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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 12

Sir Oink-a-lot is back and he makes Calvin’s top 10 straight up!

Over the bye rounds, I will be running my traditional top 10. These are the players, in the order that I would be picking them this week. Obviously I have researched more than 10, but of the best I have found, these are my picks… and as I said, in the order that I would use when picking my captain.

But first, we have another partial lock-out this week with the Thursday game between Sydney and the Bulldogs so let’s take a look at that one first.


Ok… so these teams have already met this year in round 2 and on that day, Lance Franklin went big with 4.3 goals for 127pts (or 142 if he kicked straight). If you’re looking for a guy who can hit a high ceiling, then Buddy is your man… along with Dan Hannebery who has averaged 128 in his last three games this year. He has only had 79 and 78 on them in his last two but did have 127 and 143 before those shockers.

Josh Kennedy will be better than the 86 he had against the Dogs in round two as back in 2016 he did have 139 and 106 against them. Jake Lloyd had 113 earlier this year but he’d need something very special to be in the mix here as his career personal best is just 131.

As for the Doggies, well, Marcus Bontempelli had a nice 129 in round two against them and as for your forwards in Dahlhaus and Macrae they only managed 84 and 92 on that day.

MY VC TOP FIVE – Franklin, Hannebery, Kennedy, Bontempelli and Macrae

LOOP HOLE EXPLAINED: This one kicks off at 7:20pm and at this time, all your players from the Swans and Bulldogs are locked into your teams. To use the captains loop hole, place the VC on a player in this game (Buddy). If you like his score (must be 130+ in my book), place a non-playing player on the field from the games coming up. Also make sure you have an emergency selected in the same line. The non-playing player will score a 0, and your VC score will double and your emergency will replace the 0. If you don’t like the VC score, select a captain as you normal would. Warning… this can backfire and has on some people in the past. The element of risk is minimal, but worth noting. Also, at this stage I’ll be playing a full 22 players… no room for me to play with the VC here unfortunately.

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Can you put a ‘C’ on a player who has the bye? The answer is “YES”. These bye players will be locked-out as usual on Friday night, making these loop holes over the bye rounds the easiest they will ever be.

During the round, why didn’t VC score double on the screen? Apparently it doesn’t (didn’t for me when I used a bye player with the C) and I don’t know why, but in you total points it has doubled so you shouldn’t stress.

What’s the line this week for a VC? This has changed once again, and with so many potential BIG scores this week, my line for Thursday night game is 130. Bank the points if you can hit that mark, because anything can happen, but we have a few beauties coming.


#10 – Lachie Neale v Brisbane at the GABBA

Neale was tagged by RedBull Robbo last year for just 52pts and although that won’t happen this week, his form has been very wishy washy. Up against the Lions though he should be good for 100+ you’d think.

#9 – Taylor Adams v Melbourne at the MCG

131 last week, Adams has had solid numbers against the Demons in the past with 106 and 113. The thing is, Melbourne can be very tough to score against on their day and must always be approached with care.

#8 – Aaron Hall v Hawthorn at the MCG

Hall had 122 when he met the Hawks earlier this year to be amongst six others who cracked the ton that day. The Hawks are better than what they were, but I still think the points will be flowing for him again this week.

#7 – Adam Treloar v Melbourne at the MCG

He’s been in ripping form with scores of 117, 109 and 126 and should continue here… if he avoids the tag from Bernie Vince. He scored 93 and 123 on them last year and that 123 is his only ton against them in his last four games.  I’m still confident.

#6 – Dayne Zorko v Fremantle at the GABBA

Zorko has scored 124 and 119 in his games leading into his bye and now fronts a team bleeding points. He scored 100, 108 and 132 in his last runs against the Dockers and should be great again on Saturday.

#5  – Zach Merrett v Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium

Bit deep in the list for young Zach here, but that’s nothing to worry about. He scored 128 against Port last year and even had 118 prior to that.  He has scored 126 and 108 in his two runs under the roof this year but my only concern here is that fact that Tom Mitchell only managed 118 last week against the Power. They are up and about at the moment and might carry this swagger into Etihad. It’s still Zach though and a 120 is on the cards once again.

