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Rory Laird
Bags 40 disposals in win
MAdelaide Crows
August 22, 2021
Laird recorded 40 disposals (14 kick, 26 handballs) and made eight tackles during Sunday's 98-54 win over North Melbourne in Round 23.
ANALYSIS
Laird was exceptionally consistent throughout 2021 but a lack of goalscoring effort meant most of his hard work went unrewarded. Should things improve on that front in 2022, Laird should have no issues being one of the top midfielders in the league.
Ben Keays
Excellent in finale
MAdelaide Crows
August 22, 2021
Keays scored two goals to go with 38 disposals (20 kicks, 18 handballs) and made six tackles during Sunday's 98-54 win over North Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Keays spent much of the season as the top fantasy option from his club and sealed that status with two majors and the second-most touches of any player on the field. Should the Crows step up their game in 2022, Keays will have an important role to play.
Jake Kelly
Out with concussion
DAdelaide Crows
Concussion
August 18, 2021
Kelly suffered a delayed concussion and will not play in Round 23 versus North Melbourne, per AFL Ratings.
ANALYSIS
Kelly's season will end early due to the concussion diagnosis. He'll look to be ready for the start of next season.
David MacKay
Will retire after season
MAdelaide Crows
August 18, 2021
MacKay is set to retire after the 2021 season.
ANALYSIS
MacKay is expected to play in Round 23 versus North Melbourne for his 248th and final AFL game. The 33-year-old will end his career after 15 years, all with Adelaide.
Elliott Himmelberg
Out for season
FAdelaide Crows
Hamstring
August 17, 2021
Himmelberg (hamstring) will miss Round 23 against North Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Himmelberg ends his 2021 season with only eight games played at the AFL level, though he did score eight goals.
Reilly O'Brien
Out for season
RAdelaide Crows
Knee
August 17, 2021
O'Brien (knee) has been ruled out for the 2021 season.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien picked up a knee injury before Round 22 and will miss the final two rounds of Adelaide's season. While the first half of the season wasn't the best showing from O'Brien, he picked up his pace by the end of the year and still proved he's one of the top ruckmen in the league, finishing with 29.4 hitouts per game.
Brodie Smith
Could return against 'Roos
MAdelaide Crows
Concussion
August 17, 2021
Smith (concussion) is listed as a test for Round 23 against North Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Smith has been a solid contributor all season and only has one more chance to play if he passes the necessary protocol. With 20.4 disposals and 5 marks per game, Smith has potential to put up a good fantasy score if healthy.
Will Hamill
Could return in final round
DAdelaide Crows
Concussion
August 17, 2021
Hamill (concussion) is listed as a test for Round 23 against North Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Hamill missed Round 21 due to a concussion and has one last chance to play in 2021 if he's fit. He's averaged 10.5 disposals per game in 16 appearances this season.
Rory Sloane
Leads Crows in fantasy scoring
MAdelaide Crows
August 15, 2021
Sloane hauled in 25 disposals, nine tackles and clearances each and seven marks Sunday as Adelaide fell to Melbourne 104-63 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Sloane matched season-high for kicks (16) and marks in Saturday's contest while also pacing Adelaide in clearances. He also netted his best tackle aggregate since May 8 in the loss. The performance left the veteran midfielder with his first 100-point fantasy showing in 13 rounds and the Crows leader in fantasy scoring versus Melbourne. Sloane exits Round 22 now averaging 84.59 points a game in 2021, fifth-highest among his teammates.
Paul Seedsman
Career-high 36 disposals in loss
MAdelaide Crows
August 15, 2021
Seedsman secured 36 disposals, three marks, two clearances and a single goal, behind and tackle each Sunday as Adelaide fell to Melbourne 104-63 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Seedsman paired 20 kicks with a season-high 16 handballs to finish with a personal-best 36 disposals and exited Saturday's match having set a new season mark for inside 50s (10). The 29 year-old has enjoyed a strong start to the month of August, averaging 33.5 touches, three clearances and 2.5 marks and tackles each a showing to go along with a combined 19 inside 50s. He'll look to log his third 100+ point fantasy performance in as many appearances in a Round 23 match-up with North Melbourne.
Elliott Himmelberg
Subbed out versus Melbourne
FAdelaide Crows
Hamstring
August 14, 2021
Himmelberg (hamstring) was subbed out of Sunday's match versus Melbourne, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Himmelberg was able to avoid missing time with a minor knee injury sustained in Round 20, but he's hurt again with a right hamstring issue in Round 22. It's unclear if he'll be available for the end of the home-and-away season next week.
Reilly O'Brien
Out with knee injury
RAdelaide Crows
Knee
August 10, 2021
O'Brien will miss Round 22 against Melbourne with a hyperextended knee, according to Head of Football Adam Kelly. "Pleasingly he will not require surgery and is expected to recover fully but that may not be in time for the Round 23 clash with North Melbourne."
ANALYSIS
O'Brien had found his game at the end of July but now has an injury concern to deal with while there's just a couple of weeks left in the season. Given the quotes from club management, O'Brien's status is currently doubtful through the end of August.
