3 Key Players for this Weekends AFL Round 21

Friday night in the AFL sees a fantastic clash between Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn kick off Round 21 from UNSQ Canberra Oval. 

The Hawks will be desperate for a win to stay in touch with the top eight while GWS can force their way into the top four with a win of their own. 

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As always, we break down some of the key players in the Friday night game between the Giants and Hawks below. 

Gun for hire 

Lachie Whitfield ($17.4m)

With Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly and Callan Ward all on the sidelines for the Giants at the moment, there’s plenty of minutes up for grabs in the midfield. While Lachie Whitfield found a home across half back throughout the early parts of the season, he’s been forced more into the centre over the last few weeks but still gets valuable rest time across half back which has helped him top the league in marks per game at 8.77.

Whitfield has scored under 100 points just three times this season, one of those games was where he was forced out in the second quarter through injury. He averages 117.5 in his last six games and averages 101.2 points in his last five games against the Hawks. 

Dud to avoid 

Jeremy Cameron ($13m)

Cameron missed the Giants Round 20 clash against Sydney through a calf strain but may return for the Friday night clash against the Hawks. The Coleman Medal favourite had a dominant start to the season but has come off the boil a bit in the last half of the year. He has just one score over 100 in his last seven games after achieving the feat four times in his first 11. 

He also has a pretty poor record against the Hawks. In seven career games against Hawthorn, Cameron averages just 58.6 points and has cleared the 100 point mark on just one occasion. The poor record combined with the return from injury raises some red flags here. 

Point of difference 

James Cousins ($10.5m)

James Cousins had had a bump in midfield minutes over the past few weeks and although he has only scored over 100 fantasy points in one game this season, it did come against the Giants back in Round 8. Since then the midfielder has averaged 76.4 points across five games and is great value this Friday night.

The Hawks are without some key midfielders at the moment in Tom Mitchell and Harry Morrison so James Cousins should continue to get valuable time in the midfield which should help his cause. 

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