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My 2018 AFL ladder predictions

The Crows are seen as the national anthem plays during the AFL grand final between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, September 30, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
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31st October, 2017
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With the trade period done and next season’s AFL fixture released, the road to 2018 has begun.

To add to that, here is my prediction for how the ladder will look after the home-and-away season.

1. Adelaide
They are an awesome side and the best team of 2017 heading into the grand final. They will continue this with the addition of Bryce Gibbs.

2. Greater Western Sydney
May have lost Steve Johnson but their best can certainly take them all the way. However, a third straight prelim final loss is predicted.

3. Sydney
Started 2017 0-6 then finished sixth. Their’s is an awesome team which includes some talented young players, and they always seem to have an impact.

4. Geelong
May have veterans gone, but still have Gary Ablett, Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins and Joel Selwood.

5. Richmond
Going from 13th to premiers, the Tigers have really stepped up their game.

6. Melbourne
Set to enjoy their best season in more a decade. Their spine looks just about set, they just need to continue on from last year and have better discipline.

7. Western Bulldogs
They will recover from last year’s drop and be back to their best.

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8. West Coast
Have lost Drew Petrie, Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell, but will scrape into the eight again with the return of Nic Naitanui and Josh Kennedy.

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9. Port Adelaide
With the inability to defeat top sides I can’t see them being at their best in 2018.

10. Essendon
Lost Jobe Watson, and while they have talent in Joe Daniher and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, they will drop off from their 2017 finals appearance.

11. Fremantle
They’ll improve in 2018 but need to be a little more aggressive.

12. Hawthorn
Other than Tom Mitchell, their recruiting is not a pretty sight. Still a rebuilding side, but they’ll cause a few upsets.

13. St Kilda
Not a decent rebuild. A lot of fast players, but the skill isn’t there, particularly after losing Nick Riewoldt.

14. Collingwood
Defeated a few top eight sides in 2017, but need to perform less like seagulls at the chip and takes risks with pushing the ball forward.

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15. North Melbourne
Still rebuilding, but should be back to their best in coming seasons with the talent of young players.

16. Brisbane
One of the youngest sides but they have an experienced coach and will be led by Luke Hodge, meaning more young players could prove to be stars.

17. Gold Coast
They have pace but are extremely sloppy.

18. Carlton
Need to improve on the depth of their midfield.