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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 17

Brace yourself for a huge scoring round… but who will be the one you trust with the “C”?


Last week, I said that Dusty Martin would struggle against the Saints as they are now the only team he hasn’t scored 100+ against after nine attempts. We’ll … 73 points later, I was right!

But now is the time for the big gun to dust it off and get ready for the Brisbane Lions under the roof. He played them earlier this year for just 63 which means, his worst score for the year was against the Lions and his second worst score was just last week. So why does he still make my top 5?

Earlier this year he was ‘injured’ and tagged by Mitch Robinson, who isn’t playing. Last week, Geelong monstered the Lions with six players scoring over 105, led by Dangerfield 150, Duncan 128 and Blicavs 120. Over the last three weeks, the Lions rank at #1 in giving up 120+ scores with a total of eight. They’ve also given up 15 tons over the three weeks as well.

Before the mishap earlier this year Dusty had scored 127, 108 and 115 against the Lions and could be something special this week.


Over the last three weeks, Sydney have been very hard to score against (#2) and the GWS have continued their hard streak to be once again the hardest overall.

In the 10 games before the bye, Luke Parker had zero 100+ scores next to his name. Post-bye, he now has four in his last five games with scores of 117 and 148 coming in recent weeks. Parker will be on everyone’s radar this week but you might need to know, he hasn’t scored over 100 against the Giants in his last three games.

Callan Ward has hit some form averaging 126 in his last three with scores of 138, 119 and 122 ranking him #6 based on form.  Team mate Josh Kelly bounced back well against the Hawks last week with 136 but this will be a different story. He has scored 82 and 84 in his last two games against the Swans and I’m tipping he’ll be 95-105 this week.

My tip… avoid anyone in this game in all formats including Moneyball. This will be tight and very low scoring on a Fantasy front.


With the round’s highest score of 181, Dayne Zorko was something amazing against Geelong on the weekend and he nearly doubled the score of the second best Lion (Mayes 93). He had 153 with a quarter to go and looked like being the first 200+ player this year.

Now, he plays Richmond this week who are the fifth easiest to score on at the moment. He played them earlier this year and pumped them for a huge 139. Zorko loves playing under the roof and goes for his 8th straight 100+ scores there with an average of 133 at Etihad this year, he will be massive again. Maybe not 181 massive…. But nevertheless huge.


After a huge 150 on the weekend, Patrick Dangerfield the 2017 Brownlow medallist in the waiting, now has his sights on the Hawks who rank #1 in many categories for all the wrong reasons. They’re the #1 easiest team to score against this year. The #1 team this year in giving up 100+ scores (4.8 per game) and they’re ranked #1 in giving up 120+ scores (1.8 per game).

What else is #1? Well, Dangerfield himself over the last three weeks with an average of 142 thanks to scores of 150, 143 and 134.

This all looks too good to be true, however, he only managed 93 on the Hawks earlier this year. In this game he copped a hard knee from Roughead and look sore in the first term. Obviously effected him as before that game against the Hawks he had scored 113, 137, 105, 105, 132 and 145.

Last week against the Hawks, Ward (138) and Kelly (136) did it with ease last week in Tassie, and Danger will as well.

Mitch Duncan had 113 against them this year and is coming off a nice 128 last week as well. Joel Selwood will be one of the most traded in players this week after his return of 113 on the weekend. He has scored 105 and 103 in his last two against the Hawks and at just $482K with a break even of 131, he’ll be on the radar of many.

Ranked at #3 on form is the pig himself Tom Mitchell who will be battling away once again. He’s had 143 and 132 in the last two games and can’t put a foot wrong at the moment. He scored 125 on the Cats when they met this year and when it comes to playing it safe, Tom’s house is made of bricks and not coming down anytime soon.

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Leather poisoning? Better call Sam Docherty who is becoming a pig in his own right.

152 and 132 are his last two efforts with an average of 140 in his last 5 games. He is carrying a lowest score of 126 in his last 5 games and 119 in his last 8. These numbers are simply mind blowing.

He scored 113 on the Bulldogs last year and at the moment they are a team who are bleeding points like the best of them. The Crows had 8×100+ scores last week and even the defenders Laird (135 top scored), Kelly (103) and Lever (101) cashed in. Doch nearly made my top spot this week for this reason, but with Danger against the easy Hawks he just got the nod. But if you want to go with Doch, go for it and enjoy.


Andrew Gaff v Fremantle @ Domain Stadium – Had 109 on the Dockers this year but just 84 last week, should monster them again I reckon as we venture west to watch this one on Sunday.

Bryce Gibbs v Bulldogs @ the MCG – 84 last week just shows why my faith in Gibbs can be sometime negative. He’s a jet but only had 65 on the Dogs last year, but this one should be much easier.

Steele Sidebottom v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium – Love him! Averaging 118 in his last 5 games, he scored 104 and 118 in his last two against the Suns. Might even be traded into my team this week.

Zach Merrett v St Kilda @ Etihad Stadium – 105 and 78 from his last two games, is well below what we expect from Zach. 126 and 90 on the Saints last year though so he’ll bounce back soon.

Dayne Beams v Richmond @ Etihad Stadium – Loves playing the Tigers and averages 117 in his last 3 against them.

Adam Treloar v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium – Spudded it for 57 last week but had 134 on the Suns last year. Suns haven’t given up a score over 120 in the last three weeks though.

Gary Ablett v Collingwood @ Metricon Stadium – Collingwood are the #1 easiest team to play over the last 3 weeks but Gaz hasn’t played them since they dislocated his shoulder back in 2014. He missed last week and can’t be trusted here despite the potential of being huge on the Pies.

Nick Riewoldt v Essendon @ Etihad Stadium – 112 last week and looked great coming up the ground more. Loves playing the Bombers with a lowest score of 91 against them in his last 12 games.

Michael Walters v West Coast @ Domain Stadium – Running hot as the 4th best in the game over the last 3 weeks with an average of 128. Never captain material but worth a mention based on his form alone.

Tom Rockliff v Richmond @ Etihad Stadium – Averaging just 92 in his last 3 isn’t great, but Rocky did have a ‘rocky-like’ 157 against the Tigers this year.

Elliott Yeo v Fremantle @ Domain Stadium – The best averaging forward in the game has only averaged 84 since I picked him up 3 weeks ago. The Yeo-Yeo is down. Lift son!

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    July 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm


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    July 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Gibbs had 117…..

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    July 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I’m pretty certain Gibbs had 117 last week. Is this right?

    Gibbs against the doggies is very tempting!

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      July 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Yeh ur right he did get 117, he will be huge again this week too

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    July 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Thoughts on Docherty having a slight role change with Cripps out? Doc has been playing more mid recently and this may be the chance for him to go straight on the ball. Might get a bit more attention and less mark kicks ratio down back.

    Any thoughts?

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      July 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      He played in the midfield for the whole game last week and scored 152. Still presented to space for +6’s (10 marks) and had a lot more chances for tackles (7). I was worried when I saw him playing so much in the mids because I had him as captain, but no need to worry!

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        July 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

        He didn’t play full mid, Simpson went in, not doc

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          July 14, 2017 at 12:14 am

          “15 CBA’s for Sam Docherty on the weekend after Cripps went down, only Gibbs attended more for the Blues.” Fantasy Freak on twitter

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    July 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Everyone sleeping on Jack Steven, I think he’ll go 130+ this week and at 525k he’s coming in this week for me with a pretty easy run coming up

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    July 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Do I win this trade in my draft league?

    I give away touk miller and I get toby mclean in return.

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      July 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      I reckon so. McLean in great form, and Miller in rubbish form. Go for it.

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        July 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm

        110 = rubbish form?

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        July 13, 2017 at 10:50 am

        Millers back bro

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    July 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    who is better to have in a draft league?

