As we head towards the business end of the season the vice-captain loophole is becoming more and more viable.
The tactic has been aided by a stack of injuries, along with a greater tendency this season to nuff out players from an earlier stage of the year with no bye-planning required.
If you are lucky enough to field a strong 17 heading into head-to-head finals next week but can walk the tight rope of getting a free shot at the VC loophole than it’s a major bonus.
Fortunately the more popular captaincy options in Round 16
play relatively late in the round, so if you need a win to secure a top eight
or top four berth than you can flip it over if you find yourself needing to
make up ground in your clash.
I’m finding it very hard to look past Teddy this week
despite his 5RA of 61PPG. The Roosters have welcomed back a few stars in recent
weeks and they’re ready to hit their straps.
As evidenced by their historic back-to-back titles, Trent Robinson is the master at managing his side’s ability to avoid burn out to allow them to peak when it matters. Despite injuries still hurting the club, that time is coming…
Brisbane concede the 4th most points to fullbacks, although they did keep Turbo and Ponga to under 80. That was earlier in the season when they had a bit more ticker though.
They are soft through the guts and abysmal on the edge, Teddy could go very large as he looks to break a nine game streak without a try, yes you read that right.
If this period has hindered your recent memory, Teddy has four tons this year including a 199 and 178.
Cleary is averaging 97PPG over his past six games and he
could easily eclipse that against the Tigers who conceded 38 points to the depleted
Roosters at Leichhardt Oval last week.
Prior to this it was 28 against the Bulldogs, 44 against the
Knights and 26 against the Warriors.
Cleary is averaging a mental 85PPG this season. The Tigers
concede the 6th most points to halfbacks.
The team flourishing around him has helped send his confidence levels to a career high. With the amount of touches he gets per set in attacking territory it’s near impossible for him not to jag big stats.
It’s a tough task picking between him and Teddy this week.
Disregarding his 8 point concussion game, Matto averages
84PPG this season.
He notched 115 points last week and it was in relatively
effortless fashion in terms of attacking stats.
He had a very classy try-assist and a linebreak, but it came
with 65 base points which was his second highest of the season.
With that base, and a clear ceiling that’s not to be
shrugged at, he must loom as a captaincy option each week.
He may not have the 180 ceiling of the above mentioned guys, but if you fancy yourself in a head-to-head final than why not lock in what should be a minimum 60-80 points with the potential for 130?