Statesman’s Skippers Round 17
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 Saints and the Bombers have the lights of Friday night this week. Jack Steven should seem the obvious VC pick although his year has been in consistent at best. Seb Ross on the other hand has been the quiet achiever, Koby Stevens is another great loophole option averaging 110 in his last three games, while Leigh Montanga has a three game average of 103. Outside Zac the bombers only seem to have Risky options and it never hurts to go that way on your loophole. Goddard, Heppell, Zaka, Hurley and James Kelly are all worth the punt this week.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

Geelong v Hawthorn
Gun: Mitch Duncan: Has been pumping out great scores all year, without much fan fair. A season low of 91 and a high of 169 giving him an average of 114 has been remarkable. If you drafted him you will be very pleased as he has been one of the bargains this year.
Captain Risky: Shaun Burgoyne: Steve rated his opportunities in the midfield and after a slow start it has certainly paid off for owners. 107 average in his last three so a worthwhile risky option.

Port v North Melbourne
Gun: Ollie Wines: In not the most relevant fantasy game, Ollie seems the best captain option. Consistent and proving to be a second half of the season gun.
Risky: Paddy Ryder: Has hit some great form and Goldy seems out of sorts, 135 last week and a three game average of 110 and think he will go big again.

Gold Coast v Collingwood
Gun: Brodie Grundy: Former team mates go up in the ruck against each other this weekend, so it will be an interesting battle. For mind Witts will win the taps but Brodie will get plenty of the ball around the ground and with Cox gone should be a good day for him.
Captain Risky: Aaron Hall: This man is always risky and coming back from injury only adds to that but he also has a high ceiling including a 156 this year.


GWS v Sydney
Gun: Luke Parker: Has hit great form since the bye and posting a three game average of 120. GWS have been a side hard to score against but the guns have bucked that trend in recent weeks.
Captain risky: Callan Ward: One of the highest three game averages in the competition – 126. Although his form in recent weeks has been outstanding it is on the back of a slow start to the season, is it role and will it change as the stars come back?

Melbourne v Adelaide
Gun: Matt Crouch: Not a massive ceiling but reliable scorer who is averaging 112 in his last three. Melbourne thin in the midfield and attention will go to Sloane so MC should score well.
Captain Risky: Rory Laird: Has had a quiet patch since his great start to the season but maybe his 135 last week has got him back to form, worth a punt if you have few options.

Richmond v Brisbane
Gun: Stefan Martin: It has been a while since we considered Stef a captain option, but has soon as he is free to do the role solo that is exactly what he is and against Nank. Reward for owners.
Captain Risky: Kane Lambert: Would have been picked up on the waiver wire and a three game average of 120 has him as one of the key inform forwards. Against Brisbane he could go big with his new role.

Carlton v Western Bulldogs
Guns all round: Honestly could have selected 4 Blues players here (so I have), they are all performing so well so if you have any of them pick with confidence. Sam Docherty, Bryce Gibbs, Marc Murphy and Matthew Kreuzer.

West Coast v Port Adelaide
Gun: Andrew Gaff: Averaging just under 110 and simply the best scorer in these two teams, loves Subiaco although it will be interesting to see who Rossy puts pressure on as it could make a big difference.
Captain Risky: Nat Fyfe: We can all be honest it has been a difficult year for him but looked like he was back last week and maybe will be able to reward his patient owners.