Sunday, July 2, 2017

AFL Power Rankings: Round 15 2017

Richmond takes Essendon’s spot in the top eight of these rankings this week. The Tigers had a win over Port in Adelaide, while Essendon lost at home to bottom-ranked Brisbane. It is the first time Richmond has been in the top eight of the rankings since Round 4 of last season.

The Tigers have been consistent across matches this season rather than brilliant in a few. The win against Port Adelaide rates here as their best for the year, with a net margin adjusted for home ground advantage and opposition strength of +41 points. Only the bottom three ranked sides – Carlton, Fremantle, and Brisbane – have a ‘best adjusted net margin’ result for 2017 that is lower than Richmond’s, and Richmond only passed two of those sides with the win against Port this week.

But Richmond has been pretty consistent in its performances. It has the lowest variation (standard deviation) in adjusted net margin across its matches of any side this season, at +23 points. Its worst result this year, in adjusted net margin terms, was its 2 point loss to Fremantle at home (-43 points in adjusted net margin).

In other words, in this even season, Richmond’s season has been the most even of all.

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