#4 – Brodie Grundy v Melbourne at the MCG

Over the last four games, Melbourne have given up sh*tloads (excuse me) of points to opposition ruckman. Witts (97), Goldstein (148), Jacobs (132) and McEvoy (124) all cashed in and so will Grundy. He’s only coming off scores of 103 and 107 but after reading those numbers above, I’m expecting something around 130.

#3 – Gary Ablett v Hawthorn at the MCG

Hawthorn are the team that Ablett just smashes. He has done it now for 9 years. Check out these ridiculous scores dating back to 2008 and starting from his most recent game when he played them this year in round 3. 138, 129, 157, 132, 139, 175, 147, 135, 109, 120, 131, 123 and 115. Do I need to say anymore? I didn’t think so! Could arguably by #1 here today and splitting these top 3 were very tough.

#2 – Tom Mitchell v Gold Coast at the MCG

The Suns are currently ranked as the #5 team to score points against over the last 3 games. Mitchell scored 115 against them earlier this year (at Metricon), but before that he went 132, 163 and 131. His form has been solid but what gets him over the line here is the fact that this game is at the MCG. This year, he has averaged 136 (6gms) there, compared to 120 (5gms) when playing away. If you can’t get to the man below this week, then Titch should get the job done regardless.

#1 – Tom Rockliff v Fremantle at the GABBA

Shock horror. The big fat pig is back and straight into #1 and guys… this is why.

  • He’s ranked #4 on form over his last three games, and hasn’t yet gone under 100 this year, averaging 132 in his last 3, 136 in his last 5 and 129 overall.
  • Fremantle are the 4th easiest team to score against at the moment. They rank #1 at giving up 100+ scores (21 in the last three weeks) and #3 at given up 120+ scores.
  • Last week, Collingwood had 7×110+ scores against them thanks to four players racking up 30+ disposals.
  • Coming off an injury last year (rd. 7) he scored 184 on his return in rd. 11, and in 2015 after missing 6 weeks, he returned for 128.
  • Oh and his last three scores against the Dockers are 142, 154 and 172.
  • You better reverse those trades if you don’t have him in.

NOTE: The obvious omission here is Rory Sloane. His number against the Saints are amazing with 140, 130 and 131 coming in his last three… however, he has shown he is very vulnerable to a tag this year and this game has Seb Ross written all over it. Sloane has the ability to score 60’s when tagged and as a captain option, I’ll steer clear and find someone else. Same goes for Josh Kelly who should get attention from Carlton’s Curnow. He is coming off 159 but this one is away from his home ground where he has averaged 133 this year, and he actually averages 19pts less on the road. But as we say in the game for guys like this, high risk = high reward.

ODDS: For those who would like to see the odds for my top 5 for Calvin’s Captains for round 12, please follow the link provided right HERE.




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    June 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    JPK (VC), Rocky (C) like everybody else.
    125 baseline for me.

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Gotta think my team is in pretty good shape when I have 8 of Calvin’s top ten in my lineup… unfortunately, the only Sydney or Bulldogs player I have is Heeney. He’ll get the VC, but I won’t but putting any of my hard earned on him cracking 130.

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:07 pm


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    June 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Depending on rookies options ill go Rocky if not Titch.

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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L

    June 7, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Alright you’ve convinced me to sacrifice Fyfe to get Rocky.

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    ” Also, at this stage I’ll be playing a full 22 players… no room for me to play with the VC here unfortunately.”
    Calvin, can you clarify this sentence ?

    As I see it, this is the perfect week with 22 scoring players, as it’s highly unlikely you’ve got any playing bench players.
    You’re not giving up an Emergency, so you VC a Dog-Swan, Captain a Bye non-player and one of your playing 22 becomes an Emergency.
    Am I missing something ?

    • Warnie


      June 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Calvin lost the plot. Surely. Loop-de-loop.

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      June 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm


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      June 7, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      I had the same question?

      “You’re not giving up an Emergency, so you VC a Dog-Swan, Captain a Bye non-player and one of your playing 22 becomes an Emergency.” – thats what I was planning to do also?

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      June 8, 2017 at 12:25 am


      Surely amongst your 22 there’s a player who’ll score low
      Put him on the bench with the E
      Last week I had both SPP and Myers on the bench with the E on SPP playing Thursday night
      With a bye player on the field
      The VC was on Mitchell and it worked fine for me
      You must have a Lloyd or Ryan that you could risk 40-50 points
      If one of WBD/Swans go big you’d be sick if you didn’t do it
      Good luck

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Alright lads,

    Need some help on the trades this week. Deciding on whether to trade out Otten, WHE and Either Fyfe or Taranto to Rocky and either Newnes or K.Stevens. Two questions. Who is better out of Newnes or Stevens? Second. If I trade out fyfe I can get a half decent DEF option in D.Mackenzie who seems to be going alright. If I trade out Taranto I have to go to a DEF option under 250k (and there aint much in that pool).

    Cheers for the suggestions!

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Newman deserves the VC- will go 140 he is a +6 pig. I’m a genius for keeping him

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Dr T under the roof not even a mention?

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    June 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Would it be dumb to loophole Newman over Dahlhaus and Macrae? He has the biggest score of all three this year

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      June 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Not at all IMO. I’m going Macrae as VC anyway just in case he goes nuts. Fully expect a sub 130 and to C Rocky. Hey, it’s a free shot with bye zeroes available. Also going Newmann and Bailey Dale as E loopholes just in case they fail. Again, a free shot, nothing to lose with a bye player in D8 and F8.

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      June 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

      You have nothing to lose, especially if you don’t have any other Sydney options. If you think he’ll go big then do it.

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    June 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Going Buddy vc and Mitchell c. You have been very insightful this year, Calvin.

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    June 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    why does lachie neale keep making your top 10????

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      Read it

      June 7, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      #10 – Lachie Neale v Brisbane at the GABBA
      Neale was tagged by RedBull Robbo last year for just 52pts and although that won’t happen this week, his form has been very wishy washy. Up against the Lions though he should be good for 100+ you’d think.

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        June 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        A guy averaging 130 in his last 5 and 130 at the venue he plays at this week didn’t get mentioned.

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        June 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm

        He doesnt even give a reason there you mong. Why would he be good for 100+? because his form has been wishy washy? because he has been averaging 90 in the last 3? Seems to me like Cal just pulls name out of a hat sometimes.

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    June 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I was looking at going buddy VC as a trade in option, however weather looks like rain buddy not as great in the rain JPK for me

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    King Fisha

    June 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    On the fantasy app. Rocky has a red dot. Is it a sign?

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      June 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      It’s a WARNING sign.

      WARNING he’s gonna go big!

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    June 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    anyone taking newman as cheeky vice captain?

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    June 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    who would be best in out of jpk and sidebottom or jelwood ?

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    June 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I know he can tackle like a mad man but it’s scheduled to rain in Brisbane. Anyone worried about Rocky’s score?

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      June 7, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      = more tackles

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    June 7, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    TOM ROCKLIFF HIGHLIGHTS on youtube, check it out

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    Cozmo Go

    June 8, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Thoughts on going Steven or Hall or Rocky? Or wait a week?

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    June 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    No Josh Kelly?

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    June 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Rocky isn’t playing guys.

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    June 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Is there anybody out there concerned with Rockliff returning from quite a serious injury and his ability to play at 100% if not likely! ie. won’t be looking to tackle and get involved in the rough stuff!

    I think this is a serious issue and impact on his next few games at least…therefore $$$ drop in value also!

    So just wait on him to prove himself I reckon!

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      June 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Nice prediction. Ablett coming back from same problem didn’t seem to affect him tho…

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    June 8, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Thoughts on Ebert v JPK to pick up this week. Ebert more expensive but has been more consistent so far this year.

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    June 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Have to go J Macrae as Vc

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    Tyson (NEED HELP)

    June 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    is it worth taking lloyds score just to be safe as I put the VC on him? or go with titchell?

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      June 8, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Jake Lloyd was my accidental Captain tonight after I missed lockout and ‘C’ was stuck on him.
      56 at 3/4 time, lots of cursing going on.
      Then 66 point last quarter, talk about kissed!

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    June 8, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    So with this game I went Macrae as my VC then I put D Cameron on the ground and put the C on him with Ryder on bench as the Emergency, now I do not like Macrae score so how do I go about changing my Captain?

