With the 2017 AFL season kicking off, 18 teams are already pacing themselves for September. With the start of the season, the predictions for the Brownlow also come. This list is the countdown of who have the highest odds of winning the AFL’s highest award.
5. Nat Fyfe- Fremantle Dockers
The 2015 Brownlow Medalist had an extra-ordinary campaign, which saw the Dockers go all the way to the semi-finals. Fast forward a year, and the Dockers are 16th in the league, with Nat Fyfe still trying to return to injury. The string of fairy-tale seasons was now snapped, with a season of injuries pushing the Dockers into the shadows. For Fyfe, his goal is to revitalise a Dockers team with the pressure to succeed. Of course though, the affect of a leg injury will be a question, but if the recovery has been a success, there is no limits to what he could achieve in 2017.
4. Luke Parker- Sydney Swans
After finishing second twice last year (both in the Brownlow and the premiership), Parker is the exciting young midfielder will look to be the leader of a talented premiership contender team. The Swans have a strong forward line with Buddy, so a strong connection with the midfield will make the Swans a strong team. His young age means that he has years to develop, but a strong 2016 campaign is a good sign for Swans fans.
3. Marcus Bontompelli- Western Bulldogs
A young man who is expected to be the AFL’s next superstar has certainly put everyone on notice. A core member of the premiership side, Bontompelli, like Parker, is only 21 years of age. Despite his youth, he is already an All-Australian and finished equal 7th in Brownlow votes last year. Now that the Bulldogs have the targets on their back, they need all their players to perform at their best. For Bontompelli, that means a season worthy of a Brownlow Medal.
2. Dustin Martin- Richmond Tigers
In the first two games of the season, Martin has been a man among boys. He;s been involved in most plays, and whether he’s moving the ball through the midfield or slotting goals in the forward line, there’s not much that can be done. For a team that often is too inconsistent to play finals footy, a dominant player who can move around the field is a key piece to pushing past this inconsistency. And when you have played with 2 former Brownlow Medallists, you get to know the ins and outs of the businesses biggest individual accolade.
1. Patrick Dangerfield- Geelong Cats
For the past 3 years, Patrick Dangerfield has undoubtedly been the best player in the game. Yet, in Adelaide, he never had the right team to carry him to success. In 2016 though, he was paired with one of the best midfielders in Joel Selwood. Under a new system and with the experience required, Dangerfield stole the show and finished with the most ever Brownlow votes for a single player. This year, he shows no signs of showing down, posting a 20+ disposal game, with an additional 3 goals. For a man entering his prime, it is only fitting that Dangerfield is the favourite for the Browlow.