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Jaidyn Stephenson
Suffers broken hip
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Hip
August 28, 2021
Stephenson suffered a broken hip after falling from his bike after having some drinks at his home, Ben Sutton of afl.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Stephenson was admitted to the hospital Friday after and is being assessed whether he needs surgery or not after breaking his hip. He had some drinks at home and attempted to perform a trick on his mountain bike off the back deck and lost his balance and fell onto a concrete paver. Stephenson had been enjoying a stellar first season at North Melbourne, averaging just under 20 disposals per game and kicking 17 goals.
Tarryn Thomas
Solid in finale
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 22, 2021
Thomas scored one goal and one behind to go with 26 disposals (15 kicks, 11 handballs) in addition to making five marks and completing seven tackles during Sunday's 98-54 loss to Adelaide in Round 23.
ANALYSIS
Thomas didn't really get enough consistent possession until mid-June and then he became steadily more reliable for fantasy by the week. This should be a good sign for 2022, as he's made steady improvements over the past two seasons until now.
Aaron Hall
Ends season with 37 disposals
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 22, 2021
Hall logged 37 disposals (28 kicks, nine handballs) and made five marks during Sunday's 98-54 loss to Adelaide in Round 23.
ANALYSIS
Hall ended his 2021 as easily the top fantasy defender, as he finished second in total fantasy points despite playing three less games than Collingwood's Jack Crisp. Going into 2022, he and Jack Ziebell should be an impressive defensive duo capable of dominating teams on the pitch and in the fantasy box score.
Cameron Zurhaar
Picks up injury in finale
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Undisclosed
August 22, 2021
Zurhaar picked up an undisclosed injury during the Round 23 loss to Adelaide, according to AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Zurhaar ends his 2021 season with an injury after scoring 31 goals in 20 games. Should North get healthy in 2022, Zurhaar could be a major piece to their success.
Tristan Xerri
Listed as test
RNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Shin
August 17, 2021
Xerri is listed as a test for Round 23 against Adelaide due to a shin injury.
ANALYSIS
Xerri has played in just seven games this season and doesn't have as much to offer at ruck as Todd Goldstein.
Aiden Bonar
Not on injury list
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 17, 2021
Bonar isn't listed among his club's injured players heading into Round 23 against Adelaide, according to AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Bonar passed a concussion test after taking a big hit in Round 22 against Sydney and should be able to play, though it won't be entirely clear until the initial lineup is posted.
Aaron Hall
30 disposals, 10 marks in defeat
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 14, 2021
Hall contributed 30 disposals, 10 marks and a single tackle Saturday as North Melbourne fell to Sydney 91-77 at Marvel Stadium.
ANALYSIS
Hall put up outstanding numbers in Saturday's loss to the Swans, pairing 26 kicks with four handballs to finish the match leader in disposals, falling one mark short of the game-high 11 recorded by Sydney's Will Hayward and tying a personal-best for rebound 50s (12). The AFL's No. 3 in total kicks (395) and No. 7 for both total marks (145) and rebound 50s (131) has now accounted for no less than 112 fantasy points in each of the Kangaroos last five appearances and is currently averaging 108 points per game on the year, 18th-best in the league.
Aiden Bonar
Leaves game after hard hit
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Undisclosed
August 14, 2021
Bonar exited Saturday's 91-77 loss to Sydney after what NMFC.com calls "a heavy knock."
ANALYSIS
ESPN confirms that Bonar exited Saturday's contest late after taking a hard hit, but notes he later passed a concussion test. No word yet on whether or not the 22 year-old defender, who finished the loss to Sydney with six disposals, two tackles and a single mark to his name, will be available for a Round 23 match-up with Adelaide.
Jack Mahony
Out with shoulder issue
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Shoulder
August 12, 2021
Mahony will miss Round 22 against Sydney due to a shoulder complaint.
ANALYSIS
Mahony has played in 19 games this season while occasionally dealing with shoulder problems. He'll make way from this game with one more chance to play in 2021.
Luke Davies-Uniacke
Strong in loss
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 7, 2021
Davies-Uniacke logged 38 disposals (19 kicks, 19 handballs) and made five marks during Saturday's 89-56 loss to Richmond in Round 21.
ANALYSIS
Davies-Uniacke scored over 100 fantasy points for he first time all season as he topped 30 disposals for the first time all season. Given that he would have needed to get on the ball with more frequency in order to put up massive personal numbers and wasn't able to, anticipating that changing over the final weeks of the season may not be a guarantee.
Aaron Hall
Consistent in loss
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 7, 2021
Hall logged 38 disposals (23 kicks, 15 handballs) and made nine marks during Saturday's 89-56 loss to Richmond in Round 21.