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      June 9, 2017 at 1:50 am

      If cameron was your C then nothing you can do. Sounds like youre stuck with macrae. Should have put someone who didnt play tonight as your cap so you can still change it

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    June 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Well if Calvin explains things properly we might have a chance. No wonder the 3 stoogers in Tasmania do well.

    And they are ment to be Teachers, thank god my kids don’t live in Tassie, they are a bit simple down there.

    • Warnie


      June 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Bahahaha… seriously. Do people not have any responsibility for their actions anymore? “All of your players from the Swans and Bulldogs are locked into your teams”. If you don’t understand something, don’t bother. Calvin shouldn’t even have to explain it…

      I have no sympathy – considering what you’ve just written there about us.

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        June 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

        Hey Warnie, Maybe you guys should stop explaining the loop hole every Thursday night game and instead us more educated DT public can take advantage of it while people like Marcus sit there trying to tie his shoes. Good way for some sneaky improvement in the rankings

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      June 9, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Are you for real? The line about all Swans and Dogs players being locked into your teams should have told you this. You should think yourself lucky Macrae went over 100

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      June 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I feel bad for your kids if this is how you react to a (small) problem caused by yourself.

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    June 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Then Calvin should keep his f……… mouth shut

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      June 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Looks like your the simple one here mate. The loop hole isn’t rocket science. You only have your self to blame.

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      June 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

      “If you like his score (must be 130+ in my book), place a non-playing player on the field from the games coming up.”

      If the ‘simple’ minds of Tasmanian’s and their teachers can understand the second part of this sentence and you can’t, then perhaps the insult should be aimed at yourself.

      Pot calling kettle black?

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      Marcus is Clever

      June 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Waiting for your free podcast and website to explain the loop hole more appropriately for us mainlanders #flog

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      June 9, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Simple Jack has just been renamed Simple Marcus. I hope Ben Stiller does this new character justice.

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      The Chosen Won

      June 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm


      Good Luck!

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    June 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Last week Calvin told people if you pick a V Captain and he scores over 115 then keep that score as your Captain score. He didn’t say anything about being wrong there when Danger and Adams both went 131.

    Wake up people, and yes I went Danger as Captain

    By the way I’m not stupid enough to call him a LEGEND

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    June 9, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Isn’t anyone going to comment about Calvin being wrong about Captains last week lol they must all be either you mates in Tassie or people that don’t really know what there talking about that commented about me not understanding you Loop hole Captain comment

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      June 9, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      This has to be one of the most poorly constructed sentences I have read in my life. I’m actually surprised you were able to log in to your PC, punch in this website and leave a comment. Gold stars all round

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      June 9, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Out of interest, Traders, have you ever encountered trolls before with DT Talk? Where is all this coming from?

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        June 9, 2017 at 11:26 pm

        I’ve been following this site for about 9 years and there was usually one every year. Unfortunately as the popularity of dttalk has increased so has the amount of dick heads trolling.

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      June 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      You made a comment earlier regarding the state of education in Tasmania. After reading this comment, it’s my belief that you have zero right to make statement on education.

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    June 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    haha, there really are some slow dimwitted morons on this site as of late. Where is all the praise for Calvin’s top 3 selections of Rocky, Mitchell and then Ablett? Hoping Rocky goes off but #2 and #3 top picks have performed very well so far. These guys at DT give so much of their time to help us out and offer their free advice then young idiots with barely a pube on their nutsack want to be keyboard warriors and criticize! Appreciate their contributions and what they give us for free or quite simply FUCK OFF!

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    June 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Damn captains!!!
    I had Zerrett locked as Both my captains, then changed Both to Rocky and Titchell
    Not much harm done, but still, shoulda stuck with tried and true 🙄

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    June 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I have bean a dickhead in comments I made about Calvin, Roy and Warnie and I made a bloody stupid comment about Tassie people, I would like to take this opportunity to apologies for my stupidity. If I offended people which no dealt I did then sorry.

    I have had some bad personal things happen to me lately and I felt I had to take it out on someone and I had a real brain freeze and deserve to be called all sorts of names.

    All you 3 guys are Champions and Legends and keep up you good work.

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