Mon. May 23rd, 2022
2021 Essendon Best & Fairest: Zach Merrett

Zach Merrett has won the 2021 Essendon Best & Fairest Award, it is the third time he has won the Crichton Medal.

He played 23 games for the Bombers in 2021, he averaged 31.5 Disposals, 4.2 Marks & 4.9 Tackles.


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“There’s no doubt Zach took his game to another level this season and we commend him on his attitude, commitment, leadership and drive to again put together another outstanding year individually” Essendon senior coach Ben Rutten via Bombers Media. 


2021 Crichton Medal Top Votes

420 Zach Merrett

339 Darcy Parish

315 Will Snelling

309 Jordan Ridley

286 Jake Stringer


FANTASY IMPACT: Zach Merrett averaged 110.5pts from 23 games in 2021, he scored 100pts or more in 78.3% of games & 120pts or more in 30.4% of games. 

He was used at a team high 79.8% of centre bounces.

Merrett is unlikely to see a regression in fantasy output next season, his centre bounce usage & role through the midfield should remain strong. 

He will be an option to start with in season long fantasy, he should remain a high end pick in draft leagues. 


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