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Ben Johnson
Heading for free agency
DFree Agent
September 16, 2021
Johnson was delisted by the Eagles on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Johnson has yet to make his AFL debut. The 20-year-old defender will look to get added to another team's list for 2022.
Matt Buntine
Looking for new team in 2022
DFree Agent
September 15, 2021
Buntine has been delisted by the Giants.
ANALYSIS
An inaugural member of the Giants' 2012 team, Buntine played in 67 contests over the past 10 seasons. He'll be looking for a new team after averaging 11 disposals per game in six matches this year.
Sam J. Reid
Retires from AFL
DFree Agent
September 15, 2021
Reid has retired from the AFL.
ANALYSIS
Reid ends with 108 AFL matches to his name after coming out of retirement in 2016. The 31-year-old was an essential part of the Giants run to the Grand Final in 2019.
Laitham Vandermeer
Hurts hamstring in win
DWestern Bulldogs
Hamstring
September 11, 2021
Vandermeer suffered a hamstring injury during Saturday's Preliminary Final win over Port Adelaide, according to the AFL.com match report.
ANALYSIS
Vandermeer also scored one goal in this game but picked up another injury. With a longer window until the Grand Final, he'll have more time to return if his injury is minor.
Riley Bonner
Takes 10 marks in loss
DPort Adelaide Power
September 11, 2021
Bonner scored one goal, logged 32 disposals (25 kicks, seven handballs) and took 10 marks during Saturday's 116-45 loss to the Western Bulldogs in the Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
Bonner put up his best game of the season at the perfect time, but he probably shouldn't have gotten so much possession in order for the Power to win. With 19.9 disposals and 4.8 marks per game, Bonner was able to improve in 2021 and could get even better next season.
Steven May
Picks up hamstring injury
DMelbourne Demons
Hamstring
September 10, 2021
May subbed out in the third quarter of Friday's Preliminary Final win over Geelong due to hamstring tightness, according to coach Simon Goodwin. "We'll assess that over the next few days, but we're quietly confident that he'll be okay. It is back-related type of tightness in his hamstring, so we'll have to assess that and see what it looks like over the next few days."
ANALYSIS
May has plenty of time to return after Melbourne's advancement to the Grand Final, so he'll hope his injury remains a minor one. Though his value hasn't been great recently, he has something to offer if he's able to log 20 disposals if he returns this season.
Grant Birchall
Announces retirement
DFree Agent
September 9, 2021
Birchall announced his retirement from the AFL on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Birchall was a member of four premiership-winning teams in his career, which spanned 287 matches. The 33-year-old defender played in all 23 of Brisbane's games this season, averaging 18.5 disposals and seven marks per match.
Alex Keath
Will miss Prelim Final
DWestern Bulldogs
Hamstring
September 9, 2021
Keath will miss Saturday's Preliminary Final against Port Adelaide due to hamstring tightness.
ANALYSIS
Keath doesn't add much fantasy value with an average of 12 disposals per game but he's still an absence in what will be a tough game. With any luck, he'll get another chance to play if the 'Dogs stay alive in the finals.
Joel Smith
Out for Prelim Final
DMelbourne Demons
Hamstring
September 9, 2021
Smith (hamstring) will miss Friday's Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
Smith has only played three times all season and managed to pick up a hamstring issue in training just before this game. His absence shouldn't change much for one of the healthiest teams in the league and he'll hope the Dees survive another round so he has a chance to get back before the end of the season.
Joel Smith
Dealing with hamstring injury
DMelbourne Demons
Hamstring
September 7, 2021
Smith suffered a hamstring injury at training Tuesday, 7 AFL reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith will be evaluated by the team's medical staff in the coming days to determine the extent of his injury. However, it's not yet clear whether the issue will impact his availability for Friday's matchup against Geelong.
Hamish Hartlett
Returns in SANFL
DPort Adelaide Power
September 7, 2021
Hartlett returned from a knee injury in Saturday's SANFL match against Glenelg.
ANALYSIS
Hartlett hasn't played in the AFL since the end of May and should at least be available for selection, and has recorded over 20 disposals in two of his nine games this season.
Hayden Crozier
Still out for semi-final
DWestern Bulldogs
Concussion
September 2, 2021
Crozier (concussion) is not in the lineup for Saturday's semi-final versus the Lions.
ANALYSIS
Crozier hasn't appeared in an AFL match since July 17 and doesn't seem likely to do so during the Bulldogs' Finals run either. He did have a few solid fantasy showings when available but seems unlikely to make the lineup even if he's healthy.
