One down, two to go! The byes got off to a very friendly start with absolutely massive scores across the board. That’s no fun at all though so lets all keep our fingers crossed for some devastatingly bad team news to stir up some trouble! Tom Rockliff’s availability could make or break a lot of coaches weekends, and will we see some downgrade options named in Dylan Clarke and Griffin Logue? Exciting times ahead, let’s get to it!
Round 13 kicks off 19:50 AEST TONIGHT so have all your players from Adelaide and Richmond locked in by then. Partial lockout will turn to full lockout 19:50 AEST Friday night as per usual. The Traders will be reacting LIVE today from 18:15 AEST on the Official AFL Fantasy Facebook page to the team announcements, so think of this article as your text-based companion guide.
As always, this post will be updated as more information comes in, so if you’ve seen some news that I’ve missed feel free to tweet it at me and I’ll follow it up.
Adelaide vs Richmond
Reilly O’Brien has kept his spot in the team ahead of Sam Jacobs, in fact Adelaide go in completely unchanged with Bryce Gibbs as first emergency.
On the other hand Richmond have made four changes. Trent Cotchin and Shane Edwards are out with hamstring issues, Ivan Soldo is sick, and Jacob Townsend has been dropped. Mabior Chol (170k FWD), Nathan Broad, Brandon Ellis, and Connor Menadue are their replacements. Not only is Dustin Martin fit to play, but he’s been made captain too. Patrick Naish (201k DEF) holds his spot as last man on the bench.
Essendon vs Hawthorn
Orazio Fantasia, Jake Stringer, and Dylan Shiel are all back from injury with Aaron Francis, Mark Baguley, and Ben McNiece all omitted. Dylan Clarke (291k MID) plays!
Chad Wingard won’t be available until round 15, he’s on the sidelines with the omitted Mitchell Lewis and Marc Pittonet. Ben McEvoy is back, one week ahead of schedule! Dylan Moore and Kaiden Brand are also recalled.
Gold Coast vs St. Kilda
Jordan Murdoch and Touk Miller are injured, Chris Burgess and Josh Corbett are omitted. Callum Ah Chee will play his first game of the season, he’s joined by Sam Day, Corey Ellis, and George Horlin-Smith.
Lots of changes for the Saints! Daniel McKenzie, Brandon White, Blake Acres, David Armitage, Hunter Clark, Jonathon Marsh, and Nick Hind (170k MID) are alllllll in. Nick Coffield, Darragh Joyce, Robbie Young, and Ben Long have been omitted, while Jack Steele, Jarryn Geary and Ed Phillips are injured.
Fremantle vs Port Adelaide
Fremantle lose Rory Lobb and Alex Pearce to long-term injuries, and Adam Cerra is sick. Sean Darcy returns with Stephen Hill and Griffin Logue (216k DEF).
Tom Rockliff does not return from that hamstring injury. Matthew Broadbent is out, he’s taking an indefinite leave of absence to deal with mental health issues. Hamish Hartlett finally returns.
Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Marc Murphy is back in for the Blues, Jack Silvagni has been dropped.
Billy Gowers is out with an ankle injury and Lachie Young has been omitted. They’re replaced by Tory Dickson and Hayden Crozier. Ryan Gardner not only holds but has been named at CHF!
North Melbourne vs GWS
Shaun Higgins will miss six weeks with an AC joint injury. The potential inclusions are Paul Ahern, Kyron Hayden (170k MID/FWD), Taylor Garner, Tom Campbell and Curtis Taylor (185k MID/FWD).
Nick Haynes and Isaac Cumming are out injured. Toby Greene is back, he’s joined by debutant Jake Stein (170k DEF). Matt Buntine, Zac Langdon, Jackson Hately, Dawson Simpson have also been added to the extended squad.