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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 19

It’s a messy fixture but Calvin has tried to break-down the best players for the round ahead.

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

#1 – Jack Steele v West Coast

4:35pm Saturday at Optus Stadium

  • #1 on form averaging 148 in his last three
  • Averages 138 in his last six.
  • Scored 121 this year and 128 last year on the Eagles
  • Against the Eagles last week… Keays 128, Laird 122 among the 5×100+ for the Crows and in round 17, North Melbourne had 4×100+.

FLAG: None that I can see – he’s the top scoring player for the season for a reason.

#2 – Ollie Wines v Collingwood

7:10pm Friday at Marvel Stadium

  • #4 on form coming off another huge 140
  • Had now hit 140+ in three of his last five
  • Had 105 on the Pies in round 10

FLAG: None – great VC option against a team that has given up the third most points this year.

#3 – Tom Mitchell v Adelaide

6:10pm Saturday at Marvel Stadium

  • Averaging 128 in his last six with 4×125+ scores in that time.
  • Eagles/Essendon have had 7×100+ scores against the Crows in recent games.

FLAG: Only had 100 on Crows this year. Schoenberg could tag, like he did to Parish (68) not long again.

#4 – Touk Miller v Brisbane

3:10pm Saturday at the GABBA

  • 110 last week was his lowest in his last seven games. His form is just nuts.
  • Good VC option – free hit leading into the night games and Sunday options

FLAG: Richmond only managed 2×100+ v Brisbane last week and only had 68 on the Lions last year.

#5 – Zach Merrett v GWS

Sunday at TBC

  • No Matt De Boer
  • Previous scores of 128 and 125 against the Giants
  • In last three weeks, GWS have given up 11×100+ scores to Sydney, Suns and Melbourne with Touk 155, Petracca 136, Salem 126 and Ellis 125 topping the list.

FLAG: Only had 104 last week and 115 before that.

#6 – Sam Walsh v Kangaroos

1:45pm Saturday at Marvel Stadium

  • His 155 last week puts him #2 on form overall.
  • Averages 134 in his last four.
  • In his last 12 games, he has 8×120+ scores.

FLAG: Parish’s 128 last week was the first 120+ score on the Roos in the last four weeks. Also, If I coached North…I’d be sending Turner to him with a tagging role. But I don’t coach them so who knows.

#7 – Darcy Parish v GWS

Sunday at TBC

  • 128, 68 and 143 in his last three games.
  • Already had 117 on the Giants this year.

FLAG: None really – just can go missing at times, but should be big here.

#8 – Aaron Hall v Carlton

1:45pm Saturday at Marvel Stadium

  • 136, 92 and 134 in his last three.
  • Defenders in recent weeks against the Blues have been good where Noble (112pts, 11m), Mayne (110pts, 10m), Stewart (107pts, 12m) and Henderson (89pts, 11m) all cashed in with plenty of marks and points.

FLAG: Carlton ranked at #4 hardest for defenders this year, despite what’s written above.

#9 – Jarryd Lyons v Gold Coast

3:10pm Saturday at the GABBA

  • Suns are #2 easiest to score against this year
  • Lyons had 147 on them in round 9.
  • Lyons has a ceiling where he has scored 5×130+ scores this year.

FLAG: None – great VC option.

#10 – Tim Taranto v Essendon

Sunday at TBC

  • Loves playing the Bombers with previous scores of 125, 136, 83 and 137.
  • 108 last week

FLAG: Has a highest score of 115 in the last four rounds. Not captain scores and he could be risky with his team mates out… or step up and dominate.


Jack Macrae – 0x100+ in his last three now – People wanted him to be snouted. He did have 147 on the Demons earlier this year though in round 11.

Max Gawn – Averaging 99 in his last four and meets English. Pass – he’s not getting the numbers we need.

Clayton Oliver – Sharp 123, Touk 110 and Fiorini 109 all scored well on the Dogs last week and Oliver is coming off 126 – his best score since round 10.

Andrew Brayshaw – 121 last year on the Swans and coming off 96 last weekend.

Brodie Grundy – 21 points in the last half and only 77 in total, it’s harder this week as well against a much stronger Lycett. Grundy had 142 on the Power in round 10, but that was against Ladhams.

Jordan De Goat – VC Friday night option? Now averaging 120 in his last three. Port are tough though.

Rory Laird – 122 last week, his fourth 120+ this year. Hawks are #1 easiest for midfielders this year and last week Oliver 126 and Viney 121 cashed in against them.

