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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 7

Calvin is back! He’s been crunching numbers all week to bring you his top 5 captains in AFL Fantasy.


With an average of 143 over his last three games, Rory Sloane is clearly the #1 man in the Fantasy game. He scored a 2017 PB 155 last week and this week, he heads to Hobart to take on the Kangaroos. He forecast for Saturday is for 19 degrees and showers. This shouldn’t bother him either way.

He has scored 84, 139 and 79 in his last three games against North Melbourne and could possibly be tagged this week Dumont who did have a run with job against Fyfe (87) not that long ago. Yes, this is a slight concern but Rory is just unstoppable at the moment and should dominate anyone he comes up against.

The final negative I have here is the fact that the Roos are the third hardest team to score against over the last three weeks, only conceding 1×120+ score against them.

With all that said, we’re talking about a guy who has a lowest score of 132 in his last 5 games.


Across the six games so far, Tom Mitchell’s consistency has been amazing scoring between 128 and 115. You know what you’re getting with this little swine and this week he’s up against the second hardest team to score against in Melbourne.

He scored 114 on them last year and over his career he has averaged 106 against them in four games. They are tough to score on though and so far this year, many players have come unstruck against them.

Tom’s form though has been great averaging 124 in his last three and if anyone can break the trend, then he’s the man.


The Sydney Swans are currently the easiest team to score against over the last three weeks, giving up 1750pts per game, over 300 more compared to the hardest team in the GWS. Last week, Carlton went bananas on them with Docherty and Simpson having monster scores of 160 odd. Seven Blues cracked the ton last week so Brisbane get their chance here and we are all hoping the result will be the same at the SCG.

Tom Rockliff is has previous scores of 132, 128 and 141 on the Swans which is enough for me. He last played at the SCG in 2013 for just 85pts but that’s not even worth mentioning. His form has been great and although he only managed 100 last week, he still ranks as the 5th best with an average of 127 over the last three weeks.

A disappointing 76 was not what people wanted to see from Dayne Zorko last week, especially after his previous two games of 157 and 139. Zorko, like Rocky, loves playing the Swans and has ripped them apart in the past with scores of 148 and 139. Expect him to bounce back this week in a big way.

Stef Martin scored 92 on Sydney last year and last week, he only managed 86, his worst score for the year. The Sydney ruck department isn’t overly intimidating and Stef should basically do as he pleases.

After seeing what the Blues did to Sydney last week, the signs here are very positive. They bleed points and we all know what our little pig gets like when this starts happening.


Yep, quick research and addition to Calvin’s Captain because that’s what I do… I’m the people’s pirate.

Firstly, hard to say with limited and old data but back to the real most recent stats of 2015, when Rocky played games that Beams missed that year it looked like this. The first time was against the Roos in round 11, 2015 and that day, he was tagged by Ben Jacobs for 53. Yep, Beams out… moves Rocky up the tag order. Sydney don’t tag.

After that… Beams then sat out the remainder of the year from round 17 onwards. Over that time the snout got larger with scores of 123, 143, 140, 159 and 149.

So to answer the question up there, how does our pig score without Beams… you be the judge!


Did you know that Zach Merrett loves playing at Domain Stadium in the west?

Oh boy he loves it. In his last three games there he has pumped out numbers of 123, 121 and 137. This week he’ll meet the Dockers there and last year against them, Zach scored that 121 that you see above.

The thing is with Zach, you can’t keep the man quiet or can you ever doubt his ability to pump out amazing scores. Last week he had just 36pts at the half, and as my #1 captains pick, my twitter fed was going off. Then you blink, and Zach has a 72pt second half and there you go. Not many players can do this… he is one of them and certainly should never be written off.


Jack Steven v GWS @ Etihad Stadium – Back in the mix again after a nice 133. He scored 100 and 136 in his last two against the Giants, but they are the hardest to score against at the moment… by a mile, as they haven’t conceded a score over 120 in the last three weeks.

Adam Treloar v Carlton @ the MCG – Carlton have given up 17×100+ scores over the last three weeks but the issue here is, Treloar will be tagged by Curnow. He was in his last two games for scores of 75 and 96.

Gary Ablett v Geelong @ Metricon Stadium – Called it last week and Gaz didn’t let me down with a monster 162 from 45 touches and 9 tackles. Only had 90 against his old side last year but did have 137 and 140 before that.

Joel Selwood v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium – Selwood scored 115pts less this week, than he did in round 5. He does have good numbers against the Suns though with 126 and 137 coming in his last two games.

