The best player on your AFL team

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    Dockers captain Nathan Fyfe applauds the crowd after their Round 5 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Domain Stadium in Perth, Saturday, April 22, 2017. (AAP Image/Travis Anderson)

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    Ever wondered who the best player on every AFL team was? Wonder no longer – I’ve made the ultimate list!

    Adelaide Crows- Matt Crouch
    Averaged 33 possessions in 25 games last year, an unassuming consistent performer who deserves to be known as one of the elite in the competition.

    Brisbane Lions- Dayne Beams
    Averaged well over 20 possessions in 19 games and managed to kick 20 goals last Season.

    Carlton Blues- Marc Murphy
    Averaged nearly 30 possessions a game last season in every game.

    Collingwood Magpies- Taylor Adams
    An astute pick up from the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Averaged nearly 30 possessions last season and managed to play every game. Had the most possessions out of any Magpies player.

    Essendon Bombers- Zach Merrett
    Averaged 30 possessions last year and he only missed the one game.

    Fremantle Dockers- Nat Fyfe
    Leads from the front, the obvious stand out as a player for the Dockers.

    Nat Fyfe Fremantle Dockers AFL 2017

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    Geelong Cats- Patrick Dangerfield
    Averaged nearly thirty possessions and kicked a remarkable 45 goals for the season.

    Gold Coast Suns- Tom Lynch
    Managed to average over two goals a game last year and is a key player structurally for the Suns, playing centre half forward.

    Greater Western Sydney Giants- Josh Kelly
    Managed to poll over 20 votes in the Brownlow Medal last season and averaged almost 30 possessions per game. Kelly is a quiet achiever, who always plays his role for the team.

    Hawthorn Hawks- Tom Mitchell
    Finished second in the Brownlow Medal last season. Acquired less than 30 possessions on only two occasions, averaged well over 30 possessions a game.

    Melbourne Demons- Michael Hibberd
    Despite playing only 18 games last Season, he managed to get All Australian selection, he averaged over 25 possessions last year, despite playing in the back line.

    North Melbourne Kangaroos- Shaun Higgins
    Doesn’t have to get a lot of the ball to make an impact. Averaged five tackles per game and kicked eighteen goals.

    Port Adelaide Power- Robbie Gray
    Averaged two goals a game, despite averaging under 20 possessions a game he still got selected in the All Australian team last year.

    Richmond Tigers- Dustin Martin
    Won the Norm Smith Medal, along with the Brownlow Medal last year, the obvious choice.

    St Kilda Saints- Jack Steven
    Averaged over twenty disposals a game last Season and always played his role for the team.

    Sydney Swans- Luke Parker
    Got the most possessions and tackles for the Swans in the 2017 season.

    West Coast Eagles- Andrew Gaff
    Played every game, averaging nearly thirty possessions a game last year.

    Western Bulldogs- Marcus Bontempelli
    Capable of going forward and kicking a goal, averaged nearly a goal per game last year, every possession he gets is valuable.

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    • February 19th 2018 @ 8:32am
      Jake the Peg said | February 19th 2018 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Got halfway through the list until I realised it’s a highest average possession list. Stats aren’t everything people. You need to look deeper.

      • February 19th 2018 @ 8:56am
        I ate pies said | February 19th 2018 @ 8:56am | ! Report

        I was thinking the same thing. By rights the Dogs best player should be Jack Macrae, because he gets more possessions than Bontempelli.

    • February 19th 2018 @ 9:07am
      Rob said | February 19th 2018 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      I stopped taking it seriously when the first paragraph ended in an !

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      February 19th 2018 @ 9:46am
      JamesH said | February 19th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      I know it’s all subjective but here is my list of players in your list who are not the best player in their side (with guys you could potentially have listed instead):

      Crouch (Sloane)
      Adams (Pendlebury)
      Merrett (Hurley, Daniher)
      Hibberd (Viney, Jones)
      Higgins (Brown, Tarrant)
      Parker (Franklin, Kennedy)
      Gaff (Kennedy, McGovern)

      I’m pretty staggered that you listed Parker and Adams ahead of Franklin and Pendlebury respectively.

      • February 19th 2018 @ 11:48am
        Aransan said | February 19th 2018 @ 11:48am | ! Report

        I rate Hurley above Merrett and Daniher, but the latter two still have significant upside — especially Daniher. Merrett will benefit from the stronger Essendon midfield this year.

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          February 19th 2018 @ 12:00pm
          TomC said | February 19th 2018 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

          I’m curious about how the recruitment of Lever will affect Hurley. How do you see those two working together, Aransan? Hurley to play as a sweeping half back with Lever playing more man-on-man?

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            February 19th 2018 @ 12:03pm
            Dalgety Carrington said | February 19th 2018 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

            I think you’re getting the blue and red club mixed up with the black and red club there TomC.

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            February 19th 2018 @ 12:05pm
            Col from Brissie said | February 19th 2018 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

            Jeez Tom, Essendon traded in some good players but when did they get Lever? I thought he was happy going to Melbourne.

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            February 19th 2018 @ 12:05pm
            AdelaideDocker said | February 19th 2018 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

            Yeah, you’ve definitely got Melbourne and Essendon confused.

            Monday mornings, hey?

          • February 19th 2018 @ 3:23pm
            Aransan said | February 19th 2018 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

            Tom, Essendon don’t need key position backs in addition to what they have already. Their policy dating to Sheedy’s time is to build the spine first and then recruit players around them. More clubs would do better to grow their own key position players than trying to poach them from other clubs.

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            February 19th 2018 @ 11:34pm
            TomC said | February 19th 2018 @ 11:34pm | ! Report

            Huh. Well, that was a brain fade.

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          February 19th 2018 @ 1:47pm
          JamesH said | February 19th 2018 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

          No dispute about Merrett being very good or having upside, I just think he’s not quite on par with Hurley or Daniher yet.

          • February 19th 2018 @ 3:26pm
            Aransan said | February 19th 2018 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

            I rate Merrett marginally higher than Daniher so far in his footy career, but I expect both to improve this year and Daniher to go ahead of him — these big players typically take 5 years to mature.

    • February 19th 2018 @ 9:54am
      Chris said | February 19th 2018 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      Scott Pendlebury was showing signs of ageing last year. I love my Magpies but the truth is we are planning for the future and Scott represents the old guard. We adore him and want him around but the Treloars’ and Adams’ are going to give us joy in the foreseeable future!

    • Roar Guru

      February 19th 2018 @ 10:05am
      AdelaideDocker said | February 19th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      The list states the obvious a fair few times, but it’s solid enough. A bit shallow in describing why the players are chosen.

      The major problem I have with it is it seems to be just quoting highest-possession getters, and neglecting any deeper analysis.

      Also – Taylor Adams? Best in Collngwood’s side? That’s a surprise, to say the very least.

      • Roar Guru

        February 19th 2018 @ 11:32am
        Paul Dawson said | February 19th 2018 @ 11:32am | ! Report

        Truet, but not as surprising as reading that Parker is better than Lance Franklin

    • February 19th 2018 @ 10:15am
      Nick said | February 19th 2018 @ 10:15am | ! Report

      My annoyance with the article was the naming of the clubs ie Saint Kilda Saints, north Melbourne Kangaroos who speaks of their clubs like that.

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        February 19th 2018 @ 11:07am
        AdelaideDocker said | February 19th 2018 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        It’s generally the editors who do that, to be fair.

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