AFL champion Chris Judd has revealed his top five high half forwards in the AFL for the 2018 season on Footy Classified.
Judd listed the players he believes have been the most prolific at the high half forward position this season and players excluded from the list were controversial amongst some, with West Coast’s Jack Darling and Giants’ Toby Greene not named.
Judd’s top five are as follows.
1. Jordan De Goey (COLL)
De Goey has finally found consistent form this season and is putting up impressive numbers for Collingwood. Built like a midfielder, he is comfortable and able to move up the ground and holds his own but when he finds himself with the ball up forward, he is converting goals at an elite rate (2.5 goals per game).
2. Jack Ziebell (NM)
Ziebell has been a longstanding talent at the Kangaroos and has continued to improve in and around the contest, winning two centre clearances a game and has put away more than one goal per game in his new role up forward.
3. Luke Breust (HAW)
Hawthorn have found an electric forward to rely on each game in Bruest, who is booting goals at the highest clip of his career, with 23 in just nine games. He has also made his presence known around the ground, tackling at a star-level, racking up 4.8 tackles a game.
4. Kane Lambert (RICH)
Lambert finds the ball and wins disposals consistently all over the ground, having taken on more responsibility in his fourth season, he consequently has also got more opportunity to score for the Tigers. He has almost surpassed his single season personal best in goal kicking, having 10 so far, his previous best is 13 in the 2017 season.
5. Tom Lynch (ADEL)
Lynch has not been a considerable offensive force up forward this season despite missing two games so far, but he is still converting at a consistent rate. He has looked impressive on paper, tallying elite numbers in both the kicks (11.7 per game) and marks (5.7 per game) categories, so he is still presenting well.