Statesman’s Skippers Round 4

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:  Adelaide v Collingwood

We mentioned Grundy last week on the thought that there may be no Cox or Kruz to spoil his night.  He had both and still top scored with 141.  Don’t expect the same heights although he still should score well.  Sidey, Sloane and Pendlebury will all be good options and of course let’s not forget Laird, if you have him place the loophole on him and enjoy another big night before the tags come.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


GWS v Fremantle

Gun: Stephen Coniglio – Has started the season extremely well with a lowest score of 111 against the Swans who are hard to score against.  You can’t fault form, although he will get the Banfield attention, me thinks Shiel will be safe.

Captain Risky:  Aaron Sandilands – Has been up and down this year but is hardly up against the best ruck department in the comp, should dominate the hit outs and the target up forward when resting.  May score well.


Richmond v Brisbane

Gun: Stef Martin – We should not expect him to repeat last week, that was big.  Nank the Tank will be a little tougher opposition but if he continues to play the fourth midfielder role he will score well.

Captain Risky:  Jack Reiwoldt – Outside mids and key forwards have been scoring well against the Lions this year.  This really is an option only if you are clear out of ideas.


Western Bulldogs v Sydney

Gun: Jack MacRae, He has been a gun for a while but he is really breaking out.  A 120 average for the start of the year although unlikely to continue to be that hot. It looks like a 110 average is not past him, that’s a top 12 midfield position.

Captain Risky:  Cam Sinclair – Scoring well and the Bulldogs have been giving up points, although that was a little different last weekend.  My money is on the Swans and for their midfield to pile up the points.




North Melbourne v Carlton

Gun: To be honest there does not seem to be an easy pick big scorer in this game.

Captain Risky:  Patrick Cripps – Seems to be the one that gains the attention and that would suggest a meeting with Jacobs this week.  But the expected wet weather could be perfect for the contested ball beast.



West Coast v Gold Coast

Gun: Andrew Gaff – First half of the season specialist, firm grounds in good condition it’s a dream for this elite runner.  Only one thing stands between him and 120+ and his name is Holman.

Captain Risky: Elliot Yeo – Can’t see the Danger in the Gold Coast line up that could take him away from the midfield role.  Sheed owners, notice the difference when Yeo in defence, so I think it might be back to situation normal for the crew.


Essendon v Port Adelaide

Gun: Dyson Heppell – Like all Dons was a little down last week but he will bounce back this week.  On the home deck this will be an interesting clash.

Captain Risky:  Tom Bellchambers – With Stef pumping out 177 against the Power, surely Tom can look at a 110 plus score by dominating the ruck.  The Lions almost stole the win, the Dons may take this out in a great comeback game.


Hawthorn v Melbourne

Gun:  Max Gawn – Face facts its Mitchell then the rest here, Max has been good even against quality.  Big Boy in form to so it could be a good battle between them, which may not be that good for fantasy (Check out Melbourne v Brisbane ruck stats)

Captain Risky: Jesse Hogan – Got to hand it to Steve he gets the occasional pick right, Jesse is in great form and could be the difference between these two sides in real and fantasy this week.


Geelong v St Kilda

Gun:  Patrick Dangerfield – Yep I traded in Gary Ablett last week, just to prove a point that we should not trade him in.  This should mean more midfield time for Danger and that means points.

Captain Risky:  Shane Savage – This game looks set to be a rebounders dream, 114 last week and in the form of his career he could be a shock top 10 scorer this weekend.