Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 5

Gary Gone!

Talk about a double slap in the face! Firstly, Gaz scores 97 and then he is now set to miss the 1-3 weeks with that knee injury. Personally, I believe it will only be one week, 2 at the max and therefore trading him is pointless. But, as predicted, Raines did get the better of him though, but with so many going Ablett last week after his 162 against the Bombers… the 97pts as captain was shared by many Dream Team coaches but for me it proved how on the ball I am with my shit!

Some people have been saying to me on Twitter (@CalvinDT to join the fun)… “Ablett is my lock in captain every week…” well, just when I thought I’d be laughing at these people this week… we have a LOOP HOLE and this means ha ha, for the people who are happy with their VC score… they will actually be having Ablett captain again ha ha – I LOVE IT!! Lock in captain alright!

LOOP HOLE – Partial Lock-Out

Ok stay with me, especially you simple ones… This is how it works!

Today (Collingwood Vs Essendon) we can have a crack at the Loop Hole. Simply… put your VC on someone you like from this game and if you like their score, place your ‘C’ on a player NOT playing (Ablett). This will score you a 0 and the score from the VC is doubled and stays. Make sure you have also selected an Emergency in this position so their score replaces the 0 as well.  If you don’t like the score from you VC from today, then place your ‘C’ on another one of your superstars as you normally would. Easy hey!

Dane Swan is BACK! Swanny had a very solid 134 last week and looked awesome. So far this year he has only averaged 109 at the MCG, which is up already from his 2011 average. Last time Swanny played the Bombers was in Rd. 19 last year where he had a massive 171pts with 45d and 10m. Before that in the Rd. 3 ANZAC Day clash he had just 104. Swanny averages 130 on the Bombers in his last 3 and is a great option for the Vice Captaincy job this week.

Jobe Watson doesn’t look as good here with an average of 97 in his last 3 against the Pies and an average of 80 in his last 3 at the MCG. He had 105 last time he went against them with 27d, 8m. He posted 101 in the ANZAC Game last year and should be overlooked unless you don’t have anyone else.

Brent Stanton … somebody call 911, is on FIRE (NBA Jam). Stanton had a mammoth 175pts last week with 36d and 17m to average 128 in his last 3 games this year. Last time he played Collingwood he had 155pts from just 28d… but with 11 marks and 14 tackles (bloody hell). The dude is a DT god. Stanton has a pretty good record at ANZAC Day matches too. Back in 2010, he racked up a game high 139pts only to be ripped off by Pendlebury for the medal who only had 97 that day… top DT scorer gets the medal in my book! Stanton is the ultimate VC this week and whether he scores 70 or 170, he will most likely make the decision easy for you as to if you will need to name Gaz as the ‘C’ or not.

Scott Pendlebury loves ANZAC Day matches and has the last 2 medals to prove it. In 2011, he scored a big 166 (34d) and in 2010 that 97 (29d) as previously mentioned. Add to that… the last time he played these guys (Rd. 19, 2011) he had a huge 141 (32d, 10t, 3g). He averages an amazing 147 on them in his last 3 and carries an average of 105 over the same period at the MCG this year. It’s a toss of the coin between him and Stants for me… but it’s the single fact that Pendles walked around at training on Monday with his leg strapped is what is worrying me. If he is slightly injured… a 4 day turnaround isn’t ideal. With that said… it is ANZAC Day and this gun should be digging deeper than ever.

VC Sucked? – Loop it up! Get Another Captain

So if your VC fails and scores less than 120 (is my cut off) it’s time to look at one of these lads.

Brendon Goddard plays the Demons… and he loves playing the Demons! With previous scores of 122, 122, 107, 132, 116 and 108 on them… look out for a big one from him. He doesn’t usually post good numbers at the MCG though after averaging just 80 from his 6 games there in 2011. With that said, he will rip Melbourne to pieces and score very well.

Joel Selwood plays the Lions at the GABBA and after what Raines did to Ablett… you’d be a gutsy dude to be going with him. To prove it, last time he played them Raines tagged Selwood to just 70pts, and that was at the GABBA. Gotta be a pass sorry Joel.

Sam Mitchell averaged 127 at Aurora last year with a lowest score of just 119 during that time. He loves it there and meets the Swans who are flying nicely at the moment. Sam hasn’t scored over 100+ on Sydney in his last 3 games against them. But he is averaging 113 in his last 3 this year so he should be ok on his favourite track.

Marc Murphy is another good option. He has scored 3×100+ scores on the Dockers in his last 4 games against them and is on fire with an average of 123 in his last 3 games this year. He is a sure thing to pump out another solid score again this week.

