Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 21

With the first round of finals starting you have certainly come to the right place to get your captains advice. Why not turn to the best when you need a ripping captain? To show you that you are in safe hands this week, check out my work from last week…

Dane Swan = 155pts
Joel Selwood = 135pts
Dean Cox = 57pts
Stevie Johnson = 146pts
Nick Dal Santo = 115pts
Marc Murphy = 87pts

Not bad hey? Cox and Marc let me down but if you listened you would have just gone with Swan or Selwood… right? Anyway, let’s get moving and have a look at what we have this week.

118 or 104?

What will he score? In his career against the Crows, Joel Selwood has scored…  118, 104, 104, 118 and 118. Amazing hey? Joel has been in ripping form over the last 2 weeks with scores of 135 and 178. He has only been playing the ‘bunnies’ of the competition though, but what would you class Adelaide as? He averages 113 at AAMI in his last 3 games and after averaging 140 in his last 3 this year he must be in our calculations this week. So after all this, 118 or 104… I’m tipping him to score 125.

Hug A Swan

Why not?! Swan has been on fire with scores of 155 and 171 in the last 2 weeks and has scored 94, 162 and 137 in his last 3 games at Etihad. This week he plays the Saints and we have a few interesting things here we need to cover. Back in Rd. 11 when Swan played them last, he had just 19d for 84pts and saved that score with 4 cheap goals. It could have been much worse. That day he copped a tag from Dempster as Clinton Jones tagged Daisy Thomas who killed him for 122. In 2010, Swan averaged 130 on the Saints in 3 games and should be awesome this week despite that dirty 84 he had back when he was playing crap. The Saints have been restricting DT points from their opposition recently as they have given up just 11×100+ scores in the last 4 weeks. But it must be said that those teams were Freo, Suns, Adelaide and West Coast. So if you think Swan can shake the awesome tag of Dempster (pfftth) and continue his form this week… then you need to hug a Swan too.

But WAIT… “I hate having my captain play on Friday night, will he be ok?” Arggg good question my man… Swan has only played on the Friday night 3 times this year for scores of 116, 131 and 115. He’ll be fine. I bloody hope so anyway.

We All Love A Quicky

Pendlebury – Had 129 on the Saints already this year and has been in awesome form with a lowest score of 120 in his last 4 games this year.
Cox – Had his lowest score for the year last week (57) and is obviously playing hurt.
Stevie J – Will crash this week as he only had 66 on the Crows this year and has just 1×100+ on them in his career of 8 games. Never scored a ton at AAMI.
Redden – Plays the Suns and has had 8×100+ scores in his last 9 games this year but did have 64 on the Suns when they lost.
Marc – Had 87 on Melbourne last week and hates playing at Patersons despite averaging 112 on Freo in his last 3.
Boyd – Averages just 92 against the Bombers in his last 3 but did have 126 last week.
Ablett – Will he play? He only had 84 on the Lions when they won this year and has never scored a 100+ score at the GABBA from 7 games… Never ever!
Dal Santo – Scored 105 on the Pies this year with scores of 126, 112, 128 and 121 before that!
Judd – Averages 129 at Patersons in his last 3 and had 121 on the Dockers when they met this year.
Rockliff – Has a lowest score of just 117 in his last 3 at the GABBA this year and averages 122 in his last 3 but did only have 86 on the Suns in their last game.
Mitchell – Over his career has only scored 100+ on the Power 21% of the time (14 games). Did have 110 in his last though which was his only 100+ on them in his last 5. However, loves the MCG with a lowest score of just 110 there in his last 5 games.
Gibbs – Dockers are his favourite team over the last 2 years with scores of 112, 106, 140 and 142. He is averaging 120 in his last 3 games this year.
Twitter Town – @CalvinDT… Don’t forget to hook me up to chat DT and all things to do with captains in Twitter Town. Or maybe do what others do and abuse me when your #1 pick doesn’t get a kick or injured… all good.

There you go. Good luck for the first round of finals and I’ll see you next week when we’ll crunch the numbers again. Arrgggg.


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  • Wow what a week to have to settle on a captain. I can say for sure that come Sunday night there will be many tales of captain choices gone bad that have cost teams a win. Although ‘The Friday Night Curse’ is almost enough to scare any Coach off selecting either Swanny or Pendles they are an exception to the rule. Good luck with your selections cause I don’t care as I am not in a league with any of you so I hope all of you kill it this week. For the record, I will be going Swan and hope that Harf stays with Coxy again this week!

  • Solid recommendations Calvin. Nice work again.

  • I’ll be going goddard… lol jokes, i learnt my lesson. Swan it is.

