Each week we’ll look at captain options outside the big boys as there is only one Brodie Grundy in each league. 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 stay in the hunt for finals action this year.
Double header loophole option this weekend with the Thursday game of Carlton v Richmond giving us some interesting options. The new rules seem to suit the big bulls so Dusty and Cripps seem the best options, although without Kruz it could mean a big night for Nank the Tank. A Captain risky option will be Tom Lynch, fully fit he would be set for a big one but coming back from injury you will need a big captain option to cover if you take the punt.
Friday night is full of options: Treloar, Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Selwood, Duncan and of course Patrick Dangerfield leading the cast of many that are worth the vice-captain button selected.
Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:
Melbourne v Port Adelaide
Gun – Gus Brayshaw: He simply smashed the JLT averaging 145 at 161 points per minute, continuing his great form from last year. If he can put together a full season, he can finish in the top 8 mids.
Captain Risky: Tom Rockliff: Now I know it seems odd that he is risky but he did only average in the 80’s last year, but did we see the return of the Pig in the JLT….hope so.
Adelaide v Hawthorn
Gun – Matt Crouch: A true ball magnet who seems ready to hit his peak this year and against an undermanned Hawthorn midfield he will have a field day.
Captain Risky – JOM: Now the number one midfielder and he looks up to the task, slightly risky as he may receive some attention and how he handles that will be interesting.
Gun – Josh Dunkley: If all the reports are correct he will continue the role that made him a fantasy star for the second half of the season last year, if so he will go big.
Captain Risky – Luke Parker: The Swans midfield will have an interesting year, we used to have three uber premiums, now not so! Can he lead the midfield or will he be used up forward too often?
Brisbane v West Coast
Gun – Lachie Neale: I must admit I am a little cold on Lachie at the moment, but he will score you the ton your captain needs, just think his ceiling is down a little from what it could be.
Captain Risky – Dom Sheed: Wow what a preseason, if the role is right he could have a major breakout this year and coaches will have a major bargain on their hands.
St Kilda v Gold Coast
Gun – Jack Steele: Was hard not to name him in my #offbrand side, especially with playing the Gold Coast this week, so if you have him in your draft team feel comfortable to put the big C on him.
Captain Risky – Jarrod Witts: Tom Hickey was traded, Billy Longer is injured so they will go into the game without an established big man, that’s the recipe for a Witts ton.
GWS v Essendon
Gun – Su-Su-Sussudio: He has a great season last year and with Shiel gone and Ward injured he will only get more mid time, whilst the tag will go to Kelly or Whitfield so Cogs can rack them up.
Captain Risky – Zach Merrett: In many peoples top 6 midfielders during preseason, the injury and JLT form has him dropping down the rankings, He will be back and will not be long.
Fremantle v North Melbourne
Gun – Goldy: Up against a young ruckman the master should have a good day out, although only one JLT game and against little opposition he simply looked fantastic.
Captain Risky – Nat Fyfe: Underwhelming preseason due to injury (again) and likely to be tagged each and every week the simple fact is that he is a gun and will score well most weekends.