    De goey or touk miller?

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    July 12, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Who is a better option this week to bring in out of Tom Mitchell, Zorko or Selwood?

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      July 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      cant go past mitchells numbers

    • Euman


      July 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I recon jelwood is one concussion short of a lengthy holiday

    • Stuart


      July 13, 2017 at 8:49 am

      I’m going Zorko, Titch is too expensive. I’ll upgrade Oliver to him later.

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    July 12, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I can’t go past Danger and Doc for c and vc.
    Well reasoned, Calvin.

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    July 12, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    who is better for draft league?

    DeGoey or Touk Miller

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    July 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Cal, Titchell cant put a foot wrong. Dont you mean Hoof? Oink oink

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    July 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Gotta love when I have all five of Calvin’s top picks in my side… I think it’s the first time that has ever happened.

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    July 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    who is better to own in a draft league?

    DeGoey or Touk Miller

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    July 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Miller vs the Pies at home should be 95+. What about Hanley this week?

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    July 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Just a heads up guys. I’m going Zorko captain this week. I warn you because I’m having unbelievably bad luck with captains over the last 7 rounds which has seen me with a highest captain score of 106. One of 3 scores over 100 in that time

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    July 12, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Who are the knobs asking about trades on Calvins Capts. Thank him for the article and then ask your crap questions on the relevant pages

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      July 13, 2017 at 5:41 am


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    July 13, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Who is better to have in a draft league?

    De Goey, Touk Miller, Mclean?

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      July 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Hey Matt,
      Don’t just keep posting the same question if nobody replies to your first comment. Maybe nobody is replying because you’re posting about trades in a Calvin’s Captains article.

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      July 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

      McLean for sure! Playing heaps of midfield time atm and getting the points

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        July 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        Cheers for the help brother, appreciate it!

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    July 13, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Yeah Gibbs had 117? Lowest score of 93??

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    The Chosen Won

    July 13, 2017 at 10:50 am


    Stats don’t lie…

    Only once from 16 attempts has Calvin predicted the highest scoring captain in 2017!

    Good Luck!

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    July 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Gibbs had 84 last time he played the dogs*

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    July 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Who wins this trade in a draft league?

    De goey or mclean

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    July 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Anyone else worried about Danger playing at the G this week? Hasn’t scored under 116 this year aside from his games at the G where he has scored 93 76 and 88 from his 3 games there.

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      July 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      I’m still giving him the C, although it is an interesting stat. I think he was carrying an injury in those games though so I don’t think it is of concern

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        July 13, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        true i forgot about that, hopefully thats what it was. Talk of Titch getting tagged has probably wrongly scared me off him.

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    July 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    What’s the chances of Ablett and JPK playing this week?

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    July 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks Calvin

    What do you make of the thought that increased midfield time due to Cripps injury could actually reduce Docherty’s scoring potential because he will get less easy marks down back?

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      July 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      surely simmo will be the lamb to the slaughter over doc? has had a buttload of mid time this year

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    July 13, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Scott Selwoid will go to Mitchell
    Shields to Dangerfield
    Reckon Beams might be given the job on Martin

    Biggest task… has to be Shields trying to hold Dangerfield.

    That be said, does Richmond try to hold Zorko down. If they do not he will score huge again.

    Coin toss…..Zorko v Dangerfield

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    July 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Dangerfield or Docherty Captain?

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      July 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      See above Calvins rankings

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    July 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Rocky and Ablett surely go big this week. Richmond won’t tag Rocky and Pies have no one to tag Ablett.

    Rocky v Tigers (last 3) are – 157, 101 and 137

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    July 16, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Warnie,Calvin and Roy – please discuss on the monday podcast…the argument on the phone in the 1st qtr between Rocky and Fagan…Rocky was animated and not happy!!! I reckon Rocky is going to Crows!! Rocky has not scored a 100 since round 8. What is really going on at Brisbane with him???

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