  • Grrr bloody gut instinct again forcing me to go against the captain, but its Sammy for me. Surely he’ll tear port to shreds??

  • Hey guys, need to win qualifying finals, what are thought on mitchell on captain as a risk but is swan to good to go aganist?
    What are thoughts?

    • Has Swan done anything to suggest you remove him as your captain? No.

      He said himself that now is the time the Arizona treatment is going to do wonders.

      • no he hasn’t but the saints will be playing shutdown congested high stoppage footy imo where as sammy will be running around against a team labelled by their own coach as “boys playing men” last week and at home to boot. Will be a training drill for the hawks and Sammy should go bezerk!

  • Nahas anyone?

  • Swan, Pendlebury or Mitchell. My opponent has Swan and Boyd as obvious midfield options.
    Any advice welcome.

  • Spewing ablett set to play on gc website.

    • For my sake, i hope he plays haha. If Petrie, Smith and Sandi don’t play then my opponent only has lobbe in the ruck :) On another note, i want the FFA to stop frigging around so Kewell can going Melbourne Victory haha

      • Im staring down the barrel of no rucks is Smith and Cox dont play.

        There is a non preferred way out of it though which is good for overall, but poor for leagues.

  • Thinking about this is stressing me out. Need a strong drink. ;0

  • I was a bit surprised that the census didn’t have a question aksing if you preferred DT or SC!

  • Goodes as a smokey? Loves playing at the MCG, Richmond are shit and the Goodes Train is coming home strong.

  • What about Goodesy after last weeks points score and then loss?

  • Top read calvin and Swan for me. Quick question though- to strengthen my team should i trade lower to birchall or stefan martin or montagna to s.thompson. Leaning towards thompson . Please answer, thanks fellas

  • Gablett looks good to play, Worsfold says He’s pretty good to plaý(Coxy) :)

  • I don’t like the Friday night curse… has burnt me twice this year so will be going Redden as capt this week.

  • oh calvin you are so wrong about daisy killing jones… lyon released his tag after half time where he went nuts and broke the game open.. biiiiiiiig mistake as thomas did close to 0 in the first half.

  • thoughts bout buddy against port,86 against roos with only 3goals

  • MJ is doing well against the Sri Lankans.

  • Could go Swan / Pendles (safe option), Redden (Unique + against GCS) or Buddy (could kick a few against port + unique)

  • I think I might actually go Judd this week. Subi used to be his home ground, good history against Freo. Looks to be in some of his best DT form. Having said that, he’ll probably score 69 and not recover for weeks like the last time I made him captain.

  • Swan or Redden?

    • Swan to be vanilla, Redden for a unique and should be safe but the last few weeks he’s been showing signs of slowing down in the dt caper. If he doesn’t get much tackles, it could backfire.

  • Calvin, you may aswell keep Rockliff in the top 5 for the rest of the year and beyond 2012.

  • bring on finals!!!

    Swan (C)- gotta keep the captains armband on this man. form, history and his DT game atm is just too good to pass up

    Boyd (VC)- a very reliable dt player

  • I know this is the wrong place to ask, but I’d love an opinion. 4 trades left, 180k, what do you reckon about bringing in Barlow for someone like Sylvia?

    To make this post seem more relevant, I’m choosing between Swan and Mitchel.

    • Yes it is the wrong place to ask, however before even considering Barlow you should have all/most of ROK, Goodes, Pavlich and Fyfe. And as you appear to be wanting a midfielder you should also consider having Dal Santo, Thompson, Rockliff or Ablett.


    • A worthwhile possibility – but do you really want to risk it? I have him and Dal but am still going Swannie.

  • Cant help but think Sammy Mitchell against the Power at the G on SATURDAY.

  • How is Murphy’s form against Freo??

  • What is with the lack of love for Scotty Thompson? Not that you’d have him as captain, but surely he deserves a mention

    • I asked the boys this and the answer was his highs are high but his lows are low – and it’s true.

  • Im going Gibbs.

  • What about Hodge – playing Port is easily worth a ton

  • Hey Guys,

    Hope you’re all well. Except for the Colonel, the biggest c***head in DT. I don’t know why I hate you so much Colonel, I just do. Probably ’cause you’re a blow in and a know it all at the same time.

    This is my first post in aaaages, been so busy that last week I left Boyd on the ground!! And Mzungu was my forward line emg!

    Pretty embarrasing I know and killed any chance I had of finishing top 1000. Oh well.

    I could play safe this week but after last week’s debacle but I’m gonna go with Sam Mitchell as Captain.

    Oh and Colonel, be careful mate.

    Good luck all!


  • I’d choose Pendles Over Swan this week. Selwood is also mighty tempting.

  • help:

    who to trade out for cloke: or googes