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Power Rankings 2017

At Round 8, the Power Rankings are beginning to align with the AFL Ladder more closely, so who are the big movers and shakers this week? The Footy Prophet Power Rankings are here.

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1   ADELAIDE Despite being convincingly beaten by a rampaging Kangaroos outfit on the weekend, Adelaide remain the team to beat at the top of the AFL Table.
2   GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY +1 After beating the reigning premiers by 2 points in a thrilling Friday night clash, GWS now sit second however need to build more consistency after losing to a hot Saints outfit in Round 7.
3   WESTERN BULLDOGS +3 The Dogs are starting to hit their stride in 2017, after three solid wins and a close loss to GWS from their last four. Now with five wins to their name,  their biggest challenge may yet be this week against West Coast in WA.
4   GEELONG -2 Back to back losses to the Pies and now Suns have hurt the Cats’ chances. Still sitting trhid overall, the Cats aren’t playing like a team in the top four and need to lift.
5   PORT ADELAIDE (-) The Power made easy work of the Lions and Blues before coming up against a very good Eagles side – eventually falling by 10 points. They’ll need to beat a true contender to be taken seriously.
6   WEST COAST +1 West Coast are very much a different side playing at home, however wins like they had on the weekend against Port in Adelaide will go a way to changing the ‘can’t play away’ theory.
7   ST KILDA +1 Saints are the talk of the town after dominating Hawthorn and running over GWS. With winnable games against Carlton and Sydney ahead, they could continue their rise before the byes.
8   RICHMOND -4 Two losses on the trot see the Tigers fall, with the hype side of the opening month crashing down to earth. Time will tell whether they’re the real deal in 2017.
9   FREMANTLE (-) With a loss to WA-rival West Coast and a win at home against the Bombers, Freo hold their place here as they sit outside the 8 on percentage alone.
10   GOLD COAST (-) The Suns’ 25 point win against the Cats was excellent and justifies their position at this stage of the season. A win against Port Adelaide in China could catapault them into the 8.
11   MELBOURNE (-) The third unchanged position in a row here as the Demons failed to account for the Hawks. Other middling sides are going past them at this stage.
12   NORTH MELBOURNE +1 Arguably stiff not to rise further, North were extraordinary against the ladder leaders. Wins against Sydney and Melbourne would likely see them fly up the rankings.
13   ESSENDON -1 With back to back losses now, the Bombers are falling back into the queue after a competitive start to the year.
14   CARLTON +3 Two wins in a row, along with back to back Rising Star nominations, sees the Blues climb the ladder in a week that has seen multiple media types retracting previous comments about Carlton’s progress.
15   COLLINGWOOD -1 Overtaken by the Blues after their much-talked about loss in Round 7, the Pies are at panic stations as Coach Nathan Buckley fights for his career at the head of Collingwood.
16   SYDNEY -1 Despite a big win against minnows Brisbane, their recent form has done little to reject the calls that the Swans’ reign is over. There may still be hope yet, however.
17   HAWTHORN +1 A good win against the Eagles in Round 6 and a 3-pt win against the Demons in Round 7 shows that there may be life in the Hawks yet, however they remain a shadow of the team that achieved the ‘3-peat’.
18   BRISBANE -2 Three big losses from three starts sees the Lions resume last spot. They sit at 18th on the ladder and deserve their position in our rankings.
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Matt McGrath

    April 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    At this stage I’d say not mate, sorry

  2. Ben

    April 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Are you guys going to update the weekly player rankings? It’s still a link on your menu but hasn’t been updated since August last year.

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