We’ve seen a case of dejavu unfold in the Brownlow market this week with three of last week’s familiar faces firming in the market.
Lachie Neale and two Melbourne superstars, Christian Petracca and Max Gawn, have been the major movers in betting, while we’ve also seen a slight drift for Patrick Cripps.
With 33 games over the next 20 days, there is no better time to load up on a few roughies in this wild season.
To give you a leg up, we’ve provided you with our Round 8 votes and some analysis on the key movers in this week’s edition of The Brownlow Bubble below.
Our Round 8 Votes
Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs
|Jack Macrae||3 votes|
|Touk Miller||2 votes|
|Caleb Daniel||1 vote|
GWS Giants v Richmond
|Toby Greene||3 votes|
|Josh Kelly||2 votes|
|Dustin Martin||1 vote|
North Melbourne v Carlton
|Jared Polec||3 votes|
|Matthew Kennedy||2 votes|
|Will Setterfield||1 vote|
Sydney Swans v Hawthorn
|Tom Papley||3 votes|
|Jake Lloyd||2 votes|
|Jaeger O’Meara||1 vote|
Port Adelaide v St Kilda
|Dan Butler||3 votes|
|Jade Gresham||2 votes|
|Zak Jones||1 vote|
Adelaide Crows v Essendon
|Zach Merrett||3 votes|
|Andrew McGrath||2 votes|
|Lachlan Murphy||1 vote|
West Coast Eagles v Collingwood
|Josh Kennedy||3 votes|
|Andrew Gaff||2 votes|
|Oscar Allen||1 vote|
Melbourne v Brisbane Lions
|Lachie Neale||3 votes|
|Christian Petracca||2 votes|
|Jake Melksham||1 vote|
Fremantle v Geelong Cats
|Cameron Guthrie||3 votes|
|Andrew Brayshaw||2 votes|
|Mitch Duncan||1 vote|
Lachie Neale –
Another week, another slight firm for the Brisbane superstar.
After a bit of a quiet game in the win over the Giants a fortnight ago, Neale exploded for 33 disposals and seven clearances last week in the narrow win over the Demons.
The effort looks even more special when you consider the game was played in very wet conditions at Metricon, the same venue that will host the Bombers and Lions on Friday night.
Neale has faced the Bombers nine times previously and has averaged 17.4 disposals and close to four tackles. The crazy upcoming schedule could make things interesting in the market, but Neale still has Charlie wrapped up for now.
Christian Petracca –
It’s crazy to think Petracca was as long as $26.00 only two weeks ago.
The Melbourne midfielder appears to be one of the biggest dangers to Lachie Neale as he continues to put up big numbers on a weekly basis, much like he did last week with 24 touches and a season-high eight tackles in the loss to the Lions.
Petracca has been likened to Dusty Martin recently, and it’s not hard to see why.
He currently ranks fifth in total handballs, third in score involvements and fifth in contested possessions per-game.
If you live in Queensland, it’s worth making an effort to go out and watch him on Thursday when the Dees take on Port.
Patrick Cripps –
Cripps has been the only major drifter in the market this week.
The Blues are winning games, so he probably won’t mind, but it is a little concerning to think he hasn’t surpassed 25 disposals or kicked a goal in the last three weeks.
Carlton takes on the hapless Hawks on Friday at Optus.
Cripps was enormous against Hawthorn in last year’s Round 6 thriller in Launceston where he clocked 28 disposals and nine tackles, so maybe he’ll turn things around this week.
Max Gawn –
Could a ruckman actually take out the Brownlow?
It would take something extra special from here, but the way the big Gawn continues to firm in the market suggests he might come very close!
Gawn firmed from $34.00 into $21.00 last week, and he’s seen another trim into $15.00 following another big game last week against Brisbane.
Gawn finished with 41 hitouts, five tackles, two contested marks and 13 disposals – all in a day’s work for the skipper.
Aside from Port Adelaide this week, the Dees face a very favourable couple of weeks ahead with games against the Crows and North, so you expect to hear his name called often on Brownlow night.