Round 8 produced plenty of injury issues that impacted scoring for many coaches, Patrick Dangerfield played which could have saved plenty of points over a poor Emergency score for many.
Cash generation continues to be a problem for the majority of the competition, the added injury situation has put a stop on cash earnings for a few popular rookies this week.
Fresh rookies have also become an issue with just 3 debutants in the last 2 weeks, Bye strategy should be front of mind as we enter Round 9.
AFL Fantasy Game Notes: Round 8
Each week of the H&A season there will be a few key notes from each game that may provide some benefit to your AFL Fantasy decisions.
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Sydney v Essendon (SCG)
The absence of Lance Franklin has really hurt Issac Heeney in the last 3 weeks, as a result of having to play more Forward Heeney scored 65pts in Round 8 & has averaged 70.0 from his last 3 games.
Zach Merrett was off the chain in the first half & late in the game as he scored a game high 136pts, the arrival of Dylan Shiel has had a negative impact on Devon Smith as he scored 70pts for a season average of 79.4pts.
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane (Mars Stadium)
Josh Dunkley was impressive again in the middle for the Bulldogs in wet conditions, he finished with 36 Disposals & 8 Tackles for 127pts.
Dayne Zorko was also impressive in the conditions as he recorded 28 Disposals for 134pts, he has averaged 135.0pts from his last 2 games.
Carlton v Collingwood (MCG)
Patrick Cripps was able to fight his way out of yet another slow start this time as a negative Free Kick count impacted his score in the first half, he scored 87pts in the second half for a game total of 115pts.
Brodie Grundy ran his score up to 149pts against the Blues, he recorded 25 Disposals, 8 Marks, 48 Hit Outs & 2 Goals.
Gold Coast v Melbourne (MS)
Nick Holman started in the middle against Clayton Oliver & scored a solid 109pts which included 12 Tackles, Darcy MacPherson was equally as impressive recording 27 Disposals & 8 Tackles for 117pts.
Clayton Oliver scored 99pts in the second half for a game total of 161pts, Max Gawn fought his way to 91pts not spending that much time behind the ball in a defensive role in general play.
St Kilda v West Coast (MRVL)
Josh Battle is thriving in his defensive role as he scored 100pts, it was a fast finish for Jack Billings as he climbed his way to 92pts late.
Andrew Gaff found plenty of ball again on the outside in an early match-up against Billings, he recorded 30 Disposals for a team high 108pts.
Port Adelaide v Adelaide (AO)
It was a slow start for Tom Rockliff but he certainly made up for it finishing with 149pts, Willem Drew enjoyed a fast start but slowed down after Qtr time to finish with 59pts.
Rory Sloane was solid all night recording 26 Disposals & 13 Tackles for 130pts, Matt Crouch didn’t return after leaving the ground with a hip injury early in the 3rd Qtr for 53pts.
Nth Melbourne v Geelong (MRVL)
Jack Ziebell started in the middle up against Cam Guthrie & was off to a fast start, he slowed down dramatically after Qtr time to finish with 75pts.
Patrick Dangerfield started Forward, he eventually moved into the midfield at times & worked his way to a respectable 96pts.
Tim Kelly & Mitch Duncan thrived in premium midfield roles, they scored 141pts & 142pts respectively.
Hawthorn v GWS Giants (MCG)
Ben McEvoy & John Ceglar were solid combining for 49 Hit Outs against the Giants, James Sicily was solid recording 27 Disposals & 9 Marks for 116pts.
Heath Shaw found his fantasy game again recording 30 Disposals & 11 Marks for 124pts, Stephen Coniglio was reduced to just 76pts from 26 Disposals.
Fremantle v Richmond (OS)
Rory Lobb took advantage of the Toby Nankervis injury recording 19 Disposals & 45 Hit Outs for 125pts, Nat Fyfe started & finished well to score 111pts & could be in the MRO spotlight for high contact.
Jack Ross injured his Ankle early & scored just 11pts, Toby Nankervis didn’t rejoin the game after Half Time due to a groin injury. Bachar Houli was impressive across Half-Back finishing with 113pts.
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