Statesman’s Skippers Round 12

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.


Well the Statesman is back on deck.  If one reads weekly, you may be expecting an apology as Zaharakis, Coniglio, Laird, Darling, Rocky, Robbie Gray and Walters were all mentioned in the article last week.  Most of these players were injured, some even very early in the game and another couple on that list we wish they were injured to explain their scores.  Sadly, we can’t predict injuries or role changes although we must always acknowledge some are at more risk than others.  Yes, it was a shocking week for the Statesman’s skippers this is the type of week, you watch the vision and never talk about it again.


Captain Loophole for Friday night: Port v Richmond

Without Dusty and with the form of Rocky and Robbie Gray in the out-house it is all about the risky options this week.  Rucks are interesting, we all know that Paddy is still struggling with injury so maybe Nank the Tank will have a night out that he has every couple of months.  Cotchin, Westhoff, Caddy are other options.  The only way to make this game less fantasy relevant would to include the Kangaroos as the third team!


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


Geelong v North Melbourne

Gun: Joel Selwood:  Out of the Holy Trinity there is one clear scoring leader, the actual leader himself.  To be honest I would have thought that he would end up in third spot, sometimes we are wrong.

Risky Option:  North Melbourne defenders:  Been some big scores in defence against Geelong, but this should only be an option if you are desperate.  Luke McDonald is the obvious choice, although Robbie Tarrant and Jamie McMillan are other options that could go well.



GWS v Gold Coast

Gun: James Kelly – Just about to flex his muscle and reminds us why he is one of the top 10 players in the competition.  Injury aside he is set for a big second half of the season.

Risky Option:  All Gold Coast Players.  – It has been a tough first half of the season for the Suns, away from home, sick of travelling and injuries to every player that looks like they are going to go on a good scoring run.



St Kilda v Sydney

Gun, well maybe:  Cullum Sinclair –  Yes, I know and Yes, I agree.  But who else has been consistent with their scoring this year out of these two teams, plus Saints are giving up big points to Ruckman.

Biggest Captain Risky for the year – MAD HOUSE:  Logan Austin – Seriously this can’t be real, both his opponents have gone down in the first quarter and he has gone into a loose role, surely this can’t happen three weeks in a role.  I DARE YOU!


Brisbane v Essendon

Gun: Stef Martin – Looks like one of the better and safer Captain picks this round up against Essendon who have been touched up by quality big men, Stef is certainly one of those.

Captain Risky: Devon Smith –Having a great year (Interesting that he is outscoring Motlop by 37 points per game – STEVE).  Plus, Zaka down game him a season high score.


Fremantle v Adelaide

Captain choices: Anyone that is left standing up, Stef Giro might be the most experienced player here so you should back him.  Remember two Giro’s are better than one!


West Coast v St Kilda

What do we do? Max Gawn & Brodie Grundy – Do two positives make a negative? Now I would say Max has this, but him and Stef cancelled themselves out earlier this year.  In that game Gawn (78) and Stef (68).  This week could be the same so be careful.