Selecting a Captain

When captain comes to mind in the AFL, most think of Chris Judd, Matthew Pavlich and Jonathon Brown. When it comes to dream team, we all think Dane Swan, Dane Swan and Dane Swan, with a chance of Ablett. For last season, almost every coach had either Dane Swan or Gary Ablett as captain for the majority of rounds, most having Swan, I having Ablett for the opening 10 rounds, Swan until round 21 then Ablett for the ground final.

This year, with the introduction of byes, you will need at least 2 captains throughout the season. The strategy of most coaches will be to have Swanny all season bar his bye rounds, where names like Leigh Montagna and Matthew Boyd come to mind. I offer an alternative strategy- not just going with Swanny because he’s a gun, but going by many variables, especially past form against the upcoming opponent. I will list multiple captain options for 2011.

One main tip for captaincy- don’t give the captaincy to a player because you have a good feeling. This never works, unless you locked in Brian Lake in that game against the Kangaroo’s, like a certain Damian Barbaro. Risk may work some times, but mostly will not and instead of getting 300-odd with Swanny captain you’ll end up with 170 with Steele Sidebottom captain.

Dane Swan– Can’t resist. If you don’t have Swanny locked into your team, you’d better have Ablett-Boyd-Montagna-Bartel-Stanton in your mids to make up for that. In 2010, Swanny averaged a shade over 123, a dream team record. He and the Collingwood midfield were the backbone of the premiership side; this guy was severely unlucky not to win the Brownlow – apparently dream team scores do not mirror footballing skills, see Darren Glass.

Final word– The most consistent and devastating player Dream Team player in the game. Top dog in the league and should be for years, although he comes at the hefty price tag of 511k- place your captain option on him almost every week.

When to and when to not give him captaincy: Against Fremantle and Carlton he has his greatest averages with 109, but this is dragged down quite a bit due to poor dream team scores in his first two seasons. He scores best at Patersons Stadium, averaging 117 there, scoring 161 and 158 against the Eagles and Dockers there. If you have doubts at times in Swanny, make sure you lock him in against the Western Australia teams.

Gary Ablett– After being the best dream teamer for several years, he had his crown removed by one Dane Swan. He averaged 119 in 2010, and amazingly he was averaging 137 after 10 rounds, headlined by 167 against the Swans, seeing his price skyrocket to 548k, starting this season at 494k. His move to the Suns could be good/bad- the good part is that in a young side the players around him will look to him for guidance, which will improve ball gathering. The bad part is he could score poorly with a higher tag; the cats had Chapman, Bartel and others to absorb some of the tag.

Final Word– I think his score will slightly fall, but he will still be a dream team gun and his average will ride the wave: if you do not pick Swan, go to Ablett for captaincy.

Brendon Goddard– The saints leading-man is a must have in the defence; he topped the defence list in 2010 with 113.4. He has DPP which is even more bonus, and comes at 471k this season, not that much when you consider he is a very consistent player- topped the century in 19 games last year, from all 22. The games number one utility will prove you wrong when you go for a cheaper option when he increases his average even more.

Final Word– Average may rise or fall, but GOD will never fail completely, and should remain the competitions best defender for the year. A possibility for vice-captain behind Swanny or Ablett.

Matthew Boyd– The third most expensive midfielder, the new bulldog captain should be great this season. Very consistent, only came below 80- and that should improve this year with the captaincy. Best bulldog at the Brownlow Night and sixth best overall, but fourth in the best and fairest. He scored 154 points in round three against Hawthorn.

Final Word– Super dream teamer, with an amazing average in 2010 that looks set to improve. Isn’t flashy but a great dream teamer, and should be a contender for vice-captaincy.

Leigh Montagna– When he is on fire, you just can’t stop him. 112 average in 2010, he will start this season at 465k, and looks to improve as the Saints improve. His mid-season form is outstanding, averaging 131 from rounds 13-16 in 2010, and scored 151 against the Crows in round 10. Not cheap, but a great player.

Final Word- Premium dream team option and is ready to go for 2011. Him or Boyd for vice-captaincy in 2011.

Brent Stanton– A truly unique option for captaincy. Many praise him for his ability to find the ball in stoppage-time, but just as many criticise for his lack of dealing with tagging. He led the up-and-coming Bombers in kicks, marks, inside 50’s and handballs received in 2010. His pre-season has been enormous, and has been proven by his outstanding NAB Cup form. Runs off half-back into the midfield and can rack up the possessions in his day, shown by his 145 against Geelong in round one.

Final Word– Although many will be against this, I think Stants will be a brilliant player this year, and come into the top 7 players in 2011 with an average of 115+. Has a knack of finding space and racking up cheap possessions. Vice-Captain material if he can avoid the tag for the season.