Matthew Boyd I like a lot this week. He is playing GWS – need I say anymore? But I will anyway. Last year against the Suns (comparison side) he scored 136 and 125 and will be out to have a better day than the 84 Magner tagged him too last week. I’m not sure why two members of Team Calvinator are doing that to each other, but I’ve spoken to them both and Boydy said he’ll make up for it this week at Manuka Oval where he has averaged 112 in his last 3 outings there. Boydy does have the tendency of having low scores from time to time but bounces back well. In 2011 he had scores of 70, 85 and 89 but followed up his next game with 136, 120 and 134. A big score on the cards if you need him I reckon.

We’ll there you have it. Relax, the hard work has been done for you. Pick a VC and then assess the mess and go from there. Personally… I will be picking from the order on my list. Swanny will take the VC (with Ablett the ‘C’) and then I’ll be switching to Boyd if Swan scores <120.

Have a great ANZAC Day everyone!

Twitter follow: @CalvinDT … for the best advice you’ll ever get from an Irish Pirate.



    • Congratulations mate!! Awesome effort. I bet you get all the Chicks and hang out with the popular kids at school.

      • You just replied to yourself… Wierd

      • lol u r congratulating yourself well done
        i was first in ABLETT THEORY last night

      • Thanks mate, I appreciate the support, and yes ever since i’ve racked up a couple of FIRSSSTS! i have been dominating with the chicks, and i do hang out with the popular kids @ school. I Also sit on the Back seat in the middle on the bus route.

        • No worries mate you deserve it. I suppose you’ve earnt all those perks with ur uncanny ability to acheive Firsts. You Truly are THE MAN!!!!!

    • alright this is to confusing i think i’ll just watch the anzac day match 2006 pretty good game. Anyway great article always to you calvo for my captain.

    • can we reserve our trades after partial lockout? PLEASE ANSWER

  • BOYD!!!

  • pendles vice
    boyd captain

  • Pendles VC, Boyd back up C

    Great work Calvin

  • how many people Are keeping ablett?


  • I still cant my head around GAJ not being number 1!!!! :)

  • are you still able to change your emergencies after partial lockout? (sorry i couldn’t remember so i’m double checking)

    • As long as they are not Pies or Bombers players. And just remember you can’t reverse any trades after lockout today. If you have been playing around with trades make sure you reset.

  • Good analysis Calvin. Once again it will be Boyd for me – you would think against the Suns he should kill it.

  • So just a clarification, will the loophole work if I put the C on Ablett with the VC on Pendles, then if I don’t like Pendles’ score, can I then trade out Ablett for say Murphy or Mitchell, and put the C on him?

    • why not keep ablett and have an amergency set and put the ‘C’ on one of your other gun midfielders?

  • thoughts on trading ablett to murphy?

  • Hey Calvin and everyone else :)
    Just wondering if there are any other ways to access the projected price rises and BE’s for the whole season besides the Assistant Coach?

  • Guys – dumb question but if I use the loophole on Pendles and he pulls out today what happens then?

    • you put the ‘c’ on someone who is playing then pick someone then put an ‘E’ only pies and essendon players are locked in

    • Or you check the final teams 90mins before the game to make sure he is playing.

  • Guys – dumb question but if I use the loophole on Pendles and he pulls out today what happens then?

  • Gone for the sidey loophole (Out of him and heppel)
    Got marc murphy to back sidey up if for some strange reason he dosent pump out 150!!!!
    (in which case marc will!!!)
    Resting abalett(!!!!) on my bench for a week or two. Whats the point of wasting 2 trades for an extra 50 points a rd for 2 rds.

  • I’m using the loophole with Jobe and have marc murphy as captain at to start. If I have ablett on the field (to change to captain if I like jobes score) and seedsman as emergency will this work?

  • Calvin, you don’t have Pendles?

  • Since i’m trading Ablett out… Should i try the loophole with Dickson, Smedts or Stephenson? Or should i just go outright capt on Pendles/Stanton?

    Surely one of these is gonna miss a game… right?

    • You don’t have to do anything until later in the week, it’s only a partial lockout. Stick the V on someone, then see how it goes.

      • It’s not as simple as that. I need to know now if there is any chance of Smedts, Dickson and Stephenson playing… Because if they ARE playing… Then I need to go Stants as my outright Capt…. Because if he remains my VC and all those guys play… Then I have zero chance of getting his score. Then I’ll have to go the likes of Murphy or Goddard.

  • VC on Pendles 4 me, C on Ablett
    Boyd to get C if Pendles scores are no good

    Loving DT so far this year,
    Ranked 4038 and I have 352,800 in Bank.

  • Is Stanton going to keep this up? He was never even remotely on my radar.

    • He was on my radar. Second player picked in my team before Rd 1 (after Carrazzo). He had an average of 107 last year and had a huge second half of the year. He is an awesome DTer.

  • Nice hat Calv!

    Lest we forget.

