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Ultimate Footy's Ryan Power and Footy Prophet's Matthew James analyse the fantasy footy winners and losers from round seven.
Jamie Elliot kicked three goals and pushed further up ground to collect 20 disposals, 11 marks and top-score for the Magpies on 115 points. Also reaching 115 points and three goals was Jared Polec, who starred for Port Adelaide in their tight-ish win against Greater Western Sydney. For the Giants, Devon Smith kicked his own three goals and netted 27 possessions for a score of 133 points.
Young Crow Brodie Smith collected 30 disposals on route to 110 points, while Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus powered to 120 points on the back of two goals and 32 possessions. Lion cub Marco Paparone had a breakout game against Sydney with two goals and 93 points, while Thomas Lynch (105 points, two goals) was a driving force in the Gold Coast’s win over North Melbourne. Reece Conca fought both Cats and cold, but his 117 points couldn’t haul the Tigers home. Cameron Sutcliffe contributed a strong 108 points towards Fremantle’s home derby win, while perhaps the best of all was Billy Hartung, on debut, as the substitute, scoring 105 points.
Team wise, it’s difficult to highlight everything that went right for Hawthorn. 12 players scored a magic ton and five went over 120, including 200 gamer Jordan Lewis (122 points).
Despite their crushing win, Hawthorn took a few blows. Sam Mitchell (7 points) was subbed early with a hamstring complaint, while Brian Lake (39 points) succumbed to a calf problem.
Tom Lynch’s run with misfortune continues, after he was involved in a pileup with Jack Viney and Alex Georgiou. Lynch came off concussed with zero points to his name, the medicos later pronouncing he had a broken jaw and won’t return for up to six weeks. Away for even a longer stint will be Saint Jarryd Geary (34 points), the nuggetty defender to undergo elbow surgery and enjoy 3 months off.
Melbourne caused a huge upset against Adelaide, but it was a scrappy team effort. While Melbourne had more total disposals (377-340), not one Demon topped 100 fantasy points and their lead fantasy players had disposal efficiencies in the 60% range. The Crows would feel pretty ridiculous, you’d think.
Carlton fans would have hoped that Dale Thomas might inject some energy and polish into their midfield, against the arch enemy and his old team. Unfortunately, Daisy Thomas isn’t so daisy fresh. He could only manage 68 points against Collingwood and looked less than sprightly. That $700,000 price tag hasn’t converted into fantasy production so far.
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