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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 20

After a season low score from Mitchell (94) and Danger sitting this one out, who will Calvin turn to this week?


Friday night footy at Skilled Stadium… enter Patrick Dangerfield.

What bullshit, but this is certainly not the forum to drag this out any further. Dangerfield loves playing at home, where he has done so four times this year at an average of 137. Unfortunately we won’t get to see it on Friday night and for the record…  he sat at #2 in the top 5.

What about the others? Well, Hawthorn scored 5×100+ on the Swans last week and therefore, a few others might be worth a short look.

Mitch Duncan has been great and even had 117 last week, but has failed to crack the ton against the Swans in his last four games. His captain Joel Selwood managed a horrific 59 on the weekend and only just out scored Josh Kennedy for his 47. He is apparently injured though with a hammy issue so watch this space with care. He had 115 on the Cats last year with scores of 96, 121 and 123 before that.

But for me, there is only one option that was pretty crystal clear, but it’s now shattered. Let us know your thoughts about the matter. Personally… A fair call if I can look past the fact he’ll be on my bench or forced trade and the fact it cost me $1,300+ in Brownlow winnings after loading up early at $5.50. Oh well…


On Saturday under the roof, Brodie Grundy will dominate the Kangaroos combo of Daw/Preuss if they leave Todd Goldstein out again.

Over his career, there are only two teams now that Grundy hasn’t scored a ton against… Essendon and of course his opponent this week.

Last week, Max Gawn had 52 hit outs (113pts) to have his best game since returning and if Grundy is up against these inexperienced lads this week, expect something over the 120 mark with ease.



Are you serious… Tom Mitchell scored under 100 for the first time this year?

Firstly, this is now the second time he has played the Swans this year and it just so happened that this was his second worse score of 94. Although they never ‘hard core’ tagged him, they certainly put a lot of attention around him at every stoppage and around the ground (see the mark stat). So let’s break down the numbers …

94pts – season low score, beating his 108, both v Sydney
26 disposals – season low, first time under 30
1 mark – season low, averages nearly 6 a game

Let’s not forget that his form has been amazing and before last week’s ‘shut down’ he did score 130, 147, 143 and 135 leading into it.

Will it be easier this week? Yes, it’s not the Swans but… no, it’s the Tigers who have only conceded 3×100+ scores and 1×120+ score in the last three weeks. When you compare those 3×100+ scores to someone like the Blues (16×100+) you can start to see my small concern.

But realistically, the Tigers haven’t played anyone (beside GWS) in the last three weeks with the ability to be huge and that skews the numbers. They have played and beaten, the Suns, Giants and Lions and in that time, with only Aaron Hall getting off the hook last weekend and he was 56pts better than his next team mate.

Look… a couple of flags did come up for me with Titch here but after crunching the numbers and looking over the last game, I’m pretty confident he’ll be back to his 130+ best again this week.

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This shocked me a little to see this but last week, reports say that Tom Liberatore tagged Zach Merrett (82).Not one I saw coming… and If this was to happen again, he will either go to Beams or Zorko.

Dayne Beams has been amazing in recent weeks and is now the #1 man in the game ranked on form after his last two scores of 144 and 142. Last year against the Dogs he scored 126 and before that 102 and 137.

The catch he though is, as good as Beams has been, the tag will be much more effective if they use it on Dayne Zorko. Before missing a game (suspended) he had 119, but showed a massive weakness with two scores under 50 when tagged.

Zorko had 157 against the Dogs last year and if Libba does go to him on Saturday arvo, shut your eyes, because the outcome might not be a pretty one, especially for those who held him over his one week out.

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Bryce Gibbs v Essendon @ the MCG – No tag this week after poor ‘tag effected’ scores of 97 and 37. Had 136 on the Bombers already this year and will be a different player this week.

Josh Kelly v Melbourne @ UNSW – 71 last year against the Dees and hasn’t cracked a ton in his last two.

Dustin Martin v Hawthorn @ the MCG – Not only are the Hawks on a roll but they are also the 2nd hardest team to score against at the moment. Dusty has been great averaging 120 in his last 3 but against the Hawks he’s only had 103 and 99 in his last2 and that 103, was his only 100+ score in his last 5 games.

David Zaharakis v Carlton @ the MCG – 112, 100 and 120 are his last runs but hasn’t scored triple figures on the Blues in his last 6, and only managed to do it once in his last 11.

Michael Hibberd v GWS @ UNSW – Not a captain, but has been awesome averaging 113 in his last 3 as the 2nd best defender in the game at the moment behind Adams (avg. 121 in last 3). If Luke Ryan (138) can float across half back for 14 marks, Hibbo can too.

Zach Merrett v Carlton @ the MCG – Carlton are the 2nd easiest team to score on at the moment which saw the Cats have 8×100+ scores. Zach has only had 82 and 96 in his last two though and 97 on the Blues last year. Loves the MCG where he averages 124 there this year. Could be anything.

Matt Crouch v Port Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval– Last two Showdowns he has scored 111 and 118. Great form as well right now averaging 112 in his last three.

Adam Treloar v Kangaroos @ the MCG – 93 last year on the Roos but his form has lifted with 119 and 114 coming in recent weeks.

Sam Docherty v Essendon @ the MCG – 117 last week and loves playing at the MCG where he has averaged 119 this year (9gms) and 130 there in his last four. Had 96 on the Bombers earlier this year, but after Shane Biggs (113pts) took 13 marks last week against Essendon, I’m very much interested in Doch again this week, as I bet a lot are who are trading Danger this week.

