LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 3

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Good return from our ruck premiums and some mid premiums too. Shame about Coniglio… Let’s see if we can pick the winners and dodge the losers this week.

VC Options – Round 3

Rory Sloane

Last 3: 105, 155 (130 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 127, 92, 169 (129 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 155, 110, 111 (125 avg)

Sloane has some great scoring history against the Cats and the Cats aren’t tagging at the moment. Oliver scored 141 against them in a loss at the Cattery so Sloane at home could easily match that. Prediction – 130

Matt Crouch

Last 3: 96, 138 (117 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 85, 119, 134 (113 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 138, 131, 127 (132 avg)

Crouch kills it at home which is where he’ll be against the Cats this week. For that reason alone, you have to consider him as a VC. Prediction – 130

Patrick Dangerfield

Last 3: 154, 97 (126 avg)

Last 3 against Adelaide: 158, 119, 142 (140 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 158, 135, 119 (137 avg)

If you have Danger (which I think most do), you can happily ignore all my other VC options (unless you really want a POD). Danger usually smashes his old team, including a 158 at this very ground last year. Don’t ignore this man! Prediction – 145

Patrick Cripps

Last 3: 116, 126 (121 avg)

Last 3 against Sydney: 54, 103, 137 (98 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 108, 106, 122 (112 avg)

Cripps hasn’t quite shown the ceiling yet this year but do consider that Sydney gave up scores of 158 and 132 to Bulldog mids just two weeks ago. Could do worse for VC. Prediction – 120

Jake Lloyd

Last 3: 124, 131 (128 avg)

Last 3 against Carlton: 90, 77, 100 (89 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 131, 118, 96 (115 avg)

Boy do I regret not starting Lloyd. I watched last week’s Sydney game and, despite the fact that it is very clearly losing them games, Horse seems intent on using the backline to set up every single attack. This is perfect for Lloyd and he’ll top 120 in every match until the Sydney coaching staff wake up to 2019 football. Prediction – 130

Stephen Coniglio

Last 3: 52, 154 (103 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 90, 59, 121 (90 avg)

Last 3 at Showgrounds: 154, 98, 79 (110 avg)

I was confident that Whitfield would cop the tag last week and I was wrong. Fortunately for Cogs, Richmond don’t tag and are very soft right now. There should be an immediate return to form for Cogs. That said, his history against the Tigers doesn’t flatter him. Prediction – 120

Captain Options – Round 3

Lachie Neale

Last 3: 140, 127 (134 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 108, 99, 131 (113 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 127, 125, 51 (101 avg)

Neale is killing it and will kill it again at home. Port are still a bit difficult to score against so far this season so don’t expect something massive. Still, expect something good and something safe which is exactly what you want from your C. Prediction – 125

Adam Treloar

Last 3: 135, 102 (119 avg)

Last 3 against West Coast: 106, 47, 95 (83 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 135, 102, 106 (114 avg)

I’m not touching any Collingwood mid after what Hutchings did to Cogs last week. Sidebottom should be the one copping the tag but I’m still not going near any of them. Treloar should be good but look elsewhere. Prediction – 115

Brodie Grundy

Last 3: 137, 81 (109 avg)

Last 3 against West Coast: 141, 116, 99 (119 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 137, 81, 141 (120 avg)

Despite the loss in last year’s Grand Final, Grundy managed a handy 141. He bounced back last week and showed that he’s not only fit and healthy, he can dominate a game. Ruck scores against the Eagles have been deceptively good so far (Martin’s 82 and McInerney’s 84 in less than 70% TOG each in the same match is genuinely amazing) so you can happily lock in Grundy if your VC flops. Prediction – 130

Jack Macrae

Last 3: 127, 132 (130 avg)

Last 3 against Gold Coast: 189, 108, 93 (130 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 132, 110, 153 (132 avg)

Macrae is the safest pick this week and the highest ceiling. If you have him, you’ve gotta give him the C if your VC drops below 130. There is no doubt in my mind that Macrae gets at least 130 at his favourite ground against the team he scored 189 on last year. Prediction – 140

Nat Fyfe

Last 3: 124, 147 (136 avg)

Last 3 against St Kilda: 126, 84, 102 (104 avg)

Last 3 at Perth: 147, 66, 43 (85 avg)

Fyfe is also looking really good this year and comes up against a Saints side he dropped 126 on last year. Should be good. Prediction – 135

LaHug’s POD

Max Gawn

Last 3: 116, 87 (102 avg)

Last 3 against Essendon: 168, 85, 150 (134 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 87, 127, 107 (107 avg)

“Max Gawn isn’t a POD!” I can hear the outrage from miles away. Max is a POD for captain at this stage of the year because he burnt so many of us in Round 1 (myself included) and there are so many safer options this week. I don’t think many will go near Max but, if you think the Adelaide vs. Geelong game will be a low scoring one for whatever reason (is there a monsoon coming?), Max is a great pick. He’s killed the Bombers in two of their last three, the Bombers suck right now, and the Dees are desperate for a win. It just feels like his week. Potential – 150

LaHug’s Picks

Top 3 VCs

  1. Patrick Dangerfield
  2. Rory Sloane
  3. Jake Lloyd

Top 3 Cs

  1. Jack Macrae
  2. Nat Fyfe
  3. Lachie Neale

Will Huggett

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