Statesman’s Skippers Round 18
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.
Friday night’s game will be a ripper and very important to the final four aspirations of both clubs, with both Danger and Rory under injury clouds it could also be a very interesting fantasy game as well. Matt Crouch seems the best VC option with 109 average over his last 4 games since the bye, while Joel Selwood and Mitch Duncan capable of big scores. The crows can leak big points to defenders so Zac Touhy could also be a risky option for coaches this week. Although it is also likely that Brad Crouch could continue his great form and post a 110+ score.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Essendon v North Melbourne
Gun: Brendan Goddard: North have been allowing big scores in recent times and normally to the second string mids and flankers and this week could be Goddard’s time to shine.
Captain Risky: David Zaharakis: It’s big or bust for this guy, against North it is more likely to be big. If you have few options this week he could be the answer.
Melbourne v Port
Gun: Ollie Wines: Starting to be on the radar each week, Not the biggest ceiling which is due to game time but continues to pump out good safe captain scores.
Risky: Chad Wingard: 114 in his past three games, Robbie Gray’s lack of mid time proves to be a bonus for Wingard owners has he is pumping out the big ones.
Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
Gun: Jack Macrae: The most consistent Bulldogs scorer as rarely does his role change (unlike the Bont). 109 over his past 5 games and 123 last week should have a field day against the Suns.
Captain Risky: Aaron Hall: Back again, performing poorly but without Lyons and Ablett should start to get quality mid time and against a team that does not tag – losing patience but can score big.
Sydney v St Kilda
Gun: JPK: Unlikely to have two quiet games in a row, started slowly last week and still scored in the 90’s, expect him to have a huge one as they drive towards confirming a finals spot.
Captain risky: Kieren Jack: Three tons in his past three games, back to the KJ we knew and loved. If he can score well against GWS he can score well against the Saints.
Fremantle v Hawthorn
Gun: Connor Blakely: We talked preseason regarding his points per minute and that he would be a jet once time on ground came, well it’s here. If you have him enjoy the rewards.
Captain Risky: Ryan Burton: Speaking of young guns, against a struggling forward line this man could rack up the plus 6’s all night against the Dockers. Should challenge his season high of 112.
Richmond v Brisbane
Gun: Josh Kelly: Hard to select players against GWS, so Josh just pips Dusty for the gun selection in this game. Massive break out this year with a 120 average over his past 5 games.
Captain Risky: Toby Greene: Injury maybe a concern but 60 points at quarter time last week just reminded us on his scoring potential.
Collingwood v West Coast
Gun: Steele Sidebottom: With Pendles out should see more mid time, although his scoring has not been held back with a 115 five game average. Treloar most likely to receive any pressure coming from West Coast.
Captain Risky: Brodie Grundy: Should not be risky but seems to be at this stage. WCE have been giving up Ruck points so it is his time to shine.
West Coast v Port Adelaide
Gun: Bryce Gibbs: Never considered him as just a mid, foolish me. This year has just been outstanding and has shown a scoring ceiling like few others.
Captain Risky: Dayne Zorko: Not much more to say but Risky. 181 one week, 48 the next – Wow.