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Eddie Betts rises in Players' Top 50

afc.com.au  March 12, 2018 10:51 AM

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 6: Eddie Betts of the Crows poses for a photograph during the Adelaide Crows 2018 official team photo day at AAMI Stadium on March 6, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 6: Eddie Betts of the Crows poses for a photograph during the Adelaide Crows 2018 official team photo day at AAMI Stadium on March 6, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Like a fine wine, Eddie Betts seems to only get better with age.

After a third consecutive All Australian crown in 2017, the 31-year-old has again risen in the AFL Players’ Top 50 rankings, coming in at No. 17.

The game’s premier small forward was ranked at No. 19 in 2017. 

Every player in the competition was asked to rank the best 50 players in the League, with the results collated and ready for reveal in the lead-up to Round One.

Betts is the third Crow in the Players’ Top 50, after Matt Crouch came in at No. 29 and Rory Laird was ranked No. 49.

 

Eddie Betts
Forward

Last year's ranking: 19
Official AFL Player Rating: 23
Debut: 2005
Games: 277
AFL Fantasy value: $511,000

 Fan-favourite and all-round package, it's easy to forget Betts wasn't always a Crow. The ex-Blue has become a cult figure at West Lakes for his exciting string of traits that extend beyond kicking remarkable goals. Consistently brings his teammates into the game – a skill that's rated elite – and packs a strong defensive game as well as being Adelaide's leading goalkicker for four straight seasons. Won his third consecutive All-Australian selection in 2017, and will continue to thrill Crows' supporters for years to come after signing an extension until the end of 2020.