Nick Riewoldt v GWS @ Etihad Stadium – Sitting too far forward for my liking and therefore needs goals to score. Booted 4 on the weekend for his 110, and he did have 137 on the Giants last year.

Luke Shuey v Port Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval – Another 110 last week and this week, he goes for his 6th straight ton. Lowest score of only 92 on Port in his last 4 games and he’ll ton up again for sure.

Marc Murphy v Collingwood @ the MCG – Only has 1×100+ score against the Pies in his last 7 games against them and is coming off scores of 100 and 97. Oh and maybe a Greenwood tag who went to Selwood (60pts) last week. Maybe.

Patrick Dangerfield v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium – The Pies are one of his favourites and he needs this after averaging just 95 in his last three games this year. Scored 129 and 138 on the Suns in his last two games but only has 1×100+ score at Metricon over his career of 5 games there.

Dusty Martin v Bulldogs @ Etihad Stadium – I think Dusty could explode this week. He had 103 and 114 on the Dogs in his last 2 games and his form has been solid too.

Taylor Adams v Carlton @ the MCG – Adams had a huge 148 last week but the Blues, for some reason are the only team in his career (6 games), he hasn’t scored triple figures against.

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Sloane all the way, if its rainy he will get 20 hugs

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Easy Pig

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Bringing in Zach this week and chucking the C on him straight away over Rocky. No one can ever convince me to captain a bloke against the Swans at the SCG. I know times have changed, and the numbers probably don’t back it up, but it just never feels right.

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      The Chosen Won

      May 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Adams, Treloar, Grundy and Sidebumm all had 125+ V Swans at SCG with 3 others getting tons!


      Good Luck

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        May 3, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        You’re right… first time taking the C off Rocky last week as well and it worked. Maybe I should quit while I’m ahead!

        Wasn’t able to pick up Zach last year though and I want to make up for lost time haha…

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    These guys really do have a hard on for Rocky dont they haha.What was Rockys score last week,what was Sloanes,nuff said.

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      May 3, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Hmmm, if it was just as easy as basing it on last week, all those who traded in jelwood last week would have loved his 60.

      • FevsBingles


        May 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm


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        May 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm

        Well ok,Sloanes score was great the week before.

        • Warnie


          May 3, 2017 at 10:40 pm

          Rocky is the greatest Fantasy footballer we have ever seen. Hard on justified.

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            May 3, 2017 at 11:51 pm

            Donger, go and have a look at Rocky’s scores the week after he has a relatively quiet weekend. I won’t be surprised if he goes 180 this weekend.

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          May 5, 2017 at 10:54 pm

          rockys scores have been great all the way back since 2014 (minus his injured games), nuff said

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            May 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

            Rocky 167

            Sloane 65

            I know its after the fact but….. Nuff Said

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      Hard On

      May 3, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Number of 120+ scores in last 60 non-injury affected games
      Rockliff: 39 times
      Sloane: 17 times

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      May 6, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Well to be fair rocky hasn’t gone under 100 in his past like 20 games…. so I mean the hardon is expected.

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      May 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      How did that go for you? Lol

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I have a feeling we will see a 200 this week

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Calling it now, Rocky going 155+

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    As a Blues fan watching the game on Saturday I was amazed at how poorly the Sydney star midfielders are playing in comparison to how they have done in the past. They were completely blown away by Cripps and Co and Simpson and Doc were allowed to do whatever they liked off HB.

    I thought Swans bad start to the year was just a bad patch of form, but watching them get blown-out by our youthful midfield amazed me. Useless something amazingly dramatic happens this week, Rocky should go absolutely ham on then.

    Then you just have to add in that Beams also isn’t there for this game.

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      May 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Exactly, without Beamer in the team Rocky gets dirty

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        May 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

        what’s happened to Beams? why won’t he be there?
        Excuse my ignorance, sorry.

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          May 6, 2017 at 12:09 am

          Quad sore out 2 weeks

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    May 3, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    If McCartin is back his week Riewoldt will be back up the ground

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      May 4, 2017 at 12:48 am

      Also apparantly he had a crook guts last week so didnt do as much running up the ground

  9. FevsBingles


    May 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I’m putting the C on Zac Dawson!

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    May 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Nice work Cal. What are your thoughts on some of the Melbourne mids against Hawthorn? We’re bleeding points as much as anyone at the moment.
    Oliver could be a good unique captain, although unsure if I have the balls to pick him ahead of Rocky.

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      May 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      The figures so far this year back it up, but you never know, choose at your own risk!!!

