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Daniel Venables
Out indefinitely
MWest Coast Eagles
Concussion
March 4, 2021
Venables remains out indefinitely due to problems stemming from a concussion suffered last season, according to Nathan Schmook of the AFL's official website.
ANALYSIS
Venables is still being kept on the roster for the Eagles even though they could draft someone who's healthy, which is a good sign that he'll have a place to play if and when he returns. For now, Venables is unlikely to be seen for the first few Rounds.
Mark Hutchings
Still dealing with thigh injury
MWest Coast Eagles
Thigh
March 4, 2021
Hutchings is still in the middle of recovering from an iliotibial band injury in his thigh, according to GM Craig Vozzo. His status has yet to be confirmed for the Round 1 matchup with Gold Coast.
ANALYSIS
Hutchings only played three times in 2020 and has a long way to go before he can touch the field in 2021. He'll need more time to get a proper read on his fantasy value in the new campaign.
Elliot Yeo
Still recovering from groin issue
MWest Coast Eagles
Groin
March 4, 2021
Yeo is still in the process of recovering from a groin injury and his status for Round 1 against Gold Coast has yet to be confirmed, according to GM Craig Vozzo.
ANALYSIS
Yeo hasn't played since Aug. 9 of 2020 and it's not certain he'll be ready for Round 1 in 2021. When healthy, Yeo will be a reliable fantasy option as he recorded at least 20 disposals in all but three appearances and never made fewer than three tackles in any match last season.
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.
Bailey J. Williams
Rolls ankle in practice
RWest Coast Eagles
Ankle
March 4, 2021
Williams rolled his ankle in practice just after recovering from a quad injury and will need a couple of weeks to recover, according to GM Craig Vozzo. "(Williams) is going to be at least a couple of weeks from here because of the swelling and ligament damage as a result, but confident he's back on track but we need to take a conservative approach."
ANALYSIS
Williams may not be fully ready for round one against Gold Coast and he's certainly out for Sunday's practice match against Freemantle. He only played three times last season and most rucks play second-fiddle to Nic Naitanui no matter the opponent.
Tim Kelly
Should play in round one
MWest Coast Eagles
Thumb
March 4, 2021
Kelly will be held out of Sunday's practice match as he lets a fractured thumb completely heal but should have no problems playing in round one against Gold Coast, according to GM Craig Vozzo.
ANALYSIS
Kelly wasn't always a top fantasy option last season but he should begin the season in good shape when this injury is behind him. In 2020, Kelly would often get involved with a mid-high number of disposals plus a few marks and tackles and those are good ways to stay relevant in fantasy almost every week.
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.
Nic Naitanui
Dominates in heartbreaking loss
RWest Coast Eagles
October 3, 2020
Naitanui tallied 17 disposals (11 kicks, six handballs), three tackles, two marks and one behind in Saturday's 76-75 loss to Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui confirmed his status as the best ruckman in the league with another dominant performance Saturday. He finished with 24 hitouts to go with seven clearances and six score involvements. After a few seasons littered with injury, this has been a statement season for the big man, capped off by his selection to the All-Australian team.
Liam Ryan
Stars despite loss on Saturday
FWest Coast Eagles
October 3, 2020
Ryan ended with 16 disposals (seven kicks, nine handballs), six marks, one tackle and one goal in Saturday's 76-75 loss to the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Ryan stamped his class on the game early but was unable to get his team over the line. In what has been a breakout season for the young forward, Ryan is certainly a star of the future and a player the Eagles are going to build around for seasons to come. He ends the season ranked sixth in total score involvements and based on what we have seen, his production is likely to increase moving forward.
Josh Rotham
Out with heel injury
DWest Coast Eagles
Heel
October 2, 2020
Rotham will not play in Saturday's elimination final due to a heel injury, Gary Stocks of the Eagles' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Rotham had taken part in the last eight games but may not have necessarily been in the lineup anyway. Should West Coast lose the contest, Rotham would be looking at a return in 2021.
Jamie Cripps
Returning for elimination final
FWest Coast Eagles
September 29, 2020
Cripps (personal) will rejoin the side for Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood, The West Australian reports.
ANALYSIS
Cripps was away from the team to be with his partner for the birth of their child, but he's now back in the fold as the Eagles look nearly fully prepared for the contest. Crips averaged 11.5 disposals, 0.6 goals, 3.1 tackles and 2.6 marks per game during 13 home-and-away contests this season.
Jeremy McGovern
In line for elimination final appearance
DWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
McGovern (hamstring) is slated to take part in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
McGovern is one of numerous reinforcements on the way for the Eagles as they look to stave off elimination Saturday. He should play a starring role on the back end for the Eagles again in finals, having posted double-digit marks on a pair of occasions during the home-and-away season, averaging 6.0 to go along sith 12.9 disposals per match.
Luke Shuey
In line to play
MWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
Shuey (hamstring) is slated to take the field in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Shuey may need to knock off some rust early in the contest after being sidelined for a month due to a hamstring complaint. Still, he figures to be a key piece in the Eagles' midfield after routinely topping 20 disposals and adding in plenty of marks and tackles during the home-and-away season.
Mark Hutchings
Good chance to play
MWest Coast Eagles
Hamstring
September 29, 2020
Hutchings (hamstring) appears set to be available for Saturday's elimination final versus the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Hutchings isn't guaranteed to be a part of the Eagles' lineup even if available, but it at least appears like he should be ready if called upon. Hutchings appeared in just three games during the home-and-away season, averaging 8.0 disposals, 1.7 marks and 1.3 tackles.
