Welcome to Makers and Breakers for 2017. 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.
Rory Sloane (152DT/146SC): Sloane was understandably quiet in Round 1 considering he had a fractured eye socket that kept him out the JLT Community Series but bounced back strong against the Hawks on Saturday. Sloane amassed 25 disposals (15 contested), six marks (three contested and two inside 50), eight clearances, 15 tackles, six inside 50s and kicked a goal. Whether it’s DT or SC Sloane is a proven performer who always seems to fly under the radar, so if you’re looking for a unique selection he’s a great pick and pleasure to watch play.
Marcus Bontempelli (126DT/140SC): Bontempelli starred for the Bulldogs on Friday against the Swans gathering 30 disposals (12 contested), four marks (one contested and two inside 50), five clearances, seven tackles, six inside 50s and two goals. SuperCoach is definitely Bontempelli’s format of choice, as his it more accurately reflects his influence on the match, and you’d be thrilled if you picked him after many coaches were scared off by his preseason ankle concerns.
Robbie Gray (138DT/164SC): The old adage of fantasy football is don’t panic after one bad week and Gray’s bounce back performance is why. Last week Gray copped a knock to the head and could only manage 21DT and 38SC points against the Swans, however, he rebounded in sensational fashion on Sunday against the Dockers. Gray had 30 disposals (14 contested), seven marks (six inside 50), six inside 50s, six goals and two goal assists. If you moved him last week this score will undoubtedly sting, but use it as a lesson to improve your future fantasy game.
Luke Shuey (144DT/141SC): Shuey was the pick of the Eagles engine room and played an extremely well-rounded game with 30 touches (10 contested), four marks, seven clearances, 11 tackles and two goals. Shuey’s ability to win the football on the inside and outside is the reason he’s such a consistent performer and like Sloane is often overlooked in fantasy formats unfairly.
Will Hoskin-Elliott (124DT/120SC): What a start to his Collingwood career Hoskin-Elliott has made, the former No. 4 draft pick has always been a talented player but his ability to run hard and find space has been evident in his two games with the Magpies. On Thursday night against the Tigers Hoskin-Elliott had 21 disposals (17 uncontested), 12 marks (two contested) and three goals, and priced slightly above $200k will be an extremely popularly trade in target this week.
Kade Simpson (53DT/57SC): A feature of Simpson’s fantasy play is typically his consistency, however, against the Demons on Sunday he produced his worst fantasy numbers since Round 22, 2014. Despite the Blues looking to work the ball around their defence Simpson just wasn’t a link in the chain often enough for his owners and finished the game with 14 disposals, four marks and two tackles. No need to panic as an owner, but a potential discounted premium if you’re looking to upgrade in the coming weeks.
Gary Ablett Jr. (69DT/73SC): It was hard to watch Ablett’s performance on Saturday against the Giants with the little master looking far from his best. Splitting his time between the midfield and forward line, Ablett could only muster 16 disposals at 62 percent efficiency, five tackles and a goal, and now leaves coaches with a dilemma heading into Round 3. I stressed not being reactionary after a poor score from premiums earlier, however, Ablett looks hampered and with cash generation looking difficult this season it could be a crafty move to trade Ablett to allow you to strengthen another line.
Heath Shaw (72DT/53SC): While Shaw’s DT score wasn’t horrible his SC score was disappointing as he’s usually a superior scoring in the later format. Shaw racked up 15 disposals, six marks, four rebounds from 50 and three tackles, however, it was his four clangers and uncontested nature of his possessions that dragged down his SC score.
Jack Steven (88DT/63SC): There’s nothing more frustrating that a premium that starts slowly, particularly one that is unique. Steven is averaging just 91DT & 69Sc points through the first two rounds and has now suffered a punctured lung that looks set to see him sidelined for the next two weeks. A silver lining from the injury is that it makes the decision to move Steven on an easy one, especially since his price hasn’t dropped and there’s a plethora of options you can choose from.
Zak Jones (53DT/55SC): Jones looked like a terrific mid-price selection last week in defence with the dashing Swan scoring in the 90s in both formats in a midfield role. An injury to Dane Rampe midweek saw Sydney shift their lineup around with Jones moved out of the midfield and into defence, a change in role that saw his disposals dip from 25 to 20 and marks from seven to four. I’d be listening and reading to as much as I can from the Swans camp to ascertain the role Jones will play going forward because his current role clearly negative impacts his scoring.
Defenders: Christian Salem (127), Jake Lloyd (113), Ryan Burton (112), Dylan Roberton (112), Robbie Tarrant (108) and Kade Kolodjashnij (108)
Midfielders: Rory Sloane (c) (304), Dom Tyson (146), Luke Shuey (144), Zach Merrett (140), Patrick Dangerfield (139), Robbie Gray (138), Clayton Oliver (135) and Adam Treloar (127)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (123) and Stefan Martin (121)
Forwards: Tom T. Lynch (139), Lance Franklin (127), Will Hoskin-Elliott (124), Shaun Higgins (119), Jeremy Cameron (119) and Jack Gunston (115)
Defenders: Christian Salem (134), Sam Docherty (124), Robbie Tarrant (124), Jake Lloyd (114), Taylor Adams (111) and Andy Otten (108)
Midfielders: Robbie Gray (c) (328), Rory Sloane (146), Ollie Wines (145), Luke Shuey (141), Marcus Bontempelli (140), Patrick Dangerfield (140), Clayton Oliver (139) and Trent Cotchin (135)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (135) and Stefan Martin (126)
Forwards: Toby Greene (138), Jack Gunston (131), Shaun Higgins (130), Toby Nankervis (124), Will Hoskin-Elliott (120) and Sam Reid (115)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 2? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster