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.
Melbourne (1956DT/1929SC): The Demons put on a fantasy clinic against the Dockers in Darwin with 10 players notching up triple figure scores in DT and seven in SC. Leading the way for the Demons were Jack Grimes (140DT/121SC), Jesse Hogan (135DT/126SC), Tom McDonald (115DT/144SC) and Max Gawn (110DT/141SC). Grimes who was playing his first AFL game in 2016 racked up 32 disposals, nine marks and eight tackles, while Hogan kicked four goals, McDonald had 31 touches and 10 marks and Gawn continued his interstate domination with 17 disposals, five tackles and 43 hitouts.
Patrick Dangerfield (139DT/135SC): Dangerfield started Friday nights match against the Swans on fire amassing 18 disposals in the first quarter alone. He was unable to continue his frantic ball-winning pace for the remainder of the game but still finished with 34 touches (16 contested), six marks (two contested), seven clearances, eight free kicks for, four tackles, 10 inside 50s and a goal. There’s no doubt Dangerfield is the No. 1 fantasy player in 2016, as he’s played every game and boasts the highest average in DT (119) and SC (133), both career-highs by more than 10 points a game.
Travis Cloke (121DT/115SC): Cloke showed why he’s a two-time All-Australian on Saturday as he smashed the Giants defence with a 20 disposal, 12 mark (five contested and six inside 50), six inside 50 and four goal game. Cloke’s DT score was his highest since Round 11, 2014, when he feasted on the Saints with 150DT points. I can’t see Cloke being fantasy relevant, unless you want to be extremely risky in AF, but maybe 2017 is the year he returns to his 90 plus averages of the past.
Touk Miller (135DT/139SC), Peter Wright (131DT/136SC) and Dion Prestia (120DT/126): Miller, Wright and Prestia were prolific for the Suns throughout the whole game against the Lions. Miller produced career-high DT and SC scores thanks to his 27 disposals (14 contested), six marks, 11 tackles and a goal. Fresh of his rising star nomination last week Wright was dominant up forward gathering 20 disposals, 12 marks (four contested and six inside 50), five goals and three goal assists, while Prestia worked hard all day and was rewarded with 31 touches, five marks, seven clearances, eight tackles and seven inside 50s.
Marcus Bontempelli (115DT/140SC): Bontempelli started the season extremely slowly and after six rounds was averaging a measly 70DT/85SC points. However, in his most recent nine games Bontempelli is averaging an elite 111DT/118SC points and has racked up seven DT and SC tons in that time. Against the Tigers on Saturday night Bontempelli was again one of the Bulldogs best accumulating 25 disposals (16 contested), four marks, nine clearances, eight tackles and two goals. If you jumped on Bontempelli at a bottomed-out price early in the season, you can pat yourself on the back as that’s one of the best trades of the year.
Jack Steven (158DT/170SC): Steven bounced back from his quiet performance last week against the Suns with an outstanding effort against the Bombers. Steven amassed 42 disposals (22 contested), 12 clearances, 12 tackles, nine inside 50s and a goal, which was the sealer for the Saints. There were question marks over whether Steven could reproduce the fantasy numbers that saw him ranked No. 1 among midfielders in 2016, but with seven rounds to go I think he’s quashed those concerns.
Oleg Markov (95DT/75SC) and Jason Castagna (94DT/88SC): Markov and Castagna came in for the Tigers clash with the Bulldogs and youngsters were extremely impressive in their first and third career games respectively. Markov collected 18 disposals, nine marks, three rebounds from 50 and four tackles in defence, while Castagna was deployed across half-foward and accumulated 19 diposals, seven marks, four inside 50s and two goals. I can see both playing out the rest of the season as the Tigers seek to learn about how their young players perform at AFL level.
Injuries: There were a number of injuries this week, however, none more significant than Gary Ablett (63DT/74SC), who hurt his left shoulder in a tackling attempt in the third quarter and didn’t return. Ablett is one of the most popular players across the formats, and while no information has been published about the extent of his injury it looks likely coaches will have to trade him. Midfielders Brad Ebert (14DT/10SC), Liam Shiels (38DT/26SC), Michael Rischitelli (0DT/SC), Tom Liberatore (65DT/47SC) and David Mundy (60DT/54SC) all were unable to play out the match, with Rischitelli likely to spend the most time on the sidelines as it looks like he’s torn his ACL, which would see him out of footy for roughly 12 months.
Jarrad McVeigh (52DT/77SC): McVeigh had been in terrific form in his last two games reeling off scores of 107DT/130SC and 99DT/114SC. However, against the Cats at Simonds Stadium on Friday night McVeigh could only manage 15 disposals, zero marks and three tackles, which resulted in his lowest DT score of the season. The Swans face the Hawks on Thursday night, a team McVeigh scored 58DT and 70SC points earlier this year.
Steven Motlop (66DT/53SC): Motlop had been out of form heading into Friday’s match with the Swans having only scored more than 70DT/SC points in one of his past six matches. Unfortunately, Motlop wasn’t able to turn his form around as he had 17 touches at 58 percent efficiency, five clangers, three marks and four tackles. Motlop is the definition of a rollercoaster player but with his price well below his starting price he could be worth the punt as cover for the rest of the year.
Callum Sinclair (32DT/38SC): With Kurt Tippett suffering a long-time injury against the Giants in Round 12, many expected Sinclair to step into his role and increase his fantasy output and thus many coaches looked to Sinclair as a unique, cheaper option for Tippett or the injured Nic Naitanui. Sadly for those that pulled the trigger on such a trade Sinclair has actually regressed in fantasy performance with Tippett out of the side and is averaging a pathetic 46DT/SC points in his last three games. Against the Cats on Friday night Sinclair had just five disposals, zero marks, eight hitouts and three tackles, which is crushing for a fantasy side when you brought him in as a premium.
GWS (1477DT/1482SC): The Giants were comprehensively outplayed by the Magpies, especially in the second quarter when they piled on nine goals to two. Shane Mumford (102DT/106SC) was the only GWS player to score more than 100 points in either format, while Josh Kelly (97DT/95SC) exceeded 90 in both and Stephen Coniglio (96DT/75SC) did so in DT and Zac Williams (74DT/90SC) in SC. Premiums Toby Greene (57DT/60SC), Callan Ward (61DT/78SC), Tom Scully (67DT/68SC) and Heath Shaw (69DT/82SC) were all well below their usual output and will be keen to make up for it next week against the struggling Brisbane Lions.
Midfielders: Jack Steven (c) (316), Patrick Dangerfield (139), Lachie Neale (130), Kieren Jack (127), Rory Sloane (123), Dion Prestia (120), Steele Sidebottom (119) and Luke Hodge (118)
Rucks: Sam Jacobs (120) and Brodie Grundy (119)
Forwards: Touk Miller (135), Jesse Hogan (135), Peter Wright (131), Zach Merrett (126), Travis Cloke (121) and Matt Jones/Jack Martin (115)
Defenders: Tom McDonald (144), Dane Rampe (138), Rory Laird (130), Matthew Broadbent (129), Daniel Talia (122) and Jack Grimes (121)
Midfielders: Jack Steven (c) (340), Marcus Bontempelli (140), Patrick Dangerfield (135), Robbie Gray (132), Luke Shuey (131), Steele Sidebottom (127), Jack Macrae (126) and Dion Prestia/Matt Priddis (126)
Rucks: Max Gawn (141) and Jonathon Ceglar (128)
Forwards: Touk Miller (139), Peter Wright (136), Zach Merrett (129), Jesse Hogan (126), Tom J. Lynch (123) and Ben Brown (122)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 16? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster