The Brownlow Bubble: Round 3

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The chase for Charlie is officially on with a three-way battle between Patrick Cripps, defending Brownlow winner Nat Fyfe, and Brisbane Lions star midfielder, Lachie Neale.

There’s no better feeling than cashing in on a future’s bet, especially if you get in early while the odds are hot.

This AFL season we’ll be keeping you up to date by offering up our votes following every round, as well as all the key market moves in our weekly edition of The Brownlow Bubble!

Our Round 2 Votes

Collingwood v Richmond 

Player Votes
Scott Pendlebury  3 votes
Steele Sidebottom  2 votes
Trent Cotchin  1 vote

Geelong v Hawthorn

Player Votes
Joel Selwood 3 votes
Gary Ablett 2 votes
Gryan Miers 1 vote

Brisbane Lions v Fremantle

Player Votes
Lachie Neale 3 votes
Michael Walters  2 votes
Nat Fyfe 1 vote

Carlton v Melbourne

Player Votes
Clayton Oliver 3 votes
Christian Petracca 2 votes
Patrick Cripps 1 vote

Gold Coast Suns v West Coast Eagles

Player Votes
Matthew Rowell 3 votes
Lachie Weller 2 votes
Andrew Gaff 1 vote

Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows

Player Votes
Travis Boak 3 votes
Connor Rozee 2 votes
Brad Crouch 1 vote

GWS Giants v North Melbourne

Player Votes
Shaun Higgins 3 votes
Jared Polec 2 votes
Todd Goldstein 1 vote

Essendon v Sydney Swans

Player Votes
Zach Merrett 3 votes
Andrew McGrath 2 votes
Luke Parker 1 vote

St Kilda v Western Bulldogs

Player Votes
Jack Billings 3 votes
Zak Jones 2 votes
Jade Gresham 1 vote

Patrick Cripps – $6.00 

New year, same story. 

Cripps continues to put in the work even if it doesn’t always translate into wins for his team.

Last week the skipper wasn’t at his best against the Dees, but he still chipped in with 21 disposals and a goal in an agonising one-point loss. 

Cripps’ performance against Richmond way back in Round 1 was perhaps the reminder we needed of not only how good he is, but also how little he has to work with in terms of surrounding talent. 

Cripps finished with a game-high 31 disposals in the loss to the Tigers, marking the 36th time he’s clocked 30 disposals or more in his five years of footy.

It would be a real shame to see a star of Cripps’ calibre depart a club that continues to come up with new ways to lose. 

If you’re looking to back him in our Brownlow market though, you might want to do it before he faces Geelong on Saturday night. The little star finished with 35 disposals and a goal last year against the Cats. 

Nat Fyfe – $7.00

Not sure what is more gorgeous, his play or the man himself. 

Fyfe was electric against the Lions last week kicking a three-goal bag to go along with 26 disposals, so if he keeps those kinds of numbers up, he’s a shoo-in to defend his Charlie. 

The two-time Brownlow Medalist is averaging the 15th most disposals in the league after finishing 10th in the same department last year. 

Perhaps the most impressive part of Fyfe’s game though has been his contested marks. 

It’s not an area he’s ever struggled with, but the fact he currently ranks seventh in the contested marks per-game suggests he’s having more of an involvement in attacking play. 

Lachie Neale – $8.00 

Lachie Neale finished third in Brownlow voting last year and he already looks tough to hold out based on last week’s performance against his former club. 

The 27-year-old midfielder led the way with 29 disposals, but it was two-goal performance that really caught the eye. 

Neale has now kicked multiple goals in two of his last four games dating back to last season, and if you currently own him in fantasy, you’d be pretty happy knowing he’s been the highest-scoring player so far this year. 

As if all of that wasn’t impressive enough, Neale currently ranks second in the league in total handballs, seventh in tackles, second in effective disposals and first in total contested possessions. 

We’re really talking about the complete package here, so if this guy doesn’t win a Charlie sometime soon, it will be a crying shame. 

Patrick Dangerfield – $9.00 

Danger got in on the action last week against the Hawks where he clocked 24 disposals in his 250th game. 

So long as he’s playing footy, Dangerfield will always be in the Brownlow discussion, but he does have the tendency to go a little quiet here and there when you least expect it. 

Way back in Round 1 Danger finished with just 16 disposals and a goal in Geelong’s loss to the Giants, leaving him with some ground to make up if he wants to compete with the Fyfe’s and Neale’s of the world. 

A game against Carlton this weekend is a good chance for him to pad the stats though.

Dustin Martin – $9.00 

It was a quiet week for just about everyone in a Richmond jumper last week against Collingwood. 

Dusty, much to the chagrin of punters that backed him Anytime, failed to leave a mark on the scoreboard, while his 20 disposals left something to be desired – at least compared to his usual standards. 

It’s still early days yet and it won’t be long before Dusty clicks back into gear. He’s a once in a lifetime talent that, like Dangerfield, will always be in the Brownlow conversation so long as he’s around. 

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