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.
Patrick Dangerfield (142DT/196SC): Spotless Stadium has been a barren wasteland this season for visiting sides and as a result many were scared off handing Dangerfield captain or vice captain honours. However, the reigning Brownlow medalist had no such problem racking up 45 disposals (25 contested), 13 clearances, four tackles, six inside 50s and a goal. After averaging just 95SC points from Round 6-8 he’s since averaged 157 from six games and has well and truly reclaimed his SuperCoach throne.
Michael Walters (145DT/172SC): Walters delivered one of the best individual performances we’ve seen this season and almost single handedly dragged the Dockers home against the Saints. The explosive forward was played on ball and starred with 32 disposals (18 contested), six marks, three clearances and six goals. If Walters retains forward status next season and Ross Lyon says he’ll play mostly on ball in 2018 you have to consider him for your side as few forwards boast his ceiling.
Bryce Gibbs (160DT/142SC): Gibbs continued his scintillating run of form with another mammoth score on Saturday against the Crows. The Blues midfielder racked up 30 disposals (17 contested), five marks, seven clearances, 15 tackles and two goals. With Patrick Cripps and Marc Murphy also in the engine room and attracting opposition attention, Gibbs is free to play his game uninterrupted and is clearly thriving.
Luke Parker (148DT/129SC): Parker was back to his best on Friday night against the Demons amassing 38 disposals (19 contested), six marks, nine clearances, six tackles, five inside 50s and a goal. It’s been an incredibly consistent season for Parker the only issue has been that his consistency has been in the 80-100 point range but this week he showed signs of the player that was an elite premium last season. A definite option if you’re short on cash.
Tom Mitchell (135DT/128SC): Mitchell is putting together one of the most ridiculous DT seasons of all-time in 2017. The Hawks recruit has reached triple figures in all of his 14 games this year and is averaging 129 points. Against the Magpies on Sunday Mitchell racked up 35 disposals, seven marks, six tackles and kicked two vital goals when the game was on the line.
Dan Hannebery (51DT/75SC): Hannebery was quiet agains the Demons despite the Swans controlling the game throughout. The star midfielder had just 16 disposals, three marks and two tackles, and after reeling off six straight DreamTeam tons from Round 6-12 Hannebery’s highest score in his last three is just 88 points.
Robbie Gray (59DT/45SC): It’s been a hot and cold fantasy season for the mercurial Gray who was sensational last week against the Magpies but well-held Saturday night by the Tigers. Gray could only manage 14 disposals and four marks but it was his inaccuracy- one goal three behinds- and failure to lay a tackle that severely hampered his score.
Jason Johannisen (51DT/62SC): Johannisen continues to be targeted by opposition taggers and this week it was Mark Hutchings who got the job and restricted the reigning Norm Smith medalist. The dashing defender had just 12 disposals, three marks and two tackles, and on his current form will be a downgrade for our peaked rookies soon enough.
Zach Merrett (78DT/92SC): Merrett makes his way into the Breakers section chiefly for his DT score. The Bombers ball magnet has been incredible this season and prior to Sunday’s clash with the Lions was averaging 124 points with only one score less than 100 (97 in Round 3 vs Carlton). Earlier in Round 2 Merrett knocked up 140 against the Lions and as a result was an extremely popular captain option. Unfortunately for those coaches Merrett was simply un-Merrett like, gathering just 19 disposals, two marks and seven tackles. A rare blimp from a DT jet.
Nick Riewoldt (54DT/45SC): Riewoldt wasn’t able to cover the ground as usually does against the Dockers and I wonder if it’s his knee that is limiting him. The gun forward had 16 disposals but just three marks and no tackles or goals. You’d have to be a brave coach to trade him in now as I just can’t see him regaining his form of last year and even playing all of the remaining eight games.
Defenders: Ethan Hughes (137), Sam Docherty (132), Jack Martin (117), Nic Newman (116), Daniel Howe (116) and Lee Spurr (111)
Midfield: Bryce Gibbs (c) (320), Luke Parker (148), Patrick Dangerfield (142), Tom Mitchell (135), Jarryd Lyons (133), Dustin Martin (131), Brad Crouch (131) and Marc Murphy/Andrew Gaff (130)
Ruck: Matthew Kreuzer (122) and Patrick Ryder (119)
Forward: Kane Lambert (147), Michael Walters (145), Chad Wingard (141), Josh Jenkins (126), Brad Hill (121) and Jack Steele (119)
Defenders: Ethan Hughes (131), Sam Docherty (122), Jack Martin (122), Tom McDonald (117), Jeremy McGovern (115) and Zak Jones (114)
Midfield: Patrick Dangerfield (c) (392), Bryce Gibbs (142), Jarryd Lyons (138), Matt Crouch (132), Callan Ward (132), Sam Menegola (130), Lachie Whitfield (130) and Luke Parker (129)
Ruck: Patrick Ryder (127) and Toby Nankervis (108)
Forward: Michael Walters (172), Jack Darling (138), Tom Lynch (GC) (126), Drew Petrie (123), Lance Franklin (122) and Kane Lambert (119)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 15?