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Predicting Round 14's team of the week

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Roar Guru
26th August, 2020
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Ten of the 22 players chosen in Round 13’s predicted team received coaches votes.

The successful players were: Marcus Bontempelli, James Worpel, Tom Mitchell, Zach Merrett, Matt Taberner, Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola, Jeremy McGovern, Josh Kelly and Brayden Maynard.

The team chosen in the Round 14 predicted side strongly mirrors the positions they will play in this week.

There are two teams with a bye in Round 14 – Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions – which means there are still 16 teams to choose the predicted side from. Every team has at least one player in the predicted team.

Two players retain their position from Round 13’s predicted team of the week: Brayden Maynard, and Matt Taberner.

Predicted team of the week: Round 14

B: Luke McDonald (North Melbourne), Sam Collins (Gold Coast), Brad Sheppard (West Coast)
HB: Brayden Maynard (Collingwood), Sam Frost (Hawthorn), Lachie Whitfield (Giants)
C: Sam Walsh (Carlton), Zak Jones (St Kilda), Andrew Gaff (West Coast)
HF: Jordan Dawson (Sydney Swans), Matt Taberner (Fremantle), Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)
FF: Harry McKay (Carlton), Dustin Martin (Richmond), Charlie Dixon (Port Adelaide)
Foll: Ben McEvoy (Hawthorn), Travis Boak (Port Adelaide) Clayton Oliver (Melbourne Demons)
Int: Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs), Jack Steven (Geelong), Devon Smith (Essendon), Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs)

Backs

Luke McDonald has been in exceptional form of late, which should continue in Round 14.

Sam Collins has been a shining light for Gold Coast.

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Brad Sheppard should show why he is one of the most underrated players in the competition.

Brayden Maynard has an opportunity to replicate his display in Round 13 with Collingwood’s season-defining game against Carlton.

Sam Frost was exceptional in Round 13. Expect Frost to replicate that form in Round 14.

Lachie Whitfield will be looking to play well in Round 14 against Fremantle in a must-win game for the Giants.

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Midfielders

Sam Walsh will be a pivotal part of the Carlton team in a crucial game against Collingwood if his Round 13 performance is any indication.

Zak Jones will want to repeat his performance in Round 13 as Jones is a pivotal part of the St Kilda midfield.

Andrew Gaff could be a pivotal part of West Coast’s team when they play against Richmond in Round 14.

Forwards

Jordan Dawson has an opportunity to prove that he is a part of the Sydney Swans best 22 when every player is fit and available.

Matt Taberner should be too good for the Giants backline to curtail.

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Andrew Brayshaw has been in form of late. That should continue in Round 14.

Harry McKay had a good game in Round 13. The Collingwood defence should find it a tough task to negate his influence on the game in their Round 14 clash.

Dustin Martin should have a good game against West Coast if his Round 13 display is any indication.

Charlie Dixon has the opportunity to kick a bag of goals, with the Sydney Swans defence undermanned without Dane Rampe in particular.

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Ben McEvoy should continue on from the form he displayed in Round 13 when Hawthorn play an Essendon team that’s out of form.

Travis Boak leads from the front. Round 14 should be no different.

Clayton Oliver should prove why he is such an important part of the Melbourne Demons midfield in Round 14.

Interchange

Bailey Smith should prove why he has the capability to be elite in Round 14.

Jack Steven has the chance to show that Geelong’s decision to recruit him as been a success.

Devon Smith will be looking to help an Essendon team that faces a tough game against Hawthorn.

Jason Johannisen was much improved of his general level of performance in Round 13. Johannisen should relish playing a big game for the Western Bulldogs against Geelong in Round 14.

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