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Marc Murphy
Tending to hip issue
MCarlton Blues
Hip
July 13, 2020
Murphy picked up an apparent hip injury Sunday in Carlton's 103-51 win over Western, Gabrielle Keegan of the Blues' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Murphy was sidelined late in the blowout victory with the calf issue, but not before he provided 13 disposals, three marks and two tackles. Coach David Teague wasn't overly concerned when asked about Murphy's injury after the match, so the 32-year-old midfielder can presumably be viewed as probable in advance of Saturday's Round 7 showdown with Port Adelaide.
Patrick Cripps
Injures shoulder in Round 6
MCarlton Blues
Shoulder
July 13, 2020
Cripps sustained a left shoulder injury Sunday in Carlton's 103-51 win over Western, Gabrielle Keegan of the Blues' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The midfielder picked up the injury when he was on the receiving end of a tackle in the opening quarter. Cripps was cleared to return in the second half while donning a heavy strap on his shoulder, finishing the day with 13 disposals, four tackles and one mark. Carlton could limit Cripps' activity in training this week while he tends to the injury, but the early expectation is that he'll be ready to go in Round 7 for Saturday's match with Port Adelaide.
Conor McKenna
Breaks finger in Round 6 win
DEssendon Bombers
Finger
July 13, 2020
McKenna fractured his finger Saturday in Essendon's 67-53 win over North Melbourne in Round 6, Callum Twomey of the Bombers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Essendon expects McKenna to require a procedure and miss time as a result of the injury, but until a determination on surgery is made, the 24-year-old should be viewed as doubtful for the Bombers' Round 7 match versus Western on Friday. McKenna, who had been sidelined earlier this season while recovering from COVID-19, made his 2020 debut in Round 6, totaling 18 disposals, four tackles and two marks.
Dylan Shiel
Appealing two-match ban
MEssendon Bombers
Suspension
July 13, 2020
Shiel received a two-match suspension for engaging in rough conduct in Saturday's 67-53 win over North Melbourne. He will appeal the ban Tuesday at the AFL tribunal, according to Shayne Hope of 7News.com.au.
ANALYSIS
The AFL levied the two-game suspension after it was determined that Shiel made a high-impact hit on North Melbourne's Curtis Taylor during Saturday's win. However, with Taylor being cleared of a potential face fracture following an MRI, Shiel and Essendon plan to argue that the suspension should be reduced. If Shiel's appeal is successful, he would still be forced to miss Essendon's Round 7 match versus Western on Friday before returning to action July 25 against Adelaide in Round 8.
Laitham Vandermeer
Returns to action
DWestern Bulldogs
July 13, 2020
Vandermeer (concussion) was back in action for Round 6 versus Carlton.
ANALYSIS
Vandermeer exited the previous week with a concussion but made it through testing and didn't kiss any time because of the issue. He should be good to go moving forward for the Bulldogs.
Brad Ebert
Facing one-match ban
MPort Adelaide Power
Suspension
July 13, 2020
Ebert was offered a one-match suspension for engaging in rough conduct Sunday in Port Adelaide's 63-46 win over Greater Western Sydney, Matt Sampson of the Power's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Unless the 30-year-old decides to appeal the ban, he'll be unavailable for selection in this weekend's Round 7 matchup with Carlton. Ebert tallied 11 disposals, four tackles and one mark in the victory over Greater Western Sydney.
Willem Drew
Out 1-to-3 more weeks
FPort Adelaide Power
Foot
July 13, 2020
Drew (foot) is expected to miss 1-to-3 more weeks of game action, Loukas Founten of Port Adelaide's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The Power estimated that Drew would be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks when he was diagnosed with the injury in early June, so the forward is seemingly progressing in his rehab as anticipated. Drew will remain out for Port Adelaide's Round 7 match versus Carlton before potentially returning to action for the July 25 match with St. Kilda in Round 8.
Xavier Duursma
Could return Saturday
FPort Adelaide Power
Hamstring
July 13, 2020
Duursma (hamstring) has resumed training with the Power and could be available Saturday in the team's Round 7 match versus Carlton, Loukas Founten of Port Adelaide's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The wingman has yet to suit up for Port Adelaide since straining his hamstring in the Power's Round 3 win over Fremantle. The Power will assess Duursma during their next handful of training sessions before determining his status ahead of Saturday's match.
