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Jaidyn Stephenson
Full line in loss
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
April 18, 2021
Stephenson totaled 16 disposals (14 kicks, two handballs), two goals, nine marks and two tackles during a 77-47 loss to Geelong on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The forward now has three straight two-goal efforts, and he also recorded a season-high figure in marks during Sunday's match. Stephenson projects to continue serving as a versatile fantasy asset for the Kangaroos moving forward, although he's notably come nowhere close to matching the 33 disposals he managed in his March 21 match against Port Adelaide.
Ben Cunnington
Well-balanced line in loss
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
April 18, 2021
Cunnington managed 29 disposals (16 kicks, 13 handballs), one goal, five marks and two tackles in a 77-47 loss to Geelong on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Cunnington was second on the team in disposals to Jack Ziebell and provided solid numbers across the scoresheet. The midfielder's disposals, goal and marks were all season-high figures in what was his third game of the season, making his successful appeal of the recent one-game suspension that could have prevented his participation in this match look particularly fortunate.
Jack Ziebell
Team-high disposals figure in loss
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
April 18, 2021
Ziebell recorded 38 disposals (33 kicks, five handballs), nine marks and one tackle in a 77-47 loss to Geelong on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Ziebell has been a reliable supplier of disposals and marks throughout the season, and that was no different in Sunday's lopsided loss. His disposal tally was easily a team-high figure, with no other member of the Kangaroos clearing the 30-mark. Ziebell's marks total also claimed a share of the team lead and pushed his figure in that category to an impressive 37 over his first five games.
Sam Menegola
Scores two goals in win
FGeelong Cats
April 18, 2021
Menegola posted 28 disposals (15 kicks, 13 handballs), two goals, one tackle and five marks in a 77-47 win over North Melbourne on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old had returned from a shoulder injury in last week's match against Melbourne and provided 26 disposals and two marks among his contributions, but Sunday's effort was even more productive. Menegola upped his goal tally to three for the season with the pair he garnered Sunday, and he's now boosted his number of disposals over that of the prior match in each of his last two outings.
Tom Stewart
Racks up marks Sunday
DGeelong Cats
April 18, 2021
Stewart tallied 30 disposals (20 kicks, 10 handballs), 11 marks and one tackle in a 77-47 win over North Melbourne on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Stewart had a busy afternoon, checking in third in disposals for the Cats while comfortably setting the pace in marks. Stewart has once again been a prolific supplier of production in that category after racking up 125 marks over 18 games last season, already tallying 44 over five 2021 contests.
Brandan Parfitt
Strong showing in victory
MGeelong Cats
April 18, 2021
Parfitt (hip) collected 34 disposals (12 kicks, 22 handballs) and made seven tackles during Geelong's 77-47 win over North Melbourne on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Although Parfitt failed to score a goal for the second time in four games, he demonstrated he was back to full health after missing last week's game against Melbourne with a hip issue. Parfitt's disposal tally was a team-high figure for Geelong and pushed his average in that category to an impressive 21.4 per contest.
Hamish Hartlett
Probable for Round 6
DPort Adelaide Power
April 18, 2021
Hartlett is probable for Round 6's match against St Kilda after suffering a leg cork over the weekend, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
Assistant coach Nathan Basset said Sunday Hartlett will likely play after sustaining the minor injury. The defender has recorded one goal, one behind, 58 disposals, 14 marks and six tackles on the year.
Jeremy Howe
Could miss a month
DCollingwood Magpies
Hamstring
April 18, 2021
Howe could miss a month after stirring up scar tissue in his hamstring, Jon Ralph of the Herald Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
Howe's timeline for his return is being set tentatively around one month. The defender has been a reliable fantasy asset thus far, as he's contributed at least 20 disposals in his past three appearances, while he's had no fewer than six marks in a match this season. It's unclear who is in line for more playing time as a result.
Levi Greenwood
Unavailable for Anzac Day
MCollingwood Magpies
Concussion
April 18, 2021
Greenwood won't be available for Anzac Day due to a delayed concussion, Jon Ralph of the Herald Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
Greenwood suffered the concussion during a collision with Nic Nat during Friday's loss to West Coast. It's unclear how much more time he could miss, but he won't be available for Anzac Day. It remains to be seen who will benefit most in playing time due to his absence.
