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CBA Analysis – Round 9

CBAs – Centre Bounce Attendances – is a statistic that measures the number of times a player is present at a centre bounce at the beginning of a quarter or following a goal. A player that has a high attendance rate at CBAs is around the footy more and (in some cases) in a more fantasy-friendly midfield role. 

Analyse the CBAs from round 9 in our user-friendly table below – featuring advanced analytic tools to better measure the biggest changes, both seasonally and week-to-week – and check out my five risers and fallers to monitor in AFL Fantasy.


Liam Baker (18 CBAs; 62% attendance) | 118 AFL Fantasy

Rory Laird 2.0!? Baker surprised the fantasy footy world by showing some serious stat-stuffing behaviour with a midfield role change in round 9. The injury crisis at the Tigers created an opportunity for the 23-year-old, and he did his best Laird impression as a feisty, tackling, clearance machine – while racking up a ton of the pill against the GIANTS. Playing as a pure inside midfielder, Baker had 33 disposals, six tackles, seven clearances, nine inside-50s, and 529 metres gained on his way to 118 AFL Fantasy points! Perhaps most impressive was Baker’s “Observable Thirst” – a term describing the nature of: ‘A player who displays an insatiable desire for the pill, particularly when not in possession of the Sherrin; yearning for its touch with the thirst of one stranded in the Sahara’.

Bailey Smith (18 CBAs; 58% attendance) | 79 AFL Fantasy

Since Dunkley’s shoulder injury, Bevo has teased us with a taste of Bazza CBAs – upping the dosage every week from round 6. Finally, Bevo gave patient owners what they’d hoped for on the weekend as Smith attended a season-high 58% of centre bounces against the Power. The sacrifice came from Treloar (-32% round diff), who played more of an outside-inside game, allowing Smith more time at the coal face. The 20-year-old did not disappoint, notching up 25 disposals, 11 contested possessions and nine clearances… but just a modest 79 AFL Fantasy points, thanks to his zero marks. If this role is here to stay – and it’s not just Bevo flicking around magnets for fun – then Bazlenka is going under the radar as a serious stock on the rise; Port is a tough opponent, and zero marks is an outlier. Buy-low while you can!

Peter Ladhams (26 CBAs; 84% attendance) | 98 AFL Fantasy

This lad is about to go ham for a solid few weeks in the absence of Scott Lycett. The 202cm forward-ruck took away the hyphen and deleted the former word to be the sole number one at centre bounces. With Brodie Grundy and Sean Darcy before the bye, it won’t be a walk in the park for Ladhams, but the 23-year-old should at least get a solid month at the helm; a juicy Cats matchup his reward following the bye in his likely sole ruck finale. Enjoy the ride while it lasts in whatever format is your bag, with perhaps a sell-high opportunity imminent in keeper leagues (let’s not forget that 21-year-old Sam Hayes is still waiting in the wings!) if you aren’t keen on Ladhams sharing the ruck load potentially throughout most of his career.


David Cuningham (0 CBAs; -61% round diff) | 0 AFL Fantasy

You have to feel for Cuningham. Since round 6, the 24-year-old has had a ton of CBAs (including a season-high 20 CBAs – 61% attendance – last week), providing the Blues with a different look on the inside alongside Cripps, Walsh and Curnow. Unfortunately, just as he began to find his feet as an inside midfielder, just two minutes into round 9 he suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Footy can be cruel. When Cuningham went down, Carlton turned to a few promising youngsters for answers. Liam Stocker (+38%) and Will Setterfield (+23%) were prominent at centre bounces, while former Cat, Lachie Fogarty (+8%) also worked his way to stoppages while predominantly playing high half-forward.

Sam Berry (0 CBAs; -38% round diff) | 51 AFL Fantasy

A favourite of both keeper coaches for his future potential and classic coaches for his cash generation, Berry has been a surprisingly prominent fixture for the Crows centre bounce mix in 2021. Has that dream run come to an end? Berry’s apparent versatility as a pressure forward may mean he finds himself out of the CBA mix as more one-trick midfield options stake their claim for inside time. The introduction of first-gamer Ronin O’Connor (+50%) – a fellow tackling beast and promising young Crow – and the reintegration of Rory Sloane (+41%) into the CBAs aided the decision to move Berry forward – and he looked pretty good! Kicking two goals and applying an equal team-high 18 pressure acts, Berry may find himself inside 50 more often.


Last Round vs Previous Round


Kyle LangfordESC,F71881777131674
Liam BakerRIB118801862001862
Riley Collier-DawkinsRIC868024839281555
Sebastian RossSKC86771053001053
Rory SloaneADC8487289311521741
Noah AndersonGCC848023777371640
Liam StockerCAB61701038001038
Josh P. KennedySYC84731474941533
Bailey SmithWBC79761858927931
Tom GreenGWSC857117591029730
Lachie WellerGCC758215504211129
Jy SimpkinNMC1428625861657929
Tom PowellNMC40641345518827
Tim O'BrienHWF428172400724
Max GawnMER1059325961673923
James RowbottomSYC80661158836322
Noah BaltaRIB276462100621
Paddy RyderSKR717718951474421
Nat FyfeFRC1039018821761121
Jack BytelSKC77721368947421
Callan WardGWSC1078622762057219
Sam Powell-PepperPAC,F68721342524818
James HarmesMEB847619731255718
Caleb SerongFRC708018821864018
Josh DaicosCWC9177842725117
Jake AartsRIF517451700517
Jordan De GoeyCWF568831600316
Jack SteeleSKC1178317891474315
Luke ParkerSYC848015791564015
Deven RobertsonBLC,F708315501036514
Josh BruceWBF518372339414
Darcy ParishESC1318420912777-714
Jacob HopperGWSC1268523792366013
Sam FlandersGCF738441300413
Luke Davies-UniackeNMC877916551243412
Joe DaniherBLF71951033621412
Quinton NarkleGEC55638421031-211
Zach MerrettESC678118822571-711
Patrick CrippsCAC1038821812370-211
Charlie DixonPAF719051615411
Josh ThomasCWF637121100211
Jack ReddenWCC1028425831872711
Joel SelwoodGEC637815792269-710
Travis BoakPAC11382258115711010
Ollie WinesPAC13078258115711010
Jack MacraeWBC1048123742164210
Christian PetraccaMEC789524921882610
James JordonMEC110731246836410
Brendon Ah CheeWCF5482103362449
Lachie FogartyCAF9679280028
Dayne ZorkoBLC,F127821447113938
Chris BurgessGCB287372331647
Bailey J. WilliamsWCR,F316172341637
Tom CampbellNMR,F607672451826
Jack SinclairSKC6184150015
Jordan ClarkGEB,C3670150015
Tarryn ThomasNMF66791448124325
Connor RozeePAF58893101525
Hunter ClarkSKB8077150015
Hugh McCluggageBLC12180103382924
Mitch DuncanGEC13483526722-24
Sam WalshCAC1219020772473-44
David MundyFRC727714641761-33
Andrew PhillipsESR647219862983-103
Izak RankineGCF3278130013
Jarman ImpeyHWF6989130013
Brodie GrundyCWR847517892486-73
Reilly O'BrienADR59832893199093
Marc PittonetCAR628523882885-53
Andrew BrayshawFRC1378213591657-32
Esava RatugoleaGER,F706413682166-82
Liam ShielsHWC1067662152011
Michael WaltersFRC,F7183151401
Sean DarcyFRR1338318822382-50
Ed CurnowCAC977419732473-50
Rory LobbFRR,F71100418518-10
James CousinsHWC1058582872810
Rory LairdADB,C12581248017817-1
Tim KellyWCC9884279023924-2
Tom LiberatoreWBC617821682370-2-2
Mark BlicavsGEB,C59836321134-5-2
Brandan ParfittGEC72739471650-7-3
Chad WingardHWF7880124111441-3
Tom MitchellHWC8484206918722-3
Jack GrahamRIC887811381341-2-3
Peter WrightESF5483314617-3-3
Levi CasboultCAF5373312515-2-3
Dustin MartinRIC,F1059219662269-3-3
Darcy CameronCWF6882211414-2-3
