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Lachie Neale
Plays through injured shoulder
MBrisbane Lions
Shoulder
June 24, 2021
Neale garnered 24 disposals, seven marks, six tackles, two clearances and a single goal assist Thursday as Brisbane bested Geelong 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
Neale left Thursday's match midway through the first period with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder, but returned a few minutes later to finish out Brisbane's victory having tied or set season-highs for marks and inside (7) / rebound 50s (6). No clear word yet on the nature of the shoulder injury or if it might sideline Neale for any significant period of time; however, Fox Footy's Tom Morris speculated on Twitter that the ailment could be a "potential subluxation" that may require surgery at the end of the season.
Isaac Smith
21 disposals, seven marks in loss
FGeelong Cats
June 24, 2021
Smith compiled 21 disposals, seven marks and a pair of goals Thursday as Geelong fell to Brisbane 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
Smith's 15 kicks and six handballs left him one of six Geelong players having produced 20 or more disposals against Brisbane, while his two majors tied him with Zach Tuchy as the Cats' leader for goals in the defeat. The 32 year-old has now combined for 190 fantasy points in his last two appearances alone and exits Round 15 currently ranked the team's No. 4 in fantasy score per game (91.64) behind Cameron Guthrie, Mitchell Duncan and Thomas Stewart.
Cameron Guthrie
Lone Cat to top 100 points in loss
MGeelong Cats
June 24, 2021
Guthrie gathered 34 disposals, six marks, five clearances and a pair of tackles Thursday as Geelong fell to Brisbane 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
A personal-best 20 kicks paired with 14 handballs to leave Guthrie the match leader for disposals in Thursday's match. The 28 year-old also registered a single goal assist for the fifth time in as many appearances and seventh time this year in the loss. As the lone Geelong player to top 100 fantasy points versus Brisbane, Guthrie exits Round 15 having now failed to eclipse the century mark only three times this season (Rounds 1, 5 and 14) and averaging an impressive 111.8 points per game as the Cats' clear cut star player.
Michael Gibbons
Picks up hamstring injury
FCarlton Blues
Hamstring
June 24, 2021
Gibbons will miss Round 15 against Adelaide due to a hamstring injury, which was determined to be a high-grade strain by his club.
ANALYSIS
Gibbons was scheduled to play, but he re-injured his hamstring in training and will return to the sidelines for an extended period.He hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently since the start of the season and now won't be seen again until the final weeks of the home-and-away stage.
Marc Pittonet
Needs ankle surgery
RCarlton Blues
Ankle
June 24, 2021
Pittonet is set for ankle surgery and has a chance to return by the end of the season, his club announced Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Pittonet had played in all 13 games so far but now has to hope he recovers before the home-and-away season ends with Carlton's finals chances still slim. He never scored more than 86 points in a game this season.
Zac Fisher
Out with ankle soreness
FCarlton Blues
Ankle
June 24, 2021
Fisher will miss Round 15 against Adelaide due to ankle soreness.
ANALYSIS
Fisher was anticipating starting against the Crows but he wasn't able to prove he was ready by the time the team was selected. He's made four appearances this season, scoring no more than 65 points.
Oscar McInerney
Game-high 35 hitouts v. Geelong
RBrisbane Lions
June 24, 2021
McInerney concentrated 35 hitouts, 18 disposals, nine clearances, six marks and four tackles Thursday as Brisbane defeated Geelong 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
McInerney collected a season-high for marks, paced all players with 35 hitouts and netted his best fantasy point total of 2021 (115 points) in Thursday's win over Geelong. The league's No. 9 for hitouts per game (27.23) exits Round 15 currently sporting a median stat line of 12.6 disposals, six clearances, 3.3 marks and 2.3 tackles an appearance for the month of June and currently ranked the 21st-most productive fantasy ruck in the AFL.
Jarman Impey
Out with ankle injury
DHawthorn Hawks
Ankle
June 24, 2021
Impey suffered an ankle injury during training and will be absent for Round 15 against GWS, according to Physical Performance Manager Luke Boyd.
ANALYSIS
Impey awaits news from the scans but could be out multiple weeks if the injury turns out to be serious. With four games over 100 fantasy points in his last seven games, Impey has been relatively useful in recent weeks.
Peter Ladhams
Omitted for Swans clash
RPort Adelaide Power
Coach's Decision
June 24, 2021
Ladhams is listed as an emergency for Round 15 against Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Ladhams was omitted from the lineup after starting four straight games. It's unclear if this has something to do with tactics or with Scott Lycett forcing his hand as the primary ruck, but the end result is the same with Ladhams unlikely to play this weekend.
Dayne Zorko
Leading fantasy scorer in win
MBrisbane Lions
June 24, 2021
Zorko huddled 24 disposals, 12 tackles, 10 marks and three clearances Thursday as Brisbane defeated Geelong 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
Zorko not only set a personal-best for tackles as a key defensive cog for Brisbane on Thursday, but too finished the match leader for marks. The 32 year-old, who also logged his best fantasy point total of 2021 versus Geelong (142), now finds himself ranked 20th in the AFL for fantasy score per game (106.77 points) and currently trailing only Western's Josh Dunkley and North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell as the league's best option for selection at forward.
David Zaharakis
Listed as emergency
MEssendon Bombers
June 24, 2021
Zaharakis (hamstring) is listed as a medical emergency option for Round 15 against Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Zaharakis likely won't play against the Demons but can at least be cleared from the list of injured players. He's made four appearances this season and recorded a season-high of 22 disposals in a single game.
Nat Fyfe
Returning to lineup
MFremantle Dockers
June 24, 2021
Fyfe is listed as a center for Round 15 against Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Fyfe overcame a dislocated shoulder to return by this game and missed just one round thanks to the mid-June bye. With the captain back in the middle for the Dockers, it's worth figuring out how much this will impact the production of others against a struggling Magpies club.
