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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 1

53% of coaches will be going Tom Mitchell right? But what about the rest and who will start round one on fire?


I know a lot of people will be questioning why this article is even being written and funnily enough, this discussion happen every year. This year, the obvious answer is of course Tom Mitchell.

This article will help put any doubt you might have to rest… or it might help steer you in the direction of a trade, or even a heads-up on who might start the season off with a bang. There will be a time this year when you DO NOT go with Titch. Yes, in the bye rounds, but also when there is a juicy match-up and hot form that will at some point out weigh what he can offer, trust me… this will happen.

So let’s talk about this little pig.

He scored 135 and 177 last year against the Pies and will hit the ground running in style from round one. He scored 128 in round one last year and his love of playing Collingwood is just icing on the cake.

The only concern I have here… and it’s minor, is the fact he only scored 99 and 94 in his last two games at the MCG. But that is so minor I’m not concerned one bit and am expecting him to be something special on Saturday night.


New team… no worries. Bryce Gibbs has dominated the Bombers in recent years scoring 125, 136, 95 and 125 in his last four games. After his killer pre-season, he should fire from the first round.

Steele Sidebottom loves playing the Hawks and goes for his 6th straight 100+ score against them this weekend and in the same game, expect Adam Treloar to get off to a flyer as well. Against the Hawks in his last 5 games he has scored 98, 126, 126, 108 and 120. Hawks gave up plenty of points last year and this game will have lots of 100+ players.


Dayne Zorko loves playing under the Etihad roof. He has scored 7×100+ scores there from his last 8 games and against the Saints, he will be awesome. He scored 117 on them last year.

Another guy who loves the roof is Zach Merrett. He played there 8 times last year and posted some monster scores of 151, 144 and 144 over that time. He is up against the Crows, who he scored 134 against in 2017 from his only encounter against them.


Everyone is excited to see Gary Ablett in the hoops on Sunday arvo, but against the Demons, his history is pretty average. They are one of his worst teams to play against where he has only scored 1×100+ score in his last 4 games.

At the MCG though, his record is NASTY! 152 and 120 were his most recent efforts and he could come out with something massive this week, or… as history suggests… something under 100.

Surprisingly, Mitch Duncan struggles against the Demons as well. He hasn’t scored 100 in his last four games against them making them his second worst team to play against over his career. With scores of 95, 74, 65 and 74 coming in his most recent efforts.

Last year, Dustin Martin broke his 13 game streak against the Blues and scored his first 100+ score. It was impressive too with 139, but then he only backed it up with 96 in his last game later in the year. So that’s 1×100+ score in his last 15 games against Carlton which are his worst team to score on by 10 points a game over his career. Dusty is Dusty though and he will make my top 5 this week.

Matt Crouch only went under 100 nine times last year and two of those were against the Bombers. He had 96 and 92 but it’s his record at Etihad which is more concerning. He has played there 7 times over his career, and not once has he scored over 100.

Then finally, we have Patrick Dangerfield. Fresh off that hammy… who knows where this will end or play out. Will he sit forward more? Or will he be fine? Who bloody knows.

Either way, against Melbourne last year he was solid with 117 and 110 but at the MCG he wasn’t good. In fact, Danger scored under 100 only four times last year and 3 of those were at the MCG (from 5 games). Making him your captain this week just has danger signs written all over it – pardon the pun.


Nat Fyfe v Port Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval: Port are one of his favourite teams to play against as he averages 116 in his last four against them.

Sam Jacobs v Essendon @ Etihad Stadium: Sauce had 68 in round 21 on the Bombers, his second worst score for the year.

Tom Rockliff v Fremantle @ Adelaide Oval: Tough to know which Rocky will turn up after not playing a pre-season game but I think he’ll be fine. 95, 142, 154, 172 are his last scores against the Dockers and at Adelaide Oval he has scored 74, 127, 140 and 133 in his last few. Oink.

Jack Macrae v GWS @ UNSW: Has only managed 1×100+ score in his career 7 games against the Giants.

Dayne Beams v St Kilda @ Etihad Stadium: For the brave ones… Beams could be huge if he’s fit and ready to roll. He scored 124, 152, 126, 119 and 113 on the Saints in his last five. WOW.

Lachie Neale v Port Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval: 97 and 128 are his last on the Power and has had a stunning pre-season.

Scott Pendlebury v Hawthorn @ the MCG: Scored 90 and 140 on the Hawks last year.

Josh Kelly v Bulldogs @ UNSW: Played the doggies twice last year for scores of 110 and 91. Opened round one last year with 87 … his second worst effort for the year. Another slow start coming?

Rory Sloane v Essendon @ Etihad Stadium: Has dominated the Bombers in the past with 97, 143, 128 and 136 but hasn’t scored a ton at Etihad in his last four games.

Stef Martin v St Kilda @ Etihad Stadium: Had a nice 126 on the Saints last year.

Luke Parker v West Coast @ Optus Stadium: Had 86 on the Eagles last year, but Parker will be a different man to what we saw in 2017.

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Who will your captain for the opening round?

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    March 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Easy choice.dusty v then maybe titch c

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      Gary Ablett Snr

      March 21, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Yeah I am with you…but…how much does Dusty need to score to not be tempted to give Titch a go as C? 125…no, 130…maybe…

      • Euman


        March 22, 2018 at 1:11 pm

        150 for dusty otherwise im rolling dice on titch

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    March 21, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Welcome back! Chance of Zork copping a tag?

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      March 21, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      There’s a chance of it pretty much every week given how effective it was last year. If you’re gonna pick him you need to be able to stomach at least 2 stinkers for the year.

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        Grovers Guns

        March 21, 2018 at 9:48 pm

        If I was a coach I would get someone to tag Zorko and they will be stopped in their tracks. Only reason you wouldn’t is if you didn’t rate Brisbane at all

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    March 21, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    loophole dusty, with the safe titch backup wooo

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      March 21, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      Do you really want to leave yourself with a non-playing player in your midfield? The only VC loophole option should be in the ruck line, and that might be very hopeful with a Carlton or Richmond ruck.

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        March 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

        Lol what? Carlton or Richmond ruck?

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          March 21, 2018 at 7:31 pm

          Ignore simon hahaha

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            March 21, 2018 at 8:14 pm

            Every year someone makes a goose of themselves when discussing the partial lockout.

            Thanks Simon.

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            Guy Incognito

            March 21, 2018 at 8:18 pm

            every week…

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            March 21, 2018 at 8:23 pm

            Dont think you understand the loophole there simon

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            March 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

            I think you guys have got it wrong.
            I’m pretty sure Simon is referring to just loopholing for Round 1.
            To use the loophole, you have to put a non-playing player on your field as C. However, you should not have any non-playing players in Round 1, unless they’re in the ruck.

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            March 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm

            jk i got it wrong.

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            March 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm

            got tricked by calvin’s comment below

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        March 23, 2018 at 1:00 am

        I agree with Simon having a non playing ruck is very hopeful with Richmond and Carlton

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    Capn dipshit

    March 21, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    rolling lockout captain loophole in play?

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      March 21, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Only rolling lockout for Thursday night game. So can VC someone from Rich/Carl and then your team and captain are locked in at bouncedown Friday night :)

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      March 21, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      It sure is and I have the VC on dusty if he goes 125+ – lock it in and put a non-playing ruck on the field with the C.

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        David C

        March 22, 2018 at 11:54 am

        Hope Simon reads this.

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    Gawn For A Quick Nank

    March 21, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Rocky or Merrett +100k??

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      March 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      No brainier for me – Merrett

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      Alan J

      March 22, 2018 at 8:03 am

      Rocky + 100k > Zerrett

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    March 21, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Fantasy beginner here, how do you do the VC loophole? Cheers

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      March 21, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Have you tried using search?

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      March 21, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Put a Richmond or Carlton player as your Vice Captain, lets say Dusty. If he scores 140 and you want to use his score then put your captain as a non-playing player, lets say english (ruck) doesnt get named.
      If dusty scores say 100, then leave your captain as someone like tom mitchell.

      Hope that makes sense

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        March 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

        So I would have to switch English onto my field with say Gawn. Put the captain on English and Gawn as an emergency?

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          March 21, 2018 at 8:53 pm


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        Gary Ablett Snr

        March 21, 2018 at 8:32 pm

        Should add that if you want to keep Dusty’s score with English as captain then you should have a playing emergency set in the Ruck to replace the English doughnut. Thats probably obvious just thought it should be clarified.

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      The Cricket

      March 21, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      The Fantasy site has a good Help/FAQ section that explains Captain’s Loophole and lots of other stuff.
      I reckon if you’re not sure how the Loophole works then don’t do it. Better safe than sorry lol

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    Gary Ablett Snr

    March 21, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Correct. I was a bit slow on the submit!

  8. Calvin


    March 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    LOOP HOLE – Nope
    Don’t do it round one

    You want 30 playing, not worth the gamble, especially when you want 130+ from Dusty.
    But is that enough with Tom Mitchell averaging 146 in his last 4 against the Hawks?

    Seriously… pass on it this week. You get heaps more

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      Gary Ablett Snr

      March 21, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Hey Calvin, but what are the chances of us finding 2 emergency rucks that will play round 1? I would be pretty happy if say English and Cameron get the call up but unless you have some inside info I dont see it happening.

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        March 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm

        Exactly right, 2 emergency rucks wont play imo and what if say dusty gets 150+? You gotta lock it in

    • FevsBingles


      March 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Agreed Calvin.

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        Gary Ablett Snr

        March 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm

        Agree if we can manage 2 playing ruck emergencies. However if we can’t which is the most likely scenario why wouldn’t you have a crack? Duncan is the obvious choice and I wouldn’t bring him in just for the loophole but if you like him and want him in you team why wouldn’t you have a go at the loophole? If Duncan scores 150+ I would take it every day.

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          Gary Ablett Snr

          March 21, 2018 at 9:26 pm

          Dustin doh! Can’t tell I am a Cats supporter and Love Mitch!

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      The Cricket

      March 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Seriously, Calvin? Are you gonna have two playing Rucks sitting on the pine?

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    March 21, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Merrett to p.i.g R1

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    March 21, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Keep Coffield on the bench if he isnt named??

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      Raphael S

      March 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm


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      The Cricket

      March 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      Nope. If there are enough rookies named to fill your bench spots (with the exception of the Rucks, which is unlikely) then it’s better to have all the players in your squad making cash! Also, a week is a long time in footy and you don’t want to have a non-selected player on your bench when he could be injured at training and end up out for a while, hey.

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        The Cricket

        March 21, 2018 at 10:48 pm

        It happened to me in my first year of Fantasy – a rookie mistake lol Got stuck with an injured rookie who never played all season … and there were always other urgent injury and suspension issues cropping up that used up my trades. Very frustrating!

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    Raphael S

    March 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Fyfe or Whitfield or suggestion (around the same price)
    Merret or Dangerfield or Zorko or Martin or suggestion (around the same price)

  12. FevsBingles


    March 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    1 guess who Gary Ablett Snr is…

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      Gary Ablett Snr

      March 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      Pretty sure not who you might be thinking…but not really sure who you mean?

      • FevsBingles


        March 21, 2018 at 9:09 pm

        Thinking Anth80…

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          Gary Ablett Snr

          March 21, 2018 at 9:12 pm

          No, not sure who that is, but not me. You have me worried that Anth80 is a tool!

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    March 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Draft captain question

    Who would people captain this weekend out of..

    Duncan, JPK, Shiel

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    March 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Hi guys, if you’re still looking for a league and slightly competitive – 7XFAMDZL

  15. TC - Top secret

    TC - Top secret

    March 21, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Help guys! I’ve being tossing amd turming the last couple days on this – Do I go Zerrett, Dow and Rayner (fwd) or Josh Kelly, Whitfield and Billings (fwd)?

    • TC - Top secret

      TC - Top secret

      March 21, 2018 at 11:55 pm

      Opps i mean Zerrett, Dow and Billings or Josh Kelly, Whitfield and Rayner. Your imput is much appreciated

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        Born to Flash

        March 22, 2018 at 12:32 am

        First option

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    March 22, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Join league: 4V7P4M9L. Competitive/Strong teams please!

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      March 22, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Joined! Just took the last spot. Thanks Yeet.

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    Sic Dog's Advocate

    March 22, 2018 at 1:27 am

    SIC DOG as Skip 300!!!

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    March 22, 2018 at 2:22 am

    Great article to start the year Calvin ya ol’ pirate! Good and comprehensive, like the way it’s structured… and proof read even? Lol, seriously though mate, really appreciate your efforts :)

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    Raphael S

    March 22, 2018 at 9:08 am

    two mids any price (high scoring I have 1.6 mill) I already have titch, sloane, steven. Thinking of danger or merret or zorko or someone else

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      Born to Flash

      March 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Merrett and Treloar

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    March 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

    beams or matt crouch in the midfield

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    March 22, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    top 5 best mid under 718K

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      March 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm


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        March 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm

        Ok jake
        cogs and any mid uner 816K
        cripps and trealor

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          March 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

          Depends on whether u think treloar can avg similar to adams/duncan/kelly bc I’d say cripps will outscore cogs, even tho cogs better value.
          Probably first option tho

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    March 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Real Dream Team League – 1 spot left Code: 290245

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    March 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Hey fellas just need a league filled thanks!


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    March 22, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    have the matchday games been scrapped or start after rd 1?

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    March 23, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Is the loop hole scrapped? Left the C on Danger and now can’t trade him out.

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    March 23, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Captains loophole not working this year? Site says captain has to be an onfield player.

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    March 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    RDT League Filling: Code 855471 Good Luck DTers

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    March 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Brayshaw looked great first 1/4 and has gone missing since

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