There’s not much happening in the rankings this week, with one-third of the league having the week off. (Under my system teams can still change ranking points even when not playing, as the strength of their recent opponents is revised.)
The gap between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide at the top of the rankings has narrowed, with the two clubs now rated about the same, while Geelong has crept closer to the top sides with its comfortable win over the Crows.
West Coast has fallen further into the ‘mid-range’ group of the rankings after losing to the lowly-ranked Gold Coast Suns. Conversely, Essendon has moved closer to that group with a decent performance on the road against the GWS Giants.And Richmond has almost made the long road back into positive rankings territory. Only their three thrashings against the Swans, Giants, and Hawks in the second half of last year are keeping the Tigers out of seventh spot.