Statesman’s Skippers Round 19

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

Friday night’s game between the Hawks and the Swans will have a major impact on the season so expect both clubs to come out firing. Last time they played Isaac Smith and Liam Shiels top scored with 133 points and along with Luke Hodge seem the three best risky VC options. The most likely best loophole option sits with the Swans, Buddy looks ripe for a big one while the midfield trio of JPK, Dan Han and Parks are likely to ton up. But of course if you were lucky enough to have a draft pick high enough to get Tom Mitchell put your house on him.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


North Melbourne v Melbourne

Gun or Risky: Michael Hibberd: Scored a career high last week of 129 and playing North will not harm his recent scoring. Not the best option but could help you this week.

Captain Risky: Dom Tyson: The game where Melbourne mids should score well and as some are out its Dom’s chance to shine. Risky as it is about role with him but he can go big.


GWS v Fremantle

Gun: Connor Blakely: Showed he was a point per minute star last year, now he has a big role and scoring like we expected he could. Unlikely to get the tag ahead of Fyfe, Hill and Neale. Enjoy.

Risky: Callan Ward: 115 in his past five games and his team’s most inform player. Remains risky as his scores were low at the beginning of the season so seems more about his role.


Port Adelaide v St Kilda

Gun: Brad Ebert: Normally a first half of the season gun, seems to be shaking that tag with a 115 average over the past three games.

Captain Risky: Patrick Ryder: Has hit form since the bye, and taking on St Kilda in the Ruck in recent times has been rewarding for the opposition ruck.




Carlton v Geelong

Gun: Joel Selwood: Had a tough month, although was back in form last week. Has showed he can burst a tag so is a great captain option this week.

Captain risky: Bryce Gibbs: Massive ceiling as clearly shown this year, but also can be effected by the tag as shown last week. Risky but more ups than downs.


Gold Coast v Richmond

Gun: Dustin Martin: Simply a gun and against the Gold Coast he should have a field day. Was slow out of the box last week and still able to score 116, could get over the 150 point mark.

Captain Risky: Brayden Fiorini: Scoring potential not an issue, selection and role is. Certainly has the potential to be a great risky choice this week.


Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Gun: Jack Macrae: Been in great form and should continue while the Bont is tag target, expect another ton this week with confidence.

Captain Risky: Joe Daniher: Not always reliable but has the potential to score well and with the Bulldogs struggling in defence could be the week to get on board.


Collingwood v Adelaide

Gun: Matt Crouch: Sloane with tag means Crouch with ball, 109 average over the past 3 weeks although expect a solid score instead of a belter.

Captain Risky: Taylor Adams: Was proven wrong last week, Sidey got the tag with Pendles out as I expected Treloar to get the attention. Expect the same to follow this week leaving the Adams’s to score well.


West Coast v Brisbane

Gun or Risk: Dayne Beams: Scored 142 last week but he will be a tad risky due to Hutchins pressure will not be able to go to Zorko this week as he is suspended.

Captain Risky: Tom Rockliff: Never thought this pick would be risky but his form has been down and tagged last week. But with Zorko out could he be back to his old role, possible return of the pig this week.