AFL: PLAYER RATINGS SPOTLIGHT

Stay tuned to this page for weekly AFL players performance reviews across the 2022 Premiership season with AFL Player Ratings Spotlight. Betfair’s AFL betting expert Joel Cashman will review the AFL Player Ratings and performances of five notable players after each round throughout the year. Check out his analysis and commentary in our weekly player performance reviews below. AFL Player Ratings Spotlight is online now.

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2022 AFL PLAYERS RATINGS SPOTLIGHT | ROUND 21

1. Lachie Neale (Brisbane Lions)

The 2020 Brownlow Medalist is in poll position with 2 Rounds remaining- 3 votes ahead of Christian Petracca and Andrew Brayshaw.

Neale was back to his best last week- game highs in disposals (32), clearances (9), contested possessions (20) and score involvements (10), AFL Player Rating points (24) and kicking the opening goal against the Blues.

St Kilda has traditionally been a tough opponent for Neale, polling one vote in 10 career matches! He will likely poll when they played in Round 15- 37 disposals, 7 clearances, 16 contested possessions, 7 Coaches Association votes- however they haven’t traditionally been an easy team for the Lions on-baller.

Neale looks the safe bet for the Brownlow at this stage of the season, if Neale stars and the Lions win as they did in Round 15 the Brownlow medal will be locked in!

Click below for Lachie Neale’s odds for the Brownlow Medal


2. Christian Petracca (Melbourne)

Currently on 25.5 predicted votes- 3 behind leader Lachie Neale- Christian Petracca has had an underrated season. After a phenomenal 2021 season that culminated in a Norm Smith Medal, Petracca’s 2022 has been widely seen as less impactful but the numbers dispute this.

In the 2021 Home and Away season, Petracca had 5 games with 30+ disposals in wins- polling in all 5 matches.

With 2 games to go in 2022, Petracca has 10 games with 30+ disposals in wins! The Brownlow predictor has him polling in all 10 matches.

Petracca is currently equal third on the AFL Coaches Association Voting (two votes off first place) compared to last season’s placing of 8th in this award.

Petracca is terrific value at $8.20 considering he sits second on the leaderboard and is in much better form than his teammate Clayton Oliver- polling 4 predicted votes in the last 4 weeks compared to Oliver’s 1 vote.

Click below for Christian Petracca’s odds for the Brownlow Medal


3. Jeremy Cameron (Geelong)

Jeremy Cameron has fallen off the Brownlow pace in the last 5 weeks, but still remains in striking distance of winning his second Coleman Medal!

The versatile Cat has 56 goals for the year- 5 behind current leader Charlie Curnow- and has a run home that would have Jeremy Cameron licking his lips. Geelong play Cameron’s bunny- Gold Coast- and the 17th placed West Coast at their home GMHBA Stadium.

The former Giant has a remarkable record against Gold Coast, averaging 4 goals and 1 Brownlow vote in his career. In his peak years at GWS (2016-2019), Cameron kicked bags of 7, 4, 6, 6, 5 and a memorable 9 goals in Round 23 of 2019 to secure the Coleman Medal.

Charlie Curnow has a much tougher run, playing top 4 sides Melbourne and Collingwood in the final 2 matches. There’s a strong chance Jake Lever and Steven May keep Curnow quiet this weekend, and if Cameron kicks another bag against the Suns as predicted that would be a great back to lay opportunity.

Click below for Jeremy Cameron’s odds for the Brownlow Medal


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4. Rory Laird (Adelaide)

Rory Laird has been the form player of the competition for the last month, polling votes in the Brownlow predictor in all 4 matches and averaging the most AFL Player Rating Points of any player (20.8- a career high for a 4-week block).

Due to the Crows poor form and frequent losses, Laird has slipped under the radar this season and often gets the minor votes or misses altogether despite his statistical profile reading as a legitimate Brownlow contender! Laird ranks 2nd for disposals, 2nd for tackles, 3rd for clearances and 3rd for contested possessions. If Laird played for Collingwood, he would be the raging Brownlow favourite! Laird’s high numbers this season will gain plenty of attention from the media post Round 23 and could see if odds shorten all the way up to Brownlow night.

Expecting another big performance against the Kangaroos as he did in Round 15 when he had 34 disposals, 11 tackles, 11 clearances, 22 contested possessions and 2 predicted Brownlow votes in the 57- point victory.

Click below for Rory Laird’s odds for the Brownlow Medal


5. Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)

The All-Australian bound Swan is still a chance at the Brownlow medal according to the Predictor; he just needs a few things to go his way.

Mills has a great match up with North Melbourne, a side that allowed both Zach Merrett and Tom Mitchell have 38 and 32 disposals in the past two weeks.

If the current four favourites fail to poll this week and Mills makes the most of this match up, it will make for an interesting final fortnight. The Swans co-captain averaged one Brownlow vote per game last year after his move to the midfield. He has gone to another level this season, rating elite in AFL Fantasy Points, Marks, Tackles and Kicks.

Mills has been a consistent performer for a top four side, and he will be a lock for the top ten on Brownlow night.

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