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 (174DT/159SC): There’s no doubt that Rockliff is the best DT player in the competition when healthy. One score of more than 170DT points is an incredible feat for any player in their career but Rockliff is able to produce such a score on almost a monthly basis. Against the Blues on Saturday Rockliff accumulated 39 disposals, five marks, 12 tackles, six clearances, five inside 50s and two goals, and for those who elected not to captain him this week you would have struggled to climb the rankings.
Luke Shuey (142DT/179SC): Nic Naitanui may have kicked the match-winner in the final second of the game but it was Shuey who drove the Eagles to that point with a stunning all-round performance. Shuey finished with 38 disposals (23 contested), 13 clearances, three marks, six tackles, six frees for, six inside 50s, two goals and two goal assists. In the past four seasons Shuey has threatened to break in the elite premium midfielders averaging between 88-95DT and 90-103SC points in that time, but 2016 he’s taken his average to a career-high 99DT and 106SC points. I wouldn’t be surprised if 2017 was the year Shuey finally took that step to become an elite fantasy player.
Luke Parker (144DT/126SC) and Lance Franklin (139DT/141SC): The Swans pair of Parker and Franklin were prolific against the Saints on Saturday night. Parker had 33 disposals (13 contested), nine marks (two contested), five tackles, five clearances, five inside 50s, three goals and three goal assists, and would have to be in the mix for All-Australian honours. Franklin collected 28 disposals, his highest of the season by seven, nine marks, four tackles, six goals and his fantasy numbers could have been even higher if he didn’t give away five freekicks.
Dayne Zorko (125DT/151SC): Zorko was on fire for the Lions in the opening half as they ran away from the Blues scoring 95DT points. Zorko quieter in the second half but still finished the match with 27 touches, seven marks, four tackles, 12 inside 50s and three goals. This season Zorko has elevated himself to one of the best forwards across fantasy formats averaging 109DT and 112SC points, but it’s consistency which has been remarkable as he hasn’t dipped below 80 points in either format.
Chad Wingard (30DT/32SC): Wingard started strongly on Saturday night against the Demons amassing 27DT points and kicking a goal in the opening quarter. However, Wingard’s night was over early in the second quarter as he suffered a hamstring injury, and with just two games to go and the Power no chance of finals I’d be surprised if we saw him again in 2016.
Scott Lycett (8DT/2SC): No your eyes aren’t deceiving you, Lycett scored 8DT and 2SC points without being impacted by injury. The Eagles ruckman was producing premiums scores consistently early in the season but this score will stay in the memories of owners for a long time, especially if it cost you a league final.
Jack Gunston (53DT/46SC): Gunston was held to just 47DT and 58SC points in Round 13 against the Kanagroos and on Saturday he failed to fire again. The star forward had 11 disposals, five marks, one tackle and one goal, but boasts a better record against the Eagles who he’ll face next week, a side he scored 104DT and 93SC points against in Round 2.
Matt Suckling (51DT/49SC): Prior to Round 21 Suckling hadn’t scored less than 87DT points at Etihad Stadium this season, excluding his injury-affected 15DT points against the Lions in Round 5. However, against the Magpies on Friday night Suckling was well below his usual output gathering just 15 disposals, two marks and two tackles. Next weeks game against the Bombers at Etihad Stadium should provide Suckling with the perfect opportunity to bounce back.
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (c) (348), Isaac Smith (146), Luke Parker (144), Luke Shuey (142), Marcus Bontempelli (137), David Zaharakis (136), Dan Hannebery (128) and Adam Treloar (128)
Rucks: Max Gawn (120) and Brodie Grundy (119)
Forwards: Touk Miller (139), Lance Franklin (139), Dustin Martin (132), Zach Merrett (127), Dayne Zorko (125) and Leigh Montagna (114)
Defenders: Alex Rance (126), Steven May (114), Zach Tuohy (112), Mitch Brown (109), Matt Dea (109), James Aish/Bachar Houli (108)
Midfielders: Luke Shuey (c) (358), Tom Rockliff (159), Adam Treloar (148), Dom Tyson (146), Marcus Bontempelli (137), Dan Hannebery (131), Sam Mitchell (129) and Luke Parker (126)
Rucks: Max Gawn (151) and Shane Mumford/Nic Naitanui (128)
Forwards: Dayne Zorko (151), Lance Franklin (141), Mitch Robinson (131), Touk Miller (125), Rory Lobb (121) and Luke Dahlhaus/Zach Merrett/Eddie Betts (113)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 21? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster