LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 21

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The two dominant rucks face off this week and some superstar mids have great form and favourable match ups. Who’ll captain you through the second week of SC Finals?

VC Options – Round 21

Max Gawn

Last 3: 134, 133, 132 (133 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 153, 76, 67 (99 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 134, 151, 153 (146 avg)

Max was big in the match up against Grundy earlier in the year and is my VC pick once again. Form says 130+ is probably on the cards. Prediction – 135

Clayton Oliver

Last 3: 111, 126, 140 (126 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 114, 127, 117 (119 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 111, 158, 114 (128 avg)

Clarry is in quite good form right now and typically tons against the Pies. Ceiling is good but he hasn’t reached it in recent matches against the Pies. Prediction – 125

Brodie Grundy

Last 3: 121, 117, 157 (132 avg)

Last 3 against Melbourne: 84, 98, 93 (92 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 121, 117, 145 (128 avg)

Nope. Grundy struggles against Max. Max is just about the only bloke that beats Grundy in the ruck and annoys him around the ground. Don’t do it. Prediction – 90

Adam Treloar

Last 3: 177, 123, 116 (139 avg)

Last 3 against Melbourne: 104, 105, 95 (101 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 177, 123, 100 (133 avg)

Treloar hasn’t been anything special against the Dees historically but his current form is very, very good. I actually like him this week after Dusty, Prestia, Houli, and Edwards all managed more than 30 touches against the struggling Dees. Prediction – 130

Lachie Neale

Last 3: 101, 120, 98 (106 avg)

Last 3 against Gold Coast: 142, 77, 156 (125 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 101, 98, 137 (112 avg)

Neale should smash the Suns, particularly if Zorko is out as expected. Recent form and tag risk the only thing keeping me concerned. Prediction – 120

Captain Options – Round 21

Jack Macrae

Last 3: 155, 153, 120 (143 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 131, 100, 83 (105 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 153, 120, 120 (131 avg)

Back-to-back scores above 150 make Macrae a near lock for the C this week. He’s good against the Bombers and back at his favourite ground. Prediction – 140

Marcus Bontempelli

Last 3: 166, 132, 70 (123 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 116, 123, 102 (114 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 132, 70, 93 (98 avg)

The Bont eclipsed Macrae for a 166 last week and those with both Dogs representing their mids had a huge Sunday last week. He’s good against the Bombers and back at home again. Prediction – 130

Nat Fyfe

Last 3: 144, 104, 154 (134 avg)

Last 3 against St Kilda: 63, 126, 84 (91 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 104, 101, 154 (120 avg)

Fyfe was big last week but is up and down at the moment. Injuries are a real concern. Despite the ceiling being incredible, the floor is a concern. Steele tagged him in Round 3 and could do it again. Prediction – 100

Patrick Cripps

Last 3: 152, 73, 115 (113 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 126, 130, 134 (130 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 152, 89, 120 (120 avg)

Cripps loves to play the Tigers. Richmond aren’t much of a tagging team and will let Cripps win his share of clearances/contested ball as long as their pressure can cause a turnover right afterwards. This is great for Cripps owners as he should lock in a good score this week to finish the round. Prediction – 130

LaHug’s POD

Dustin Martin

Last 3: 138, 104, 104 (115 avg)

Last 3 against Carlton: 109, 139, 121 (123 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 138, 104, 104 (115 avg)

Matt Crouch

Last 3: 118, 77, 90 (95 avg)

Last 3 against West Coast: 126, 146, 120 (131 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 68 (68 avg)

I’m double dipping here. Two fallen premiums with good history against their opponents and showing a glimpse of form last week. Dusty is the better pick of the two but I think Crouch will surprise a lot of punters this week too. If you need to trade in a POD midfielder or want a crack at a POD Sunday captain, Dusty and Crouch could both go big this week. Potential – 140+

LaHug’s Picks

Top 3 VCs

  1. Max Gawn
  2. Adam Treloar
  3. Clayton Oliver

Top 3 Cs

  1. Jack Macrae
  2. Patrick Cripps
  3. Marcus Bontempelli

Will Huggett

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