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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 11

We all love bye rounds (NOT), but Calvin has constructed a top 10 this week to make everyone feel better.

Over the course of the bye rounds, I will be running my top 10 captain options. With limited options, this is essential.

Now, this has taken bloody ages to put together with great thought going into the order of my top 10. This is the order in which I would pick them, so don’t ask… ‘would you go him over him’ cause it’s pretty bloody obvious. Plus, if they’re not on the list, then I prefer 10 other people ahead of them and if you don’t have one of these 10 players… delete your team ha ha.

If you are in that boat, make sure you start playing Moneyball Daily Fantasy to get your fix!

#1 – NAT FYFE v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium

It’s a no brainer really… if you are a lucky owner. He scored 97 last week with only 11 in the last quarter, which broke his run of 8 straight 100+ scores this year. He scored 95 and 104 on the Suns in his last two games but it’s what other teams have been doing to the Suns that has me convinced that he’ll dominate this week. The top 5 Swans last week each averaged 129 against them, which has been the trend now over the last month that has seen them give up 25 tons to opposition players. Will Fyfe slacken off though? No chance. This man wants a Brownlow and wants the 3 votes each week. Lock him in, no one will stop him.

#2 – DAVID ARMITAGE v Melbourne @ Etihad Stadium

This guy can’t do anything wrong with another 100+ score last week against the Hawks. That’s nine straight now. He scored on 61 on Melbourne last year but is the safest bet going around at the moment for a ton each week.

#3 – MATT PRIDDIS v Essendon @ Domain Stadium

Yep, I like old Priddy boy this week as he had 143 on the Bombers last year and had 113 last week. At home, he’ll be great again against a team that 8 Geelong players who scored over 100+ against last week.

#4 – JACK STEVEN v Melbourne @ Etihad Stadium

Here he is Saints fans and ‘about time’ some might cry.

Over the last 3 weeks, the man has scored 133, 97 and 166. Over the last two weeks, Melbourne have given up 9×100+ scores but stats like this don’t really matter here. The Saints play a mega Fantasy friendly game and although they got smashed by the Hawks last week, they scored more tons than them, beating them 6 to 2.

Who will Bernie Vince tag though? That’s a big question, but either way, based on form alone, Steven and Armitage are just too good at the moment.

#5 – DAVID MUNDY v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium

Ok, firstly it can be a little tricky trying to predict which guys will fire against the Suns and over the last few weeks, Mundy hasn’t actually set the world on fire with scores of only 90, 78, 121 and 67. He did have 123 on them last year but he can be a little hit and miss. But the Dockers are coming off a loss and this game will be nasty. Expect big scores and expect Mundy to be involved this week. I hope so anyway, because he’s the first player on this list I have and will therefore be my captain this week.


#6 – DAN HANNEBERY v North @ Etihad Stadium

133, 133 and 119 are his most recent scores and he is running hot at the moment. He only scored 72 and 61 on the Roos last year but bugger me… he’s unstoppable right now.

#7 – LUKE PARKER v North @ Etihad Stadium

Parker scored 128 and 119 at Etihad last year and posted 133, 94, 112 and 104 on the Roos in his last four games. He had 102 last week and shook the big sticks 4 times, only managing one goal. Expect 110+.

#8 – MICHAEL BARLOW v Gold Coast@ Metricon Stadium

His form and ‘role’ can be questionable on it’s day but we can’t ignore the fact he should be a top 5 scorer against the Suns this week. He scored 130 on them last year but sits lower than you’d think because he has gone under 90 on four occasions this year and therefore comes with a slight risk.

#9 – DANE SWAN v GWS @ the MCG

Slow start by Swanny last week, but the original pig still scrounged his way to 103, backing up his 124, 123 and 117 over the last month. He scored 38 (injured before the half), 163 and 159 on the Giants in his last three and would consider himself unlucky to be sitting at #9 this week. But he is still sitting a fair bit forward still and it’s a Sunday… it just does doesn’t sit right with me for some reason.

#10 – TOM MITCHELL v North @ Etihad Stadium

If I didn’t mention him I’d be shot. But massive apologies to Brad Ebert who has actually scored 17pts more than Tom over the last two weeks (and Ebert had 112 last year against the Cats too). I guess Mitchell has a more vocal audience. He has scored 131 and 110 in his last two games and will be good again this week. Everyone happy now?



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    June 10, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    This article had quite the negative atmosphere about it, everything okay Calvin? seems like you didn’t enjoy writing this.
    also you have Priddis scoring ‘143 on the Eagles’, should be Bombers.
    Keep up the good work though, still a quality article every week.

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      June 10, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Have another read Jordan.
      The Priddis commentary is accurate !

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        June 10, 2015 at 11:22 pm

        Because he fixed it

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    June 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Jack Steven also averages 133 at etihad this year and he plays his next 3 at etihad against melbourne, bulldogs and essendon

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    Worth While

    June 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Cheers Calvin. I’m with you – anything or anyone against Gold Coast is captaincy worthy, and I’m hence going with my only Freo player, Mundy.

