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.
Tom Rockliff (157DT/176SC): It was a comprehensive performance from the fantasy pig against the Tigers who racked up 33 disposals (21 contested), eight marks, 11 tackles, 15 clearances and five inside 50s. We know Rockliff has an unbelievably high ceiling but interestingly he has only scored more than 150DT/SC points on one other occasion in the first 10 rounds of the season, which was a 157DT/155SC effort against Gold Coast in Round 3, 2014.
Tom J. Lynch (132DT/161SC): Lynch was too good for the various Carlton defenders forced to oppose him. The Suns co-captain had 19 disposals, 12 marks and most impressively kicked seven goals straight. Like all key forwards Lynch is an up-and-down scorer due to his reliance on goals and marks for the bulk of his score, which can make for great bargains when upgrading your forward line.
Brandon Matera (138DT/159SC): Matera has been a much maligned player at the Suns with form ranging from magnificent to loathsome. After not being named in the side in the first two rounds of the season Matera has starred in the last fortnight averaging 24 disposals, seven marks, three tackles as well as kicking nine goals. If Matera is available on the waiver wire in a draft he’s worth snatching, however, in salary cap formats it’s a risky proposition. The only way I can rationalize the trade is if it’s a quick change grab for a few weeks.
Dylan Roberton (134DT/126SC): Roberton thoroughly enjoyed the manner in which the Saints game with the Magpies was played. St. Kilda was content to possess the ball in their back half instead of rushing forward if an option wasn’t available and Collingwood didn’t want to push toward them and allow space over the back. This resulted in Roberton mopping up in defence and collecting a career-high 32 disposals plus 12 marks and six rebounds from 50. Roberton’s previous two weeks scores have all being 90+ so we could be looking at a breakout candidate in defence.
Taylor Walker (121DT/142SC) & Eddie Betts (115DT/150SC): I couldn’t decide which one to leave out so they’re both in together. Walker bagged five goals as well 19 disposals, 10 marks (three contested), seven inside 50s and four goal assists, while Betts not to be outdone kicked six goals and had 22 disposals, five marks and three tackles. The Adelaide machine is incredible to watch in full-flight and equally damaging, which makes this Saturday’s game with the inform and fast moving Suns a match to look forward too.
Dyson Heppell (66DT/67SC): It was a quiet game from the Bomber skipper who had a respectable 22 disposals but could only manage the two marks, one tackle and didn’t hit the scoreboard. Heppell is a consistent performer having only scored under 75 points four times in the past two seasons, so I’d expect this type of score to be a rarity. The cloud hanging over Heppell and the rest of the banned Bombers is how a year off will affect their performance as the season progresses.
Dustin Martin (63DT/54SC): Martin started the season with a bang and was one of the most popular trade-ins for the injured Jaeger O’Meara heading into Round 4. However, Martin was quiet against the Lions and with Mitch Robinson clattering into him he could only manage 16 disposals, four marks, three tackles and three behinds. While it’s disappointing to not get a big score from Martin in a comfortable Richmond win, there’s no need for alarm, I think he’s elevated his AFL and fantasy game to the next level this year.
Jobe Watson (54DT/44SC): Watson started the season in sparkling fashion, particularly in DT where he reeled off three-straight tons, but against the Crows he just exceeded half of that mark due to a lowly 16 disposals, three marks and two tackles. For mine I don’t see Watson getting within 10 points of the 8th best midfielder this year and coupled with the fact that he hasn’t played more than 20 games since 2012 he needs to be traded out at some point, the key is getting the timing right.
David Swallow (47DT/46SC): Those coaches that traded in Swallow after strong scores in Round 2 and 3 would have been bitterly disappointed as the Suns midfielder was rarely sighted for most of the game against Carlton. It was revealed post game by Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade that Swallow tweaked his ankle, which is why he was stationed more forward but the club believes he’ll be right to face Adelaide this week.
Callan Ward (57DT/65SC): GWS co-captain Ward was uncharacteristically quiet against the Power with 15 disposals, zero marks and five tackles. Ward’s disposal tally was his lowest since Round 16, 2014, when he had 14 against Adelaide. In the past three years though Ward has been a consistent premium in SC and is certainly a player I’d happily snaffle up in a few weeks at a discount.
Defenders: Dylan Roberton (134), Sam Docherty (132), Luke Hodge (128), Rory Laird (111), Brodie Smith (110) and Jake Lloyd (110)
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (c) (314), Rory Sloane (143), Dayne Zorko (139), Zach Merrett (134), Sam Menegola (133), Luke Shuey (132), Josh Kelly (127) and Tom Mitchell (125)
Rucks: Brodie Grundy (118) and Stefan Martin (114)
Forwards: Brandon Matera (138), Tom J. Lynch (132), Steven Motlop (125), Travis Colyer (124), Isaac Smith (123) and Nick Riewoldt (122)
Defenders: Jeremy Howe (130), Dylan Roberton (126), Luke Hodge (116), Jeremy McGovern (116), Taylor Adams (113) and Nick Haynes (113)
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (c) (352), Elliot Yeo (141), Lachie Neale (140), Daniel Rich (137), Luke Shuey (127), Shaun Grigg (127), Sam Menegola (126) and Mitch Duncan (125)
Rucks: Shane Mumford (135) and Stefan Martin (131)
Forwards: Tom J. Lynch (161), Brandon Matera (159), Eddie Betts (150), Luke Dahlhaus (145), Taylor Walker (142) and Jeff Garlett (131)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 4? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster