Statesman’s Skippers Round 6
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: Bulldogs v Carlton
Although they are not teams in great form there is the potential of this being a high scoring game (in Fantasy at least) although maybe not in the ruck. Patrick Cripps was sensational last week and showed us all what he can do with the hard tag. It is looking like he might be free on Friday night again so if you’ve got him give him the “V”. McLean, Macrae and Bontempelli should all score well and although not a great game last week I think Dunkley is a worthwhile risky option.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Geelong v Sydney
Gun: Joel Selwood – Has been the most reliable Geelong scorer this year and with the Swans undermanned and some struggling he could really pump out a massive score. Back to his best.
Captain Risky: Luke Parker – Has become risky as we’re just are a little unsure on what his role will be each week. Continued discussion of him playing more up forward and now with Buddy out is a little worrying although can still go big.
North Melbourne v Port Adelaide
Gun: Robbie Gray – In great form but let’s face facts he could also be a risky pick this week and only because of the Jacobs factor, this is the type of match up where you wish it could be the loophole.
Captain Risky: Justin Westhoff – Owners would be very happy with the year so far and he also has the add points coming from the Ryder injury. Some weeks will be better than others, this one should be good.
GWS v Brisbane
Gun: Stephen Coniglio – About the best value in any draft, now the highest scorer for the year and should continue that this week against the Lions as Shiel or Whitfield will get the Robbo attention.
Captain Risky: Stef Martin – Now Rucking against GWS has been a gold mine in recent times and only against Patton this week, but the coach has named a second ruckman. Grundy worked it out, can Stef?
Hawthorn v St Kilda
Gun: Seb Ross – Goes under the radar but is worth a captain call this week against the Hawks as they can allow some midfielders to rack up some big numbers. Not sexy but it’s effective.
Captain Risky: Isaac Smith – Does not really handle the attention that well but can use the big ground to his benefit and the recent trend is to place time into Mitchell.
Adelaide v Gold Coast
Gun: Matt Crouch – I have had a great history this year in turning players into form after trading them, and yep when injured I traded him, so expect him to go big first up, maybe a little harder to back up second week but should be good against the Suns.
Captain Risky: Paul Seedsman – The man of seed has been in great form, and Gold Coast have been giving up big points to half back flankers and wingers. With another game away from home the trend will continue.
Essendon v Melbourne
Gun: Max Gawn – In great form and will continue against Essendon, Leuy has returned but will be monstered by Max who looks unstoppable at the moment. Averaging 120, enjoy.
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.
Collingwood v Richmond
Gun: Brodie Grundy – Rucks (well our big three) have been fantastic and Nank can allow some big scores against him. Will be interesting how they back up although both teams in the same boat.
Captain Risky: Kane Lambert – Finally got some reward from his hard running on Tuesday night and scored 122 points. As we saw last year he can string some good games together.
Fremantle v West Coast
Gun: Nat Fyfe – Wonderful form and should be great this weekend, although it will be interesting what the result will be if Elliot Yeo does match him up. Both could go big and would be a great contest to watch.
Captain Risky: Andrew Gaff – Always a good scorer early in the season when the decks are hard, word is this one is quite firm. Although he can struggle if give attention, will be interesting to see where Banfield will go.