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Injuries are starting to take their toll on AFL clubs and certainly fantasy teams, and make our rankings all the more important. There are some really good matches in Round 9 to take advantage of.

Heath Shaw is at the top of the defensive rankings and we’re at a point in the season where that’s all that needs to be said. According to our experts, however, there is a blue feeling about the backline this week.

Kade Simpson and Sam Docherty feature in the top five, having had exceptional starts to the season. Docherty is fresh off a career-best fantasy performance against the Power, while Simpson is enjoying his best start in a long time.

With Carlton struggling to find a fit tall player, it’s highly like the ball will be in the team’s defence for a lot of the match against North Melbourne. These two players are looking at more big scores.

Coming up with these rankings is dangerous for the experts. Balancing fixtures with the quality of players is a tough act, but Footy Prophet is usually spot on.

That’s why Paddy Dangerfield tops the midfield rankings, coming up against a weak Collingwood team. The star midfielder is in fine form and should pick up plenty of fantasy points. His best mate, Rory Sloane, is third in the rankings after an inspirational performance against the Cats last week. The Crows play Gold Coast this week who may be without another few of their stars. Huge match ahead for Sloane.

Lachie Neale’s consistently high output hasn’t gone unnoticed, and he sneaks into the top five for the first time this season. The 23-year-old is averaging 33 disposals a match in 2016, and this has led to high fantasy scores. If Fremantle are to win their first match of the season against Richmond, Neale will need to be the one to dominate.

Carlton haven’t got a fit, recognised ruckman available this week, which means Todd Goldstein is by far the best ruck option. He might be the best fantasy option of any player, but Brad Scott could always choose to rest his star. Sam Jacobs moves into second spot for the first time, given he comes up against the Suns this week. He looks to have found a little bit of form as well, which is handy.

The forward rankings are fairly self-explanatory this week, with St Kilda veterans Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna both featuring. Playing against Essendon and fresh off an embarrassing loss in Perth, these two will look for big 120+ scores back at Etihad Stadium.

Dustin Martin is in form and Richmond is playing the bottom-placed team. With a slight lack of accountability in the Fremantle midfield, Martin has a chance to score well again.

Zach Merrett was incredible last week, with some career-high numbers that look to continue against the Saints, although track watchers say he pulled up at training on Thursday clutching his calf.

The fourth ranked and most underrated forward of the week is Dayne Zorko. He is the only player to have been performing at an elite level at the Lions and his consistency is incredible. Zorko should do well against Melbourne at the home of footy.

DEFENDERS:   1 Heath Shaw GWS 2 Brendon Goddard ESS 3 Jimmy Bartel GEE 4 Cameron Guthrie GEE 5 Kade Simpson CAR       MIDFIELDERS:   1 Patrick Dangerfield GEE 2 Daniel Hannebery SYD 3 Rory Sloane ADE 4 Lachie Neale FRE 5 Joel Selwood GEE       FORWARDS:   1 Dustin Martin RIC 2 Zachary Merrett ESS 3 Dayne Zorko BL 4 Nick Riewoldt STK 5 Leigh Montagna STK       RUCKS:     1 Todd Goldstein NM 2 Sam Jacobs ADE 3 Max Gawn MEL 4 Stefan Martin BL 5 Mark Blicavs GEE

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