Sam Walsh
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30 disposals, game-high 11 marks
MCarlton Blues
June 6, 2021
Walsh attained 30 disposals, 11 marks, four tackles and clearances each and a single goal Sunday as Carlton fell to West Coast 95-73 at SCG.
ANALYSIS
A combined 18 kicks and 12 handballs in Saturday's contest saw Walsh finish with a minimum of 30 touches for a four straight showing while his 11 marks proved a game-high. The midfielder has now topped 100 fantasy points in every game appeared since May 16 and, as the No. 18 for score involvements per game coming out of Round 12, now joins nine others as the only players in the AFL having amassed 1300 or more points to this point in the season.
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Logs 33 disposals in loss
MCarlton Blues
May 30, 2021
Walsh recorded 33 disposals (15 kicks, 18 handballs) and made three marks during Sunday's 100-78 loss to Sydney in Round 11.
ANALYSIS
Walsh has been the most consistent fantasy piece for the Blues all season with an average of 30.3 disposals per game. His tackling and marking averages aren't bad at 5.4 and 4.6, respectively, but improvement in those two areas would take him from a quality player to a transcendent one. That may not happen unless the team gets better around Walsh, so for now he and Patrick Cripps are worth following for their recent good form.
Team-high 30 disposals v. Hawthorn
MCarlton Blues
May 22, 2021
Walsh captured 30 disposals, six tackles, four marks, four clearances, two goal assists and a goal Saturday as Carlton beat Hawthorn 86-63 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Walsh's 30 disposals (13 kicks, 17 handballs) led all Carlton players in Saturday's contest while his two goal assists tied Ed Curnow as the Blues' leader in that respective category. He also logged his first goal in three showings, and in doing so, boosted his total for the year to four. The 20 year-old continues to impress in this, his third year with the team, and exits Round 10 ranked Carlton's top producer of handballs (172), disposals (300) and goal assists (11) on the year. His 107.4 fantasy points per game average too currently leaves Walsh ranked the 16th-most productive option for selection at midfielder in the AFL.
Top fantasy score in loss to Demons
MCarlton Blues
May 17, 2021
Walsh gathered 30 disposals, nine marks, five tackles and three clearances Sunday as Carlton fell to Melbourne 94-68 at MCG.
ANALYSIS
Walsh eclipsed 30 disposals for the third time in four showings and matched a season-high for marks in Sunday's loss. Currently ranked in the top 10 in the league for total handballs (third) and disposals (eighth), the third-year midfielder now finds himself having registered at least 118 fantasy points in all but one of Carlton's last five outings and sporting the 14th-best score per game average (107.8) amongst all players at his position.
Strong performance in win
MCarlton Blues
May 2, 2021
Walsh scored one goal and one behind to go with 33 disposals (21 kicks, 12 handballs) and made six marks during Sunday's 123-107 win over Essendon.
ANALYSIS
Walsh has scored at least 118 points in three straight weeks and 116 in three of the last four. With the Blues looking capable of competing with any opponent at the moment, Walsh is firmly at the heart of their success.
Game-high tying nine marks in loss
MCarlton Blues
April 24, 2021
Walsh churned out 33 disposals (15 kicks, 18 handballs), nine marks, five clearances, four tackles and a goal, goal assist and behind each Saturday as Carlton fell to Brisbane 103-85 at Marvel Stadium.
ANALYSIS
Walsh topped 30 disposals for the third time in six showings and registered his best mark total of 2021 in Saturday's defeat.. Currently ranked third in the AFL for total disposals (183) and handballs (111) and sixth in disposals per game (30.5), the Blues midfielder exits the month of April having scored no less than 124 points in three of his last four appearances and rated the league's tenth-most productive fantasy option at his position.