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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.
Jack Viney
Highly questionable for opener
MMelbourne Demons
Foot
March 4, 2021
Viney is pressing for time to be ready for the opener versus Fremantle folowing foot surgery, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Viney was a core member of the Demons' midfield during the 2020 campaign, averaging 18.5 disposals -- 9.6 kick and 8.9 handballs -- 2.3 marks and 4.1 tackles over 16 games. He figures to handle a sizable role again once healthy but may not be ready to start the season with his teammates.
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.
Michael Hibberd
Solid effort in return Saturday
DMelbourne Demons
September 19, 2020
Hibberd amassed 16 disposals (11 kicks, five handballs) and 10 marks in Saturday's 68-49 victory over the Bombers.
ANALYSIS
After missing the previous game due to an ankle injury, Hibberd returned for the Demons and had one of his better games of the season. He grabbed 10 marks in the victory, one of three Demons players to reach double-digits. The win moves them into the top-8 with other results still to determine their final position.
Jayden Hunt
Slots four majors in crucial victory
FMelbourne Demons
September 19, 2020
Hunt finished with seven disposals (seven kicks), four goals and three marks in Saturday's 68-49 victory over Essendon.
ANALYSIS
Hunt kicked a career-best four goals as the Demons took care of business against a disappointing Bombers outfit. Despite a couple of tense moments late in the game, the Demons were basically in control all the way and will now await the result of the Bulldogs game on Sunday. A victory to the Bulldogs would see the Demons fall outside the top-8, missing finals football once again.
Mitchell W. Brown
Grabs 13 marks in victory
FMelbourne Demons
September 19, 2020
Brown ended with 20 disposals (14 kicks, six handballs), 13 marks and two behinds in Saturday's 68-49 victory over the Bombers.
ANALYSIS
Playing in only his fifth game of the season, Brown stood tall with a season-high 13 marks as the Demons moved into the top-8, at least in the short-term. His 20 disposals also marked a season-high and he has certainly looked much better over the last two games. The Demons will be sweating on the result of Sunday's game between the Bulldogs and the Dockers, needing a Dockers victory to remain inside the top-8.
James Harmes
Bypassed despite availability
DMelbourne Demons
September 18, 2020
Harmes (undisclosed) wasn't included in the lineup despite being available for Round 18, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Harmes missed the previous match due to injury, and the team opted to go a different direction in the home-and-away finale as the Demons look to (with some necessary help) make their way into the finals.
Luke Jackson
Listed as emergency
RMelbourne Demons
September 18, 2020
Jackson (hamstring) is listed as an emergency for Saturday's clash with the Bombers, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Jackson appears to be over the hamstring issue that cost him time, but the team has elected not to include him in the crucial match given his extended layoff and the potential rust he faces.
Michael Hibberd
Back for Round 18
DMelbourne Demons
September 18, 2020
Hibberd (ankle) will return to the lineup for Saturday's Round 18 clash with the Bombers, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hibberd has been dealing with an ankle issue intermittently of late and was cost Round 17 most recently because of it. Fortunately, the complaint was a minor one and he will get an opportunity to help out Melbourne as it makes a push for a postseason berth.
Tom Sparrow
Off injury list
FMelbourne Demons
September 16, 2020
Sparrow (collarbone) isn't on the injury list ahead of the home-and-away series ahead of Friday's match versus Melbourne, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Sparrow suffered a broken collarbone in August, but it appears the issue is behind him and he could retake the field in short order.
Neville Jetta
Not on injury list
DMelbourne Demons
September 16, 2020
Jetta (ankle) isn't among the players listed on the injury list, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Jetta suffered a left ankle issue during Saturday's contest against the Giants, but it's not serious enough to require a stay on the sidelines beyond that tilt. He should be in the mix for selection in the home-and-away finale Friday versus Essendon.
Jayden Hunt
Adds another goal in narrow victory
FMelbourne Demons
September 12, 2020
Hunt finished with just five disposals, two marks, one goal and one behind in Saturday's 79-74 victory over Greater Western Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Playing in just his fifth game of the season, Hunt booted at least one goal for the fourth time as the Demons moved back inside the top-8. Hunt has struggled to string games together this season and his time on the field has certainly not produced any fantasy-worthy discussion.
Trent Rivers
Career-best performance in win
DMelbourne Demons
September 12, 2020
Rivers totaled 16 disposals (10 kicks, six handballs), three tackles, two marks and two goals in Saturday's 79-74 victory over the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Rivers booted the first two goals of his career, helping the Demons to an important victory Saturday. The first-year player matched his season-high with 16 disposals and three tackles and is beginning to develop into a more than adequate option. He currently ranks first in intercepts per game amongst rising stars, and he is inside the top-10 in basically every other category. Despite being taken with the 32nd overall pick in the draft, Rivers has certainly been one of the most impressive rookies to come out of the recent class.
