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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 20

WHAT? NO SWANNY!!! Arggggg, never mind me hearties I have you covered. Can’t blame the boy for having a rum after dominating for us recently! This week is shaping up as a ripper and it’s so important that you are aware of who will fire – and who won’t in your first DT final. Get in there and check it out… arrggg.

Not Looking Good

I’m tipping a low scoring round this week and these guys have poor records that are very concerning. NOW… these guys are still guns, but I’m just letting you know what the stats are:

With the Pies playing at ANZ against the dominating Sydney Swans my alarm bells are ringing. Sydney have only given up 8×100+ scores in the last 4 weeks and have been on fire. Swan is out, which means everyone moves up the list for a tag. Scott Pendlebury has only scored 2×100+ on the Swans in his career of 10 games but did have 107 last time they met with a tag from Bolton. In that game, Steele Sidebottom had his worst score for the 2011 season (51). Brett Deledio plays the Bulldogs who are his worst team by a mile to score DT points on. He has just 1×100+ score on them in his 10 games against them and that was way back in 2006. Matthew Boyd did score his best score ever score on the Tigers in his last game against them… but that was only 115 and he has played them 12 times! Boyd has only played at the MCG once this year and only managed 84. Then we have  Scott Thompson who was tagged by Crowley last time he played the Dockers. That was in Rd. 10 this year when he only had 18d for 65pts, plus he hasn’t cracked a ton in the last 3 weeks this year! ARRRGGG!

On the other hand…  Dayne Beams didn’t play the Swans last year and has been in smashing form with a lowest score of just 113 in his last 4 this year and Patrick Dangerfield  is a smokey who should also be ok this week. He had 110 (32d) in that Rd. 10 game this year against Richmond and is coming off previous scores of 130, 111 and 118. Then we have Jobe Watson who had 110 in his Rd. 1 match against the Roos and has been in good form with a low of 108 in his last 4 and under the roof of Etihad, he should be pretty good!

With all that said… I have named up some bloody guns there and they should be ok (based on some kind of form), but you have been warned as their history isn’t that great!

Before Swan was ruled out… I was very 50/50 in my call between the two guns of the DT world. But on Monday night (before Swan was out) I had made my call and I was going with Gazza this week as my number one. Gutsy call for sure after Swanny has averaged 133 in his last 5 but playing Sydney in Sydney was going to be tough. Anyway, the decision has been made now and this week it is an absolute no brainer and you must go with Gary Ablett and here is the reasons why he was always getting my top spot this week.

  • He plays GWS, a team that has given up 17×100+ scores in the last 4 weeks which even takes into account that they gave Power none last week. So basically, 17 in the 3 weeks before that!
  • He had 106 on the Giants in Rd. 7 this year and had 33d. Not the best score… but he did it after having those two weeks off with a knee injury and was obviously under done. He had 42pts in the first quarter and faded out from there. The tag of Shiel didn’t help but Gaz is flying at the moment and is obviously untaggable.
  • As I just said, his form is wicked! Has a lowest score of just 128 in his last 4 games and averages 142 in his last 3 (Swan avg. 148 in his last 3 though).
  • The Suns must win this game! It is so important to their franchise not to lose to these guys again and he will be fighting his little heart out to get it done.
  • The game is at Metricon where he has had 152 and 143 in his last 2 games there! The Rd. 7 game was at Manuka Oval.
  • Gazza is now tackling. In the last game against the Giants he had just 2 tackles. Compare that to the 21 he has had in the last 3 weeks and you can see my point.

Enough said… clearly a no brainer this week and even if he does mess up… everyone will have him! I’m tipping a 160+ from the little master this week! Good luck and I will see you all in round 21.

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Who will be your round 20 captain?

  • Gary Ablett (84%, 1,456 Votes)
  • Jobe Watson (3%, 58 Votes)
  • Dayne Beams (2%, 40 Votes)
  • Patty Dangerfield (3%, 47 Votes)
  • Matthew Boyd (2%, 41 Votes)
  • Scott Pendlebury (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Someone else (4%, 70 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,733

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  1. Antipasto

    August 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Dean Cox (C)

    Lock it in if you’ve got the plums

    • Pettiger

      August 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      No thanks. I need a win.

