Fantasy News Today: 21 May, 2019

Essendon Midfielder Devon Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, he is set to undergo Knee surgery after suffering a second injury to the same knee in Round 8.

“After recent and thorough consultation with a specialist and our medical team, the decision was made in Devon’s best interest to undergo surgery and treat both injuries.” Essendon GM of Football Dan Richardson.

Smith is expected to resume running in approximately 12 weeks & be ready to begin 2020 pre-season, he averaged 79.4pts in AFL Fantasy & 67.7 in SuperCoach in 2019.

Essendon small Forward Orazio Fantasia (Quad) will likely return in Round 13, key Forward Shaun McKernan (Hamstring) will return to football this week.

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Devon Smith
Devon Smith

Port Adelaide Half Forward/Midfielder Brad Ebert (Concussion) has been cleared to return to football, he will likely return in Round 13 which is post the Power Round 12 Bye.

Power Half-Back Ryan Burton may be available for Round 10, coach Ken Hinkley described Burton as “sneaky chance” to play this week.

The return of Burton & eventually Ebert will impact several key Port Adelaide rookies which is something to consider over the Bye period.

Port Adelaide small Forward/Midfielder Robbie Gray (Hand) & Defender Tom Jonas (Calf) are expected to play in Round 10, this will also impact the starting 22 this week & over the Bye period.

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Adelaide Midfielder Matt Crouch is Questionable for Round 10 & will be a test, he will need to get through training this week to be considered for selection.

“There’s a few more boxes to tick between now & the weekend but we expect him to complete main training on Thursday.” Crows GM of High Performance Matt Hass.

GWS Defender Zac Williams remains Questionable for Round 10 with a Hamstring injury, the Giants have been ultra conservative with injuries this season which is something to consider from a trade/hold perspective.

Giants Midfielder Stephen Coniglio (Finger) remains Questionable for Round 10, he was rested last week against Carlton.

“It (the week rest) certainly helped him but if he trains this week I think he’s some sort of chance for sure.” Giants GM of Football Wayne Campbell.

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Geelong Midfielder Patrick Dangerfield (Ankle) remains Questionable for Round 10, optimism is growing with @cleary_mitch describing Dangerfield as ‘some chance to play’ via AFLcomau today.

West Coast Ruck Tom Hickey (Ankle) will be sidelined for at least 2 weeks, Dan Venables will miss this week after a suffering concussion in Round 9.

Sydney Midfielder Josh Kennedy has been upgraded to Probable for Round 10, he still needs to get through training but the language from Sydney has been increasingly positive over the last couple of days.

“Provided he gets through that (Wednesday) session, I expect him to play” Swans Head of Football, Charlie Gardiner.

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Jimmy Webster (Hand) should be available for selection this week for the Saints, Ben Patton (Knee) will need to get through training to be considered for selection.

Carlton Defender Kade Simpson (Hamstring) is expected to return in Round 10, Dale Thomas is clear to play after receiving only a fine at the AFL Tribunal.

Hawthorn Ruck Ben McEvoy will miss 4-6 weeks with an Ankle injury, Jon Ceglar recorded 26 Disposals & 15 Hit Outs in Round 9 with McEvoy not returning after Half Time.

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Fremantle Ruck Sean Darcy will miss 4-6 weeks with an Ankle injury, key Forward Matt Taberner will be sidelined for 8 weeks with a stress reaction in his Foot.

Harley Bennell (Calf) will likely return to football this week via the WAFL, a clear run could see him be available at AFL level for Fremantle in the second half of the season.

Richmond Ruck Ivan Soldo failed in his attempt to have his 1 game suspension reduced, he will miss Round 10 which should enhance the fantasy game for Noah Balta.

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