Lachie Neale v Gold Coast @ Domain Stadium – Suns are easy to score on at the moment and last year against them Neale had 124 and 98.

Aaron Hall v Fremantle @ Domain Stadium – Freo are now officially the easiest team to score against this year, bypassing Hawthorn. Hall had that 152 last week and 126 last year on the Dockers when they met.

Taylor Adams v Kangaroos @ the MCG – 151 last week to now average 121 in his last 3 games. Posted 103 on the Roos last year and can be very hot, or very lukewarm on his day.

Tom Rockliff v Bulldogs @ the GABBA – In his first 8 games of the year, Rocky averaged 129. After his injury and the bye, in the next 8 games he has now averaged 82, with no 100+ scores.

Marc Murphy v Essendon @ the MCG – 93 and 92 are his last two games but his record against the Bombers is nuts with scores of 145, 101, 105, 102, 77, 100, 163, 114, 119 and 118 coming in his last 10. Averages 102 against them in a career 20 games, his second favourite team behind the Eagles.

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    August 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Why isn’t dusty in your top 5?

    • Calvin


      August 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      I missed his info off but just fixed that. Sorry about that.

      Misses because…
      1 – Hawks are 2nd hardest team to score against at the moment
      2 – against the Hawks he’s only had 103 and 99 in his last 2 and that 103, was his only 100+ score in his last 5 games.
      3 – better options after going over my hours of numbers/notes

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        August 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        Cheers legend

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    August 2, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Already have Dusty mate

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    Spitting Cobra

    August 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Hey guys, need a unique captain this round to beat my finals opponent, in your opinion who is better out of Beams, Zerret and Grundy?

    • Calvin


      August 2, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      I think Beams – he’s #4

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    August 2, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I LOVE Zorko this week

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      David C

      August 3, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Tag tag tag … 50 incoming.

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    August 2, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Just wondering about the rumours about Sean Darcy going to be rested for the rest of the season. If this is the case would you recommend going to Max Gawn this week or the next.

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    August 2, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Zorko will get tagged out of it.

    Grundy definitely a good smokey.

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    August 2, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Surely on averages, Tom Mitchell is a no brainer

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    August 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Anyone else thinking Menagola for captain this week

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      The Cricket

      August 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      I sincerely doubt it!

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        August 2, 2017 at 11:44 pm

        Yes it’s very unique/ risky/ stupid!!
        No Dangerfield , at skilled stadium, won’t get a tag, this is the type of game he could go BIG.
        Merrett has been tagged a bit, and Titch has come off his lowest score for the season, I’m keen!
        PS, feel free to taunt me if it fails!!!

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      David C

      August 3, 2017 at 7:54 am


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    Fantasy King

    August 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Is it risky captaining Zerrett over Titch?

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    Another Arctic Flying wombat Panda of Doom named Drowning fish

    August 2, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Anyone who thinks danger deserves what he got should be banned from this site and never allowed to return, what he did wasn’t that bad, a late tackle which a player got injured, happens all the time.

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      David C

      August 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Why didn’t they appeal then? Durr.

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        D Day

        August 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

        Because the MRP are a farce and they (Geelong) couldn’t afford to risk him getting suspended for 2 matches.

        Team glory > individual glory

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      D Day

      August 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

      I agree mate. As good as Danger is I couldn’t give 2 shits if he gets suspended or not throughout the year however this was NOT worth a suspension. Disgraceful decision.

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      August 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Suppose I’m looking forward to seeing how you perform in your new role on the MRP.


      It is what it is. Two seperate QCs also felt that it was unlikely that an appeal would be successful. Based on the above, I’d suggest that anyone who feels his suspension is appropriate is justified in holding that opinion. And yeah, I’m an owner and it’s obviously affected my team as well.

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    Some polar swimming badger lynx of chaos named asthmatic turtle

    August 3, 2017 at 7:35 am

    You said it yourself,a late tackle ..that caused concussion.trapping an arm and swinging his head into the turf gets a week everytime even if your Dangerfield.

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      David C

      August 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Agreed. Pinned arm and concussion. Case closed.

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    August 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Got 3 trades left, go the double chance this week, do i lose this week with 3 primos back next week or trade in Dusty, Gibbs or Beams? whos most likley to not get injured or rested?

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    Patrick Dangerfield

    August 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

    If Prestia plays will he tag Mitchell?

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      David C

      August 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      I think he will have some role on Mitchell. Probably not a hard tag.

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    August 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Who’s a better option for the bench in my backline – I have Docherty Laird Simpson Newman locked in but have Touhy, Luke Ryan, and Witherdon – one of these guys needs to sit on the pine.. thoughts please people..

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    Go Garry, Go!

    August 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    No GAJ love!?

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    August 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Docherty Blakely Adams Laird hibberd newnes (Guthrie Glass)

    Merrett Dangerfield, tom Mitchell, Rocky JPK Murphy Gaff Mountford (Miles deluca )

    Grundy Gawn ( Cameron Simpson )
Yeo Macrae Dahlhaus Heeney boak young (zurharr Pickett )

    I have currently 9k in the bank what 2 trades shall I do?
    I finished top of my league so I should hold Danger?

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    Brad Johns

    August 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Adams? Vsing kangas this week. Dees mids did well last week against them

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    August 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    need help, gawn or stef?

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    Steven Stewmore

    August 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Rocky captain! Yolo

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    August 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    What of ablett? If he plays, he’s sure to crack a ton. Picking hall of ablett is lunacy.

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    Dwayne Johnson

    August 4, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I have

    Titch (c)

    700k in the bank who should I bring in?
    Zorko Gibbs Murphy Hall? Anyone else

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