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.
Collingwood (1845DT/1822SC): The Magpies were terrific against the Eagles and deservedly got the win. Scott Pendlebury (148DT/140SC) and Taylor Adams (140DT/123SC) led the way with a pair of monster scores while coaches with Brodie Grundy (127DT/116SC), Josh Smith (123DT/108SC), Adam Treloar (113DT/122SC) and Steele Sidebottom (109DT/108SC) would have also been ecstatic with their fantasy performances. There’s a lot of fantasy relevance in this Collingwood side and I anticipate for that to continue for a while with the age of their talent.
Patrick Dangerfield (135DT/144SC): Dangerfield starred again on Friday night against the Cats and is likely only to be challenged by his teammate Rhys Stanley for the three Brownlow votes. Dangerfield collected 33 disposals (17 contested), five marks, six clearances, four tackles, 10 inside 50s and three goals and has now reeled off nine straight 100 plus SC scores in a row.
David Mundy (148DT/152SC) and Lachie Neale (131DT/112SC) vs. Josh P. Kennedy (156DT/137SC) and Dan Hannebery (145DT/144SC): Domain Stadium was home to some massive fantasy numbers on Sunday as Mundy, Neale, Kennedy and Hannebery all jam-packed their stats columns. The Fremantle pair of Mundy and Neale racked up 85 disposals, eight marks, nine tackles and a goal between them, while Kennedy and Hannebery had 86 disposals, 16 marks, five tackles and four goals.
Heath Shaw (125DT/129SC): Shaw bounced back to his early season form on Saturday against the Tigers scoring tons in both formats for the first time since Round 13. Shaw had 29 disposals (26 kicks), 11 marks, eight rebounds from 50, seven bounces and three inside 50s, and with copious amounts of time to use the ball he was a key factor in the Giants obliterating the Tigers by 88 points.
Eddie Betts (94DT/138SC): The crafty Betts was too much for the Bombers to handle as he had 16 touches (10 contested), five marks (two contested and three inside 50), four inside 50s, five goals and two goal assists. If I was picking my match day side in the next two weeks I’d looking at Betts and the rest of the Adelaide forwards as they face the Lions and the Dockers in that time who are struggling to finish off the year.
Brisbane (1215DT/1331SC): Archie Smith (96DT/SC) was the only Brisbane player to score more than 90DT points on Saturday night against the Power, while Dayne Zorko (85DT/92SC) was the only other to exceed 80DT points. Daniel Rich (76DT/115SC) led the way in SC, while club leaders Tom Rockliff (76DT/81SC), Mitch Robinson (71DT/61SC) and Pearce Hanley (61DT/72SC) were all well below their best in the 94-point loss.
Sam Jacobs (check final scores): Jacobs has been in ripping form averaging 106DT and 105SC points in his last seven games but unfortunately for him he suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Crows were well on top of the struggling Bombers so there was no need to risk him, but we’ll have to wait for the scans to know the full extent of his injury.
Jack Steven (73DT/77SC): Steven was followed by Trent Dumont on Saturday night and was unable to impart his usual influence on the match. Steven accumulated 21 touches, one mark, four tackles and six inside 50s, but his run and carry, which has torn sides apart in recent weeks, was rarely evident. Next week the Saints face the Blues, and I expect Steven to tagged by Ed Curnow, who has been one of the best run with players this season.
Mark LeCras (31DT/39SC): LeCras’ form is heavily linked with that of the Eagles. When West Coast are up so is LeCras, but when their down he is too, and against the Magpies both the team and LeCras were poor. The mercurial forward could only manage nine disposals at 44 percent efficiency, one mark and three tackles, which frankly isn’t good enough for someone who’s been an All-Australian and is playing in their 11th season of AFL.
Josh Gibson (52DT/54SC): Like most key defenders Gibson is often an up-and-down scorer and against the Blues on Saturday he had one of this quieter games. Gibson amassed just 14 disposals, five marks and two tackles in what was difficult conditions for maintaining possession as the wind was extremely strong at Aurora Stadium in Tasmania.
Midfielders: Josh P. Kennedy (c) (312), David Mundy (148), Scott Pendlebury (148), Dan Hannebery (145), Taylor Adams (140), Patrick Dangerfield (135), Lachie Neale (131) and Rory Sloane (128)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (127) and Max Gawn (106)
Forwards: John Butcher (124), Hayden Crozier (114), Joe Daniher (112), Dustin Martin (112), Chris Mayne (110) and Jack Watts (109)
Defenders: Alex Rance (145), Jamie Macmillan (143), Jackson Trengove (132), Rory Laird (129), Heath Shaw (129) and Daniel Rich/Grant Birchall (115)
Midfielders: David Mundy (c) (304), Dan Hannebery (144), Patrick Dangerfield (144), Rory Sloane (141), Scott Pendlebury (140), Josh P. Kennedy (137), Robbie Gray (134) and Taylor Adams (123)
Rucks: Todd Goldstein (118) and Brodie Grundy (116)
Forwards: Steve Johnson (146), Eddie Betts (138), John Butcher (132), Jack Watts (131), Devon Smith (118) and Sam Naismith (109)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 19? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster