Welcome again to the Power Rankings.
The hole between the highest three and the remainder is rising, however the fourth seed at this stage seems strong. As for the underside ten, there’s adjustments all over the place.
What are the Power Rankings? This is our try to rank each AFL membership from greatest to worst. We take wins and losses into consideration, but additionally the standard of opposition confronted and whether or not groups are prone to get more healthy or enhance going ahead. It’s a bit bit ‘who’s scorching and who’s not’; half predictive, half evaluation of what’s occurred. If Team A is above Team B, we’d in all probability tip A to win in the event that they’re taking part in this weekend.
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1. MELBOURNE (8-0, 148.5%)
Last week’s rating: 1
If you had been taking part in the non-existent Clarkson AFL 2022 online game in franchise mode as Melbourne, you’d be simulating the following two weeks. Seriously, placing the Demons towards the Eagles after which North Melbourne is bordering on cruelty. There is principally no world wherein Melbourne isn’t 10-0 heading right into a mouth-watering showdown with Fremantle in Round 11.
Next recreation: West Coast Eagles at Optus Stadium, Sunday twilight
2. BRISBANE LIONS (7-1, 151.4%)
Last week’s rating: 2
Good factor for the Lions their fixture is taking part in out the best way it’s – they could get Eric Hipwood again this week, however he’s not wanted to urgently substitute Joe Daniher and Dan McStay, who might every be again inside a month. Away video games towards Adelaide and Hawthorn aren’t easy however this unimaginable high-powered offence ought to nonetheless be adequate to win each, plus beat GWS on the Gabba… however jeez, they’re slicing it shut for Round 12 towards Fremantle within the west, aren’t they? We really need that recreation to be consultant of those two sides at their greatest. Fingers crossed it’s.
Next recreation: Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval, Saturday evening
3. FREMANTLE (7-1, 153.2%)
Last week’s rating: 3
We strongly thought of placing Fremantle second this week, provided that they’re nearer to full energy than Brisbane (even after shedding six to Covid), and we expect had been extra spectacular of their simple Round 8 win than Chris Fagan’s facet. If there’s a severe (constructive) hole between their efficiency and the Lions’ over the following couple of weeks, we’ll make the swap. But the Dockers can’t overlook the Suns on the highway, and that Round 11 Dees conflict on the MCG is simply looming bigger and bigger on the horizon.
Next recreation: Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium, Sunday early
4. GEELONG CATS (5-3, 126.3%)
Last week’s rating: 5
Sydney and St Kilda shedding helped, however that was a powerful, contender-like win by the Cats over GWS, simply seeing them return to fourth in these rankings behind the clear high three contenders. There was a little bit of a furore round their stodgy kick-mark ball motion out of defence towards Fremantle; even on the time that appeared a weird criticism, given how properly the Dockers’ system is working, and the way usually that Cats play works towards 90 per cent of the comp. They nonetheless possess a really highly effective assault. Down again, the emergence of younger defender Sam De Koning – who over the past 5 weeks is sixth within the AFL for intercept marks and sixth-best within the comp for profitable one-on-ones – helps them keep up a correspondence with the Dockers, Demons and Lions.
Next recreation: St Kilda at Marvel Stadium, Saturday twilight
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5. SYDNEY SWANS (5-3, 118.4%)
Last week’s rating: 4
The one piece of fine information about Sydney’s weird pattern of struggling towards lowly Gold Coast – they’ve misplaced to them in every of the final three seasons – is that no matter Stuart Dew is aware of about learn how to beat them, not everybody else has realized to repeat it. The Swans have really struggled at their dwelling floor for a couple of years now, shedding six video games plus a last there in 2018, although they went 6-2 there final 12 months. They’re already 2-2 on the SCG this 12 months and Essendon has performed the bottom very properly in latest seasons. It appears secure to say if the Swans are going to make a high 4 cost this 12 months, they’ll have the weakest dwelling floor benefit of the bunch.
