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.
Marc Murphy (145DT/158SC): Murphy has started the season in unbelievable form and has been unlucky to miss the Makers in the first two rounds but he more than earned his spot on Sunday against the Bombers. In a game where goals were hard to come by Murphy booted two and also amassed 32 disposals, 10 tackles and six clearances. If you started the underpriced Murphy this season you’d be laughing as the Blues midfielder is yet to score less than 125 in either format this season.
Rory Sloane (139DT/168SC): Back to back Makers appearances for the Showdown medalist who starred with 31 disposals (a game-high 24 contested possessions), five marks, nine tackles, eight clearances and a goal. I mentioned Sloane as a perennial unique option last week but if he keeps producing scores like this he’ll sure attract coaches attention as they start upgrading their team.
Dustin Martin (156DT/155SC): Like Sloane, Martin makes his second appearance in the Makers section already this season. It was a sensational all-round performance by Martin against the Eagles in the wet, who racked up 40 disposals (33 kicks and 21 contested), 15 clearances, nine inside 50s, three marks, five tackles and two goals. Albeit still early in the season but Martin looks to have elevated his fantasy game to uber premium level.
Nick Riewoldt (137DT/161SC): Riewoldt made a miraculous return this week after missing just one week with a knee injury. The star forward had a field day against the Lions collecting 28 disposals and 12 marks (three contested marks) as well as kicking three goals. Keep Riewoldt in your upgrade plans as he’ll definitely feature among the top forwards if he remains healthy.
Leigh Montagna (135DT/164SC): Montagna was a popular selection throughout the preseason in defence until a calf injury forced him to miss round one. Montagna has been a fantasy gun throughout his career and is known to unleash some massive scores, which is exactly what he did on Sunday against Brisbane. Roaming freely around the ground Montagna racked up 30 disposals. nine marks, four tackles, seven inside 50s and one goal. In terms of average I’d have Montagna close to the top six defenders, however, his body remains a concern.
Max Gawn (32DT/27SC): Gawn left the ground late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. Unfortunately for Gawn owners the injury looks to require surgery, which will see the Demons big man miss between 8-10 weeks. Brodie Grundy and Stefan Martin loom as the most promising replacements.
Todd Goldstein (60DT/52SC): In what was most troubling for Goldstein owners Braydon Preuss was handed the number one ruck role against the Giants on Saturday with Goldstein playing more forward. I’m curious if the Kangaroos moved Goldstein forward to ease him back into AFL level after his missed last week through injury or if Preuss’ form has earned him the number one job going forward. Goldstein v. Preuss is certainly an intriguing situation to monitor throughout the year.
Josh Caddy (43DT/35SC): It’s been a mixed bag of scores for Caddy in his first three games with the Tigers. Saturday’s score against the Eagles was his lowest return with Caddy just gathering 15 disposals and four tackles but no marks or goals. The patience of Caddy owners would be tested at the moment and it will be a tough to decision whether to move him on or back him in.
Jack Billings (47DT/53SC): Billings, like Caddy, has been another major disappoint thus far. The former number three pick looked poised for a strong start to the season after a blistering preseason and JLT Community Series but has struggled in the first three rounds with his scores dipping each week. The question of to hold or keep is one Billings owners will be mulling over this week.
Bernie Vince (47DT/53SC): Vince returned from suspension and coaches would have been hoping he repaid the faith with a big score but playing a more defensive role his scoring suffered. Vince managed just the 14 disposals, two marks and two tackles; however, it was revealed after the game that he sustained a toe injury in the game that restricted his performance.
Defenders: Taylor Adams (137), Leigh Montagna (135), Jayden Hunt (129), Jack Martin (109), Jake Lloyd (108) and Jarrod Harbrow/Ricky Henderson (107)
Midfielders: Dustin Martin (c) (312), Marc Murphy (145), David Mundy (144), Rory Sloane (139), Gary Ablett (138), Joel Selwood (137), Bryce Gibbs (136) and Adam Treloar (134)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (133) and Matthew Kreuzer (127)
Forwards: Alex Neal-Bullen (141), Nick Riewoldt (137), Jack Macrae (116), Jack Watts (113), Richard Douglas (112) and Tom Hawkins (111)
Defenders: Leigh Montagna (164), Jack Martin (133), Taylor Adams (122), Alex Rance (121), Aaron Mullet (118) and Jayden Hunt (114)
Midfielders: Rory Sloane (c) (336), Marc Murphy (158), Dustin Martin (155), David Mundy (143), Patrick Dangerfield (138), Brendon Goddard (133), Marcus Bontempelli (133) and Tom Liberatore (131)
Rucks: Shane Mumford (137) and Zac Smith (127)
Forwards: Nick Riewoldt (161), Alex Neal-Bullen (127), Luke Dahlhaus (124), Jack Watts (118), Touk Miller (114) and Tom Hawkins (113)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 3? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster