Statesman’s Skippers Round 10 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.

Sorry about missing last week it was DOS’s fault…..well maybe not but never let the truth get in the way of a good story.


Captain Loophole


Plenty of options and mainly in the Black and White this week, depends who gets the Clarke/Hewitt tag out of the Magpie midfielders.  They tagged Adams last time so it is a bit of a lottery.  Steele Sidebottom, Adam Treloar and Pendlebury have all been in decent form and that should continue but of course if you have Brodie Grundy you must be licking your lips.  JPK, Lloyd, Parker and Buddy are all worth a shot as well.

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Brodie Grundy owners this week.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:


Hawthorn v Port Power

Gun: Tom Rockliff: Would select Rocky with more confidence if it wasn’t going to be raining again, as we saw last week it just reduces his plus 6 opportunities.

Captain Risky:  John Ceglar:  Although the rain does not help, it probably means he is the only ruckman they take into the game and with Lycett out he should score well above his average.


Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne

Gun: Jack Ziebell:  Great average since moving back from the midfield and unlikely to get the tag, don’t expect another 150+ score but should ton up again.

Captain Risky: The Bont Spending more time up forward of late that does affect his output but against the Kangaroos it could just be a bonus.

The Bont could be a worth a punt as skipper this week.
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Adelaide v West Coast

Gun:  Brad Crouch: As last week showed that without his brother he will get more time on ground and more points for his owners.  It will be short lived but worth it just for now.

Captain Risky:  Dom Sheed: Everyone was off him a month ago but as soon as Chris Masten left the team he has resumed is more midfield role and producing scores again.  Nice left field option.


Gold Coast Suns v Geelong

Gun:  Mitch Duncan:  So underrated, and such a good performer.  Great form and against the Suns!

Captain Risky: Tom Hawkins: If the mids go wild then Tommahawk should kick a bag and score well this weekend.


Richmond v Essendon

Gun:  Zac Merrett:  The Tigers win with team pressure, not tagging, making teams chip it around while the set up and coming pressure ensures slow ball movement.  Chip kick game is Zac’s bag baby!

Captain Risky:  Dustin Martin:  Were did that come from, 135 and intensity from nowhere.  He is good enough; will he remain desperate enough?  If so owners will be loving life.

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Dusty was back in a big way against the Hawks last week.

Melbourne v GWS

Gun: Josh Kelly: Gun and against the Demons should post a ripper here.

Captain Risky: Whitfield:  I know what you are thinking, after 190 last week, how is he risky?  Well surely the clubs and coaches can finally see how good he is.  Last year R23 Melbourne tagged him to a 51 (and they won).


St Kilda

Gun: Jack Billings: Although hesitant to pick a saint as I suspect the Blues will be fired up after last week.  It was the outside players that hurt them most and the best the Saints have is Jack (Billings).  Too many Jacks in one team.

Captain Risky: Nic Newman:  Back from injury and scored well last week.  Due to the fact that the Saints give up big points to defenders he is a worthwhile risky option.

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Kade watching Nic taking his +6s in his absence.

Fremantle v Brisbane

Gun: Nat Fyfe: Just too hard to avoid the superstar that is Fyfe again.

Captain Risky: Lachie Neale:  Who knows what happens here, but I am sure the Dockers will try to make life hard for him this week. 

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