Each week I’ll take a look at captain options for those of us who don’t own Dangerfield, Mitchell, Merrett, Dusty or Kelly. Unfortunately, we all can’t 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 staying in the hunt for finals action this year.

Captain Loophole for Thursday night

Thursday night we see the traditional season opener with Richmond taking on Carlton. One team at the top and another on the rise, we should have some quality games in coming years. For Carlton, one of the best loophole options will be Patrick Cripps and it will be very interesting to see how he can perform with a full preseason. The gem for Richmond is Shaun Grigg, as he never gets the attention; it goes to Cotchin and Martin. In the past three games against Carlton he has scored 109, 111, 114. Solid, without outstanding preseason which is the norm for him so don’t panic about the JLT numbers.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

Essendon v Adelaide

Gun: Rory Sloane – His last four scores against the Bombers – 136, 128, 143 and an injury effected 97. Essendon rarely tag, so it’s a good opportunity to get the best out of Rory.

Captain Risky: David Zaharakis: And no this is not just based on JLT form, he actually played very well against the Crows last year scoring 111 and 106 and now he has more midfield time available to him. Could be big.

St Kilda v Brisbane

Gun: Dayne Beams: Scoring power has always been there, he scored very well when Rocky was out or playing injured taking the major mid role. Now Rocky has gone he is the number 1 man.

Captain Risky: Jack Steven: The top scorer of a few years ago seems likes he is back (if not injured). Has the pace back, only time will tell if he has the scoring power back.

Port Adelaide v Fremantle

Gun: Lachie Neale: If you play for Fremantle and your name is Lachie – ’nuff Said.

Captain Risky: Brad Ebert: There is no other reason other than it is the first half of the season, oh and that he has scored a ton every time he’s played Fremantle in the last 3 years – including a 163.

Gold Coast v North Melbourne

Gun: Jarryd Lyons: Yep, gun now without Ablett and Hall and in the wet weather this should be his day. Add in a 133 the last time they met it looks like a big day out for this late pick up.

Captain Risky: Tom Lynch: Not the best weather for a key forward, but this bloke is a gun. 5 goals and a ton against the Kangaroos last year, he could be a key for a good start for the Suns.

Hawthorn v Collingwood

Gun: Steele Sidebottom: The Pies should win the midfield battle and one of the biggest scorers will be Steele with his mid/fwd role. Scored 117 and 100 in his last two games against the Hawks and you should expect another ton.

Captain Risky: James Sicily – Last year defenders found it easy to score big against Collingwood, although maybe not to the same level I see this continuing in 2018. Sicily excelled last time against the Pies taking 11 marks on his way to 112 points.

GWS v Western Bulldogs

Gun: Dylan Shiel: Has been in great form in JLT and scored 110 against Bulldogs last time they played. The question is always the tag – has Josh Kelly taken over the Dylan as the number one target? Only time will tell.

Captain Risky: The Bont: On his day he can score big but the forward role scares a little. More Supercoach than AFL Fantasy but a roughy captain option either way.

Melbourne v Geelong

Gun: Joel Selwood: Maybe now third in line for tag, if the others play. Last time against the Dees he had 37 possessions with a 137 in AFL Fantasy. Great value this year, nice when a captain option can come in the 5th or 6th round.

Captain Risky: Alex Neal-Bullen: Firstly needs to be selected but helped with Viney out. Last time he went very big against the Cats with 25 kicks and 10 tackles on his way to 141. You will need to be desperate but value pick in your draft.

West Coast v Sydney

Gun: Luke Parker: Hansel, he’s so hot right now. After a good preseason this man will be back to his best and a great M2/3 captain option for most of the season. Maybe just JLT but remember what the Fremantle mids did to West Coast just a couple of weeks ago.

Captain Risky: Lance Franklin: This is risky not because of the player but because of his record against the Eagles. It’s been a run of 80’s and 90’s but Buddy is looking in great form and his midfield will dominate the game and he just could have a blinder. Only pick if you are short on options and your loop hole did not work.

Good luck in your matchups this week