Statesman’s Skippers Round 8 2020

Each week we will 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.  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.

Captain Loophole

For most of this season we will have a double chance for the loophole captain, therefore every single team should have genuine captain option, if you are smart to should be able to gain a win or two this season by using your vice-captain and bench loopholes.  Use your waivers and gain the edge.

This will be our last normal style round for a while, we are still unsure exactly how the future lockouts will run but you can almost be assured that there will still be loophole options available.  This week we have new star available as your VC in Greenwood who has put up three tons on the trot and should do well in the wet conditions.  This game also have Macrae, Swallow, English, Witts that should all be considered if you own them.  On Friday night we have GWS against Richmond, the mids are the go in this game so if you don’t have a good option from Thursdays game these less likely options will do as you never know.

Best unique skipper options from this week remaining clashes:

North Melbourne v Carlton

Gun: Goldy:  We saw how well Ladhams went last week against Pitt Bull, so this should be a massive game for the Veteran this weekend, again in wet conditions.

Captain Risky:  Patrick Cripps: We know he can go big, but North Melbourne have been tagging and Luke McDonald has been doing some good jobs and you got to think that tag has Patrick’s name on it.

Sydney v Hawthorn

Gun: Luke Parker: He has had his down weeks but is the best option in this game to pump out a massive score.

Captain James Sicily: : As long as he is not moved up forward due the current injuries he will have a field day cleaning up in defence against the Swans.

Port Adelaide v St Kilda

Gun:  Jack Steele: Seems to find the footy with or without a defensive role, although there is not a huge ceiling his scoring consistency is well worth the captain’s badge.

Captain Risky: Brad Ebert: Would have freshened up with the week off and should be in big one against the Saints in one of the few dry weather games we will have this weekend.

Adelaide v Essendon

Gun: ROB:  Rucks are currently love playing Essendon and ROB’s form has been fantastic.  There have been rumours suggesting they the Crows may go to a two ruck system, which would impact his scoring but he should be fine in this game.

Captain Risky: Zac Merrett: Has been a slow start to the year but midfields are scoring well against the crows, but the main risky is who will receive the tag, my money is on Zac ahead of McGrath.   

West Coast Eagles v Collingwood

Gun:  Brodie Grundy: May lose the hit outs against Nic Nat but will dominate around the ground, less plus 1’s but many more plus 6’s should mean a massive score.

Captain Risky: Brad Sheppard: He is averaging 89 over his last three games and coming up against one of the best teams for defensive players to score against. Along with Hurn and Duggan could have a day out.

Melbourne v Brisbane

Gun:  Lachie Neale: Worked his way to a 70 with a hard tag, should have more freedom this week to get back toward the 100 mark.

Captain Risky: Max Gawn: Has not had a great scoring history against Stef and Brisbane in general, but hard still not to back him in.

Fremantle v Geelong

Gun:  Danger:  He has woken up in the last couple of weeks and as more of his midfield team are on the sidelines more responsibility rests on his shoulders and he will respond.

Captain Risky: Andrew Brayshaw: His form was fantastic as soon as he started as a true mid, but last week for some reason (even with Fyfe out) he attended less CBA’s.  Maybe managing him but keep your eye on his positioning for trends.

Good luck in your leagues this week, unless you are playing me!