Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 18

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Giant Dilemma?

Throughout the year, the GWS have been one of the hardest teams to read. Each week they use multiple tags which makes it difficult to predict what outcome lies ahead for our premium guns. Last week, Essendon found this to be very true as their star players in Goddard (83) and Stanton (80) severely struggled on a day when the GWS only allowed the Bombers 3×100+ scores. But then 2 weeks ago when they played Sydney, McVeigh (132), Malceski (125), Kennedy (107) and ROK (102) were all among the 7 players to reach the 100+ mark. They are really tough to read.

This week they play Collingwood… so what lies ahead for our guns this week on the MCG? Last year when these teams met Scott Pendlebury whipped up a solid 114 (33d) even with a tag from Treloar. Pendles has been in pretty hot form too. His score of 109 last week was his lowest score in his last 6 games this year. He is still averaging 132 in his last 3 and averages 125 in his last 5 at the MCG. Dane Swan killed these guys in Rd. 18, 2011 as he kicked a lazy bag of 5 goals from 37d (159pts). He had 130 last week and has previous scores of 106, 163 and 130 in his last 3 runs at the MCG. Are you chasing Dayne Beams this week at the price of near $600,000? Yeah do it! Why not if you can! He had 134 last week and posted 113 on the Giants last year to be one of the 7 guys to crack a ton that in their 120pt win. In that game, the Giants sent taggers to… Pendlebury (Treloar), Shaw (Palmer) and Maxwell (Townsend). Amazingly thing here is, two of these tags were on defenders. I honestly think that this could happen again, but maybe to the likes of Harry O’Brien or lesser mids like Steele.

At the end of the day… the numbers that these guys posted last year are great. The fact that this game is at the MCG… after a poor loss last week should see that these boys will be in ‘monster mode’. Watch out…. They could be massive with GIGANTIC scores (boom tish)

Killer Carrotscarrots

Unless you have been living under a rock… Gary Ablett scored a massive 163pts last week with 49d against the Pies. Don’t worry I know this is true… people told me. His lowest score is just 106 in his last 9 games this year and the man is simply on fire with an average of 126 in his last 5 games of 2013. BUT… Andrew Carrazzo slaughters him! This is a fact! Since Gaz joined the Suns, Carrz has certainly had his measure holding him to 23d (89pts) in 2012, his worst disposal output for the year. Add to that the 96pts (23d) he held him to in 2011 and you now surely get my point… unless you are still blinded by his 163 from last week (I don’t blame you ha ha). Over the last 3 weeks, Carlton have elected for their main tagger to be Ed Curnow though, allowing Carrazzo to run free. This can not be the case this week as Carrazzo’s record against the great man speaks for itself. Over the last 2 weeks, Carlton have only given up 3×100+ scores to their opposition and when you add to that the fact that they are one of Gaz’s worst teams to score on since joining the Suns… you can see my concern. However, It’s still Ablett… you can’t go wrong by picking him…. Or can you? I’m just passing on the research and although he should be pretty solid… you have also been warned.

Just Quickly

Matthew Priddis Vs Bulldogs – scored 124 on the Dogs in Rd. 6 and has averaged 107 in his last 5 this year with a nice 116 in Rd. 17. Nice roughie.
Brent Stanton Vs Hawthorn – 80 last week but carries scores of 107, 126, 103 and 103 before that, had just 62 on the Hawks last year… and 119 and 127 before that. Mixed bag!
Trent Cotchin Vs Sydney – Back in form with 144 last week to average 120 in his last 3 this year. 96 and 101 on Sydney in his last 2 but might be tougher at the SCG despite his form.
Drew Petrie Vs Melbourne – Only had 77 and 60 on Melbourne in his last 2 but has scored 112, 91, 90 and 97 in his last 4 this year. Will crack 100+ for shizzle this week.
Joel Selwood Vs St Kilda – In some crazy form with scores of 133, 126 and 128 in his last 3 this year. Only had 67 on them last year but should be better at Simonds with some hot form.
Michael Barlow Vs Adelaide – Only scored 106 and 102 in his last 2 games this year. Had 118 on Adelaide just 8 weeks ago and after Joel had 133 on them last week, he’ll be great at Patersons!
Andrew Swallow Vs Melbourne – His form has been terrible with an average of 76 in his last 3 with only 1×100 score in his last 6. BUT… he did have 160 on the Demons last year!
Steve Johnson Vs St Kilda – Although he had a huge 156 before being suspended (again) he hasn’t scored over 100+ on St Kilda in his last 5 games against them.
Ryan O’Keefe Vs Richmond – ROKstar had an injured 79 (then vested) last week and only 78 on the Tigers last year. Will be better but at too much of a risk. Dam!



Who will you have as your captain for Round 18?

