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Dane Rampe
Good for Community Series game
DSydney Swans
March 6, 2021
Rampe (hand) is listed in the lineup for Sunday's Community Series clash with GWS.
ANALYSIS
Rampe's 2020 campaign ended prematurely due to a hand injury, but he appears to be in the clear as 2021 approaches. The defender averaged 14.6 disposals, 3.8 marks and 1.4 tackles when healthy last season.
Tom Doedee
Makes it through SANFL match unscathed
DAdelaide Crows
March 6, 2021
Doedee (groin) returned to action on the SANFL side Saturday, Kirralee Thomas of the Crows' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Doedee should solidify the Crows' back end come Round 1 but will sit out the Community Series contest Sunday after taking part on the SANFL side. He averaged 14.3 disposals, 5.2 marks and 1.7 tackles a season ago.
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.
Andrew McGrath
Interchange for Community Series
MEssendon Bombers
March 5, 2021
McGrath (concussion) is listed among the interchanges for Saturday's Community Series tilt versus Geelong.
ANALYSIS
McGrath had recently been sidelined by a concussion but appears to be healthy enough to give in a go Saturday. This should put his status in pretty good shape for the team's season opener in a couple of weeks.
Rhys Stanley
Sitting out Community Series
RGeelong Cats
General Soreness
March 5, 2021
Stanley (soreness) will not play in Saturday's Community Series clash with the Tigers, Tom Collings of the Cats' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Stanley was expected to be a late decision for the contest after suffering a heavy knock in a practice match last week. Even though he won't play Saturday, it sounds as though there is little concern about his status for the start of the regular season.
Jed Anderson
Not in Community Series lineup
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Calf
March 5, 2021
Anderson (calf) has not been included in the Roos' lineup for Saturday's Community Series contest versus Hawthorn.
ANALYSIS
Anderson should be ready for the start of the regular season but will apparently require the extra downtime to get right ahead of it. As a result, he will sit out the clash Saturday, leaving a younger North Melbourne squad to take on the Hawks.
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.
Easton Wood
Still rehabbing hamstring issue
DWestern Bulldogs
Hamstring
March 4, 2021
Wood is still rehabbing a hamstring strain, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Wood dealt with a hamstring issue late in 2020 so it's not a great sign that he's beginning 2021 off with a similar issue. It remains to be seen if he will be ready to take the field for Round 1, but more information should hit the airwaves the week of the game, but it appears the team's Community Series contest is out of the picture.
Ben Cunnington
Suffers setback in recovery
MNorth Melbourne Kangaroos
Concussion
March 4, 2021
Cunnington has suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion and will not play in the weekend's Community Series game versus Hawthorn, Fox Footy reports.
ANALYSIS
Cunnington was originally expected to make his return this weekend but will have to push that back until at least Round 1. When healthy, he figures to be a key piece in the Roos midfield again in 2021.
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.
Rory Atkins
Slated to miss start of season
MGold Coast Suns
Foot
March 4, 2021
Atkins is in line to miss the opening of the season due to a foot issue, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Atkins has reportedly rejoined the main group but won't be quite up to speed for the start of the season. Look for more information to surface when he's cleared for his first AFL action of the 2021 home and away season.
Sam Powell-Pepper
Unlikely for Round 1
MPort Adelaide Power
Hand
March 4, 2021
Powell-Pepper is considered "unlikely" for the Round 1 match against North Melbourne due surgery on a broken bone in his hand, according to Nathan Schmook of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Powell-Pepper scored six majors and logged 77 tackles last season, which aren't bad numbers but seldom yield high-end value. There should be more news on when he could return when Round 1 nears, though for now he'll miss the Community Series match against Adelaide on Saturday.
Sam Naismith
Not ready to return
RSydney Swans
Knee - ACL
March 4, 2021
Naismith (torn ACL) is increasing his workload but needs more time before he returns to a competitive match, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
It's not exactly clear when Naismith will be back but at least his progression has stayed on schedule. He only made two appearances in 2020 and will hope to stay fit for longer upon his return.
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.
Sean Darcy
Hoping to be ready for Round 1
RFremantle Dockers
Knee
March 4, 2021
Darcy suffered a knee injury but hopes to be available for Round 1 versus Melbourne, the AFL's official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Darcy figures to handle primary duties in the ruck for Fremantle again this season when healthy, but it sounds as though his status for the opener is still up in the air. More information on his status should surface come the week of the opener.
Phil Davis
Hopeful to return Saturday
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Knee
March 4, 2021
Davis (knee) hopes to return for Saturday's match against Sydney after returning to training last week, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Davis missed the final months of the 2020 season with this knee injury and only just returned to training. With the news that he could return for the Community Series preseason match, Davis should have even better odds of being ready for Round 1 against St. Kilda.
Braydon Preuss
Out up to five months
RGreater Western Sydney Giants
Shoulder
March 4, 2021
Preuss could be out for up to five months due to a shoulder injury, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Preuss could return earlier in the summer but the pickup from Melbourne in the offseason won't be around for the first few months of the campaign. He only played three times last season and will need to get a few under his belt when healthy to prove his usefulness for fantasy.
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.
Jesse Hogan
Suffers quad injury in training
DGreater Western Sydney Giants
Quadriceps
March 4, 2021
Hogan picked up a quad injury in training and remains questionable for Round 1 against St. Kilda, according to Michael Whiting of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Hogan has struggled with his fitness for much of the past two seasons and remains injury prone with the Giants. Given the ratings he was receiving in preseason, Hogan could be worth some attention if he can recover in time for the regular season.
Rhys Stanley
Late call for Essendon tilt
RGeelong Cats
General Soreness
March 4, 2021
Stanley will be a late decision for Saturday's Community Series match against Essendon after taking a heavy knock in a practice match last week, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
There isn't anything to suggest that Stanley won't be ready for the Essendon match but there's also no guarantee that he'll play or not be limited in his minutes. He was able to put up decent numbers in 2020 with 212 hitouts and 10 goals in 11 games and should be ready for Round 1 against Adelaide if nothing else comes up.
Sam Simpson
Recovering from shoulder surgery
MGeelong Cats
Shoulder
March 4, 2021
Simpson is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and his status for the beginning of the regular season isn't fully clear, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Simpson only played from July 9 to the end of the season in 2020 and his most notable performance came in his debut with 27 clearances against Brisbane. When he gets healthy, he'll be worth more attention if he can recapture his best work than what he did for much of the season.
Darcy Fort
Out with knee injury
RGeelong Cats
Knee
March 4, 2021
Fort remains unavailable for Saturday's match against Essendon with a knee injury, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Fort doesn't even look likely to be ready for Round 1 but there hasn't been news much to suggest when he could return at all. He only made five appearances last season but still collected 106 hitouts.
Luke Dahlhaus
Likely out Saturday
MGeelong Cats
Groin
March 4, 2021
Dahlhaus is expected to miss Saturday's Community Series match against Essendon due to a groin injury, according to Mitch Cleary of AFL.com.
ANALYSIS
Dahlhaus wasn't overly impressive in 2020 but he still averaged 13.5 disposals per game and someone else will need to pick up the slack if he can't play. Fortunately, it looks like Dahlhaus will be ready to play in Round 1against Adelaide unless something sets him back in his recovery.
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