Congratulations! If you’re reading this article then that means you’ve made it through the byes without quitting! Either that, or you’re me from one week in the future going back to copy and paste the blurb below. If it’s the latter, don’t forget to wish Dad good luck in the hockey! If it’s the former, then I have some good news for you, there are clear skies so far at the selection table.
Round 15 kicks off 19:20 AEST TONIGHT so have all your players from Essendon and GWS 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.
Essendon vs GWS
Only one change for Essendon, Martin Gleeson plays his first game in 656 days for the injured Matt Guelfi. Orazio Fantasia has been named despite pulling up sore.
GWS have gone with three changes, Nick Haynes is back ahead of schedule, Zac Langdon returns as well, and Jackson Hately (314k MID) has been given another chance at the senior level. Tough break for Jake Stein who didn’t do much wrong in his debut, he’s been dropped alongside Matt Buntine while Matt de Boer is out injured.
Geelongs vs Adelaide
Gary Rohan is out after failing to overcome his concussion and Darcy Fort has been omitted! Lachie Fogarty and Jed Bews are in.
Three injuries at the Crows, Josh Jenkins, Wayne Milera, and Cameron Ellis-Yolmen. They’re replaced by
Bryce Gibbs, Elliott Himmelberg, and debutant Ben Davis (170k FWD).
Hawthorn vs West Coast
Oliver Hanrahan (170k FWD) debuts, he’s joined in the team by Conor Nash and Daniel Howe. Harry Morrison and Kaiden Brand are omitted, Jarryd Roughead is injured.
Nic Naitanui is playing, albeit on limited minutes, and Willie Rioli returns from suspension. Jeremy McGovern has been suspended for one week, and Jack Petruccelle is injured.
Sydney vs Gold Coast
Lance Franklin will miss the next month with another hamstring injury while Ryan Clarke and Daniel Menzel have been omitted. Tom McCartin, Ben Ronke, and James Rowbottom come in.
Touk Miller and Pearce Hanley return from quad injuries alongside Brad Scheer. Callum Ah Chee and Nick Holman are injured, George Horlin-Smith has been omitted.
Collingwood vs North Melbourne
Jeremy Howe will be out for three weeks with a calf injury, he’s replaced by Josh Daicos.
Taylor Garner has been demoted to the VFL after his incident at Double Bay hotel. Kyron Hayden (170k MID/FWD) will debut!
Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs
Karl Amon and Dougal Howard have both been suspended for one week. Willem Drew and Peter Ladhams (185k RUC) are back in ahead of Justin Westhoff and Paddy Ryder. Tom Rockliff is listed as an emergency?
No changes for the Bulldogs!
St. Kilda vs Richmond
Dean Kent is injured and Jonathon Marsh omitted. Potential inclusions are Jack Steele, Nick Coffield, Ben Long, Ben Paton, Doulton Langlands (170k MID/FWD), and Sam Rowe.
Richmond swing the axe with three omitted already! Jack Higgins, Ryan Garthwaite, and Noah Balta have been dropped, potential ins are David Astbury, Jayden Short, Kane Lambert, Shane Edwards, Ivan Soldo, Trent Cotchin, and Shai Bolton.
Brisbane vs Melbourne
Jacob Allison and Rhys Mathieson have been omitted. Potential ins are Zac Bailey, Ben Keays, Jarrod Berry, Sam Skinner (244k DEF), Brandon Starcevich (202k MID/FWD), and Corey Lyons (170k MID).
Josh Wagner has been omitted for Michael Hibberd. The other potential inclusions are Jordan Lewis, Braydon Preuss, Oscar McDonald, and Corey Wagner.
Fremantle vs Carlton
Jesse Hogan and Stephen Hill have both escaped serious injuries but are still out this week. Cam McCarthy and Adam Cerra are the likely inclusions, other options are Travis Colyer, Bailey Banfield, Scott Jones, and Lachie Schultz.
Biggest news for last! Paddy Cripps is injured!? Harry McKay is out as well. The ins will come from Jack Silvagni, Liam Jones, Matthew Kennedy, Andrew Phillips, Hugh Goddard (170k DEF), and Darcy Lang.