Brownlow Medal players to watch and futures betting tips for the 2022 AFL premiership season with AFL betting expert Joel Cashman. Get his top five Brownlow contenders and outright betting strategies, including thoughts on Marcus Bontempelli and Christian Petracca. Brownlow predictions and more are online now.

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Brownlow Medal Tips | Players to Watch Futures Betting

1. Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)

The Bont’s 33 votes last season would’ve locked in the Brownlow 93 times in its 97 year history. The AFLPA MVP is 26 years old (average age of the winner for past 10 seasons) is in the prime of his career after a 25 disposal, 3 goal game in the Grand Final.

2. Jack Steele (St. Kilda)

Over the last 2 seasons, the St Kilda skipper ranks equal first for Brownlow votes with 46 alongside last year’s winner Ollie Wines, and 2020 runner-up Travis Boak. Steele is the only player to place in the top 5 for both of the last 2 seasons. If the Saint’s push for finals, Steele’s Brownlow votes will improve again.

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3. Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)

He has all the tools a Brownlow medalist needs! Ranks highly every year in Disposals (6th), Contested Possessions (1st) and Clearances (2nd) and he’s in the best team in the league where wins are plentiful. A few more goals this season could see Clarry win it outright.

4. Lachie Neale (Brisbane)

The former Brownlow medalist is at a big price after an injury affected 2021. Neale now has a clean bill of health and his polling ability can’t be questioned with 31 votes in 17 games only 2 seasons ago. Found his groove late in the season with 46 touches in a final.

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5. Christian Petracca (Melbourne)

2021’s Norm Smith medalist looks good to go again, after averaging 29 touches and kicking 24 goals last season. His work forward of centre is as damaging as anyone (#1 for inside 50s, #2 for goals from midfielder), but may be impacted by Oliver and Gawn stealing votes.

The rest …

Other strong contenders will be reigning Brownlow medalist Ollie Wines (stiff to not be included, but no player has gone back to back since 1997-98), Hawthorn star Tom Mitchell as well as Patrick Cripps after Sam Walsh’s injury.

Brownlow Medal Tips | Futures Betting

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BACK-TO-LAY: Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane)

Now with 100+ games under his belt, and with a role in the centre square being flagged, McCluggage’s 6th season could be a breakout to the AFL’s elite. A much better player than his preseason odds suggest.

BACK-TO-LAY: Tim Kelly (West Coast)

Has a history of fast starts, with 18 votes in his first 11 games in 2019. West Coast have the easiest opening month in the AFL, set to play Gold Coast (16th last year), North Melbourne (18th), Fremantle (11th) and Collingwood (17th). Early wins should see Kelly’s odds could plummet.

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