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      May 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

      I’ve had Oliver from the start and he handballs to much to be mentioned as a captain

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    May 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Not trying to knock any of the huge preparation that goes into these types of things, but I would honestly love to know the relevance of past form vs any given opposition. I’m no mathematician, but maybe some sort of standard deviation statistic? I might have to get onto CD

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      May 4, 2017 at 12:01 am

      probably completely irrelevant for relatively new huge scores like merrett and treloar

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    May 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Anyone rate Pendles vs Carlton this week?? Coming off a massive score last round and averaging 125 in last 5 against the Blues

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      May 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Could go well. However runs the risk of a tag from Curnow. I think Curnow more likely to go to Pendles that Treloar.
      Geelong tagged Treloar last week & Pies still won.

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    What are people doing with beams ?

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      May 3, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Upgrading him to Sloane or Merrett.

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      May 3, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      I downgraded greene to heeney and used some bonus cash i had to upgrade to sloane

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      May 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      roughie to heeney

      beams to steven/ hanners

      gonna wait on going for a big upgrade, i think sloane is a bit overpriced and gonna look for some value in guys who have gone down in price

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    You forgot to mention Aaron Hall in your Just Quickly section?

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      May 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      that’s because you shouldn’t be captaining him

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      May 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      There’s a VERY good reason for that…

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        May 3, 2017 at 11:48 pm

        He also forgot to mention Zac Dawson, for the same reason.

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      May 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      yeah Calvin, Why didn’t you mention Aaron Hall?

      He’s only on 111, 10 minutes into the 3rd qtr

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Sloane, Merret or Rocky Sloane scares me a bit as he has the potential to have a few 60-80 games as shown last year and round one this year and is obviously not going to continue his huge average.
    Thank you for your help

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      May 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm


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      cleveland steamers

      May 3, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      he had a broken jaw round 1, so don’t bag him for that

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        May 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm

        Fractured eye socket*** and I’m not bagging him I love the man his fantasy game just scares me a bit

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          Guy Incognito

          May 4, 2017 at 10:28 am

          I have been burnt by broken cheeks, concussions, ankles from Sloane in the past! Plus, tags are coming…

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    To trade in ^^^

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    May 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    thoughts on dylan roberton ?

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      May 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      I got him last week and am happy. In a new role and playing well. Unlikely to go below his BE this week, 40 in Fantasy and 0 in DT. Likely top 10 defender this year.

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        May 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Cost me the win in a league I was undefeated in. So yeah, pick him up, had JJ instead..ffs

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    May 4, 2017 at 12:04 am

    The “top 5” for the most part is getting very stale. If you know you’re gonna get 125 out of someone (tom mitchell) take it! No use gambling on the blokes who score a 140 then an 80 when tagged

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    May 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Holy hell….this is the first time ever that I don’t have even 1 of the captain’s top five!!!

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    May 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

    brought in roberton for marchbank and went from hampton to vicker-willis


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      May 4, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      roberton’s form is pretty irresistable but i think march bank can still make you a little bit more cash, anyone else that can make that trade with? hampton is ready to go though

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        May 5, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        give hampton 1 more week. I called his massive score two weeks ago after a shocker, and I’m gonna call it again. He’ll go 85+ this week, as will Marchbank so don’t get rid of either, unless you have the luxury of doing so, in which case I’d be getting hampton out first.

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    May 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    bit of a conundrum, thanks for the article first off, love it as always.

    Dangerfield is my top ranked out of this list…not good.

    Danger, Treloar, Adams, Shuey, Stef Martin??? What do people reckon, just scared of danger being sore but then treloar burnt me last week and will get tagged, Adams bad Carlton record, Shuey and Stef are tempting…..arghhh ahahah

    Any thoughts would be awesome, will try and comment on others :))

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      May 5, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Adams is a good option. Pies are playing Carlton at the G, and I have a feeling Bucks will try and play Adams like Simpson did last week against Sydney. I reckon he’s your best bet, but safety wise, go Treloar, he won’t have another stinker, I hope!

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    May 4, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    what do you think as a captain Ablett or Dangerfield

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      May 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Gaz. Proven PIG last week, Danger played through with an injury & Duncan tagged last week, but seeing as Danger is slightly injured (minimum), Duncan will be asked to play a higher midfield role. I’d go Gaz.

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    May 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Anyone like Jack Watts as Captain? Playing well and v the Hawks…..106 last week and building

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      May 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I don’t like him as captain, but having him in your team, could work. Working against McEvoy in the ruck who is in career best form atm, but up forward could be dangerous. Your call.

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