Statesman’s Skippers Round 14
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.
Loopy tricks (last week of the double options):
Adelaide will be out for a big week against Hawthorn and will most likely have the main options for your loop hole VC on Thursday night. Matt Crouch is due for a big game, especially with Sloane taking all of the attention. Rory Laird is back in good form and should notch up another ton in his best year yet, while the VC of choice from this game will be Tom Lynch who scored 139 against the Hawks last time they played.
Sydney and Essendon on Friday night should be a fantastic game and great for scoring, Lloyd, Heeney and if you really want to go risky Nic Newman for the Swans are all good left field options. The Bombers can score big on their day with Heppell (averaging 110 in his last 3), Zaharakis and Daniher all posting big scores in recent times. Jobe has been hit and miss this season and could be a decent option if you have few players available for the loop hole.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Collingwood v Port
Gun: Brad Ebert: His average is up nearly 30 points this year and his recent form is very impressive with a three game average of 118, would have been a bargain in the draft so well done to you!
Second half specialist: Ollie Wines: Still early in his career but he is doing it again, bigger body mids seem to enjoy the latter end of the season (JPK), Seven tons to finish the year in 2016 and he has started a run again in 2017 – enjoy.
Brisbane v GWS
Gun: Dayne Zorko: Yes it is almost captain obvious but how can he not be mentioned, 138 three game average and would be close to Pappa Fizz’s favourite player. He’s so hot right now.
Risky but should not be: Lachie Whitfield: Was basically off the radar due to his suspension and drifted to an ADP of 204. Has now played 5 games and only second to Josh Kelly for average points per game at the GWS.
Western Bulldogs v Kangaroos
Time to lift form: Todd Goldstein: His form has not been fantastic but up against the makeshift ruck combo at the Bulldogs may change his season.
Captain Risky: Jack Macrae: Bulldogs should come out firing, which is generally the way good clubs react to the criticism they have copped this week. They improve their inside game, Jack will be rewarded on the outside.
West Coast v Melbourne
Gun: Andrew Gaff: With the loss of Melbourne’s Nathan Jones, Gawn back but without match fitness and fine weather for Saturday night’s clash it seems a recipe for a monster Gaff.
Jones factor captain risky: Alex Neal-Bullen: Yes this is risky, although when Alex gets the chance to play more in the midfield he racks them up, including a 140 this year.
Geelong v Fremantle
Gun: Lachie Neale: Geelong will be red hot favourites and this man has been a little down on form, expect this to change for the second half of the season.
Captain Risky: Sam Menegola: Yes his form has been a down a little since moving to the forward line, with Scooter out, Sam will get more midfield rotations and scoring will get back above the ton mark.
Richmond v Carlton
Gun: Sam Docherty: Remember when a defender averaging a ton was elite? Yep that was only 13 fantasy games ago. This lad has taken it to a new level, the outcomes of rule changes has benefited defenders more than any other line – Ave 121 = simply wow (yes I traded him out of a keeper – oh boy!)
Most in form ruck: Matthew Kreuzer: 130 average over last three weeks says it all and the Nank seems to be struggling, get on if you have him.
St Kilda v Gold Coast
Underrated: Seb Ross: Just keeps on pumping out good scores whilst the others get the attention, recent form in the 110 mark including 115 last week.
Captain Risky: Jarryd Lyons: This man should get the Lyon share of Barlow’s midfield time. In and under and in great form, three game average of 118. Points per minute gun with low game time and that will improve.