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Crows stage Fantasy comeback

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Matt Crouch of the Crows in action during the 2017 AFL round 19 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Matt Crouch

Two Crows topped 100 AFL Fantasy points in Adelaide’s heart-stopping draw with Collingwood on Sunday at the MCG.

Matt Crouch led Adelaide’s Fantasy contingent with 127 points, recording a game-high 36 disposals and nine clearances while leading Adelaide’s second-half revival.

It’s the fourth week in a row that the midfielder has reached the Fantasy century, making it five tons in six weeks after falling one point short (99) in Round 15 against Carlton.

Crouch had a career-high 10 tackles in the clash with the Pies, a team-high on the day and now the second time he’s hit double-digits for tackles laid in his career.

His strong performances have seen his price slowly rise over the past month, now valued at $592,000 – a $28,000 rise from the start of the season.

Brodie Smith followed with 106 points. His running game off half-back was reflected through 26 disposals, seven rebound 50ms and six inside 50ms.

The rebounding defender had an equal team-high eight marks, his aerial performance matched only by high-flying forward Mitch McGovern.

Crouch and Smith were Adelaide’s sole members of the 100 club, the duo's form rewarded with selection in the AFL’s Team of the Week.

Sam Jacobs (99) fell just shy of notching a ton of his own, his 39 hit-outs providing vital supply for Adelaide’s engine room.

His chase down tackle on Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy was a highlight of Adelaide’s high-scoring third-quarter at the ‘G.

Riley Knight (93) had 17 touches, operating at an outstanding 94.1 per cent disposal efficiency.

Knight remains an intriguing prospect for team owners, his Fantasy form fluctuating as his role within the Crows midfield continues to change.


Matt Crouch MID 127
Brodie Smith DEF/MID 106
Sam Jacobs RUC 99
Riley Knight MID/FWD 93
Richard Douglas MID/FWD 92
David Mackay MID 88
Paul Seedsman MID 80
Mitch McGovern FWD 80
Rory Laird DEF 78
Tom Lynch FWD 77
Josh Jenkins FWD 76
Jake Kelly DEF 68
Rory Atkins MID 65
Andy Otten DEF/FWD 64
Charlie Cameron FWD 62
Taylor Walker FWD 59
Wayne Milera FWD 56
Hugh Greenwood MID 53
Rory Sloane MID 47
Daniel Talia DEF 45
Alex Keath DEF 41
Luke Brown DEF 38
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