Statesman’s Skippers Round 7
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: Geelong v Giants
Well hasn’t this game turned into the survival of the fittest with both clubs with a very long injury list and neither of the coaches are giving us a clear picture on when we can expect them all back. At least this week we will know who is a late out for Geelong as I am sure nearly all of us have been stung already. For the Loop hole the young Giants midfield seem the best, Cogs, Taranto, Whitfield if he doesn’t get attention and Shiel are all worthwhile if you have them. While Duncan, Menegola and Joel Selwood lead the Cats pack.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
Gun: Jack Macrae – Has long been a quality scorer although he has really taken the step up this year and is almost in uber premium mode. Think we need to start thinking of him in those terms. Gun
Captain Risky: The Bont – Not a great start to the year but it is always about the role. With Tom Boyd back and playing well he was released to the midfield and bang his highest score of the year. Right role means right scores.
Essendon v Hawthorn
Gun: Isaac Smith – While the pressure has been on Titch, this gun has been left free to run. Unsure how long this will last but if you own him enjoy the current run of form.
Captain Risky: Ben McEvoy – Plenty of stories of players burning their previous club over the years and big boy has been a discussion this week after dominating the Saints, can he back it up? He may very well do so.
West Coast v Port Adelaide
Gun: Robbie Gray – If you can get a ton even when Jacobs is on you, you are simply a gun. Yep back him in while fit, he will score for you.
Captain Risky: Shannon Hurn – I keep asking is this real. He keeps scoring well so there is your answer, yes, it is……but the pressure must be coming for him and Laird. They went for Simpson and the Eagles and Crows are much better than the Blues so it will come.
Sydney v North Melbourne
Gun: Hmmm. Will Jacobs go to Kennedy, Parker, Lloyd or Heeney? I am tipping there is three tons from this group and the other will have a sub 80 score. After last week’s final term, it must be Kennedy. So, enjoy the rest.
Captain Risky: Todd Goldstein – It has been a disappointing start of the season for the once leading ruckman. You would think he either hits form soon or others might be given the opportunity. I’ll give him one last go, mention this match up last year and you would be thinking massive score.
Adelaide v Carlton
Gun: Bryce Gibbs – Got to think that he is ready to have a great game this weekend, against his old crew. Attention may come but thinking he will manage that ok and walk away with the points on the board.
Captain Risky: Tom Lynch– While his name sake is taking a little break, Good personality Tom will continue his good form and might even kick a bag full.
Richmond v Fremantle
Gun: Lachie Neale – So hard to replace Walters and although the Dockers will be weaker through the midfield, Lachie will pick up the link play and score better himself.
Captain Risky: Nank the Tank – Scored big last week against a sore Grundy, this week his is up against a sore Sandi. Don’t expect the big score too often but if you have him, enjoy the mini run.
St Kilda v Melbourne
Gun: Max Gawn – Not St Kilda’s strong suit although not much is to be honest. Max is flogging the best so surely one of best captain options this week.
Captain Risky: Michael Hibberd – We did expect him to be better, he has finally shown some good form and the St Kilda midfield should be of good service for the Melbourne backs this week.
Brisbane v Collingwood
Gun: Adam Treloar – After a slow start he has really kicked on with the change of form for Collingwood, up against Brisbane you would think he should have a day out.
Captain Risky: Dayne Zorko – Surely, he’ll be without a tag this week, and let’s hope he can remember how to football! If you own him and he doesn’t perform this week – just laugh it off, it’s better than crying.