AFL Fantasy: LaHug’s Captains Round 1

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Updated: March 20, 2018

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AFL Fantasy Captains

OH WE’RE FROM TIGERLAND!!! Still haven’t quite come down form that high just yet but time for another year. Each week I will tell you some statistics on a player’s last 3 games, their last 3 against this week’s opponent, and their last 3 at this ground. I will also do a quick overview on my thoughts and have a guess at their score for this week. From all this, I’ll give you my top 5 captain choices for the week.

We have a partial lockout this week for the Richmond vs. Carlton game which means we can use the CAPTAINS LOOPHOLE!

How it works:

1.   Select a player from the Tigers or Blues as your VICE CAPTAIN.
2.   For now, set your captain to someone worthy of captaincy in another game in case you forget to change it.
3.   IF your VC scores really well, sub a non-playing player onto the field and set them as captain. It’s round 1 so this should only be the case if team selections and rookies are unkind.
4.   Make sure you have an emergency in the position of your non-playing captain!

Note: This has risks if there are any late withdrawals as you won’t have cover.


Dustin Martin
2017 average: 114, Round 1 2017: 139
Last 3 against Carlton: 96, 139, 75 (103 avg)
Last 3 at MCG: 90, 88, 106 (95 avg)

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After always struggling in Round 1, Dusty pulled out a 139 against the Blues last year. From there, he was a top 8 mid and a regular captain choice. Great VC choice. Prediction – 115

Marc Murphy
2017 average: 111, Round 1 2017: 139
Last 3 against Richmond: 90, 139, 126 (118 avg)
Last 3 at MCG: 107, 105, 132 (115 avg)

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Murphy has a great record against the Tigers and also scored 139 in last year’s opener. The difference is that Murphy has a much more consistent history against the Tiges and, hence, is the best VC. Prediction – 125

Zach Merrett
2017 average: 117, Round 1 2017: 129
Last 3 against Adelaide: 134, 101, 31 (89 avg)
Last 3 at Etihad: 144, 82, 96 (107 avg)

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Great against the Crows last year and just great in general, Merrett looks primed to be a consistent feature this season. Prediction – 120

Rory Sloane
2017 average: 107, Round 1 2017: 68
Last 3 against Essendon: 97, 143, 128 (123 avg)
Last 3 at Etihad: 97, 74, 88 (86 avg)

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Will Sloane get tagged? That was a question we asked over and over last year. If not, he can score 143 against the Bombers. I’m not brave enough for Round 1. Prediction – 100

Bryce Gibbs
2017 average: 112, Round 1 2017: 105
Last 3 against Essendon: 125, 136, 95 (119 avg)
Last 3 at Etihad: 105, 97, 108 (103 avg)

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Gibbs loves the Bombers and it will be interesting to see how he fits with a new team. Attending the most centre bounces in the preseason is a good sign. Prediction – 125

Dayne Zorko
2017 average: 114, Round 1 2017: 116
Last 3 against St Kilda: 117, 100, 93 (103 avg)
Last 3 at Etihad: 48, 124, 157 (110 avg)

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After averaging 114 last year, Zorko will be in many Round 1 teams. Don’t expect anything huge from him this week but he should be his consistent good-to-great. Prediction – 110

Tom Rockliff
2017 average: 103, Round 1 2017: 127
Last 3 against Fremantle: 95, 142, 154 (130 avg)
Last 3 at AO: 74, 127, 33 (78 avg)

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Potential knee problems? Stacked midfield in his new team? Are we expecting the same old dominant Rocky after a down year? If so, that 3 game average against the Dockers looks very tempting. Prediction – 120

Nat Fyfe
2017 average: 97, Round 1 2017: 110
Last 3 against Port: 116, 95, 124 (112 avg)
Last 3 at AO: 80, 116, 150 (115 avg)

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Everyone’s hoping for Fyfe to bounce back to his 2015 best this year. If he does, expect great scores. Prediction – 115

Tom Mitchell
2017 average: 127, Round 1 2017: 128
Last 3 against Collingwood: 135, 177, 132 (148 avg)
Last 3 at MCG: 99, 94, 147 (113 avg)

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Remember 50 disposals and 177 points? Tom Mitchell loves to destroy the Pies. It doesn’t matter how pricey he is, you MUST have him in your team. Prediction – 135

Taylor Adams
2017 average: 115, Round 1 2017: 151
Last 3 against Hawthorn: 95, 116, 95 (102 avg)
Last 3 at MCG: 97, 132, 151 (127 avg)

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Adams matches up well against the Hawks but it’s his love of the MCG that has me really excited. He opened 2017 with a huge 151 so can he do it again? Prediction – 115


LAHUG’S POD!

Dayne Beams
2017 average: 105, Round 1 2017: 103
Last 3 against St Kilda: 124, 152, 126 (134 avg)
Last 3 at Etihad: 95, 126, 124 (115 avg)

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Beams is only in 8% of teams and loves to play against the Saints. Start him and give him the C for a doubled-up POD. Emotions will be high after the passing of his father and it’s impossible to tell how that will affect his score. Prediction – 130


Top 5

1.   Tom Mitchell (135)
2.   Dayne Beams (130)
3.   Marc Murphy (125)
4.   Bryce Gibbs (125)
5.   Zach Merrett (120)


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Written by Will Huggett @LaHugDT

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