Next recreation: Essendon on the SCG, Saturday evening
6. ST KILDA (5-3, 117.3%)
Last week’s rating: 6
The Saints didn’t assault the Demons in the suitable method – we’re not saying we all know the suitable method, however no matter they did wasn’t it – however the hope is that it may be a studying expertise. Brett Ratten stated the sport taught them what the very best footy seems like, and it’s higher to pay attention to that now with time to work in direction of matching it. Despite shedding their final six conferences with the Cats, they performed them fairly properly of their two 2021 video games. In truth they met in Round 9 final 12 months too – and will’ve gained it, with Max King’s goalkicking proving an issue. He’s been fairly good this 12 months, so maybe this time they get the goodies?
Next recreation: Geelong Cats at Marvel Stadium, Saturday twilight
7. CARLTON (6-2, 111.4%)
Last week’s rating: 9
Remove the Gold Coast recreation the place Patrick Cripps was injured early within the contest, and the Blues’ captain is averaging 33 disposals, 17 contested possessions, 9 clearances and two objectives. He has grow to be the participant everybody stated he was a couple of years in the past; he’s absurdly good. He isn’t the one purpose they’re 6-2 – they usually haven’t crushed a staff with a profitable document – however rebuilding his physique and getting him to impression the scoreboard are two of the largest elements.
Next recreation: GWS Giants at Giants Stadium, Sunday afternoon
8. RICHMOND (4-4, 116.5%)
Last week’s rating: 11
The high seven isn’t locked, nevertheless it seems fairly strong, so there’s a race for eighth happening. If you wish to make the case for the Tigers – apart from the very fact they personal it proper now – it’s about their weapons and scoring potential. Even with the massive West Coast win throwing out their numbers a bit, they’re nonetheless an thrilling outfit at their greatest, and if Richmond does make it into the finals no one goes to wish to play them given their expertise. We wish to see them do it a couple of extra instances in a row earlier than absolutely shopping for into them, although. After all we’re only some weeks on from the Adelaide loss, which seems even worse now.
Next recreation: Hawthorn on the MCG, Saturday early
9. PORT ADELAIDE (3-5, 98%)
Last week’s rating: 12
It has taken some time for the change to stay, nevertheless it’s absolutely in impact now. Since Round 4, Ken Hinkley’s facet has gone from being afraid of the boundary line when popping out of their defensive 50, to being buddies with it – from seventeenth for utilizing it when exiting D50 to second. By taking part in safely, they’ve stopped leaking scores from the opponent’s D50, from rating 18th (worst) to now simply fourth. With Charlie Dixon lastly on the best way again, their ahead line can proceed to rebuild as properly. And because of the center of the ladder being so wide-open, three straight wins (and sure a fourth) have the Power proper again within the finals combine. They could be on monitor for the reverse 2013, after they began 5-0 and had been quickly 5-5, ending 12-10 and profitable an elimination last over Collingwood.
Next recreation: North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena, Saturday afternoon
10. WESTERN BULLDOGS (3-5, 102.6%)
Last week’s rating: 8
Look: accidents are clearly ravaging the Bulldogs proper now. They’re lacking key members of the staff in just about each space of the bottom. But that’s not a sufficiently big excuse for his or her scoring issues – they’ve scored greater than 71 factors simply 3 times all 12 months, and within the final six weeks solely towards North Melbourne and Essendon’s leaky defences. They’ve reverted again to their issues of latest seasons the place their ahead entries are both haphazard or to poor areas. If the midfield is giving them monumental provide they will overcome that; proper now it isn’t, to allow them to’t. They must get issues proper shortly as a result of they’ve seemed nothing like a high 4 contender this season, and at this level they’re in all probability scratching and clawing simply to get into eighth. It wasn’t speculated to be like this.
Next recreation: Collingwood at Marvel Stadium, Friday evening
11. COLLINGWOOD (4-4, 104.9%)
Last week’s rating: 7
Darcy Moore really had fairly a very good recreation whenever you take a look at the AFL Player Ratings – it’s simply that Tom Lynch was absurdly good. Dropping 4 spots on this week’s rankings feels like lots however that’s simply extra about how shut this mid-pack group of groups is. Carlton is 2 video games secure within the eight and we expect the 5-3 Cats, Swans and Saints are all excellent, so the Magpies are nonetheless within the hunt for that final spot in eighth. Knocking off the Dogs would assist their case, and assist damage the Dogs’.
