AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 13

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    Twelve weeks into the season and about all we know is that every team is flawed.

    1.GWS Giants
    Last week: 1
    Ladder: 2

    Their injury list looks to have gotten longer even during their bye week. Yikes.

    2.Adelaide
    Last week: 2
    Ladder: 1

    Beautifully placed.

    3.Geelong
    Last week: 3
    Ladder: 3

    After three weeks of home cooking the Cats got a reminder of what it’s like to be on the wrong side of a home-ground advantage. Will be better with the return of Tom Hawkins.

    4.Port Adelaide
    Last week: 4
    Ladder: 4

    That was about as ho-hum as 40-point wins get.

    5.Melbourne
    Last week: 7
    Ladder: 5

    Regardless of what the Dogs are, that was a legitimate performance. They’re tough and talented, these Demons – and the fast Etihad track suits them beautifully.

    6.Richmond
    Last week: 6
    Ladder: 6

    It’s easier to “lol Tigers”, but they were beaten by a team that’s playing good football. Familiar problems emerging with the lower end of their best-22, however.

    7.West Coast
    Last week: 8
    Ladder: 7

    Without their best (and most important) player, the Eagles knocked off a good side. It was a win full of character, and could have been even better if they’d made the most of their chances.

    8.Western Bulldogs
    Last week: 5
    Ladder: 9

    The ineptitude of their attack is infecting every other element of the Dogs’ play. A mile off the pace at the moment.

    9.Essendon
    Last week: 9
    Ladder: 8

    Nothing to see here.

    10.St Kilda
    Last week: 10
    Ladder: 10

    Ugly wins are still wins.

    11.Sydney Swans
    Last week: 13
    Ladder: 12

    Their form over the past six weeks has been as good as anyone’s. Right back in this season.

    12.Collingwood
    Last week: 11
    Ladder: 13

    Huge game coming out of their bye against Port Adelaide. It could well define their season.

    13.Fremantle
    Last week: 12
    Ladder: 11

    Needed the week off as much as anyone.

    14.Carlton
    Last week: 16
    Ladder: 15

    Brendon Bolton is a genius. I’m not yet prepared for a world where Liam Jones is a gun defender.

    15.North Melbourne
    Last week: 14
    Ladder: 16

    In a lot of ways, this season is going perfectly for North – on track for 6-8 wins and a top-five pick.

    16.Gold Coast
    Last week: 15
    Ladder: 14

    Boy are the Suns flakey. Michael Barlow’s injury sucks.

    17.Hawthorn
    Last week: 17
    Ladder: 17

    I wonder what Clarko was scheming on his week off.

    18.Brisbane Lions
    Last week: 18
    Ladder: 18

    Far from disgraced themselves against Port Adelaide, but as yet these Lions aren’t ready to mix it with good teams for four quarters. Dayne Zorko is one of the first selected in the All-Australian team right now.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • June 19th 2017 @ 10:06am
      Weasel said | June 19th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      So, if Power Rankings are based on current form, and not just a reflection of the current, or predicted final ladder, then how can you say:
      “Their form over the past six weeks has been as good as anyone’s.” Yet still only rate that team 11th?

      • June 19th 2017 @ 11:21am
        Brian said | June 19th 2017 @ 11:21am | ! Report

        is it current form? I thought it more a mish mash of forma and expectation.
        GWS can’t be No 1 on current form with their injury list. I assume they are there as flag favourites.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 10:13am
      Matto said | June 19th 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      Melbourne seem a bit high.
      Lost to North more recently than their win in Adelaide.
      Wins coming against teams not near top 8 quality and only scraped in against pies.

      Agree with weasel sydney could be higher.

      Dogs and tigers to continue dropping and eagles and bombers to rise in the next few weeks is my biased tip.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 10:43am
      Kaiden said | June 19th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

      I think this is pretty close to what I’d expect. I’d say that the Western Bulldogs should be slightly lower (maybe one place, possibly two), the Swans could be slightly higher and I’d probably have Carlton above Fremantle.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 11:19am
      I ate pies said | June 19th 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

      I think the dogs ranking is flattering. They were bereft of confidence on the weekend. They’re playing that badly that I’d have them at about 16th.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 7:53pm
      Pete said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

      Yeah the power rankings just aren’t working for me this year. Maybe it’s got too hard with the evenness of the competition. I’d have Adelaide back above GWS by now. As excited as I was about the Blues beating GWS I wouldn’t be as confident we could beat the Crows. The Bulldogs lower and Swans higher. Often in the past I’ve found power rankings too reactive to one game but in this case a measure of form over the last 3 to 5 rounds just doesn’t seem to be given enough consideration.

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