Statesman’s Skippers Round 21

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

Must win game for the Bulldogs on Friday night as the finals are looming. It should be a hard fought contest and that could also mean some good scoring as well. Josh Kelly is the stand out loophole options this week although there is many more options available for you to get an early lift in your finals match up. The Bont, Jack Macrae and the recent form of Lachie Hunter is also encouraging. Of course Callan Ward, Dylan Shiel and Scully are all worth the punt.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

GWS v Melbourne

Gun: Lachie Neale: The second half of the season has been very productive for this little gun, including a massive 152 last week. Will continue scoring well, so if you have him put the “C” on and enjoy.

Captain Risky: Luke Ryan: Although there should be plenty of Swans big scorers against the Dockers it is hard to ignore Luke’s form in his new role. Amazing for someone who was on the waiver wire only a couple of weeks ago.


Geelong v Richmond

Gun: Dustin Martin: Simply a jet, 115 over the past three games and does not look like stopping. Was underrated at the beginning of the year but never will be again, a top 10 player.

Captain Risky: Sam Menegola: With no Selwood and no Duncan it is midfield time a plenty for Sam, and as a noted points for minute star he will no doubt have a big one this weekend.


Brisbane v Gold Coast

Gun: Dayne Zorko: Although I am a little concerned with the change of coach, just in case the tag comes out but Dayne should have a field day against the Suns.

Captain Risky: Stefan Martin: Has been a little bit down but should go well against Currie and is due for a big performance.


Essendon v Adelaide

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 117 over his past three games.

Great new role: Dyson Heppell: Dyson seems to have taken Zach Merrett’s link up role and has averaged 114.7 during that time and although Adelaide is not the easiest to score against he should still ton up.



WCE v Carlton

Gun: Matthew Kreuzer: Best ruckman of the year has the easiest opponent that is simply the recipe for a big score, if you have him enjoy.

Captain Risky: Josh Kennedy: With the Blue’s slowly fading as the season draws to an end some teams have been able to score big against them and if Hawkins can get a 150, JJK can also go big.


Melbourne v St Kilda

Gun: Max Gawn: We lost Max for most of the season but the big boy is back and starting to dominate. Billy Longer has been doing a good job but he will get dominated by Maximum.

Captain Risky: Jack Billings: A player who goes on runs for good form and with 119 last week, he looks sharp and could have another big day out against the Dees.


Hawthorn v North Melbourne

Risky 1: Jack Ziebell: Great player but never has been or will be a fantasy stud although can enjoy a day out. 130 last weekend and a 3 game average of 105 shows that he is worth a punt this week against the Hawks.

Captain Risky: James Sicily: The game has changed this year and rebound defenders have become almost as reliable as midfielders for scoring, James is playing that role and could enjoy a big day out.


Adelaide v Port

Gun: Taylor Adams: Been in fantastic form and has been the one that has stepped up since Pendles injury. 127 over the past three games says it all.

Captain Risky: Robbie Gray: Great form but the return of Wingard could be an issue, if he keeps midfield rotations enjoy the rewards.