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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 14

Loop de Loop is on again and the pirate has the answers for you! Check out the masters work this week.

It’s another Thursday night game and that means we’ll need another VC and hope that they can go big. 115pts will be my bench mark again this week, however, I’m not expecting massive scores in this game. Last week, only 4 payers managed 100+ at the SCG with the top 5 from both teams only averaging 114pts. This wasn’t ideal, but it won’t stop us from having a crack at this loop hole regardless. Here are my top picks, in order of how I will pick them.


Although this man has killed me a few times this year, he’s the easiest #1 option this week. He has scored 100, 100, 136, 114 and 123 in his last 5 games against the Swans and should be very good based on this history.


Over the last two weeks, Parker has had ‘captain worthy’ scores of 112 and 120. He has scored 86, 106 and 73 in his last three games against Port and just remember in the last game Port played, Cripps (128) and Marc Murphy (122) got busy and so will Parks.


Scored 87 on the Power this year but was restricted by a Kane Cornes tag. No Kane means he’ll be back to his best this week. Better than the 96 and 93 he’s scored in his last two games this year.


Gray averages 104 on the Swans in his last 3 and had 97 against these guys in round 2. Always a worthy pick and can be big on his day. The week off after his concussion will have him as fresh as a daisy this week.


Ummm, you couldn’t could you? Subbed out on 48 last week, huge clouds hang over Tom at the moment. With that said, this VC option suits him perfectly. It’s a free shot and out of everyone on this list, Tom is one of the only players here capable of 140+. If he plays and starts vest free, he’s playing for his career.

Josh Kennedy  – 114 last week, was his best score in his last 5 games this year. He did have 120 on the Power in round 2 but I still think the others up there are better.

Jarrad McVeigh – Scored 83 last week, his 2nd lowest score this year. He scored 95 in round 2 on the Power but has 0x100+ scores against them in his last 5. Safe but doesn’t have many big scores under his belt this year.


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So… here we are. Your VC was rubbish and your now needing a real captain. We’ll lucky for you, I have been working hard to guide you once again. Remember, my bench mark this week is 115!

#1 – TODD GOLDSTEIN v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium Cam Wood and Matty Kreuzer averaged 19 touches, 7 marks and 20 hit outs each last week against the Tom Nicholls. They both scored 109pts which means Goldy will be HUGE. We all know the Suns bleed points with the top 5 opposition players averaging 125pts, and Goldy will be right amongst them. He scored 108 on them last year and 102 and 104 before that. Lock him in for 130+ without even thinking about it.

#2 – DANE SWAN v Hawthorn @ the MCG I can smell bacon. Swanny had 110 last week and is carrying a lowest score of only 103 in his last 6 outing from the pen. He averages 115 at the MCG in his last 3 games and scored 102 on the Hawks last year. But… wait for it. That score of 102, was his worst score against them in his last 11 games. WTF? Yes, lowest in his last 11. Goddard (130) and Stanton (113) took 19 marks between them last week and this is right up the pigs alley.

#3 – DAVID ARMITAGE v Essendon @ Etihad Stadium In his 12 games this year, Armitage has scored 10 tons. He scored a game high 129 on the Bombers in round 5 and is the most reliable guy going around. My only concern here though is the fact that Hawthorn’s ball winners, Hodge (52), Mitchell (91), Lewis (82) and Smith (90)… all struggled against Essendon last week. Armo still sits safe at #3 for me this week and should still be scoring another 100+ again.

#4 – TAYLOR ADAMS v Hawthorn @ the MCG Wowzers. Talk about a smokey captain. Adams has scored 126 and 146 over the last two games and scored 91 and 126 on the Hawks last year. These numbers are better than anything else you’ll see this week and as we say… “high risk, high reward”.

#5 – NAT FYFE v Brisbane @ Domain Stadium Fyfe scored 108 on the Lions last year and has scored an easy 110 and 119 in his last two this year. Against the Lions you’d think he’d smash them but lets not forget, they have given up less 100+ scores than the Hawks recently and the Crows saw that on the weekend. Thompson (113) was the only player to crack a ton, and one of only two players to score over 90, and they won. He’ll be fine but there is a slight risk based on these numbers. MB-Gauranteed-Prize-Pool-A-Sat


Adam Treloar v Richmond @ the MCG – We know the Tigers don’t give up many points but Treloar did have 103 and 118 on them last year. His form has been great averaging 121 in his last 3.

Marc Murphy v Bulldogs @ Etihad Stadium – scored 141 on the Dogs last year and has scored 106, 122 and 128 in his last 3 this year, ranking him #10 on form.