      • Antipasto

        August 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        vs Big O this week.. who is
        a) terrible
        b) has no backup
        c) can’t run out half a game

        Easily 30+ each for both Coxy and NicNat from hitouts alone. Not to mention all of the marks and the bag of goals he is due to kick..

        When Ablett goes down with a knee 30 seconds in, you’ll thank me :D

        • The UnderAchievers

          August 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm

          Im betting he won’t and he will score a 150+ and you have a 100 from cox. Have fun losing :)

          • Jake

            August 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

            don’t you feel like a muppet?

      • Antipasto

        August 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        A lazy 147, plus $50 on first goal at 12/1. I love that man.

    • Patty

      August 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      He has been in doubt with an injury so would be a risk

    • Pavalinco

      August 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Thoughts on Lids? Playing the Doggies at the Dome.

      • Bradley

        August 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        yeh mate sounds good, deledio is a gun

      • leetrevor81

        August 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        You didn’t read the article that your commenting on? The one that said the dogs are hard to score against?

  2. Thollo

    August 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Taking a chance on Buddy! Surprised he didn’t get a mention,

    • Nimrod

      August 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      He didn’t get a mention because he is a monty to wear the red vest at some stage in the 3rd qtr.

  3. Matt

    August 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Gazza is always my C!

  4. Rainjan

    August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I wonder if there’s actually gonna be anyone that DOESN’T have Ablett as captain this round.. it wouldnt surprise me

    • mtooler

      August 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Making friends as always, lol.

    • Megatron

      August 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      might be a smart idea to go unique with your captain there?

    • Antipasto

      August 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      I bet your mother is proud

    • Megatron

      August 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Come at me Skull.

    • Vishnu27

      August 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Gee, it’s been awhile. The literary genius that is THESKULL returns. Impressive as always. For the uninitiated, THESKULL has issues.

  5. edhundyDT

    August 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    :’) Got all five of them

    Going Gary, because the person who I’m playing doesn’t even have him,
    Maybe Swanny’s night out was a blessing in disguise.

    200 for GAJ!

  6. Daniel

    August 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Patty Dangerfield im putting my trust into him

    • Aidan

      August 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      trading swan to watto
      jackson paine to stevie j

      complete team no trades

  7. Megatron

    August 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Feel like taking a punt on Jobe, but seeing as it’s finals doubt I’ll be doing that.

    • rocklobster

      August 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Problems at home skull? You’re so feisty!

      • Catbra

        August 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Aunty Flo is visiting Skull again this month

    • Dicko

      August 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Congratulation Skull. In three comments out 20 odd you have managed to prove to us what a tosser you are. Job done?

    • Megatron

      August 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Can I borrow a feeling? Could you lend me a jar of love?

    • Vishnu27

      August 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I think THEROCK you crawled out from under is missing you already, THESKULL

    • Gazinator

      August 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Haha nice burn skull.

  8. Aidan

    August 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    beams or watson for swan

    • swans2011

      August 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I have the same dilemma, slightly leaning towards Jobe at this stage. With Swan out, Beams is almost a certainty to get tagged against the Swans.

  9. Robb Stark

    August 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Anyone think Picken will go to Cotchin instead of lids ?

    And if he does, will he cope ? Not putting him as captain but I have him.

  10. PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

    August 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Its pretty simple, if you dont have Ablett captain then you dont have Ablett….and your a moron

    • Rainjan

      August 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm


    • PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

      August 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      and with Ward and Greene out this week too makes it an even more easier decision

  11. Michael Serpell

    August 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Got enough cash and 6 trades left!
    Used one trade already for Swan.
    Should I trade Lake or should I upgrade to a good forward?

    • SLAVE

      August 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      In the same boat – what to do with Lake.
      He looks like he’s copping some pressure and isn’t kicking anywhere near as much as he needs to, to be relelvant in DT.

