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Will Kelly
Suffers broken collarbone
FCollingwood Magpies
Collarbone
March 5, 2021
Kelly fractured his collarbone Friday versus Richmond, AFLRatings.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelly is set to undergo surgery in the near future. The Magpies haven't yet offered an official timetable for his return, but there's no doubt that Kelly will be forced to miss multiple weeks as he works to recover.
Mitch Hannan
Working through groin issue
FWestern Bulldogs
Groin
March 4, 2021
Hannan continues to deal with a groin injury, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hannan was a fringe player for the Bulldogs last season and isn't exactly a fantasy darling, but he should be part of the mix to draw in on a weekly basis when healthy. It remains to be seen if he will get right for the Round 1 clash with Collingwood.
Sam Weideman
Facing two months of recovery
FMelbourne Demons
Leg
March 4, 2021
Weideman will miss the opening portion of the season due to a leg injury and remains a couple of months from a return, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Weideman's return date should begin to materialize as he makes progress in his rehab. When healthy, he will aim to build off a 2020 campaign where he averaged 1.5 goals, 3.2 marks and 7.7 disposals per contest.
Ben Brown
About two months from return
FMelbourne Demons
Knee
March 4, 2021
Brown (knee) is going to miss the early stages of 2021 and is expected to e sidelined for around two more months, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown's knee issue appears to be a semi-serious one, though it sounds as though he should be able to get in plenty of action still during the 2021 campaign. Brown finished out the 2020 season averaging 6.9 disposals, 0.9 goals and 0.9 behinds in his nine appearances.
Lance Franklin
May return for Round 1
FSydney Swans
Calf
March 4, 2021
Franklin is nearing a return to training from a calf injury and will hope to return by Round 1, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Franklin had a setback in his recovery and there still aren't assurances that he'll be available against Brisbane. He missed much of last season with various injuries and will hope that he can keep away from this muscular issues when the regular season gets under way.
Lachie Whitfield
Still awaits clearance for season
FGreater Western Sydney Giants
Abdomen
March 4, 2021
Whitfield (liver) is still questionable to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Whitfield was the top fantasy option for the Giants last season and would be a sizable loss if he's not ready to start the 2021 Premiership. Fortunately, he still has a couple more weeks to improve his fitness before the opening match against St. Kilda.
Jake Stringer
Question mark for season opener
FEssendon Bombers
March 4, 2021
Stringer is working back from an Achilles injury but is considered questionable at best for the season opener versus Hawthorn, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stringer should be a key piece up front for the Hawks again this season when healthy, though it sounds as though he may be headed for a delayed start to the season. He finished out last season averaging 1.4 goals, 0.6 behinds, 6.6 disposals, 1.6 marks and 1.7 tackles per game.
Daniel Rioli
Lised as interchange
FRichmond Tigers
March 4, 2021
Rioli (ankle) has been deemed an interchange for Friday's Community Series clash with Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Rioli was recently recovering from an ankle setback but appears to have overcome the issue and will be available for the Tigers moving forward. He figures to see some time off the bench Thursday.
Will Kelly
In lineup for Community Series
FCollingwood Magpies
March 4, 2021
Kelly (elbow) will play in the Community Series clash with Richmond on Friday, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Kelly was expected to be ready for the start of the season and his inclusion on Friday's team list confirms that notion. He will slot in as a full forward alongside Jamie Elliott and Josh Daicos.
Ben Davis
Dealing with foot injury
FAdelaide Crows
Foot
March 4, 2021
Davis suffered a left syndesmosis injury during a practice match last weekend that leaves his status unclear moving forward, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Davis is set to undergo scans on the injury, which may reveal more about the nature of his injury. It's best to consider him questionable for the Round 1 clash with Geelong for the time being.
Seamus Mitchell
Dealing with ankle injury
FHawthorn Hawks
Ankle
March 4, 2021
Mitchell is dealing with an ankle injury and his status is unconfirmed for Round 1 against Essendon, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell doesn't seem like he has a good chance of playing as the season begins and there's little to suggest when he could begin his AFL career as a recent draft pick.
Jack Gunston
Out for first month
FHawthorn Hawks
Back
March 4, 2021
Gunston has already been ruled out of the first month of the regular season with a back injury, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Gunston scored 31 goals in 2020 but only collected 181 disposals, which shows that forwards who end up with the most goals aren't going to provide top-tier fantasy value. At the least, there's no need to worry about what Gunston can do as he may not play until late April at the earliest.
Jake Waterman
Could miss Round 1
FWest Coast Eagles
Back
March 4, 2021
Waterman has improved but his chances of playing in Round 1 still aren't high, according to GM Craig Vozzo. "You'll see him doing some more work with our guys, potentially some full-group training, late this week and build back into next week. He'll be touch and go for AFL (Round 1) and at this stage probably unlikely but we're on the right track now and it won't be too long before he's back out playing."
ANALYSIS
Waterman only scored nine majors in 10 matches last season and is more of a secondary threat among the Eagles' attackers. If he can be more consistent when logging double-digit disposals, then his value will be slightly higher than it would otherwise project for now, though he still needs to get onto the field before we can learn more.