Leigh Montagna and Jack Steven v Essendon @ Etihad Stadium –  As I’ve previously mentioned, I am a little worried about the scores that the Dons give up. With that said, Montagna is #3 on form over the last 3 weeks averaging 122 and scored 135 on Essendon last year. Steven is a bloody jet and scored 124 on the Dons this year. But out of the 3 though, Armo gets the nod for me.

Jack Macrae v Carlton @ Etihad Stadium – 117, 120 and 130 in his last 3 and had 113 on the Blues last year. Must be due for a tag or something soon. He’s too good.

Dayne Beams v Fremantle @ Domian Stadium – Over his career against the Dockers, Beams has NEVER scored under 100 in 5 games. He had 122 last year and Adam (126), Swan (110) and Pendles (101) were good against Freo last week and Dayne will be good too.

Brent Stanton v St Kilda @ Etihad Stadium –  In his last 3 games against the Saints, Stanton has scored 106, 136 and 130. He is ranked at #7 on form averaging 121 in his last 3 this year.

Jordan Lewis v Collingwood @ the MCG – Bounce back week for Lewis this week (I hope). He scored 149 and 120 on the Pies last year but has only averaged 79 in his last 3 this year. Lets not forget, people called for ‘pig status’ after his first 3 games that saw him averaging 142. He’ll be back this week.

Joel Selwood v Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval – If Lewis can bounce back, maybe Joel can as well. Selwood loves playing the Crows and has scored 132, 133, 113 and 106 in his last 4. They’re easily his favourite team to play and if he can’t bounce back this week… he might as well take up lawn bowls. GOLDY14



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    Albert Lloyd

    July 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Fyfe or Goldy, not sure yet.

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      Worth While

      July 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Same here. Fyfe good for 110-120, but I reckon Goldy will be bigger.

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      July 2, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Goldy will surely make mincemeat of that ruck this week.

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    July 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Parker (VC) and Goldy (C)

    • gambler


      July 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Massive +1. Didn’t even need to think about it to come to this conclusion myself. Will be doing this 100%

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        July 2, 2015 at 4:29 am

        I will be doing the same as well.

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    Worth While

    July 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Cheers Calvin. Backing your judgement and going Goldy (on debut).

    RE loophole: Franklin and Tippet out surely has Parker playing a more predominantly forward role, you’d think. I’m keeping the VC well away from him – remember that 61 against GWS, always remember.

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      Albert Lloyd

      July 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I’ve only got Parker, Gray and Krak in the same so I’m backing the home town guy.

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    John Freed

    July 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Been a long time since I have had 1 (Gray) of the 10 recommended VC/C options. Oh well! Who should I look to if Gray fails?
    Hodge, Lewis, Pendles, Heppell, Beams, Priddis, Dusty
    Leaning towards Beams but would like some other opinions

    • Will


      July 2, 2015 at 9:25 am

      hrm yeah beams. you dont having swanny? seems good for a ton at least these days

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    July 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I’m in a Dilemma with my trades, I need to dump mcintosser, not sure how to do it, team is with 2 trades still and 134K

    Backs; hodge, Mundy, Hibberd, rich, Macintosh, hamling (Edwards, Byrne)
    MIDS; Lewis, fyfe, Parker, Heppell, armitage, ward, Wallis, Dumont (kavanagh, Amon)
    RUCKS; goldy, maric (cox, Holmes)
    FWD; Martin, Gray, swan, Mitchell, Bont, Steele(lambert, McBean)

    Best I could think of would be Macintosh to j kolo but have to play hamling and Edwards (risky) and Amon to jelwood and hope he can hit his after bye form of old

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    Kamil Machaj

    July 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Really don’t understand the love for Armitage, ever since Montagna has been in the side it’s been hurting Armo’s scores, not sure if Calvin/Roy has ever mentioned that (maybe I missed it) but I really think he’s being over-hpyed at the moment. Currently at looking to get Montagna or Ebert in my team at this stage.

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      July 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Since Joeys been back he has still only gone under 100 once. I’ve been an owner for most of the year and very happy with him – one of the few premos who hasnt caused me a headache

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      Worth While

      July 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      What is more difficult to understand is the complete absence of the name Jack Steven on this website in general. If a more established footy name occupied the #1 Fantasy player spot we would all have them.

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        Kamil Machaj

        July 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

        I own Jack Steven, has been great. But is the #1 Tagged player at the Saints. Therefore Armo and Joey are better C options at the moment. But yeah have been pleased with Steven thus far. I think it’s cause he either scores a 100 or 140 in a game, and I’d rather captain someone who is a walk up 120+, not always the case with Steven.