Daniel Talia
Done for season
DAdelaide Crows
Foot
August 10, 2021
Talia (foot) will miss the rest of the 2021 season, according to Head of Football Adam Kelly.
ANALYSIS
Talia initially suffered a setback in his recovery from a foot injury and will now take his time in returning to the field.
Matthew Crouch
Done until 2022
MAdelaide Crows
Groin
August 10, 2021
Crouch missed the SANFL match over the weekend and won't return until next season, according to Head of Football Adam Kelly.
ANALYSIS
In managing a recurring injury that held him out all season, Crouch will hope he can get better with a clear goal to return and plenty of time to work on his rehabilitation.
Paul Seedsman
Active in loss
MAdelaide Crows
August 7, 2021
Seedsman logged 31 disposals (17 kicks, 14 handballs) during Saturday's 55-51 loss to Port Adelaide in Round 21.
ANALYSIS
Seedsman topped 100 fantasy points for the first time in three weeks as he upped his possession stats just enough to make a difference. Lately, it's been more difficult for Seedman to consistently reach the disposal numbers he needs to get that score, which also means he has a lower scoring floor.
Rory Laird
Logs 31 disposals in loss
MAdelaide Crows
August 7, 2021
Laird scored two behinds to go with 21 disposals (nine kicks, 22 handballs) and made eight tackles during Saturday's 55-51 loss to Port Adelaide in Round 21.
ANALYSIS
Laird was a key figure in the Showdown but if he'd turned those behinds into majors he may have won the contest on his own. He's scored over 100 fantasy points in nine straight weeks, though his numbers look even better when he's able to balance out his handballs with a few more kicks.
Will Hamill
Takes concussion in loss
DAdelaide Crows
Concussion
August 7, 2021
Hamill suffered a concussion during the Round 21 loss to Port Adelaide, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Hamill doesn't hold much value as a low-touch defender though he's still guaranteed to miss at least one week while in concussion protocol.
Brodie Smith
Suffers concussion in loss
MAdelaide Crows
Concussion
August 7, 2021
Smith suffered a concussion during Round 21 against Port Adelaide, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Smith will miss at least one game while in concussion protocol and hope to return before the end of the season. At his best, Smith scored over 100 fantasy points in four-of-six games between June and July.
Taylor Walker
Handed six-match ban
FAdelaide Crows
Suspension
August 5, 2021
Walker will be banned for six matches after allegedly calling an opponent a racial slur in a July match, per 7 AFL.
ANALYSIS
Walker will miss the last three games of the 2021 season and the first three matches in 2022. Riley Thilthorpe figures to see an uptick in responsibility going forward to close out the year.
Taylor Walker
Not considered for selection
FAdelaide Crows
August 5, 2021
Walker wasn't considered for selection in Round 21 against Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Walker had been caught in the news for some behavior this week and didn't even make the emergency list for the Showdown against his local rivals. Riley Thilthorpe will become more important in the absence of Walker, who has scored 48 goals in 17 games this season.
Elliott Himmelberg
Not on injury list
FAdelaide Crows
August 3, 2021
Himmelberg didn't appear on his club's injury list ahead of Round 21 against Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Himmelberg had supposedly picked up a knee issue in Round 20 against the Western Bulldogs but it shouldn't hamper him against the rival Power. He's scored five goals in his last three games and offers average value for a forward.
Jackson Hately
Won't be selected
MAdelaide Crows
Groin
August 3, 2021
Hately is dealing with groin soreness and won't be available for Round 21 against Port Adelaide. Additionally, Head of Football Adam Kelly doesn't expect him to return this season.
ANALYSIS
Hately has only played twice all season due to a problematic groin injury and may not be called upon until 2022 if things don't change quickly.
Chayce Jones
Has chance to play
FAdelaide Crows
Quadriceps
August 3, 2021
Jones (corked quad) is listed as a test to return in Round 21 against Port Adelaide, according to Head of Football Adam Kelly. "Pleasingly he's (Jones) progressing quite well, he did some running today and the way that he's making progress we think he'll be a chance to play this week,"
ANALYSIS
Jones picked up the injury in Round 20 agains the Western Bulldogs and is on track to make it a quick return if he can participate in Thursday's training session.
Rory Laird
Solid in loss
MAdelaide Crows
July 31, 2021
Laird logged 25 disposals (10 kicks, 15 handballs) and made 10 tackles during Saturday's 105-56 loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Laird took back the mantle as the Crows' best weapon as he led their midfielders during a tough loss. With over 30 disposals recorded in all but one of the last eight matches, his form is certainly notable.
Reilly O'Brien
Dominant despite loss
RAdelaide Crows
July 31, 2021
O'Brien logged 19 disposals (seven kicks, 12 handballs), completed 44 hitouts and recorded six marks and six tackles during Saturday's 105-56 loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien dominated his ruck matchup by some distance and led his team in fantasy scoring even though they had their score nearly doubled on the contest. While much of the season hasn't gone as well, O'Brien is in better form of late with two games over 100 fantasy points scored over Rounds 19 and 20.
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