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Sean Darcy
Strong finish as Dockers bow out
RFremantle Dockers
September 21, 2020
Darcy ended with 15 disposals (four kicks, 11 handballs), two marks, one tackle, one goal and one behind in Sunday's 74-44 loss to the Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Darcy capped off a strong season with another impressive display in the ruck. He ends the season as the seventh ranked player in terms of total hitouts and hitouts per game. Having established himself as the primary center man for the Dockers, Darcy will look to build on his production next season and certainly looks to be a long-term option in the middle.
Caleb Serong
Ends season on a high
MFremantle Dockers
September 21, 2020
Serong tallied 25 disposals (13 kicks, 12 handballs), six tackles and four marks in Sunday's 74-44 loss to the Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Serong had arguably his finest performance of the season, putting up career-high numbers in both disposals and inside-50s. He played 14 games in his rookie season and finishes inside the top-5 among rising stars in multiple categories. Given what we saw from him this season, Serong figures to be a big part of the Dockers' future and could be a valuable fantasy asset as soon as next season.
Aaron Naughton
Suffers head knock in victory
FWestern Bulldogs
Head
September 21, 2020
Naughton ended with just four disposals, one mark and one goal in Sunday's 74-44 victory over Fremantle, before having to leave the game with a head knock.
ANALYSIS
Naughton clashed heads with Dockers' big man Sean Darcy and was taken to hospital for precautionary scans. Initial fears are that he has suffered a fractured cheekbone and if that is the case, he would be in serious doubt for their elimination final against the Saints in two weeks.
Tom Liberatore
Best on ground in victory
MWestern Bulldogs
September 21, 2020
Liberatore amassed 25 disposals (12 kicks, 13 handballs), eight tackles and two marks in Sunday's 74-44 victory over the Dockers.
ANALYSIS
Liberatore saved his best for last, guiding the Bulldogs to a comfortable victory on Sunday. In what was his best performance of the season, Liberatore joined a host of other midfielders in demonstrating why the Bulldogs have arguably the best young roster in the league. They will now face the Saints in an elimination final in two weeks with both teams heading into the match with some serious momentum.
Lachlan Hunter
Stars as Bulldogs secure finals berth
FWestern Bulldogs
September 21, 2020
Hunter finished with 35 disposals (17 kicks, 18 handballs), seven marks, three behinds and one goal in Sunday's 74-44 victory over the Dockers.
ANALYSIS
The Bulldogs were too good for the Dockers on Sunday, securing a 30 point victory and assuring themselves of a spot in the finals. Hunter has been fantastic since returning from injury in round 12 and marked a season-high with 35 disposals to go with four inside-50s and five clearances. The Bulldogs will face the Saints in what promises to be a fast-paced matchup with both teams certainly a chance of taking the victory.
Darcy Byrne-Jones
Helpful in win
DPort Adelaide Power
September 21, 2020
Byrne-Jones collected 20 disposals (14 kicks, six handballs) and made eight marks during Monday's 61-45 win over Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Byrne-Jones made his presence felt through his marking, which ended up as an important part of creating space on the scoreline in a tight contest. Since he hasn't been consistent in his marks all season, Byrne-Jones may not be the most reliable option early in the finals, which start against Geelong.
Tom Rockliff
Scores in win
MPort Adelaide Power
September 21, 2020
Rockliff scored one goal and collected 30 disposals (15 kicks, 15 handballs) in addition to making 10 clearances during Monday's 65-41 win over Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Rockliff helped maintain a control of possession that helped to widen the scoreline late in the match. Heading into the qualifying final against Geelong, Rockliff has deserved plenty of attention with 30 disposals in each of his last two starts.
Dan Houston
Strong in win
MPort Adelaide Power
September 21, 2020
Houston collected 23 disposals (17 kicks, six handballs) and made 12 marks during Monday's 61-45 win over Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Houston was the key man as Port dominated contested possessions throughout the contest. Apart from this contest, Houston hasn't done anything exceptional. However, some of his best performances have come against Brisbane and now against Collingwood, so he may just be one that steps up when the pressure is highest.
Jack Crisp
Solid in loss
DCollingwood Magpies
September 21, 2020
Crisp collected 25 disposals (11 kicks, 14 handballs) and made four tackles during Monday's 61-45 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Crisp finished off the season with 25 disposals in two of the last three matches and 30 in the other. It's a good time to be peaking just before the finals begin, but depending on when they start, Crisp may have to wait too long and fall out of rhythm.
Brodie Grundy
Finishes season as top ruck
RCollingwood Magpies
September 21, 2020
Grundy collected 18 disposals (five kicks, 13 handballs) and completed 36 hitouts during Monday's 61-45 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Grundy finishes the season as the league leader in hitouts to complete both a productive and reliable campaign for the Magpies. Even if his team makes a few mistakes, Grundy should have no problems continuing to play well in the elimination final against West Coast Eagles.
Taylor Adams
Works hard in loss
MCollingwood Magpies
September 21, 2020
Adams collected 26 disposals (16 kicks, 10 handballs) and made 11 tackles during Monday's 61-45 loss to Port Adelaide.
ANALYSIS
Adams got back into the team after missing the win over Gold Coast. He finished the season tied for 11th in tackles and would consistently make a high amount of touches. While this contest saw the best team in the league get the result, Adams will still be very important in the elimination final against West Coast Eagles.
Callum Mills
Strong performance in loss
DSydney Swans
September 21, 2020
Mills totaled 20 disposals (12 kicks, eight handballs), five tackles and four marks in Sunday's 69-63 loss to Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Mills finished the season strongly, capping off what has been his best season to date. He ends the season as one of the more consistent defenders in the league in terms of disposals. His ability to read the ball off the boot resulted in him being ranked inside the top-10 in both total intercepts and intercepts per game.
