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Calvin’s Captains 2023 – Rd. 1

He’s back – the pirate is here for another season of Calvin’s Captains!

Welcome to Calvin’s Captains for Round 1.

As you know this is the best place to get your captain information to score you double points as you take on your mates in AFL Fantasy.

Over on our Patreon page there is a thumping article covering my top 10 players for the week, ranked in the order that I would pick them.

There is also a huge list of 20-odd players who I researched… that didn’t make the cut. But might help you for those Draft teams.

Just like every week taggers will be a pain in my arse. Who is tagging at the moment and which players will copy attention this week? All this and more can be found each and every week in the best fantasy article in the land.


#1 – Rory Laird v GWS Giants (Sunday 1:10pm)

Even though the Giants have come out and said that Rory Laird will cop some attention … what else were they supposed to say? They are going to leave him alone? Laird is coming off 138 (32 touches and 10 tackles) in the preseason game and last year against the Giants he did cop a little bit of attention around stoppages but still scored 118.

Perryman (or Ash) could get the job, however, I can’t see the Giants giving up a midfield position for someone who will play so defensive. Yes there are a few concerns here… but if we’re paying a million dollars for this guy …. he needs to sit at number one.

#2 – Josh Kelly v Adelaide (Sunday 1:10pm)

I really like Kelly this week against the Crows who were the fifth easiest team to score against in their preseason game and they were the fourth easiest last year … where Kelly had 134 against them with 121 and 128 before that.

#3 – Jack Macrae v Melbourne (Saturday 7:25pm)

Macrae loves playing Melbourne. He has now scored 100 or more in his last nine games against them which included a 101 and a 120 last year. Even though he didn’t get a truckload of CBAs last week he did score 121.

#4 – Sam Docherty v Richmond (Thursday 7:20pm)

Ladies and gentlemen here is your VC. Coming off 143 with 34 disposals and 11 marks in the preseason, Docherty’s Thursday night game is a blessing. Last year against Richmond he scored 129 and 95.  Even though Richmond were tough in the preseason and didn’t give up many big scores this one is a Thursday night free hit.

#5 – Marcus Bontempelli v Melbourne (Saturday 7:25pm)

He’s a big-time player who scored 125 and 100 against Melbourne last year and his form is good enough scoring 106 in the preseason and he’s always a good option.

Do you need a Captain? Then Calvin will help you out. Don't want a Captain? Calvin will tell you anyway. The man who digs deep into stats will help you pick a great captain and give you plenty of Fantasy advice. Follow him on Twitter: @CalvinDT



  1. Dan

    March 16, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Good captain options this week. The app fucked up though. It auto selected Newman when I was finding a replacement for Yeo. Not the traders fault, but the app always does some dumbassery faults at the start of every season. Somebody gets their teams screwed with each season. The app needs to do better. Soooooo cmon Newman lol.

    • Jackson Smart

      March 17, 2023 at 9:31 am

      Common knowledge if the spot is empty it auto fills.

    • Daicos4Brownlow

      March 17, 2023 at 11:23 am

      Don’t have empty spots open when a game starts. It autofills the spots with players from that game. At least Newman scored more than Hollands.

  2. JungleMuffin

    March 16, 2023 at 9:31 pm


    Agree the App is sketchy. I’ve had trades reversed and emergencies changed before, several times. It’s not just a case of changes being unsaved either.

  3. Teddy

    March 16, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    What happened to too 10 captains? Need for AFL Draft!

    • Mark

      March 17, 2023 at 12:17 am

      No longer available unless we cough up $s.
      A little disappointing !

      • Rodney Crude

        March 17, 2023 at 11:00 am

        Yes, Calvin, Warnie and Co are chasing the big dollars this year so charging for everything they can

        • Squid

          March 17, 2023 at 1:47 pm

          Yet still providing heaps of free content…..those monsters!

    • Daicos4Brownlow

      March 17, 2023 at 11:27 am

      It’s better with only five captains anyway. You can’t claim to have selected the best captain when he was tenth on the list. Everyone should have a couple of those selected; I have three.

      • Teddy

        March 22, 2023 at 9:06 pm

        you can’t have three in draft format

  4. MovesLikeJaeger

    March 16, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    put VC on Taranto. Take his score of 123?
    Other C option is Bazheadbutt.

    • Jax

      March 17, 2023 at 8:30 am

      Take the 123. Laid is the only one I’d back to score higher

    • Squid

      March 17, 2023 at 1:50 pm

      You bank that every time, even in the unlikely event someone goes 150 you only “lose” 27pts, risk just not worth it.

  5. Fisting Nana

    March 17, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    Is Calvin doing FORWARDS in the Scale of Hardness this season? DRAFT matters!

  6. dursmas mum

    March 19, 2023 at 8:10 am

    calvins sold his arse and soul

  7. Marcus Lawton

    March 19, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    Calvin an expert at talking sh*t about Captains. Even Titch beat his first selection. Thank god I’m a wake up to his B*ll***t. I chose Fre Brayshaw as Captain.

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