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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