Bandit’s skippers: Round 17 captain’s to target and avoid

The SC Bandit runs the rule over the best AFL SuperCoach captaincy and vice-captaincy options to consider.


Coaches welcomed back many premos from their bye rounds last weekend and there were some large scores going around as a result.

Those coaches who took Lachie Neale (143) as a VC on Thursday would have been very pleased with their choice, but there were plenty of other big scoring options with Zach Merrett (168), Nick Daicos (149) and Tom Stewart (147) all going past 140 points in a huge scoring week.

Coaches banking on big scores from Marcus Bontempelli (114), Jordan Dawson (102) or Rory Laird (84) would have been disappointed, particularly with Dawson and Laird given the Crows beat North Melbourne pretty comfortably at home.

Another opportunity to nail a big score this week with some very friendly match ups on the cards, so let’s get into it.

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Marcus Bontempelli

Had a quiet game by his standards last week against Fremantle but still managed to score 114. Looks like the obvious play as a VC on Friday night against Collingwood, but doesn’t have a great record against them.

Last 3 v COLL: 125, 92, 76

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Tim English

Played out a good battle with Darcy in the ruck last week with both players having plenty of hitouts and impacting the scoreboard. His record against the Pies is poor though, which needs to be considered.

Last 3 v COLL: 96, 63, 70

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Nick Daicos

Running hot at the moment with a five-round average of 129.2. I’m not sure the Dogs will opt to tag him this week and even if they did there’s no obvious candidate to do that job in their side as far as I can tell? Nice point of difference option to Bontempelli this week as VC.

Last 1 v WB: 69

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Lachie Neale

Really hitting his straps in the last five games with an average of 125 in that period. With Dunkley being subbed off last week that rules him out as a VC option for mine, so Neale looks like the obvious choice with a superb record against West Coast to boot. Averaging a massive 140.6 in his last three outings against the Eagles.

Last 3 v WC: 123, 133, 166

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Josh Kelly

Not for the faint-hearted, but Kelly’s record against Hawthorn is excellent, averaging 118 against them across his career to date. We know how big his ceiling can be on his day, so this would be a huge difference maker if he explodes.

Last 3 v HAW: 80, 121, 103

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Christian Petracca

Putting together the best SuperCoach season of his career to this point and coaches are jumping on with his ownership nearly doubling since Round 9. St Kilda at Marvel this week is a tricky match up, but his last few games against them have been reasonable.

Last 3 v STK: 106, 92, 127

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Connor Rozee

Ran rampant against Essendon last week and it looks like he’ll get a similar opportunity against the Suns in Adelaide on Saturday night. Not a player that I’m considering at this stage, but I couldn’t talk you out of him if you’re a fan.

Last 3 v GCS: 113, 94, 125

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Tom Stewart

Should be able to do as he pleases this week against North Melbourne. The last time the Cats hosted the Kangaroos at GMHBA Stadium he scored 152!

Last 3 v NM: 97, 118, 152

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Zach Merrett

Those who finally moved Oliver on to Merrett last week would have been rapt with that decision as the Essendon skipper smashed out 168 points against Port Adelaide in the wet last week. Averaging 132 against the Crows in his last three and looks like a safe play if Keays doesn’t tag him.

Last 3 v ADEL: 143, 135, 120

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Rory Laird

Very quiet game from the Crows ball magnet against North but he’ll need to step up against a much-improved Bombers midfield on Sunday. I prefer other options but could be a nice unique if the majority jump off after a sub-par effort last week.

Last 3 v ESS: 143, 123, 97

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Jordan Dawson

Only including him to say that my thinking on Laird also applies to Dawson. Nice ‘against the tide’ pick as coaches will jump off him, but there’s better options this week in my opinion.

Last 3 v ESS: 97, 122, 73

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VC: Bontempelli / Daicos

C: Neale / Merrett

Best POD: Laird

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