Strap in because it's already week 9! And in this blog, we will be answering the age-old AFL fantasy coach's weekly question... Who should you be starting this week as your fantasy team's captain? If you feel we have left someone out let us know on our socials - twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.
Jayden Short is enjoying his best fantasy season to date and has earnt the thrown of the highest-scoring defender in all of footy fantasy so far in 2022. His roles have been mixed, spending a lot of time down back but recently working through the midfield, he attended 50% of centre bounce attendances last week when Richmond played Collingwood. I’ll lock him up as my Captain this week as he takes on Hawthorn. Patrick Cripps
I spoke about Neale being in the contention for the Charlie come the end of the season but let's talk about the guy who’s firmly in favouritism to win his first Brownlow medal, it’s Patty Cripps. He is playing the best footy he’s ever played in my opinion and there’s no stopping him. If you took away the game where he left the field injured in round 4 vs the Suns, Cripps’ GDS average would be at 145.3. Just let that sink in for a second. He meets a GWS midfield in disarray this week… he could be in for a monster.
Lachie Neale has been immense for the Lions and is their clear cut number one ball winner in season 2022. He’s spending a lot of time on the ground at 85% time on ground so far and has spent almost all of that time on the ball. He’s third in total fantasy points and Neale has been playing so well he has firmly placed himself back into contention for the Brownlow at the end of the year, he does not look like slowing down at all!
Mills had a stinkerrrr last week as the Suns spent a lot of time (successfully) trying to shut him out but I think we just slide that game under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen… because Mills has been a stud this year! Prior to last week Mills had a GDS fantasy score average of 133, including a mammoth 193 vs Hawthorn. Look for Mills to bounce back with a captain worthy score.
Cal asked the question in the round 9 preview show “Will Clayton Oliver finish as the Melbourne Demons' leading fantasy scorer” and it's certainly trending that way. Oliver has been at his consistent best this year and is winning the ball as well as he ever has. Coming off a week where he had 28 disposals, he now meets possibly the worst West Coast Eagles side ever put on a field. I think he’ll only need to play at 40% of his capabilities to have a big fantasy score this weekend.