Statesman’s Skippers Round 23
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 sees the premiership teams of the last couple of years end their season, so they are playing for pride and farewelling some of their superstars. Outside Tom Mitchell, Jack Macrae seems the obvious VC option averaging 116 over the last three games. Of course, The Bont is due for a big game and its often the role that determines his scoring power. Isaac Smith has been in promising form in recent times as well. We also have the farewell factor with Hodge, Boyd and Murphy that could pump out a stand out score in their last ever game of AFL Footy.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Collingwood v Melbourne
Gun: Taylor Adams: Continues his fantastic form since Pendles injury. With 128 average over his last three games he is in hot form.
Captain Risky: Cameron Pedersen: One of Steve’s favourites the Goat has been in fantastic form over the last two weeks, can this continue at the expense of Max.
Brisbane v North Melbourne
Gun: Dayne Beams: Wow is all I can say, remarkable end to the season and still not at full fitness, four scores over 135 in his last 5 games. If you drafted him he is giving you the rewards.
Captain Risky: Dayne Zorko: Against North Melbourne he should have a blinder, although he should be the number 1 tag target and could get Mountford sent to him and we know how he handles a tag.
Sydney v Carlton
Gun: Sam Docherty: Magnificent for a defender, it slowed recently with a spell in the midfield but last week he was back to his best and should finish it off this week.
Captain Risky: Swans double threat: JPK and Parker have the scoring ability to be your captain but this year they have all been underwhelming, although they have both showed their ceiling in separate games this year.
Geelong v GWS
Gun: Josh Kelly: One of the few players that doesn’t seem to be effected by a tag, which may be the reason why clubs don’t spend so much time on him, simply a gun. Steve was wrong, this is his year.
Captain Risky: Sam Menegola: Would not be risky if he was at a club that wanted him full time in the midfield, Selwood’s injury helps but if he plays forward his scores will suffer.
Port Adelaide v Gold Coast
Gun: Patrick Ryder: Should have a field day with Gold Coast not having an established Ruckman, 115 last week, he should shake up his 135 season high.
Captain Risky: Gary Ablett: If he plays it could be his last game for the Gold Coast and could even be his last game ever. I’m certain that if he plays that he will leave us with fond memories of his scoring power.
Essendon v Fremantle
Gun: Zach Merrett: After his last month he could be considered risky, but against Fremantle in recent times there is no risky – select him and enjoy a Grand Final special.
Captain Risky: David Zaharakis: As we know he is all or nothing when it comes to points, but his form has been outstanding 110 in his last three games.
Richmond v St Kilda
Gun: Dustin Martin: No doubt one of the best mids in the game and it’s hard to see him not finish off with a bang. Let’s hope he doesn’t give Steve the win in the LL Keeper otherwise I might get a little salty.
Captain Risky: Nick Riewoldt: Can he farewell us with one of his big ones, 200 in the grand final last year would be a stretch but he will do everything in his power to post something big.
Fremantle v Richmond
Gun: Matt Crouch: The tag will go to Sloane and Adelaide will want top spot, enter Matt. With a five game average of 111 he is the Crows in form mid.
Captain Risky: Elliot Yeo: Back in form last week and a massive ceiling he is worth the punt if you have limited captain options.