Adelaide Crows

Get them in: Winger Paul Seedsman could return for Sunday's clash with Greater Western Sydney providing he's cleared of an adductor injury that forced him to be a late out against Melbourne. Curtly Hampton, Andy Otten and Lachlan Murphy are waiting in the wings in the SANFL.

Under the pump: Myles Poholke is likely to be squeezed out if Seedsman returns. The Crows' big injury list probably prevents coach Don Pyke from swinging the axe despite the 91-point loss to the Demons. 

Medical room: Seedsman could return from an adductor injury, while defender Luke Brown was concussed in the first quarter against the Dees.

Verdict: Seedsman will return if he's fit. If Brown can't get up, then Otten is likely to be recalled. Kyle Cheney is another option. - Lee Gaskin

Brisbane Lions

Get them in: He's been knocking down the door in the NEAFL, and now it appears there might be a spot for Josh Walker.

Under the pump: Injury will derail the Matt Eagles story, with the rugged defender expected to be out for a couple of weeks with an abdominal problem. Oscar McInerney was also outmarked a couple of times against the Swans.

Medical room: Aside from Eagles, things look relatively good, with young draftee Toby Wooller only a week or two away from making a NEAFL debut after breaking his finger.

Verdict: Walker – who can play at either end of the ground – appears a perfect replacement for Eagles. Don't expect Chris Fagan to change the team too much. - Michael Whiting


Get them in: Jack Silvagni is relishing his new role as an inside midfielder/forward, finishing with 23 disposals and six tackles against Essendon in the VFL last Saturday. Jarrod Garlett did well with 17 disposals and Tom De Koning kicked two early goals.

Under the pump: The Blues love Jed Lamb's passion for the contest and aggression, but he needs to win more of the ball.

Medical room: Nick Graham, Harrison Macreadie and Tom Williamson were injured last Saturday, leaving the Northern Blues short on rotations. Acting skipper Patrick Cripps (corked quad) should be available.

Verdict: Given their long list of injuries and a gallant effort last Saturday, the Blues are unlikely to make too many changes. - Howard Kotton


Get them in: Veteran Daniel Wells is rested and raring to go, while the likely loss of Travis Varcoe perhaps heightens the need for Sam Murray’s speed. Brody Mihocek continues to put up his hand for an AFL debut.

Under the pump: Levi Greenwood last week played his first game of the season – on a back flank instead of tagging. He’ll be under pressure to hold his spot in that role given Brayden Maynard will soon return and, presumably, so too will Murray.

Medical room: Varcoe has another hamstring problem and Brayden Sier won't be considered for an AFL debut after suffering a suspected adductor injury.

Verdict: Wells to replace the injured Varcoe. - Ben Collins


Get them in: Michael Hurley is expected to return this week after missing the past two games with a minor hamstring injury. Darcy Parish has been excellent in the VFL since being dropped two weeks ago, while Aaron Francis is building his form at that level too.

Under the pump: For Hurley to come in, a defender will have to go out. That could see Matt Dea's place in jeopardy despite performing solidly.

Medical room: Hurley will be the main focus, while David Myers could be available after a hip injury.

Verdict: The Bombers seem to have found their groove, so it would be unlikely a raft of changes is coming after two wins on the trot. - Callum Twomey


Get them in: The Dockers are about to "double down" on the rebuild, so expect Stefan Giro to debut after a prolific month for Peel, averaging 25 disposals since his knee injury. Harley Bennell is very close after his calf issues but might need a fourth game for the Thunder.

Under the pump: The youth policy spells trouble for veteran duo Danyle Pearce and Michael Johnson in the twilight of their careers.

Medical room: Aaron Sandilands has been ruled out with concussion, so expect former first-round draft pick Michael Apeness to play just his eighth game in five seasons against Collingwood at the MCG. Stephen Hill will miss 2-3 weeks after injuring his 'good' quad against North. 

Verdict: Giro and running defender Taylin Duman seem almost certain to come in, most likely for the injured Hill and Johnson. Pearce might get a reprieve, while Apeness should replace Sandilands. - Travis King

Stefan Giro looks set to make his AFL debut this weekend. Picture: AFL Photos

Geelong Cats

Get them in: Lincoln McCarthy looked a cut above in the VFL and with three games under his belt may be unleashed. Wylie Buzza looms as the answer to replace Esava Ratugolea as a forward/ruck. Ryan Abbott had more influence than Zac Smith in the ruck last week, both will be putting pressure on Rhys Stanley's spot. Holdover emergency George Horlin-Smith and James Parsons (31 disposals) will be considered.

