Statesman’s Skippers: Round 8, 2019

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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.

Following a Captain Risky always requires a certain degree of testicular fortitude.

Captain Loophole


Jake Lloyd and Zac Merrett are the easy options to VC in this game, although Zac may get the Hewett attention.  There are plenty of options if you don’t have the main two: Luke Parker, Isaac Heeney, JPK, and Callum Sinclair and for a risky option Jordan Dawson are all chances for the Swans.

Whilst the Bombers also have plenty of players who can score big on their day, Dylan Shiel, Dyson Heppell, David Zaharakis and Michael Hurley are all worthwhile punts for the loophole.  I always suggest find an option no matter how risky as it might help set up a win. Remember even Cam can get a pick right occasionally.

A few of Cam’s calls have paid off and fans are rushing to the support of Mr McLachlan.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


Western Bulldogs v Brisbane

Gun: Dayne Zorko: With Lachie Neale starting the season so well it has taken the pressure off Zorks, and with the Bulldogs unlikely to go a hard tag anyway he should go big for owners.

Captain Risky:  Josh Dunkley:  Anyone would think that after a season high 145 he was going to be the gun, but we must always remember its about his role and we can’t confirm it until we see it, and even then its probs gunna change.


Carlton v Collingwood

Gun: Scott Pendlebury:  Rumours have made me change this one, unsure if they are true but those playing in Collingwood midfield will get a boost with Adams and Beams out, return of Dependlebury.

Captain Risky: Jack Crisp :  He can be up and down a little bit but when he goes big It can be a really good captain’s score.  Worthwhile punt against Carlton if you have few options to go with.


Gold Coast v Melbourne

Gun:  Clayton Oliver: Although we may think he has had a poor season so far (along with the rest of his team) the fact is he is still averaging over a ton and has Gold Coast this week

Captain Risky:  Angus Brayshaw: Owners will be nervous after last week’s 65 and the very outside role he had, but again he is playing Gold Coast this week, plenty of big numbers in the midfield against them last week.

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ClayTON an Gussy could be primed for big ones.

St Kilda v West Coast

Gun:  Rowan Marshall:  Yes it is about time we said it, he has been impressive and against Vardy, he should do very well.

Captain Risky: Dom Sheed: Does Chris Masten’s omission give him back a permanent midfield role?  If so start to enjoy the ride. TBH I hope not in #offbrand I traded him out for Fiorini who of course was tagged then out with injury.  #neverlistentoDOSagain

Extra bonus Risky is Shannon Hurn:  As discussed on the pod the Saints are giving up plenty of big scores in defence and you would think Hurn would be able to go massive against them.


Port Adelaide v Adelaide

Gun:  Rocky:  Bad day at the office last week, with Wines out and against the Crows where he has scored so big before, surely, he is back.

Captain Risky:  Justin Westhoff:  Very slow start to the season.  This was role not form, he has been stuck in the forward line but released now.  Has pumped out a 120 and 111 this year when mainly on the wing.


North Melbourne v Geelong

Gun: Tim Kelly: Has had a good season and with some outs will be the main player out of the midfield, could get some attention but is showing he can work though it.

Captain Risky: Danger:  If he plays, how fit is he.  Would suspect if he does it will be more up forward, but that could be a blessing against the Roos.

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Dangerfield copped not one but two tough knocks on the weekend but has been “named” to play.

Hawthorn v Giants

Gun: Cogs: Daniel Howe out and Josh Kelly in are two really good reasons why Cogs should score really well this week.  The Hawks are also struggling a little and should get touched up in the guts.

Captain Risky: Toby Greene:  Back-to-back risky selections for the gun. Should have plenty of opportunities. If he is to be a top 10 averaging forward for the season this is where he needs to start piling on the points.


Fremantle v Richmond

Gun: Nat Fyfe: I wanted to name Ed Langdon but it is just too hard to avoid the superstar that is Fyfe.

Captain Risky: Luke Ryan:  We have talked about defenders scoring well against many sides including Richmond so Luke should have a field day this weekend.

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