Statesman’s Skippers Round 20

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:

Richmond v Geelong

Although this game looks tasty in a football sense it will make it a little harder for loophole options.  The one positive is that Richmond do give up Ruck and inside mid points.  As Geelong’s ruck will be first gamer Abbott he is only worth the bench loophole.  The inside mid bonus may go to Joel Selwood who has had a lean patch, although Ablett, Dangerfield and Mitch Duncan are all a chance to score well.  Hard to pick a tiger to be honest, no doubt the best team but not great for fantasy.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

Hawthorn v Essendon

Gun: Zac Merrett:  Has learnt to deal with the attention and very much an underrated uber premium now, owners should be happy with is second half of the season.

Captain Risky:  Luke Breust – Has been on a fantastic run, although Essendon have proved to be very hard to score against in recent times so be warned.


Brisbane v North Melbourne

Gun: Dayne Beams – Has been fantastic since the bye, enjoyed the freedom of releasing the captaincy and look like he is enjoying his footy.  Kangaroos played well against the Eagles without tagging, let’s hope that stays that way.

Captain Risky:  Paul Ahern – Yes this is reactionary, but he was quality in the midfield and North Melbourne are missing Higgins this week will only ensure he has the mid time to rack them up again.


Adelaide v Port Adelaide

Gun:  Matt Crouch –  He loves these games and has pumped out two 120 plus scores in the last two weeks, Surely the best captain option here.  He also loves the wet weather.

Captain Risky:  Chad Wingard –  Has been playing very well although the risky option comes as we are all unsure who Riley Knight will go to this week, the role is always a concern.




St Kilda v Western Bulldogs

Gun: Josh Dunkley – Wow hasn’t this just sneaked up on us all, but with the new role and 108 over his past 5 games he is starting to be a serious option in all formats.

Captain Risky: Jackson Macrae – Just when you thought he should be the gun in this game, but the man of Steele will have different ideas, this is why he is risky this week.  Be warned.


Sydney Swans v Collingwood

Gun: Brodie Grundy – One of the most solid picks this week, the Swans are giving up points in the Ruck and the best in the business should enjoy this hit out.

Captain Risky:  Steele Sidebottom – Has been challenged since Treloar’s injury and no doubt will get the attention of Hewitt.  Was back last week but risky against the Swans.


Carlton v GWS

Gun:  Patrick Cripps – A massive 162 last week, although it was against the Suns, but his form is hard to ignore.  GWS are unlikely to tag so he should go for another big one this week.

Captain Risky: Heath Shaw – Can rack them up and has been averaging over the ton in the last three games, major part of their improved form will keep going against the blues.


West Coast Eagles v Fremantle

Gun: Elliot Yeo – With the prediction that Shuey or Gaff to get the tag, Elliot will go gangbusters again this week on his bid to finish as the best defender of the season.

Captain Risky:  Lachie Neale – Can normally be secure that Lachie will give you the ton, although with Mark Hutchings without a clear tag option will it go our boy.  Sadly, think so.


Melbourne v Gold Coast

Gun:  Max Gawn – A solid number two in the Ruck stocks this year should have a good day out against the Suns new captain.  Expect some impact on the scoreboard as well.

Captain Risky:  Alex Neal Bullen – The captain risky of the week honour goes to ANB.  It is about role but is a scoring machine and should back up his best game of the season last week with a massive score against the Suns.