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Ryan Burton
Active in win
DPort Adelaide Power
August 1, 2021
Burton recorded one behind to go with 22 disposals (18 kicks, four handballs) and made nine marks during Sunday's 100-73 win over GWS.
ANALYSIS
Burton wasn't much to shout about all season but he's done better with over 100 fantasy points scored in two of his last three matches. As he's also topped 22 disposals in these games, it's worth tracking him in the final rounds of the season.
Charlie Dixon
Scores four to lead way
FPort Adelaide Power
August 1, 2021
Dixon scored four goals and two behinds in addition to logging 12 disposals (10 kicks, two handballs) and making five marks in Sunday's 100-73 win over GWS.
ANALYSIS
Dixon's second consecutive four-goal performance led the Power to a hard-fought win that gives them good odds to remain in the top four as the season nears its conclusion. Though his possession numbers don't make for the most valuable target, Dixon's recent scoring prowess shows it can be worth making room for him in the lineup.
Karl Amon
Strong in win
MPort Adelaide Power
August 1, 2021
Amon scored one goal to go with 31 disposals (18 kicks, 13 handballs) in addition to making six marks and five tackles during Sunday's 100-73 win over GWS.
ANALYSIS
Amon recorded over 30 disposals for the first time in 13 rounds to score over 100 points for the third time in four games. He seems to flourish when facing tougher challenges as he did in this game, so there's always someone to count on as the Power approach the finals.
Josh Kelly
Logs 31 disposals in loss
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
August 1, 2021
Kelly recorded 31 disposals (17 disposals, 14 handballs) and made three marks during Sunday's 100-73 loss to Port Adelaide in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Kelly had a long stretch with over 100 points scored in seven straight games but he hasn't been nearly as impressive in recent weeks. He'll hope to use this stronger performance to improve over the final rounds of the home-and-away stage of the season.
Nick Haynes
Strong in loss
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
August 1, 2021
Haynes logged 28 disposals (17 kicks, 11 handballs) and made 10 marks during Sunday's 100-73 loss to Port Adelaide in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Haynes has only scored over 100 points twice all season, and neither has come in a winning result. With a solid marking average of 7.1 per game, Haynes is capable of solid numbers on occasion, albeit infrequently.
Phil Davis
Hurts neck in loss
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Neck
August 1, 2021
Davis suffered a neck injury during Sunday's 100-73 loss to Port Adelaide in Round 20, according to the AFL.com match report.
ANALYSIS
Davis has played in 10 games this season, averaging 10.2 disposals per appearance. It's not yet clear what he's dealing with, though there's only a few games left before the finals begin and his Giants aren't yet in that section of the ladder.
Jacob Hopper
Gets concussed in loss
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
Concussion
August 1, 2021
Hopper suffered a concussion during the Round 20 loss to Port Adelaide but was cleared of further structural damage after a kick to the head sent him to the hospital, according to his team.
ANALYSIS
Hopper is sure to miss at least one game due to the concussion and it remains to be seen how much longer after that it will take to seem return. A place just outside finals after 20 games means Hopper will be missed if he can't come back soon to help them make a late-season push.
Jaeger O'Meara
Scores in win
FHawthorn Hawks
August 1, 2021
O'Meara scored one goal to go with 35 disposals (20 kicks, 15 handballs) and made 10 tackles during Sunday's 92-80 win over Brisbane in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
O'Meara was one of the stars of the contest as he topped 30 disposals for the first time in his last five games. With at least 92 points scored in his last three games, O'Meara has improved his performance with each passing week and has plenty to offer if he can keep things going in the final rounds of the season.
Chad Wingard
Stars in win
MHawthorn Hawks
August 1, 2021
Wingard scored two goals and two behinds to go with 32 disposals (20 kicks, 12 handballs) in addition to making seven marks and seven tackles during Sunday's 92-80 win over Brisbane in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Wingard returned from a hamstring injury in Round 19 and looks refreshed with two strong efforts in his last two games. If he's able to keep up his marking and tackling totals, Wingard tends to hover in the 20-disposal area and could easily be a valuable asset over the rest of the season.
