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.
Tom Mitchell (143DT/161SC): Mitchell has been nothing short of extraordinary in his first season with the Hawks. Free to hunt the ball at will he’s shattered Lachie Neale’s disposal record with one game to spare averaging a ridiculous 36. Against the Blues on Saturday night Mitchell collected 44 disposals (20 contested), four marks, 11 clearances, seven tackles and four inside 50s.
Rory Sloane (153DT/140SC): Isaac Heeney was tasked with quelling Sloane’s influence on Friday night but in the end it only helped him get the ball as he gave away free kick after free kick. It was Sloane’s tackling though that kept his score constantly ticking over as he applied 14 tackles to go with his 29 disposals (20 contested), three marks, nine clearances, eight frees for and a goal. A positive sign that he’s learning to handle then tag.
Jack Macrae (149DT/145SC): Macrae as a forward this year has been a gift that keeps on giving. The Bulldogs midfielder racked up an impressive 41 disposals (14 contested), six marks, eight clearances, seven tackles and seven inside 50s against the Power. I’d be shocked if we’re handed the same luxury of him in our forward lines next year though.
Sam Docherty (143DT/144SC): After breaking out last year Docherty has elevated himself to another this year and is arguably having the greatest fantasy season from a defender. On Saturday night against the Hawks Docherty was back to his behind the ball best amassing 31 disposals (26 kicks), 15 marks (all uncontested) and six rebounds from 50.
Dayne Beams (138DT/148SC): There aren’t too many players in hotter form that Beams right now. The Lions captain is averaging 32 disposals, seven marks, four tackles, two goals and 129DT/126SC points in his last five games. Against the Demons on Sunday he was best on ground for mine thanks to his 33 disposals, seven marks and three goals. Hopefully he can put his injury woes behind him because he’s a genuine star of the competition.
Marcus Bontempelli (56DT/45SC): Bontempelli has consistently stood up for the Bulldogs in big moments but with their finals hopes on the line against Port Adelaide he was hardly sighted. The young gun had 12 disposals at 58% efficiency, two marks and five tackles. An outlier performance from the reliable Bontempelli who I would like to see played in the same position for more than a month at a time.
James Sicily (24DT/25SC): Sicily had been in sensational form in the past month averaging 28 disposals, 11 marks and 100+ points in both formats. However, he was paid close attention by Jed Lamb on Saturday and it clearly affected him as he gathered just 13 disposals and two marks as well as seven free kicks against. Oh the joys of going unique.
Joe Daniher (46DT/58SC): If you were matchup chasing with your trades this week it would have been hard to look past the Bombers clash with the Suns and if you needed a forward Daniher would have been a juicy option. Sadly for those that pulled the trigger he couldn’t cash in, as he picked up 10 disposals, four marks and one goal.
Andrew Gaff (63DT/48SC): Gaff has tailed off in a major way in the last five weeks averaging just 75DT points, well below his seasonal average of 100. In the toughest matchup for fantasy points, GWS at Spotless Stadium, Gaff had a 18 disposals, three marks and two tackles and needs to find a way to break into the game when it’s played in a contested manner.
Luke Hodge (46DT/52SC): Hodge returned from suspension last week with a 120DT/109SC point performance and seemingly had a favourable matchup against the Blues this week. It didn’t pan out well for the champion Hawk who had a measly 16 disposals, four marks and zero tackles. Hopefully the Hawks can feed him the ball next week and he can finish his star-studded fantasy career with a massive score.
Defenders: Sam Docherty (143), Taylor Adams (132), Bachar Houli (128), Rory Laird (116), Ryan Burton (111) and Trent McKenzie (109)
Midfield: Rory Sloane (c) (306), Shaun Grigg (153), Tom Mitchell (143), Dayne Beams (138), Ben Cunnington (135), Travis Boak (133), Sam Menegola (132) and Lachie Whitfield/Josh Kelly/Josh P. Kennedy/David Zaharakis (130)
Ruck: Tom Bellchambers (116) and Patrick Ryder (115)
Forward: Jack Macrae (149), Toby Nankervis (140), Mason Cox (128), Cam Pedersen (123), Elliot Yeo (113) and Charlie Dixon (112)
Defenders: Sam Docherty (144), Trent McKenzie (132), Bachar Houli (132), Michael Hibberd (126), Rory Laird (124) and Kade Simpson/Mark Baguley (110)
Midfield: Tom Mitchell (c) (322), Jack Steven (153), Dayne Beams (148), Patrick Dangerfield (146), Josh Kelly (144), Nat Fyfe (142), Rory Sloane (140) and David Zaharakis (137)
Ruck: Patrick Ryder (134) and Tom Bellchambers (128)
Forward: Jack Macrae (145), Kane Lambert (133), Elliot Yeo (124), Jacob Townsend (118), Isaac Smith (118) and Cam Pedersen/Charlie Dixon (116)
Who were the Makers and Breakers in your side for Round 22?