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.
Tom Rockliff (179DT/154SC) and Zach Merrett (130DT/135SC): Etihad Stadium was the venue for two of the best fantasy players to clash and while they didn’t go head-to-head in a literal sense, their seemed to be a battle for fantasy supremacy occurring. Rockliff won the duel with a round-high 179DT points thanks to his 38 disposals (17 contested), 12 marks, seven clearances, nine tackles, six inside 50s and a goal. Merrett produced his 14th ton of the season and eighth in a row on the back of his 34 disposals, six marks, five clearances, eight tackles, eight inside 50s and a goal assist. If you don’t own both of these two fantasy stars it would have been extremely hard for you to move up the rankings this week.
Jack Steven (145DT/150SC): The Bulldogs elected not to tag Steven who broke the game open time and time again with his run and carry. Steven finished with 39 disposals, after having 26 at halftime, as well as six marks, six clearances, seven tackles and a goal. Steven’s ceiling is among the best in the competition and he undoubtedly deserves to be considered more often as a captaincy selection than he is currently.
Stefan Martin (130DT/162SC): Martin has frustrated owners this season with his DT and SC scores dropping more than 20 points from what he’s produced in the last two years. However, on Sunday against the Bombers Martin had 25 disposals, four marks, 29 hitouts, five tackles and goal, which helped him to his biggest score of the season. Martin has reeled off five consecutive DT triple figure scores and is averaging a whopping 111 points in that time, a return to the form expected to start the year.
Matt Priddis (138DT/143SC): Priddis has quietly gone about his business again this year averaging a premium 102DT and 107SC points. Priddis was sensational for the Eagles on Saturday against the Demons collecting 24 disposals (17 contested), seven clearances, 15 tackles and a goal. In his past 10 games Priddis has scored more than 100SC points in nine of them and is averaging a massive 113 points.
Carlton (1616DT/1667SC): The Blues were terrific against the Swans at the SCG and were unlucky not to get the victory. The Blues best fantasy players all produced blinders with Patrick Cripps (140DT/137SC), Bryce Gibbs (131DT/148SC), Sam Docherty (122DT/112SC), Kade Simpson (120DT/125SC) and Ed Curnow (119DT/118SC) all scoring well over a 100 points in both formats. I doubt many would have predicted that Carlton would have so much fantasy relevance in 2016.
Todd Goldstein (69DT/87SC): Goldstein’s lack of form has been a strong talking point in the footy media lately and on Friday night against the Magpies he wasn’t able to produce a big score. Goldstein had 13 disposals, one mark, 21 hitouts, two tackles and a goal, but a 30DT point final term should give coaches hope that a return to form is just around the corner.
Luke Hodge (49DT/62SC): Hodge was uncharacteristically quiet on Sunday against the Tigers accumulating just 15 disposals, two marks and one tackle, despite the average score for a Hawthorn player being 84DT points. Hodge’s DT score was his lowest non-injury affected since Round 5, 2012, and would have disappointed the many coaches that traded him in AF after he gained defender status.
Tom Mitchell (61DT/81SC): Mitchell amassed 23 disposals against the Blues but his score wasn’t helped by the fact that 21 of them were handballs. Additionally Mitchell failed to take a mark, which resulted in his second lowest score of the season and fourth of less than 62DT points. In his last five games last year Mitchell averaged a ridiculous 132DT points, so coaches will be hoping he finds a similar vein of form to cap off this season.
Eddie Betts (50DT/42SC) and Taylor Walker (41DT/45SC): The Crows two lowest team scores of the season, 55 and 72, have come against the Cats and it’s no surprise as a result that the likes of Betts and Walker were extremely quiet. Between the pair they only accumulated 22 disposals, five marks, two tackles and a goal, and I expect Betts and Walker to bounce back strongly against the struggling Bombers at home.
Elliot Yeo (64DT/41SC): Heading into Saturday’s match with the Demons Yeo was averaging 91DT and 96SC points in his last five games and hadn’t scored less than 80 in that time. However, this run of consistency ended for Yeo this week as he had a season-low 11 disposals as well as two marks and five tackles. While Yeo has improved on his DT average by five points compared to last year he hasn’t emerged as the premium defender many expected him to be.
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (c) (358), Jack Steven (145), Brendon Goddard (140), Patrick Cripps (140), Matt Priddis (138), Bryce Gibbs (131), Matt Crouch (128) and Dom Tyson (127)
Rucks: Stefan Martin (130) and Shane Mumford (124)
Forwards: Zach Merrett (130), Michael Walters (123), Jack Gunston (122), Alex Sexton (121), Sam Gray (112) and Touk Miller (111)
Defenders: Corey Enright (136), Jimmy Bartel (130), Sean Dempster (129), Kade Simpson (125), Steven May (121) and Jasper Pittard (121)
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (154), Brendon Goddard (152), Jack Steven (150), Bryce Gibbs (148), Matt Priddis (143), Patrick Cripps (137), Sam Mitchell (134) and Luke Shuey (130)
Rucks: Stefan Martin (c) (324) and Max Gawn (128)
Forwards: Zach Merrett (135), Sam Day (130), Jack Gunston (127), Tom J. Lynch (126), Michael Walters (124) and Daniel Menzel (120)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 18? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster