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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.
Brayden Ainsworth
Set loose by Eagles
MFree Agent
September 16, 2021
Ainsworth was delisted by the Eagles on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Ainsworth didn't play in 2021, but he did draw into nine games in 2020, logging three goals, 77 disposals and 26 marks that season.
Nick Shipley
Not returning to Giants
MFree Agent
September 16, 2021
Shipley was delisted by the Giants on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Shipley didn't draw into an AFL match this season. The midfielder will be looking to latch on with a new team ahead of 2022.
Tom Hutchesson
Delisted Friday
FFree Agent
Hamstring
September 16, 2021
Hutchesson (hamstring) won't be offered a contract from the Giants for the 2022 season.
ANALYSIS
Hutchesson wasn't able to get into an AFL match in 2021, but the 26-year-old should be able to find a new team heading into next season.
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.
Nathan Jones
Set to retire
MMelbourne Demons
September 14, 2021
Jones has retired from the AFL.
ANALYSIS
The 33-year-old midfielder only got into six AFL matches this season, and none after April after he was sidelined by a calf injury. Jones will hang up his boots, presumably without appearing in the Grand Final versus Geelong on Sept. 25.
Bailey Smith
Scores four in win
MWestern Bulldogs
September 11, 2021
Smith scored four goals to go with 23 disposals (16 kicks, seven handballs) during Saturday's 116-45 win over Port Adelaide in the Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
Smith has scored seven goals over his last two games in addition to recording 50 total disposals. As Marcus Bontempelli hasn't played so well for a while, Smith could easily be the second-best option from the 'Dogs in the Grand Final.
Jack Macrae
Excellent in win
MWestern Bulldogs
September 11, 2021
Macrae recorded 36 disposals (22 kicks, 14 handballs) and made six tackles during Saturday's 116-45 win over Port Adelaide in the Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
Macrae stepped up his game at the right time with 36, 39 and 36 disposals over his last three starts. Going into a massive Grand Final against Melbourne, he'll take on the leading role for the 'Dogs in the center of the park.
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.
Ollie Wines
38 disposals in bad loss
MPort Adelaide Power
September 11, 2021
Wines scored one goal and one behind in addition to logging 38 disposals (15 kicks, 23 handballs) during Saturday's Preliminary Final loss to the Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Wines led both teams in touches but that didn't mean much in a 71 point loss. His season comes to a hard-fought end with an impressive average of 32.4 disposals per game -- something he'll have plenty to work with in 2022.
MMelbourne Demons
September 10, 2021
Petracca scored one goal and two behinds to go with 32 disposals (16 kicks, 16 handballs) during Friday's 125-42 win over Geelong in the Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
Petracca has been one of the most reliable targets all season for the 'Dees as they went from first in the ladder to the first team in the finals. With five goals scored in his last four games, he's in good form ahead of the Grand Final.
Jack Viney
Logs 34 disposals in win
MMelbourne Demons
September 10, 2021
Viney logged 34 disposals (17 kicks, 17 handballs) and made five tackles during Friday's 125-42 win over Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Viney has only played 13 times all season but still has a solid average of 22.2 disposals and 7.4 tackles per game. With 28 and 34 disposals over his last two rounds, there aren't many players with as comparable form as him heading into the Grand Final.
Max Gawn
Legendary effort to reach GF
RMelbourne Demons
September 10, 2021
Gawn scored five goals, logged 19 disposals (13 kicks, six handballs) and made 33 hitouts during Friday's 125-42 win over Geelong in the Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
These are the kinds of games that win trophies, and Gawn nearly did it by himself with five marks and six tackles to his name as well. Going into a first Grand Final in 21 years, Gawn should be one of the first names to consider on a big day for the 'Dees.
Patrick Dangerfield
30 disposals in Prelim loss
MGeelong Cats
September 10, 2021
Dangerfield logged 30 disposals (19 kicks, 11 handballs) and made four tackles during Friday's 125-42 loss to Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Dangerfield managed to reach 30 disposals for the first time in four games but it wasn't enough as the Cats' star forwards struggled to make a dent in the defense or the increasingly lopsided scoreline. By only playing 16 times this season, Dangerfield made less appearances than in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, so he'll need to improve more in 2022 on what were decent numbers with 23.2 disposals and 4.4 marks per game.
Joel Selwood
Ends season with 24 disposals
MGeelong Cats
September 10, 2021
Selwood logged 24 disposals (eight kicks, 16 handballs) and made eight tackles during Friday's 125-42 loss to Melbourne in the Preliminary Final.
ANALYSIS
Selwood needed to do more but that's often been the story of his season, as a disappointing team performance spelled the end of the season for the Cats. With a decent average of 23 disposals per game, he's a reasonable target next season if he plays more consistently.
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.
Sam Simpson
Out of Friday's game
MGeelong Cats
Concussion
September 9, 2021
Simpson (concussion) will not play Friday versus Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Simpson was withdrawn from the lineup just hours before the preliminary finals match. Quinton Narkle entered the lineup as an emergency, but it's unclear if he'll be named in the 22 for the match. Should the Cats win Friday, Simpson should have at least a chance to be available for the Grand Final.
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.
Marcus Bontempelli
Listed in lineup
MWestern Bulldogs
September 9, 2021
Bontempelli (knee) made the initial team sheet for Saturday's Preliminary Final against Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Bontempelli had hurt his knee late into the last round against Brisbane but he's already in the next lineup as a rover for another prime-time matchup with the Power. He's failed to log over 30 disposals in three straight games, so keep this in mind when assessing fantasy value.
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.
Mitch Georgiades
Ruled out for Saturday
FPort Adelaide Power
Hamstring
September 8, 2021
Georgiades (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's preliminary final versus the Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Georgiades was able to play in an SANFL match last weekend, but he's apparently not yet ready to play at the AFL level with a lingering hamstring injury.
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.
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