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.
Luke Parker (158DT/161SC): Parker produced massive fantasy scores on the back of a well-rounded performance against the Bulldogs on Saturday. Parker had 34 touches (16 contested), five marks (two contested), four clearances, 10 tackles, eight inside 50s and three goals. In the six weeks prior to Round 15 Parker had between alternating between bad and good scores, however, Saturday’s effort has broken that streak as he also scored well in his previous match against the Demons with a 140DT and 102SC points.
Matthew Boyd (129DT/127SC): Boyd’s incredibly consistent DT season continued on Saturday against the Swans as he produced his highest score of the season. Boyd accumulated 32 disposals (20 uncontested), seven marks, seven rebounds from 50 and six tackles from his defensive post and is a vital cog in the Bulldogs defensive structure. Boyd is currently the second highest averaging defender in DT and the second highest priced behind Heath Shaw but he’s worthy every cent, as he’s a more reliable scorer than Shaw.
Scott Pendlebury (124DT/161SC): The Carlton vs. Collingwood game was riddled with skill errors, however, that didn’t affect Pendlebury who was composed with ball in hand all night. Pendlebury was clearly the dominant player on the night producing game-high numbers for disposals (34), contested possessions (14) and clearances (8) as well as taking five marks, laying four tackles and kicking a goal. Last week against the Dockers Pendlebury had his lowest scoring game for the season with 83DT and 87SC points, but we should have expected him to bounce back as Pendlebury hasn’t scored less than 100SC points in consecutive games since Round 15-16 in 2009.
Andrew Gaff (131DT/124SC) and Zach Merrett (123DT/121SC): With Round 15 starting on a Thursday the opportunity to loophole your captain selection became possible. Merrett was the highest averaging DT player heading into the match and didn’t let those down who VC’d him as he racked up 24 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles. A more left-field VC option that paid off was Gaff, who was heavily underpriced based on his past performances. Gaff was back to his gut-running best and amassed a game-highs for disposals (35) and uncontested possessions (29) as well as taking six marks and kicking two goals. If you had the VC on either of Merrett or Gaff I hope you took their scores as popular captaincy options in Gary Ablett (78DT/87SC), Jack Steven (65DT/52SC) and Tom Mitchell (62DT/60SC) all failed to deliver big scores.
Gold Coast (1770DT/1906SC): Gold Coast flew out of the gates with the Saints unable to apply any pressure. The Suns had five players ton up in DT and nine in SC with Michael Rischitelli (130DT/124SC), Nick Malceski (117DT/122SC), Aaron Hall (115DT/118SC) and Dion Prestia (95DT/124SC) leading the way. The Suns had so much time and space that they broke their club-record for marks before three quarter time and finished the match with 149. Next week should be another extremely winnable game for the Suns as they’ll go in favourites against the Lions at home.
Jack Watts (120DT/149SC): Watts was sensational for the Demons on Sunday against the Crows with his clean disposal and strong hands highlights of his game. Watts finished with 23 touches at 87 percent efficiency, eight marks, three clearances, three tackles and three goals playing predominately forward but also pinch-hitting in the ruck at times. Watts is on track for a 40 plus goal season, which is exactly what the Demons need as a foil to Jesse Hogan.
St. Kilda (1293DT/1392SC): St. Kilda’s effort against the Suns on Saturday was in stark contrast to what they dished up last week against the Cats, as they were void of any intensity. Remarkably no St. Kilda players hit triple figures with Nick Riewoldt (97DT/69SC) the closest in DT and Jack Newnes (87DT/96SC) the closest in SC. Additionally, Riewoldt and Newnes were the only two to score more than 80DT points as premium options Leigh Montagna (79DT/70SC), Seb Ross (67DT/62SC), Jack Steven (65DT/52SC) and David Armitage (56DT/67SC) were all well-down on their usual output.
Matt Rosa (2DT/5SC): For the second time this year Rosa suffered a hamstring injury that ended his day before half time. It’s not yet known how long Rosa will be sidelined for with his latest injury but it’s hard to select him anymore in fantasy formats with his every present injury concerns.
Josh J. Kennedy (53DT/78SC): A Thursday night game at home against the undermanned Bombers looked like a perfect occasion for Kennedy to get bag goals and produce a massive fantasy performance. However, he finished the game as the Eagles second lowest DT scorer and could only manage nine disposals, three marks and three goals, with Michael Hartley doing a reasonable job on the star full-forward.
David Zaharakis (50DT/46SC): Zaharakis was tagged by youngster Jackson Nelson and restricted to just 15 touches, one mark and three tackles. Zaharakis was clearly frustrated by the close attention and not only gave away two freekicks but will likely have a punch he delivered to Nelson’s stomach looked at by the match review panel. Zaharakis’ inability to handle close opposition attention is what has stopped him from reaching premium midfielder numbers throughout the entire season.
Matthew Suckling (46DT/37SC): Suckling was a popular trade in recent weeks due to an injury affected score dragging down his price, however, he failed to manage a premium score this week against the Swans at the SCG. Suckling had just 14 disposals, one mark and one tackle on Saturday and had the worst disposal efficiency of any player on the ground at 43 percent. Suckling struggled to score well in his only other interstate game against the Power reeling of scores of 51DT and 53SC, but thankfully the Bulldogs only play interstate two more times in their remaining eight games.
Round 15 is the final 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): Luke Parker (c) (316), Lachie Hunter (133), Travis Boak (132), Nathan Jones (131), Andrew Gaff (131), Michael Rischitelli (130), Marcus Bontempelli (129) and Dan Hannebery (127)
Forwards (6): Lance Franklin (126), Zach Merrett (123), Jack Watts (120), Mark Hutchings (115), Aaron Hall (115) and Craig Bird (113)
Defenders (4): Kade Simpson (128), Matthew Boyd (127), Nick Malceski (122), Steven May (115)
Midfielders (8): Luke Parker (c) (322), Scott Pendlebury (161), Travis Boak (145), Marcus Bontempelli (128), Andrew Gaff (124), Michael Rischitelli (124), Dion Prestia (124) and Dan Hannebery (123)
Rucks (1): Brodie Grundy (127)
Forwards (5): Jack Watts (149), Zach Merrett (121), Lance Franklin (119), Aaron Hall (118), Craig Bird (116)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 15? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster