Statesman’s Skippers Round 16

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:

Sydney v Geelong

No shortage of options in the Thursday night game, yes in Salary cap there may be a hesitation to take the loophole after last week although in draft there is only one team that has Titch.  Both Geelong and Sydney have plenty of players that have a ceiling, Ablett, Selwood, Danger, Duncan, Parker, Kennedy and Lloyd all can give you a quality score to start your weekend in a bright fashion.

Richmond v Adelaide

Richmond have been a great team in recent times although not on the fantasy side of the game, although we know on their day, Dusty, Cotchin, Lambert and Nank can score well.  But for this game it is the Crows where the loop hole options are at – Sloane, Jacobs (now in form), Laird and the pick of the week Matty Crouch are all worthwhile a loophole option.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

Brisbane v Carlton

Gun: Stef Martin:  Although a clear number three in the Ruck ranks, he has still managed a sensational season seeing he is sharing the ruck duties, pick with confidence.

Captain Risky:  Dayne Zorko – High in the attention ranks although he is starting to manage the tags much better and if he is free to play as he pleases a big score is on the cards.


Port Adelaide v St Kilda

Gun: Justin Westhoff – Playing where the team needs him to impact means he is a scoring machine, although not the greatest ceiling his consistency makes up for it this year, great oppo this week.

Captain Risky:  Tom Rockliff – Time on ground an issue but his points per minute when in the midfield role is impressive, yes Saints were better last week but Port are on a role and the guns will score.


Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn

Gun:  Toby McLean –  Outside Titch, Toby Mclean is the gun in this game, shoulder looks ok so should be back to his best this week.

Captain Risky:  Isaac Smith – The Dogs do give us mid points and quite a few will gain plenty of the pill in this game and the running machine will get heaps of space.



Melbourne v Fremantle

Gun: Max Gawn – The most important player in the Demon’s outfit and will monster the Dockers on the weekend, simply having a great season.

Captain Risky: Ed Langdon – Has been quietly pumping out the numbers, would be low on the list of potential captains although if you have been hit by injuries he may be an option and with Fyfe out may get increased time.


North Melbourne v Gold Coast

Gun: Shaun Higgins – This is more about footy than fantasy as there is no dead set fantasy guns in either of these teams.  Learn from Jono he is not your starting fantasy skipper.

Captain Risky:  Jarryd Lyons – Great scorer at times but consistency and selection have both been an issue this season.


Essendon v Collingwood

Gun:  Brodie Grundy – An amazing season by the big man and a massive score last week against his old team mate and he will continue his form.  So much for the Cox factor we all had concerns about.

Captain Risky: Zac Merrett – Collingwood have been easy to score against while they pile up the points themselves.  Should be a good day out for the former uber elite.


West Coast Eagles v GWS

Gun:  Andrew Gaff – Poor form by me to leave it this late but have been expecting the normal drop away come winter, it has not come nor does it look like it will – confirmed Jet.

Captain Risky:  Callan Ward – The Giants seem to take the midfield points on rotation, whose turn is it?  The Eagles give up to the inside man so Callan is in the box seat.