The fifth part of this six-part series features the five players that the Port Adelaide Power, Richmond Tigers and St Kilda Saints can least afford to lose in season 2021 plus an honourable mention.
Six of the 22 players chosen in Round 14’s predicted team received coaches’ votes.
They were: Lachie Whitfield, Sam Walsh, Andrew Gaff, Charlie Dixon, Ben McEvoy and Travis Boak.
The team that has been chosen in the Round 15 predicted team strongly mirrors the positions that the teams they will play in on Round 15, with the exception of the interchange bench.
There are six teams that have a bye in Round 15: the Gold Coast, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Western Bulldogs, Geelong and St Kilda, which means there are still 12 teams to choose the predicted team in Round 15 from.
The 12 teams that are playing in Round 15 have at least one player in the predicted team for Round 15.
Four players retain their position from Round 14’s predicted team in Round 15’s predicted team of the week. They are: Lachie Whitfield, Andrew Gaff, Matt Taberner and Dustin Martin.
Find out who else made the predicted team in Round 15.
B: Noah Balta (Richmond), Steven May (Melbourne Demons), Jack Crisp (Collingwood)
HB: Rory Laird (Adelaide Crows), Jacob Weitering (Carlton), Lachie Whitifield (Giants)
C: James Cousins (Hawthorn), Andrew McGrath (Essendon), Andrew Gaff (West Coast)
HF: Will Hoskin-Elliott (Collingwood), Matt Taberner (Fremantle), Tom J. Lynch (Richmond)
FF: Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane Lions), Dustin Martin (Richmond), Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
Foll: Reilly O’Brien (Adelaide Crows), James Worpel (Hawthorn), Lachie Neale (Brisbane Lions)
Int: Zach Merrett (Essendon), Ryan Clarke (Sydney Swans), Kyle Langford (Essendon), Tim Taranto (Giants)
Noah Balta will want to prove that his outstanding performance in Round 14 wasn’t an aberration.
Steven May will be looking to replicate his performance in Round 14, when the Melbourne Demons take on the Sydney Swans.
Jack Crisp will want to have a good game against his old team, the Brisbane Lions.
Rory Laird will need to be at his best if Adelaide Crows are to cause an upset against Hawthorn.
Jacob Weitering will have plenty of opportunities to prove why he is arguably Carlton’s most important player when they play GWS in Round 15
Lachie Whitfield is an extremely consistent player and should show why in Round 15.
James Cousins has a good future, which he displayed in Round 14.
Andrew McGrath will be looking to help Essendon cause an upset in Round 15 against West Coast.
Andrew Gaff is one of West Coast’s best players and should play well against Essendon.
Will Hoskin-Elliott is a pivotal part of the Collingwood team and has an opportunity to substantiate why in Round 15.
Matt Taberner should show why he is a shining light for Fremantle and can show why against Richmond.
Tom J. Lynch is one of Richmond’s most important players and has an opportunity to show why against Fremantle in Round 15.
Hugh McCluggage has been a pivotal part of the Brisbane Lions teams and can prove why against Collingwood in Round 15.
Dustin Martin is a match winner, which he should show against Fremantle.
Tom Papley is a match winner and has the chance to demonstrate why against Melbourne Demons as the Demons backline generally comprises tall defender; Papley is capable of creating goals out of nothing so it will be tough for the Demons to find a match-up for him.
Reilly O’Brien can show why he is one of the best ruckmen in the competition against Hawthorn.
James Worpel was outstanding in Round 14 and can prove that performance wasn’t an aberration in Round 15.
Lachie Neale needs to have a good game if the Brisbane Lions are to win. Expect Neale to prove why he is the Brownlow Medal favourite against Collingwood in Round 15.
Zach Merrett Should help Essendon defeat West Coast in Round 15.
Ryan Clarke has a good future and should display why in Round 15.
Kyle Langford was one of Essendon’s best players in their Round 14 comeback win over Hawthorn. Langford should have a good game if Essendon are able to upset West Coast, which is a possibility.
Tim Taranto should have a good performance against an out of form Carlton team.