Steven Motlop
Picks up concussion in Round 6
FPort Adelaide Power
Concussion
July 13, 2020
Motlop was diagnosed with a concussion after the Power's 63-46 win over Greater Western Sydney in Round 6, leaving his status uncertain for Saturday's Round 7 match versus Carlton, Loukas Founten of Port Adelaide's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Motlop picked up the head injury when he collided with teammate Kane Farrell in the final quarter. He'll need to pass the AFL's concussion protocol before being cleared for this weekend's matchup with Carlton. The 29-year-old turned in a productive outing against Greater Western Sydney before sustaining the concussion, tallying 24 disposals, five marks and two goals.
Cam Sutcliffe
Likely out two weeks
FPort Adelaide Power
Hamstring
July 13, 2020
Sutcliffe is expected to be sidelined for a "couple weeks" after straining his right hamstring in the second quarter of Saturday's 63-46 win over Greater Western Sydney, Loukas Founten of Port Adelaide's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The Power plan to hold Sutcliffe out for at least their Round 7 match versus Carlton, but he'll have a chance to make it back to the field in Port Adelaide's Round 8 match versus St. Kilda on July 25. The 28-year-old recorded six disposals in the win over Greater Western Sydney.
Stefan Giro
Still 3-to-4 weeks away
MFremantle Dockers
Knee - ACL
July 13, 2020
Fremantle listed Giro (knee) as out for 3-to-4 weeks after updating its injury report Monday.
ANALYSIS
The Dockers ruled Giro out for 3-to-5 weeks back on June 30, but it appears that timeline has now been pushed back a bit. At this stage, Giro can probably be ruled out through the remainder of July, and he'll need to demonstrate some progress during training sessions to be a realistic lineup option in early August.
Jesse Hogan
Facing 2-to-3-week absence
FFremantle Dockers
Calf
July 13, 2020
Fremantle expects Hogan to miss 2-to-3 more weeks while he nurses a calf strain.
ANALYSIS
Hogan apparently tested well after having his calf evaluated Monday, but the Dockers are still planning on holding him out for their Round 7 match versus West Coast and their Round 8 match versus Geelong before bringing him back into the lineup. The midfielder hasn't played since July 5 due to the injury.
Reece Conca
Out for Round 7
DFremantle Dockers
Hamstring
July 13, 2020
Fremantle ruled Conca (hamstring) out for Sunday's Round 7 match versus West Coast.
ANALYSIS
Though Conca is dealing with a low-grade left hamstring strain and is expected to train this week in some capacity, the Dockers aren't eager to rush him back into action due to his history of lower-body injuries. Fremantle is hopeful that Conca will be ready to go for its Round 8 match July 27 versus Geelong.
Sam Sturt
Out two weeks with ankle issue
MFremantle Dockers
Ankle
July 13, 2020
Fremantle announced Monday that Sturt will be sidelined for at least two weeks with an ankle injury.
ANALYSIS
Sturt picked up the injury while training last week and was ruled out ahead of Saturday's 79-73 win over St. Kilda. The midfielder may be able to resume training in some fashion over the next few days, but the Dockers are expected to hold him out through the end of July before clearing him to rejoin the lineup.
Brennan Cox
On track to play in Round 7
DFremantle Dockers
July 13, 2020
Cox, who was a late scratch ahead of Fremantle's 79-73 win over St. Kilda in Round 6 due to a hip flexor, is in line to be available Sunday in the Dockers' Round 7 match versus West Coast.
ANALYSIS
Dockers high performance manager Jason Weber said Cox was close to playing in the win over the Saints, but Fremantle opted to hold him out as a precaution. Assuming Cox increases the intensity of his training this week, he'll be back in the lineup for Round 7.
Jacob Hopper
Productive in loss Sunday
MGreater Western Sydney Giants
July 13, 2020
Hopper amassed 22 disposals (five kicks, 17 handballs), six tackles and one mark in Sunday's 63-46 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Hopper made a team-high six tackles in the loss, continuing to work on his game as the Giants make a push for finals football. Blessed with a number of strong midfielders, the Giants can be their own worst enemy when it comes to consistent fantasy production. Hopper will certainly have multiple games this season where he out-produces some of the other key players. Unfortunately, that will typically be countered by a week in which he is one of the more quiet performers, making him a tough roster from week-to-week.
Jeremy Cameron
Rounding into form
FGreater Western Sydney Giants
July 13, 2020
Cameron finished with 15 disposals (nine kicks, six handballs), seven marks, two goals, one behind and one tackle in Sunday's 63-46 loss to the Power.
ANALYSIS
Cameron continues to look better every week, turning in a well-rounded performance Sunday. He is certainly playing more towards the midfield this season, getting his hands on the ball a little more. His ability to hit targets is almost unmatched for a key forward and something that the Giants are looking to utilize more often. He still has the ability to get forward and kick a goal for himself, making him an intriguing option in most formats.