  • Dane Swan (63%, 1,550 Votes)
  • Scott Pendlebury (5%, 126 Votes)
  • Gary Ablett (22%, 544 Votes)
  • Michael Barlow (3%, 69 Votes)
  • Andrew Swallow (2%, 42 Votes)
  • Joel Selwood (2%, 37 Votes)
  • Someone Else (3%, 85 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,452

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  • Great arrrrticle captain!
    Tough one to pick this week, will probably go for swanny but Gablett is tempting…

  • Cheers Calvin, great article!!!!
    I’m going swanny this week as I have all year

  • Looks to be quite kind on Swallow. I’d back a couple of his team-mates to outscore him, but you could put Glass as #5 because the top 4 are pretty much set in stone.

  • Great work Calvin. Tough week this one, cant believe I’m considering not captaining Gaz after a 163. Madness

  • I like the guy at number 4 Michael Barlow had 118 against this weeks opponent in terrible conditions, last 5 games at patersons have being 149,118,115,124, 111 and 102. Swan/ gaz are safer options but barlow would be my pick.

    • I always want to pick Barlow because he’s so consistent, but every week there’s someone with the potential to go just a bit bigger than him.

      • Yea he very much is like pendlebury safe, but as we have seen if u sway away from gaz or swanny they tend to go huge which is a problem.

    • Who would you say out of barlow and swany also who’s safer

      • Definitely barlow just keeps scoring 100’s, with swan buckley could play him in the forward line from time to time which can affect his scoring. So barlow is safer i say.

        • I’m thinking barlow buts there always this thing saying go swany because he’s versing gws.

          • Swan is an excellent choice had 159 last yr against them so he’ll do great again, but GWS are stingy dt wise.

          • You are very right, you now convinced me to go barlow

          • Stick with ur gut feeling/ first feeling. If think swan will go big or score well pick him.

          • Nah I’m going barlow I’ve always like him as a player
            Btw is that your caption

  • was going to trade out one of sam mitchell or andrew swallow this week and had decided to trade out swallow but seeing him in top 5, should i keep him ahead of mitchell?

    • Yeah, your assessment of Swallow’s current form is the problem. You think he’s going bad, but you’ve forgotten that he scored 160 on Melbourne – a year ago.

      It’s not like Calvin was smoking some tasty shit before he put Swallow in his top 5, or anything. Not like Jelwood, Beams, or Cotchin would have been more deserving

  • nice work Calvin. talked me out of jelwood, Steviej and cotchin in my uf league. I know he will just be back from injury, but thoughts on scooter vs bull dogs?

  • DEF: Goddard, Heppel, Enright, Gibbs, Terlich, Clisby (Hanley, Docherty)

    MID: Swan, Ablett, Pendlebury, Jack, Thompson, S. Mitchell, Fyfe, T. Mitchell (Arnot, Grigg)

    RUC: Cox, Kreuzer (O’hAilpin, Grimley)

    FWD: Riewoldt, Rockliff, Lewis, Cloke, Buddy, Lee (Bartel, Daniher)

    So far I’ve gone O’hAilpin > Naismith, and am now looking to do an upgrade.

    Should I get rid of thomo or spuddy? Don’t ask me why I have Thompson, this is my first year of dt and he was just a bad pick. I have enough for Barlow if I trade out thomo and enough for sj or dusty if I trade out buddy.

    Will also consider other suggestions. Cheers

    • OMG u don’t have barlow get him right now he’s a legend DT pick

    • First off the rack you need to get Steve J from Buddy!!! Thompson will out score buddy with his injuries. If you have enough you could do s.mitchell to Barlow as well but if not do that next week

      • Yeah ok thanks, I will first wait for the team sheets, to see if Thompson and/or Buddy plays!

        • And you reckon I should trade out S. Mitchell over Thompson? Ive already lost almost 200k from Thomo, and only got Mitchell in a couple of weeks ago, and he’s been in better form than Thomo. This week, my only option for Buddy is Martin, but if I trade Thomo out for Barlow this week, then I will have enough for Stevie next week, I think.

    • Although you still have Hanley!
      I recommend;
      Thompson/S.Mitchell-Barlow depending on if you had the cash.
      Then next week go;
      Buddy-Stevey J

      • I won’t have enough for an upgrade if I trade Hanley out this week, but I will seriously consider it. I can do a double down grade if I trade out Hanley, and then possibly have enough for Thompson>Barlow and Buddy>Martin/Stevie. Thanks heaps though!

    • This is Calvin’s Captains, not trade talk. How about showing a little respect.

    • thoughts on going Thompson to Cotchin/Priddis/Dustin Martin or any others? That way, next week I can do a down grade, and then get Stevie J for Buddy. Then the week after, I will do another downgrade, and go from S. Mitchell to Barlow. Thoughts?

  • There’s 2 things I’ve learnt thus year:
    1. Never doubt Gazza, he can do anything.

    2. When I captain someone based on history and fixture, it doesn’t usually pay off. Dustin Martin I’m looking at you… and who I would of captained goes big, like Griffen V Melbourne instead of Swan(163).

  • Oh and another great article from the pirate.

  • great arrrrrrticle pirate! love it! but ill go with pendles :)

  • Great article pirate but I’m going Barlow

  • Who should I get for bartel from mids.(I am doing Bartel out, Stevie J to forward) I can get anyone but Beams! I already have Gaz, Swan, Pendles, Barlow, Okeefe, Priddis, Omeara.

  • is it worth going jelwood or montagna when i have dwan gablett and pendles, i’d really like a POD

  • Should I keep Mathew stokes in my dream team

  • DEF: Goddard, Malceski, Gibbs, H Taylor, ibbo, brown (clibsy, frost)
    MID: swan, ablett, pendle, barlow, jack, heppel, cotchin, Mitchell ( carter, hunter)
    RUCK: Cox, Kruezer ( clegar, Naismith)
    FWD: roughhead, Jkennedy, stokes, Martin, rockcliff, Steve J ( o’brien, Cameron)

    Should I keep stokes?

    • Definitely he probably the best in your team consistent wise. You have much bigger things to do

    • I would keep stokes atm, but ditch him if he doesnt improve soon. IMO I would get rid of Brown, DPP Heppel to defence, after you’ve traded him out, and pick up a midfielder, maybe Marc Murphy if you can afford him or even a consistent premium such as jelwood or montagna.

      • Yer but I can’t get him in mid because he isn’t a def/mid you know what I mean.

        • Hi Brad. I am pretty sure you can. Click trade on Brown, then it will allow you to move Heppel (who is a DPP) into defence, then the trade option will allow you to trade in a midfielder for Brown as discussed above. Good luck

  • I’m finding it hard to go past Barlow at Patersons, against Adelaide who give up big scores to midfielders.

    That said, Gaz & Swan have punished me every week I have strayed from their light.

  • #1 Captain, Prince of Cambridge

  • Should I keep k jack because he hasn’t been going gd lately
    Or should I trade jack out for Marc murphy please help

    • Thats a luxury trade and your judgement call.

      However if you think Murphy is coming back into good form, strike while the iron is hot.

      DOnt get upset if you get burnt, pretty much every decision is going to be like that.

      I’m almost happy Hanley and Goodes are out, means I wont be culling under performing premos, and feeling bad when they gun once I trade them.

  • Has anyone given the thought that Cloke could walk out there and and slot through 10?? Not a bad opposition team to play yourself into some form……

    • No don’t get close he ain’t a gd kick at goal goal riewoldt or dusty

    • He did it last year, didn’t he?

      • 6 goals, 0 behinds, 125 DT points. And he was going at 75 last year. Going at 95 this year.

        I think he’s a nice roughie actually. Thanks for the idea!

  • I’m very cautious of the big 3 ‘swan, pendle, ablett’. teams have a tendency to not get out of 2nd gear against the giants. cloke will have a field day for sure. for the record it may be Curnow that runs with ablett. either way no way i’m having ablett captain this week.

    for me how you overlook stevie j is just a joke. he will be back ready to atone for his stupidity against a saints team that just can’t stop anyone. he’ll be my captain for sure.

    I can’t see it being the contested game that swallow needs to get the 10 tackles to put up super premo numbers.

    murphy, barlow, priddis, Stanton and even kane cornes could be good unique choices.

    • Yeah it’s worth a crack, SJ misses rd 8, rd 9 gets 144. Misses rd 12, rd 13 gets 129. Misses rd 14&15, rd 16 gets 156. Misses rd 17, rd 18 gotta be massive

  • Well done again Calvin. I think the Pig is the go this week.

    Sorry there are so many selfish pricks out there that hijack your article just to sort out their trades.

  • thinking barlow

  • Thank you for the article Calvin, great as always! I’m currently deciding between Swan and Barlow. GWS do scare me off captains usually, however I know the week I place the C or Barlow, Swan will go huge and make me regret it.

  • When was the last time Calvin was wrong twice in a row? Swanny for me :)

  • Brad- when your in trade centre, trade out Brown, and then along the side where your team list is there should be a S next to Heppell. Click in this S to sub Heppell into defense. Then buy a mid of your choice.

    Hope this helps…
    BTW couldn’t reply directly to your comment because I’m on my phone.

  • Some of my Essendon players such as Goddard did bad against gws last week. therefore i see no reason for swan or pendles not to do the same this week. going with gazza as captain for sure

  • my last 3 captain choices:
    -ablett 163
    – stevie j 156
    -swan 166

    going for 4 in a row 150 captain choce scores
    im making beams my captain, that way it doesn’t 600k to get him, it only cost 300k coz i got 2 of him

    • *choice

      • Yeah, but your dollars spent per points scored will be more than everyone else’s… nice POD tho, with everyone waiting till next week to jump on.

  • DEF: Goddard, Heppel, Enright, Gibbs, Terlich, Clisby (Hanley, Docherty)

    MID: Swan, Ablett, Pendlebury, Jack, Thompson, S. Mitchell, Fyfe, T. Mitchell (Arnot, Grigg)

    RUC: Cox, Kreuzer (O’hAilpin, Grimley)

    FWD: Riewoldt, Rockliff, Lewis, Cloke, Buddy, Lee (Bartel, Daniher)

    So far I’ve gone O’hAilpin > Naismith, and am now looking to do an upgrade.

    thoughts on going Thompson to Cotchin/Priddis/Dustin Martin or any others? That way, next week I can do a down grade, and then get Stevie J for Buddy. Then the week after, I will do another downgrade, and go from S. Mitchell to Barlow. Thoughts?

    • Hi Flyn, here’s a thought… post in the My Teams section, which was the very purpose for which that thread was created. This thread was created to discuss captains.

      • +2
        It goes for the rest of the morons that do it too.
        And I swear if I read a comment from Brad that mentions Barlow one more time I will fucking scream.

    • It’s the same idiots over and over again. Don’t know how Warnie and the boys put up with them.

  • Jelwood or Montagna??? Need help!!!!! And I am going Stevie J. Can not miss him when he is versing saints!

  • Jelwood or Monty for captain? I’d prefer Jelwood, less risk given his side’s favoured to have more of the pill.

    Stevie J could be a good pick, as most will avoid him because of his history against St Kilda. If he goes big, you’ll cash in!

  • swallow got his best score of recent times against freo where north got absolutely belted. i think swallow will be lucky to crack ton against melbourne because north won’t have to lay a tackle.

  • to play titchell or marc murphy as m8?

  • YOLO opponent has swan and ablett as do I. I’m thinking both will get around the ton mark this week, a lot of media attention on ablett as he equals his dads games record and as Calvin pointed out perhaps the carrot tag….pass. Swan where’s bucks going to play him? Doesn’t really matter as an angry collingwood team will be out to slaughter GWS I expect the ball in magpies half for a lot of the game should get his ton, if I had Beamer I’d be going the C on him, pendles should also ton up but I’m not expecting huge scores. Barlow I think will get his 120+ for shizzle playing crows who leak dt mid points like the old kingswood leaks oil. But the one I’m really leaning toward is the MRP’s favourite son, the one and only Stevie j. Lets face it saints are shite this year, over recent weeks they have played some competitive footy against freo and port, but there is and will be at least a quarter where they lay down and let opposition run rampant. I’m not reading into StevieJ past scores on saints as its a complete different outfit from 2011/2012 where assistant coach shows us he has had poor form. Geelong will be pissed from last weeks loss, playing at home, Stevie goes huge after having a week off (check his stats out after a weeks rest). I’m going Stevie as a guaranteed ton but potentially IMO from the players in my team the only one that has a chance of going 150

    • Stevie J could go HUGE. I am seriously considering him too especially since I got f*cked in the arse by Calvins Captains last week haha (just kidding Calvin, you’re alright, I only half blame you ;))

  • Yeh Calvin, id have to say you put too much emphasis on how they went previously against a team, than current form.
    Re Swallow v Selwood in your top 5:

    Swallow (last 6)- 70 83 74 90 129 76
    Selwood – 133 126 128 38 121 132

    Not possible to put him in ahead of Selwood. In fact i think the Pirates gone a little crazy.

    If it wasnt for Jim taking a break id be trading Swallow out this week.

    • Screw swallow, don’t think anyone would be picking him as they would have swan or GAJ , and yes I agree jelwood, StevieJ even scooter or Boyd (heard they were playing)before swallow

  • Barlow as my caption what do other people think?

    • Mate, I’ve seen a fair few comments from you saying Barlow is your captain, I think we get the picture

      • bit confused is brad going Barlow as captain this week?

        • No jonno. He’s going Barlow as his caption. Something very unique; as I suspect Brad is also

          • Yer sorry about that but was saying what do other people think I have choice of barlow, swan or ablett

    • Just pick a captain and shut the fuck up Brad.

  • WHo to captain in DT Elite. Stants, Mitchell, Boyd, Rocky or Douglas.

    Swan is captaining my other regular DT

  • Swan or Ablett as captain?