Statesman’s Skippers Round 12
Each week I’ll take a look at captain options for those of us who don’t own Dangerfield, Mitchell, Merrett and Rockliff. Unfortunately, we all cant own these players and have to look elsewhere. So, we are going to look at the underbelly of the weekly contests that hopefully can unearth some unique skipper options, including those in the loop hole games. Yes some will be risky but that could be the difference of you getting your league win and stay in the hunt for finals action this year.
Swans and Bulldogs will give us plenty of vice-captain options for us: The Bont scored 126 against the Swans in Round 2, and although he has been a little bit quiet over his past three games we only have to remember his form after the bye last year. Dan Han yes, he has had a slow start to the season but his last 5 games have pumped out an average of over 120. Buddy has gone big against the Bulldogs before including a 127 in round 2. Jack & Dahl have been slow in recent weeks, there form will change so still worth giving them the shot at the loop if you have them.
For Adelaide and St Kilda it is a bit harder to predict, the crows have been hot and cold and we have seen in recent years clubs coming off the bye can struggle against a team still in the rhythm of the season. Rory Sloane can go big although is effected by the tag, the saints have not been big on the hard tag this year but that could change this week. The Crouch brothers have been scoring well and worth the loop if you have no other options. For the Saints many have gone big during the year Seb Ross is averaging 118 over his past three games, Roberton and Steven could also have a night out.
This week’s the best loop hole option: JPK – Sydney, Hitting form and Bulldogs unlikely to tag and they give up points to the big midfielders
Best unique skipper options from this week clashes:
Hawthorn v Gold Coast
In Form: Aaron Hall: Has been in great form for the Gold Coast, especially in the last month averaging 119 during that time, should have a day out against the Hawks.
Captain Risky: Jarryd Lyons: Smashed out a 133 last week, always been a good point per minute player, now he is getting some quality midfield time.
Brisbane v Fremantle
Gun: Dayne Beams: Six tons from 8 games including three over 120 is no surprise form Beams, the man is a jet, pity his body isn’t as good as his point scoring ability. Will have a big day.
Risky but should not be: Nat Fyfe: We expected so much from him this year but seems to be managing some injury concerns and is looking forward to the bye. If playing he could still score well for you.
Essendon v Port Adelaide
Great form: Brad Ebert: Maybe a week too late but if you drafted him, well done to you. Having a great year, was fantastic last week with 142.
Captain Risky: Brendan Goddard: This is simply a hunch, did not have good week and he is the type of player that makes emends, expect to see a big score.
Carlton v GWS
Gun: Josh Kelly: Could be the last week I highlight him as its starting to be captain obvious, and I think the tag will come soon (maybe this week, let’s see how he handles it).
Captain Risky: Matthew Kreuzer: Shane Mumford has been giving up points recently and this is the right player to take advantage of this, could enjoy a day out.
Collingwood v Melbourne
Gun – Taylor Adams: The highest scoring defender is actually a gun mid (we all know that) so we should be comfortable to use him as our captain.
Captain Risky: Clayton Oliver: Has been quiet for a while, which is fair as he is only a second year player. Should be fresh and ready to pump out a couple of big scores for us.