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Round 19: Captains and Streamers

Each week we use our AFL Fantasy Projections (available to members of The Keeper League) to find some of the best captain options for your sides.

There are always some very obvious captain options, but we’ll try to dig a little deeper to find less popular options due to the widespread nature of players in keeper leagues.

For the streamer options, we’ll take a look at some players who perform well historically against their opponents that may not be automatic selections in your side.


Jack Steele is in ripping form, averaging 148 from his last three. Add this to the fact that he scored 121 against West Coast earlier in the year, he is a great Captain option.

Zach Merrett averages 100 points against GWS, and is going at 120 from his last three rounds. GWS isn’t running a hard tag with Matt De Boer out at the moment and Merrett scored 128 on GWS in Round 8.

Tim Taranto is my GWS captain option for this round, with an average of 102 against his opponent in Essendon. He scored 128 against them in Round 8 and is a fantasy pig.

Tom Mitchell averages 103 against Crows and has an average of 128 from his last five. As long as he doesn’t cop a hard tag, I expect him to score well.

Ben Keays scored 156 points against Hawthorn in Round 6 and is having an outstanding season. Keays has scored 100+ on ten occasions this season and hasn’t dropped below 90.

Vice-Captain Loop Options

Ollie Wines is averaging a career-best 113 this season, and 132 in his last three games. This week he faces Collingwood, who have given up points all around the ground.

Taylor Adams plays the very restrictive Port Adelaide on Friday night. He is a loop candidate, simply because he averages 103 against Port and scored 101 on them in Round 10.

Sam Walsh is well and truly a future fantasy pig, with a score of 155 last round. He averages 95 against North and scored 109 against them last season.  

Brad Crouch averages 108 against West Coast and is coming off a score of 126 on the weekend, where he had 36 possessions. The icing on the cake is that he scored 125 on the Eagles in Round 4.  


Ryan Burton has been a headache for owners all season, but Friday night loop against a leaky Collingwood may provide some solace. He scored 101 last round and 68 on the Pies earlier this season. 

Brad Hill scored 105 on West Coast in Round 4 and scored 110 last round. He can be a real boom or bust player, so if you can loophole him, I would.  

Harry Schoenberg is averaging 88 from his last three and had a career-best 113 last week. If he tags Tom Mitchell this week, then you can guarantee he will get near the pill and should put up a decent score.

Justin McInerney has lifted his fantasy game recently, Averaging 80 from his last three rounds. He scored 96 last week and faces a deplorable Fremantle this week.

Trent McKenzie also has a juicy Collingwood match-up this Friday night. The Cannon had 96 last round and is averaging 80 from his last three games.

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