Under the pump: Tough to see Jamaine Jones fall out after a debut but he was quiet after kicking the first goal. Despite nine tackles, Cory Gregson finished with five touches. Ratugolea's injury helps Stewart Crameri's (nine disposals) cause. Tim Kelly might be due for a rest after two lean weeks.

Medical room: After missing three weeks, Lachie Fogarty (groin soreness) will need to impress on the track to come straight back in. Scott Selwood (back) and Harry Taylor (plantar fascia) look more unlikely than likely. 

Verdict: Like for like, Buzza replaces Ratugolea. If they want to go smaller or leave out Jones or Gregson, McCarthy is the man. The need for a second ruck works in Buzza's favour, considering Mark Blicavs will be needed for Lynch in defence with Taylor set to miss. Headaches. - Mitch Cleary

Gold Coast Suns

Get them in: Quite a few familiar faces are set to return this week, led by co-captain Tom Lynch, key forward Sam Day, versatile Jack Martin and clever back pocket Jesse Joyce.

Under the pump: The younger players have done well, but may go back to the NEAFL now, including Brayden CrossleyCharlie Ballard and Jack Leslie.

Medical room: Matt Rosa is trying to overcome a hamstring problem, but looks unlikely.

Verdict: Plenty of changes from the team that played Port Adelaide, with Lynch, Day, Martin and Joyce to lead the way. - Michael Whiting

GWS Giants

Get them in: Co-captain Phil Davis (concussion) and utility Sam Reid (hamstring) should be right to face the Crows, while Isaac Cumming and Aiden Bonar were both outstanding in the NEAFL last week.

Under the pump: Key defender Tim Mohr is likely to make way for Davis, while Dylan Buckley or Zac Langdon could be squeezed out by Reid.

Medical room: Matt de Boer (hamstring) should be back for round 12, but another serious calf problem for Brett Deledio is a massive blow..

Verdict: Davis and Reid to return against the Crows, with Buckley and Mohr to miss out. - Adam Curley


Get them in: Daniel Howe responded well to his omission from the Hawthorn side a fortnight ago with 26 disposals, 10 marks, five clearances and two goals for Box Hill on Saturday. However, he rolled his left ankle in the last quarter and took no further part in the game. Teia Miles has been solid at VFL level all year and had another 24 disposals on the weekend and the Hawks should take another look at him as well.

Under the pump:  The Hawks were good in patches against West Coast last Sunday, just lacked that bit of polish to go with the ladder leaders for four quarters. Changes for this week are likely to be structural and tactical.

Medical room: Midfielder James Cousins should be available after concussion. The six-day break could mean a player or two might struggle to come up, but that won’t be apparent just yet.

Verdict:  If he's fit, Howe to return and it wouldn’t surprise to see talented youngster Harry Morrison given a mid-season break to freshen up. The Hawks have the bye after this week. - Ashley Browne

Daniel Howe impressed for the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL. Picture: AFL Photos


Get them in: Dom TysonCameron PedersenJayden Hunt and Jeff Garlett are all pressing for a recall. It's fitting them all in to the AFL's form side that's a welcome problem for Melbourne to navigate.

Under the pump: With a six-day turnaround, should Melbourne take the option of resting one of its veterans in Jordan Lewis or Bernie Vince?

Medical room: Tom McDonald's foot is one to watch on a week-by-week basis.

Verdict: Melbourne should go in unchanged for the second successive week. - Ben Guthrie

North Melbourne

Get them in: Paul Ahern and Cam Zurhaar were outstanding in the VFL on Saturday. Ahern is yet to make his debut, but his kicking skills could become a serious weapon for North. Zurhaar has developed nicely in his second season. Nathan Hrovat was the matchday emergency in round 10.

Under the pump: Sam Durdin received an AFL call-up after a strong month in the VFL, but might make way for Majak Daw, who was rested, especially after a late head knock took him from the field.

Medical room: Taylor Garner sat out the last quarter in the VFL because of hamstring tightness – a continuation of his woes with that injury – but the word out of North is it isn't too bad. Declan Mountford (ankle) played the second half only in his return from five matches out, while Dan Nielson (concussion) was a strong contributor after a fortnight on the sidelines.

