Power Rankings 2017

The Footy Prophet Power Rankings are here every week in 2017 and are now a month in. Where does your club sit as at Round 4?






How does a team beat the Crows? At the moment they look almost unstoppable, particularly at the Adelaide Oval. Rory Sloane could be a contender to take home the Brownlow Medal as well.
2   GEELONG +2
A complete dismantling of their arch nemesis on the MCG? Check. Not need major contributions from ‘Dangerwood’? Check. An 8-0 start isn’t out of the equation now.
They were tested against a good Port Adelaide team and they responded quite well, a sign of a team ready to take the next step. The ‘Battle of the Bridge’ will say a lot about where they are at mentally.
The Tigers are roaring and it seems that Damien Hardwick has released the shackles from the Tigers game plan. Could assistant coach Blake Caracella potentially be the signing of the off-season for Richmond?
Produced a very solid effort against the Crows in showdown 42, but only for the first three-quarters, unfortunately, dropping off in the final term. A bigger test comes this weekend when they travel to tackle the Giants, so a clearer picture of what to expect from the Power will eventuate.
The Dogs are winning, but they are nowhere near their best and keep finding ways to get out of jail. They could conceivably be 0-4 but they’ve been good enough to find a way to win. Good teams tend to do that.
The upcoming contest at the MCG against Hawthorn might be the most important game for West Coast this season. If they can’t win that one, they’re never going to win at the MCG.
8   ST KILDA +4
The Saints are not playing good footy, but they’ve got themselves back to 2-2. That seems like the hallmarks of a team wanting to play finals. If they are going to go anywhere though they need to kick straight in front of goal.
Two weeks ago, Ross Lyon couldn’t coach, now he has masterminded two victories against all odds and the Dockers are back. David Mundy and Nat Fyfe are the keys to this team playing finals still but the dream is alive.
10   GOLD COAST +5
The Suns have turned their season around and all the young players that have question marks over them might be starting to turn the corner. Keep it up against Adelaide this week and we can take them seriously.
If I was Simon Goodwin, I would be tearing shreds off both Jordan Lewis and Jesse Hogan this week. Their selfishness has cost Melbourne a 4-0 start. Hogan would want to play well this week against the Tigers.
12   ESSENDON -1
The Bombers are going in the wrong direction and going that way fast. If they can right the ship on ANZAC Day it might give the returning players the spark that they need to get through the toughest part of the season.
13   NORTH MELBOURNE +1 This may seem too high, but North Melbourne is playing good football but just quite can’t get results. They should have won against Geelong and they should have won against the Bulldogs. If they keep playing like this then they’ll surprise a few teams.
The Pies are seemingly incapable of hitting a target by foot. Unfortunately for them, it is a key requirement of our game to be able to hit targets. Maybe a young Daicos can inite the fanbase?
15   SYDNEY -7
The Swans have a season-defining clash against their arch rivals. Their backs are against the wall and many have written them off already. So basically, they’re right where they want to be. Except the 0-4 part.
16   BRISBANE +2
The Lions had their first blowout loss of the season at home to Richmond in what was a disappointing display. Chris Fagan has to be pleased with the way his leaders are playing this year though, given the scrutiny that was on them for all of 2016.
17   CARLTON -1 The Blues had a wonderful opportunity to square the ledger and kick start their season, however they were given a stern reality check by the Gold Coast Suns. The Suns don’t typically give out reality checks. All the Blues can do is keeping playing the kids.
18   HAWTHORN -5
I would love to know when the Hawks were last at the bottom of an AFL Power Rankings article. I’m guessing it may have been before Twitter was a thing. It is going to be a long year for the brown and gold and there doesn’t appear to be much hope on the horizon.


  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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