LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 22

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Just two weeks to go and it’s as important as ever to get your captains right to make the grand final, improve your rank, or just have a small glimmer of hope heading into next year…

VC Options – Round 22

Max Gawn

Last 3: 99, 134, 133 (122 avg)

Last 3 against Sydney: 113, 82, 96 (97 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 99, 134, 151 (128 avg)

Don’t let last week’s mediocre game throw you off; Max Gawn will go huge this week. He’s going up against Hayden McLean, a bloke that Peter Ladhams tonned against last week. That’s all you need to know. Prediction – 140

Patrick Cripps

Last 3: 134, 152, 73 (120 avg)

Last 3 against St Kilda: 116, 156, 157 (143 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 134, 152, 89 (125 avg)

Cripps has had two great scores in a row, both at the MCG, and has scored above 150 twice in his last three against the Saints. Combine that with what Fyfe did against the Saints last week (in a loss) and Cripps is looking mighty good this week. Oh, did I forget to mention it’s also his 100th game?? Prediction – 140

Dayne Zorko

Last 3: 142, 61, 125 (109 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 118, 196, 54 (123 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 142, 61, 106 (103 avg)

Zorko didn’t even need a week off to recover from his hamstring problem and pump out a 142. Now he plays the Cats who are hard to score against but haven’t been for Dayne! In a huge top of the table clash, I’m backing Zorko to go big again. Prediction – 130

Matt Crouch

Last 3: 161, 118, 77 (119 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 120, 81, 10 (70 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 118, 90, 107 (105 avg)

I was planning to mention Crouch here just to brag about my call last week but he actually looks ok against the Pies at home. The Pies are not easy to score against as a midfielder so don’t expect the lofty heights of last week. Should still be ok though. Prediction – 120

Brodie Grundy

Last 3: 86, 121, 117 (108 avg) Last 3 against Adelaide: 141, 103, 104 (116 avg) Last 3 at AO: 141, 104, 78 (108 avg) Last year, Grundy smashed Jacobs for 40 hit outs and a career high 33 touches. The fact that Jacobs is back in the team helps Brodie here as he’s just way too good around the ground for Jacobs to keep up. Prediction – 140 Friday edit: Adelaide have named both Jacobs and O’Brien and I think that hurts Grundy here. The 40 hit outs is still doable but I double he runs two players off their feet for 30+ touches. Adjusted prediction – 125

Adam Treloar

Last 3: 127, 177, 123 (142 avg)

Last 3 against Adelaide: 120, 86, 108 (105 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 120, 105, 108 (111 avg)

Treloar has a three-game average over 140 and is in rare SC form. I’ll back him to keep on smashing out scores until he shows a sign of slowing down. Prediction – 130

Captain Options – Round 22

Nat Fyfe

Last 3: 145, 144, 104 (131 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 101, 120, 121 (114 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 144, 76, 147 (122 avg)

Fyfe has had back-to-back scores over 140 and is looking red hot right now. I don’t think the Bombers could possibly be as bad as last week but the top four mids from the Dogs averaged 138 against them last week with a high of 153 and a low of 127. Fyfe could very easily reach those heights. Prediction – 140

Zach Merrett

Last 3: 116, 113, 88 (106 avg)

Last 3 against Fremantle: 121, 123, 95 (113 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 104, 112, 95 (104 avg)

Merrett enjoys playing the Dockers and managed a 116 last week despite his team’s 104-point loss. That says wonders about his scoring ability. Prediction – 120

Jack Macrae

Last 3: 137, 155, 153 (148 avg)

Last 3 against GWS: 120, 61, 102 (94 avg)

Last 3 at Showgrounds: 78 (78 avg)

Macrae just keeps on going. Last week’s score could’ve been much higher if it weren’t for plenty of clangers throughout the match. The three-game average of almost 150 makes him the obvious choice to fall back on if you want a certain big score. The Giants aren’t usually easy to score against but didn’t show much fight last week. Prediction – 130

Marcus Bontempelli

Last 3: 99, 166, 132 (132 avg)

Last 3 against GWS: 63, 108, 141 (104 avg)

Last 3 at Showgrounds: 100, 112 (106 avg)

Very disappointing return from the Bont last week, particularly with his team mates all scoring so well. That said, he should bounce back this week as he has no trouble in Sydney’s inner west. Prediction – 125

LaHug’s POD

Jake Lloyd

Last 3: 85, 85, 88 (86 avg)

Last 3 against Melbourne: 109, 117, 88 (105 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 122, 117, 130 (123 avg)

Recent form Jake Lloyd is crap. MCG Jake Lloyd is good. Must be something to do with the size of the ground and Longmire’s weird obsession with using the half back line to set up every single attacking play. I expect a lot of backline switches, particularly against the Dees where Howe had plenty last week and Houli the week before. Potential – 130

LaHug’s Picks

Top 3 VCs

  1. Max Gawn
  2. Patrick Cripps
  3. Brodie Grundy

Top 3 Cs

  1. Patrick Cripps
  2. Brodie Grundy
  3. Nat Fyfe

 

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