Welcome to Makers and Breakers for 2016. 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.
Patrick Dangerfield (143DT/173SC): The blistering form of Dangerfield continued on Saturday night against the Bulldogs as he amassed game-high numbers for disposals (37), contested possessions (19) and inside 50s (12). Dangerfield has pushed his average to just shy of 120DT and 136SC points and is clearly the No. 1 SC player this season and looks to only be challenged by a healthy Tom Rockliff in DT. Dangerfield’s price is likely to be as high as it’s currently going to be all season heading into his bye, which makes it extremely difficult for those who don’t have him to bring him in, as it could require two downgrades to generate the cash to upgrade a rookie.
Sydney (1863DT/1856SC): Sydney and Melbourne clashed in extremely wet conditions and it was the Swans that handled them the best. The Swans laid an AFL record 155 tackles with midfielder Luke Parker (140DT/102SC) leading the way with 17 followed by Isaac Heeney (72DT/61SC) with 13 and Tom Mitchell (114DT/79SC) and Jarrad McVeigh (107DT/130SC) with nine. The average Sydney player scored 84 DT and SC points compared to Melbourne’s 65 points, which demonstrates the domination the Swans had on the game and the stats sheet.
Brisbane (1809DT/1773SC): The Lions set a club-record 445 disposals against the Eagles although their over-possession style of football didn’t translate to goals as they were flogged by 49-points. Brisbane’s usual big scorers in Dayne Zorko (147DT/108SC), Pearce Hanley (146DT/125SC), Tom Rockliff (135DT/130SC), Mitch Robinson (130DT/124SC) and Stefan Martin (111DT/142SC) all feasted. Martin’s performance was a highlight as the ruckman has struggled to score with Trent West in the side in recent times, but with West out of the lineup Martin was back to his premium scoring ways.
Jimmy Bartel (121DT/130SC): Bartel was terrific for the Cats in defence against the Bulldogs on Saturday night and struck the perfect balance of finding space to help move the ball out of defence and laying tackles when required. Bartel finished the night with 27 disposals (18 uncontested), seven marks (all uncontested), seven rebounds from 50, four clearances and seven tackles. What’s been most encouraging for Bartel owners is that he’s yet to miss a game after he only played 11 last season due to injury, although don’t be shocked if Chris Scott manages him before seasons end.
Michael Barlow (159DT/168SC): Barlow played the game of his career against the Power on Saturday accumulating 43 disposals (a game-high 20 contested), three marks, nine clearances, eight tackles and two goals. After returning to the Dockers side in Round 10 after being dropped in Round 8, Barlow was played almost exclusively as a midfielder, instead of splitting his time between the forward line as he did earlier in the season, and it’s paid off for fantasy coaches with consistent scores. In the four games since his return Barlow is averaging 112DT points with a low score of 88 and 115SC points with a low score of 85. If you’re looking for a forward premium, Barlow should definitely be near the top of your list.
Lachie Neale (128DT/149SC): Neale bounced back strongly against the Power after he was restricted to his lowest fantasy scores of the season last week due to the tagging efforts of Brisbane’s Mitch Robinson. The competitions leading ball-winner was back to his best on Saturday amassing 38 touches (19 contested), four marks, eight clearances and six tackles. Neale has elevated himself to elite level of fantasy midfielders this season and at only 23 years of age should feature in our sides for the best part of the next decade.
Max Gawn (132DT/116SC): Gawn continued his interstate domination collecting 14 disposals, 58 hit outs and eight marks and now boasts a ridiculous average of 132DT and 157SC points on games outside of Victoria. Based on current form you’d have to say Gawn is the most inform ruckman in the competition and has surpassed Todd Goldstein who looks to battling some sort of injury.
Josh Gibson (16DT/49SC): Gibson is typically the beneficiary of the Hawks controlling the ball in defence but against the Kangaroos they were unable to. The Hawks could only manage 270 disposals, well below their seasonal average of 366, and were comprehensively outplayed for most of the game. Gibson had just the two kicks, two handballs, one mark, one tackle and scored more than 70DT points less than his average heading into the game. The only positive for Gibson owners is that it is the bye so hopefully you have more than 18 players and don’t have to count his score.
Jack Gunston (47DT/58SC): Prior to Friday’s clash against the Kangaroos Gunston was averaging 99DT and 107SC points in his last seven games with his lowest DT score 84 and SC score 96 in that time. Like many of his teammates on Friday Gunston was unable to get involved in the game on a constant basis and was held goalless for just the second time this season. Additionally, Gunston had just six disposals and two marks, both season-lows, and only saved his score thanks to his seven tackles.
Dylan Shiel (67DT/82SC): Shiel has been remarkably consistent this season and prior to Round 13 had only scored less than 88DT once, which was a score of 69 against the Saints, and had a lowest SC score of 88 points. However, against the Bombers, a team most thought the Giants would crush, Shiel struggled to impart his usual influence. Shiel had 21 disposals and laid four tackles, but failed to take a mark and kick a goal, both things that have seen him produce career-high fantasy numbers this season.
Rookies: Throughout the season most rookies in our team rarely see the field but during the bye rounds we heavily on them to help us field a full side. While we can’t expect premium scores from our rookies but unfortunately the likes of Corey Wagner (23DT/34SC), Kade Stewart (38DT/56SC), Ben Keays (37DT/39SC), Darcy Tucker (37DT/46SC), Sam Collins (46DT/59SC), Logan Austin (19DT/41SC), Dougal Howard (23DT/24SC), Darcy Bryne-Jones (41DT/49SC), Josh Dunkley (36DT/35SC) and Lincoln McCarthy (41DT/37SC) all couldn’t provide much assistance this round. The difference between many teams scores throughout the byes will be dependent on rookies, so hopefully some luck comes your way.
Round 13 is the first of the three bye rounds so instead of the usual best 22 format we’ll take the best 18 from on field positions.
Midfielders (8): Pearce Hanley (146), Patrick Dangerfield (143), Luke Parker (140), Tom Rockliff (135), Lachie Neale (128), Stephen Coniglio (120), Tom Mitchell (114) and Steven Motlop (113)
Rucks (2): Max Gawn (132) and Mark Blicavs (113)
Forwards (6): Michael Barlow (c) (318), Dayne Zorko (147), Mitch Robinson (130), Adam Cooney (126), Dean Towers (123) and Toby Greene (114)
Defenders (6): Robbie Tarrant (136), Jimmy Bartel (130), Jarrad McVeigh (130), Corey Enright (129), Lee Spurr (128) and Heath Shaw (121)
Midfielders (6): Patrick Dangerfield (c) (346), Lachie Neale (149), Tom Rockliff (130), Joel Selwood (130), Jordan Lewis (129), Pearce Hanley (125)
Rucks (1): Stefan Martin (142)
Forwards (5): Michael Barlow (168), Mitch Robinson (124), Mason Wood (123), Daniel Wells (123), Matthew Pavlich (122)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 13? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster