MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies and Max Gawn of the Demons compete in a ruck contest during the 2017 AFL round 23 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 26, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Herald Sun Chief Football Writer Mark Robinson has revealed his top 50 players for the 2018 season, with Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn taking out top spot.

Gawn edged out Carlton’s Patrick Cripps and Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt, with the Tiger forward a surprise selection inside the top three.

It was the year of the star ruckman, as Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy claimed the No. 4 spot, with Richmond’s Dustin Martin rounding out the top five.

2018 Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell comes in at six, with Sydney’s Lance Franklin close behind in seven.

Premiership defender Jeremy McGovern is the only defender inside the top 10, as he sits in eighth spot.

Collingwood’s Steele Sidebottom and Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver round out the top 10.

The rest of the top 50 are as follows:

11 Lachie Whitfield

12 Rory Laird

13 Elliot Yeo

14 Patrick Dangerfield 

15 Alex Rance

16 Jack Darling

17 Stephen Coniglio

18 Jordan De Goey

19 Shaun Higgins

20 Tom Hawkins

21 Phil Davis

22 Jack Gunston

23 Jack Macrae

24 Dayne Beams

25 Dyson Heppell

26 Luke Breust

27 Andrew Gaff

28 Callan Ward

29 Shannon Hurn

30 Ben Brown

31 Angus Brayshaw

32 Kane Lambert

33 Dayne Zorko

34 Scott Pendlebury 

35 Jack Steven 

36 Tom Stewart

37 Harris Andrews

38 Taylor Adams

39 Devon Smith

40 Mark Blicavs

41 Joel Selwood

42 Luke Parker

43 Justin Westhoff

44 Ben Cunnington 

45 Dylan Grimes

46 Jack Redden

47 Shane Edwards

48 Neville Jetta

49 Jeremy Howe

50 Luke Shuey


  1. Hey Robbo….. I think you’ve missed a possible Top 20, certainly a Top 30. Zac Merrett deserves a place in this field

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