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Jack Redden
Returning for Round 11 match
MWest Coast Eagles
August 8, 2020
Redden (quadriceps) is in the starting lineup for the Eagles ahead of their match with the Blues on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
After picking up an injury the team's Round 9 clash with Collingwood, Redden was only forced to miss last Saturday's match with Geelong as he is returning to the starting lineup for Sunday's contest with Carlton. Redden is currently averaging 15 disposals per game, good for eighth on the Eagles roster.
Connor Rozee
Very late out
MPort Adelaide Power
Heel
August 7, 2020
Rozee was deemed a late out for Saturday's match versus the Tigers due to a heel injury, Fox Footy reports.
ANALYSIS
Rozee's exclusion came just before the opening bounce and leaves the Power down an unexpected body in the midfield. Cam Sutcliffe has entered the lineup in his place,
Zach Merrett
Game-high ball-getter in loss
MEssendon Bombers
August 7, 2020
Merrett had 33 disposals (19 kicks, 14 handballs), five marks and one tackle in Friday's 59-55 loss to GWS.
ANALYSIS
Merrett racked up another 33 disposals but it was the Bombers basically giving the game away that will be the real talking point. Leading by as much as 29 points during the third term, Essendon capitulated down the stretch to suffer what could be a crucial loss come the end of the season.
Sam Draper
Lands first AFL goal
REssendon Bombers
August 7, 2020
Draper managed 13 disposals (nine kicks, four handballs), one mark, one goal and one behind in Friday's 59-55 loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Draper celebrated in style after booting the first goal of his young AFL career. Unfortunately, it came in a losing effort as the Bombers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Starting in the ruck for the Bombers, Draper has yet to break out but is certainly showing some promising signs.
Heath Shaw
Boots two majors Friday
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
August 7, 2020
Shaw produced nine disposals (one kick, eight handballs), six marks, four tackles and two marks in Friday's 59-55 victory over the Bombers.
ANALYSIS
Shaw slotted his first two goals of the season Friday, making a rare appearance in the forward line. The 318-game veteran typically provides more of an onfield leadership role for the Giants and is not a player you need to be concerning yourself with.
Shane Mumford
Another 30 hitouts Friday
RGreater Western Sydney Giants
August 7, 2020
Mumford totaled 11 disposals (two kicks, nine handballs) and three tackles in Friday's 59-55 victory over Essendon.
ANALYSIS
Mumford dominated the hitouts Friday, racking another 30 in the come-from-behind victory. After a slow start to the season, Mumford has added some consistency to his game, although his overall fantasy production does leave a little to be desired.
Callan Ward
Kicks match-winning goal
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
August 7, 2020
Ward ended with 14 disposals (seven kicks, seven handballs), two marks, one tackle and one goal in Friday's 59-55 victory over the Bombers.
ANALYSIS
The Giants roared home in the final term to snatch a four-point victory thanks to a somewhat dubious goal, courtesy of Ward. He was awarded a free-kick with less than a minute remaining after copping an apparent high shot. Replays suggest he may have exaggerated the contact, much to the ire of the Bombers fans. Ward himself had a somewhat productive game but is far from a consistent fantasy target.
Jack Silvagni
Slated for surgery
FCarlton Blues
Thigh
August 7, 2020
Silvagni (thigh) will undergo surgery to help aid in his recovery process.
ANALYSIS
Silvagni has been sidelined since Round 8 as a result of a thigh issue, but he's expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing surgery. He appeared in three games for the Blues this season and recorded two goals.
Alex Neal-Bullen
Cops four-match ban
MMelbourne Demons
Suspension
August 7, 2020
Neal-Bullen has been suspended for four matches for his sling tackle of Will Hamill in Wednesday's match, Fox Footy reports.
ANALYSIS
Neal-Bullen will presumably be sidelined through the end of August as a result. Barring an appeal, look for him to rejoin the action in the first week of September.
Jordan Ridley
Departs with ribs issue
DEssendon Bombers
Ribs
August 7, 2020
Ridley suffered a ribs injury during Thursday's match versus GWS, Riley Beveridge of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Per senior coach John Worsfold, the issue isn't believed to be overly serious, but it's worth monitoring his status ahead of next Wednesday's clash with the Suns.
Jacob Townsend
Suffers concussion
FEssendon Bombers
Concussion
August 7, 2020
Townsend exited Thursday's match versus GWS due to a concussion.
ANALYSIS
Townsend finished the game with minimal impact on the box score, racking up just one disposal and two tackles. It's unclear exactly how long he will require to get right for action.
Aaron Naughton
Ready for Round 11
FWestern Bulldogs
August 7, 2020
Naughton (ankle) will be in the lineup for Saturday's game against Brisbane.
ANALYSIS
Naughton has been sidelined since late June while working his way back from an ankle injury but appears to finally be past the issue and ready to retake the field. Naughton doesn't provide much in terms of fantasy appeal, but his return will be helpful for the Bulldogs.
Sam Mayes
Suspended for Saturday
MPort Adelaide Power
Suspension
August 7, 2020
Mayes is suspended for Saturday's match versus Richmond, Loukas Founten of the Power's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Mayes' suspension comes on the heels of a late bump on Western's Josh Dunkley in the previous match in what was graded as careless rough contact with medium and high impact, per Ben Waterworth of Fox Sports. He will thus sit out one contest and should be back in the mix for next Friday's match versus Geelong.
