Statesman’s Skippers Round 21

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 St Kilda

As Essendon have been one of the best teams to strangle opposition players any Saints player will be a risk, so look for the bombers if you need a great start to the weekend.  Merrett may get the Steele tag, but he should still hold his own.  Lunch Meat (Devon) and Dyson should also score well and Zaka may be a great punt tonight.


Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

Hawthorn v Geelong

Gun: Gary Ablett:  TBH I hope it does not happen again as I am not an owner in any format, but his record against the Hawks is simply outstanding.

Captain Risky:  Sam Menegola – I went off him this year, I was wrong. One of the form forwards of the competition and will help many teams win finals over the next three weeks.


Gold Coast v Richmond

Gun: Dusty – Who else could you nominate in this game as the gun, players have been pumping out massive scores against the Suns in recent times and its Dusty’s turn to go big.

Captain Risky:  Jarrod Witts – With Nank the Tank out the stand in skipper might just lead the way and post a 120 plus score.


Port Adelaide v West Coast

Gun:  Elliot Yeo –  Just simply a gun, tag if any will go to Shuey and with Gaff out you gotta think its mid time only for this champ.

Captain Risky:  Dom Sheed –  This pick is risky as, but with Gaff out maybe he will get some quality midfield time and show what we have been expecting for a while.






Collingwood v Brisbane

Gun: Dayne Beams – Was a little down last week but expect him to play well against his old team and have a really good run home.

Captain Risky: Brodie Grundy – Really, Risky?  Well although Stef may not be scoring elite numbers himself he has generally done a great job against the leading rucks this year. Be careful


GWS v Adelaide

Gun: Josh Kelly – Don’t expect another 150 score but this lad is a jet and will be one we want in our teams for a very long time to come.

Captain Risky:  Rory Laird – Was a really good vice-captain option for the first half of the year but he has slowed down in recent times.  Could come back this week if allowed to be free.


North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

Gun:  Jack Macrae – Was worried about the Steele tag last week, he is just too good and clearly the number two mid this season.

Captain Risky: Todd Goldstein – Bulldogs ruck options change nearly every week and there is a reason, they are normally beat.  Only Stef has held back his numbers in recent times.



Melbourne v Sydney

Gun:  Angus Brayshaw – With no tag due to Oliver he has the ability to rack them up at will, has been great this year and will continue.

Captain Risky:  Max Gawn – Normally rucks are pilling them on against Sydney but with the calf, not training and Cam Pederson in the squad he might be a late out this week.


Fremantle v Carlton

Gun: Patrick Cripps – Been fantastic with is side under the pump and always seems to find a way to score well and Fremantle have been giving up some points recently.

Captain Risky:  Lachie Neale – Could have been the gun as well this week, but seems the only player likely to be tagged.