Lance Franklin during the round 17 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

AFL Power Rankings: Round 17

  1. Adelaide (+1)

Ladder position: 1st

Once again, the Crows are back on top. A dominant win over Melbourne in tough conditions have put Adelaide back on top of our Power Rankings, although a very tough contest awaits them at Adelaide Oval on Friday night against Geelong.

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Riley Knight of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at TIO Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

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2. Sydney (+2)

Ladder position: 6th

The Swans are continuing to show why they’re one of the most feared teams in the competition, after taking down the Giants on Saturday night. Sydney have won nine of their past 10 and are now a game outside of the top four. Watch out, AFL.

3. GWS (-2)

Ladder position: 3rd

Surprisingly, the Giants haven’t won since round 14, and have just one win over the past six weeks. Injuries are beginning to take their toll, and they have another tough challenge in Richmond at the MCG on Sunday, their only trip to the ‘G this season.

4. Geelong (-1)

Ladder position: 2nd

Geelong held on to all four points once again, after Isaac Smith missed a chance to win the game late for the Hawks. Patrick Dangerfield went from missing the rest of the season to being the hero and booting five goals in a matter of hours, and the Cats can thank him for having a big hand in their win.

5. Port Adelaide (-)

Ladder position: 4th

The Power were never challenged by the Roos, and strolled to a 70-point win against North Melbourne on Saturday. Sam Gray and Chad Wingard had 55 disposals and booted seven between them.

6. Richmond (-)

Ladder position: 5th

The Tigers did what they had to do against Brisbane, cruising to a 31-point win over the Lions. Richmond were rarely troubled throughout the afternoon, but they failed to put the foot down once again, which could see them lose out on a spot on percentage when it matters.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 16: Brandon Ellis of the Tigers (left) celebrates a goal with Shane Edwards of the Tigers during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

7. Melbourne (-)

Ladder position: 7th

The injury-hit Demons just couldn’t match it with Adelaide in Darwin, but will be buoyed by the return of two important players ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash with the Power. Dom Tyson and Jack Watts should return, while Jack Viney could be a chance to return after a foot injury.

8. West Coast (+1) 

Ladder position: 8th

The Eagles reigned supreme in the final ever Derby at Domain Stadium, as Shannon Hurn won the Ross Glendinning Medal and led West Coast to a 30-point win.

9. St Kilda (-1)

Ladder position: 9th

All eyes were on the Saints after last week’s demolition of Richmond, but this time they were on the receiving end of a massive wake-up call. St Kilda are now out of the eight, and facing a huge test against Sydney this weekend.

10. Essendon (+1)

Ladder position: 10th

The Bombers have kept their finals hopes alive after smashing the Saints by 61 points on Friday night. Joe Daniher booted four goals and Zach Merrett collected 37 disposals in the win, as Essendon stay in touch with eighth spot.

11. Western Bulldogs (-1)

Ladder position: 11th

Is this the result that sparks a Bulldogs resurgence? A 20-point win over Carlton was enough to keep them one win and percentage outside the eight, and with the Suns this weekend, the Dogs could be looking for back-to-back wins.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 16: Jason Johannisen of the Bulldogs is congratulated by Bailey Dale after kicking a goal during the round 17 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

12. Carlton (+1)

Ladder position: 16th

It was another afternoon ravaged by injuries, with the Blues finishing the game with one fit man on the bench. Bryce Gibbs stood up well in defeat.

13. Hawthorn (+2)

Ladder position: 13th

The Hawks almost did it for Hodgey, but fell just short after Isaac Smith pulled his kick in the final few seconds which saw the Cats hold on to record a three point win.

14. Fremantle (-2)

Ladder position: 12th

Fremantle’s poor kicking was their downfall on Sunday afternoon, as the Dockers were 2.13 at one stage before finishing with figures of 5.14, and having the same amount of shots on goal as the Eagles (11.8).

15. Gold Coast (-1)

Ladder position: 15th

Injuries to Steven May and Jarryd Lyons hurt the Suns’ chances of snatching a victory from the Pies, as Gary Ablett had 16 more disposals than the next Gold Coast player.

16. Collingwood (-)

Ladder position: 14th

After a week from hell, Nathan Buckley and the Pies finally grabbed the four points after a tense final term against the Suns. With the rain bucketing down Collingwood kicked five goals to three to hold on to a much needed victory.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Daniel Wells of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the round 17 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Collingwood Magpies at Metricon Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

17. North Melbourne (-)

Ladder position: 17th

The Roos were never in the contest against Port Adelaide, and fell to their sixth loss in a row.

18. Brisbane (-)

Ladder position: 18th

Richmond were there for the taking at certain stages on Sunday afternoon, but the Lions just didn’t perform well enough to make a contest of the game.

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