LaHug’s Captains 2019 – Round 7

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An incredibly short turn around meant a week off for LaHug last week. For those that navigated last week’s premo minefield, well done. Max was clearly the way and may be again this week. Let’s see…

VC Options – Round 7

Brodie Grundy

Last 3: 134, 100, 160 (131 avg)

Last 3 against Port: 162, 93, 80 (112 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 121, 152, 109 (127 avg)

Grundy was huge against Port last year but that was pre-Lycett. Rucks have been ok against the Power (after Gawn’s Round 1 flop) so I’m not worried. I like Grundy at Docklands to rack up plenty of touches so he’s a good VC option this week. Prediction – 125

Travis Boak

Last 3: 129, 95, 134 (119 avg)

Last 3 against Collingwood: 117, 90, 73 (93 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 109, 77, 75 (87 avg)

A bloke averaging 123 has to be a VC option every week, particularly when 50% of his scores are 129+. Pies are hard to score against but you could do worse this week. Prediction – 115

Max Gawn

Last 3: 145, 126, 113 (128 avg)

Last 3 against Hawthorn: 127, 112, 168 (136 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 145, 126, 126 (132 avg)

McEvoy is hard to score against for everyone except for Max. He loves to play the Hawks, is coming off a huge score, and kills it at the MCG. Prediction – 130

Lachie Neale

Last 3: 142, 91, 140 (124 avg)

Last 3 against Sydney: 110, 44, 112 (89 avg)

Last 3 at Gabba: 91, 177, 127 (132 avg)

After a down week, Neale bounced straight back for a big 142 against the Suns. If the ladder’s anything to go by, the Swans are even worse than the Suns… Cogs and Dusty have scored tons against the Hewett tag in recent weeks so if he goes to Neale over Zorko, Neale should still be ok. I’d take Gawn over Neale with tag fears but my gut tells me he’ll still be big. Prediction – 125

Captain Options – Round 7

Jack Macrae

Last 3: 85, 97, 110 (97 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 163, 117, 126 (135 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 97, 139, 132 (123 avg)

Macrae dominated against the Tigers in Round 23 last year. Richmond don’t mind opposition players racking up the ball as long as they still win the match which is excellent news for Macrae owners. Should be huge. Prediction – 135

Patrick Cripps

Last 3: 93, 110, 169 (124 avg)

Last 3 against North: 92, 97, 96 (95 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 110, 157, 108 (125 avg)

Cripps only scored 92 against the Roos last year but that was with the Jacobs tag. Jacobs isn’t playing this year and that’s good news for Cripps. He’s averaging 129 this year and, without a tag, that sounds about right for this week too. Prediction – 130

Zach Merrett

Last 3: 87, 137, 155 (126 avg)

Last 3 against Geelong: 118, 137, 98 (118 avg)

Last 3 at MCG: 87, 155, 120 (121 avg)

Merrett’s a sneaky POD this round for those that brought him in last week (and a great chance to redeem that trade). He’s been pretty good against the Cats and was great at the MCG before last week. Prediction – 125

Nat Fyfe

Last 3: 128, 110, 63 (100 avg)

Last 3 against Adelaide: 78, 158, 109 (115 avg)

Last 3 at AO: 75, 78, 117 (90 avg)

Six FAs killed Fyfe’s score last time he played the Crows and I don’t think that’s likely to happen again this week. Before that, he hadn’t played Adelaide since 2015, where he scored a huge 158. We all know Fyfe’s ceiling is big and I don’t see the Crows tagging so he should be good. Prediction – 125

LaHug’s POD

Marcus Bontempelli

Last 3: 95, 104, 127 (109 avg)

Last 3 against Richmond: 106, 128, 140 (125 avg)

Last 3 at Docklands: 104, 124, 158 (129 avg)

Another Dog that loves to rack it up against the Tigers. While everyone’s picking Macrae, you could go Bontempelli for a potential leg up. He’s scored 140+ against them twice and it’s certainly possible he’ll do it again. Potential – 140

LaHug’s Picks

Top 3 VCs

  1. Max Gawn
  2. Lachie Neale
  3. Brodie Grundy

Top 3 Cs

  1. Jack Macrae
  2. Patrick Cripps
  3. Nat Fyfe

Will Huggett

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