Jackson Thurlow
Disappointing end to season
DSydney Swans
September 21, 2020
Thurlow finished with just 11 disposals (seven kicks, four handballs), three marks and one tackle in Sunday's 69-63 loss to the Cats.
ANALYSIS
Thurlow one of his poorer performances of the season, bringing to an end what was a disappointing season for the Swans. Thurlow played in only eight games due to a calf injury early in the season, and he never really scaled any great heights. The Swans are a club that thrives on success and so there could be a number of personnel changes coming up during the course of the offseason.
Tom Hawkins
Secures first Coleman Medal
FGeelong Cats
September 21, 2020
Hawkins produced six disposals (six kicks), three marks, two goals and two behinds in Sunday's 69-63 victory over Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Hawkins wrapped up his first Coleman Medal, booting two goals in the victory, taking his season total to 42. It has been a fantastic season for the 32-year-old, ending the season as the number one ranked player in not only goals scored, but also in goal assists, marks inside 50, and score involvements.
Patrick Dangerfield
Kicks three goals in victory
MGeelong Cats
September 21, 2020
Dangerfield ended with 14 disposals (11 kicks, three handballs), five marks, four tackles, three goals and two behinds in Sunday's 69-63 victory over the Swans.
ANALYSIS
With a top-four finish on the line, Dangerfield went forward for the Cats, booting a season-high three goals. The Swans would simply not go away, resulting in the Cats having to pull out all the stops to get the victory. The shift forward resulted in a season-low 14 disposals for Dangerfield; however, it was arguably his best game of the season in terms of fantasy production.
Gary Ablett
Steady going in return
FGeelong Cats
September 21, 2020
Ablett finished with 16 disposals (11 kicks, five handballs), two marks, one tackle, one goal and one behind in Sunday's 69-63 victory over the Swans.
ANALYSIS
Ablett returned for the Cats after missing the last two months due to personal reasons. There was some obvious rust for the champion midfielder but he will certainly be better for the run with the Cats now facing a top-four clash with either the Power or the Lions to open up the finals.
Zac Williams
Slated to test free agency
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
September 20, 2020
Williams will test free agency during the offseason, Fox Footy reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams has played 113 games for Greater Western Sydney to begin his career, but the club announced Monday that he'll explore other options heading into the 2021 season. Carlton and North Melbourne are seen as potential destinations for the 26-year-old defender, 7 AFL reports.
Paul Puopolo
Finishes career in style
FHawthorn Hawks
September 20, 2020
Puopolo scored three goals and collected 11 disposals (six kicks, five handballs) during Sunday's 108-57 win over Gold Coast Suns.
ANALYSIS
Puopolo was rightfully carried off the field by his teammates after a strong attacking show in the final match of the season. After spending most of the season dealing with a calf injury, Puopolo decided to call time on a 195-game career and did so in the best way possible.
Jack Gunston
Scores four in win
FHawthorn Hawks
September 20, 2020
Gunston scored four majors and two behinds to go with 18 disposals made (15 kicks, three handballs) and made 11 marks during Sunday's 108-57 win over Gold Coast Suns.
ANALYSIS
Gunston seemingly saved his best work for last as he set season-highs in majors, disposals and marks in this contest. Depending on how the Hawks re-tool ahead of next season, Gunston could become more than just a reliable scorer and occasionally have star-worthy performances.
Tom Mitchell
Dominates in win
MHawthorn Hawks
September 20, 2020
Mitchell collected 34 disposals (16 kicks, 18 handballs) in addition to making seven marks and completing five clearances during Sunday's 108-57 win over Gold Coast Suns.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell was exceptionally dominant from the middle of July to the end of the season and finished it off by tying his season-high totals for disposals in marks in a game. The season is now over for Mitchell and the team may change some around him in order to provide some fresh options for the next campaign.
Alex Sexton
Finishes season with three goals
FGold Coast Suns
September 20, 2020
Sexton scored three goals and collected 12 disposals (10 kicks, two handballs) in addition to making seven marks during Sunday's 108-57 loss to Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Sexton had a productive finish to a disappointing season as he scored eight goals over his last three starts. Though he doesn't touch the footy enough to be a reliable pick, Sexton's value could improve when the Suns are healthy next season.
Noah Anderson
Finishes season well
FGold Coast Suns
September 20, 2020
Anderson collected 25 disposals (16 kicks, nine handballs) and made four clearances during Sunday's 108-57 loss to Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Anderson was one of the few rising stars to survive the season without succumbing to injury. He logged at least 23 disposals in three of the last four matches and is one to watch as he develops and as Matthew Rowell returns from a shoulder injury next season.
David Swallow
Collects 27 disposals in loss
FGold Coast Suns
September 20, 2020
Swallow scored one behind to go with 27 disposals (15 kicks, 12 handballs) and 11 clearances from Sunday's 108-57 loss to Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Swallow was one of three Suns players to top 20 disposals during a difficult finish to the season. Through his defensive work, Swallow was able to maintain a decent value for most of the season. As long as he's still with the club next season, Swallow's value could go up as the team improves.
Travis Colyer
Late addition in Round 18
FFremantle Dockers
September 20, 2020
Colyer was added to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
Colyer will take over for Matt Taberner's spot in the lineup for Sunday's season finale. It will be Colyer's ninth match of the season.
Matt Taberner
Late withdraw in Round 18
FFremantle Dockers
September 20, 2020
Taberner was a late withdraw from Sunday's game against the Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
It is unclear why Taberner was withdrawn before Sunday's contest, but he will be replaced by Travis Colyer nonetheless.
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