PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Levi Casboult of the Blues looks on after the teams defeat during the round 21 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images)

There aren’t many better things to do as a footy fan than sit around with your mates and have a laugh about the duds in the league. It’s an unfortunate truth that some players just underachieve in certain seasons and that fans don’t have any issues with picking on those players.

We’re here to take a look at which players haven’t lived up their potential; or to any potential at all.


a thing that fails to work properly or is otherwise unsatisfactory or worthless.

not working or meeting standards; faulty.


Joe Daniher (Essendon)

Undoubtedly one of the league’s most underachieving players this season. Coming in, hopes were high for the Bombers as a team and for Daniher as an individual as well. Many had the Bombers in their top four and Daniher for the Coleman medal. Only having kicked eight goals in seven rounds before his injury, it’s now clear neither of those two expectations will be reached.

Often injuries are what set players back, in Daniher’s case it has made people forget about the shocker of a season he was having. Daniher was struggling to impact games, and may even sit out the rest of the 2018 season with injury.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA – APRIL 29: Joe Daniher of the Bombers reacts at an umpiring decision during the round 6 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium on April 29, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)