The Brownlow Bubble: AFL Round 8

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It’s all coming up Lachie Neale in this year’s race for the Brownlow as the Brisbane Lions’ superstar midfielder remains the steady favourite for the eighth week in a row.

Nat Fyfe’s latest injury and Dustin Martin’s potential suspension has impacted the market significantly, but there has been a positive move for a pair of Demons’ players following two impressive weeks with the Sherrin.

We’ve cast our votes following Round 7 and provide you with a few market movers in our Round 8 edition of The Brownlow Bubble below.

Our AFL Round 7 Votes

Collingwood v Geelong Cats

Player Votes
Jordan de Goey3 votes
Adam Treloar2 votes
Patrick Dangerfield1 votes

Western Bulldogs v Essendon

PlayerVotes
Tim English3 votes
Jack Macrae2 votes
Marcus Bontempelli1 vote

GWS Giants v Brisbane Lions

PlayerVotes
Stephen Coniglio3 votes
Cam Rayner2 votes
Lachie Neale1 vote

Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns

PlayerVotes
Hugh Greenwood3 votes
Izak Rankine2 votes
Luke Parker1 vote

Richmond v North Melbourne

PlayerVotes
Derek Eggmolesse-Lee3 votes
Shaun Higgins2 votes
Shai Bolton1 vote

Carlton v Port Adelaide

PlayerVotes
Charlie Dixon3 votes
Patrick Cripps2 votes
Sam Walsh1 vote

Melbourne v Hawthorn

PlayerVotes
Clayton Oliver3 votes
Christian Petracca2 votes
Max Gawn1 vote

West Coast Eagles v Fremantle

PlayerVotes
Josh Kennedy3 votes
Elliot Yeo2 votes
Brad Sheppard1 vote

Adelaide Crows v St Kilda

PlayerVotes
Jack Steele3 votes
Dan Butler2 votes
Zak Jones1 vote

Lachie Neale – $2.75

Neale has remained steady at $2.75 after playing a big role in last week’s win over GWS.

The 27-year-old finished with 20 disposals, three tackles and a goal – a performance that probably wasn’t enough to earn him all three Brownlow votes, but just enough to widen the gap between himself and the rest of the field.  

Brisbane takes on Melbourne this week at Metricon off a nine-day break, so it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to watch Neale wrack up the numbers again.

He’s averaged 15.5 disposals in eight appearances against the Dees, so like we’ve been saying week in and week out, if you like Neale to win the Charlie, jump on while there’s still value on offer.

Christian Petracca – $26.00 $19.00

The Melbourne midfielder has finally entered Brownlow calculations after flying under the radar over the last few weeks.

Petracca was enormous against the Hawks last Sunday finishing with 29 disposals, a goal, four clearances and 16 contested possessions, a performance that has seen him firm significantly in the market.

The 24-year-old has long been an emerging star in the competition and it’s really starting to show on the stat sheet.

Petracca currently ranks sixth in score involvements, fourth in goal assists, seventh in disposals per-game and ninth in contested possessions per-game.

It would take something special to snag the Brownlow from here, but if you’re after a name to back heading into the 2021 season, this is it.

Max Gawn – $34.00 $21.00

There’s been a bit of love for Maxy in the market after an equally impressive performance last week against Hawthorn.

Gawn clocked 16 contested possessions and 22 disposals in the win, while his pressure around the footy over the last two weeks has been extraordinary to say the least.

A ruckman winning the Brownlow in this day and age seems unlikely, but Gawn continues to prove to everyone that he’s more than just a big man with a good set of hands.

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