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.
Hugh Greenwood (122DT/127SC): Greenwood has been a revelation this season and although his AFL career is only five games old this was clearly his best performance. In close quarters is where he does his best work collecting 21 disposals (12 contested) and laying nine tackles but his ability to find space (six marks) and hit the scoreboard (two goals) is what boosted him to monster score against the Hawks.
Patrick Dangerfield (134DT/145SC): In a week where a lot of premiums were out or quiet it’s nice to be able to lean on Dangerfield who continually gets the job done. Dangerfield amassed 31 disposals (23 contested), three marks (two contested), 12 clearances, nine tackles and seven inside 50s, and was a huge reason the Cats were able to chase down the Dockers and avoid a massive upset.
Zach Merrett (120DT/141SC): Speaking of reliable premiums, few do it more regularly that Merrett. The inform Swans is a difficult scoring match for most players but yet again he starred accumulating 33 disposals at 82 percent efficiency, four marks, nine score involvements, eight clearances, six tackles, five inside 50s and four rebounds from 50. When you look the variety of stats Merrett fills you start to understand why he’s so hard to shut down and a fantasy beast.
Jonathon Patton (133DT/156SC): Patton feasted on the Lions and would have been a savvy matchday selection as he’s not typically a huge fantasy scorer. The key forward had 23 disposals, 13 marks (six contested and five inside 50s), four goals and 13 score involvements. If Patton’s going to reach premium format it’s in SuperCoach where is goal kicking and contested marking are more heavily rewarded.
Marcus Bontempelli (134DT/139SC): Bontempelli looked back to his best on Saturday night against the Kangaroos showcasing his sensational mix of precise ball use and ability to win the ball in a contest. The young gun finished with 28 disposals (21 kicks), three marks, eight clearances, 10 tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal. At his current price Bontempelli is certainly a player you have to at least consider on the run home.
It was a brutal round of breakers with stars Gary Ablett, Josh Kelly and Nat Fyfe all withdrawing from their respective sides on Friday, leaving coaches who had already traded in DT/SC unable to reserve. The Lions and Giants clash was where the pain hit for most coaches. First man down was Dayne Beams (5DT/12SC) who was crunched in a Shane Mumford bump into the opening term and sidelined for the remainder of the match. You would have pencilled in a massive score for Heath Shaw (29DT/60SC) in his 250th game but he was unusually quiet collecting just nine disposals, one mark and one tackle. To cap off a premium trifecta of pitiful scores Dayne Zorko (45DT/51SC), who was fresh off a ridiculous game last week, had just five disposals, yes you read that right five, and was only saved by his nine tackles. A heart-breaking score for coaches that brought in the unique midfielder this week. You didn’t have to wait long on Sunday for another premium casualty as Geelong skipper Joel Selwood (2DT/3SC) was knocked out in a clash of heads within the first minute. The only silver lining out of his wretched weekend is that there will be some bargains in the coming weeks.
Defenders: Sam Docherty (126), Ricky Henderson (120), Jeremy Howe (118), Jarrod Harbrow (116), Jake Lloyd (116), Shaun Burgoyne (114)
Midfield: Patrick Dangerfield (134), Marcus Bontempelli (134), Matt Crouch (128), Mark Blicavs (126), Sam Menegola (124), Steele Sidebottom (124), Callan Ward (122) and Adam Treloar (122)
Ruck: Tom Campbell (125) and Jarrod Witts (109)
Forward: Jack Macrae (c) (274), Jonathon Patton (133), Jeremy Cameron (132), Hugh Greenwood (122), Michael Walters (122) and Isaac Heeney (122)
Defenders: Tom McDonald (139), Jeremy Howe (125), Shaun Burgoyne (123), Sam Docherty (120), Jarrod Harbrow (119) and Bachar Houli/Jeremy McGovern/Joel Hamling (119)
Midfield: Robbie Gray (146), Patrick Dangerfield (145), Dylan Shiel (143), Zach Merrett (141), Marcus Bontempelli (139), Mark Blicavs (135), Patrick Cripps (134) and Matt Crouch (131)
Ruck: Matthew Kreuzer (135) and Stefan Martin (128)
Forward: Jonathon Patton (c) (312), Jeremy Cameron (133), Jack Billings (130), Brad Hill (130), Toby Greene (127) and Hugh Greenwood (127)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 14?