LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 23

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Final Ever LaHug’s Captains

It’s the end of the SuperCoach season but it’s also the end of LaHug’s Captains. Across Dream Team, AFL Fantasy, and SuperCoach, I’ve been doing this for nine years. Thanks to the Doctor Supercoach team for getting me on board in 2017 and thanks to all the readers and followers for donating to Cancer Council Victoria! http://myownway.everydayhero.com/au/doctor-supercoach

Let’s go out with a BANG!

VC Options – Round 23

Brodie Grundy

Last 3: 123, 86, 121 (110 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 134, 155, 113 (134 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 86, 121, 117 (108 avg)

Despite relatively unimpressive form by Grundy’s lofty standards, expect a very good score this week. Essendon’s ruck stocks are not great and Grundy loves to smash them for a healthy score. Prediction – 135

Adam Treloar

Last 3: 116, 127, 177 (140 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 113, 127, 61 (100 avg)

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

Treloar is handy against the Bombers and his consistently good form has him as one of the best SC players in the comp. Should be good against back at the MCG. Prediction – 130

Zach Merrett

Last 3: 104, 116, 113 (111 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 87, 130, 114 (110 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 59, 85, 104 (83 avg)

Merrett’s been decent in recent weeks but not good enough to use the VC on. He’s been poor at the MCG so I’d look elsewhere. Prediction – 100

Max Gawn

Last 3: 119, 99, 134 (117 avg)

Last 3 against North: 117, 111, 172 (133 avg)

Last 3 at Hobart: 111, 172 (142 avg)

Big Max usually matches up well against Goldstein and even had that huge 172 down in Hobart not that long ago. Unfortunately, there’s an injury cloud hanging over him and that’s enough for me to look elsewhere. Prediction – 120 (if fit)

Clayton Oliver

Last 3: 92, 96, 111 (100 avg)

Last 3 against North: 75, 170, 91 (112 avg)

Last 3 at Hobart: 170, 90 (130 avg)

Two scores under the ton in a row for Oliver so that alone means we should look elsewhere. Prior to Port’s collapse, the Roos were a good team for mids to score against. I assume the Dees will to slightly better than the Power (in terms of SC at least) but that’s not going to make me pick a Melbourne player in Hobart. If you’re a gambler, you could always hope he pumps out a 170 again like he did in 2017… Prediction – 110

Patrick Dangerfield

Last 3: 146, 137, 57 (113 avg)

Last 3 against Carlton: 133, 108, 127 (123 avg)

Last 3 at Kardinia: 137, 163, 83 (128 avg)

Two huge scores in a row for Danger and back at Kardinia against the Blues this week. Must win game to lock in a home final. Everything is pointing towards a big Dangerfield score. Our only concern with Danger is that his floor has been very poor this season. That’s what the VC is for. Low risk, high reward! Prediction – 140

Patrick Cripps

Last 3: 85, 134, 152 (124 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 97, 86, 68 (84 avg)

Last 3 at Kardinia: 97 (97 avg)

Cripps got tagged effectively last week and then the reports came out that he was in hospital before the game. Where the hell was that news before I gave him the C?? He’s historically poor against the Cats so I’m thinking he’ll be poor again. Prediction – 95

Josh Kelly

Last 3: 82, 106, 104 (97 avg)

Last 3 against Gold Coast: 138, 146, 120 (135 avg)

Last 3 at Metricon: 75, 92 (84 avg)

Kelly loves to smash the Suns and will do so again this week. Honestly, Greene might be the even better choice but I’m not looking at him because he ruined my season… Prediction – 135

Elliot Yeo

Last 3: 141, 98, 114 (118 avg)

Last 3 against Hawthorn: 94, 100, 59 (84 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 98, 128, 116 (114 avg)

Yeo was great last week but his form has been a bit too inconsistent for a captaincy selection. Historically, he’s pretty average against the Hawks, but I think he’ll be a bit better this week. Prediction – 115

Captain Options – Round 23

Jack Macrae

Last 3: 105, 137, 155 (132 avg)

Last 3 against Adelaide: 177, 118, 80 (125 avg)

Last 3 at Ballarat: 135, 147, 189 (157 avg)

Macrae loves playing at Ballarat and smashed the Crows for 177 points last year. Just three scores under 100 for the year make him safe as houses too. Prediction – 150

Josh Dunkley

Last 3: 169, 153, 107 (143 avg)

Last 3 against Adelaide: 40 (40 avg)

Last 3 at Ballarat: 136, 147, 94 (126 avg)

Dunkley has been pretty damn good in Ballarat too but, better still, his last two games have been huge. His floor is a little lower than Macrae’s but it’s really a toss of the coin this week. Prediction – 150

Marcus Bontempelli

Last 3: 90, 99, 166 (118 avg)

Last 3 against Adelaide: 120, 97, 140 (119 avg)

Last 3 at Ballarat: 99, 98, 45 (81 avg)

There’s no way we’re getting three scores of 150 from Bulldogs this week and I think Bont’s scoring will be affected by getting the most opposition attention, poor history in Ballarat, and the other two stealing all the points. Prediction – 95

Dustin Martin

Last 3: 132, 138, 104 (125 avg)

Last 3 against Brisbane: 141, 111, 54 (102 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 132, 138, 104 (125 avg)

Dusty is back! He was great against the Lions last year (albeit a vastly different Lions team than this one) and should be good again. Prediction – 130

Lachie Neale

Last 3: 103, 85, 101 (96 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 123, 129, 148 (133 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 140, 104, 123 (122 avg)

Lachie Neale loves to play against the Tigers. It should be a hotly contested game, particularly if it rains, so plenty of clearances and contested possies should go Neale’s way. Prediction – 130

Dayne Zorko

Last 3: 104, 142, 61 (102 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 82, 55, 118 (85 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 63, 82, 115 (87 avg)

Zorko hates the MCG and isn’t great against the Tigers. Look elsewhere. Prediction – 85

Travis Boak

Last 3: 111, 49, 101 (87 avg)

Last 3 against Fremantle: 121, 83, 98 (101 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 49, 114, 122 (95 avg)

Boak bounced back with a handy 111 despite his team getting smashed last week. He’s proven to be susceptible to a tag at times this year but I think Boak will finish the season strong against the Dockers. Prediction – 115

Nat Fyfe

Last 3: 101, 145, 144 (130 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 129, 75, 117 (107 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 124, 75, 78 (92 avg)

Fyfe was one of many captain options relatively down last week. At least he cracked the ton! He was good last time he played the Power and should be good again. Prediction – 125

LaHug’s POD

Scott Pendlebury

Last 3: 89, 138, 106 (111 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 138, 163, 123 (141 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 138, 106, 94 (113 avg)

Scott Pendlebury adores playing the Bombers. He smashes them every time they play. I think the fact that a win gives the Pies a shot at Top 4 means their captain and spiritual leader has every reason to play one of his best games. This could be huge. Potential – 145

LaHug’s Picks

Top 3 VCs

  1. Patrick Dangerfield
  2. Brodie Grundy
  3. Josh Kelly

Top 3 Cs

  1. Jack Macrae
  2. Josh Dunkley
  3. Dustin Martin

Will Huggett

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