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    June 10, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Lock in Jack Steven.

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    June 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    um what about pendles?

    • Stevo


      June 10, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Was about to ask the same thing, plays GWS…

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      June 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      “This is the order in which I would pick them, so don’t ask… ‘would you go him over him’ cause it’s pretty bloody obvious. Plus, if they’re not on the list, then I prefer 10 other people ahead of them”

      11 – Ebert
      12 – Pendles?

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      Albert Lloyd

      June 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Too vanilla

  6. Euman


    June 10, 2015 at 7:52 pm


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      June 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      great smoke, but take him over sway, mundy, barlow or parker??

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      Lachie Neale

      June 10, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Personally who I am going to captain.
      He has two scores over 150 (which is equal first with Lewis), 3 over 130 (equal second behind Steven) and he has been the highest Freo player on 3 occasions (equal with Fyfe).

      Its not that surprising Neale isn’t on Calvin’s list due to his consistency, however he is surely a better option than Barlow, who sadly doesn’t seem to rack up the possessions that he used to.

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        June 11, 2015 at 7:44 am

        He go 37, all arguments of consistency are invalid.

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          June 11, 2015 at 7:44 am

          can go*

  7. Euman


    June 10, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Mark my Words Lach him in

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    Albert Lloyd

    June 10, 2015 at 8:35 pm


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    The Wookiee

    June 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Lovin your work Calvin!
    I’ve got 3 dockers to choose from this week.
    Lachie Neale could be a big risk/reward this week for captain.
    It’s got Russian Roulette written all over it!

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      Lachie Neale

      June 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      DO IT!

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        Albert Lloyd

        June 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm

        Should I do it too Lachlan?

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          Lachie Neale

          June 10, 2015 at 9:34 pm

          Why not Albert? What is there to lose?

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    June 10, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Lachie Neale would be number 5 in my top ten

  11. Calvin


    June 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Yes strongly considered Neale against the Suns but are we forgetting these scores of 70 (last wk), 36 and 59 he’s had this year. But yes, he is the type of player who’d score 150 on the Suns but you can’t be as certain as some of the others on the list.

    Pendles only averages 100 on GWS and that was when they were shit. Has scored some poor ones of 94 and 73 in the last month and honestly doesn’t look quite right at the moment. Gotta be carrying some kind of injury I reckon.

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    June 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Neale actually had 91 last week rather than 70, but I see what u are getting at. His big scores all came in big wins – wc, ess, melb and nth. You would think this week would be a belting over gold coke

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    Kamil Machaj

    June 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Surprised you haven’t mentioned Ebert, Calvin, Averages 121.8 with Wines in the side compared to 96 without this year, playing at AO and down the list of priority to be tagged (Wines/Boak), will be bringing him in this week.

    • Stuart


      June 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

      “But massive apologies to Brad Ebert who has actually scored 17pts more than Tom over the last two weeks (and Ebert had 112 last year against the Cats too)” under Tom Mitchell

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    June 10, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Reckon Barlow will go huge like in Rnd 2. This should be an uncontested game and he should benefit from that playing that half forward role. So many random guys have gone huge on Suns, usually to uncontested type players

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    June 11, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Thoughts on yeo as captain? Bombers are handing out points as if they’re obliged to at the moment.

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      The Wookiee

      June 11, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Yeo didn’t seem to be playing that much in the midfield on the weekend. Played forward in the first half and went to half back later in the game. Still scored well, but I’d be slightly concerned putting the (c) on him as an owner myself.

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    June 11, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Cant make my mind up between Fyfe, Armo or Ebert. As good as Fyfe is I just dont trust Ross Lyon. Im sure he hates fantasy footie, wouldnt surprise me if he vested him if Freo were well ahead

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      Worth While

      June 11, 2015 at 8:05 am

      As Calvin said the man wants a Brownlow, and Lyon knows that. He would definitely want at least two votes against a team like Gold Coast.

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    The Wookiee

    June 11, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Fyfe should rip Gold Coast a new one this week, but interesting to note that has only gone over 116 once this year in 10 games. Both Armitage and Steven average higher than this.

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    Lachie Neale

    June 11, 2015 at 10:51 am

    3 out of Fyfe, Neale, Barlow and Mundy should score 120+, while one may miss out on a big score (like Parker last week).

    Seeing as Neale is the only one of these four that I own, I’m willing to take the risk to captain him, however if I owned Fyfe I would obviously captain him.

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    June 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Hinkley also said that Karl Amon would have to prove his fitness at training on Thursday after the young midfielder complained of a sore calf.


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      June 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      I probably wasn’t going to make him Captain anyway

      • Warnie


        June 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        Ah shit… back to the drawing board.

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    June 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Who to get in for Rockliff?? Playing RDT SO LOOKING FOR A KEEPER??

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    June 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    should i risk it and put ebert as captain???

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