Back again for a new round, and as always the captaincy decision is a massive one. Just look at the score of some safe options I suggested last week in Ablett, Cotchin, Rockliff , Beams, Boyd even Sloane and Ebert. Was very excited to see the rocket of calling Dangerfield a ‘avoid’ option worked too by him belting out a 149.
Before we go ahead and look to this week’s round of captaincy options, have a quick look at last week suggestions:
Collingwood Vs Essendon
2014 Average: 101
Last 4 Avg Vs Bombers: 148.3
Last 4 Scores Vs Bombers: 115, 120, 187, 171
Last 4 Rounds Score: 145, 105, 90, 68
Is it time to get some under priced bacon? He’s only scored under 120 once against the Bombers since 20111. We know historically how good Swan is, the question mark over him is no longer fitness or form, but rather roll. Will Buckley play piggy forward or in the midfield? At least for this match the Pies will be ensuring all their midfield guns are planted squarely in the thick of it. He’s a safe captain selection for this round.
Going Unique: Paul Chapman: 4 Games as a Bomber, 4 Hundreds. He loves the big stage and the ANZAC day clash is really the only big one he’s yet to play in. Look out Pies fans (and Cats fans still wishing they had him) Chappy’s set to unleash on the biggest Home and Away stage of all.
One to Avoid: Dyson Heppell: He’s every chance (along with Jobe) for the Macaffer tag. Still a great unique midfield option but after last weeks score he can’t be looked at for captaincy.
Consider: Scott Pendlebury: Hasn’t put a foot wrong as captain of the pies or for fantasy coaches all year. Truly a dependable midfield premium.
St Kilda Vs Brisbane
2014 Average: 103.5
Last 4 Avg Vs Lions: 117.3
Last 4 Scores Vs Lions: 112, 102, 126, 129
Last 4 Rounds: 135, 65, 104, 110
Joey loves to be a flat track bully, and sadly it appears that the Lions will be the team the oppositions midfielders will love to play. 8 Tigers went 90 or more on them in round 5, in round 4 against the Power 10 players reached the triple figures. Each week a minimum of 6 players have gone 90+ on the Lions. Monty is very much the barometer of the Saints fantasy scoring, if he’s flying chances are the Saints are doing well.
Going Unique: Nick Riewoldt: How good is his form at the moment. Yet again proving all the critics wrong, with only ONE score below 110 all season. These are premium midfielder like numbers which we are getting in the forward line.
One to Avoid: Jack Steven: You shouldn’t be looking to bring him in yet with plenty of cash still to fall off his price tag, in a fortnight and if he shows promise, jump on. He’s a shot at a 100 due to the scores the Lions are giving up, but I wouldn’t be trading him in just yet, let alone captaining him.
Consider: Tom Rockliff: Been in great form with 3 hundreds in a row, doesn’t have a great recent history on the bombers with only 1 hundred in his past 4. However, his recent form has been amazing and is well worth considering placing the C on him.
Fremantle Vs North Melbourne
2014 Average: 94.6
Last 4 Avg Vs Kangaroos: 108.8
Last 4 Scores Vs Kangaroos: 125, 112, 93, 105
Last 4 Rounds Score: 121, 48, 82, 123
The return of Freo star Nat Fyfe was god not only for the Dockers but David Mundy. He was no longer single handed carrying the Fremantle midfield and as such brought up his second score above 120 for the season. He’s only had once score below 100 on the Kangas since 2010 (and that’s a 93.)
Going Unique: Nat Fyfe: A 114 on return from suspension was a great score from Fyfe. North is his favorite team to play going on his past 4 game average with him going at 109 and scoring 2 hundreds and a 99 in those games.
One to Avoid: Nick Dal Santo: Last week he copped Macaffer, and the poor bloke will likely cop Crowley. He’ll be looking forward to round 7 against the Suns where he won’t have to worry about a tag.
Consider: Ben Cunnington: North fans are fast falling more in love with this hard at it footballer and is finally consistently placing big games together. Has put 3 consecutive hundreds together now and against the big boys over in WA you get a sense he’ll love the battle.
Gold Coast Vs Greater West Sydney
2014 Average: 123.6
Last 4 Avg Vs Giants: 117
Last 4 Scores Vs Giants: 131, 132, 99, 106
Last 4 Rounds Score: 119. 132, 146, 80
When you look to place the captaincy on someone arguably none are safer than the little master. 3 Scores over 130 this season and only one blemish (sub 100) with a hard tag in the wet from Crowley in round 2. Last round the Crows had 5 midfielders go over 100 including monsters from Dangerfield and Thompson. The exciting news is that even when Danger was dominating the Giants didn’t play a tight tag to attempt to nullify him. If Gary is given that sort of freedom he may make Danger’s last round score of 149 look like child’s play. A potential monster is on the cards here.
Going Unique: Callan Ward: Was on track for another 100 before Richard Douglas cleaned up the Giants captain last week. From all reports (early in the week obviously) is that Callan will play. The giants will be desperate to get over the line against fellow new franchisee the Suns and will be looking to skipper Ward to help bring them right into the game. 112 & 100 in his past 2 matches on the Suns. With a High BE he could be a handy inclusion if you don’t have him too in a few weeks.
One to Avoid: Adam Treloar: He has some serious High’s to him but his scoring is almost a 100 point rollercoaster difference between his best and worst this tear. Too Up and down with his scores to captain this round.
Consider: Dion Prestia: Brilliant player and if the Giants give up him space to spread, he could rack up easily his past 4 game average of 119 on them again.
Carlton Vs West Coast
2014 Average: 98.8
Last 4 Avg Vs Blues: 99.8
Last 4 Scores Vs Blues: 89, 93, 1110, 111
Last 4 Rounds Score: 112, 67, 102, 104
Only a limited number of players have scored 4 hundreds this season, and although Priddis hasn’t got the ceiling of other players, he has one thing which some of our premiums have really lacked in 2014 which is consistency. Averages 101 at Etihad Stadium from his 24 matches at the ground, he looks set for another 100-110 this week.
Going Unique: Dale Thomas: Every round I’ve been seeing gradual signs of daisy getting 5% better, this could well be the first 100 as a Blue for Daisy. Many coaches may have already dropped him by now, but for the few that remain he should be good this week. In his past 4 encounters on the Eagles he’s averaged 101, one of only 4 teams he averages over 100 in his past 4 game averages.
One to Avoid: Scott Selwood: I almost need to permanently place this man in this position nearly. He’s been a Judas in my fantasy team since round 2. Get him out, he doesn’t look like scoring when on a heavy tag like previous seasons. Get him out of your team ASAP.
Consider: Marc Murphy: Do you back him in to score well 2 weeks in a row? He was massive last week at the tags of Wallis and Picken seemed not to faze him. With Judd out again for a few more week likely and the Blues playing #United footy he’s every chance of getting his current 4 game average on the Eagles of 114.
Melbourne Vs Sydney
2014 Average: 84
Last 4 Avg Vs Demons: 97
Last 4 Scores Vs Demons: 91, 128, 88, 95
Last 4 Rounds Score: 98, 77, 101, 60
Every week I watch him I keep thinking that he’s ripe for the picking in Fantasy. Although he’s only got one score above 100 this year we’ve got to remember that 12 months ago he was one of the most inform and consistent scorers in the game. He’s basically hit as low as he’ll go cost wise and for those looking for a unique upgrade and a round 10 bye he’s one of the better possibilities.
Going Unique: Luke Parker: The debate of whether Mitchell or Parker in the forward line has been clearly won, Parker was the right pick. He could have a field day on the Dees this week. His conversion is pretty good in front of the sticks and if the Dees allow the same amount of chance to the Swans that they gave up to the Suns then Parker could go BIG.
One to Avoid: Nathan Jones: Looks like Roosy is using him to go head to head with the oppositions best midfielders, his ball winning days as his sole focus look to he halted at the moment, therefore he shouldn’t be looked at for captaincy. At any moment he may be forced to limit a player rather than wining the ball, not a trait you want from someone worth double points.
Consider: Josh P Kennedy: Proved me wrong last week by notching up 38 touches and 120+ on the Dockers.
