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.
Lachie Neale (169DT/154SC): Neale produced a career-high DT and season-high SC score against the Giants on Saturday on the back of his 40 disposal, six mark, 12 tackle and one goal game. Despite the Dockers winning just the three games this season Neale has elevated himself to among the elite premium midfielders, with his average now 111DT and 112SC points. Looking ahead to 2017 it will be interesting to see how the return of Nat Fyfe impacts Neale’s scoring.
Patrick Cripps (139DT/153SC): Cripps has taken his fantasy game to another level in 2016, boosting his average from 86DT and 96SC last year to 99DT and 106SC this year. Cripps’ recent run of form has been particularly impressive as he’s reeled off seven consecutive SC tons and is averaging 114DT and 122SC points in that time. There’s no doubt Cripps’ end of the season form has caught the eye of many and at just 21 years of age I’m sure he’ll be a popular player next year.
Collingwood (1953DT/2010SC): Collingwood dominated the Suns and produced a massive eight DT and ten SC tons. Leading the way for the Magpies were Scott Pendlebury (145DT/165SC), Brodie Grundy (145DT/106SC), Adam Treloar (134DT/131SC), Josh Smith (131DT/128SC) and Jeremy Howe (126DT/130SC), who between the five of them had a combined 160 disposals, 44 marks, 25 tackles and three goals.
Zach Merrett (148DT/132SC) and Jason Johannisen (144DT/130SC): Merrett and Johannisen have been big improvers in 2016 with both elite in their respective positions. Merrett has increased his DT average by 28 points to 118 and SC average by 22 points to 110 this season and against the Bulldogs on Sunday accumulated 35 disposals, five marks, eight tackles and a goal. Johannisen has bumped his DT average up by 16 points to 93 and SC average by 18 to 95 and had a field day against the Bombers collecting 31 touches (27 kicks), 12 marks and four tackles.
Brent Harvey (140DT/150SC): Harvey was sensational on Saturday against the Swans racking up 32 disposals, six marks, five tackles and three goals., which resulted in his highest DT and SC score of the season. Based on his current form there’s no reason Harvey shouldn’t play on in 2017, as he’s clearly still one of the Kangaroos most influential players.
Brodie Smith (30DT/42SC) and Nic Naitanui (49DT/90SC): Smith was knocked out in the second quarter after he started the game strongly and with his history of concussions looks to be in doubt for the Crows crucial match next week against the Eagles. Fortunately for the Crows their task will be made easier by the fact that Naitanui won’t be playing. The star ruckman suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter on Friday night against the Hawks and scans have revealed that he’s torn his ACL, which will see him sidelined for an extended period of time.
Gold Coast (1279DT/1289SC): The Suns were embarrassed by the Magpies to the tune of 71 points and lost the disposal tally by 129, marks by 56, tackles by 18 and contested possessions by 21. Touk Miller (105DT/SC) and Aaron Hall (100DT/106SC) were the only two Gold Coast players to have more than 20 disposals, while comparatively 12 Collingwood players reached that mark.
Josh Gibson (48DT/43SC): Back in Round 2 Gibson feasted on the Eagles with a career-high 157DT and 191SC points to go with his 44 disposals, nine marks, four tackles and a goal. However, on Friday night it was a different story for Gibson who was contained to just 13 disposals, three marks and two tackles. Gibson can be an extremely frustrating player to own as his scoring is incredibly inconsistent, evidenced by his five scores sub 60DT and six scores above 100DT this year.
Midfielders: Lachie Neale (c) (338), Scott Pendlebury (145), Patrick Cripps (139), Liam Picken (137), Ryan Griffen (137), David Zaharakis (135), Adam Treloar (134) and Seb Ross (132)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (139) and Stefan Martin (106)
Forwards: Zach Merrett (148), Brent Harvey (140), Leigh Montagna (126), Jesse White (122), Steven Motlop (120) and Matthew Stokes (118)
Defenders: Jamie Macmillan (139), Jeremy Howe (130), Jason Johannisen (130), Matthew Boyd (119), Corey Enright (113) and Sam Docherty/Jeremy McGovern (110)
Midfielders: Scott Pendlebury (c) (330), Lachie Neale (154), Patrick Cripps (153), Liam Picken (144), Ryan Griffen (141), Seb Ross (138), Robbie Gray (137) and Sam Menegola (134)
Rucks: Scott Lycett (118) and Max Gawn/Stefan Martin (111)
Forwards: Brent Harvey (150), Leigh Montagna (134), Daniel Wells (132), Zach Merrett (132), Caleb Daniel (130) and Jesse White (123)
Who were the makers and breakers in your side for Round 22? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster