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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 3

Arrrggggg! Welcome to this weeks edition of the world famous, and crazily accurate, Calvin’s Captains. I’ve got a feast of options this week for you to choose from. Who do you think you’ll lock in? Make sure you follow me on Twitter… @CalvinDT for all of the greatest Captain information in the world.

Ticks All The Boxes

Matthew Boyd is one of the guys from this week who I am very confident with. Last week, based on his history against the Crows… you couldn’t have gone him. If you did, well done. He was always going to be awesome at some point against them but with 0x100+ scores against them from his previous 5 games… it turns into a guessing game of when will he break the drought.

This week however, he ticks all the boxes.

History: TICK – had a huge 143 (39d) on the Saints in his last game against them in 2011.
Form: TICK – Averaging 120 from the first 2 rounds this year.
Ground: TICK – Boyd averages 129 in his last 3 there with a low of 115 in his last 4.
Opposition: TICK – last week the Saints allowed 2 premium on ballers in Ablett and Swallow to crack 100+ and that’s after they were flogged by nearly 100pts.

So there you go. Lock this lad with confidence my friends.

Block Buster

What a huge game we have on Friday night. Let’s quickly run over a few of the stars in this game to see if we are using our captain nice and early this week.

Dane Swan had a solid 116 last week with 32d. In his last encounter with the Blues he’s had 101and 116. But the amazing thing here is… he has scored 11×100+ scores on them in his last 12 games. Sadly, it’s a pass for me this week as his form hasn’t been up there with the other guns so far. He will go BANG at any moment and it might be this week! Scott Pendlebury loves the big stage and has scores of 123, 95, 129, 115 in the games in the past. He loves the MCG and has already posted a nice 134 there this year. I’m tipping something very solid from him this week. Marc Murphy plays against his worst team to score on over the last 2 years this week. With previous scores of 93, 69 and 67 on the Pies… it’s not overly nice.

Shining Sun

Wow, how good was Gary Ablett last week? After a slow start he came home with a belting 143 (40d). Despite the tag from Clinton Jones, Gazza was simply awesome. He is back home at Metricon too this week where his last 3 scores have been 136, 147 and 142. Gazza loves the sun and loves ripping teams to bits on his home turf. But his form against the Bombers is slightly concerning. Last year he was tagged by Heath Hocking, who didn’t play last week because of concussion but might return this week. In his last game against them (Rd. 6) he only scored 81pts – his worst for the year (excluding his injured game). In this game he still had 30d and received a knock to the ankle in the 3rd term. Add to this, Essendon have only given up 2×100+ scores from their 2 games this year. NOW, with that said, they’ve only played the Power and the Roos and showed no evidence of tagging players during this time.

So what does this all mean? Well, there comes a time in captain selection when the positives clearly out weigh the small negatives. I am just putting all the facts on the table. Gazza has been in smashing form and plays on his home track which he loves. Watch out for another 130+ game from Gary again this week.

Final Word

Brent Stanton – averaging 135 this year and will rip the Suns badly after 5 Saints posted 100+ on them last week. He is on fire at the moment and should be considered if you have him.
Joel Selwood – Has had 3×100+ on the Roos in his last 3 games. Should be good.
Sam Mitchell – averaging 126 this year and loves the MCG, had 123 on the Crows in his last.
Scott Thompson – averages a horrible 66 on the Hawks in his last 3. Yuck.
Dean Cox – plays GWS! H-Mac (106) and Goldy (71) didn’t really cash in last week though as Giles holds his own. He should still be very good.

Twittertown: @CalvinDT

Let’s clear up a few things before I set sail. This week I have copped abuse in Twittertown about Swanny not scoring as high as Pendles, Boyd or Ablett. You pick your own captain. If you don’t like my top 5, go against it…  but don’t cry me a river when you fail to back your own judgment and follow mine. “Calvin talked me out of it” is a poor excuse for people who can’t make their own decisions as they are afraid of failing. Instead, by resting on my calls the fault isn’t theirs. Insecurity at its best. At the end of the day… I’ll take 116 off Swanny on a low day, all day long.

Ha ha arrggg there you go… My top 5 stand there in the order I would be picking them this week. Currently Ablett is marginally ahead of Boyd and I’m tipping BIG things from all the 5 this week.

Thanks for hanging out – Good luck and I’ll see you all next round.

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    April 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Why is nobody putting Goddard up there as captain as an option, thoughts ?

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    April 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    thanks mtooler…I might bring G Ablett in…just dont think i have anough captaincy options without him

    I thought about Stanton, but already have J watson…first year learning the game, but can see how it becomes addictive.

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      what’s your team name mate?? (just want to have a look)

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    April 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I’ll be going for Watson this week vs the gold coast
    Loving that not many teams have him and hope he keeps smashing out the big scores.

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    luke skywalker

    April 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm


    Has he been banned or something?

    I liked that he used to stir the pot with his outlandish claims of supremacy and didn’t wilt under the intense criticism that it provoked.

    This site needs a few more characters (and fewer haters) who move to the beat of a different drum – just like the “real” footy needs its Fevolas, Swans, Franklins, Didaks, Milnes, Kings, Akers, etc to keep things interesting.

    The last thing we want is too much beige.

    Anyone know how well/badly TKOL’s team is going this year?

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      See for yourself champ

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        April 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        Loved your column also brap, keep it up

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        April 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        Great blog I heard, that Benny bloke is just literary genius personified.

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Sitting around 24,000 at the moment, but don’t let that fool you. His team is very unique in its structure and should pay dividends in the long run. Check out Benny and TKOL’s dt blog –

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        April 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        Ditto..great read fellas

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Will most likely play it safe and go GAJ- Hocking or no Hocking, the little master is looking ominous!

    Would love to have the aggots & go Buddy- just a funny feeling!

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    @Calvin What do you think? Pendles or Boyd??

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Haven’t heard that one before

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    44Chappo should have his own weekly article;

    Featuring informative commentry from one of DT’s most respected masterminds…44Chappo!

    – exclusive Dr.Dreamteam captain selections (Chappo’s DT guru of choice)
    – detailed round by round loop-hole tips from the loop-hole Master Chappo.

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Not captain related, but keep or sell Enright? Getting old, not sure whether he’ll come good or not and is only avging 50.

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      sell mate, did my head in last year 100 one week then 50 the next

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        April 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        Grimes? or a sideways? (birchall, scotland, carrots?)

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    my mids: pendles, ablett, boyd, murphy, parker, coniglio magnet shiel
    any ideas how i can make it better???

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      PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

      April 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Parker OUT :)

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        April 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        who should i trade parker for??

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Got me stumped. And I’m not sure what it has to do with Calvin’s Captains.

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Mcarthy or Masten?????

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      April 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm


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    PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

    April 11, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Gary Gary Gary every week of the year
    Boyd with the VC

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    Big Lance

    April 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Who should i pick out of Swan and Pendles Calvin?

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      April 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Pendles in the top 5, Swan isn’t.You should be able to figure his preferred captain.

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        gruff griffo

        April 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm


        Top answer Ramrod – made me chuckle!!

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        Big Lance

        April 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        So what about Ablett and Pendles? Someone help me please.

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          April 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

          Mate.. Calvin has just pretty much written an essay explaining who to put as captain.. How much more advice do you need..

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          April 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

          Cameron Chapman i thought Warnie told you to grow up !!!

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      April 12, 2012 at 2:17 am



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        Big Lance

        April 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Ahhh you kids are so easy, i know Calvin loves to continuously give advice he has already given.

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          Blue boys

          April 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

          You obviously forgot to use the sarcasm font Big Lance!! :-)

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            April 12, 2012 at 10:54 am


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    April 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    will the Clinton Jones tag possibly affect Boy’d score???????

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      the big cheese

      April 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      he usually goes to griffin

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        April 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        That’s with Lyon as coach though.

        I don’t know, who has Watters try to tag in round 1? A player who hurt or a player who whored? GAJ in rd 2 would have to be both.

        I think most coaches prefer to limit the damaging types, so Boyd should be ok.

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    April 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Im just happy that ive got 4 out of those 5 players :)

    GAJ for me though, he gets touches in his sleep.

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    April 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    My mids: Pendles. Boyd, Ablett, Murphy, Coniglio, Parker, Magner, Shiel
    How can I fix my mids an who should i put in??

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      April 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Trade Shiel for Swan and Coniglio for Scotty Thompson.

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        April 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        ahah ur funny mate!

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      April 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      parker for maybe mccarthy or masten, other than that looks pretty solid, if u need extra cash u could also go coniglio to greene but if u dont i would hold onto coniglio, he was draft pick #2 for a reason

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    jim cowski

    April 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    cant wait for swannie to go BANG!

    scores 102 and 116 when playing well below his best. imagine when he hits form (hopefully he does anyway)

    will most likely be going with GAJ this week. Has assumed my perma captaincy from swannie, with Pendles vice

    Ablett (C)- is this bloke human??

    Pendles (VC)- big game player, big scores every week.

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    April 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Bit late….cheers for replying Joseph…name of team is Heffer Legs

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    April 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Great article! But surely Watson would in the top 5? If you have Stanton there you have to have Watson in my opinion.
    I’m stuck between Ablett and Watson but leaning towards Watson because he won’t get tagged whereas Ablett will.

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      April 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Ablett has proved that you cant tag him, remember that!

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        April 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        Yeah true, now I’m really confused! I think I’ll go Watson just because Gold Coast are so easy to score points against.

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        April 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Hocking did a better job of it than anyone else last year… this is about the only thing holding me back from going Ablett. I’m seriously considering Watson/Boyd or vice versa.

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        April 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Hocking did a better job of it than anyone else last year, and no reason he cant do it again this year even after a week off. This is my sticking point when trying to decide my captain for this week. I think GAJ’s ceiling is higher than the others, but the likelihood of him turning out a <115 is also higher than the others. I've got him, Pendles, Boyd and Watson to pick from through the guts (and theoretically Rockliff as well, but he's on my shitlist after last week). Im thinking Watson/Boyd or vice versa at this point.

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          April 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

          Eh… double post. Took the first one a while to pop up for some reason ><

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      April 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Gazza loves a game at home, tagged or not he still racks up points like no other :)

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    April 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Calvin, you gave massive wraps on Boyd, pointed out several negatives for Gaz, yet made Gaz no1 and Boyd 2… Explain please…,

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      April 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      What negatives? He said he expects 130 plus, thats enough for me

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        April 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

        Concern against bombers…
        Last score against them 81.
        Usually gets Heath hocking tag.
        Bombers have only given two 100+ scores this year without an obvious tagging assignment.

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      April 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Gary Ablett is Gary Ablett – that’s the missing part of the equation. I guess he figured we could work that part out for ourselves.

      I do have to say, though, that Dane Swan is Dane Swan, and that’s why he should be in the Top 5, his pathetic score of 116 last week notwithstanding…I’ll probably flip a coin to decide between him and Gary this week.

      Nah, I’ll just go Gary…

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        April 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

        +1 Dane Swan is the Great Dane

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        This Is Smelly Pete

        April 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

        “Pathetic” score of 116!!

        Kids these days. When I was boy playing Dreamteam, a player scoring 100 was a cause for celebration.

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    April 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Need some help hear guys I want/need to make two of the following trades
    Broughton for Goddard

    Shaw for whitecross (swapping smedts to my back line)

    Redden for Watson

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      April 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

      1 and 3

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    April 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I’m gonna go Mitchell over Gaz this week as captain. I think despite his hot form, Gaz might be capped a little by Hocking and the Bombers. Mitchell vs the Crows looks a little better for me because each team that takes them on has high scoring premos that performed against the Crows despite losing (GAJ 136, Boyd 125). Taking nothing away from Ablett but I just think that Mitchell will be able to have a slightly better game, DT wise and plus, its Mitchell’s 200th so I’m gonna back him.

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      April 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Yeah I agree, don’t have Mitchell so backjing in Watson vs Gold Coast.

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    April 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Thinking these sideways trades.


    Is Carrazzo the real deal this year? Been burnt by him a bit a few years.

    Got all the rooks needed in all areas except Greene. Might bypass him though, bit heavy on GWS already.

    Few joyriders though, Kerridge, Hall, Pfeiffer, Darley. Should I be concentrating more on flogging one of these off?

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      April 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Nah sideways trades are the way to go. Well known fact.

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        April 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Ingoes always goes sideways, he’s a WINNER!

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      April 12, 2012 at 12:14 am

      “Got all the rooks needed in all areas ” – “Kerridge, Hall, Pfeiffer, Darley”

      I’d be praying to the DT gods these get game time, because if you don’t get rid of at least 2 and they don’t play, your seasons toast.

      Personally I’d bin all other options and get in Milera and Greene.

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    April 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Tossing up Broughton to Waters and Geary(got all other good back rooks). Does anyone think Waters will end up averaging over 90? If so, then I’ll take him but if not, then I’ll take Geary as a cash cow.