Next recreation: Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium, Friday evening
12. HAWTHORN (3-5, 92.8%)
Last week’s rating: 10
As good because the Bombers had been in that final quarter and a half or so, the Hawks had been unhealthy. Realistically it was nearer to what you’d anticipate from a bunch with loads of younger gamers and lacking a couple of key components, particularly in defence. There had been nonetheless causes for optimism from Saturday evening, like Max Lynch’s early displaying. But this can occur with Hawthorn as they proceed to develop. As their proportion reveals, they’ve dropped off a bit bit from the center of the pack – solely they, North Melbourne and West Coast have misplaced in every of the final three rounds – however they nonetheless really feel nearer to the eight than the underside 4.
Next recreation: Richmond on the MCG, Saturday early
13. GOLD COAST SUNS (3-5, 89.9%)
Last week’s rating: 15
Relocate the Suns to Sydney! After all they’ve gained 4 of their final 5 on the SCG now. We preserve mentioning it however jeez the Ben King damage is much more irritating whenever you watch Gold Coast play this 12 months. Their proportion of roughly 90 is extraordinarily respectable – higher than two of final 12 months’s finalists – they usually principally haven’t been embarrassed in any recreation this 12 months. You can’t say that about lots of the backside 10 groups.
Next recreation: Fremantle at Metricon Stadium, Sunday early
14. GWS GIANTS (2-6, 79.9%)
Last week’s rating: 13
As we wrote final week: “This is what the Giants are: a fine footy team with the potential to be very good when their stars are firing.” Against Geelong they didn’t reside as much as that potential in any respect, displaying the hole between Leon Cameron’s facet and the true high 4 contenders this 12 months. So we’re again the place we had been earlier than the Adelaide win. The Giants are utterly able to beating Carlton this week, since they stunning a lot at all times beat Carlton, however we will’t belief them to make any form of finals push at this level.
Next recreation: Carlton at Giants Stadium, Sunday afternoon
15. ESSENDON (2-6, 78.3%)
Last week’s rating: 16
What a win. We’re extra about stats and info over tender elements like emotion – and Peter Wright kicking six straight was a fairly large a part of Saturday evening’s comeback – nevertheless it’s arduous to argue towards the thought stress was eased on the Bombers after they had been pressured into 5 late adjustments. All evening they performed higher than they’ve for some time, and that thrilling final quarter was very… dare we are saying it, momentum-y. (Momentum is a solution to clarify random occasions taking place in a row.) Anyway – as we’ve stated for a few weeks now, the Bombers had been higher than their document, and just about any of the groups from them as much as Richmond in these rankings can beat one another in any given week. Heck, Essendon might undoubtedly beat Sydney this week. We’re not courageous sufficient to select it however should you want an upset choose to achieve on whoever’s main your tipping comp…
Next recreation: Sydney Swans on the SCG, Saturday evening
16. ADELAIDE CROWS (3-5, 82.7%)
Last week’s rating: 14
Two fairly terrible losses have undone the entire Crows’ arduous work that noticed them acquire the footy world’s respect with a 3-3 document, together with wins over Richmond and the Bulldogs. The expertise that introduced them these wins continues to be there, and very like we’ve stated over the past couple of weeks when Essendon has been sixteenth, the hole between sixteenth and say, eighth in these rankings is fairly small proper now. It’s simply that Adelaide’s worst makes them seem like they’re nonetheless early of their rebuild. And in some unspecified time in the future we’ve got to start out asking questions on what number of of their excessive draft picks preserve getting caught within the SANFL…
Next recreation: Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval, Saturday evening
17. WEST COAST EAGLES (1-7, 52%)
Last week’s rating: 18
We hope this doesn’t come throughout as condescending in any respect – however solely shedding by 75 factors on the Gabba, given the Eagles’ points, is fairly rattling respectable. And thus they transfer off the underside. Hopefully issues ease up for them subsequent w-ahh. Melbourne. Never thoughts.
Next recreation: Melbourne at Optus Stadium, Sunday twilight
18. NORTH MELBOURNE (1-7, 55.6%)
Last week’s rating: 17
Yes, taking part in Fremantle within the west is hard this 12 months. But three objectives? After the Dockers needed to make six adjustments by Covid, much more than West Coast? Come on. We really feel like we’ve been fairly understanding of North Melbourne by this rebuild however that was simply yuck.
Next recreation: Port Adelaide at Blundstone Arena, Saturday afternoon