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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 19

BOOM – the Pirate is back and isn’t he happy about it… how has he split them this week?

Wow – what a massive week for captains and I’m pretty sure (after receiving little feedback) that most people would have nailed one of the big boys. Laird was my No. 1 pick for his career-best Fantasy score of 163 and even Merrett who popped into my top-5 for the first time this year didn’t disappoint with his season-high 131.


It’s not too late – we are coming your way (or we might even be there). Come and have a beer and be entertained as we (Roy and I) give Warnie shit for 90mins at one of our shows. It promises to be great fun and as always, a few beers afterwards. So if you are free on the dates below, why not come and chat a bit of footy with us.


This is the biggest match-up of the round and splitting these two was very tough. This will be the most commonly asked question this week… You can see the way I have done it (Mills over Laird) and for more explanation around this, make sure you watch the video to hear a more in depth break-down.


So… it will look like this. I will be going the VC on my first option MILLS and rolling it into my #3 option which is Zach Merrett. Very similar to what I planned on doing last week, but Laird ticked the box and I didn’t need to. As I said, the Laird v Mills split is an interesting one but as I said, watch the video to hear my logic… somewhat logical explanation.

Key StatsCal’s Comments
1. Callum Mills

SAT 1:45pm
Adelaide have given up 4x130+ in last two weeks.Mills' record v Adelaide isn't great but his form is coming off 132 and 148. Crows give up plenty and he has averaged 127 in his last four at home. VC in play!
2. Rory Laird

SAT 1:45pm
Averaging 137 after his bye... snout him!Sydney in Sydney are tough. Last week, Freo only had 1x100+ against them with Brayshaw (78) struggling. His record v the Swans isn't great but his form alone is too good.
3. Zach Merrett

SUN 3:20pm
#3 on form with 131, 127 and 128 his most recentCollingwood are the #1 easiest over the last few weeks giving up big scores like.... Laird 163, Berry 111, LDU 145, Anderson 142, Taylor 100, Touk 132, Anderson 116, Cogs 129, Cumming 118 and Kelly 116.
4. Andrew Brayshaw

@ Marvel
FRI 7:50pm
156 on the Tigers last year, his second best ever.Ignore his season-low 78 last week and focus on the 141 and 121 prior. He had 123 at Marvel this year already and if Simpkin (119) and LDU (108) can score well on these guys, Brayshaw can do better.
5. Touk Miller

SAT 7:10pm
111 this year on Lions and 127 last year.Touk has quietly been going about his business averaging 118 in bis last four. The Lions rank as #3 easiest over the last five weeks and Touk should be great like he has been in the past.
6. Jack Sinclair

@ Optus
SUN 4:40pm
#2 on form averaging 132 in last three.You can't deny his form and you can't deny the match-up. The Eagles are getting better but last week the Hawks didn't struggle. Expect another big score with double figure marks.
7. Jack Macrae

@ Marvel
SAT 7:25pm
Averages 127 on Melbourne in his last sevenMacrae loves playing the Demons with scores of 120, 103, 138, 147 and 130 coming in his last five. He has been out of form so hopefully he's not sooking and cashing in like he should.
8. Hugh McCluggage

SAT 7:10pm
Averaging 124 after his bye and had 142 last weekMcCluggage's form has been elite and here he meets a team he should continue his hot run. Essendon score well against the Suns last week with MIDs like Merrett (131) and McGrath (106) having their best games this year.
9. Marcus Bontempelli

@ Marvel
SAT 7:25pm
140 last week... he could dominate this oneLoves playing the Demons who give up the most uncontested marks all over the ground. He has done well in the past against them with scores of 100, 108, 123 and 120.
10. Luke D-Uniacke

@ Blundstone
SAT 1:45pm
#4 on form with previous scores of 108, 145 and 127.Hawks are still #1 easiest this year and even #2 easiest over the last five weeks. LDU has been in hot form and should keep it rolling here.


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  1. Jon-mark

    July 20, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I’d like to see the massive average to continue to years end before any kind of snouting. I like it being the super rare thing that it is :)

    • Daicos4Brownlow

      July 20, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      Laird is the only one with any sort of consistency, but it has only been the last three weeks where he has demonstrated a higher ceiling by going >130. He has still had three 90s this year. I think he needs to demonstrate this consistency next year before he is considered snout-worthy. With a 120 average, I believe he would be the lowest averaging pig on the year awarded.

  2. Adzie

    July 20, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    My top 10 for this week.

    1) Zach Merrett
    2) Clayton Oliver
    3) Hugh McCluggage
    4) Callum Mills
    5) Jack Steele
    6) Rory Laird
    7) Andrew Brayshaw
    8) Touk Miller
    9) Jack Sinclair
    10) Lachie Neale

    Risky picking Zach but comes out on top purely because of how much Collingwood midfielders give up to opposition, will probably be a good POD if you need to risk it for the biscuit.

  3. Bill

    July 20, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I have some question marks over Mills.

    I had him last year, and he can put in the occasional shocker.

  4. Scott

    July 21, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Do we feel Bont’s form will continue?

    • PowerAde

      July 21, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      i mean, get him in your fwd line asap

  5. Angus

    July 21, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    Can you C Mills if you VC Brayshaw, or do you VC Mills and C Sinclair

    • Angus

      July 21, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Or just VC Brayshaw into Laird or Laird into Sinclair

    • Daicos4Brownlow

      July 21, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Yes, you can VC Brayshaw and C Mills, because Freo plays on Friday and Sydney plays on Saturday. Just make sure you check the results before the Sydney match so you can use the loophole if Brayshaw has scored enough. You can do any of the options you have listed including VC Mills & C Sinclair or VC Brayshaw & C Laird or VC Laird & C Sinclair.

      I am a big fan of Brayshaw, and I have him in my team, but I am not convinced he will do that well against Richmond compared to the way Mills may do against the Crows or how Zerrett will do against the Pies. Laird should do well, but Sydney have kept their opposition to lowish scores, so while I had him as C last week, he is not for me this week. Sinclair is on fire, and should do well against the Weagles, As it seems you don’t have Zerrett, I think you ought to go VC Mills & C Sinclair. Hopefully Mills scores well so that you don’t have to stress about Sinclair’s score.

      Personally, I am going VC Mills to C Zerrett.

  6. BrodieA

    July 21, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    No love for Petracca on previous form against Bulldogs?

    • Daicos4Brownlow

      July 21, 2022 at 4:29 pm

      You can select whoever you want. The main issue with Trac is that he has only gone over 110 once in the last seven matches. His last couple against the Bulldogs have been great, but on recent form, he is a risk. Also, not many players would own him at present due to his form and he is not a top 8 midfielder this year.

      • Phteven

        July 21, 2022 at 4:42 pm

        Petracca is currently owned by 31 percent of coaches. M8 for me but might go next week for Oliver or McLuggage.

        • Daicos4Brownlow

          July 21, 2022 at 5:17 pm

          As M8, are you going to put the C on him? If I had him, I would probably VC him, knowing I had Zerrett on Sunday.

          • Phteven

            July 21, 2022 at 5:32 pm

            Brayshaw, Mills and Laird are in the current vc and C plans at the mo!

  7. C

    July 21, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Bont or Steele C coming off laird vc

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