Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 2

Welcome back to the world greatest Dream Team captain advice with me, Calvin, the Irish pirate. Last week we ALL should have had great captains, it was an easy week as the ‘Loop Hole’ gave us a double chance!

Last Weeks Top 5

Dane Swan – 137
Leigh Montagna – 99
Matthew Boyd – 85
Jimmy Bartel – 113
Scot Pendlebury – 116

There is my top 5 for last week – not overly impressive, but if you throw Gibbs’ 147 in there, then it looks a little better.

The Loop Hole

For those who listened and went Gibbs (147) were laughing their faces off on Thursday night only to then ask themself…. “Can Swanny catch it?” He gave it a bloody good crack!!
Swan didn’t reach it though but did have a decent run at it for his 137, proving the ‘Loop Hole’ works so be ready for another one in round 5!

Welcome Back Ablett

Ah, it’s just not Calvin’s Captains without Gary Ablett, but this week he will find it tough. He hates the GABBA! Did you know that Ablett hasn’t scored over 100 there… ever! Crazy stuff Gazza. And that goes with the 95 next to his name last time he played them. Might be a rough opening round for Gary!

Marc My Words

Cool heading hey! Marc Murphy will kill the Suns this week, badly! He had 127 last week and loves playing at the GABBA where he had 109 in his last game there in 2010. With an average of 101 there in his last 3. Marc my words… he will kill them!!

“I just pick Swan every week”

Do you really Mr. Boring, you greedy man. I do not blame you. I really don’t. I’m picking Dane Swan every week too when I think he’ll be the round’s best scorer. But this week might be a little different although he will still score 125+! He scored 123 and 117 on the Roos in his last 2 games and had 137 at Etihad last week, where his form as been amazing. He’s a great pick and will be every week.

A Few Good Options

This week we have a few good options to think about. Cox had 142 last week and plays Port this week. Cox has 4×100+ games against them in his last 5 and should be good again. Bartel has 136 in his last game against Freo and with them being his favourite team over his career, he’s worth a look too. Goddard had massive scores against the Tigers last year where he averaged 34dand 9m a game. Totally a huge 140 and 138 in 2010, it’s safe to say that he has his hand up this week for the job as your captain.

#1 Pick for This Week

Be unique and pick Leigh Montagna – yep, not Swan! Ow I bet that has thrown you off, but listen! Seriously listen to me…  In Montagna’s last 2 games against the Tigers he has had 139 and 146 (both in 2010). Despite only getting 99 last week, he averaged 130 at the MCG last year and will tear the Tigers to bits.  In the Carlton/Richmond game last week, look who top scored for the Blues… Gibbs 147, Simpson 131, Marc 127, Robinson 118, Carrazzo 110 and even Curnow the rookie had 107. ALL MIDFIELDERS! Judd had 90+ but was tagged by Jackson who will most likely go to Dal Santo, Goddard or Hayes… Look out cause Montagna will go off this week!

Call me gutsy, or call me stupid…just don’t call me late for dinner (boom tish). But dream team is an addition and a game – have fun with it and go against the flow, especially when you have a hunch!  So this week, I’m on Montagna! Good luck and we’ll see you all back in here next week for Calvin’s Captains.

My personally captain average is 147 after going Gibbs last week!


  • Warning Warning —- If your thinking about making GODDARD captain…

    WEATHER – FRIDAY — LATE SHOWER OR TWO…. (showers developing during the evening)

    • Yeah we all know how the saints hate wet weather games that keep the ball in close!

  • Hey guys,

    i currently have heppell on the bench in my midfield as i brough in so gc players for this week and goodes in my midfield. thinking bout moving goodes forward with one of dpp rookies and puting matera on the bench so heppel can play…. basically tossing up between matera and heppell and recommendations??

  • heidi montag this week!

  • if you have chris judd how can you look past him as captain for your team up against gold coast ? i reckon he will top score this weekend. i also reckon matera stanley harris and d swallow are must haves on the field i reckon they are going to outscore the likes of richardson,darling,tapscot,heppel,libba and thoughs guys.

  • Im staying safe and going with Swan. Just wondering everyones thoughts on K.Hunt? How do we think he will preform DT wise? I didnt think he was worth the price.

    • Hunt is playing at full back and will be lucky to get 10.

    • Sportingbet are paying $1.90 for Hunt to get +/- 9 disposals for the match, if that’s any indication of what the market thinks.

    • I really dont know why the AFL world wants him to fail. The better he is the more league players will come across (only the best ones), leaving the NRL with the rest. AFL as a code gets stronger the better Hunt and Folau go.

      Anyways, I dont think Hunt will be judged on how many possessions he gets, but more how many the player he is matched up with gets…..that could be the scary part.

      My prediction – 2 kicks, 8 handballs, 6 tackles, 1 mark. It’s the free kicks against column that concerns me.