Verdict: Daw likely replaces Durdin. It wouldn't be a major surprise if one of Ahern, Hrovat or Zurhaar came in. – Marc McGowan

Port Adelaide

Get them in: Experienced defender Jasper Pittard pushed his claims for a recall with 29 touches in the SANFL, while forward Lindsay Thomas booted two goals in his first game after serving a four-game suspension. 

Under the pump: The Power are coming off the bye following their win against Gold Coast in Shanghai. Whether they are too tall in defence with Tom Jonas, Tom Clurey, Jack Hombsch and Dougal Howard will be considered. 

Medical room: Young forward Todd Marshall injured his shoulder in the SANFL, while running defender Trent McKenzie sustained a quad injury and will be out for at least a month.

Verdict: The Power will likely be unchanged to face Hawthorn in Launceston on Saturday, however Pittard could come back for Clurey or Hombsch. - Lee Gaskin


Get them in: Dylan Grimes and Jason Castagna are chances to return from injury while Corey Ellis stepped up in an inside role in the VFL on the weekend and Sam Lloyd kicked four goals. Daniel Rioli will progress to a full VFL game on Sunday after two with limited minutes.

Under the pump: They'll lose at least Bachar Houli to injury, while Jack Riewoldt needs to pass concussion assessments so unforced changes should be minimal. Jack Higgins could be in trouble if Castagna is fit while Connor Menadue was serviceable in his first AFL game this year and should hold on for another game, although Corey Ellis is demanding a call up.

Medical room: Riewoldt, Grimes and Castagna need to prove their fitness, with the latter the least likely of the trio to get up. Dion Prestia remains sidelined with a calf, and like Houli, will likely be out until after the bye.

Verdict: Grimes to come in for Houli, Riewoldt to play, and Castagna – if fit – to displace Higgins, although the big stage of Dreamtime at the 'G will be one the livewire youngster will no doubt embrace. - Jennifer Phelan   

Dylan Grimes is a likely in for the Tigers against the Bombers. Picture: AFL Photos

St Kilda

Get them in: Draftee Nick Coffield was managed last week. Onballer David Armitage had 39 disposals for Sandringham but is carrying hamstring tendinitis, while Hugh Goddard looked good down back. Josh Battle booted three goals and the improvement of Irishman Darragh Joyce has impressed the Saints.

Under the pump: Last week was one of St Kilda's best performances of the year, so don't expect many to be dropped. Daniel McKenzie was reasonable without being outstanding and Jack Sinclair had some bad turnovers.

Medical room: Defender Jake Carlisle will go to the Tribunal on Tuesday night to contest his two-match ban while Brandon White needs to overcome a corked right thigh. Mav Weller is battling concussion.

Verdict: Goddard, Coffield and Weller in for Carlisle, White and McKenzie. - Dinny Navaratnam

Sydney Swans

Get them in: Forward Gary Rohan could be in the mix, while Dan Robinson, Nic NewmanAliir AliirDean Towers and Colin O'Riordan maintained their strong form in the NEAFL last week, but they just need a spot to open up.

Under the pump: The Swans have won three straight, so changes will be minimal again.

Medical room: Defender Lewis Melican (hamstring) injured his other hamstring at training and won't be ready to play until after the club's round 14 bye.

Verdict: No changes for the Swans. - Adam Curley

West Coast Eagles

Get them in: The Eagles were conservative with Luke Shuey by not taking him to Melbourne last round but he should be ready, 28 days after his hamstring, when struggling St Kilda comes to town.

Under the pump: Tough to change a team that has just won a ninth straight game. If Shuey comes back Mark Hutchings or Brendon Ah Chee could make way.

Medical room: Coach Adam Simpson said there were some sore players after the win over Hawthorn. Elliot Yeo (knee) looms as an option to take a break.

Verdict: The Eagles have a call to make whether to bring back Shuey or give him two more weeks to get cherry-ripe after the bye. Don't expect many changes. - Travis King

Will the Eagles bring Luke Shuey back this week? Picture: AFL Photos

Western Bulldogs

Get them in: Dale Morris (knee) should return for this first senior game of the year, while Aaron Naughton (ankle) is likely to pass a fitness test after missing the past two weeks.

Under the pump:  While he kicked two goals in the loss to Collingwood, ruckman Jordan Roughead was thrashed by Brodie Grundy. 

Medical room: The Dogs will be hoping reliable defender Zaine Cordy overcomes a concussion he received last weekend. Wingman Bailey Dale will miss up to six weeks with foot soreness.

Verdict: Morris and Naughton for Roughead and Dale. - Ryan Davidson