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.
Gary Ablett (153DT/159SC): Many coaches traded Ablett last week after he missed his third game since Round 10 but those that held were heavily rewarded this week. Up against the Magpies in wet conditions Ablett found the ball with ease collecting 41 disposals (19 contested) as well as taking eight marks, laying six tackles and winning 11 clearances. Interestingly Ablett looks set to average more in DT than SC for the first time in his career.
Chad Wingard (136DT/157SC): It was a sensational performance from Wingard on Saturday against the Kangaroos with 30 disposals, six marks, five tackles and three goals. The mercurial forward has starred since he was thrust into the midfield in Round 5 averaging more than 100 points after starting the year averaging less than 70.
Tom Mitchell (147DT/136SC): Mitchell continues to find the footy more frequently than any player we’ve seen. By the end of the first quarter he’d already racked up 19 disposals before finishing with 43 to go with his six marks, three tackles and two goals. Most impressively Mitchell has boosted his DT average to 130 now and is yet to score dip below triple figures.
Patrick Dangerfield (140DT/141SC): Panic was sent through the footy community when Dangerfield fell to the ground clutching his leg and ushered for the trainers. The reigning Brownlow medalist dragged himself back on the field and with his running clearly hampered setup camp deep in the forward line. This is when the magic started as Dangerfield took mark after mark and fired at goal. In the end he finished with 20 disposals, 12 marks (four contested), five goals, six behinds and an incredible 15 score involvements.
Zach Merrett (144DT/120SC): To round out the midfield quartet of massive scorers this week is Merrett. The Bombers young gun accumulated 37 disposals, five marks and 10 tackles to produce his sixth 130+ DT score for the year. It’s ridiculous to think he’s just in his fourth season and it’s already the second time he’s averaged more than 115DT points.
Rory Sloane (34DT/50SC): Sloane was tagged by Bernie Vince on Saturday in Darwin and was unable to impart much influence on the game before concussion ended his night in the third quarter. It’s been a bizarre fantasy season for Sloane who looked to have elevated himself to uber status after Round 6 but has struggled since as opposition sides started playing him close attention.
Dayne Zorko (48DT/55SC): Zorko has been the ultimate make or break player for fantasy sides in recent times with the buzzing midfielders scores ranging from nearly 200 to sub 50 week to week. In Round 17 it was a valley for Zorko who had just 11 disposals, four tackles, zero marks and one goal.
Todd Goldstein (58DT/62SC): Goldstein was smashed around the ground by Paddy Ryder on Saturday amassing just six disposals and no marks and only saved his score from complete disaster with six tackles and 22 hit outs. It’s been an extremely disappointing year for Goldstein and surely now Braydon Preuss needs to be recalled to the side with the Kangaroos clearly playing the kids.
Tom Rockliff (70DT/57SC): Ever since Rockliff returned from injury he just hasn’t been the same player with his tackle numbers dropping from more than eight a game to less than four. On Sunday against the Tigers he had just 14 disposals (three contested), six marks, one clearance and four tackles. Kudos to those that pulled the trigger early as he’s lost all value now that it’s hardly worth trading.
Leigh Montagna (70DT/60SC): Montagna produced his lowest score for 2017 on Friday night against the Bombers in what was a disappointing night for a number of Saints. The savvy veteran defender could only muster 19 disposals, five marks and two tackles and will next face the redhot Swans at the SCG.
Defenders: James Kelly (138), Shannon Hurn (137), Michael Hurley (113), Sam Docherty (111), Jayden Hunt (111) and Rory Laird (109)
Midfield: Gary Ablett (c) (304), Connor Blakely (149), Tom Mitchell (147), Zach Merrett (144), Patrick Dangerfield (140), Dustin Martin (131), Ben Cunnington (128) and Liam Duggan/Sam Gray (124)
Ruck: Shane Mumford (112) and Tom Bellchambers (107)
Forward: Chad Wingard (136), Tom Lynch (Ade) (130), Jack Macrae (123), Justin Westhoff (122), Taylor Walker (113) and Brad Hill (109)
Defenders: Shannon Hurn (c) (330), Michael Hurley (133), Taylor Adams (125), Shane Savage (125), Michael Hibberd (124) and Rory Laird (121)
Midfield: Gary Ablett (159), Brad Ebert (148), Patrick Dangerfield (141), Ben Cunnington (137), Tom Mitchell (136), Liam Duggan (129), Nat Fyfe (126) and Sam Gray (126)
Ruck: Matthew Kreuzer (120) and Shane Mumford (120)
Forward: Chad Wingard (157), Jack Macrae (124), Lance Franklin (118), Taylor Walker (117), Jack Riewoldt (117) and Alex Fasolo/Toby McLean (115)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 17?