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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 4

Round four is right around the corner, who should you be considering?

Welcome back you bloody awesome legends to another edition of Calvin’s Captains.

As we go on throughout the year, we will be having more and more ‘non-playing rookies’ popping up on our bench meaning that the Loop Hole will come more and more into play.

The Loop Hole and the way you can use your VC is explained below. But be careful, because in the early rounds you want a FULL TEAM of players playing and therefore you might not have the option of putting a zero on your ground.


This is how it works….

  • Select a gun player playing Thursday/Friday night (or an early game) and give them the VC.
  • If that players scores well, put a non-playing player onto your ground and give them the “C”.
  • Make a bench player emergency as well.
  • The non-playing captain will score 0, meaning you VC score will be activated and doubled and the emergency player you selected, will also cover the zero as well. The emergency score will not double.
  • If you don’t like your VC score, simply select a captain as you normal would.


#1 – Jack Macrae v Brisbane

VC OPTION: Plays first Saturday

Brisbane are giving up plenty points. In fact, last week Collingwood had 4×100+ against them and in round two the Cats had 5×100+.

Adding to this, Macrae has been awesome this year and even after his 103 last weekend, the great man is still averaging 117 and plays a team here he absolutely smashes with previous scores of 160, 151, 98, 155 and 126 at an average of 139 in his last five.

Macrae loves playing at MARS as well where he has averaged 124 in his last four games there. The concern is always there about his midfield time, but at this stage he looks rock solid in there and set for a big one on Saturday after attending a game high CBA’s for the Dogs last week.

#2 – Brodie Grundy v GWS

Plays: Saturday night @ the MCG

The RuckPig is back and back in a big way. As we thought, he monstered the ruckless Lions last week with a huge 152 and is now averaging 120 for the year.

He meets Flynn here… a guy Max Gawn score 135 on last week from 24 touches and 9 marks.

Now, there is a chance of rain/showers for this game on Saturday night which could be even better for Grundy with more stoppages, more hit outs and more tackles.

#3 – Tom Mitchell v Fremantle 

Plays: Sunday @ Optus Stadium

Tagged to 71 last week by O’Connor… there is nothing like that coming his way this week. Carlton had a day out against the Dockers last week that saw 6×100+ scores with standout games from their midfielders in Cripps (125), Fogerty (120) and Walsh (116).

111, 160 and 130 are his last three scores against the Dockers and this little pig loves playing at Optus where he has averaged 125 there over his career.

#4 – Rory Laird v North 

Plays: Sunday @ Marvel Stadium

North are the easiest team to score against and a score of 110+ is nearly locked away for Laird before this one has even started.

Dunkley (33d) and Macrae (31d) racked up last week on the Roos and Laird’s history here is nuts against them with scores of 101, 115, 138 and 102 coming in his most recent games. Oh… and he loves playing at Marvel where he has averaged 120 in his last five.

#5 – Max Gawn v Geelong

Plays: Sunday @ the MCG

If Ben McEvoy can hit 98 against the Cats… imagine what big Max can do.

Fresh off 135, Max has never ‘dominated’ Geelong recently scoring 113 and 91 in games against Rhys Stanley. But surely that changes here.

However… let’s call it as it needs to be called, he will own this one and another big score is right around the corner.

#6 – Jack Steele v West Coast 

Plays: Saturday @ Marvel Stadium

Steele is elite and is coming off 125. Here he meets a team who he scored 128 against last year and plays this one at home where he has averaged 124 in his last three.

#7 – Marcus Bontempelli v Brisbane

VC OPTION: Plays first Saturday

The Bont has played the Lions 10-times in his career and he carries an average of 105 against them, making them his favourite teams to score Fantasy points against.

He had 123 last week and could be set for another big one from MARS, first up on Saturday.

#8 – Sam Docherty v Gold Coast 

Plays: Saturday night @ Metricon Stadium

I love this sneaky pick right here.

The Suns are easy as to score against at the moment and even last week against them, Sholl (74) was solid, but what caught my eye was his 9 marks. Defenders score well and so will Doch!

Doch has scored well in the past against them with 90, 143 and 132.

#9 – Josh Dunkley v Brisbane

VC OPTION: Plays first Saturday

Dunkley is averaging 111 this year and has a good record on the Lions with previous scores of 83, 113 and 127. He has scored 106, 127 and 116 in his last games at MARS and will keep his hot little run going again.

#10 – Tex Walker v North

Plays: Sunday @ Marvel Stadium

Ok… here he is – but hear me out.

Coming off 136 (6.3 goals) – the Texan is on fire and sits as the highest Fantasy scorer in the game after round three.

The other bonus here is that he plays the Roos, a team Bulldog’s forward Josh Bruce demolished last week with 152 (10 goals).

He is still a key forward and not doubt the Roo’s coaching staff are planning a way to stop the unit… but as I said, he’s the best in the entire game at the moment and must be considered.


Zach Merrett – Not one midfielder has hit 100 against the Swans this year with Rory Laird being the best with 97, and then Zorko with 95.

Lachie Neale – Bulldogs are tough and possess the ball a lot. He did have 150 on them last year, but he is a little too inconsistent for me at the moment and up against a tough opponent.

Andrew Gaff – Fresh off 154, this “Shuey Effect” is something we need to wait and see on. In his last five games with Shuey he has now averaged 104, compared to the 75 he has averaged in his last five without him.

Clayton Oliver – another tag is on the cards from O’Connor. He shut down Neale two weeks ago and Mitchell last Monday, and needs to be handled with care.

Who is you captain for the round ahead?

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