Statesman’s Skippers Round 3

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 Friday Night

The clashes don’t come much bigger than Collingwood against Carlton, and this one will be full of high scorers.  For the Blues as always we should firstly look at the defence against the Pies.  Simpson, Marchbank and possibly Mullett are worth a punt, then Murphy, Cripps and yes Curnow should have the VC in your team.  For Collingwood we have just as many in Pendles, Treloar, Grundy and Howe can all score well but this week after a slow start Adams will reward those that drafted him early and for the roughy of the week can Cox help get Weitering back in form.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


Port Adelaide v Brisbane

Gun: Ollie Wines – All I can say is I knew this would happen.  I have been hot on him and had him in nearly every format for the past few years.  As they brought in another 4 midfielders into the club I thought it was just not the right mix for him to shine – I was wrong.

Captain Risky:  Tom Rockliff – Yep his form is nothing like his pig days, but role and limited preseason can do that to the best of them.  Against his old side he may just have something to prove and to start his form change.


Melbourne v North Melbourne

Gun: Clayton Oliver – There is a bit of talk regarding an injury but he keeps on keeping on this young gun.  Last year was not a fluke, he is real and for a real long time.

Captain Risky:  Jesse Hogan – Whenever you name a key forward in for a big scoring match they fail so this is a win win for me.  If he scores well, I called it.  If he fails, Steve picked his Fantasy B&F poorly.


Gold Coast v Fremantle

Gun: Jarrod Lyons:  Points per minute specialist, tagged by North Melbourne round 1 and now seems to lead the Sun’s midfield.  Now for a short period of time the most underrated player in the AFL.  And I gave him to Jono – not happy Jan.

Captain Risky:  Jarrod Witts – He is against Sandy hence the risk.  Witts is the top scoring Ruck and could continue as Sandilands went missing last week.



Swans v GWS

Gun:  Lachie Whitfield – You all know how I feel about the name Lachie, well the love is growing for this one too and soon it seems to be a defender.  Not many complaining about him being a top draft pick.

Captain Risky:  Tim Taranto – Impressive start to the season, another Oliver or Neal-Bullen?  I’m tipping that it is bit of both and will finish with a 90 average but with a few out will continue to get mid time.


St Kilda v Adelaide

Gun: Bryce Gibbs – Great start to the season at his new club, no doubt attention may come but he will need a few more big games yet to come.

Captain Risky: Blake Acres – I did tip a breakout but not quite as good as this, look out when they get a run on as his scores will reflect.


Richmond v Hawthorn

Gun: There is really one gun at each club – Martin/Mitchell if you had them it’s simple that you would not look elsewhere.

Captain Risky:   Liam Shiels – Great score last week but he can been up and down.  Big scores against the Tigers to start the year.


Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Gun:  Devon Smith – Was great in the loss against Fremantle and has proving to be the best of their recruits already.  Simply a gun, Lunch Meat over Pizza anyday.

Captain Risky: Tom Bellchambers – Scott Lycett scored a ton against the Bulldogs who will start feeling the heat very soon.  It has a bad smell to it, put nose plugs in and score away.


West Coast v Geelong

Gun:  Joel Selwood – Hard to think that he is the third midfielder!  Yep and boy without the attention he will score.  Trade for him as soon as you can, it will be worth it.

Captain Risky:  Shannon Hurn – Stats say yes, head says no.  Has never scored more than two tons in a row.  What a value pick he looks to be now is just his 13th season.