LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 15

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LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 15

Who’d have thought that taking Max’s 151 would cost you 23 points? The big rucks were huge again this week. One of them won’t be scoring well for Round 15 though… read on to find out which one.

VC Options – Round 15

Josh Kelly
Last 3: 128, 107, 138 (124 avg)
Last 3 against Essendon: 99, 176, 81 (119 avg)
Last 3 at Docklands: 205, 132, 93 (143 avg)
The fact that the last two scores for Kelly feel disappointing shows how dominant he’s been this season. Clarke is a real factor after he slowed down Gaff last week and he could go to Kelly. It’s hard to know who he’ll target though so I still think it’s worth giving the VC to a GWS boy if you like their numbers. Prediction – 120

Stephen Coniglio
Last 3: 130, 64, 207 (134 avg)
Last 3 against Essendon: 154, 138, 111 (134 avg)
Last 3 at Docklands: 157, 116, 91 (121 avg)
I’m not too pleased with how Cogs has been going since I traded him out. Even with a 64 in there, he has a rolling average above 130 and his history against the Bomber is fantastic. I’m backing the tag to go to Kelly or Whitfield (if he plays) so that’s good news for those that held Cogs. Prediction – 135

Patrick Dangerfield
Last 3: 141, 149, 130 (140 avg)
Last 3 against Adelaide: 128, 158, 119 (135 avg)
Last 3 at Kardinia: 130, 115, 94 (113 avg)
Danger is in fantastic form, is typically good at home, and loves to play his old club. This should be a good score. Prediction – 140

Luke Parker
Last 3: 138, 120, 135 (131 avg)
Last 3 against Gold Coast: 125, 109, 104 (113 avg)
Last 3 at SCG: 138, 120, 135 (131 avg)
Too good to store away as my weekly POD pick any longer. Even with JPK back, Parker scored a big 138. I wish I’d waited a couple of weeks to finish my midfield and picked up Parker post-bye. Against the Suns, the team that loves giving up big scores to opposition mids, Parker should fire again. Prediction – 140

Captain Options – Round 15

Brodie Grundy
Last 3: 174, 84, 124 (127 avg)
Last 3 against North: 113, 114, 103 (110 avg)
Last 3 at Docklands: 174, 108, 121 (134 avg)
Grundy typically isn’t as awesome against Goldy as he is against everyone else. That said, he still tons up every time he plays the Roos. Last week’s 174 was massive and I like him as a safe option this week. That said, I think there are plenty that will score higher. Prediction – 120

Ben Cunnington
Last 3: 59, 132, 133 (108 avg)
Last 3 against Collingwood: 113, 67, 74 (85 avg)
Last 3 at MCG: 118, 113, 84 (105 avg)
I can’t decide how Cunnington will go this week. On the one hand, the Bulldogs mids scored quite nicely against the Pies last week and there were plenty of possessions to go around. On the other hand, Greenwood showed just how bad he is as a defender and could get asked to play a tagging role again (or just get dropped). Cunnington succumbed to the de Boer tag before the bye and I’m worried that, until Higgins returns, he’ll continue getting attention. Prediction – 100

Jack Macrae
Last 3: 148, 150, 84 (127 avg)
Last 3 against Port: 147, 51, 145 (114 avg)
Last 3 at AO: 51, 177, 118 (115 avg)
Macrae is back and firing. Two big scores in a row and has scored massively against Port (and at AO) in the past. Danger managed a nice 141 against the Power last week and I like Macrae to do similar this week. Prediction – 140

Max Gawn
Last 3: 151, 153, 158 (154 avg)
Last 3 against Brisbane: 97, 78, 56 (77 avg)
Last 3 at Gabba: 148, 97, 66 (104 avg)
It feels almost criminal but the guy with three straight over 150 and two more over 140 before that isn’t in my top picks this week. Gawn is just relentlessly poor against Brisbane with his best performance in the last few years a mediocre 97. Will he finally crack the ton against them for the first time since 2015? Prediction – 99

Nat Fyfe
Last 3: 91, 129, 145 (122 avg)
Last 3 against Carlton: 154, 98, 53 (102 avg)
Last 3 at Perth: 129, 126, 132 (129 avg)
Fyfe was huge last time he played the Blues but I’d like to see if Ed Curnow is named or not before locking in a big Fyfe score. The seldom-used tagger locked up Neale very well a few weeks ago and I’m still wary of that. If Curnow’s out, expect big things. Prediction – 125

Patrick Cripps
Last 3: 78, 194, 89 (120 avg)
Last 3 against Fremantle: 112, 109, 94 (105 avg)
Last 3 at Perth: 112 (112 avg)
Too up and down for Cripps. I’d love him as a VC option in case that 194 reappears but two of his last three under 90 means you can’t use him when you need the safety of the C. Prediction – 115

LaHug’s POD

Clayton Oliver
Last 3: 114, 114, 122 (117 avg)
Last 3 against Brisbane: 146, 99, 76 (107 avg)
Last 3 at Gabba: 143, 146 (145 avg)
Clarry’s only two games at the Gabba make me very tempted to go for an out-there pick this week. It’s a pity he plays too late to really be VC eligible. Potential – 145

LaHug’s Picks
Top 3 VCs
1. Patrick Dangerfield
2. Luke Parker
3. Stephen Coniglio

Top 3 Cs
1. Jack Macrae
2. Brodie Grundy
3. Nat Fyfe

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