Here we go again for what promise to be another big week of Fantasy Finals. Nailing a captain is just as important as ever and this week you need to be super-careful….especially with taggers being back in vogue.
|Key Stats||Cal’s Comments|
|1. Rory Laird|
|130+ in his last five games||#1 man on form averaging 144 in his last three. Scored 122 against the Eagles earlier this year and 122 and 125 last season. Too hard to look past after going 120+ in his last eight games. TAG FLAG - Xavier O'Neil tried to run with Touk (122) last week. Not a concern.|
|2. Callum Mills|
|Averaging 122 in his last three and the match-up is gold.||Last week, Essendon had five players take double-figure marks against the Roos who are an easy match-up for Mills. Merrett (172), Redman (139), Langford (113) all cashed in as 6 players hit 109+. He had 106 against them earlier this year, and is coming off 116 (8 marks).|
|3. Clayton Oliver|
|Collingwood #1 easiest since the byes for MIDs||Oliver scored 146 against the Pies earlier this year and this match-up has been a proven winner for him in the past. Since his thumb injury he has only scored 87 and 94... finds form here though!|
|4. Zach Merrett|
|#2 on form averaging 141 in his last three.||Lowest score of 118 from his last six games and last year he had 64 and 128 on the Giants. He is here on form alone and his 135pt second half last week. TAG FLAG - Ash ran with Warner (65) last week and last year, he ran with Parish, who isn't playing again.|
|5. Sam Walsh|
|128 last week and his ankle seems fine||Walsh scored 123 on the Lions last year who have been giving up points this year. Even Bolton (114) and Cotchin (105) hit tons last week and he's twice the player they are.|
|6. Touk Miller|
|122 and 120 in his last games. Elite!||Touk had 105 when he played the Hawks earlier this year and 160 last season but the tag of Maginness is real here. Coming off 31d (16 clearances) he could be targeted by the guy who has had tagging roles in the last two weeks.|
|7. Jack Steele|
|Recent score sof 107, 154, 117 and 121 is up there with the best.||Geelong in Geelong is tough - Macrae (72), Smith (65) and Bont (86) found it tough last week with only Dunkley (119) getting away. His best score ever is 117 against the Cats, but his form is too good too ignore.|
|8. Tom Mitchell|
|Had 112 on the Suns earlier this year and returns to Pig Park||The Pig loves playing at Pig Park and without setting the world on fire, he's been solid enough with scores of 115 and 106. Funny things can happen in Launie.|
|9. Marcus Bontempelli |
|86 last week... he'll be much better here.||Before last week, bont has been ripping it with scores of 125 and 140. He had 125 last year on the Dockers but monitor his shoulder niggle. Should be fine.|
|10. Christian Petracca|
|Match-up, match-up, match-up||110 last week was CP's best score in the last four games. The thing is... he could blow this game apart. Recent MIDs v Collingwood.... Rozee (115), Merrett (121), Heppell (117) and prior to that Adelaide had Laird's 163.|
Windhager – If I was coaching… I’d send him to Mitch Duncan. But who knows, the Cats have lots of potential options he could line-up with.
Maginness – Who will he target from the Suns? Touk Miller would be my guess, but a guy like that is pretty much untaggable anyway.
O’Neill – Xavier went to Touk (122) last week, and held him to just one mark. Rory Laird might cop it here but it won’t matter. Laird had 130 last week and only took 2 marks. Tackles are his key.
Clarke – Ok…. so surely Jy Simpkin get this one. Coming off 41 touches… he is North’s best player and is at the top of the list by a mile.
Aish – Ran with Oliver last week, could find himself with one of the Bulldogs, but which one? Surely the Bontempelli or Bailey Smith could be targeted.