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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 14

Locking in a “Bye Captain” or taking a gamble, see Calvin’s best for round 14?

Alright, alright… Now, I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but I have been hanging out with Warnie so I will – last week my top 5 captains averaged a very impressive 99 with Mitch Duncan (108) popping into Calvin’s Captains for the first time this year as my #1 option.


Over this period when a player is on their bye, you can lock in their average as a captain’s score BEFORE the round starts, but only if they have played the week before. If you would like to secure a captain score and not gamble on the big names below, the best five options are listed right here.

Lachie Neale 103
Jarryd Lyons 88
Matt Crouch 85
Reilly O’Brien 83
Dayne Zorko 80

I will be one on the many who will be taking Neale’s 103 this week. However, of the 56.8% who don’t own him, then you’ll need to read further ahead.


#1 – Jack Macrae v Geelong

Macrae has now hit a ton in five of his last six games and is one of the most inform players going around. He scored 106 and 109 against the Cats last year and even in a flogging last week, Crouch (125) and Laird (105) still posted captain-worthy numbers.

VC OPTION: Plays Friday night 7:50pm

#2 – Lachie Whitfield v Fremantle (Sat. Evening)

I love defenders playing the Dockers and last week, Lloyd took 7 marks on his way to 102. In fact, three of Sydney’s top four scorers were defenders who combined for 19 marks. Whitfield is coming off 94 (8m) and will be cashing in on Saturday arvo in beautiful ‘marking’ conditions.

#3 – Tom Mitchell v Essendon

Essendon are the third easiest to score against and this little pig is coming off back2back 100+ scores. If you want him as a VC option, you better lock it in now as he is playing Thursday afternoon, before you even start eating your evening meal.

VC OPTION: Plays the first game of the round – Thursday 4:40pm

#4 – Brodie Grundy v Carlton (Sunday)

In the second last game of the round, this could be your fall back guy who is only up against Pittonet/DeJoning. Grundy scored 149 against Kreuzer last year and has been in good form scoring 71, 101, 72, 96 and 99 in his last five games. Max Gawn dominated Pittonet earlier this year for 123 and Grundy will as well. He does look a little out of sorts at the moment, but surely he bounces back this week.

#5 – Jack Steele v Melbourne (Sat. Night)

After Adelaide, Melbourne sit a the second easiest team to score against and Steele has some form on his side coming off his third 110+ score for the year thanks to 10 tackles. He has scored 114, 88 and 106 in his last three against the Demons and should be great again.

#6 – Andrew Gaff v Richmond

Another guy playing on Thursday and another good option to hit your VC up nice and early. Merrett (125) didn’t struggle last week against the Tigers and Gaff hasn’t a had a problem in the past hitting 100+ against them in his last five games. Gaff issue… he’s only hit 1×100+ score this year in his last nine games.

VC OPTION: Plays the second game of the round – Thursday 7:10pm

#7 – Taylor Adams v Carlton (Sunday)

As solid as they get. With scores of 107, 95, 98 and 111 in his last four, he is as reliable as they come. He didn’t play the Blues last year and should be good for another 95+ score here. He can not be stopped at the moment.

#8 – Josh Kelly v Fremantle (Sat. Evening)

Even in a flogging last week at the hands of the Eagles, six GWS players still managed 80+. Kelly was one of those with 97 but the Giants will have this game on much of their own terms, for even better Fantasy results.

#9 – Mitch Duncan v Bulldogs

His ability to fill stat lines quickly is amazing. He did that last week with 24pts in the last five minutes of game. This game will be tougher than the Crows though as Melbourne found out last week with just 2×80+ scores against the Dogs. Duncan has been in great form though scoring 108 last week, his third ton for the year.

VC OPTION: Plays Friday night 7:50pm

#10 – Shaun Higgins v Gold Coast (Sunday)

Higgins is here based on the fact that Carlton had 6×90+ scores against the Suns last week. Higgins is coming off 100 from last Monday and could be a nice little smokie this week. Another Roos to consider is the inform Luke McDonald after his average of 103 in his last five. The Roos should score well in this one.

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  1. 5thQuarter

    August 25, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Woah no Daniher ? As if.

  2. Daniel Seaton

    August 25, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Grundy is cooked,no way id captain him

    • Euman

      August 25, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Is grundy worth trading out

      • Daniel Seaton

        August 25, 2020 at 9:15 pm

        If i could i would,grundy to draper for the cash is a viable option,but rookies first off the field.

    • Kell Neded

      August 27, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      your ass is cooked danielle seacum

  3. JMD012

    August 26, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Merrett or Hunter?

    • Chris Stoddard

      August 28, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Probably a bit late but Merrett for sure. In form player of the game

  4. nate

    August 26, 2020 at 8:45 am

    McRae all the way for this one. Bloke is in gangster mode and will give fellas what for. The dud loves listening to gangster rap before the game

  5. Josh

    August 26, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Which games have a rolling lockout?

    • Mad Snake

      August 26, 2020 at 10:56 am

      All games until the end of the season have a rolling lockout.

  6. Randy Andy

    August 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I made Neale Captain so no problems and auto 103

  7. PowerAde

    August 28, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    am i the only one that thinks a bye players average score can be used is stupid? so everyone trades in three high averaging players the week they have a bye and it counts? crazy.

    • Warnie

      August 28, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      Ideally it wouldn’t be the case, but for averages to count (which was the right call to cater for Classic and especially Draft coaches), it had to be like this. The simplest way. There’s been a heap of cash spent on development to keep this season going, so we suck it up for this year.

      Rules are the same for everyone.

  8. TS

    August 28, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Not so sure about that. Another version of the game allows the top scoring 18 players. Far from perfect but much better than allowing a guaranteed captain score.

    • Dman

      August 29, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Best 18 would destroy draft for all of us that play it my drafts leagues don’t even have 18 on field, while it isn’t the ideal solution it’ll get us through this one of year and we can get back to normal next year

    • Warnie

      August 29, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      We opted for the simplicity that would cater for Classic and Draft coaches. You do need to remember that while best 18 is the preferred option with a KNOWN fixture, sadly there was only 2 weeks notice ahead of the first named up bye round which no one could prepare for.

      Teams would have been disadvantaged much more with a best 18 (and then absolutely crucified in Draft with the same process running as SC).

      We’re all about engagement in this absolutely cooked year. It’s all about survival (including for budgets).

      As I’ve said multiple times: same rules for everyone… and there is no perfect solution, but I believe we have one that is more accessible for everyone.

    • j

      August 29, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Not only do those arguments for best 18 with the current conditions piss me off, they are purely moronic. Stick to SC and leave them out of this forum if they bother you so much.

  9. emily

    August 29, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Had the chance to put in Lloyd this week but I went Haynes instead hopefully pays off.
    Port are the harder team to score in DEF. I will see in the next few hours if I did the right thing.

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmm feet in porridge

  10. emily

    August 29, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    oh crap, oh well I rolled the dice lol

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmmm feet in noodles

    where JohnnyBoy gone

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