Paul Chapman– With Ablett leaving, Chapman is now Geelong’s leading dream-teamer. Although his hammy’s are weak, he player next to every game in 2010, and scored over 100 in the first half of the season in every game, broken with a round 12 score of 99. Smashed 140+ in 3 games, and is a specialist of the 12-point play- Mark, kick, goal. The most consistent player in the league, dropping to a season low of 88 in 2010.

Final Word– Moves between the midfield and forward line with ease, and with Ablett gone will find more space to explode. Amazing player and well-worth his price tag. Vice-captain option if you want supreme consistency.

And that’s it; those are the players you should consider for your captaincy duo. Swan and Ablett should easily take the supreme captaincy for this season, but the main question is who to cover for them in bye rounds, and who to put vice-captain. Boyd, Montagna, Goddard, Stanton and Chapman should all fight over it- alright, maybe not Stanton…for now. Boyd and Montagna are unsplittable, both should fight it out for your number two ruck position; or, like me, you can have both. Goddard and Chapman are similar in that they both run in and out of the midfield. Then, there’s Stanton- a dark horse for the captaincy this year.

57 Comments

  • I don’t want the sea captain from the simpsons telling me this i want captain calvin
    but great article Montag or Goddard or Juddy for me

    • Calvin captains will only be on the assistant coach feature of DT that you have to pay to get.. and before anyone starts getting upset and posting “sellout” comments I think hats off to the guys for being noticed by the afl for all their hard work and getting some small reward and recognition..

      • So does that mean we don’t get a weekly captain update?

        • I’m assuming so. I’m assuming most articles here will just be the ones that’ll be written by the fans and most of the ones the dt talk lads do will go on the dream team website

          • But this is the DT Talk website isn’t it? Yeah well done on them for being recognised by the AFL, but are they just gonna leave DT Talk to the fans?

      • Dissapointing… I could say a lot more but the boys have served us well the last few years.

        While having fan writen articles is a good step some of them are pretty crap and are clearly just fillers like a bad tv series where you watch it just for the rare gems where something actually happens.

        If they sell off calvins captains and dont leave us with some form of captain advice each Wednesday I will unfortunately be less than pleased.

        But on topic, look for captains for Collingwoods byes rd 7 and 13. e.g. Buddy and Hodgey could smash those rounds against Port and GC

        • Yeah, I don’t like most of the fans articles coming up lately. Like this one, what’s the point of it? You don’t need a pre-season article on captain choice. Maybe abit of advice every week (Calvin’s captain’s), but this article is just pointing out the obvious. Just naming some of the best players in the game, but nothing too surprising or interesting. The articles should just stick to the DT boys.

          • If the DT talk guys only post fifty identical articals telling you who to pick in your dreamteam we will all soon stop reading. The fact is that the worst, most contentious and sometimes most irrelevant articles often receive the best replies and comments.

      • Massive sellout, leaves behind all the people that made it possible. As i would too.

      • hats off to the boys for being recongised but i am still very dissapointed and pissed off that they have sold out. What other weekly articles will not be featured anymore? Also does anyone know when the free trial of the assistant coach offer expires (IE how late can you wait until you sign up for the 14 day free trial)?

      • How can they be sell outs there getting a raise if anything and your going to go off at them for that!?!

  • hi ppl
    great article
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  • great read mate, amazingly i have 5 of those players you mentioned!

  • just wondering is Chris Yarran worth it as a cheap smokie?

  • Great Work. Is Fantasy Freako gonna be doing his thing this year?

  • swan all the way,

    league open

    261923

  • Reckon Cross will give Boyd a run for his money for best Bulldog DTer this year. If I had the money I’d go Boyd, but I don’t and Cross looks like a very good 2nd option for $50G less.

  • I have swan and will be picking him nearly every week. But will be keeping an eye on boyd. Think he will have a great year!

    If you want some good competition join my league 913099

  • Dane Swan as captain in round 10 is a must as Collingwood plays West Coast at the MCG and could become the first player in Dream Team history to score 200 points that round.

  • how can i show i spreadsheet that i have made to eveyone on here?, i made a round one captian info.

  • Hey guys I’ve just started a Dream Team Talk league over at http://www.ultimatefooty.com/

    League name: DT Talk Div 1
    League Id: 461272
    Password: swallow

    Ran a similar comp last year for DT Talk fans and it was great fun. If you’re serious about your dream team and want to test your knowledge in a draft style league then you’re welcome to join.

    At the moment got a Live Draft set for Tuesday March 8 at 8:30 PM (AEDT) but can change this if it doesn’t suit. Also if you can’t make the draft you can set a rankings list and it’ll draft for you.

