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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 5

Grundy, Gawn and Macrae… who misses the cut in Calvin’s top-10?

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

Based on the numbers I have crunched, expect some bigger scores this week compared to what we saw in round four.

There are so many VC options and some great Sunday captain options to bring it home nice and strong for you to end the round.

To be honest – we can’t stuff this one up and you’ve come to the right place get all the info you need.


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 – Max Gawn v Hawthorn

Plays: Sunday @ the MCG

On Sunday at the MCG, the weather is looking good. This means plenty of marks will be on offer for the man who has taken 15 in the last two weeks.

Max sits as the No. 1 player in the game at the moment averaging a huge 125 across his last three games boosted by his last two scores of 132 and 135.

Against the Hawks he dominates. In fact, they are his favourite team. In his last five games against the he has scored 145, 121, 104, 127 and 144. This is huge!

To top things off, he plays on Sunday which means you can have a crack a VC option nice and early only to relax and know that Max will bring it home nice and strong.

#2 – Jack Macrae v Suns

VC OPTION: Plays first Saturday @ Marvel

Macrae carries a lowest score on just 103 this year, with an average of 116.

The Suns are his favourite team to score against as he carries a career average of 121 against them across nine games with scores of 128, 132 and 151 coming in his last three.

Under the roof… this could be anything from 120 to 150.

#3 – Tom Mitchell v Melbourne 

Plays: Sunday @ the MCG

Anyone who can score 66pts from 20 touches in a quarter is due for something big.

Selwood (116) and Guthrie (101) were solid enough last week against the Demons, and in this one, Mitchell will not cop a tag like he has in the last couple of weeks.

Another great Sunday option to bring it home strong.

#4 – Zach Merrett v Brisbane 

VC OPTION: Plays Saturday night @ the GABBA

Merrett only managed 73 against the Lions last year but prior to that he smashed them with 128 and 126.

He is averaging 112 this year and still managed 115 against the hardest team (Sydney) to score against last week.

Last week, Treloar (127), Macrae (113) and Dunkley (108) all found plenty of it against the Lions so expect Zach to do the same.

#5 – Christian Petracca v Hawthorn

Plays: Sunday @ the MCG

The Hawks are easy – if you can avoid the tag from the out of form Worpel who ran with Brayshaw (54) last week. This tag (if it happens) will go to Oliver, which means that Petracca will run free, like he did last year when he scored 120.

Petracca is averaging 122 in his last three after a juicy 136 last week. Beast-Mode has been activated!

#6 – Jack Steele v Richmond 

VC OPTION: Plays Thursday @ Marvel

I love this man and want him in my team ASAP, as each week I talk him up and he keeps producing with 121 and 125 in his last two games.

He scored 123 and 118 on the Tigers last year and is one of the best VC options you’ll find this week.

#7 – Mitch Duncan v Kangaroos

Plays: Sunday @ GMHBA

The Kangaroos will cop a flogging here and Duncan has averaged 115 against them in his last six games, not dropping under 105. Turner tagged Laird (90) last week after his hot start and out of the main Cats, Duncan is probably the most taggable but I can’t see it happening.

He has scored 96 and 130 in his first two games and will be awesome!

#8 – Cam Guthrie v Kangaroos 

Plays: Sunday @ GMHBA

Averages 124 in his last three games and ranks as the #2 man based on form at the moment. Guthrie scored 119 against the Roos last year, who… as we know give up plenty of points.

Dangerfield returns for this game as well with a juicy match-up for his owners. He scored 130 on returning from his last suspension in 2017 and managed just 76 on the Roos last year. He’ll be keen… and ready to get the Cats back on their winning ways.

#9 – Patrick Cripps v Port

VC OPTION: Plays Saturday night @ the MCG

Hitting a bit of form, Cripps has now scored 97 and 125 in his last two games.

For some strange reason, he loves playing the Power, a team he scored 88 on last year (not great) but before that posted 116, 106, 121, 115 and 128.

#10 – Josh Dunkley v Suns

VC OPTION: Plays first Saturday @ Marvel

He is safe. He is reliable and hasn’t dropped under 108 this year. Although Dunkley didn’t play the Suns last year, he is averaging 111 across his four games and doesn’t need CBAs to boost his scores as he has proven to date.


Dusty Martin – plays Thursday night so getting this out of the way is always a solid plan. The Saints are the easiest for MIDs to score against this year but Dusty has struggle in the past against them with 99 and 68. It is Dusty though, but you can find better.

Andrew Gaff – plays nice and early on Friday night and as we have seen this year, he has a massive ceiling. Three GWS players hit 120+ against the Pies last week and Gaff could be big at home against them, just like he has before with 106, 158 and 109.

Brodie Grundy – tough match-up for Grundy as he meets Nic Nat who held him to 83 (Elimination Final) and 77 (round 8 last year). Grundy is #3 on form though and has averaged 122 in his last three. Rucks have scored reasonably well against Nic Nat though this year with Marshall (74) and Lycett (74) solid enough for their standards in the last two weeks. He plays Friday night and is always worth a VC shot.

Adam Treloar – plays early Saturday and has CBAs and form on his side. Coming off 127 and 106, he is heating up, especially after that eye-catching 127 last week.

Tim Taranto – 129 and 127 are his last scores and certainly has his hand up high for VC duties. Sydney are tough though and this one is at the SCG. TT should be fine, but only managed 78 and 84 against them last year.

Jake Lloyd – 103 and 119 are his last two scores this year with only one of his first few games “captain worthy”. He did score 135 on the Giants last year.

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