History was surely made in Round 19, when not one, not two, but three players produced 155 Ultimate Footy fantasy points each. Todd Goldstein, Dane Swan and Leigh Montagna have all led the way in their respective positions, and the trio continued their dominant seasons. Goldstein is on the cusp of the best fantasy season ever by a ruckman, and the Kangaroo again showed why he was the best big man in the competition with 20 touches, eight marks, seven tackles and 50 hitouts against the Demons on Sunday. Leigh Montagna matched Goldstein’s effort just hours later with 155 points of his own, continuing his love affair with Fremantle under the roof at Etihad. And on Saturday Swan turned back the clock with 41 touches and three goals. That same game brought us big scores from Scott Pendlebury (123), while Marc Murphy’s renaissance under John Barker continued with his biggest score (139) since Round 11, 2014.
While the Suns emerged victorious in a high-scoring Q Clash, it did not translate into a strong fantasy game. Unsung forward Aaron Hall put in arguably his best game with 112, but aside from Tom Lynch (110), no other Suns reached 90. Harley Bennell (73) and Michael Rischitelli (59) were well below expectations, while Trent McKenzie’s fall from fantasy relevance continued with a disappointing 28. With only seven players reaching 70 points, Ultimate Footy coaches would be crying out for an improvement on the brink of finals.
After the tragic events last month, the large majority of the football public has embraced Adelaide as their second team. And a stirring win over Richmond on Friday night cemented that sentiment. Adelaide dominated the possession and tackling statistics, leading to a massive fantasy night for the Crows. Taylor Walker was inaccurate with 2.5, but 21 touches and 10 marks saw him notch his first fantasy ton (116) since Round 8. Patrick Dangerfield’s career-best fantasy season continued with another 120, while unsung defender Ricky Henderson hit three figures for the first time since Round 14, 2013. Both Scott Thompson and Sam Jacobs were prolific with 111 and 103 respectively, as the Crows look to cement their spot in the top eight.
The hype around Port Adelaide at the start of the year didn’t just extend to their premiership aspirations. With a number of fantasy relevant prospects, Port’s stars were highly sought by coaches in Ultimate Footy drafts around the country. But with finals now out of reach, those who invested in Power players are also experiencing a downturn in output. Only Brad Ebert (100) reached a fantasy ton, while Travis Boak (83) and Robbie Gray (80) also underperformed. Chad Wingard’s purple patch had to halt at some point, and he could only manage 11 disposals and two goals for 66 fantasy points.
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