Sat. Jun 25th, 2022
Fantasy: The Updated Role For Riley Collier-Dawkins

Riley Collier-Dawkins will make his AFL debut in Round 7, Richmond senior coach Damien Hardwick confirmed the news at his Wednesday press conference. 

He was selected at Pick 20 in the 2018 AFL Draft.

Collier-Dawkins was pivotal in the 2019 VFL Grand Finals for Richmond, he was unable to break through for a senior AFL game last season. 

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“He’s incredible around the ball, he’s had to work on his off-ball positioning & understanding how to go about getting that off-ball offensively.”

“So it’s going to be a well earned debut from our point of view and we’re really excited to see what he can offer.” Tigers senior coach Damien Hardwick on Tuesday. 

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Riley Collier-Dawkins has averaged 22.0 Disposals, 2.5 Marks & 6.0 Tackles from 2 games in the VFL this season, he has mostly been used through a midfield role. 

He averaged 14.3 Disposals, 1.9 Marks & 5.1 Tackles from 20 games in the VFL in 2019, he was instrumental in the VFL Grand Final kicking 2 crucial Goals for the Tigers.

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Collier-Dawkins plays as an inside contested midfielder, his pressure & tackle numbers will likely be a feature at AFL level. 

The match-up against the Bulldogs in Round 7 isn’t ideal, they are the No.1 ranked team for disposals this season. 

With Dustin Martin sidelined for at least 1 week Collier-Dawkins has the chance to impress at AFL level, Dion Prestia had a recent set back with a calf issue but will re-enter the team when cleared. It’s tough right now to see beyond a short term role for Collier-Dawkins, hopefully he can make an immediate impact in order to retain his position within the Richmond midfield. 

Collier-Dawkins is a target in AFL Fantasy classic, holding off for 1 week will provide further information on his performance & potential longer term position within the team.

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