Scott PendleburyCWC8089421725-3-4
Rhys MathiesonBLC,F7673186018640-4
Cameron GuthrieGEC1388316842888-12-4
Toby GreeneGWSF7394310514-2-4
Hugh GreenwoodGCC7474217014747-4
Ben KeaysADC10585237717816-4
Willem DrewPAC7069154811524-4
Andrew GaffWCC105867237280-5
Alex Neal-BullenMEF84731429-1-5
Dom SheedWCC8282196317682-5
Kysaiah PickettMEF597628314-1-6
Karl AmonPAC98804134190-6
Todd GoldsteinNMR1049522762382-1-6
Nic NaitanuiWCR8662237721842-7
Tyler BrownCWC527615792486-9-7
Caleb GrahamGCB4978237716847-7
Marcus BontempelliWBC1038721682576-4-8
Ben McEvoyHWB,R7077227621841-8
Jamaine JonesWCF577327416-2-9
Jarryd LyonsBLC1428424802589-1-9
Luke BreustHWF5676414624-2-10
Tom HickeySYR818115792091-5-12
Steele SidebottomCWC,F937812632175-9-12
Toby NankervisRIR1078521722784-6-12
Oscar McInerneyBLR707820672279-2-12
Zac BaileyBLC,F74779301243-3-13
James WorpelHWC648517591872-1-13
David SwallowGCC9378217016845-14
Jordon SweetWBR517824773091-6-14
Clayton OliverMEC11087207720910-14
Callum MillsSYB1118412631777-5-14
Brad CrouchSKC1117315791895-3-16
Ben CunningtonNMC1008319662382-4-16
Rowan MarshallSKR,F505215526-4-21
Jack CrispCWB978513682589-12-21
Shaun HigginsGEC85853161238-9-22
Andrew McGrathESC1098011502674-15-24
Chad WarnerSYF61694211045-6-24
Marlion PickettRIC47808281753-9-25
Oliver FlorentSYC628315732-6-27
Josh KellyGWSC1157712412469-12-28
Robbie GrayPAF68838261257-4-31
Adam TreloarWBC858510322164-11-32
Tim TarantoGWSC1078110342366-13-32
Kieren BriggsGWSB,F45591138
Ronin O'ConnorADC49561550
Nick BlakeySYC,F6172421
Will SetterfieldCAC7470623
Nick VlastuinRIB7286414
Peter LadhamsPAR,F98862684
Darcy MacPhersonGCF1920517
Sam WeidemanMEF507214
Matt FlynnGWSR109721862
Jaeger O'MearaHWC69851966
Billy FramptonADF297927
Adam CerraFRC868029


AF – AFL Fantasy points scored last round
TOG% – Percentage of Time On Ground last round
CBA – Centre Bounce Attendances
CBA% – Centre Bounce Attendance Percentage
PRCBA – Previous Round Centre Bounce Attendances
PRCBA% – Previous Round Centre Bounce Attendance Percentage
CBADif – CBA Differential of Last Round vs Previous Round
CBA%Dif – CBA% Differential of Last Round vs Previous Round

Advanced CBA Stats

Kyle LangfordESC,F777415.726.761.3
Liam BakerRIB62626.920.755.1
Tyler BrownCWC79-73382.546
Bailey SmithWBC583112.23345.8
Peter LadhamsPAR,F8439.48444.6
Liam StockerCAB38389.512.728.5
Jack CrispCWB68-2140.452.327.6
Riley Collier-DawkinsRIC835559.759.723.3
Lachie WellerGCC5029273123
Deven RobertsonBLC,F501427.839.322.2


LR% – Percentage of CBAs last round
LR%vsPR% – Percentage of CBAs last round versus percentage of CBAs previous round
Avg% – Average of CBA percentage
L3Avg% – Average of CBA percentage over the past three rounds
LR%vsAvg% – Last round CBA percentage vs average CBA percentage

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