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.
Jarrad Waite (150DT/190SC): Waite was unbelievable against the top of the ladder Crows kicking six goals to go with his 22 disposals, eight marks and six tackles. It was an even more impressive performance when you consider it was his first game back after shoulder surgery in late March. Waite is on the bubble this week and with his monster score his price calculations for two weeks and cash generation sparse I can see some looking to bring him in for a quick price and hoping he repeats his blistering start to 2016.
Tom Rockliff (167DT/148SC): In vintage Rockliff fashion he stuffed his stats sheet full with 32 disposals, seven marks, seven clearances, 11 tackles, six inside 50s and two goals. From a fantasy coach perspective you can’t help but love a guy who’s willing to exhaust all avenues to acquire points. The only cloud hanging over Rockliff’s head is his injury risk but conversely only a few can go on a run of 150+ scores like he can.
Lachie Neale (138DT/147SC): Neale took his fantasy game to a new level last year but despite a heavily interrupted preseason with multiple surgeries he started the year in decent form. However, against the Bombers on Sunday afternoon Neale looked back to his ball finding best racking up 40 disposals, four marks, five tackles and a goal. Don’t forget about this man when mapping out your completed side.
Lance Franklin (133DT/160SC): Franklin was too much for the Lions defence kicking eight goals and four behinds as well as collecting 16 disposals (all kicks) and nine marks. A lot of coaches traded Franklin in cheaply last week hoping to capitalize on his matchup with Carlton but he was kept relatively quiet, however, he certainly repaid the faith this week.
Patrick Ryder (131DT/139SC): Ryder clearly bested the Eagles duo of Jonathan Giles and Nathan Vardy both in the ruck and around the ground. The Power big man finished with 20 disposals, seven marks (five contested), 42 hit-outs, eight clearances, three tackles, nine inside 50s and a goal. Port Adelaide face the Suns this week in China before their bye but following it could be a perfect time to strength your ruck/forward line to cope with the multi bye rounds.
Robbie Gray (37DT/30SC): Gray was well held by Brad Sheppard and despite having 15 disposals only three were kicks. Additionally, he failed to hit the scoreboard and could only take one mark and lay one tackle. With Gray earning dpp status in AFL Fantasy many coaches rushed to bring him into their sides, but this is the danger in his current role predominately up forward, he needs goals to produce a solid score. Be prepared for a rollercoaster of scores.
Rory Sloane (65DT/80SC): The in-form fantasy of fantasy footballer of the past month Sloane was heavily tagged by Sam Gibson who did a phenomenal job restricting him to just 18 disposals, three marks and four tackles. You’d be crushed if you brought Sloane in and captained him this week, but I don’t think there’s any reason for alarm, Gibson is one of the best run with players and Adelaide were on the back foot from the get-go, which I doubt will happen often.
Josh P. Kennedy (58DT/77SC): Kennedy has been a proven premium for many a year now but like Benny at the Coaches Panel has said time and time again he’s known for starting the season slowly by his standards and flying home post bye and yet again history looks to be repeating itself. Despite the Swans comfortable victors against the Lions Kennedy had a season-low 20 disposals and one mark as well as just three tackles.
James Parsons (27DT/19SC): Oh dear, what a disaster selecting Parsons could turn out to be. Coaches were buoyed by his immediate return to the Cats side after a two-match suspension but in a shocking loss for the club he was rarely sighted collecting just nine disposals, two marks and failed to lay a tackle. Parsons will be fortunate to keep his spot this week.
Adam Treloar (82DT/73SC): Treloar nearly perfectly replicated his scores from last week against the Blues on Saturday, which would have been bitterly disappointing for coaches, especially those that gave him the captaincy. Similarly to Kennedy, Treloar had season-lows for disposals (21) and marks (0) and was only saved by a solid eight tackles. Coaches looking to upgrade in the coming weeks will have a bargain on their hands unless Treloar can pump out back to back 120+ scores.
Defenders: Taylor Adams (117), Jasper Pittard (113), Ben Reid (113), Marco Paparone (106), Heath Shaw (106) and Scott Thompson/Rory Laird (102)
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (c) (334), Aaron Hall (156), Jack Viney (145), Lachie Neale (138), Tom Mitchell (136), Lachie Hunter (131), Mitch Duncan (128) and Zach Merrett (124)
Rucks: Patrick Ryder (131) and Ben McEvoy (124)
Forwards: Bradley Hill (159), Jarrad Waite (150), Lance Franklin (133), Chad Wingard (132), Mason Wood (127) and Charlie Dixon/Elliot Yeo (124)
Defenders: Zak Jones (143), Ben Reid (130), Scott Thompson (123), Michael Hurley (115), Taylor Adams (114) and Steven May/Ryan Burton (112)
Midfielders: Tom Rockliff (148), Lachie Neale (147), Sam Petrevski-Seton (134), Zach Merrett (133), Ben Cunnington (129), Marcus Bontempelli (128), Lachie Hunter (126) and Jack Viney (123)
Rucks: Patrick Ryder (139) and Matthew Kreuzer (127)
Forwards: Jarrad Waite (c) (380), Lance Franklin (160), Charlie Dixon (135), Elliot Yeo (125), Michael Walters (119) and Matt Taberner (119)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 7? Let me know on Twitter @KaneGrimster