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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 6

Warning: Tom Mitchell is not #1. WTF? Check out Calvin’s breakdown of the guns this weekend.

With a limited turn-around this week, I’ve adjusted Calvin’s Captains slightly and made sure I’ve crunched the numbers for you harder than ever before. Focusing more on the BIG guns.

With Mitchell being tagged to back2back scores of 83… I felt I needed too.

Basically this week, I’ve crunched the numbers hard on our MAIN options. Yes, some people like to be a little left field and I don’t blame them, but this is a week of uncertainty after what has been happening… so that’s how I’m looking at it.


The tables for each of the gun midfielders I’ve selected are the top 10 scores, that their opposition has given up to MIDs only since the year began. Please note that Collingwood’s only contains four games due to time constraints.

This should paint a picture to what we can hopefully expect along with some research on grounds and history as usual.


“Mitchell is my captain every week and I’m never going to change…” I hear this more than you’d ever know and I can totally understand why.

St Kilda will tag him again after his two lowest scores since joining the Hawks… and it’s happened in back2back weeks.

Who with is the question? I’m tipping Dunstan, Ross or even Koby Stevens if he is named. They MUST tag. Alan Richardson would look like the biggest knob in Australia if he doesn’t try to contain the pig after he has been contained in his last two games of19 and 24 touches.

If he comes out and has 55 touches and the Saints lose… Boy, would Richardson come under the hammer and cop it. He at least needs to try to tag him off the back of what has been going on.

The pig loves playing down in Tassie and scored 125 against the Saints there last year. He averaged 129.5 from four games in 2017 with a top score of 143. He wasn’t tagged that day but as I said, it’s a 95% chance it will happen this time and as I pointed out last week, this buggers up his uncontested marks.

Confidence is down and his scores are down and he is a frustrated pig. Hence his elbow bump on Goldy.

Some big guns have played the Saints this year, in fact… some of the biggest in the game with only one of them registering a worthy captain’s score.

Still… it’s the pig. He will be great, but I think we have a few better options here after what he has given us in recent weeks with the attention he has been copping.


You see the number Collingwood give up?

NUTS… and that’s only from a sample of four games compared to the others who have five games next to them.

His last scores against the Pies are nuts.

He had 86 (no tag) on them last year in round 2, but prior to that he clocked up 110, 114, 126, 109 and 107.

Collingwood are the easiest team to score against for midfielders and my snazzy table shows that perfectly.

The issue here is… Dusty can score 60’s and 70’s. Just like he did on Tuesday. Adding to that, he’s only had one score over 120 this year. This is a real concern.

However, I’m tipping him to be huge here and if you are a Dusty owner… get excited about what he will do when these teams meet next Sunday afternoon.

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Coniglio returns home here and meets a team that can be witches hats on the day. They have been giving up a nice numbers as you can see … and Cogs himself is coming off a solid 112 from last week, which happens to be his lowest score for the year.

The man is now averaging MORE than Tom Mitchell and currently sits as the best player in the game right now.

He scored 127 against them when he met in 2016, because he didn’t get to play them last year.

The talk of a tag will come up as it always does with Brisbane… but Mitch Robinson hasn’t been doing any jobs recently. I highly doubt he’ll start this tagging this week and if he did… maybe he’ll have others on the radar ahead of Cogs.

The table to the side shows that Brisbane have played weaker opponents than the others listed in other tables. Richmond, Port Adelaide/Melbourne the hardest. But still… even the bunnies from these teams so far are clocking up great numbers.

Form = tick. Opponent = tick. At Home = Tick.

Everything looks good for the man this week.


Danger returns home this week and although he only had 97 there earlier this year (sat out a chunk of the final term), I’ll remind you that he averaged 132 there last year from a total of 6 games.

Now, he only posted 109 last week and that was with a truck load of time up forward. This is concerning. However, he still scored that 109 from 28 touches.

Where will he play this week? I’m tipping back in the guts but I’m still very 50/50 on that.

He scored 140 and 139 in his last two against the Swans which is amazing, but as I said… this time forward is a concern… and could he cop the same tag as Gibbs got last week when Hewett held him convincingly to 65.

Danger is high on my list and could be anything from 110 to 140.


Jack Macrae v Carlton @ Etihad Stadium: 123, 101, 109 and 113 are his last scores against the Blues who are his FAV team to score against. WCE only managed 1×100+ score on the Blues last week, but Jack will be back here after being tagged a little for his 99 last week.

Zach Merrett v Melbourne @ Etihad Stadium: 108 and 136 are his last two against the Demons. Nath Jones tag? Unlikely.

Mitch Duncan v Sydney @ GHMBA Stadium: Loves the Swans with scores of 160 and 120 last year.

Robbie Gray v Kangaroos @ Etihad Stadium: Best-on-ground for Port last week and might therefore cop the Ben Jacobs tag this week. 83 last year against the Roos.

Patricks Cripps v Bulldogs @ Etihad Stadium: No tag here this week and he scored 107 on them in his last run back in 2016.

Adam Treloar v Richmond @ the MCG: 127 on the Tigers last year and even had 115 before that. Which Treloar will turn up though… too risky to give him the big C although I do think he’ll be good.

Bryce Gibbs v Gold Coast @ Adelaide Oval: 194 last year on the Suns but he should be tagged by Miller here who defeated Zorko last week and made him look like he was from the NEAFL. Should be fine at home, but still a slight concern.

