Statesman’s Skippers Round 15

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.

Captain Loophole

Back to one game of loophole options and this week it’s Melbourne up against the Swans in a very important clash so expect the heat to be on. When the pressure is on there we can always rely on Josh Kennedy to perform and he has to be the best vice-captain option this week. The Swans have many options: Heeney (3 game average of 118) and Lloyd (3 game ave 109) are in form and we know Parker, Buddy and Dan Han can score well. For the Demons we are only talking risky options but they are worth the punt if you don’t have one of the key Swans. Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney and Dom Tyson are worthy of a punt to post a big score and set your team up for a big weekend.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


Western Bulldogs v West Coast

Gun: The Bont: Back in the guts and smells like points to me. He scored 134 last week, which was the second highest score of the round. Big second half last year when he was moved back in the midfield, looks like it’s going to happen again.

Captain Risky: Andrew Gaff: If ever there was a player made to play under the roof this is the man, has been performing well without the big scores and this week could be one out of the box.


Carlton v Adelaide

Gun: Sam Docherty: Don’t really need to tell anyone how well he has been going this year, but it will be interesting how well he handles the tag because it must be coming soon.

Risky: Matt Crouch: Racks them up, but seems to need over 32 touches to get close to a ton and 120 seems to be his ceiling.


Gold Coast v Kangaroos

Gun: Gary Ablett: Playing his 300th game, averaging 118 and a huge ceiling. If you have him just put on the “C” and celebrate. Could go big against North.

Captain Risky: Shaun Higgins: Yes I’m shocked too, but full of talent and likely to have free reign against the suns and if he puts four quarters together he could rack up a massive score.




GWS v Geelong

Breakout? Dylan Shiel: We all know he can play football, but we have questioned whether he could be a fantasy star. It may be that many stars are out, but he is scoring very well recently averaging 119 in his last three, whatever the reason hop on and enjoy the ride.

Captain risky: Sam Menegola: With Scooter out he is going get the midfield time that makes his scoring explode to premium levels, 124 with Joel injured last week is the example.


Port v Richmond

Gun: Dusty: A three game average of 120 says it all and this week is the battle of don’t argues and my tip is Dusty wins and tons up as well.

Captain Risky: Patrick Ryder: Nank the Tank seems to be out of fuel and that provides a chance for Ryder to win lots of footy around the ground, he might even exceed his season high of 131.


Essendon v Brisbane

Gun: Dayne Zorko: Think he can be forgiven for last week’s score when he was touched up by Callan Ward, expect him to bounce back.

Captain Waiver Wire: Rhys Mathieson: Seriously don’t expect one person will even think of putting the captains reign on this young bloke, but we are seeing the start of a big fantasy career, 108 last week.


Hawthorn v Collingwood

Gun: Adam Treloar: Has been in great form averaging 118 over his last five games, including 126 the last time he played against Hawthorn.

Captain Risky: Brodie Grundy: Consistent big scorer although he becomes risky this week with the inclusion of Mason Cox, but still has the ability to go big.


Fremantle v St Kilda

In Form: Brad Hill: Has been a real surprise this year, racked up another big score last week and should do it again on his big home ground.

Captain Risky: Jack Steven: Has a high ceiling although can be effected by the tag, expect Blakely to run with but if it is not tight he will still score well.