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Elijah Taylor
Parts ways with Swans
MFree Agent
Suspension
November 29, 2020
The Swans parted ways with Taylor on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Taylor was shut down by the club in August after breaching the league's COVID-19 protocol, and he'll depart the club ahead of the 2021 season. It's unclear whether he'll find a spot with another club in 2021.
Bachar Houli
Injures calf in Grand FInal
DRichmond Tigers
Calf
October 24, 2020
Houli injured his calf during Saturday's 81-50 win over Geelong in the Grand Final, according to Callum Twomey of the league's official website.
ANALYSIS
Houli dealt with injuries at various points throughout the season before some more consistent performances down the stretch. He'l now focus on getting healthy for next season after winning the premiership.
Nick Vlastuin
Taken off on stretcher in GF
DRichmond Tigers
Concussion
October 24, 2020
Vlastuin left the field on a stretcher after getting knocked out by a straw elbow during Saturday's Grand Final win over Geelong, according to Callum Twomey of the league's official website.
ANALYSIS
Vlastuin was unlucky to take the blow inadvertently from Patrick Dangerfield as his night was ended six minutes into the match. He'll need a few weeks to recover but he can do so happily after the Tigers secured a second consecutive flag.
Jack Steven
Unlikely to play in finale
MGeelong Cats
Hamstring
October 20, 2020
Steven (hamstring) isn't expected to take part in the Cats' finale versus the Tigers, Tom Morris of Fox Footy reports.
ANALYSIS
Steven has been sidelined for a while with the hamstring injury, which he suffered in a scratch match. So, even if he does gain clearance of the issue ahead of Saturday's grand finale, it seems likely he won't be included among the team's 22 for the contest.
Grant Birchall
Injures hamstring in loss
DBrisbane Lions
Hamstring
October 17, 2020
Birchall hurt his hamstring during Saturday's loss to Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Birchall will have plenty of time to recover after his team lost in the preliminary finals. Throughout the season, Birchall wasn't one to provide consistent beyond meager disposal stats.
Darcy Gardiner
Ruled out Saturday
DBrisbane Lions
Knee
October 17, 2020
Gardiner (knee) has been ruled out of Saturday's preliminary final after succumbing to a knee injury, per Fox Footy.
ANALYSIS
Gardiner was a late scratch for the Lions ahead of the Grand Final qualifier. After missing just one game all season, it is a big blow and certainly has an impact on their typically stout defensive line. Gardiner will be replaced by Jack Payne, who will play just the fifth game of his young career.
Noah Answerth
Still sidelined
DBrisbane Lions
Groin
October 16, 2020
Answerth (groin) will not play in Saturday's preliminary final versus Geelong.
ANALYSIS
Answerth was considered a test for the contest after sitting out since Sept. 13 because of the groin issue. It's unclear if he has gotten right ahead of the contest and was up for selection, but he's not among the 22 set to take on the Cats.
Noah Answerth
Question mark for preliminary final
DBrisbane Lions
Groin
October 13, 2020
Answerth is considered a test for Saturday's preliminary final versus Geelong, Michael Whiting of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Answerth has been sidelined since Sept. 13 because of a groin issue, but it's possible he won't be included in the lineup even if he makes his way back in time for selection.
Tyson Stengle
Suspended four games
FAdelaide Crows
Suspension
October 10, 2020
Stengle was suspended four games for being caught with an illicit substance, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stengle was issued a four-game suspension during the league shutdown earlier in 2020, and he'll be forced to miss the start of the 2021 season as well. The forward collected 117 disposals with eight goals during the 2020 campaign.
Brad Crouch
Handed two-match ban
MAdelaide Crows
Suspension
October 10, 2020
Crouch received a two-match ban Saturday after being caught with an illicit substance, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear where Crouch will play during the 2021 season, but he'll be forced to miss his first two games after he signs. He collected 264 disposals with two goals and two assists in 2020.
Joel Selwood
Hoping to play in semifinal
MGeelong Cats
Finger
October 6, 2020
Selwood underwent finger surgery but is hopeful to be available for Friday's semi-final versus Collingwood, David McPherson of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Selwood will make every attempt to make it back for the contest after injuring the finger during last week's qualifying final. Friday's lineup release should shed more light on the skipper's availability.
Ben Long
Tabbed with one-match suspension
DSt Kilda Saints
Suspension
October 6, 2020
Long has been hit with a one-match suspension ahead of Friday's semifinal versus Richmond.
ANALYSIS
Long and the Saints attempted to appeal the ban to no avail, positioning him to miss the semifinal barring a late change of heart from the tribunal in a last-ditch attempt from St. Kilda. Assuming that doesn't change anything, which is expected to be the case, Long would have his next chance to return next week should the Saints advance.
Jack Steven
Ruled out with hamstring strain
MGeelong Cats
Hamstring
October 4, 2020
Steven was ruled out for Saturday's semifinal matchup against Collingwood due to a hamstring strain, The Age reports.