Daniel McStay
Bags four majors in win
FBrisbane Lions
August 1, 2021
McStay kicked four goals to go with 16 disposals (eight kicks, eight handballs) and made eight marks during Sunday's 92-80 loss to Hawthorn in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
McStay had the best performance of his season at the right time but inefficiency elsewhere ended up costing his Lions the final result. As he's capable of scoring 90 fantasy points but only averages 9.7 disposals per game, McStay isn't the most reliable target.
Dayne Zorko
Logs 29 disposals in loss
MBrisbane Lions
August 1, 2021
Zorko scored one goal and two behinds to go with 29 disposals (22 kicks, seven handballs) in addition to making nine marks during the 92-80 loss to Hawthorn in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Zorko's behinds could have changed the result had he been more efficient, though this result doesn't fall squarely on his shoulders. While once one of the top fantasy options in the league, Zorko has only topped 100 points scored in two of his last five games, though never scoring less than 97 total. With Jarryd Lyons still the top option from this club, Zorko is still worthy of tracking if he can improve even a little before the finals begin.
Jarryd Lyons
Strong effort in loss
MBrisbane Lions
August 1, 2021
Lyons scored one goal and one behind to go with 38 disposals (23 kicks, 15 handballs) in addition to making nine marks and completing five tackles during Sunday's 92-80 loss to Hawthorn in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Lyons scored over 150 points for the second time this season on the back of a season-high disposal tally in this game. Even with the loss to an inconsistent Hawks club, Lyons has scored over 100 fantasy points in three straight games and should remain a key to the success of his team.
Luke Breust
Hurts knee in win
MHawthorn Hawks
Knee
August 1, 2021
Breust scored three goals and suffered a knee injury during Sunday's 92-80 win over Brisbane in Round 20, according to the AFL.com match report.
ANALYSIS
Breust has scored seven goals over his last three starts but must now await word on his fitness after hurting himself in a fall.
Jack Crisp
Continues hot stretch
DCollingwood Magpies
August 1, 2021
Crisp logged 36 disposals (18 kicks, 18 handballs) and made nine marks during Saturday's 90-45 win over West Coast in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Crisp is in impressive form with at least 30 disposals recorded in two straight games and in four of his last six starts. This kind of time on the ball and a few excellent marking games has made him one of the stronger options from this Magpies team, and he'll be worth tracking as the season comes to a close.
Brodie Grundy
Strong effort in win
RCollingwood Magpies
August 1, 2021
Grundy scored one goal to go with 22 disposals (11 kicks, 11 handballs) in addition to recording 10 marks, six tackles and 18 hitouts during Saturday's 90-45 win over West Coast in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Grundy has struggled for consistency since mid-May but his scoring ceiling still makes him one of the top options in his position. With at least 22 disposals recorded in two straight games, Grundy could be on the track for more consistent outputs over the final weeks of the season.
Jake Waterman
Active in loss
FWest Coast Eagles
August 1, 2021
Waterman scored one behind to go with 22 disposals (14 kicks, eight handballs) and made nine marks during Saturday's 90-45 loss to Collingwood in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Waterman has looked more like a midfielder than forward over the past two rounds with 21 marks made and only one goal scored in that stretch. If his price remains reasonable, Waterman offers exceptionally valuable production for a forward with 10 goals scored all season.
Callum Mills
Career-high 152 fantasy points
MSydney Swans
August 1, 2021
Mills realized 33 disposals, 12 marks, six tackles, two clearances and a single goal Sunday as Sydney edged out Essendon 109-102 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
With Mills eclipsing 30 touches for a fifth-consecutive showing,, leading all players with a game-high six tackles and falling one mark short of a personal-best 13 on Saturday, the door was thrown wide open for the 24 year-old to register his best-ever fantasy point total (152 points). The midfielder / defender has now tallied at least 111 points in nine of Sydney's last ten matches and currently ranks eighth in the league for average fantasy score per appearance (111.9 points) this year.
Andrew Gaff
Logs 33 disposals in loss
MWest Coast Eagles
August 1, 2021
Gaff recorded 33 disposals (16 kicks, 17 handballs) and made seven marks during Saturday's 90-45 loss to Collingwood in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Gaff has been the most consistent performer for the Eagles with over 100 fantasy points scored in three straight games, though their spot in the finals places is less guaranteed with three losses inter last five rounds. At the most, Gaff has yet to score over 100 points in more than three straight games, so the coming contests could be important in determining the rest of his season.
