Welcome to Makers and Breakers for 2017. Each week I’ll take a look at the players that helped make and break our fantasy sides and also calculate the perfect score for the round in DreamTeam and SuperCoach.
Dayne Zorko (181DT/196SC): What a sensational performance from Zorko on Saturday night against the Cats. The buzzing midfielder packed his stats sheet with 36 disposals, 10 clearances, 12 tackles and four goals, and has well and truly elevated himself to uber premium status. I’ll be interested to see if he’s paid the respect he deserves for coaches when they pick their starting squad next season.
Patrick Dangerfield (150DT/165SC): Dangerfield continued his blistering run of form with a dominant performance against the Lions gathering 38 disposals (23 contested), nine marks, 10 clearances, three goals and 16 score involvements. Last week I mentioned that Dangerfield had reclaimed his SuperCoach crown and after his weeks effort he’s averaging a ridiculous 158SC points in his last seven games.
Sam Docherty (152DT/142SC): Docherty’s fantasy season has been utterly remarkable and that’s before you even consider that he’s eligible as a defender. The saying ‘what goes up, must come down’ hasn’t applied to Docherty to date, who is averaging more than 120 points this season and an 135 points in his last six games. If I was handing out an MVP award for fantasy this year it would go to Docherty.
Seb Ross (134DT/151SC): Ross has flown under the radar this season in both a footy and fantasy sense. The Saints ball magnet is averaging 105DT/SC this season but when you remove his Round 1 score of 42DT/36SC points, his averages jumps to more than 110. Against the Tigers on Saturday night Ross amassed 33 disposals, eight tackles, five clearances and a goal, to notch up his 11th ton for the year.
Callan Ward (138DT/136SC): Ward started the season extremely slowly but has been in stunning form in the three games since the Giants bye averaging 127DT/128SC points. On Saturday against the Hawks Ward had 32 disposals, 10 clearances, eight tackles, and a goal and would have been a bargain only a month ago.
Adam Trealoar (57DT/61SC): Treloar like most of his Collingwood teammates was bitterly disappointing against the Bombers. After a barnstorming finish to 2016 Treloar was an popular option this year and excluding a hot start it’s been a subpar season by his standards. He still managed to get the ball 21 times but just one tackle and mark severely restricted his score and would have particularly gutted coaches that recently traded him in when he looked value.
Dustin Martin (73DT/74SC): While St Kilda deserve a lot of credit for the way they played Richmond clearly were off their game and so was their star Martin. The equal Brownlow favourite collected just 19 disposals at 63% efficiency, one mark, five tackles and kicked a goal. Nothing to be concerned about though, just one of those days for Dusty and the Tigers.
Jack Billings (55DT/57SC): Unfortunately for Billings owner he was unable to get in on the fun that St Kilda were having at Richmond’s expense on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. The Saints had six players score DT tons and 10 score SC tons, but Billings put up his second lowest score for the year after averaging 100+ in his last four games.
Isaac Smith (53DT/55SC): Unlike Ward who has been in amazing form since his bye, Smith has been quiet averaging a measly 66DT/63SC points. With an average of 90 enough to class yourself as a premium forward this season I think Smith could be a bargain-unique option in DT on the run home because of his ability to produce 120+ scores.
Patrick Cripps (40DT/25SC): Man fantasy is a cruel game at times. Cripps looked perfect unique to bring in for the run home, particularly in SC, but in just the second quarter against Melbourne on Sunday he was forced off the ground with a knee injury and didn’t return. Hopefully for footy’s sake Cripps’ injury isn’t to severe as he’s a pleasure to watch play our great game.
Defenders: Sam Docherty (152), Rory Laird (135), Leigh Montagna (126), Kade Simpson (123), Michael Hurley (122) and Heath Shaw (118)
Midfield: Dayne Zorko (c) (362), Patrick Dangerfield (150), Tom Mitchell (143), Callan Ward (138), Josh Kelly (136), Connor Blakely (135), Seb Ross (134) and Marc Murphy (132)
Ruck: Matthew Kreuzer (118) and Ben McEvoy (117)
Forward: Patrick Ryder (135), Toby McLean (127), Michael Walters (116), Shaun Higgins (114), Charlie Curnow (112) and Nick Riewoldt (112)
Defenders: Sam Docherty (142), Lachie Henderson (120), Rory Laird (119), Kade Simpson (118), Michael Hurley (117) and Dane Rampe/Jake Lever (111)
Midfield: Dayne Zorko (c) (392), Patrick Dangerfield (165), Seb Ross (151), Mitch Duncan (144), Marc Murphy (141), Nat Fyfe (139), Mark Blicavs (137) and Callan Ward (136)
Ruck: Todd Goldstein (129) and Billy Longer (119)
Forward: Justin Westhoff (136), Taylor Walker (133), Patrick Ryder (129), Gary Rohan (128), Toby McLean (123) and Jack Macrae/Charlie Curnow (118)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 16?