      Honestly, looking at the replacement options – no backmen are really putting their hands up that I haven’t already got!!!

  12. The x Factor

    August 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    “Brent will be closely monitored this week as his body recovers from general soreness. The club is hopeful Brent will be available this week.”

    lets hope he plays eh?

    • flyingHIGH

      August 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      im sweating on it, @#$% you swan!!

  13. Nimrod

    August 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    This could be stupid, but contemplating trading swan to pav and rockliff to boyd.

    I know it’s risky but i don’t have the luxury of a second chance, there’s no use saving trades for next week if there isn’t one…

    • Gazinator

      August 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Mate definitely do it, I would pick according to the predicted high scorers this round. Sam Mitchell could go bang.

  14. Ingoes

    August 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hurn vs. MJ

    Watson vs. Pendlebury

    Mitchell vs. Priddis

    Greene vs. Rockliff

    Magner vs. Gibson

    Cox vs. Mumford

    Roughead vs. Franklin

    Lewis vs. Dangerfield

    Would you rather be the team on the left or the right?

    • Ridley U

      August 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      The team on the right especially as Greene is out this week.

    • Christian

      August 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm


    • Nimrod

      August 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Right for sure

    • Antipasto

      August 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Left if you have decent cover for Greene

      • Antipasto

        August 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        Left 731.55 vs Right 752.16

        Franklin a possible candidate for the rest vest, Pendles playing Swannies… If the left team has similar cover for Greene then I’d back left. RHS probably the better ceiling, but left for consistency.

    • Ingoes

      August 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Ok awesome that’s me – vs. Nick Maxwell in one of my qualifying finals. I’m keeping Swan, wonder if he will trade? If so then Greene/Magner will become someone much better.

  15. Shane_o_85

    August 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Dangermouse is in the top 5, what a lege! Im still going GAJ though. Domination

  16. Brak


    August 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    If you don’t have ablett trade swan to ablett now, then make him captain. If you don’t have Ablett or Swan you are not doing DT right, try again next year.

  17. dools

    August 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Dear DT heirarchy PLEASE ban this skull idiot. Theres kids who get on this site too and I’m over his psychotic abusive rants. The moron can’t even tone his language down.

    • SLAVE

      August 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Nah – SKULL is proof that the education system works for even the stupidest individuals in society.
      Well done teachers.
      SKULL must make you all proud.

  18. Michael

    August 9, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Well it’s fair to say all teams are playing it safe and putting the C on Gaz

  19. coolpies

    August 9, 2012 at 3:28 am

    warnie/ Boys – i agree with the other guys – can we please get rid of skull from this site – thanks to you and the boys it makes DT great to play and we dont need people like skull on the site – i know its hard to police all comments – up watching the OG

  20. BoroFC

    August 9, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I think Deledio will be good this week. Playing the Bulldogs at the MCG where he has posted some big numbers. I disagree with Calvin. You can’t really look at his numbers in previous years, when he was playing more out of defence. A good option in my opinion.

    Too hard not to go Ablett though. The safest option this week. But sometimes it’s just not fun playing it safe :-)

  21. Genghis Khan

    August 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Good Stuff Vin. Ablett the obvious choice for me. If it wasn’t Franklins first week back he’d be a solid choice too. Also good to see the great man Skull back. Just cementing his place in the upper echelon of DT Talk Flogdum…

  22. Gazinator

    August 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I think Skull is entertaining. His rants and abuse is at least better thought out than most trolls I’ve seen.

    If you are going to ban someone for crude language or grieving then 90% of us should also be on that list. The internet isn’t a place for naivety or sensitivity I’m afraid :)

    • Antipasto

      August 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Yes Gazinator, you are right, clearly a lot of thought went into these pearlers…

      a) “Fuck off you f**king idiot”
      b) A Dean Cox “cocks” pun
      c) a Simpsons reference…

      Comic genius at work, the world needs more of that.

      • coolpies

        August 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Ant well said

  23. Zan

    August 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    o_O what ?

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