ANALYSIS
Steven suffered a hamstring injury during a scratch match over the weekend, and he'll be unavailable for Geelong's matchup Saturday. However, general manager Simon Lloyd didn't rule him out for the remainder of the season, so he could return if the Cats advance.
Jake Carlisle
Leaves hub
DSt Kilda Saints
Personal
October 4, 2020
Carlisle left the Saints' hub Monday after the birth of his child.
ANALYSIS
Carlisle remained with the team as long as he could, but he should miss the rest of the AFL finals series after leaving the hub. Dylan Roberton and Josh Battle could see increased roles for the Saints going forward with Carlisle and Patrick Ryder (hamstring) unavailable.
Patrick Ryder
Slated for surgery
FSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
October 4, 2020
Ryder will have surgery on his hamstring and will miss the remainder of the AFL finals series, Tom Browne of 7NEWS.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ryder suffered a hamstring injury at the end of Saturday's win over the Western Bulldogs, and he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the season as a result. His absence should be significant for the Saints as he kicked at least one goal in each of the last five Rounds.
Zaine Cordy
Finishes season with ankle injury
DWestern Bulldogs
Ankle
October 3, 2020
Cordy suffered an ankle injury during the second quarter of Saturday's 67-64 loss to St. Kilda, according to Michael Whiting of afl.com.
ANALYSIS
Cordy was an early loss that did more damage to the team than it would to fantasy given his low production. He'll now have to focus on getting healthy for next season.
Patrick Ryder
Likely to miss semis
FSt Kilda Saints
Hamstring
October 3, 2020
Ryder will likely miss the semifinals after suffering a hamstring injury in the final moments of Saturday's 67-64 win over Western Bulldogs, according to Callum Twomey of afl.com.
ANALYSIS
Ryder is a sizable loss through his production as a ruck and as a goalscorer. He kicked at least one goal in each of the last five Rounds and topped 20 hitouts in each of the last four. Now, his only chance of playing during the rest of the season will come if the Saints make the grand final.
Josh Rotham
Out with heel injury
DWest Coast Eagles
Heel
October 2, 2020
Rotham will not play in Saturday's elimination final due to a heel injury, Gary Stocks of the Eagles' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Rotham had taken part in the last eight games but may not have necessarily been in the lineup anyway. Should West Coast lose the contest, Rotham would be looking at a return in 2021.
Josh Battle
Won't play Saturday
DSt Kilda Saints
Ankle
October 2, 2020
Battle (ankle) won't play Saturday versus the Bulldogs, Chris Nice of the Saints official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Battle picked up the ankle issue in the home-and-away finale, leaving his status for the finals uncertain. Unfortunately, he won't be able to take part in the elimination final and will need to hope his team can take care of business without him for a chance to retake the field in 2020.
Jeremy McGovern
In line for elimination final appearance
DWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
McGovern (hamstring) is slated to take part in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
McGovern is one of numerous reinforcements on the way for the Eagles as they look to stave off elimination Saturday. He should play a starring role on the back end for the Eagles again in finals, having posted double-digit marks on a pair of occasions during the home-and-away season, averaging 6.0 to go along sith 12.9 disposals per match.
Luke Shuey
In line to play
MWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
Shuey (hamstring) is slated to take the field in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Shuey may need to knock off some rust early in the contest after being sidelined for a month due to a hamstring complaint. Still, he figures to be a key piece in the Eagles' midfield after routinely topping 20 disposals and adding in plenty of marks and tackles during the home-and-away season.
Mark Hutchings
Good chance to play
MWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
Hutchings (hamstring) appears set to be available for Saturday's elimination final versus the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Hutchings isn't guaranteed to be a part of the Eagles' lineup even if available, but it at least appears like he should be ready if called upon. Hutchings appeared in just three games during the home-and-away season, averaging 8.0 disposals, 1.7 marks and 1.3 tackles.
Lewis Jetta
In line for elimination final return
DWest Coast Eagles
Calf
September 29, 2020
Jetta (calf) is slated to take the field in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Jetta has been sidelined since early September due to a bothersome calf strain. Fortunately, he should return as a key piece on the back end for the Eagles, averaging 14.3 disposals, 3.7 marks and 2.7 tackles on the season.
Jack Redden
Slated to play Saturday
MWest Coast Eagles
Thumb
September 29, 2020
Redden (thumb) is in line to take the field Saturday versus the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Redden underwent surgery on his fractured thumb in early September but looks to be doing well enough to give it a go after some rest and rehab. He tallied two of his three highest disposal counts (20 and 21) in his last two matches and will aim to keep that trend going in the elimination final.
Josh J. Kennedy
Likely to play in elimination final
FWest Coast Eagles
Ankle
September 29, 2020
Kennedy (ankle) is in line to play in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Kennedy suffered an ankle injury in the Eagles' home-and-away finale back on Sept. 18 but appears to be in a good spot as the team looks to stave off elimination for another round. While he is a significant goal-scorer, racking up 1.9 per game on the season, Kennedy isn't exactly a fantasy darling thanks to a lack of contributions in other categories.
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