Rory Laird
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Prolific disposal tally
MAdelaide Crows
May 9, 2021
Laird managed 36 disposals (16 kicks, 20 handballs), five tackles and six clearances in Adelaide's loss to Port Adelaide on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The midfielder hit triple-digit fantasy points for the third time in the last four matches and fifth instance overall during the current season. Laird's disposal total was also both a team- and season-high figure, and he's now contributed at least six clearances in six of the last seven matches, already putting him one over last season's tally of 52 in nine fewer matches.
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Logs 32 disposals in loss
MAdelaide Crows
April 25, 2021
Laird collected 32 disposals (15 kicks, 17 handballs) while also making five tackles and five marks during Sunday's 102-99 loss to Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Laird remains consistently valuable as he topped 100 fantasy points for the fourth time in six rounds. Though his production hasn't been as dependent on the Crows winning games, look for Laird's value to rise even higher if his team can be less sloppy in possession than they were in this tight loss.
Slated to play in Round 6
MAdelaide Crows
Shoulder
April 20, 2021
Laird picked up a shoulder injury during Round 5 but played through the knock and is expected to be available in Round 6 against Hawthorn, according to his team's official website.
ANALYSIS
Laird is tied for seventh in the league in total disposals during a strong start to the season. It's worth paying attention as his fitness isn't guaranteed, but his production shouldn't change much as long as he's in the lineup.
Collects 29 dispos in loss
MAdelaide Crows
April 18, 2021
Laird collected 29 disposals (11 kicks, 18 handballs) and made seven tackles during Sunday's 84-72 loss to Freemantle.
ANALYSIS
Laird was still a good pickup from the Crows as he topped 100 fantasy points for the third time in five rounds. Since the Crows were taken down in this match, it's good to see that Laird kept up his efforts, though he may not be as reliable as top players on other teams even with another consistent winning stretch.
Still strong in loss
MAdelaide Crows
March 27, 2021
Laird scored two behinds and logged 30 disposals in addition to making 10 clearances during Saturday's 121-88 loss to Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Laird was still one of the best of the bunch but a dip in his mark total was the side effect of a large Sydney lead for much of the match. As long as his value doesn't rise too high, there won't be many players more consistent than Laird if he can hover around 30 disposals each week.
Best in win
MAdelaide Crows
March 20, 2021
Laird scored two behinds to go with 27 disposals (18 kicks, nine handballs) in addition to making seven marks and six tackles during Saturday's 103-91 win over Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Laird was one of the best fantasy defenders in 2020 and he's off to a fast start with a dominant performance against last year's losers in the Grand Final. If he can put up these numbers against an opponent of this quality, Laird could consistently be a high-value target.