Patrick Dangerfield – Forward or midfield? Richmond are #1 easiest for midfielders over the last five week, it just depends where he plays.

Cameron Guthrie – Loves playing the Tigers, a team he scored 139 against this year already. Could be massive.

Lachie Neale – 125 last year on the Suns but only coming off 86 from last week. Bont (105) was the only player to hit 100 against the Suns last week.

Marcus Bontempelli – Had 120 on Melbourne this year already but his 103 last week was his best in his last three. He, like the Dogs has dropped off.

Taylor Adams – Port are #2 hardest this year and #1 hardest in the last five weeks for midfielders. Pass.

Christian Petracca – 85 against the Demons earlier this year, his second lowest for the year and only had 90 last week.

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  1. gambit

    July 21, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Bad week for me. I have only 6 of Cal’s top 1o. It will be Touk the captain and Ollie the vc with every chance by being loopholed.

    • Sam

      July 22, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      They should give the average to Covid affected players.
      Not dropped for anything other than quarantine.
      Fantasy becomes a joke

      • The Cricket

        July 22, 2021 at 7:33 pm

        Nah, it’s just a late out like any other.
        At least with the isolating players we know they’re not injured and we know how many games they’ll miss.
        Fantasy’s always a rollercoaster ride

  2. Warnie

    July 21, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Round 19 fixtures now set…

    Friday, July 23
    Port Adelaide v Collingwood at Marvel Stadium, 7.10pm AEST

    Saturday, July 24
    Carlton v North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium, 1.45pm AEST
    Brisbane v Gold Coast at the Gabba, 3.20pm AEST
    West Coast v St Kilda at Optus Stadium, 2.35pm AWST
    Melbourne v Western Bulldogs at the MCG, 7.25pm AEST
    Adelaide v Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium, 7.40pm AEST

    Sunday, July 25
    Sydney v Fremantle at Metricon Stadium, 12.30pm AEST
    Geelong v Richmond at the MCG, 3.20pm AEST
    Essendon v GWS Giants at Metricon Stadium, 6.10pm AEST

    • Belly

      July 21, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      So Kelly to Guthrie likely to be a popular trade on Sunday morning then…

      • Mighty Puds

        July 21, 2021 at 3:34 pm

        Assuming he’s out which from what we know so far isn’t likely…

    • Vin

      July 23, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Great work Cal as usual mate! Really appreciate all your hard work getting the stats for the Captains. I’ve relied on it for years and have always used it as a “guide” for my own decisions.

      Cheers Legeeennnddd…!

  3. The Kid

    July 21, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I am def vicing Wines on Friday night, do I captain walsh/lyons/parish

  4. Bill

    July 21, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Sorry, but unlike in previous years, these Calvin selections this year have been crap.
    You would be better off getting a dart board, or better still making your own choices.

    • Johntty

      July 22, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Well said. It’s not a once off any more. We are talking 6-7 weeks of consistently bad selections, in which thousands of sides base much of their info on. The scale has been pretty great and consistent, but this has been straight up killing teams for nearly half the season.

      • Merry Christmas

        July 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

        Ever heard of doing your own research??
        Each week captain options are presented with factual data based on previous performances and current form etc. You don’t have to agree with the list. You only use it as a guide. Take responsibility for your own decisions for your own team.

        • Cooper

          July 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

          Well said Xmas dude

        • Bill

          July 23, 2021 at 12:07 am

          As I said, make your own choices.

          • Cooper

            July 23, 2021 at 10:54 am

            Well said Bill. People are taking responsibility for their own choices. The sad part is that Cal advertises that you can “put your house on it” that the picks are certain. They advertise it as gospel and people should follow. The dude self appoints himself the “people’s prince”. Why give yourself a title when there is no merit or credibility to go with it? The guy assigning emojis to players had more credibility than this.

            • Warnie

              July 23, 2021 at 11:03 am


            • The Cricket

              July 23, 2021 at 12:08 pm

              Seriously? Do you have no sense of humour at all, Cooper?

  5. Blakey72

    July 22, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    What about Karl Amon??????

  6. Hugh Mungus-Wanga

    July 22, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Hutchings in for Eagles make Steele less appealing?

    • The Cricket

      July 23, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Hmm, yeah, I wondered about that myself.
      Was planning to get h in this week but perhaps I should wait til next round? How well does he manage a tag? Anyone know?

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