Statesman’s Skippers Round 11
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 & Friday night:
Richmond v Sydney
Rucks, forwards and backs score well against Richmond so the likes of Sinclair, Lloyd and Heeney look like great options for the captain loophole. Parker, Kennedy and Martin can all score well although they will have to break against the scoring trends of recent times to be your preferred deputy skipper.
Western Bulldogs v Geelong
This is a night for the Geelong midfield to dominate, If you have Ablett, Danger, Joel Selwood or Mitch Duncan who I think may be the best selection this week get on them. The Dogs don’t have too many options to be honest, even McLean who was starring before the byes seems to be affected by his shoulder issue. Maybe the Bont or one of the running defenders maybe be worth a punt.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Carlton v Port Adelaide
Gun: Justin Westhoff: This lad has been simply outstanding this year, previously he could string a month together he is breaking this trend and against Carlton this will continue.
Captain Risky: Robbie Gray – It’s all about role but he has two things going for him this week, firstly he is playing Carlton so if up forward should get plenty of opportunities and secondly with Wingard having potentially leg issues he could get more midfield time.
Adelaide v West Coast Eagles
Gun: Elliot Yeo – Yes, he has defender status but now close to if not already the best midfielder that West Coast have, let’s hope he is not used in defensive lock down roles again.
Captain Risky: Rory Laird – Coming back from injury can be a challenge although without their two main big men the West Coast forward line could give up some big points in the coming weeks.
Gold Coast v Collingwood
Gun: Tom Phillips – Impressive third year break out player with a high ceiling, with Sidey or Pendles getting the Miller attention, Tom will be the man to score big this week.
Captain Risky: Jordan de Goey – The forward\mid should have a day out against the Gold Coast and with Treloar injured could even get more midfield rotations. Should rack up his third ton this season.
GWS v Hawthorn
Gun: Josh Kelly – After two weeks of insane scoring albeit against weaker opposition it is just so hard to pick against the dead set star, back him in for another 120 plus score.
Captain Risky: Big Boy – One thing we know for sure is GWS are giving up the points to opposition ruckman and this week is a great chance for Ben to live up to his name.
Melbourne v St Kilda
Gun: Max Gawn – This matchup is really simple, get on Maxy if you have him as this will be massive.
Captain Risky: Angus Brayshaw – Has shown a massive ceiling when in the midfield and a floor when in defence. The good thing about this matchup is St Kilda give points away in both areas so he is worth the risk.
Essendon v North Melbourne
Gun: Devon Smith – North are not the easiest to score against although his tackling will help him post a decent score.
Captain Risky: Todd Goldstein – We have been waiting a while for him to hit some form, it finally came last week and will be interesting to see if it builds into what we know he can do.
Fremantle v Brisbane
Gun: Dayne Beams – Fremantle are allowing oppositions quality mids to get plenty of the footy and this is good news for Dayne Beams owners.
Captain Risky: Michael Walters – Another player where it is all about his role, seems to get injured when in the midfield although he also scores like a champion in the role. A punt worth taking.