The Brownlow Bubble: AFL Round 14


Even after a rather quiet round, Brisbane Lion Lachie Neale seems pretty secure inside the Brownlow Bubble with just five rounds remaining.

Beneath Neale however, things have really started to heat up.

Travis Boak is hot on the heels of Christian Petracca, while Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin both enjoyed big rounds last week to remain in the conversation.

It might be a foregone conclusion at this point, but we’ve still got you covered with our Round 13 votes, as well as some analysis on the top contenders in another edition of The Brownlow Bubble.

Our Round 13 Votes

Gold Coast Suns v Carlton

Marc Murphy3 votes
Patrick Cripps2 votes
Michael Gibbons1 vote

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne

Jack Macrae3 votes
Marcus Bontempelli 2 votes
Christian Petracca1 vote

Port Adelaide v Hawthorn

Travis Boak3 votes
Tom Mitchell2 votes
Tom Rockliff1 vote

Essendon v Richmond

Zach Merrett3 votes
Dustin Martin2 votes
Shai Bolton1 vote

Fremantle v Sydney Swans

Andrew Brayshaw3 votes
Luke Ryan2 votes
Nat Fyfe1 vote

Adelaide Crows v Geelong Cats

Patrick Dangerfield3 votes
Cam Guthrie2 votes
Tom Hawkins1 vote

Brisbane Lions v St Kilda

Jack Steele3 votes
Jarrod Berry2 votes
Zak Jones1 vote

West Coast Eagles v GWS Giants

Jack Darling3 votes
Josh Kelly2 votes
Harry Perryman1 vote

Collingwood v North Melbourne

Taylor Adams3 votes
Jed Anderson2 votes
Scott Pendlebury1 vote

Lachie Neale – $1.40 

The Lions’ midfielder remains steady as the $1.40 favourite despite only 19 disposals, one tackle and zero clearances in the two-point win over St Kilda last week. 

Sunday marked the first time Neale has recorded less than 20 disposals this season, so he probably deserves a bit of a mulligan ahead of Friday week’s blockbuster against Collingwood. 

With a much-needed bye between rounds, we should see him back at his best in Round 15.

Christian Petracca – $8.00 $9.00

Petracca has drifted slightly, which comes as a bit of a surprise following a very strong game last week in the loss to the Dogs. 

The 24-year-old finished with 26 disposals, eight clearances and five inside 50s, but the bookies seemingly want no part of the Dees’ superstar forward. 

Melbourne continues to treat their fans to a range of different emotions, but at least Petracca has remained steady on the stat sheet ranking fifth in contested possessions, eight in disposals and second in score involvements per-game. 

Travis Boak – $15.00 $13.00

Boak is by far the most interesting name to keep an eye on moving forward. 

The 14-year veteran was enormous last week against the Hawks with 34 disposals, six tackles and nine clearances. 

Boak has now recorded 30 disposals in two of his last three games and is really beginning to make an impression in the statistical rankings. 

He’ll have another opportunity to stuff the sheet on Saturday against a Swans side that managed only two goals last week against Fremantle. 

Patrick Dangerfield – $21.00 $19.00

Dangerfield has seen a trim after likely earning all three votes against the Crows last week.

The Geelong captain finished with 27 disposals, five clearances, four tackles and eight inside 50s, a performance the Cats will be hoping he can replicate on Friday night against the Bulldogs. 

Dangerfield has flipped and flopped all season in the market, so it will be interesting to see just how he polls come Brownlow night. 

He currently ranks 13th in disposals, fifth in clearances and first in inside 50s.

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