Josh J. Kennedy
Won't play Sunday
FWest Coast Eagles
Calf
March 4, 2021
Kennedy is dealing with a calf injury and should increase his training regiment later in the week but will not play in Sunday's practice match against Freemantle, according to General Manager Craig Vozzo. "We won't play him this week. We'll build him into round one and we're really confident he'll be available and firing."
ANALYSIS
Kennedy should be ready for round one against Gold Coast as long as he stays on schedule. He finished 2020 with 31 goals, which was tied for the third-most in the Premiership. If he can add more consistency beyond scoring, then Kennedy will be an even better fantasy option than he already can be.
Jared Polec
Has hamstring issue
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Hamstring
March 3, 2021
Polec may not play in Friday's preseason match against Hawthorn due to a hamstring injury, per Riley Beveridge of the league's official website.
ANALYSIS
Polec still figures to be ready for round one but could be kept out of Friday's match while he completes his recovery. While not always a high-value option, Polec is capable of putting up solid numbers with a season-high of 25 disposals in a single match and collecting at least three marks in all but three matches in 2020.
Charlie Comben
Still far from returning
FNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Leg
March 3, 2021
Comben (leg) is still out indefinitely, per Riley Beveridge of the AFL's official website.
ANALYSIS
Comben didn't play at all in 2020 and still has a long way to go before he's back on the pitch.
Daniel Rioli
Has ankle injury
FRichmond Tigers
Ankle
March 3, 2021
Rioli is questionable for Friday's practice match against Collingwood due to an ankle injury picked up last week, according to Callum Twomey of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Rioli is worth monitoring as the regular season nears and may be held out of this preseason match as a precaution. He scored 12 goals from 18 matches in 2020.
Brody Mihocek
Dealing with leg knock
FCollingwood Magpies
Leg
March 3, 2021
Mihocek has been limited in training and will be a doubt to feature in Friday's practice match against Richmond, according to Mitch Cleary of the league's official website.
ANALYSIS
Mihocek seems likely to miss this preseason match after picking up a knock in a practice match last week but there is little to suggest he won't be ready for the regular season. He led Collingwood with 20 goals in 16 matches during the 2020 season.
Chris Mayne
Out against Richmond
FCollingwood Magpies
Concussion
March 3, 2021
Mayne will miss Friday's preseason match against Richmond as he completes concussion protocol, per Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official website.
ANALYSIS
Mayne should have no problems returning when the regular season begins but is prohibited from featuring Friday even if he no longer feels unfit. Look for him to return against Western Bulldogs at the start of the season, which begins for Mayne on Mar. 19.
Patrick Ryder
Takes part in practice match
FSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Ryder took part in a practice match versus North Melbourne, Mitch Cleary of the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Ryder underwent surgery on his hamstring last October but appears to be in good shape as the 2021 regular season approaches. Barring a setback of some kind, he should be in the team's Round 1 lineup and could be in line for ruckman duties with Rowan Marshall sidelined early in the season.
Jack Higgins
Taking on Blues Thursday
FSt Kilda Saints
March 3, 2021
Higgins is in the lineup for Thursday's Community Series game versus Carlton, Chris Nice of the Saints' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Higgins 2020 season ended with him sidelined by a minor calf issue, so he's likely raring to go after watching the team's season end last year. He racked up 14.5 disposals -- 8.9 kicks and 5.6 handballs -- and 3.6 marks per contest in his 10 appearances for the Saints last year.
Will Kelly
Should be ready for season
FCollingwood Magpies
Elbow
March 3, 2021
Kelly didn't make the roster for the Feb. 25 practice match against Geelong but hasn't appeared on any injury report since undergoing surgery on a fractured elbow.
ANALYSIS
As long as Kelly's name appears on the team sheet for Friday's preseason match against Richmond, there shouldn't be anything to worry about. He suffered that elbow injury on his debut last season, so he'll need more time to establish a fantasy value before the season begins.
Levi Casboult
Working back from knee issue
FCarlton Blues
Knee
March 3, 2021
Casboult suffered a jarred knee in the team's intraclub match and will skip the Community Series game versus St. Kilda as a result, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Casboult is believed to be a candidate to take the field for Round 1 still, but his status will be worth monitoring as the opener approaches. The forward appeared in 17 games for the Blues last season, tallying 10 goals and eight behinds on the season while averaging 8.9 disposals and 4.7 marks.
Mitch McGovern
Battling low-grade hamstring injury
FCarlton Blues
Hamstring
March 3, 2021
McGovern is dealing with a low-grade hamstring injury, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
McGovern is set to miss the Community Series game against the Saints but may still be in the mix for inclusion for the Round 1 meeting with the Tigers. More information on his status for that contest should surface as the regular season approaches.
Jack Silvagni
Listed as interchange
FCarlton Blues
March 3, 2021
Silvagni is among the interchanges for Thursday's Community Series game versus St. Kilda, Cristian Filippo of Carlton's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Silvagni's 2020 campaign ended with him on the sidelines but he's back healthy and ready to kick off his 2021 preseason with solid showing. He didn't produce much last season in terms of fantasy, averaging just 0.7 goals, 0.7 behinds, 5.3 disposals and 1.7 marks in his three inclusions.
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