  • Slightly irrelevant but what are peoples thoughts on A. Swallow thinking about trading him for Ziebell or Barlow. (Also I’ve only done 2 trades this year)???

  • I love you Calvin.
    especially for the bit where you said ‘Ok stay with me, especially you simple ones…’
    I appreciate the kind gesture!! :-D

    Gonna take your advice.
    Stanton VC/Ablett C. Magner E
    Boydy C.

  • Hopefully pendles, watto and Clarke pull out massive scores. Hoping for 320 from those 3 guys.

  • Don’t have Stanton, Pendles or Swan and am trying to decide between putting the VC on Watson or Cloke. I’m thinking whilst Watson is more likely to score higher than Cloke, Cloke is more likely to score an acceptable captains knock. You want a VC to score either 90 or 130, anything in the middle makes your decision to use the loop hole a bit harder. So yep, Cloke it is. Thanks for the help.

  • For anyone with a massive set of balls, Gibbs is averaging 127 on Freo in his last 5 games with a low of 106. Just saying.

    • i have gaj, pendels, rockliffe, selwood and gibbs. pendels – sore leg, rockliffe – too up and down this year, selwood at gabba against raines. so im going for gibbs. due for a big one, and as u said, loves the easy kicks on the big ps.

  • Not sure if its just me but does anyone else get a bit nervous about chasing the loophole captain??
    Can see one of the other midfielders being a late withdrawl and having to cop a donut in the process!!!

    • no, its not just you. with all the recent late withdrawals, it is a risky strategy. too risky for me.

  • goin with swan vc and boyd backup c

    oops!…. didn’t I put it on pendles…..


    great article as always calvin but I undersand your top 5 is your preferentials and choosing any of them will be good.

    foe example last week went with swanny capt and paid off thanks to calvin with his informationand even though he wasn’t no 1 on calvins list he was on mine!

    this week vc on swanny cause everyones had a very short break and the pressure is gonna drop off a bit so swanny will rack, plus the possibility of pendles a bit sore.

    have a good Anzaxc day everyone!

  • If i dont have ablett whos the best choice to C this week with swan as VC

    Darley, Cameron, Big O, Redden or Greene

    Any help would be great :D

    • Any bar a colingwood or essendon player. It doesn’t matter until friday lock out.

    • Just change the c as appropriate when teams announced Thursday.only bombers and pies players are locked in

  • Boydy burnt me big time rnd 4, but will give him another go against GWS.

    Putting the VC on Pendles but probably pointless as I reckon all my mids will be playing.

  • Stanton VC with Goddard as backup for mine.

    Geez I’ve been happy with Stanto so far this year. Loves the cheap +6 and kicks the odd goal.

    If the pies let him get away with what he did last week his fitness could see another massive score this week.


  • It would be good if the team lay out had which team each persson was playing next.

    • It does, click on the “Team Stats” button. Will adjust setup a bit but has next opponent.

  • Is there any chance Goddard will get the magnet tag??

  • I’m wondering if Callan Ward would be a good captain this week? The only other two i’ve got that could get a captains score are Goddard or Scotty Thompson.

  • One of Ellis or Morris will get a ton this week.


  • anyone know why pendelburys leg was strapped and he only walked around at training?

  • What is everyone thoughts on Thommo (if swanny doesn’t kill it)?
    From recollection 141 against Port last time…I know he’s not flying but given port elected not to tag last week (instead having extra on baller) might have a biggy.

    Also just to confirm…
    I see people are concerned re late withdrawal of another mid fielder – cant we just select 2 emergencies on that line and that should cover GAJ (for example) and another as you get the second emergency score on same line as well? (haven’t worded well but hopefully it makes sense!)


    • Yes mate that makes sense, but you are then doing that at the expense of having emergency cover on the other line (eg def/fwd)……….so could burn you anywhere.
      Not to mention that if there is no late withdrawl you will be stuck with the lowest scoring of those 2 emergencies (on the same line), could cost you 30 pts which still stuffs up the advantage of the loophole.

      • Awesome. Thanks for the reply Blueboy. Good point. In that case hopefully the teams on thursday reflect game day so I can make the required adjustment prior to full lockout! Ross Lyon I’m looking at you! :)

  • i didnt quite get how the loophole works. (even reading calvins explanaion) so can some one please explain it very slowly? thanks very much :)

    • Read it again and if you still don’t get it I would suggest you need not worry

    • And if you reach such stage and are still worried then maybe ask your folks

    • Why don’t you ask a more specific question and give us who you might like to use. It’s all about the game on today. Everyone else can be changed or traded after today except for Collingwood and Essendon players.

    • just put your vc on a coll or ess player and worry from there….

  • Come on you bombers!

  • Going with Sidebottom VC (dont have any other Collingwood/Essendon players) and if he fails, captain Boyd to the rescue!