Max Gawn
Dominant performance Saturday
RMelbourne Demons
September 12, 2020
Gawn ended with 15 disposals (11 kicks, four handballs), four tackles and one mark in Saturday's 79-74 victory over the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Gawn dominated the ruck as the Demons kept their finals chances alive with a stirring five-point victory. The win not only moves them temporarily into the top-8 but it also leaves the Giants on the outside looking in when it comes to postseason footy. Gawn collected 44 hitouts to go with a game-high eight clearances, confirming his status as arguably the best ruckman in the game today.
Neville Jetta
Suffers ankle injury
DMelbourne Demons
Ankle
September 12, 2020
Jetta hurt his left ankle during the narrow Round 17 victory over the Giants on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Jetta picked up an ankle injury during Saturday's win over the Giants although the extent of the matter is currently unknown. The Demons have their regular-season finale Friday against the Bombers which doesn't give Jetta all that much time to get ready to play. An update on his status should be provided later in the week.
Michael Hibberd
Out with ankle soreness
DMelbourne Demons
Ankle
September 11, 2020
Hibberd is not available for Saturday's match versus GWS due to ankle soreness, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Hibberd's ankle issue doesn't sound particularly serious, but it comes at an inopportune time with Melbourne looking to climb its way into the finals and set to face the No. 8 team in the ladder in GWS.
Marty Hore
Over quad issue
DMelbourne Demons
September 8, 2020
Hore has moved beyond the quad complaintthat previously sidelined him.
ANALYSIS
Hore underwent surgery in late June and hasn't taken the field yet this season, so he's likely bound for scratch matches the rest of the way. Even when he is well conditioned, there is no guarantee he will be in the club's weekly lineup.
Nathan Jones
Sits with injury
MMelbourne Demons
Quadriceps
September 7, 2020
Jones did not take part in Monday's game versus Fremantle due to a quad injury, Ben Gibson of the Demon's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Jones has racked up 13 disposals, 2.7 marks and 1.7 tackles per game through seven appearances this season but has missed his fair share of action as well. The issue may be related to a previous quad problem that cost him a round, so it's possible he will skip more than one game this time around.
James Harmes
Sits with foot injury
DMelbourne Demons
Undisclosed
September 7, 2020
Harmes was unavailable for Monday's game versus, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Harmes will miss his second of the last three contests, though his previous absence was for rest purposes. He typically doesn't log huge fantasy outputs but was coming off of a strong 12-disposal, seven-tackle tilt against Sydney that was arguably his best showing of the season.
Angus Brayshaw
Misses with foot issue
MMelbourne Demons
Foot
September 7, 2020
Brayshaw was unavailable for Monday's game against Freemantle due to a foot injury, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The extent of Brayshaw's foot issue remains unclear, but he's set to miss Round 16 at a minimum. More information should surface once he is healthy enough to rejoin the action.
Jack Viney
Team-high 27 disposals in loss
MMelbourne Demons
September 7, 2020
Viney ended with 27 disposals (14 kicks, 13 handballs), five tackles and one mark in Monday's 47-33 loss to the Dockers.
ANALYSIS
Viney continues to see plenty of the ball for the Demons but was one of only a handful of players to walk away with meaningful production. It was a tough loss for the Demons' fans to take and all but signals an end to their finals hopes. Viney ranks inside the top-10 in multiple categories and typically provides a semblance of fantasy value on most weeks.
Toby Bedford
Quiet in return to action
FMelbourne Demons
September 7, 2020
Bedford ended with eight disposals (four kicks, four handballs), two marks, two tackles and one behind in Monday's 47-33 loss to the Dockers.
ANALYSIS
Playing in his first game since Round 1 and just the second game of his career, Bedford was unable to find the ball in what was a terrible night for the forwards. The wet conditions were certainly far from ideal with both teams struggling to find the middle of the goalposts. Bedford is someone the Demons will be keeping an eye on moving forward but he remains a long way from being any kind of fantasy asset.
Joel Smith
Offers little in Thursday's loss
DMelbourne Demons
September 3, 2020
Smith finished with just four disposals and two tackles in Thursday's 67-46 loss to Sydney.
ANALYSIS
Playing in his first game since early July, Smith offered very little in the way of statistical production, recording single-digit disposals once again. It has not been a great season for Smith who has played in only four games thus far. That brings his total career games to 15 despite the fact he has been in the league since 2015.
Alex Neal-Bullen
Meaningful production in return
MMelbourne Demons
September 3, 2020
Neal-Bullen ended with 13 disposals (six kicks, seven handballs), four tackles, three marks and one goal in Thursday's 67-46 loss to the Swans.
ANALYSIS
Neal-Bullen returned for the Demons after serving a four-game suspension due to a sling tackle. He made an immediate impact but was not able to get the team over the line. The loss certainly puts finals football in some doubt with the Demons now needing other results to go their way as well as continuing to win themselves.
Alex Neal-Bullen
Back from suspension
MMelbourne Demons
September 2, 2020
Neal-Bullen has served his suspension and is back in the lineup for Thursday's match versus the Swans, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Neal-Bullen copped the ban following a sling tackle of Will Hamill but has served his penance and will retake a spot among the 22. He's listed as an interchange for the contest and will look to build off of his three goals in his first two games played.
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