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Forwards soar in Players' Top 50

March 2, 2016 9:48 AM

Eddie Betts features in the AFL Players' Top 50 for the first time

Eddie Betts features in the AFL Players' Top 50 for the first time

Two Crows forwards have soared into this year's AFL Players' Top 50.

Livewire goalkicker Eddie Betts cracks the Top 50 for the first time at No.32, while Crows captain Taylor Walker returns to the list at No.38 after missing out on a ranking last season.

The standings are determined by the players themselves, with all 18 clubs taking part in the survey to determine the AFL's best player according to those who know best. A total of 90 players received at least one vote.

The countdown continues until Friday, March 18, when the AFL's No.1 player – according to his peers – is revealed.

38. Taylor Walker
Last year's ranking: -
Official AFL Player Rating: 116
Debut: 2009
Games: 107
AFL Fantasy value: $454,000 

In his first season as captain, Walker reached new heights. His leadership was superb on and off the field, but his performances did most of the talking. Walker booted 59 goals – his best return since 2012 – and was second in the competition for marks inside 50. Walker is a big-marking, long-kicking power forward capable of kicking huge bags of goals.

32. Eddie Betts
Last year's ranking: -
Official AFL Player Rating: 21
Debut: 2005
Games: 229
AFL Fantasy value: $421,000 

His reputation as one of the game's biggest drawcards continued to swell last year, stunning the competition with a career-best season. He was a beast inside attacking 50, booting 63 goals to claim the Club's goalkicking title for the second successive year. Betts' creativity is unmatched and his skill to convert seemingly from anywhere he wants is astonishing, with that ability rocketing him inside the top 50 after not making the list in 2015. He won Goal of the Year for a left-foot torpedo from the boundary. 


The AFL Players' Top 50 (31-50)
50. Dylan Shiel (GWS)
49. Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
48. Bernie Vince (Melbourne)
47. Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
46. Josh Gibson (Hawthorn)
45. Jack Steven (St Kilda)
44. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
43. Brent Harvey (North Melbourne)
42. Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
41. Harry Taylor (Geelong)
40. Brett Deledio (Richmond)
39. Tom Rockliff (Brisbane)
38. Taylor Walker (Adelaide)
37. Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs)
36. Andrew Gaff (West Coast)
35. Nic Naitanui (West Coast)
34. Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
33. Jeremy Cameron (GWS)
32. Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
31. Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs)

See the full list at

The AFL Players' Top 50 is compiled with the support of the AFL Players' Association.