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        July 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        @ Worth While:

        It is a common trend. Armitage is only talked about because of that exact reason (being #1).

        DT’ers tend to want to see sustained performances from someone considered a ‘premium’ before paying $550k+ for someone. This is especially true when a more ‘established’ player who has been producing scores such as Armitage for at least a year prior.

        Wait till next year, a higher % of players will begin the year with Armitage/Stevens if their performances continue this year. (or only towards the final series this year when form dictates the trades) Remember, if Armi/Stevens start to spit out 70’s before your grand final and you have the option to trade to say: a Fyfe/Pendlebury type who hypothetically produce 120+ scores in the preceeding weeks, will you be holding onto those Saints? I doubt it.

        If you have Stevens be happy that he is undermentioned, it is to your advantage. This is part of the reason I dont post my team, but I’m happy to at the end of the year and compare rankings with all my haters.

        Eagerly awaiting hate mail from Fat/Albert/Warnie :P

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          Worth While

          July 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm

          Yeah agreed. It’s only natural that the elite players of the competition get the most mentions.

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          Fat Knife

          July 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

          Honoured to be the first hater mentioned!

          I generally respect your opinions Milansta, but find you unnecessarily arrogant at times.

          p.s. I’ve asked you before but do you post on the FFS website with a Balotelli avatar?

        • Warnie


          July 1, 2015 at 8:08 pm

          No hate…

          Why no mention of Steven? I’m not sure… maybe because a lot of trade talk from myself and others (written, podcast, twitter) is around finding value players. Steven is having a mega breakout year and is worth well over $600K. When he was good value, I still couldn’t trust him to be the ‘keeper’ premium to bring in.

          Anyway – he’s laughing in my face at the moment. Although it should be noted, while not bad scores in the landscape of fantasy 2015, he has scored three 90’s in his last six matches. I’m not paying $624,000 for that. But, Calvin should mention him as a serious captain option as he has pumped out some beast scores and he could do some damage to the Dons.

          Also – I was never a fan of Armitage… I’d be picking Stanton over him! ;)

        • gambler


          July 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

          “This is part of the reason I dont post my team”

          That’s because you don’t have one, or at the very least it’s just an average team no better than anyone else. You’re just a troll that only comes here for self glorification. Been happening for years now. The only thing that’s changed lately is people are actually giving you the time of day (to their own detriment).

          To put it nicely – time to piss off mate. Go look for your ego boosts elsewhere and let the DT Talk guys do their job without constantly being hounded by an arrogant tool such as yourself. Yours sincerely, gambler.

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        July 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        Steven is mentioned! Up there next to Joey – not in the top 5 for pretty much the same reason Kamil mentioned

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          Worth While

          July 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

          13 words!

    • Calvin


      July 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      I hear ya, but it’s Armo all day for me. His 75 was tagged and other than that, he has 10×100+ scores… no one better with those numbers

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        Kamil Machaj

        July 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm

        Haha sorry for causing a rukkus fellas only wanted to debate it. Each player has their adv/disadv. eg.

        Montagna – High ceiling, injury risk/old-man syndrome.

        Armitage – Solid 100-115 scorer. Not a massive ceiling (With Joey in the side), possibly getting tagged.

        Steven – Can go 90 or 140, getting tagged as a concern.

        All have their flaws and bonuses…

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    July 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Cheers Calvin, loving these more in-depth captain options. Ebert VC and Swan C for me I think

    • Calvin


      July 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Don’t get used to them ha ha. 1,200+ words and hours of work… I’ll run out of juice after these Thursday night games. Thanks though matey

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    Sammy B

    July 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Can’t argue with Gray averaging 104 against his own team. Lock

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    July 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    i’m on board Calvin. VC Ebert and C Goldy.

    Who to trade out for Hodge, Rich or Oxley?

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      Albert Lloyd

      July 1, 2015 at 8:32 pm


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        July 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

        nice. leaves me with a balance of $0. thanks bert

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          July 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

          Would rather a balance of $0 than have Rich in my team though

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    July 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Nice work Calvin :) Always a good read. Also Roy & Warnie Keep up the good work lads.

    $173,000 in the bank. Currently sitting 27th Overall

    DEF: Hodge, Mundy, McVeigh, Newnes, Ibbotson, Hamling ( R.Smith, J.Kolo )
    MID: Fyfe, Pendles, Parker, Beams, Treloar, Barlow, Wallis, Cripps ( Amon, Dumont )
    RUCK: Jacobs, Goldstein ( Cox, Holmes )
    FWDS: Swan, Gray, Dusty, T.Mitchell, Franklin, Ziebell ( Byrne, Lambert )

    Which trades look better:
    1. Franklin > J.Steele & Amon > Boyd
    2. Franklin > McKernan & Dumont/Amon > Boyd ?
    3. Something Else ??

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      July 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      nice team. i like option two the best (and i would take the gamble and hold dumont)

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    July 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    If you don’t agree with Calvin guys then go ahead & pick the likes of Steven. The beauty of this game is its your choice! However, the couple of times I went against Calvin this year it hurt me badly! He doesn’t get it wrong very often for a reason! Ebert VC & Goldy C for mine. Good luck

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      Worth While

      July 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      I don’t even own Steven! I just find it perplexing that the highest scoring player of the year isn’t even in the top 5. I am going Goldstein too :)

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    July 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Are these trades good??

    Wallis > Mckernan (via Steele dpp)


    Glenn > Knight

    Leaving 327k

    OR should i go

    Oxley > Byrne


    Glenn to Knight

    Leaving 356k..


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    July 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Thurlow, ox, rich and saad is the choices this week and all on the field in my team

    Will get rid of one this week and then next week get rid of 2 out of 3 left

    So which order to get rid of

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      July 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      rich, saad, ox, thurlow for me

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    July 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Who to get in my team this week

    Hibberd, shaw or Adams from Coll

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    Datrick Pangerfield

    July 1, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Who should I field? Dumont or Kelly(crows)? Dumont a vest risk but Smelly will probs score sooooo low. Cheers

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    Statutory Apes

    July 1, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    In order from best to last what’s your opinion on favourite defenders out of Laird, McVeigh, Shaw, Picken, Boyd? Or are there any others to watch out for? Cheers.

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      July 2, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Boyd, McVeigh, Picken, Shaw and then Laird for me.

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    Statutory Apes

    July 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Jeremy I’m thinking Adams out of those three. But shaw is looking the goods at the moment too.

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    July 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Quick question….to take advantage of the loop hole if your VC does well on Thurs, you do have to put your C on a donut don’t you? If so is 115 enough?

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    July 2, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Whoever said Jack Steven was first tagged at the saints and Montagna and Armo are better…
    Mate a low score of 92 and a high score of 166? Highest averaging player in Fantasy this year?
    Wake up, Steven is a pig

    • Warnie


      July 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Hold up… not a pig. Has pig tendencies, but not a pig. 3 out of his last 6 in the 90s, that goes against the constitution of Fantasy Pigs. ;)

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    July 2, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Did my phone app bug last week? I put the vc on Fyfe decided not to take his vc score and the next day decided to change the C to someone else. I couldn’t change it off Heppell and put it on a non scoring player… But I could move players around.. Am I just playing dumb here or what? I’ve never used the loophole until now. Always dome it legit… What am I doing wrong?

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    July 2, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Alsom….. After partial lockout on Thursday can we also reverse trades?

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    July 2, 2015 at 1:36 am

    5thQuarter naa you can’t do it on the android phone app I’m pretty sure it needs to be done on a computer, I had the same problem but my captain scored more so it ended up going well haha

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    July 2, 2015 at 1:37 am

    And yeah you can reverse

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    July 2, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Thoughts on Tom Mitchell being green vested?

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    Bag of magic Beams

    July 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

    No love for Wines?
    Think I might take a punt in him.

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    July 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Best midfielder under 519k? Already have Barlow and Wallis. Tossing up between Boak and JPK or if anyone has any other suggestions?

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    July 3, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Hey guys should i take Parkers 112 ??? or risk it on someone else

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      July 3, 2015 at 4:12 am

      I’m pretty sure I’ll stick with Parker, unless I trade in Goldstein over McKernan. Awkward number, though. Probably be a lot of impulse decisions in the dying seconds.

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    July 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

    great article as always Calvin!

    Asking this question about DT elite and it relates to the loop hole (sorry pls don’t hate).We have emergencies enabled in our league as well.

    Just to make sure I’m doing it right… I’m happy with Kennedy’s score and the VC is on him. I put someone like mitch duncan on the field and put the c on him. Sub someone from my midfield onto the bench who is playing. Then I’ll get the VC score. Sorry to be annoying just wanted to make sure and would appreciate feedback

  29. Euman


    July 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    what about LACHIE NEALE??? at home Domain v the Brisbane lions – cmon cant believe hes not been mentioned here had him as my loophole captain last week im predicting 150 plus


  30. Fooz


    July 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Horrible to think, but my vc loop de loop failed. I’ve ended up with blicavs as c. Was going to change to goldy today, but ran out of range. …

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