Western Bulldogs Vs Adelaide
2014 Average: 113.2
Last 4 Avg Vs Bulldogs: 83.5
Last 4 Scores Vs Bulldogs: 120, 68, 105, 41
Last 4 Rounds Score: 108, 131, 105, 113
He hasn’t put a foot wrong all season, 5 Games, 5 hundreds. If you are one of the very small percentage of coaches who own him, well done. He looks like being this year’s Kieran Jack of 2013, by being super consistent and occasionally huge. Just keeps getting the points and he’ll continue doing so against the Dogs. Last week’s dominance of Danger and the return to form of Thompson has helped Rory keep quietly going about the job of scoring fantasy tons. He should make it 6 from 6 this week.
Going Unique: Patrick Dangerfield: Was huge against the giants and coaches who held him breathed a massive sigh of relief. Coaches that traded him in last week were getting their Lleyton Hewitt fist pumping on all Sunday. The main reason for the big score was he was given a stack of space, this is something the Dogs won’t allow. Would be massive to captain him this week, but as we’ve just seen if Danger is on and given license he could well be the best captain choice of the round.
One to Avoid: Tom Liberatore: The much pre season hyped youngster has struggled to live up to scoring expectations this season. 1 score north of 100 is not the start coaches had hoped for.
Consider: Matt Boyd: Would you believe the Crows are actually (in recent 4 game history) Matt’s worst scoring team? I was shocked at that too, but he’s only got 1 score of 100 or more on them in the past 5 seasons. In fact you have to go back to 2007 to find the second score above 100 on them. His current form though is classic Matt Boyd, all under the radar scoring. A great unique midfielder in your team.
Richmond Vs Hawthorn
2014 Average: 106.2
Last 4 Avg Vs Hawks: 102
Last 4 Scores Vs Hawks: 137, 113, 68, 90
Last 4 Rounds Score: 138, 70, 117, 79
Bounced back in a big way with 138 last week a score that many ended up using the captaincy loophole with. Trent’s past 2 games on the hawks have been first rate, the only difference is the hawks now use a tagger in Langford. Trent and the Tigers will be looking to put recent history against the Hawks into action with both big wins and Fantasy scores. Let’s hope for Trent’s sake he gets his first back to back 100 of the year.
Going Unique: Brad Hill: He’s fast becoming one of the most damaging hawthorn midfielders. Along with Macrae looks to be the best of the mid price selections this year, Brad is well and truly having a breakout season with 2 83′s a 90 and 2 scores 100+.
One to Avoid: Matt Thomas: After opening 2014 with consecutive 100′s the return of Jackson has seemed to really stall him. It’s time to get him out of your fantasy team and a long way away from the armband. No guarantee to play this week too if Deledio is fit.
Consider: Sam Mitchell: Was plenty of talk last week that he’d be a late out, all of those coaches were very glad to see him play. Averages 104 in his past four outings on the tigers averages 104.
Port Adelaide vs Geelong
2014 Average: 130
Last 4 Avg Vs Power: 127.8
Last 4 Scores Vs Power: 100,144, 109, 79
Last 4 Rounds Score: 139, 168, 69, 153
4 scores this season over 120, 2 of them over a crazy 150, this guy goes big with his scores and does it often. Outside of the pies Macaffer nobody has been close to closing down the magician and the Power aren’t using Cornes as a hard tag. They might wanna reconsider it. Nobody has gone over 140 as much as Stevie J in the past 20 games.
Going Unique: Joel Selwood: Plenty of coaches would be out off captaining him this week after his below par scoring efforts last week. Superstars though don’t have many if ever. 2 bad games in a row. Expect Joel to bring the fore this week, he averages 112 in his previous 4 matches on the power and I’d be shocked if he didn’t get that.
One to Avoid: Travis Boak: still to inconsistent with his 100′s and as such still has question marks over if he’s a genuine premium fantasy player or not, as such is clearly one to avoid as captain for now.
Consider: Brad Ebert: Simply the best & most consistent scoring power player so far. Worth every cent and looks like being like Matty Boyd & even Michael Barlow where a 100 looks almost certain whenever he plays.
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