Lewis Jetta
In line for elimination final return
DWest Coast Eagles
Calf
September 29, 2020
Jetta (calf) is slated to take the field in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Jetta has been sidelined since early September due to a bothersome calf strain. Fortunately, he should return as a key piece on the back end for the Eagles, averaging 14.3 disposals, 3.7 marks and 2.7 tackles on the season.
Jack Redden
Slated to play Saturday
MWest Coast Eagles
Thumb
September 29, 2020
Redden (thumb) is in line to take the field Saturday versus the Magpies.
ANALYSIS
Redden underwent surgery on his fractured thumb in early September but looks to be doing well enough to give it a go after some rest and rehab. He tallied two of his three highest disposal counts (20 and 21) in his last two matches and will aim to keep that trend going in the elimination final.
Josh J. Kennedy
Likely to play in elimination final
FWest Coast Eagles
Ankle
September 29, 2020
Kennedy (ankle) is in line to play in Saturday's elimination final versus Collingwood.
ANALYSIS
Kennedy suffered an ankle injury in the Eagles' home-and-away finale back on Sept. 18 but appears to be in a good spot as the team looks to stave off elimination for another round. While he is a significant goal-scorer, racking up 1.9 per game on the season, Kennedy isn't exactly a fantasy darling thanks to a lack of contributions in other categories.
Oscar Allen
Slots three goals in Thursday's win
FWest Coast Eagles
September 18, 2020
Allen finished with 10 disposals (five kicks, five handballs), three goals, two marks and one tackle in Thursday's 49-34 victory over North Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
With Josh Kennedy (ankle) suffering an ankle injury early in the contest, Allen stepped up for the Eagles, booting a career-high three goals. He has now kicked five majors over the past two games and looks to be rounding back into form after a lull in his production over recent times. The Eagles will now get a week off before lining up in the finals with their opponent yet to be determined.
Josh J. Kennedy
Suffers ankle injury in victory
FWest Coast Eagles
Ankle
September 18, 2020
Kennedy tallied just two disposals, one mark and one tackle before being forced off with injury during Thursday's 49-34 victory over the Kangaroos.
ANALYSIS
Kennedy appeared to injure his ankle during a marking contest and despite attempting to play on, he was ultimately ruled out for the rest of the game. The Eagles will play in the finals, although their exact position in the eight remains undecided. They will be sweating on the fitness of their star forward and the two-week break is certainly going to work in his favor.
Shannon Hurn
Returns to form in victory
DWest Coast Eagles
September 18, 2020
Hurn tallied 23 disposals (17 kicks, six handballs), four marks and four tackles in Thursday's 49-34 victory over the Kangaroos.
ANALYSIS
The Eagles failed to score in the opening term for the first time in 22 years but were eventually able to assert their dominance, running out 15 point victors. Hurn had arguably his best game of the season, matching his season-high of 23 disposals, set all the way back in late March. The victory moves the Eagles into the top-four, a position they could lose just as quickly depending on other results.
Dom Sheed
Retakes 22 spot
MWest Coast Eagles
September 16, 2020
Sheed (hamstring) will return to the lineup for Thursday's match versus North Melbourne, Gary Stocks of the Eagles' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Sheed's hamstring complaint prevented him from donning the jumper last week, but he's apparently avoided a serious issue to the point that he will be able to rejoin the action just a week later. He's set for a spot in the midfield at centre next to Jackson Nelson and Jake Waterman.
Brendon Ah Chee
Ready to play
MWest Coast Eagles
September 16, 2020
Ah Chee (finger) has rejoined the lineup for the home and away finale versus the Kangaroos on Thursday, Gary Stocks of the Eagles' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Ah Chee's finger issue wasn't believed to be very serious, so it isn't overly surprising that he's available for Thursday's match after missing just one previously. He's set to claim a spot in the West Coast midfield at half forward alongside Jack Darling and Jack Petruccelle.
Nic Naitanui
Makes impact in win
RWest Coast Eagles
September 10, 2020
Naitanui made 33 hitouts to go with nine clearances and 18 disposals (12 kicks, six handballs) from Thursday's 65-50 win over Saint Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Naitanui got the better of both Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall to put up one of his more productive performances of the season. When his team needed it most, key players stepped up for the Eagles like Naitanui to secure their place in the finals despite a host of injuries to key players. With the injury crisis still around, Naitanui will need to stay sharp heading into the finals.
Andrew Gaff
Big effort in win
FWest Coast Eagles
September 10, 2020
Gaff scored one major and one behind to go with 33 disposals (15 kicks, 18 handballs) and four tackles made during Thursday's 65-50 win over Saint Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Gaff has only been a high-scoring player all season until a dismal showing against Western Bulldogs in his previous match. He got back on top in a big way this time around, and its secured his place in the finals. When it's all said and done, it will be interesting to see what Gaff does in a favorable final Round against North Melbourne.
Tim Kelly
Has huge game in win
MWest Coast Eagles
September 10, 2020
Kelly kicked one major and scored two behinds to go with 30 disposals (20 kicks, 10 handballs) in addition to making six marks, logging four tackles and completing nine clearances during Thursday's 65-50 win over Saint Kilda.
ANALYSIS
Kelly had one of the most important performances of any player all season by being in the right place at the right time to keep his club within reaching distance of the Saints at every opportunity. Before this match, Kelly only topped 20 disposals in one of the previous five matches. As a result, it might be hard to expect Kelly to match his efforts in the next Round, especially with his place in the finals now secured thanks to his work.
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