    If you haven’t heard of Ultimate Footy before its basically like Dream Team Pro but with more features and its free. Very similar to Yahoo fantasy sports in the US if you’ve ever played fantasy NBA or NFL.

  • who needs calvins captains anyway when you’ve got swan. when collingwood have the bye choose one of goddard, chapman, boyd, montagna as captain. BTW steer clear of stanton, unless he’s done some work in the pre season on how to shake a tag.

  • There will be a Calvin’s Captains post here, but not as you know it. The traditional Calvin’s Captains post (with at least 6 hours of hard work that goes into it each week) will be exclusive to the ASSISTANT COACH. Calvin will also post an abridged version here…

    As for other posts, we aren’t ditching DT TALK, or leaving it up to the fans. We have had a truckload of articles written for us and we’re keen to post them. We’ve been back at work the last fortnight and as teachers, this is a busy time to get set up for the year – so the fan articles have been great to keep the site ticking over. Thanks heaps for everyone sending them in. I know some people aren’t fans of all of the articles that have been sent it, but they create discussion points.

    Also, this is a bit of down time for us with regards to the site. It has been a massive pre-season and we don’t just want to be churning out the same bullshit that we generally do – considering there’s still 25 days until lockout! The next few weeks will heat up again, don’t worry about that!

    I love the term sellout (as a massive music fan). We’ve put 5 years into this site, with little reward and we are getting some now. If you’re disappointed, good on you. I’m sure if you were offered an opportunity like this you’d be keen to take it!

    • Also… the video will continue (most likely fortnightly like last year… with a live show every 2nd week). We will keep stuff fresh on the site, and most regular features will continue, don’t worry about that!

      Like I said, there’s still 25 days until lockout…

      • Not to sound like a suck… but as I said at the start of the post. Thanks for the effort you guys put in!! it is appreciated and hats off to you for the recognition you are now getting.

        Like everything in this world some people will always consider the glass to be half empty.

        Keep up the good work.

        Insider
        Out!

      • glad to hear that most things will be kept the same on here. I,ve only known about DTtalk for 8 to 9 months and have become extremely fond of this website and wish that i had discovered it and dreamteam years earlier. Also will the live chat every weekend still be on here?

        • not similar champ… the same, same old boring shit as years before ha ha
          The chats and stuff like that will always keep happening

    • It’s good to know our kids futures are in such good hands. I’m teaching in China so the kids here have their futures in fumbly hands

  • just out of curiosty how many leagues r people in im in 2 leagues Dt Talk Sa 579984 and a friends league do u guys think 5 leagues is 2 much

    • i am in 5, but the one with my mates and the one with some dt talk guys will probably be the only one i care about.

  • Hello… My name is Calvin and I write Calvin’s Captains, and will always write it. There will be Calvin’s Captains in here and it will also be featured in the Assistant Coach part in mega/extreme detail. If you haven’t already, for 83c a week… during the season ($20 for the season) you can subscribe and check it out along with all the other good shit we are putting in there.

    In here… it will have my top 5 based on the hours of study I will do, you’re just going to have to take my word for it. As it is exclusive to them, I write it for them on Wednesday morning and then it will go up in here on Wednesday night as normal. We negotiated this with them as a part of the argreement as DT Talk will always have CC’s. It wont be as detailed cause I wont have time to write it twice and unfortunately I can’t cut and paste it across… bugger!

    I will still write an article, it will still be bloody good. Course it will… it will still have the hours of study, just shorter and sharper!

    Oh and thanks to those who have helped with articles keeping the site ticking over with content. We will be back doing ‘our’ articles as usuall shortly and ‘Chook’ will play more of a role in 2011 too with his rookie advice. For those new comers… Chook is one of our best mates who lives down the road and was basically a main creator of DT Talk.

    • Good on ya boys. Getting what you guys deserve. (as long as CC is still on the site ;) )

      • thanks harry – still be here mate
        I love doing it to piss off everyone when I give shit captain advice!
        I did have a good year last year… and will do better in 2011

  • and… i’m cheering my arse off for my GC boys tonight
    Paying $5’s to win – all over it

  • I,m on board with the Assistant Coach idea, $20 is stuff all when it comes to anything footy/DT

    Wandering if its too rude to ask for any spare spots in supercoach leagues that Dteamers may have?

  • so do the DT Talk boys do the articles on the Assistant Coach?

    • ha ha yeah we do, where have you been? ha ha
      under the articles it will say our names… don’t think it has our nicknames though, but they are fixing that they said.

      • haha yeah mate late start to my pre season :)
        great job, to get that gig. Moving up in the world