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Sloane's Fantasy surge

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Callum Sinclair of the Swans is tackled by Rory Sloane of the Crows during the 2017 AFL round 22 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval on August 18, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)
Rory Sloane tackles Sydney's Callum Sinclair during the Friday night clash at Adelaide Oval

Rory Sloane is the League’s equal-best Fantasy scorer for Round 22, his 153 points matched only by Richmond’s Shaun Grigg.

The midfielder was one of six Crows to top 100 AFL Fantasy points in Adelaide’s tight three-point loss to Sydney at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Sloane had a season-high nine clearances in the contest, a team-high in what was a hotly contested battle in the middle.

The hard-as-nails midfielder faced a tag from Swan Isaac Heeney, but still managed to collect 29 possessions, send the ball inside 50 five times and lay a game-high 14 tackles.

It’s the fourth time he’s recorded a 150+ score this year, the 153-point effort coming at the perfect time for owners as AFL Fantasy moves into its final round this week.

Rory Laird followed with 116 points, his influence off half-back evident through a game-high ten marks.

It’s the twelfth-time Laird has reached triple Fantasy figures this season, now averaging 100.8 points a game.

The run home: Round 23

Tom Lynch was next in line, notching 107 points in the clash.

The link-up forward had 24 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and a goal in a strong all-round performance.

Matt Crouch continued his excellent form, scoring 106 points and his notching his seventh century in nine weeks.

Crouch’s consistency comes as a price, available for a premium of $604,000.

That’s a season-high price for the young midfielder, who shapes to be a determining factor across Fantasy leagues this week.

Sam Jacobs (106) and Mitch McGovern (100) rounded out Adelaide’s 100 club, the former having a field day in the ruck with 48 hit-outs.

It was a career-high score for McGovern, who hit triple figures for the first time with an even 100-point performance. The exciting forward slotted four majors and took seven marks, his attacking potency also evident through two goal assists.


Rory Sloane MID 153
Rory Laird DEF 116
Tom Lynch FWD 107
Matt Crouch MID 106
Sam Jacobs RUC 106
Mitch McGovern FWD 100
Brad Crouch MID 96
Hugh Greenwood MID 96
Josh Jenkins FWD 87
Riley Knight FWD 87
Eddie Betts FWD 86
Brodie Smith DEF/MID 82
David Mackay MID 81
Taylor Walker FWD 65
Luke Brown DEF 61
Rory Atkins MID 61
Alex Keath DEF 57
Charlie Cameron FWD 57
Jake Lever DEF 47
Richard Douglas MID/DEF 47
Daniel Talia DEF 41
Jake Kelly DEF 33
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