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.
Dustin Martin (161DT/152SC): Martin starred for the Tigers on Saturday against the Bombers setting career-highs for disposals (43), kicks (35) and DreamTeam points (161) as well amassing 22 contested possessions, six marks (two contested and two inside 50), 14 clearances, four rebounds from 50, four tackles, six inside 50s and two goals. Martin’s average of 106DT and 112SC points, also career-highs, ranks him 12th in DT and ninth in SC and he has definitely elevated himself to one of the competitions best and is rightfully one of the favourites for the Brownlow Medal.
Zach Merrett (152DT/138SC): Not many people predicted Merrett would rise to the upper echelon of fantasy players in 2016 with the Bombers short many of their best 22 but that’s exactly what he’s done. Merrett is averaging 117DT and 109SC points and has hit triple figures in 13 times in DT and 11 times in SC from 16 games. Against the Tigers Merrett produced the highest DT score of his career courtesy of his 34 disposals (13 contested), seven marks, six clearances, 10 tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.
Shaun Burgoyne (134DT/159SC): Burgoyne was the match-winner for the Hawks on Thursday night in their top of the table thriller with the Swans. Burgoyne finished the game with 26 disposals (12 contested), three marks, 10 clearances, 11 tackles, seven inside 50s and two last quarter goals. Eligible to be selected as a defender Burgoyne is in less than 8 percent of teams across the salary cap formats and would be a unique selection on the run home.
Josh P. Kennedy (131DT/140SC): Kennedy was terrific for the Swans against his former side Hawthorn accumulating 33 touches (a game-high 19 contested), six marks, seven clearances, six tackles, six inside 50s and a goal. Kennedy’s scoring consistency is remarkable with the midfielder only scoring below 80DT and 95SC points once, which was way back in Round 1 against Collingwood.
GWS (1860DT/1889SC): The Giants were comprehensive 79-point victors against the Lions on Sunday and the margin could have been even worse if it wasn’t for heavy rain slowing the Giants quick ball movement. The Giants had six players ton-up in DT led by Stephen Coniglio (127DT/139SC) and Josh Kelly (125DT/94SC), while four reached triple figures in SC with Callan Ward (118DT/143SC) and Jeremy Cameron (115DT/128SC) starring in that format.
Brodie Grundy (134DT/104SC): In his last nine games Grundy is averaging an elite 104DT and 98SC points and on Saturday night against the Crows and the equally as inform Sam Jacobs he produced his best DT score of the year. Grundy amassed 23 disposals (11 contested), 10 marks (three contested), 32 hit outs and five tackles, and has struck the perfect balance of ruck work and mobility around the ground, which has seen him become one of the Magpies most influential players.
Sam Docherty (134DT/138SC): Docherty continued his emergence as one of the best defenders in 2016 with a 32 disposal at 94 percent efficiency, 12 mark, nine rebounds from 50, three tackle and a goal assist performance against the Eagles on Sunday. As a result Docherty is now averaging more than 100DT and 110SC points, both career-highs by more than 10 points, and looks likely to feature in our backlines for close to the next decade.
Michael Barlow (60DT/64SC) & Brett Deledio (66DT/67SC): Premium forwards Barlow and Deledio suffered similar fates this round with the pair both unable to play out the game due to injury after playing strong first halves. Barlow hurt his shoulder when he bashed into Lincoln McCarthy at the start of the third quarter, while Deledio didn’t feature after half-time due to a calf injury. It’s not yet known the extent of their injuries but with only six rounds to go it’s likely a trade will be required.
Taylor Walker (48DT/54SC): In his last two games Walker has faced Carlton and Collingwood, which judging by their ladder position should be sides he’d kick a bag against. however, it hasn’t gone that way for the big Crows forward. Walker is averaging just 12 disposals, 5 five marks, one goal, 57DT and 64SC points in his last two weeks, and if you picked up to take advantage of this opposition you’d be gutted.
Luke Hodge (77DT/83SC): Hodge was a popular trade in this week, particularly in AF and DT, due to his back-to-back tons since returning from injury coupled with his monstrous 111 average from 2015. However, Thursday night against the Swans he couldn’t find enough of the ball to produce the premium score people would have been hoping for as he ended the match with 18 disposals, six marks and four tackles. The positive for coaches in AF is that he could gain defence eligibility this week, which would make him an even more valuable player.
Josh J. Kennedy (49DT/39SC): Heading into Sunday’s match with the Blues you would have felt confident Kennedy would dominate his former but in fact he was held to his lowest DT and SC scores of the season. Kennedy had just eight disposals, five marks, zero tackles and two goals, and has not enjoyed his four trips to Victoria this season where he averages 64DT and 62SC points.
North Melbourne (1406DT/1572SC): The Kangaroos failed to perform in what was a crucial game for the club against the Power on Saturday. Ben Brown (103DT/120SC) was the only North Melbourne player to hit triple figures in both formats, while Brent Harvey (99DT/123SC) joined him in SC. Too many of the Kangaroos best players were quiet as Todd Goldstein (81DT/93SC), Andrew Swallow (67DT/82SC), Jack Ziebell (67DT/80SC), Daniel Wells (65DT/61SC), Ben Cunnington (59DT/81SC) and Jarrad Waite (57DT/60SC) all struggled compared to their Port Adelaide counterparts of Robbie Gray (122DT/111SC), Travis Boak (119DT/128SC), Ollie Wines (101DT/115SC), Justin Westhoff (97DT/136SC), Chad Wingard (94DT/106SC) and Jack Trengove (88DT/93SC). Friday nights clash between the Kangaroos and the Magpies shapes as a beauty, with the Kangaroos desperate for a win.
Midfielders: Josh P. Kennedy (131), Patrick Dangerfield (130), Tom Rockliff (128), Joel Selwood (128), Stephen Coniglio (127), Josh Kelly (125), Sam Mitchell (125) and Taylor Adams/Jack Viney/Stephen Hill (123)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (134) and Stefan Martin (111)
Forwards: Dustin Martin (c) (322), Zach Merrett (152), Ben Griffiths (132), Dayne Zorko (131), Toby Greene (119) and Jack Gunston (116)
Defenders: Shaun Burgoyne (c) (318), Sam Docherty (138), Corey Enright (128), Kade Simpson (115), Simon White (113) and Tom McDonald (111)
Midfielders: Koby Stevens (144), Callan Ward (143), Stephen Hill (141), Patrick Dangerfield (140), Josh P. Kennedy (140), Stephen Coniglio (139), Tom Rockliff (130) and Andrew Gaff/Travis Boak/Joel Selwood (128)
Rucks: Max Gawn (124) and Sam Jacobs (110)
Forwards: Dustin Martin (152), Zach Merrett (138), Justin Westhoff (136), Ben Griffiths (132), Jeremy Cameron (128) and Mark LeCras/Brent Harvey (123)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 17? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster