Statesman’s Skippers Round 19

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.  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:

Essendon v Sydney

This looks easy at first glance with Devon Smith and Zac Merrett the obvious choice if you own them, but if we think about this a little deeper there is a big opportunity for some surprise big scores.  Sydney were beaten by the Gold Coast last week, if you think it would have been a cool calm response to that result you are living in another world.  Expect an explosive start and those that have the power to lift will play desperate footy – JPK, Parker, Heeney and Cunningham come to mind and those around them will also be rewarded.  I suggest loopholing Swans players on your bench, it could start your weekend well.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

Richmond v Collingwood

Gun: Brodie Grundy:  Richmond has given up some big scores in the Ruck this year and although Brodie has had few quieter weeks in recent times he should bounce back strongly here, even if his team struggles.

Captain Risky:  Dusty Martin – Gun from last year who is still playing good footy, he has just not been playing great fantasy footy this year but that seems to be turning.


Geelong v Brisbane

Gun: Mitch Duncan – When its head to head this man shines and Brisbane are turning into a team that rates their own midfield rather than watch the opposition and this is where Mitch becomes the link up player….and the points flow.

Captain Risky:  Dayne Zorko – Interesting year and would be a headache to own at times, he is risky because the Cats will either pounce on one of the Dayne’s.


GWS v St Kilda

Gun:  Stephen Coniglio –  I will be honest the amount of time he has had to spend deep forward has been a little concerning, although against the Saints that could be a blessing in disguise.

Captain Risky:  Blake Acres – Had such a great start to the year until hit by injury, has had to work hard through the VFL for his return.  He can find the pill so not the worst risky option out there.




Gold Coast v Carlton

Gun: Patrick Cripps – Seriously the only player in this game that you can bank on.  If he is left alone could pump out a massive score this week.

Captain Risky: Brayden Fiorini – If I had bigger balls I would pick him up in Salary Cap games this week, but it is winter in Tassie!  Could re-announce himself this weekend.


Adelaide v Melbourne

Gun: Max Gawn – Sticking with Max although to be fair he has not really delivered a killer blow for a while, but still solid as a rock.

Captain Risky:  Clayton Oliver – Why risky?  Well firstly the tightness in the quad this week, secondly, we have a new high-quality tagger on the scene – Riley Knight and he has Clayton’s name all over him.


North Melbourne v West Coast Eagles

Gun:  Elliot Yeo – Honestly just picked him because I am sick of mentioning Gaff seeing I don’t have him in anything and burning a hole in all my premiership hopes.

Captain Risky: Todd Goldstein – The most inform ruckman in the competition for the last three rounds, up against the West Coast in Hobart is a very tempting option.


Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide   

Gun: Ollie Wines – Rain, Hail and only 9 degrees, Yes Ballarat is colder than Hobart (Seriously factually true by 3.4 degrees on average this month!) anyway that sounds like Ollie weather to me.

Captain Risky:  Jack Macrae – 84 average over his last three games and although it did include the injury effected game it also does include games where he was tagged.  Be careful this week against Port.


Fremantle v Hawthorn

Gun:  Tom – Nuff Said

Captain Risky:  Luke Breust – Just been great over the past 5 weeks, yes, a true risky option but his form and match up does not get much better.  Would be better if it could be a loop hole option but just enjoy being the owner.