      • I agree with the gherkin, the better he plays the better it is for the AFL. I wish the Inglis signed with an AFL club. I think Hut will have more kicks then handballs, and probably give away a few free’s.

      • Or the goals against. Jay Shultz kicked four. If he get’s Betts… Oh dear.

  • Dane Swan Who?

    I decided on monts yesterday!

  • Captain Gibbs anyone?

  • Goddard, Swan or Gibbs as Captain ?? AHHH

  • I’m comporomising putting montagna as VC.

  • You don’t want to be changing your captain every week. Swan is a nice safe option that will get you a 125 captain average throughout the entire year. Sure Rounds 7 and 13 you’ll need someone else…..but you should have plenty of solid options. You could use the loophole in Rounds 5/6. But I can only see it possibley working well in Rd5 when the Saints play (so plenty of great captain options there).

    I’m sorry but not having the C on Swan is foolish if you’re going for the overall thing

    • Swan might average higher, but was only the highest scoring player about four or five times last year.

      Choosing an alternate captain is about playing the odds. You know that Swan will average 125… but you know that the highest weekly score will average at least 140. Calvin’s research can help narrow the odds in picking the right player and if (like most of us) you’re taking it seriously then you’d do your own research as well.

      Picking Swan as captain every week is boring. You’ll do well, certainly, but you could always do better. Looking for an edge and taking a gamble isn’t foolish if you place the right bets.

  • im going to chose between gibbs and murphy.
    who is more likely to score one of those insane scores ?

  • How bout Simpson? He seems to always go under the rader. Believe he scored more then Murphy last week anyways.

  • guys,just after some thoughts on dale thomas,took a punt and had a decent 1st round,is he too risky to persist with especially at his price.

    • only get rid of him if he is your worst player on the field, otherwise you are wasteing a trade.

  • Should I go with my head,(Swan) or go with my gut? (Goddard)

  • HELP!! I’m stuck.. who do I play?

    Bruce / Adcock / Duigan / Stanley / Lower – pick ONLY 2

    Irons / Liba / Swallow / Harris / Bewick – pick ONLY 2

    Jolly / Jamar / Fraser / Smith

    Gamble / Richardson / Darling / Matera / Dixon – pick ONLY 3

    Greatly appreciated fellow dreamteamers! Good luck!

    • Backs-Bruce, Lower
      Mids-I’d say Irons, Harris but tough to tell
      Rucks-Jolly, Fraser
      Fwds-Rich, Darling, Matera

  • Swan is making it hard for me tbh. I know I said he should be your captain option if you have him and saying you shouldn’t take the risk….but looking long and hard at the stats V NM, It seems more like a risk to take Swanny over Goddard. In Goddard’s last 27 games he has only had 1 score below 96. I don’t even think the Great Dane has done anything like that. What’s the worst that can happen if Swan/Goddard have a bad game? A a score of 100 for Swan and a mid 90’s score for Goddard. I can’t see Goddard getting anything higher than 120. But Goddard could go 140 easily!

    I will probaley go Goddard over Swan because I think there is less risk tbh. I’m not a fan of Montagna or Bartel as captain. They always seem to burn me when they get the big C

    • * I can’t see SWAN getting anything higher than 120

      • The ultimate backfire. I can’t see Swanny getting anywhere near 120 also, how’s 162? ;)

      • How stupid can you look in hindsight. Lol. I had gibbs in rd 1 and swan in rd 2 like a lot of pple i suppose. They were both the highest score for the entire round.

  • No Selwood, Jimmy B will take up the challenge and be top scorer for the round, you beauty!

  • Montaga….thank god I put the C on Goddard……mind you he is going pretty average considering they are playing richmond


  • SWANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who would ever doubt him!

  • Hey Guys, long time follower first time poster.. Just wondering where we can send our hate mail to our pirate mate for telling us not to be boring and pick montagna this week for a change?

  • Calvin’s Captains has been made redundant by the legend that is Captain Swanny!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • so how did Montagna work out for u Calv and all the other muppets that took this advice?

    If you arent going with Swan as your captain then your giving your opponent a decent head start before the games even start!

    • I went swan, however going for a unique captain that pays off gives you an actuall advantage against most pple who went swan. However if u go swan and he pays off it doesn’t give u an advantage just gives u the same as everyone. That is the reason pple chose C’s other than swan. Boyd this week is a massive option against the GC. You would think he would score 120+ whereas Swan is due for a fall(by his standards 100) as he clearly wont keep up his average of 140 for ever. This week against carlton will be a bit harder for him and hopefully without jinxing him i would expect 120 from boyd minimum. Hopefully he actually tackles this week instead of just trying to selfishly get the ball himself and not play any kind of defensive role for his team. Swan’s tackling is what realy gets him up there DT wise.