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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 8

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#1 – Jack Ziebell v Collingwood

Plays: Saturday @ the MCG

The #1 inform player in the game, rightfully sits at the top this week as he plays the Magpies, who as we know give up the most points to defenders… by a mile. It’s not even funny.

He has now scored 100, 170 and 140 in his last three games and has taken 9.3 marks a game in his last six. This is important. Last week, Ellis 169 (16 marks), Miller 130 (8 marks), Bowes 113 (7 marks), Collins (12 marks) and Powell (10 marks) too plenty and this is what Ziebell does!

Add to this, Collingwood kicked 7.13 goals last week, and even though his kick-ins were down last week, Collingwood might be giving him even more opportunities that he actually needs.

Expect anything from 120 to 190.

#2 – Jack Macrae v Carlton

Plays: Sunday @ Marvel Stadium

Coming off 113 last week, Macrae averages 129 in his last three and is still running hot. Against Carlton he has never scored under in his career 9 games pumping out 111, 140 and 100 in his last three.

At first, I thought the Curnow tag (went to Merrett 103 last week) would effect him. But… in the last two games against the Blues, they have elected for Curnow to run with Bontempelli. This should happen again, unless they go for a different approach. A small risk yeah, but not one I’m too worried about.

Small flag… Macrae has averaged 110 this year under the roof, 20 points short of the 130 he averages in ‘away’ games, but once again, I’m not fussed about this one bit.

#3 – Touk Miller v St Kilda

Plays: Saturday @ Metricon Stadium

Love it! I placed Touk in the top 5 last week and he didn’t disappoint with 130. He scored 131 on the Saints last year and returns home where he has averaged 137 this year from three games, 40pts better than his away games where he has averaged 97. He’s in serious form.

#4 – Tim Taranto v Essendon

VC Option: Plays first game Saturday @ GIANTS

Last week against the Bombers, Walsh (127) and Curnow (105) both hit triple figures. Taranto is coming off a huge 140, in fact… he has hit 120+ in three of his last five games.

He has scored 136, 83 and 137 in his last three games against the Bombers and is a great VC option.

#5 – Mitch Duncan v Richmond

VC Option: Plays Friday night

Duncan is on fire. He is coming off scores of 116, 146 and 105… and plays a team he has scored 135, 89 and 144 on in his last three.

Duncan is in ripping form, and the fact he plays Friday night… he is the perfect VC option for the week for his lucky owners.

#6 – Brodie Grundy v Kangaroos  

Plays: Saturday @ Marvel Stadium

Prior to last week, Goldstein was the third easiest ruckman to score against. Max (73) struggled, but was this because of his limited time in the middle (58% CBAs) and not the influence of Goldy? I’m thinking the latter. Before Max played him, Darcy (108) and O’Brien (135) didn’t struggle, meaning that this is a Max-Problem, not a Goldy-Problem.

Against Goldstein in Grundy’s most recent battles, he hasn’t dominated though, scoring 89, 112 and 104 against him.

Grundy is running hot though, basically scoring 120+ in his last three games. Another big tick for Grundy here is the fact that this one is at Marvel, a ground he has averaged 144 on in his last four games.

#7 – Clayton Oliver v Sydney  

Plays: Saturday night @ the MCG

125, 96 and 108 are Oliver’s most recent efforts against the Swans. Geelong midfielders scored well against the Swans last week with Guthrie (118) and Duncan (116) leading the way. Oliver is just good and good every week.

#8 – Max Gawn v Sydney 

Plays: Saturday night @ the MCG

If you captained Gawn last week for his 72, I can understand you’ll be hesitant to roll with him again, especially considering he plays the hardest team for Rucks to score against this year. However, the best ruck to take on the Swans this year was O’Brien (48pts) in round two when he was struggling. Hickey hasn’t been tested.

The concern for Max Gawn is, last week he only attended 58% of the centre-bounces and for the first time, he legit shared the rucking role with Jackson.

Gawn has scored 125, 111 and 125 in his last three against the Swans. In his most recent against Hickey (at West Coast) he scored 101 and 125, both in 2019.

My gut feel is that Gawn will dominate, he averages 123 at the MCG in his last three but there are a few flags here, which is why he is down the order this week.

#9 – Tom Mitchell v West Coast

Plays: Sunday @ the MCG

Finally hit a 120+ score last week with 128 which could be the start of something big. He scored 130, 135 and 122 on the Eagles in his last three games and could be awesome at home.

#10 – Zach Merrett v GWS

VC Option: Plays first game Saturday @ GIANTS

Merrett has hit 100+ in all his games this year, with 103 last week even with attention from Curnow. We can’t overlook Zach as an option. Firstly… he’s 100+ each week and over the last month he has had 103, 125, 105 and 115.

He has played well on the Giants in his most recent games scoring 125 and 102. He’s just reliable and like Taranto he’s a great VC option. Taranto’s 3×120+ in his last five, places him ahead for VC duties in my book.

#11 – Aaron Hall v Collingwood

Plays: Saturday @ Marvel Stadium

I’ve squeezed him in, because he could be anything from 70 to 150. The match-up is perfect and Hall has been chipping around with Ziebell and even pumped out a huge 143 (12 marks) last week. Marks will be there, and if Hall is willing… he could be massive.

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