Lance Franklin
Out 3-4 weeks
FSydney Swans
April 18, 2021
Franklin (leg) will miss 3-4 weeks, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
Franklin suffered a bone bruise in his leg during a collision with Connor Idun during the third quarter of the Swans' loss to GWS on Sunday. This is no doubt a big blow to the team for the next few weeks at least, as there's no replacing his goal-scoring acumen as one of the premiere players in the league.
Dan Houston
Scans reveal no damage
DPort Adelaide Power
Shoulder
April 18, 2021
Houston's tests results revealed no damage to his injured shoulder, and he will be a test for Round 6 against St Kilda, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
Houston injured his shoulder during last Sunday's game against Carlton, but he could give it a go against St Kilda this weekend. Houston has registered two goals, 102 disposals and 17 marks this season. If he's unable to play, Willem Drew, who filled in during the second half of Sunday's match against Carlton, will be a top candidate to see more playing time.
Sam Powell-Pepper
Will be available Sunday
MPort Adelaide Power
April 18, 2021
Powell-Pepper (personal) will be available for selection during Sunday's match against St Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Powell-Pepper took time away for personal reasons and looked good during his time in the SANFL, and he's now ready to rejoin the team. If he's selected, he'll make his 2021 debut. In 2020, the midfielder averaged 14.3 disposals, 4.3 tackles and 1.8 marks per match.
Shane Mumford
Game-high 28 hitouts in victory
RGreater Western Sydney Giants
April 18, 2021
Mumford produced 28 hitouts, 15 disposals, eight clearances, six tackles and three marks Saturday as GWS edged out Sydney 71-69 at SCG.
ANALYSIS
The veteran ruck has thus far appeared in just two games this season, but thanks to a combined 44 hitouts, 35 disposals, 16 clearances, 12 tackles and six marks now trails only Melbourne's Max Gawn for the best Supercoach score per game average (140 v. 130) in that AFL.
Tim Taranto
27 disposals, four marks / tackles
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
April 18, 2021
Taranto garnered 27 disposals, five clearances and four marks and tackles each Saturday as GWS edged out Sydney 71-69 at SCG.
ANALYSIS
Taranto posted double-digit totals for kicks and handballs for a second-consecutive week and the third time in four showings on Saturday, and consequently, finished GWS' leader in disposals (27) against Sydney. The 23 year-old now sits just outside the AFL's top-10 for total (142) and disposals per game (28.40), and, thanks to a fantasy point per game median of 107.2, ranks the 11th-best option for selection at midfielder currently available to owners.
Dan Houston
Dealing with shoulder injury
DPort Adelaide Power
Shoulder
April 18, 2021
Houston suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday's win over Carlton.
ANALYSIS
Houston left the match before halftime and did not return. Willem Drew served as a substitute in his place. Assistant coach Michael Voss said Sunday the team is hoping Houston can manage to play through it, but the extent of the injury remains unclear. Port Adelaide's next match comes next Sunday against St Kilda, but it's unknown whether Houston will be able to suit up. If he misses more time, it's likely Drew will continue to see time in his stead.
Tom Hickey
Substituted off w/ PCL injury
RSydney Swans
Knee - PCL
April 18, 2021
Hickey was substituted out of Saturday's 71-69 loss to GWS after suffering a knee injury, The West Australian reports
ANALYSIS
Sydney's medical staff believes Hickey damaged his posterior cruciate ligament during a third-quarter ruck with Shane Mumford. The 30 year-old briefly returned to the field in the fourth, but was soon after substituted off. No word yet as to how long Hickey may be sidelined. Swans coach John Longmire notes that Callum Sincalir, Hayden McLean or Joel Amartey could be asked to step up in his place should it be for any significant amount of time, however.
Jake Lloyd
One of two Swans w/ 100+ points
DSydney Swans
April 18, 2021
Lloyd compiled 28 disposals, seven marks, two clearances and a behind, tackle and goal assist each Saturday as Sydney fell to GWS 71-69 at SCG.
