit (big if), he’s amazing against the Cats and is an awesome POD. Prediction – N/A

Joel Selwood

Last 3: 135, 122, 106 (121 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 73, 72, 51 (65 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 140, 125, 45 (103 avg)

Nailed this pick last week and wish I had traded him in instead of Danger two weeks ago. Very bad history against the Pies and I’ve been doing this long enough to stay clear of Selwood when history suggests to. Prediction – 75

Mitch Duncan

Last 3: 134, 107, 80 (107 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 109, 113, 116 (113 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 94, 144, 131 (123 avg)

Meanwhile, history suggests we should look at Duncan again this week. He’s really doing well this year with Danger playing up forward and Duncan continuing to follow the ball all game. Prediction – 120

LaHug’s POD

Dayne Zorko

Last 3: 164, 46, 37 (82 avg)

Last 3 against Bulldogs: 86, 121, 102 (103 avg)

Last 3 at Etihad: 32, 55, 119 (69 avg)

You’d be crazy to do it, particularly without a loophole option, but it’s tempting after last week. Prediction – 115

Top 3s

Top 3 VC Options

  1. Max Gawn (if you’ve got a late loophole)
  2. Tom Mitchell
  3. Patrick Cripps

Top 3 Captain Options

  1. Jack Macrae
  2. Max Gawn
  3. Nat Fyfe

Will Huggett

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