ANALYSIS
Hall has logged over 30 disposals in four of his last six starts and it's consistently held his fantasy score over 110 on each occasion. Given that he's done this during North's resurgent July and in their losses, he's proven himself integral to their game plan even as the midfield gets healthier.
Tom Powell
Done for season
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
General Soreness
August 4, 2021
Powell (general soreness) will not play again this season.
ANALYSIS
Powell was expected to return before the end of the season, but senior coach David Noble has elected to let the midfielder heal up in full before next season.
Aidan Corr
Shut down for season
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Foot
August 4, 2021
Corr (foot) will not return this season.
ANALYSIS
Senior coach David Noble is being cautious in managing Corr's return from a foot injury that has kept him sidelined since April. He is expected to be ready to go next season.
Cameron Zurhaar
Likely to play
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
August 4, 2021
Zurhaar (shoulder) is expected to play in Round 21 versus Richmond, according to senior coach David Noble.
ANALYSIS
Zurhaar missed round 20 with a shoulder injury, but he appears good to go after a one-week layoff. The forward will likely be an enticing option in fantasy with 24 goals in his last 12 matches.
Tarryn Thomas
Expected to play
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Concussion
August 4, 2021
Thomas (concussion) is likely to be available for Round 21 versus Richmond, according to senior coach David Noble.
ANALYSIS
Thomas just needs to clear concussion protocols during training to be able to return from a one-game absence. He scored 126 and 115 points in the two matches prior to suffering the concussion.
Jy Simpkin
Solid in loss
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
July 31, 2021
Simpkin recorded 29 disposals (16 kicks, 13 handballs) and made eight marks during Saturday's 62-42 loss to Geelong in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Simpkin was the last 'Roos jumping from a depleted midfield depth chart and put up another score over 100 points. Though his scoring ceiling isn't as high as others, Simpkin has proven his consistency with no less than 96 fantasy points scored in any of his last nine games.
Aaron Hall
Busy in defeat
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
July 31, 2021
Hall recorded 36 disposals (24 kicks, 12 handballs) and made six marks during Saturday's 62-42 loss to Geelong in Round 20.
ANALYSIS
Hall controlled his team's possession as the only player to top 30 disposals on either side, but it wasn't enough to reverse important absence on the 'Roos. Despite the return to losing ways for Hall and his teammates, he remains a valuable defender with over 30 disposals recorded in three of his last five games.
Cameron Zurhaar
Out with shoulder injury
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Shoulder
July 29, 2021
Zurhaar (shoulder) will miss Round 20 against Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Zurhaar had picked up a shoulder knock that rules him out of this match against the Cats. He's scored 24 goals this season, which have all come since Round 6 and scored in consecutive games.
Robbie Tarrant
Back against Cats
DNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
July 29, 2021
Tarrant (groin) is listed in the initial lineup for Round 20 against Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Tarrant is set for his seventh appearance of the season after overcoming a minor groin strain. Aside from a dominant 15-mark performance against the Western Bulldogs, Tarrant has otherwise struggled to produce much in possession.
Jack Mahony
Available against Geelong
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
July 29, 2021
Mahony is listed as a starter for Round 20 against Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Mahony had missed Round 19 with a shoulder issue but is now listed as a starter at full forward in the initial team sheet. He's never scored more than 67 points in a game this season.
Cameron Zurhaar
In doubt for Round 20
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Shoulder
July 28, 2021
Zurhaar (shoulder) is questionable for Round 20 versus Geelong, Riley Beveridge of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Zurhaar picked up the shoulder injury versus Carlton last weekend, and it appears to have cast doubt on his availability going forward. It's unclear how long the forward might be out if he isn't good to go against the Cats.
Will Phillips
Good to return
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
July 28, 2021
Phillips (nose) is expected to play in Round 20 versus Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Phillips suffered a nose injury last week versus Carlton, but it's not as serious as initially feared. As such, the midfielder should be in the lineup going forward, although he hasn't topped 62 fantasy points in his last five matches.
Tarryn Thomas
Out with concussion
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Concussion
July 28, 2021
Thomas will miss Round 20 against Geelong due to a delayed concussion, according to Ben Sutton of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Thomas has played well with seven goals over his last four games, including four in the Round 19 rout of Carlton. His absence will be notable against a tough Cats team, though for now Thomas is only expected to miss one week.
Ben Cunnington
Needs surgery on tumor
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Groin
July 28, 2021
Cunnington has been ruled out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on a testicular tumor recently discovered, his club announced Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Cunnington's absence comes as a shock after his dominant play from May through July, though at least the doctors were able to detect this tumor before things got any worse. It won't be immediately clear if he'll return before the home-and-away season ends in late-August.
Dom Tyson
Returns at VFL level
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
July 27, 2021
Tyson returned from a calf injury in the VFL over the past weekend, according to Riley Beveridge of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Tyson has only played five all season but is now on track to be available for the final month of the 2021 campaign.
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