Reilly O'Brien
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Does better in loss
RAdelaide Crows
June 5, 2021
O'Brien recorded 19 disposals (10 kicks, nine handballs), made seven marks and logged 27 hitouts during Saturday's 78-73 loss to Collingwood in Round 12.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien hasn't exactly been the most valuable ruck in fantasy this season, but his past two rounds have seen him record 97 and 11 fantasy points, respectively. With some of the bigger names out injured in the short-term, O'Brien has a perfect chance to step up and fill the gap across the league.
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Strong in win
RAdelaide Crows
April 11, 2021
O'Brien scored one goal to go with 24 disposals (seven kicks, 17 handballs), eight marks made and 31 hitouts recorded during Sunday's 109-68 win over North Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien actually recorded fewer hitouts in this match than in Round 3, but he upped his disposal, mark and tackling numbers to top 130 fantasy points for the first time this season. As long as he stays above 20 disposals recorded per match, look for O'Brien to routinely be one of the most valuable rucks available.
Strong finish to season
RAdelaide Crows
September 19, 2020
O'Brien collected 19 disposals (eight kicks, 11 handballs) to go with seven marks made and 29 hitouts completed during Saturday's 77-33 loss to Richmond.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien won another ruck battle to finish the season but there's still little way to make up the difference against a vastly better attack. With the excellent finish to the season despite ending up in last place, O'Brien showed why he's one of the most productive ruckmen in the premiership. If the rest of the team can play as well as they did in the last month, O'Brien will be a key part of a productive group next season.
Wins ruck battle
RAdelaide Crows
September 8, 2020
O'Brien logged 43 hitouts to go with 13 disposals logged (nine kicks, four handballs) and five tackles completed during Tuesday's 59-47 win over Greater Western Sydney.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien went up against former teammate Sam Jacobs and topped 40 disposals for the first time all season to help down a team just on the edge of making the finals. He's one of the best rucks around and could be worth keeping an eye on after the Crows have put together two straight wins.
Strong in win
RAdelaide Crows
September 1, 2020
O'Brien collected 19 disposals (11 kicks, eight handballs) to go with 26 hitouts completed and eight marks made during Tuesday's 83-48 win over Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien has seldom been consistent, but he still ranks as one of the top-scoring rucks in the competition. Through his better demonstration of physical play, the entire team was able to have better control of possession and generate many more opportunities. After getting their first win of the season, one can only hope that O'Brien will be able to continue producing at the same rate to finish the season.
Big effort in loss
RAdelaide Crows
August 16, 2020
O'Brien scored one behind to go with 17 disposals (5 kicks, 12 handballs) and made 38 hitouts during Saturday's 111-54 loss to Western Bulldogs.
ANALYSIS
O'Brien was one of the few players who might have helped the Crows to their first win, but instead didn't get enough help against a more well-rounded team. For O'Brien, this match could raise his production to a more consistent place after a steady decline during the last month.