Champion Data Rates The Elite Players Of The Competition

There's a few surprises...

Ethan Meldrum

6 February 2018

Ethan Meldrum

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Champion Data has ranked the elite players of the competition heading into season 2018, with Adelaide, Port Adelaide and West Coast sharing the most.

The Crows, Power and Eagles have six players each in a group of 55 players rated as elite based on Champion Data metrics, released in their 2018 AFL Prospectus.

A player is assessed as being elite if they sit in the top 10% of the competition for their position, whether it's as a midfielder, ruckman, defender, forward or winger.

Other players are rated as above average, average, below average and poor.

Adelaide clocked in with six players, but that does not include reigning best and fairest winner Matt Crouch.

Port Adelaide's list includes stars such as Paddy Ryder and Robbie Gray, while West Coast's list features Nic Naitanui, Jeremy McGovern and Elliot Yeo.

There are some interesting omissions, with none of Joel Selwood, Tom Mitchell, Trent Cotchin, Josh Kelly, Clayton Oliver, Marcus Bontempelli, Joe Daniher, Zach Merrett or Jack Riewoldt making the grade.

While they've missed out, the likes of Jack Sinclair, Jack Crisp and Daniel Rich have made Champion Data's top billing.

Every team's elite players, according to Champion Data:

Adelaide: Brodie Smith, Rory Sloane, Rory Laird, Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker

Brisbane: Daniel Rich, Dayne Zorko

Carlton: Sam Docherty

Collingwood: Jeremy Howe, Scott Pendlebury, Jack Crisp

Essendon: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Michael Hurley

Fremantle: Nat Fyfe

Geelong: Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett, Sam Menegola, Daniel Menzel

Gold Coast: Aaron Hall, Tom Lynch

GWS: Zac Williams, Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Lachie Whitfield

Hawthorn: Ben McEvoy, Luke Breust, Cyril Rioli

Melbourne: Jake Lever, Christian Petracca, Jayden Hunt, Tom McDonald

North Melbourne: Todd Goldstein

Port Adelaide: Robbie Gray, Paddy Ryder, Justin Westhoff, Charlie Dixon, Chad Wingard, Travis Boak

Richmond: Dustin Martin, Alex Rance, Shane Edwards

St Kilda: Jack Sinclair

Sydney: Lance Franklin, Dan Hannebery, Tom Papley, Josh Kennedy, Dane Rampe

West Coast: Jeremy McGovern, Elliot Yeo, Shannon Hurn, Josh Kennedy, Luke Shuey, Nic Naitanui

Western Bulldogs: Jason Johannisen

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