Josh Caddy
Back in action
FRichmond Tigers
August 7, 2020
Caddy (hamstring) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's clash with the Kangaroos, Grace Kalac of the Tigers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Caddy has been sidelined since Round 7 with a hamstring complaint but rejoins the mix for Saturday's clash, slotting in among the followers. Caddy has an impressive eight-mark, 19-disposal game under his belt earlier in the season, displaying the sort of upside he can have when healthy.
Trent Cotchin
Out for management purposes
MRichmond Tigers
Rest
August 7, 2020
Cotchin is being managed through the Tigers' condensed schedule and will miss Saturday's match versus Port Adelaide, Grace Kalac of the Tigers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a it surprising that this game is the one Cotchin will sit out for management purposes, especially with more than a week of rest on tap before the Tigers take the field again. In any even, Cotchin should be on hand for the Aug. 17 clash with Gold Coast.
Charlie Ballard
Offers little in Thursday's loss
DGold Coast Suns
August 7, 2020
Ballard managed just seven disposals (six kicks, one handball), three marks and one tackle in Thursday's 78-74 loss to the Saints.
ANALYSIS
Ballard was solid down back for the Suns but once again failed to have any real impact on the game. The defender is averaging fewer than 11 disposals per game this season and with very little supplemental production, he is not a viable fantasy asset.
David Swallow
Tenacious performance in loss
FGold Coast Suns
August 7, 2020
Swallow tallied 22 disposals (eight kicks, 14 handballs), three tackles and two marks in Thursday's 78-74 loss to St Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Swallow produced a season-high 22 disposals in the loss, getting plenty of touches through the middle. In a back-and-forth game, the Suns were run down in the final term. The loss sees them slip to 11th on the ladder and they will need to start stringing some wins together if they are to make a charge for the finals.
Jack Steele
Measured performance Thursday
MSt Kilda Saints
August 7, 2020
Steele finished with 21 disposals (13 kicks, eight handballs), eight marks, five tackles and two goals in Thursday's 78-74 victory over Gold Coast.
ANALYSIS
Steele was close to the best-on-ground during Thursday's nailbiting win, turning in another productive performance. Along with a number of his teammates, Steele is having arguably the best season of his career and currently ranks second in the league in total tackles and 10th in total disposals.
Dan Butler
Boots career-high four goals in win
FSt Kilda Saints
August 7, 2020
Butler finished with 13 disposals (12 kicks, one handball), four tackles, four goals, one mark and one behind in Thursday's 78-74 victory over the Suns.
ANALYSIS
Butler now sits second in the race to the Coleman medal after kicking a career-best four goals Thursday. After being traded to the Saints during last year's trade period, Butler has emerged as a key forward and certainty has to be in the discussion for an All-Australian selection. The Saints now sit second on the AFL ladder and have been arguably the biggest surprise packet of the season thus far.
Callum Porter
Back in mix
MWestern Bulldogs
August 6, 2020
Porter (shoulder) is good to go for Saturday's match versus Brisbane.
ANALYSIS
Porter's return is one of a number of players now available for the Bulldogs with one of the top teams in the ladder or deck. Even so, Porter isn't guaranteed a spot in the lineup despite his availability.
Bailey Dale
Available for Saturday
MWestern Bulldogs
August 6, 2020
Dale (ankle) will be in the mix for Saturday's matchup against Brisbane.
ANALYSIS
Dale has been sidelined recently by an ankle issue, but that appears to be behind the medium forward. He is coming off of five straight contests with a goal scored and a mark.
Hayden Crozier
Sidelined 2-3 weeks
DWestern Bulldogs
Toe
August 6, 2020
Crozier will miss between two and three weeks after suffering a toe injury during Monday's match versus Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Crozier's injury leaves the team down a significant piece on the back end with a tough match next up on the schedule. He will miss at least the next two contests as a result, pegging his return potentially in late August.
Shaun Burgoyne
Question mark for Monday
FHawthorn Hawks
Hamstring
August 6, 2020
Burgoyne is considered a question mark for Monday's match versus Fremantle due to a hamstring injury.
ANALYSIS
Burgoyne's injury occurred early in the fourth quarter of the July 31 clash with Carlton and leaves him in a race against time to avoid missing action. More information on his status should surface when the team releases its lineup for the clash.
Daniel McStay
Suspension over
FBrisbane Lions
August 6, 2020
McStay has served his suspension and will be available for Saturday's match versus Western.
ANALYSIS
McStay was handed a two-match ban for his high bump on Melbourne's Neville Jetta. With his punishment paid, he should be in the mix for selection again in Round 11 as he looks to retake his spot among the forwards.
Ryan Lester
Back from hamstring issue
DBrisbane Lions
August 6, 2020
Lester (hamstring) is available for selection for Saturday's match versus Western.
ANALYSIS
Lester will retake his spot in the lineup for Brisbane after spending two weeks on the sideline due to a hamstring issue. He isn't a particularly fantasy-friendly defender, so his return may not mean as much from a DFS perspective.
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