Daniel McKenzie
Available against Tigers
DSt Kilda Saints
June 24, 2021
McKenzie is listed as an interchange ahead of Round 15 against Richmond.
ANALYSIS
McKenzie hasn't played since the end of April due to calf issues and will provide further depth when called upon. At his best, McKenzie recorded 21 disposals and seven marks in Round 4 against West Coast.
Rowan Marshall
In lineup against Richmond
RSt Kilda Saints
June 24, 2021
Marshall (foot) made the starting lineup for Round 15 against Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Marshall returns after over a month out due to a plantar fascia injury. He first returns as an interchange but should soon be seen alongside Paddy Ryder in one of the better ruck partnerships in the league.
Charlie Cameron
Three goals v. Geelong
FBrisbane Lions
June 24, 2021
Cameron collected 14 disposals, six marks, three goals, three behinds and a pair of tackles Thursday as Brisbane defeated Geelong 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
A season-high for kicks (13) left Cameron with his best disposal total of 2021 while three majors found the 26 year-old finishing second to only teammate Joe Daniher as the match leader for goals in Thursday's win. Cameron subsequently finished with his best fantasy numbers (91 points) since May 9, but with a 58.1 points-per-game average for the year, remains an unpropitious option for selection at forward.
Dion Prestia
Back for Round 15
MRichmond Tigers
June 24, 2021
Prestia (hamstring) is listed as an interchange ahead of Round 15 against St Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Prestia missed Round 13 before the bye with hamstring tightness but is now back, at least as a rotation option. He could easily end up playing for most of the match, though it's also possible that he's left out altogether by the time the lineup is finalized. In either case, Prestia is at least healthy and capable of putting up at least 25 disposals on a normal day.
Joe Daniher
Four goals lifts Brisbane over Cats
FBrisbane Lions
June 24, 2021
Daniher accumulated 14 disposals, six marks, four goals, two clearances and a behind and tackle each Thursday as Brisbane defeated Geelong 94-50 at Gabba.
ANALYSIS
Daniher recorded a double-digit disposal total for the third time in as many showings and paced all players as the match leader for majors in Thursday's victory over Geelong. The 27 year-old has now logged at least one goal in every appearance he's made in 2021 and with a combined 24 on the year, currently ranks 19th-best in the AFL for that respective category. Meanwhile, the 86 fantasy points he produced against the Cats represented his best output since May 21 and boosts the forward's points-per-game average for the season to a respectable 73.0.
Nakia Cockatoo
Aggravates hamstring injury
MBrisbane Lions
Hamstring
June 23, 2021
Cockatoo won't play in the VFL match this weekend due to hamstring tightness, The Courier Mail reports.
ANALYSIS
Cockatoo has been building up in the VFL over the past five games but exited last week's contest after one possession due to hamstring tightness. He was closing in on his season debut for Brisbane but will now have things pushed back for at least another week.
Alex Witherden
Could return Round 15
DWest Coast Eagles
Groin
June 23, 2021
Coach Adam Simpson said Witherden (groin) will be considered for selection in Round 15 against Western, AFL Ratings reports.
ANALYSIS
Witherden hasn't seen the field since mid-May due to the groin injury, but he may be able to return to action this weekend. He's eclipsed 70 fantasy points in every game he's played this season and has also topped 120 on two occasions.
Sam Switkowski
Signs new contract
FFremantle Dockers
Hamstring
June 23, 2021
Switkowski (hamstring) signed a two-year contract extension with Fremantle that will tie him to the club through the 2023 season.
ANALYSIS
Switkowski has only played six times this season but scored as many as 97 points in the Round 2 game against GWS. With a return from injury imminent, Switkowski can have a big say in how the Dockers turn around what has been an inconsistent season.
Jeremy Sharp
Lands two-year extension
MGold Coast Suns
June 22, 2021
Sharp signed a two-year contract extension with Gold Coast on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Sharp has appeared in just two AFL games in his career, but the 19-year-old's new deal will likely see him grow into a more prominent role in Gold Coast's midfield. He is under contract through 2023.
Tim Membrey
Listed in lineup
FSt Kilda Saints
June 22, 2021
Membrey (personal) is listed in the Saints' lineup for their Round 15 match versus Richmond, Jon Pierik of The Age reports.
ANALYSIS
Membrey missed Round 13 versus Adelaide as he attended the birth of his child. He scored no fewer than 81 points in the four previous matches before his absence, so Membrey could make for a solid fantasy option in Friday's contest.
William Snelling
Signs two-year contract extension
FEssendon Bombers
Thumb
June 22, 2021
Snelling (thumb) signed a two-year contract extension with the Bombers on Wednesday, per AFL Ratings.
ANALYSIS
Snelling has been out since he suffered a broken thumb in Round 11 versus West Coast. The 23-year-old will be with Essendon through 2023. Through 11 matches in 2021, Snelling has scored at least 60 fantasy points in all but the contest versus West Coast in which he was injured.
Ryan Gardner
Extends contract to 2023
DWestern Bulldogs
June 22, 2021
Garner signed a contract extension through 2023 with the Western Bulldogs on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Garner has only played five times at the AFL level this season but a shoulder injury has limited his chances so far. He still earned a new contract and should be worth watching if he can stay healthy.
Stefan Martin
Listed as test
RWestern Bulldogs
Shoulder
June 22, 2021
Martin (shoulder) is listed as a test for Round 15 against West Coast, according to head of sports medicine Chris Bell.
ANALYSIS
Martin was in a similar situation last week but didn't end up playing against Geelong. His value as a ruck isn't tremendously high with Timothy English also a regular starter.
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