Zach Merrett
Lone Bomber w/ 100+ fantasy points
MEssendon Bombers
August 1, 2021
Merrett captured 35 disposals, seven marks, five tackles, four goal assists and a pair of goals Sunday as Essendon fell to Sydney 109-102 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Season-highs in marks and goals and a career-best four goal assists highlighted a Round 20 performance that left Merrett the lone member of Essendon's roster to eclipse 100 fantasy points versus Sydney. The 25 year-old's 112.8 points per showing this year currently ranks sixth-best among all AFL midfielders and finds Merrett now one of only 15 players at his position with with 2000+ total points to his name.
Kyle Langford
Team-high three marks in close loss
MEssendon Bombers
August 1, 2021
Langford cleared 17 disposals, seven marks, three majors and tackles each and a lone goal assist Sunday as Essendon fell to Sydney 109-102 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Despite spending portions of the match on an exercise bike, this according to AFL.com, Langford finished out Saturday's match Essendon's leader in majors and tied with Zachary Merrett and Jake Stringer as the team's top producer of marks and tackles, respectively. The 24 year-old put up his best fantasy scoring total in three games as a result of the performance and exits Round 20 currently ranked the Bombers' fifth-most productive scorer per game (86.59 points) for the year.
Tom Papley
Third four-goal showing of 2021
FSydney Swans
August 1, 2021
Papley produced 17 disposals, four goals, three marks and a single behind and goal assist each Sunday as Sydney edged out Essendon 109-102 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Papley registered his fourth-straight appearance with double-digit disposals on Saturday, but it was his third four-goal showing of 2021 that left the 25 year-old the talk of the game. The forward now turns his attention to the a Round 21 match-up with Western ranked the AFL's No. 16 for total goals (34) and No. 6 in total goal assists (19).
Jayden Laverde
Shoulder injury sidelines Laverde
DEssendon Bombers
Shoulder
August 1, 2021
Laverde was substituted out of Sunday's 109-102 loss to Sydney at MCG after suffering a shoulder injury, ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Laverde did an excellent job of limiting Sydney's Lance Franklin in Saturday's match, but ultimately gave way to Brayden Ham after injuring his shoulder late in the game's final term. No word yet if the Bombers defender, who is enjoying a breakout year, will be available for a Round 21 match-up with Western.
Trent Cotchin
Team-high 32 disposals in loss
MRichmond Tigers
August 1, 2021
Cotchin hauled in 32 disposals, four clearances and three marks and tackles each Sunday as Richmond fell to Fremantle 55-51 at Optus Stadium.
ANALYSIS
Prestia led Richmond in touches versus Fremantle thanks to a season-high 16 handballs and an equal number of kicks while at the same time pacing all Tigers in clangers with eight. The 31 year-old has now increased his fantasy output in each of his last three showings, averaging 90 points per showing along the way, but enters the last match of the regular season ranked his team's No. 10 in fantasy scoring per game (74.33 points).
Dion Prestia
Strong numbers in return to play
MRichmond Tigers
August 1, 2021
Prestia attained 31 disposals, five marks and tackles each and a single clearance Sunday as Richmond fell to Fremantle 55-51 at Optus Stadium.
ANALYSIS
Prestia put up strong numbers in his first appearance since June 25, including a career-best matching 20 handballs, season-high 31 disposals and a109 fantasy point aggregate that represents his best output of the year. The 28 year-old has only seen playing time in seven matches to date in 2021, but following this week's performance could be well on the way to making his first-consecutive start since June 5 in a Round 21 match-up with North Melbourne.
Adam Cerra
Several season-highs in win
MFremantle Dockers
August 1, 2021
Cerra secured 33 disposals, eight marks, six tackles, three clearances and a single behind Saturday as Fremantle defeated Richmond 55-51 at Optus Stadium.
ANALYSIS
Cerra put together arguably his best performance of 2021 versus Richmond, setting career marks for kicks (21), disposals and inside 50s (9) and recording season-highs for tackles and rebound 50s (4). The 21 year-old finished out the contest with a best-ever 138 fantasy points and has now averaged an impressive 113.5 points in each of Fremantle's last two outings.
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