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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 12

I’ve fiddled with this top-10 list quite some bit over the recent days, but this is where it has landed. Make sure you check out my video as well, where I cover ALL the options for the round ahead including more detail around my top-10 picks.


  • Top-10 covered in detail
  • Who else missed the cut
  • My plan for the round ahead
Key StatsCal’s Comments
1. Josh Dunkley

@ Marvel
FRI 7:50pm
Form is elite and has basically had 5x130+ this year.Geelong can be tough but Laird (119) and Hately (112) didn't struggle last week. Dunkley averages 119 at Marvel in his last five and fills each stat line with ease.
2. Rory Laird

@ AO
SAT 1:45pm
WCE #1 easiest in the last five weeks, Laird coming off 119Dogs had a day out last week on the Eagles, with Dunkley (139), English (132) and Treloar (129) cashing in. Been a trend now for many weeks and will happen again. Laird had 122 and 125 on them last year.
3. Callum Mills

SAT 7:25pm
Loves the MCG where he scored 152, 133 and 111 last year.#2 man on form averaging 125 in his last three. Coming off scores of 107 and 112, Mills even had 133 on the Demons last year. Will get plenty of easy marks in this one and even if he plays FB... check video for more
4. Tom Mitchell

SUN 2:10pm
112 and 120 in his last two, the pig is back.Super match-up for the pig this week against a team he has averaged 151 against in his last five. He even had 157 against them last year and last week, Walsh (120), Cerra (119) and Hewy (116) all found plenty
5. Touk Miller

@ TIO (Darwin)
SAT 4:35pm
North are #2 easiest in the last five weeks.Against the Roos last week, Sinclair (133), Hill (127), Gresham (119) and Ross (111) didn't struggle and before that we saw Oliver have 151. Touk had 105 last week and 112 and 130 on the Roos last year.
6. Lachie Neale

@ Optus
SUN 5:20pm
Freo #1 hardest in the last five weeksOliver (107) and Angus Brayshaw (100) were the only decent ones last week against the Dockers who got the win. Neale had 143 last week, his third 140+ score this year.
7. Clayton Oliver

SAT 7:25pm
107 and 151 in his last two and 102 in this game last year.Sydney rank as 5th hardest in recent weeks with 0x100+ scores coming to MIDs in the Richmond and Essendon games. In round 10, Walsh (113) and Hewy (106) were the only guys to get a ton. Oliver will be fine.
8. Jack Macrae

@ Marvel
FRI 7:50pm
Highest score of 107 in his last six against the CatsGeelong are tough, but Laird (119) still was solid last week. Macrae's form hasn't been at the level of others with 107 and 96 coming in the last two weeks. A VC option if you want to have a go at him.
9 Tim English

@ Marvel
FRI 7:50pm
O'Brien came back in last week and had 159 on the CatsCertainly a risky option but English came back in a big way with 132. The Cats gave ROB an easy run at it last week and English should be great!
10. Andrew Brayshaw

@ Optus
SUN 5:20pm
At home, Brayshaw has averaged 125 this yearLions are in the top-5 easiest this year and in recent weeks. Kelly (120) and Cogs (108) found plenty of it last week against them. His form has been ok with 94, 111 and 99 coming in his last three.

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  1. taisei slater

    June 1, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    what about smith

    • Adzie

      June 1, 2022 at 8:26 pm

      Biggest issue with smith is he has a terrible history against the cats.

      • Jay1

        June 2, 2022 at 11:55 am

        The same can be said for any player if you count their first 3 years in the system – Smith had a terrible history against everyone before this year’s breakout season.

  2. Adzie

    June 1, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Some slightly different options for the people, straight out of the stats machine. Lairdy this week is the way to go. Playing the Weagles will go big.

    1) Rory Laird
    2) Tom Mitchell
    3) Clayton Oliver
    4) Tom Stewart
    5) Touk Miller
    6) Josh Dunkley
    7) Jack Crisp
    8) Matt Crouch
    9) Andrew Brayshaw
    10) Callum Mills

  3. Tralala

    June 1, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    jack crisp against the hawks should be top 10

  4. jim cowski

    June 1, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Great top 10. Unsure about Dunkley as he is no longer a pure mid. Still getting the job done but might struggle a bit more against harder opposition. Hope he goes well

  5. BestowedMisery

    June 2, 2022 at 3:03 am

    Cheers Cal, appreciate your fiddling..
    I stuck with Dunks as C after Trac’s vomit infested 40..
    Nailed my last 5 captains picks.
    This week I’m leaning towards VC Dunkley. Jet.
    If he spuds it,
    Touk verses the Polar blasted Roos..
    He might run a merry dance against them..
    Trac & Gawn? They can get fu*ked..

  6. Peter Ladhams is my best draft forward

    June 2, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Is Mills backline real? I thought he spent plenty of time starting on the wing and sprinting to the backline

    • Bob

      June 2, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      Yea he was on the ball in the 1st quarter but he limped off . So not sure if he had a niggle, which was why they put him in defence for that game as well. But for the rest of the game was lining up on the wing then going straight to full back and being pretty much last man in the backline. But Blakey was also a late out as well, so they will get him back.

  7. Jeremy

    June 2, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    thoughts on ben keays? i dont have laird but i like the match up vs WCE obvs.

  8. Angus

    June 2, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    English into Mills?

  9. Justin Stitchup

    June 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    English into Laird for me

  10. brian Smith

    June 2, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Torn between Keays, Dawson & Crisp for CAP this week (Dunkley is vice, so I prob won’t need the C, but . . . .) Leaning towards Keays at the moment, any thoughts? I haven’t got Laird, Titch, Mills, Oliver, Miller, Brayshaw, hence my options.

  11. cc

    June 2, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    english or dunks v?

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