Statesman’s Skippers Round 5

Each week I’ll 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:  Sydney v Adelaide

With such a long lockout this weekend (Anzac Day Wednesday), our loop holes and bench selections become risker options.  By the time full lock out happens we will still not know the final squads for our last two games.  Therefore, we do have a higher risk of having non-players on our field, meaning if we do loop hole and place a non-player on our field we take the risk of having a donut.

Depending on how they respond vice-captain options are tempting against Adelaide after Collingwood destroyed them last week.  You can image that players like Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney and of course Buddy Franklin could have a day out.  And of course, lest we forget one of the best VC’s this year in Rory Laird.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


St Kilda v GWS

Gun: Stephen Coniglio – With the pending tag on Tom Mitchell this week, Cogs could be one of the safest captain options this week.  In sensational form and what a value picks this year with an ADP of 48.

Captain Risky:  Lachie Whitfield – Has come under attention over the past few weeks and his scoring has reduced by 50% from 120’s to the 60’s.  Sides have been scoring well against the Saints so if he is off the leash he could be in with a big one.


Carlton v West Coast

Gun: Elliot Yeo – It’s all about the role and to be honest there is currently no Patrick Dangerfield in the Blues line up so he should have his free reign role through the midfield

Captain Risky:  Patrick Cripps – Has been tagged out of it for the past few weeks but now he is up against West Coast at the G.  I reckon their form is fool’s gold and that Cripps may just get hold of them.


Port Adelaide v Geelong

Gun: Robbie Gray – With everything that happened over the preseason for him and the fact he was suspended for Round 1 meant that the number 1 scoring forward for the year dropped in the draft, and what a bargain for those that had the faith.  ADP 68 what a bargain.

Captain Risky:  Brandan Parfitt – Sure it was the Saints, but when they asked Chris Scott who was going to take Gary’s midfield time he had no hesitation to name Parfitt, that’s confidence in the young lad and he delivered with a 138 that included a game high contested possession count of 16.




Fremantle v Western Bulldogs

Gun: Jack Macrae – We have seen two different Bulldog teams this year, but only one Jack.  He has been in ball magnet form and really has been all his career he has just taken it to another level.

Captain Risky:  Aaron Sandilands Rucks have been scoring well against the Bulldogs and they don’t come much bigger than Sandi.  A big risk but if you are thin on the ground for options could pull out a big score.



North Melbourne v Hawthorn

Gun: Jack Gunston – Although North played very well last week I can still see some of the Hawks racking them up, yes either JOM or Titch will go big it those marking options that could have the day out.

Captain Risky: James Sicily – Been serviceable without being outstanding this year and can pull out big scores with the right match up, this one looks the goods.


Brisbane v Gold Coast

Gun: Stef Martin – Will dominate around the ground this weekend against Witts and has been in wonderful form so should go big for his owners this week.

Captain Risky:  Michael Barlow – This one is so very risky for a couple of reasons, firstly he has not played so far, this season.  Secondly will he get midfield time if selected.  With 46 possessions in the NEAFL last week if it is yes to both expect a huge score.


Melbourne v Richmond

Gun:  Max Gawn – Fighting with Grundy to be the number 1 ruckman this year and even though Richmond are the hardest team to score against he should post an acceptable captain score again this week.

Captain Risky: Clayton Oliver – Just a magnet and only risky this week due to the pressure that Richmond place on the oppo.  Looking for other options but let’s face it, if you have Dusty just pick him.


Collingwood v Essendon

Gun:  Steele Sidebottom – Always been a great player and having a banner year so far, their pressure has increased and he has really benefited from their change of form.

Captain Risky:  Zac Merrett – This weekend we will find if the Monty curse has really been lifted.  Collingwood have closed the key midfielder well over the past two weeks, if Zac can handle it well like he did last week, he is officially back.