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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 3

What are you thinking Calvin? Dangerfield sits at #5? Better find out what’s going on…


If I was really gutsy and wanted to take a plunge/risk, then I would be seriously looking at some of these unique options for round 3.

After scoring 125 and 139 in his opening games, Marc Murphy has returned to his best. He nearly made my top 5 this week as his record against the Bombers is nuts. In fact, he has scored 8×100+ scores against them in his last 9 games and although they are the 3rd hardest team to score against at the moment, they are his favourite of all time.

If Tom Campbell can score 96 against Naismith, then Brodie Grundy can have a thousand. He had 123 last week and should be good for a solid 120 for sure.

I had him at #5 last week and Andrew Gaff scored well once again with 115, backing up his great start in round one of 144. He has scored 108 and 110 in his last two on the Tigers and despite what people think, his scores at the MCG are mind-blowing.  117, 100, 111, 110, 105 and 106 are his last efforts at the MCG and although he is unlucky to miss my top 5, I’ll be backing him in to once again have another cracking game.


Surely not Cal… are you really saying Patrick Dangerfield is a dangerous pick this week?

“Yes” I say to myself as I speak in the third person and here are my reasons why.

Firstly, yes… his form has been sensational with 139 and 118 coming in his first two games. He’s back under the roof and we know he averaged 130 there last year, and even had his 139 there last week. So what’s my problem?

At this stage, and it’s only two weeks of data, Melbourne are the hardest team to score points against. They have given up the fewest 100+ scores out of the 16 teams and they have me worried this week.

Add to that… this stat: Dangerfield scored 110 on them last year, and that my friends was his highest score against them in his career 9 games. Although there are other factors such as Bernie Vince and the small possibility he’ll tag him, but for the record I actually don’t see that don’t see happening.

Don’t get me wrong, many people will still roll with Danger this week, but you have been warned and yes, he’ll stay in my top 5 because I can still see him having 120 odd.


C’mon Sir Pig… bring home the bacon.

Tom Rockliff is back at his ‘home’… Etihad Sty Stadium where he has scored 127, 179 and 184 in his last three games. Yes, I have checked those numbers and they are 100% correct.

He has started the year, just like we thought he would with scores of 127 and 123 and this week, he will be bigger.

Rocky meets the Saints, a team he had 127 on last year but the reason I am so sold on him this week is because, one, he’s under the roof and the fact the Saints are bleeding points. The most out of everyone in the competition, as they have already given up 12×100+ scores in just two games.

Let’s see what those look like…

Luke Shuey 144
Nathan Jones 126
Clayton Oliver 122
Jordan Lewis 119
Jesse Hogan 118
Andrew Gaff 115
Max Gawn 111
Alex Neal-Bullen 110
Matt Priddis 107
Tom McDonald 104
Elliot Yeo 103
Bernie Vince 103

So Rocky plays the Saints (easiest) and Danger plays the Demons (hardest). So far this year, the Saints have given up 420 points more per game than the Dees. There’s a stat to share with your friends.

In the same game, his team mate Stef Martin should dominate after coming off scores of 121 and 101. He has scored 102, 112 and 110 in his last 3 games against the Saints and should keep his great run going this week.

Dayne Zorko is averaging 112 this year and has posted 100, 93 and 122 in his last few games on the Saints. With heaps of points on offer, expect Zorko to be cashing in as well.

To see how teams score and who gives up what… click here


Paying $1.05 to be inducted into pig status, Zach Merrett has started the year where he finished 2016 with scores of 140 and 129. The current number 1 player in the game who has played all the games this year, plays the Blues this week who are the 3rd easiest team to score against.

Small issue though, as he has only scored 115 and 98 on them in his last two games… but still, this kid is  bloody freak and should dominate them on Sunday afternoon at the MCG.

Although his scores are slightly off what Zach has been doing, how good has Tom Mitchell been at the Hawks? He has scored 125 and 128 in his first games and will carve the Suns a new one at Metricon.

They are his favourite team to play and has posted 132, 163 and 131 on them in the only 3 games he has played them. Both the 130’s were at Metricon and that’s why I will safely place Tom, just ahead of his piglet rival this week.


Taylor Adams v Sydney @ the SCG
– had 95 last week and with this one being on the road, there’s too much uncertainty.

Rory Sloane v Port Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval – 152 last week but old mate Sloany hasn’t scored over 100 in a Showdown in his last three games.

Nat Fyfe v Bulldogs @ Domain Stadium – Only managed 54 on the Dogs in round one last year but has started very well with scores of 116 and 110.

Buddy Franklin v Collingwood @ the SCG – Bud is on fire averaging 113.5 but hasn’t scored over 100 against the Pies in his last 3 games.

Dyson Heppell v Carlton @ the MCG – 96 last week after his awesome start. 97 and 84  in his last two against the Blues isn’t enough here.

Max Gawn v Geelong @ the Etihad Stadium – If Preuss can have 46 hit outs and 105pts against Geelong (Rhys Stanley)… then Max can go 150. In his last 3 against the Cats he has had 95, 139 and 96.

Scott Pendlebury v Sydney @ the SCG – 84 on the Swans last year, which happened to be his worst score against them in his last 8 games. Should be good again after starting with 110 and 135.

Dusty Martin v West Coast @ the MCG – West Coast are the 2nd hardest team to score against at the moment and when you add his last score of 68 against them from 2016 and his 86 last week, this is a huge risk. Oh and he has a busted face. Be very careful.

Sam Mitchell v Richmond @ the MCG – 123 last year on the Tigers and only 88 last week. He’ll have some huge ones and then some moderate games this year and should be avoided in any captain’s talk.

Clayton Oliver v Geelong @ the Etihad Stadium – People will go nuts if I don’t mention him but even after starting with an average of 128.5, guys like this can crash and burn without notice.  Great start kid, but I’ll need to see you keep this up for a little longer.

Josh Kennedy v Collingwood @ the SCG – 86 last week and only 63 on the Pies last year. I’m not sure what they are putting in the Swan’s water but it’s killing their scores at the moment.

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Who would you be bringing in if you had a choice between rocky and Zerret? I already have danger.

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 5, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      I would bring in Zerrett, just because he’s a better unique, since everyone pretty much has Dangerfield or Rockliff in their team.

      Check us out at AFL Fantasy Fanatics

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        April 5, 2017 at 7:32 pm

        Enough of the promotion..
        DT Talk worked hard to get their audience, you need to find your own way.

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          April 5, 2017 at 9:38 pm


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          April 6, 2017 at 10:07 am

          yeah bugga off … if everyone did what youre doing DT Talk would be spoilt

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          April 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm

          +1 .. nobody likes a leecher.

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        April 5, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        What’s the website?

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        Dwayne Johnson

        April 6, 2017 at 1:27 am

        Your brand is so shit AFL Fantasy Fanatics, I typed your brand into google. And it brought me back here!

        Do you smell what I’m cooking?

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      I would, personally, look at other options first rather than spending $700k+ (even if subsidised via trade) in rd 3. JMO.

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      April 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

      to answer the question – id look at the BE and then choose the lower – its a toubh call, but id go rocky… bombers welcome-home-honeymoon will end soon

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Cheers Calvin, appreciate you taking the time out of recording with Chvrches to write this.

    • Calvin


      April 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Ok.. I googled that… am I supposed to look like one of them? ha ha
      If so, am I the bearded one with the hat, or the bearded one? If you say the chick.. you have me stumped

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        April 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

        The one with the hat for sure.

        YouTube their cover of Do I Wanna Know and you’ll see what I mean…

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        April 5, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        How good would a 180 be from Rocky this week. We know is going to happen sooner or later. You’ve convinced me Titch your out Rocky back in with the C.

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          April 6, 2017 at 7:02 am

          #tomuchfooty…I had a dream last night that a mate rang me to give me stick about my “C” Rocky getting injured after a blinding start of 80 before half time.Yes I have touched wood!

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    what about treloar?

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      April 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      On light duties at training this week (same as Pendles) not sure you can read into it to much but against the swans who will be on a rampage it’s just enough to make you look elsewhere with much better options this week anyway

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Pig or Piglet who will score more, I’ll take the Piglet

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Caution for Gawn..
    Zac Smith may come in and actually contest rucks, and Jake Spencer may come in for Hogan.

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      April 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Almost disappointing that this didn’t come up in your research. Not saying it’s a certainty, just should be mentioned as a warning.

      • Calvin


        April 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

        I agree. It’s incredibly disappointing. Sorry Jacob, won’t happen again.

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          April 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm

          Calvin, I’m disappointed that you’re disappointed. I think you should disappointed in my disappointment at you being disappointed.

          Jacob, you’re a bloody hero mate.

          • FevsBingles


            April 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm

            Now I’m disappointed and now I’m a Sad Panda.

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            April 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

            now i cant remember what dissapointed means after reading it so many times….oh wait, richard tambling…it means tambling

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        April 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        My research indicates you’re a flog Jacob

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          April 6, 2017 at 7:41 pm

          Just looking out for the community, pal

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Locking in Titch. Pump em out for me mate ?

