Statesman’s Skippers Round 20
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 is very interesting with many of the normal top scorers out or in doubt, this leaves Mitch Duncan the best loophole option this week. Of course there are plenty of players that could go big, Luke Parker will spend more time in the guts if JPK is out and he has a high ceiling. Dan Han may get attention and has been a bit down recently but he can go big. Selwood boys of course depending on attention and role although left field option in Sam Menegola could get the midfield time with Danger out. Plenty of risky options too with Heeney, Franklin and even Newman with the various outs helping them score. Good luck on this game it is hard to read but will be fascinating.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
GWS v Melbourne
Gun: Michael Hibberd: Has scored well over the past three weeks with an average of 112, and with the Giants lack of forward defensive pressure could rack them up.
Captain Risky: Max Gawn: Is Max back in form? Will Mummy miss another week? If the answer is yes to both then he will go big but strangely this is still risky.
Essendon v Carlton
Gun: Sam Docherty: Yes his form has slowed down a little but still averaging 121 over his last five games so if you have him lock and load against the bombers.
Risky: Bryce Gibbs: His ball winning ability is not in doubt, this tag is an issue. If free will get back on track but it does look similar to Sloane. If it works well why stop?
Brisbane v Western Bulldogs
Gun: Stef Martin: Back in form and against the Bulldogs he should have a day out, especially if he is the lone ruckman for the Lions.
Captain Risky: Dane Beams: Only a risk due to injury concerns, hurt his shoulder late last week but his recent form is sensational.
North Melbourne v Collingwood
Gun: Taylor Adams: 151 last week and the least likely Pie to get attention, should mean a big day for this man against the Roos.
Captain risky: Brodie Grundy: Daw, Pruess and Goldy are all possible to be up against Brodie this week and this mix is what makes the pick risky, should be decent but the mix could also make him massive.
Fremantle v Gold Coast
Gun: Lachie Neale: Not near his best this year but still gets the job done week after week and against the Suns at home should post close to a season high.
Captain Risky: Gary Ablett: Scoring potential not an issue, injury is. Will clearly be the top scorer of the game if he does play, not travelling of late but has had the past two weeks off.
St Kilda v West Coast
Risky 1: Andrew Gaff: Tagged out of the last couple of games but could be a big game due to venue and opposition this week.
Risky 2: Nick Riewoldt: After a few weeks off and the big announcement it’s maybe time for one of those games from one of the best in the business as he will want to be farewelled in a great way.
Richmond v Hawthorn
Gun: Dustin Martin: Howe will tag but who? Cotchin is my target therefore Dusty should run riot this weekend and post a big one.
Captain Risky: James Sicily: If Richmond is without Jack then there is a big chance a Hawks defender will rack them up, James is playing that role and could enjoy a big day out.
Adelaide v Port
Gun: Matt Crouch: Been in fantastic form and with Sloane getting the attention he is free to get the footy and does it very well, averaging 112 over his past three games.
Captain Risky: Paddy Ryder: Great form but up against a quality ruckman in Sam Jacobs, so can he continue his form against the leader rucks, it seems likely.