Statesman’s Skippers Round 13
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 Thursday and Friday nights:
Port v Western Bulldogs
Macrae is the obvious choice here although I do have this nagging feeling that he will have a down period with pressure soon to come, to balance that out it was the same feeling that I had with Josh (not James) Kelly last year – he rose through that challenge and maybe Jack will as well. Toby McLean, Ollie Wines and Travis Boak are other good options in the wet conditions expected.
Sydney v West Coast Eagles
Has the potential to be a high scoring game, although who will score big is the real question. Each club will close down on a major ball mover. Gaff, Shuey, JPK, Parker and Heeney are all in that frame but as they are loop hole options all are worth taking the punt on. Elliot Yeo is a very interesting option, he could deliver anything. Will be interesting to see if the small ground suits his game.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Carlton v Fremantle
Gun: Lachie Neale: Not having the year that some including myself was expecting but his scoring power is much greater without Michael Walters so this week so be a little bonus for his owners.
Risky Option: Patrick Cripps: Has had a great year and could score very well but the pressure of Banfield is coming his way just depends if he can overcome the tag.
Gold Coast v St Kilda
Gun: Jarrod Witts – This is a big game for both clubs and one of the coaches. There will be some big scoring in the fine conditions but the only guarantee is the Gold Coast ruckman who has been in great form and the Saint’s big men are giving up points.
Risky Option: Jack Billings. – Unsure if he will be selected which makes this call extra risky, but with 53 possessions in the VFL and the Gold Coast as an opponent me thinks this was a ploy by St Kilda to change the fortunes of his season, and maybe the Saints.
Hawthorn v Adelaide
Gun: Bryce Gibbs – Titch aside Bryce is the main gun in this game and capable of showing off his high ceiling. 115 average over the past three games so he is in great form to boot.
Captain Risky: James Sicily – Can go big and with the Crow’s injury concerns there is an opportunity for someone to clean up in defence. The role is currently under question with Burton being freed up in recent weeks so watch with interest.
Geelong v Richmond
Gun: Gary Ablett – The star is back and he is at his best at the Cattery, 137 last week against one of the hardest team so should have another day out.
Captain Risky: Dustin Martin – One of the best players last year has been underwhelming this season. If selected and after a week off, does he come back fresh and ready to restart?