Stefan Martin v GWS @ SPO: Against Dawson Simpson, Hickey (94) and Sandi (97) have both gone quite well. Could be a huge smokie option in this one as Stef has only gone against Mumford in his last four games for great scores of 104, 111, 116 and 100. Still great and now easier.

Max Gawn v Essendon @ Etihad Stadium: Didn’t play the Bombers last year but posted 61 and 146 in his last two against them.

Steele Sidebottom v Richmond @ the MCG: Been great but only had 64 on the Tigers last year.

Nat Fyfe v West Coast @ Optus Stadium: Loves this game and has scored 100+ in seven of the last eight of them.

PLEASE NOTE: This was written on Tuesday arvo (updated Wednesday morning). Due to us flying to Perth for our show on Thursday. If anything changes from what I have above… I will tweet it out. Good luck – we’ll need it.



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    Wathen FC

    April 25, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Dusty ahead of Titch?… Ehhhhh nope :/

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      April 26, 2018 at 1:44 am

      Agree. Going Titch this week after going Cogs last week. Calvin rates the saints taggers too highly whilst underplaying Ben Jacobs last week. His captaincy rankings have been off lately.

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    April 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Rory Laird against GCS?

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      April 26, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Like shooting fish in a barrel

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    Ned kelly

    April 25, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Laird with get tagged, harassed, poked, face-pulled, rectal examination you name it etc… by touk Miller this week

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      Ned kelly

      April 26, 2018 at 12:07 am


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      April 26, 2018 at 1:46 am

      Touk touk will go to Gibbs first, not Laird.

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        April 26, 2018 at 10:11 am

        Touk has exactly 1 scalp in years of footy, and it happened to be a guy down on his game big time. Laird and Gibbs would both love to matched up on Touk, and will score 100s regardless. Go either of them without fear imho

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          April 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm

          If you were coach, what order would you put a tag on M. Crouch, B. Gibbs, R. Laird?

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      April 27, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      wish i was poked by miller, he is hot….

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    April 26, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Leaving Gawn out of this weeks top 10 hoping people with forget he didn’t put him in last weeks top 10

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      April 27, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Yeah I like Gawn against Leuenberger.

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    April 26, 2018 at 1:48 am

    possible, but he is on the road, and probably can’t give it the same attention as usual. He already stated the list was made prior to seeing the Melb-Richmond game.

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    April 26, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I’m keeping the faith and running with Mitchell as skipper, Coniglio vice.

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    April 26, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Before reading Calvin’s Captains I picked Gawn. Averaging 120, just come off 140. After Mitchell’s last 2 weeks getting tagged and picking Gibbs as captain on the weekend I’m too scared to pick a mid just waiting for a tag to ruin my captain score.

    Picking Gawn feels a lot safer. At the same time that 60 odd in his last 2 games worries me and coniglio should be safer from a tag with Ward, Deledio, Shiel and potentially Kelly around

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    April 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    gibbs or fyfe or macrae

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    April 26, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    will greene out have any chance of a role change for conigs? Im thinking unlikely, but???

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    April 26, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Titch, Gibbs, Macrae and Laird
    In which order…. go

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    April 26, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Titch, Gibbs, Macrae and Laird
    Order them pls

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      St guns

      April 27, 2018 at 12:23 am

      Maybe switch laird and mcrae

      Stef gunna get my C this week I think he will dominate

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    April 27, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Best trade option?
    1. Whitfield to coniglio, fritsch to poholke/other rookie
    2. Omeara to zerret, fritsch to rookie
    3. Out crisp, DPP Whitfield to D2, in Coniglio, fritsch to rookie

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    Gary Lying

    April 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Thoughts on downgrading Titchell to another premo to avoid impending price drop and banking enough money to upgrade another player from rookie to premo?

    For example

    Titch to Coniglio
    Rayner to Ziebell

    I see Titch and rayner going 100+50 = 150
    I see coniglio and ziebell going 220 +90 – 210.

    Plus i can captain coniglio and try to get titch when he bottoms out. Titch break even is 180


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      Gary Lying

      April 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      err those maths…120 +90 = 210**

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    April 27, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Gawn, titch or Gibbs as Captain

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      Wathen FC

      April 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Gawn if you want safety, Titch or Gibbs if you’re willing to risk for a score that’s either going to be 60-85 or 130-155. Gibbs could possibly cop a tag by Miller and was awful last week which throws me off while Titch has went back to back 83’s but was up against good taggers. Saints taggers are ordinary and Dunstan will do more of his own thing than wear Titch as a second skin so Titch should come good. It’s up to you really, any decision is an appropriate one.

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    Wathen FC

    April 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Thoughts on my top five captains for this week? Some of these players I do not own, this is just who I think will be the top five scorers of the round;
    1. Coniglio – predicted score: 130-150
    2. T.Mitchell – predicted score: 100-140
    3. Gawn – predicted score: 110-130
    4. Grundy – predicted score: 105-125
    5. Fyfe – predicted score: 100-120

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    April 28, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I ended up captaining Mitchell for no other reason than this:

    He is priced at $875K, which is about what he cost.
    He is priced (& cost) more than $100K than anyone in my side.
    My (crazy) logic is I have to doubledown as such.
    How can I justify having that amount of cash tied up in one player, & not captain him every week?
    I did have the C on Dusty for a while this week, but relented at the last.
    I figure if I’m not giving him (Mitchell)the C, I should trade him out and free up all that cash.
    Keeping him & not Cing him is sitting on the fence for mine.

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    April 28, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Week you stuffed that one up

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