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.
Lance Franklin (129DT/164SC): Franklin bounced back in the Swans demolition of the Dockers on Saturday. The star forward kicked four goals to go with his 24 disposals, eight marks and three tackles. You have to embrace the rollercoaster with key forwards like Franklin because the moment you trade him out after a run of poor scores they’ll deliver a monster score and break your heart.
Patrick Dangerfield (130DT/141SC): Back from his one week suspension and straight back to business for Dangerfield. The reigning Brownlow Medalist’s work in tight was exceptional against the Tigers with 21 of 30 disposals won in a contest as well amassing 11 clearances and 10 tackles. One of the best Supercoach seasons of all-time and there hardly seems to be a fuss made about it.
Dayne Beams (143DT/138SC): There’s no throwing in the towel for Beams despite publicised shoulder concerns. The Lions captain led from the front in their smashing of in-state rivals Gold Coast gathering 32 disposals, seven marks, four tackles and four goals. The only thing that holds Beams back from being one of the great fantasy players is his proneness to injury.
Taylor Adams (128DT/138SC): Adams is in a ridiculous run of form averaging 134DT/136SC points in his last three games and has to be considered next year even when he’s exclusively a midfielder. Up against the Power at the Adelaide he collected 31 disposals (14 contested) at 90% efficiency, six marks, eight clearances and nine tackles. Overlook him no more as a captaincy option.
Jack Billings (135DT/112SC): Despite Billings face looking like he’d gone twelve rounds in a ring he still starred in a fantasy sense. In a finals game for Melbourne and St Kilda he accumulated 30 disposals, nine marks, six tackles and a goal and should have scored more considering his three behinds. A forward premium for many years to come.
Mitch Wallis (21DT/37SC): Wallis has been terrific this season since he returned from a shocking broken leg but on Friday night against the Giants he was rarely sighted. The Bulldogs midfielder-forward had just nine disposals at 55% efficiency, zero marks and two tackles. A devastating score if he was a unique matchup in your finals campaign.
Todd Goldstein (32DT/SC): It was a nightmare performance for Goldstein who was recently dropped from the Kangaroos side due to his form. On Sunday against the Hawks he managed four disposals, zero marks, one tackle and 22 hitouts and is sure to attract a lot of media speculation about his future.
Lachie Neale (32DT/44SC): Prior to Round 21 Neale had in ripping form highlighted by his 152DT/156SC score last week where he had 32 disposals, nine marks, 10 tackle and a goal. Last week I praised him in the Makers for being great in all areas and thus difficult to shut down but he certainly proved me wrong on Saturday against the Swans. The Dockers reigning best and fairest collected just nine disposals, two marks and one tackle.
Brad Hill (31DT/34SC): Hill wasn’t a fantasy option in his time at Hawthorn but in his first season at Fremantle he’s emerged as a premium forward. Like his teammate Neale, Hill produced a disastrous score on the back of a mere eight disposals, two marks and one tackle.
Koby Stevens (14DT/17SC): Stevens was another midfielder-forward causality in Round 21 with the Saints recruit coming off second-best in a clash of heads with Melbourne’s Angus Brayshaw in the first quarter. Unfortunately, Stevens wasn’t able to retake the field with concussion leaving coaches with another finals breaker.
Defenders: Taylor Adams (128), Luke Hodge (120), Brodie Smith (120), Jack Martin (118), Zac Williams (112) and Michael Hurley (108)
Midfield: Dayne Beams (c) (286), Patrick Dangerfield (130), Jack Crisp (124), Isaac Smith (124), Tom Rockliff (123), Nathan Jones (118), Tom Mitchell (118) and Marc Murphy/Dion Prestia (117)
Ruck: Stefan Martin (112) and Matthew Kreuzer/Kurt Tippett (111)
Forward: Jack Billings (135), Josh Jenkins (130), Lance Franklin (129), Jack Gunston (127), Cam Pedersen (125) and Chad Wingard (121)
Defenders: Taylor Adams (138), Jack Martin (127), Dane Rampe (126), Brodie Smith (125), Michael Hurley (120) and Zac Williams (119)
Midfield: Patrick Dangerfield (141), Matt Crouch (139), Dayne Beams (138), Josh Kelly (132), Rory Atkins (130), Marc Murphy (128), Nathan Jones (128) and Dion Prestia/Luke Parker (126)
Ruck: Matthew Kreuzer (133) and Stefan Martin (129)
Forward: Lance Franklin (c) (328), Cam Pedersen (137), Isaac Heeney (130), Lewis Taylor (129), Jack Gunston (124) and Charlie Curnow (122)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 21?