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      April 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Yes, he will average around 90, over the 15 or 16 games he plays when not injured or suspended. Go for your life

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        April 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        Hahaha, he played 21 games in 2010, he might do that again. So are you serious about him averaging 90? I want him in because if I go Geary I’ll only have 3 premiums in back (Goddard, Deledio, Birchall).

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        April 12, 2012 at 12:37 am

        Excellent call right here fellas.

        Who cares if the guy scores 5 points more a season when he’s playing 7 games less………………

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    Uncle Fester

    April 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    To whom it may concern,

    Ablett is captain until further notice.

    Uncle Fester

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      DT Tragic

      April 12, 2012 at 7:30 am

      All further notice has been cancelled until further notice.

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    April 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I’m tempted to stick with the legendary Gazza… but i just have to choose Stanton. I have to pick him. I hope he doesn’t let me down.

    What do you guys think about these trades? I’m really in a bit of a pickle… And i dunno what to do. I’ve got Broughton and Golby who both aren’t doing too well. I was simply going to trade Broughton out for Goddard and Golby out for M. Clarke. With $105,100 left. But then i thought to myself… “Really? Trading out a premo in rd 2?? Is that smart, you idiot?” So now i’m thinking i should trade out Grimes for Goddard and Golby for M. Clarke. And that leaves me with $18,300. And my backline looking reasonably solid…. What do you think?

    B Goddard, B Deledio, A Carrazzo, G Broughton, S Burgoyne, P Davis, M Clarke. (T Bugg, B Ellis.)

    I also have Stephenson, Smedts, Dickson and Hall. All worthy of being replaced. What do you guys think?

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    April 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Barlow Captain this week for me…. make up for his 2 sub affected shitty scores. GAJ & Mitchell to be quiet. Stanton to be subbed at HT…

    It all makes perfect sense.

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    the spudmen

    April 12, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Hey Calvin. A real smokey, Chris masten? Thoughts please

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      April 12, 2012 at 4:14 am

      Wow, Masten! Your midfield must be terrible! lol

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      April 12, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Sounds bloody mental. They are playing gws, so expect a bunch of eagles to crack the ton if they field a proper team. very risky though.

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      Blue boys

      April 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Yeah Masten could really rip it up…….and get 110!!!
      Ablett will get that in his sleep.

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      April 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

      These guys are just jealous they didn’t have the minerals to pick Masten like you and I did.

      113 last week, expect 130 from him against the Great western witches hats….putting him captain is a bloody risky move though.

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    April 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    To all the people putting the big C on Watson, are you worried he could get subbed off in the 3rd quater if their winning by 80+???

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      April 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Hopefully Stanton gets subbed but I’m not too worried about that

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    April 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I’m thinking of going Watson for Cap with Pendles as the VC. Had Goddard cap last week against GC and he racked it up.

    speaking in Watson – i brought him in this week for Goodes, burning a trade, I know, but I cant see Goodes being as prolific as he was in 2011. Should I be more patient and hold on to him?

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      April 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

      same Watson all da way

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      April 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Trades are like gold mate, you must have a really good side if this is the biggest hole you have in your squad. Unless Goodes has a broken leg i wouldnt be trading him out this early.

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      April 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

      this is going to sound flippant, but i am deadly serious.

      I think it is seriously bad karma to put the c on a guy you just traded in. give them a week to find their feet in your squad.

      I know it sounds dumb, but i’m serious. if you bring watson in don’t captain him

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        April 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

        You just made me scared about my option of trading watto in putting the C on him…
        I’m gonna stick with it

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          April 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          C on Watson o’yer

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    April 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Doing my head in!
    Stanton, or Gazz, or Cox????

    Help me obi wan!!

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      April 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Possibly just read the article and look at the top 5??

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        April 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

        yeah, that was the problem!!! all good…all could make a big score. :-D

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    April 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Cox vs GWS anyone.

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    April 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    good work calvin the people that whinge about your choices are obviously ignorant to the time and effort you put in awesome stuff ;)

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    April 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Cox will kill it – Watson will smack it up
    Boyd’ll smash it – Mitchell will rack em up
    But GAJ’s the gun with the form to back it up
    So give him the C, sit back, watch him slut it up
    Go Gary – Go, Go

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    April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    What about Goddard as Captain? He has a score projection of 130 and has a good record against the Bulldogs

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    April 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Getting rid of a mid and thinking either Stanton or mitchell?!?! Pick one

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    April 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Get on Pendles he’s a sure thing to score 162 this week!

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      April 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm


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