Darcy Gardiner
Good to go for semi-final
DBrisbane Lions
September 2, 2021
Gardiner (knee) is in his usual fullback spot for Saturday's semi-final versus the Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner was given a test designation earlier in the week due to a knee injury but has apparently pulled up well in training. He will join Marcus Adams and Brandon Starcevich on the back line and can have some fantasy value on occasion.
Isaac Cumming
Ready for semi-final
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
September 2, 2021
Cummin (ankle) will suit up for Friday's semi-final versus the Cats.
ANALYSIS
Cumming departed the elimination final last week with an apparent ankle injury after landing awkwardly but has avoided major damage. He will slot in as a fullback alongside Jake Stein and Sam Taylor.
Adam Kennedy
Still unavailable
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Hamstring
September 2, 2021
ANALYSIS
Kennedy was considered a test for the match after suffering a hamstring injury in training last week but was unable to get right in time to make it back into action. He'll look to make it back in time for next week should the Giants move on.
Sam J. Reid
Sitting out semi-final
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Hamstring
September 2, 2021
Reid will not play in Friday's semi-final match versus the Cats.
ANALYSIS
Reis was deemed a test for the contest due to an injured hamstring but won't get up in time to make an appearance in the contest. He will instead rest up and hope his team can advance without him.
Zaine Cordy
Ready for semi-final
DWestern Bulldogs
August 31, 2021
Cordy (illness) will be available for Saturday's semi-final versus the Lions.
ANALYSIS
Cordy was a late withdrawal for last week's elimination final due to an illness but appears to be fit well ahead of Friday's match. He will presumably slot into the back half again for the Bulldogs.
Ryan Lester
Set to return for semi-final
DBrisbane Lions
August 31, 2021
Coch Chris Fagan indicated that Lester is an "absolute certainty" to be available for Saturday's semi-final match versus the Bulldogs, Michael Whiting of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Lester sat out the elimination final due to a hamstring issue but appears set to make his return to action Saturday. He compiled 12 disposals -- seven handballs and five kicks -- four marks and four tackles the last time he donned the jumper for the Lions.
Adam Kennedy
Test for semi-final
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Hamstring
August 31, 2021
Kennedy is considered a test for the semi-final after missing out on the elimination final last week due to a low-grade hamstring injury.
ANALYSIS
Kennedy injured his hamstring in training last week and sat out the contest as a result. A determination of his status for Friday should come later in the week.
Sam J. Reid
Test for semi-final
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Hamstring
August 31, 2021
Reid is considered a test for the semi-final due to a hamstring injury suffered d late in the game versus Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Reid isn't typically a huge fantasy asset, but his absence would still be a noticeable one for the Giants if he's unable to get up in time for Friday's clash. The lineup release should provide a bit more clarity on his status.
Mark O'Connor
Out for 2-4 weeks
DGeelong Cats
Hamstring
August 31, 2021
O'Connor will be sidelined for at least two weeks due to a hamstring injury, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Connor logged just three disposals (all kicks), a mark and a free kick prior to his departure from the team's loss to Port Adelaide last week. Unfortunately, the hamstring could prevent him from playing again this season, though a return for the grand final could still be on the table.
Tom Stewart
Eyeing grand final return
DGeelong Cats
Foot
August 31, 2021
Stewart continues to rehab in hopes of a return for the grand final, David McPherson of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stewart underwent Linsfranc surgery and is reportedly doing well in his recovery to this point. He will continue to work his way back from the issue and hopes to be ready for the grand final, should the Cats continue to progress without him.
Zach Tuohy
Slated for semi-final return
DGeelong Cats
August 31, 2021
Tuohy (hamstring) is in line to play in Friday's semi-final match versus the Giants, David McPherson of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Tuohy hasn't played since Aug. 6 against the same Giants, when he racked up a goal, 18 disposals and seven marks prior to exciting the match. He should be a big factor again Friday and could be key to the team keeping its season running.
Rhyan Mansell
Signs two-year extension
DRichmond Tigers
August 30, 2021
Richmond signed Mansell to a two-year contract extension Monday, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
Mansell has appeared in 12 contests during his first season in the league. The defender has recorded one goal, 89 kicks, 53 handballs, 35 marks and 29 tackles. The 21-year-old will stick with Richmond for two more seasons.
Zaine Cordy
Late change due to illness
DWestern Bulldogs
Illness
August 28, 2021
Cordy (illness) will not play versus Essendon in Sunday's elimination final.
ANALYSIS
Cordy was a late change ahead of the match. Ryan Gardner will draw into the lineup in his place.
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