ANALYSIS
Lloyd topped all players for kicks (21) and disposals and matched season-highs for clearances and goal assists in Saturday's defeat, Sydney's first of the season. The 27 year-old has transformed himself into a statistical force to be reckoned with thus far in the month of April, averaging a gainful 27.3 disposals (21.3 kicks, six handballs), 8,3 marks, 1.6 tackles and 1.3 clearances a game and topping 100 fantasy points in every appearance made to date.
Callum Mills
Career-high nine tackles in defeat
MSydney Swans
April 18, 2021
Mills combined for 20 disposals, nine tackles, five marks and three clearances Saturday as Sydney fell to GWS 71-69 at SCG.
ANALYSIS
Mills set a new personal-best for tackles, topped 20 disposals for the fourth time in five appearances and failed to drop below five marks for a fifth-consecutive outing on Saturday. The defender now ranks among the top 20 in the league for total handballs, effective and stoppage clearances, handballs and effective disposals per game, but, more important, remains one of only five players at his position currently sporting a fantasy points per game average of 100 or better.
Lance Franklin
Wins third Brett Kirk Medal
FSydney Swans
April 18, 2021
Franklin notched 14 disposals, eight marks, five goals and four tackles Saturday as Sydney fell to GWS 71-69 at SCG.
ANALYSIS
Franklin's best goal total since June of last year and season-highs for kicks, disposals and marks not only landed the 34-year old his best fantasy output of 2021 (98 points) on Saturday, but too earned him his third Brett Kirk Medal in five years. The forward, who now ties Kieren Jack for most medals earned in the Sydney Derby, exits Round Five trailing only Adelaide's Taylor Walker as the AFL's current leader in goals scored per game (3.67) and ranked 12th overall for contested marks an outing (2.33).
Clayton Oliver
Busy in win
MMelbourne Demons
April 18, 2021
Oliver logged two behinds to go with 30 disposals (13 kicks, 17 handballs) and made eight tackles during Sunday's 104-54 win over Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Oliver likes to go stride for stride with Max Gawn as the most productive player on this team, though Gawn appears to have his nose in front for now. In either case, Oliver and the rest of the midfield for the Dees will continue to be high-value pickups in their current run of form.
Max Gawn
Continues to impress
RMelbourne Demons
April 18, 2021
Gawn scored one goal and two behinds to go with 26 disposals, 10 marks and 24 hitouts recorded in Sunday's 104-54 win over Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Gawn's production remains central to the Dees' successes, and he still put up massive numbers despite only recording 24 hitouts in this match. He still has yet to face another serious contender for the flag, but Gawn's value should remain high until he faces tougher positional matchups.
Tom Mitchell
Another productive day
MHawthorn Hawks
April 18, 2021
Mitchell collected 32 disposals (15 kicks, 17 handballs) and made five tackles during Sunday's 104-54 loss to Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell has been one of the most productive members of the Hawks with more than 100 fantasy points in all but one round. If he performs this well against a strong Demons club, it wouldn't be surprising to see Mitchell keep it up against other good opponents.
Jaeger O'Meara
Logs 27 disposals in loss
FHawthorn Hawks
April 18, 2021
O'Meara collected 27 disposals (13 kicks, 14 handballs) and made seven marks during Sunday's 104-54 loss to Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
O'Meara has topped 100 fantasy points on two different occasions this season but his value isn't as reliable in one of the weaker clubs in the competition. Still, his tendency to log close to 30 disposals should keep his production at above 85 fantasy points each week.
Matt Taberner
Scores four in win
FFremantle Dockers
April 18, 2021
Taberner scored four goals and one behind to go with 15 disposals (11 kicks, four handballs) and made eight marks during Sunday's 84-72 win over Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Taberner has ben key to Freo's successes and he set a new season-high for goals scored in a single game. While his disposal numbers limit his fantasy ceiling, there can be a good spot for Taberner in any lineup as long as his price doesn't rise too much.
Luke Ryan
Productive in win
DFremantle Dockers
April 18, 2021
Ryan logged 24 disposals (21 kicks, four handballs) and made 10 marks during Sunday's 84-72 win over Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Ryan hadn't even come close to topping 100 fantasy points until Sunday's game. Because his usual production is much lower, his value will be less reliable unless he can put up another game with consistent numbers.
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