Statesman’s Skippers Round 16

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

The Crows and Bulldogs throw some interesting Vice-Captain options at us, hope rather than confidence in this game will be a theme. Rory Sloane has a wonderful ceiling although we know how he handles the tag which has become a well-worn path shown by a season average of 107 but his past three have only produced 78. The Bont scoring is more about his role and when in the midfield can dominate games and fantasy stats. Matt Crouch is a bit more consistent although his ceiling is not really there. Risky options will include Rory Laird and Brad Crouch. While for the Dogs the forward duo of Macrae and Dahl might be worth the punt as well.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


Hawthorn v GWS

Gun: Lachie Whitfield: Under the radar and scoring very well in fact 117 in his last 3 games, loves the space and UTAS Stadium will be perfect for his game.

Captain Risky: Callan Ward: His recent form has been great (112 over his past three) although he is more known for his consistency rather than his ceiling.


Collingwood v Essendon

Gun: Man of Steele: Sidey has been pumping out great scores quietly to be one of the form players of the competition, 124 over his past 5 games. Good form, good opposition and therefore serious captain option.

Risky: Joe Daniher: Form has been scratchy of late although he picked up the Anzac Day medal the last time these two teams played, a real challenge for the Pies to stop him so could we worth a risky C.


Sydney v Gold Coast

Gun: Luke Parker: We have been talking about the way his has been looking on the podcast in recent weeks, as he looked like he was getting back that spark. Well it caught alight last weekend with 148 and would suggest he is in for a big end to the season.

Captain Risky: Jarryd Lyons: Yes I know I traded him and yes still regretting it as he is in great form. 133 last week and really enjoying his role in the guts, with Gazza out it just means more time in there, enjoy Jono!




Brisbane v Geelong

Gun: Dayne Zorko: Got tagged a couple of weeks ago and struggled, freed up last weekend and back to his high scoring ways with 124. Clearly the Lions best performer this year, enjoy another big one.

Captain risky: Sam Menegola: Love to see this man in 85% midfield game time as he could be one of the biggest scorers in the comp. He is risky as Joel is back.


St Kilda v Richmond

Gun: Dusty: Almost needs to be taken off as an option on this article, this bloke is a jet and almost one of the Uber premiums. 115 average, 131 last week, 124 average of his past 5 games – GUN

Captain Risky: Jack Steele: 119 in his return last weekend, tackles his way to big scores although would like to see him get more of the pill. This bloke will end up with a massive ceiling.


North Melbourne v Fremantle

Hope you have players from other teams: If a first year rookie Ruckman is number 3 in the averages between these two teams it pretty much says it all.

Ok there is one: Lachie Neale: Although nowhere near what he can produce, Lachie is still a decent captain option for the remainder of the year. 117 last week and three game average of 107.


Carlton v Melbourne

Gun: Bryce Gibbs: What the…. 160 last week, season high of 194 and averaging over 150 in his last three weeks. If you have him just enjoy the ride.

Captain Risky: Patrick Cripps: Another that is below expectations and again effected by a limited preseason, he is starting to hit some form with 108 in his last 3 games.


West Coast v Port Adelaide

Gun: Andrew Gaff: Averaging just under 110 and scored 130 last week in Melbourne, tag may come but will still score highly in last quarter.

Captain Risky: Brad Ebert: Risky cause is Ebert in the second half of the year, but I think it is more role than when. If they want to get back to their best footy it will help if Ebert is free to create. Plus big ground suits him.