Brad Ebert
Placed on report Sunday
MPort Adelaide Power
July 13, 2020
Ebert contributed 11 disposals (six kicks, five handballs), four tackles, one mark and one behind in Sunday's 63-46 victory over the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Ebert was placed on report after a nasty altercation with Harry Perryman, an incident that incited both teams into a small scuffle. Both teams appeared somewhat rattled as they struggled with their offensive structures throughout the opening term. Once things settled down, it was the Power who managed to find their rhythm, running away with a 17 point victory. Ebert, who now safely falls into the veteran category, struggled with his own production but should be better moving forward.
Sam Powell-Pepper
Plucky performance Sunday
MPort Adelaide Power
July 13, 2020
Powell-Pepper finished with 22 disposals (11 kicks, 11 handballs), three marks and one goal in Sunday's 63-46 victory over Greater Western Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Not unlike Kane Farrell, Powell-Pepper rolled out the red carpet with clearly his best performance of the season. The young midfielder is certainly developing into a key piece for the Power, highlighting the strength of their youth movement. Given the spread of talent on the Power's roster, fantasy production is capped for many players with the ball finding its way through a range of hands on any given week.
Kane Farrell
Dynamic performance Sunday
FPort Adelaide Power
July 13, 2020
Farrell produced 19 disposals (11 kicks, eight handballs), six tackles, three marks, two behinds and one goal in Sunday's 63-46 victory over the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Farrell had his best game of the season, helping the Power to an impressive victory. Putting up season-high numbers across the board, the half-forward was crucial during many of the key moments. The Power were challenged by the Giants throughout, however, managed to fight their way to victory. Having lost only one game all season, the Power now have to be considered serious flag contenders.
Callum Mills
Career-high disposal numbers
DSydney Swans
July 13, 2020
Mills ended with 29 disposals (23 kicks, six handballs), nine marks, four tackles and one behind in Sunday's 34-26 loss to Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Mills was basically the only bright spot for the Swans Sunday, racking up a career-high 29 disposals despite the unfavorable conditions. Much like the Tigers' defenders, Mills found himself in the thick of the action for much of the game. With only seven goals kicked for the game, it was the backlines who took it upon themselves to control proceedings. Mills is unlikely to replicate this kind of performance on a weekly basis but has been quietly contributing thus far.
Tom Papley
Kicks two majors Sunday
MSydney Swans
July 13, 2020
Papley tallied 10 disposals (seven kicks, three handballs), three marks, two goals, one behind and one tackle in Sunday's 34-26 loss to the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
Papley was the only multiple goal scorer for either team Sunday, highlighting the poor conditions in which the match was played. Despite the weather, the Swans certainly had their chances but were unable to capitalize in the crucial moments. Papley has been arguably the best player for the Swans this season, although his efforts are typically not reflected when breaking down his fantasy numbers.
Jayden Short
Excels in victory
DRichmond Tigers
July 13, 2020
Short totaled 26 disposals (20 kicks, six handballs), nine marks and zero scoring shots in Sunday's 34-26 victory over the Swans.
ANALYSIS
Short battled through the treacherous conditions to rack up a season-high 26 disposals Sunday. Both teams were unable to gain a significant advantage, combining for just 60 points. It was the lowest-scoring game in 24 years and will certainly not be a game to remember for anyone. Short thrived with plenty of the ball coming his way, something that is not to be expected on a regular basis.
Thomas Lynch
Struggles in the wet
FRichmond Tigers
July 13, 2020
Lynch finished with just five disposals (five kicks), two marks, one goal and one behind in Sunday's 34-26 victory over the Swans.
ANALYSIS
Lynch was a surprise inclusion for the Tigers given he had undergone surgery on his finger only days prior. Unfortunately, that's where the good news stops as the forward managed just one goal in the low scoring encounter. The weather ensured both teams were limited in terms of their run with productivity hard to come by. Lynch appeared to come through unscathed and should be ready to go for round seven.
Josh P. Kennedy
Sidelined at least six weeks
MSydney Swans
Knee
July 12, 2020
Kennedy is expected to miss at least six weeks as he recovers from a strained medical ligament in his knee, AFLRatings reports.
ANALYSIS
The team co-captain's loss is a significant blow for the Swans, who have also lost Isaac Heeney (ankle) for the rest of the season. Across six games in 2020 thus far, Kennedy has averaged 18.7 disposals, 0.3 goals and 2.7 marks.
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