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: Adelaide v Western Bulldogs

Jack Macrae is just the man so if you have him, VC up although word of warning there must be a tag soon on this man. Plenty of other options in Mclean, Laird or Gibbs. Although one thing we definitely know is that the Bulldogs give up points in the ruck, so this week Sam Jacobs has the free ride to pointsville.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

North Melbourne v GWS

Gun: Whilst we don’t know who gets the Jacobs tag and North do not have a 100 plus average player on their list, there is no one we can be safe calling the gun for this game. Avoid if you can.

Captain Risky: Ben Cunnington – While his scores can be up and down there is no doubt he played a blinder last week, dominating the contested ball on his way to 139 points.

Gold Coast v Port Adelaide

Gun: Robbie Gray – Was slow off the mark last week when playing deep forward until a 5 goal third quarter made his the best player on the ground. Unsure if he will stay up forward but it should not matter this week.

Captain Risky: Tom Rockliff – Not quite convinced but it is getting close to say the pig is back. Injury and role have been the issue. If he starts in the guts he will have a big day and start a big run.

Essendon v Geelong

Gun: Gary Ablett- Think it is going to be one of those years for the great man, big scoring in patches and breaks to keep is body fit before he breaks down again. Essendon should fire up but it won’t stop God 2.0

Captain Risky: Brendon Goddard – Defenders against Geelong have been raking them up. In the last four weeks we have seen: Lloyd 120, Jonas 108, Haynes 99, Crisp 147, Scharenberg 132 and Howe 123. So its good news for Goddard

Sydney Swans v Femantle

Gun: Lachie Neale – It should be Nat Fyfe but he is under injury cloud and could be tagged, and with not knowing who gets Banfield attention it is hard to be clear who to pick from the Swans. Lachie will give you a ton, not big but a ton all the same.

Captain Risky: Lance Franklin – In or Out with the heel, I can just see him trying to get back the goal kicking title back from Ronke, how dare the young buck still his thunder.

St Kilda v Collingwood

Gun: Adam Treloar – Saints are allowing some big scores and with so many to pick from the Magpies could have a feast. Pendles ankle keeps me away, Adams role concern so it’s Treloar for me.

Captain Risky: Luke Dunstan – Can be hot and cold but can score big when the role allows, Collingwood with have no pressure on him so if he can get himself going it will be a huge score.

Carlton v Melbourne

Gun: Max Gawn – The third highest scorer of the year, although a fair opponent this week he still should pound out another quality performance to make his owners happy.

Captain Risky: Jesse Hogan – Surely this is the day for a key forward to shine, Carlton are no longer under pressure after their win last week, they are undermanned Melbourne love these types of days

Brisbane v Hawthorn

Gun: James Sicily – Yep he has hit the big time, well until he loses it again but for now he is the gun. Although a chance to get attention he should shine at half back this week and rack them up.

Captain Risky: Luke Hodge – We have seen him rise to the occasion so many times, will not do it in finals again but could this be the last 3 vote game by Luke Hodge against his old club – The romance!

West Coast v Richmond

Gun: Elliot Yeo – Just seems to be quietly racking up the scores this year. One down game the rest have been quite productive. It is now time in a big game for him to show us the ceiling agin.

Captain Risky: Nic Nat – Has the suspension actually done him the world of good. His points per minute has been outstanding and his game time slowing climbing. Does he peak now after a break?