    • FevsBingles


      April 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Same mate, I’ve thrown the C on Mitchy.

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Calvin. Legend. Love your capt articles. What about old mate treloar? Smoky choice but has been in ripping form. what are his stats vs sydney?

  8. Calvin


    April 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Adam Treloar v Sydney @ the SCG – firstly, can’t believe I’ve missed him out again, did the numbers, but over-looked him the poor bugger.

    127/125 in his first two games this year and plays the 4th easiest team to score on. He had 117 last year against them at the SCG, and I’m tipping the Swannies mids to come out blazing this week. Picking him against this will be risky with so many other better options. It was wasn’t at the SCG, and at Etihad or the MCG, things may have been better. If I had a top 8, he would have got… 8

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Thoughts on Beams?! Started pretty good and versusing the Saints could be big.

    • FevsBingles


      April 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      This isn’t a bad option, I like it, he has been my vice the last two weeks behind Danger.

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Looks like a ticking time bomb for injury… Very risky.

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        April 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm

        the trick is to to throw it before it goes off, but also remembering its destructive value while its in your hands, carn che, this is guerrilla warefare 101

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          April 5, 2017 at 9:30 pm

          Alas, I’m pitching nothing but duds this year. Beams my only mid price success so far, so I hope he avoids the carnage!

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            April 5, 2017 at 9:43 pm

            yep, Im pitching dudds too, at least my pitcher of beer is full so I can drown my sorrows.

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I note the form against Collingwood, but Buddy in his 250th is a captain pick that could pay off big time. I can’t though, I’m in a must win game and it’s too risky not to go Rocky…

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Prob not right place but

    Trade in T Miles or H Balic ?

    Start Butler or Ainsworth ?

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      April 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      You’ll probably end up getting both eventually anyway so I’d go miles this week. Lower BE and will give Balic a chance to prove himself

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Captain on Danger Or Treloar??

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Any concern that Zerrett cops attention from Curnow? He wouldn’t typically be the first tagged player, but after Bolts decided to go after Lewis last week, surely it is a concern.

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Watson and Heppell in front of him for the tag, surely?!

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        April 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        Would’ve thought a Viney/Tyson type copped a tag before Lewis though.

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          April 6, 2017 at 10:44 am

          Yeah, and you would have been wrong. It’s okay, I probably will be too. To answer your question though, I’m not worried about Merrett getting tagged. That’s not to say it won’t happen though!

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        Bre Bushies

        April 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

        Really Simon – do you watch footy or just troll

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    April 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Don’t forget they love to put Vince on Danger. In 2015 Vince towled him up. He loves playing on Danger.

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      No way Vince repeats the dose. Can’t see it

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        Bre Bushies

        April 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm

        positive comment when your ready Simon

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    April 5, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks calvinator for those stats. My mind is eased. Also, if you are disappointed at those others being disappointed- surely thats the same as two negatives = a positive. Therefore you must laughing your socks off

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    April 5, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Calvin why did you put Danger at #5? Your article suggests he will be unders this week yet you can only find 4 others to out score him?

    It’s a bit contradicting and just wanting clarification.

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    April 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Are you stupid Dude?. You are a contradiction, you just answered your own question. Danger is at #5 because he is unders going on the stats, he is also #5 because according to the same stats there are 4 better options and 5 comes after 4, Does this clarify it for you? now go away and stop harassing Calvin with your bullshit Dude.

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      April 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      The only reason you could harass the Calvinator is cause of this site… set out like crap, no idea what’s going on in each thread, no topics just mumble jumble turning into trade questions no matter the thread, bunch of questions in a row asking same damn thing… Get a seperate area for forum chats to ask this stuff so the comments ain’t the same shit every thread is the only thing Calvin gotta awnser!!

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    April 6, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Boys, lets all just calm down and thanks the fantasy gods for the 3 wise men of AF/DT. Life would be so much harder if they didn’t do what they do each round

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      April 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

      agreed …. if Z.Dawson was at number 5 i might question the calvinator, that would be different

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    Mary Hail

    April 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Fyfe + Taranto -> Rockliff + Hampton ?

    or better of getting in two cash cow rookies

    Bowes + GHS -> Hampton + WHE ?

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      April 6, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Cant tell if ur trading fyfe or rocky, but don’t even think about either

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    April 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Guys I’m stuck. Who do I pick out of Titchell and Rockliff?

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    April 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Does the loophole work for tommorow I’m putting vc on buddy

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