onside, I can't subscribe to such a few. Especially when every other award given for player of the year (from media outlets, the coaches and the players) does exactly what you describe and overlook fairness. There's already plenty of opportunities for players to win accolades based purely on being the 'best'. That the official AFL-sanctioned award also takes into account fairness is fine by me and in fact, I'd hate to see it pulled closer to the endless list of other awards that are out there.
I think you've missed the point of this one, geoff. No one is having a go at the draw. This is about having a look at the impact the draw might have had on each team's performance.
Fair comments guys, it would be possible to take it further and add a weighting for the draws opponents have had and factor that in. From memory I did something along those lines in a previous year and it didn't drastically change things, but I didn't have the spare time on my hands this time around.