AFL Overrated Players- Jigsaw Puzzle (AFL Home and Away Season 2020- In a Nutshell)
Imagine a starting 18 team of players with one player from every AFL team who needs to improve. Stop imagining it as this hypothetical team could come to fruition. It’s actually a compliment for a player to be considered to be overrated as they haven’t been playing to their optimum level, which means that they can improve.
There are two Captains for the purpose of this exercise; Dayne Zorko and Patrick Cripps.
AFL Overrated Players- Jigsaw Puzzle (Season 2020)- Team by Team:
Adelaide Crows: Taylor Walker
Brisbane Lions: Dayne Zorko (Co-Captain)
Carlton: Patrick Cripps (Co-Captain)
Collingwood: Brodie Grundy
Essendon: Michael Hurley
Fremantle: Reece Conca
Geelong: Zac Tuohy
Gold Coast: Brandon Ellis
Greater Western Sydney: Jeremy Cameron
Hawthorn: James Frawley
Melbourne Demons: Jack Viney
North Melbourne: Jack Ziebell
Port Adelaide: Sam Powell-Pepper
Richmond: Trent Cotchin
St Kilda: Max King
Sydney Swans: Jake Lloyd
Western Bulldogs: Alex Keath
West Coast: Shannon Hurn
AFL Overrated Players- Jigsaw Starting 18 (Season 2020)- Who wins?
B: James Frawley (Hawthorn), Alex Keath (Western Bulldogs), Reece Conca (Fremantle)
HB: Shannon Hurn (West Coast), Michael Hurley (Essendon), Jake Lloyd (Sydney Swans)
C: Zac Tuohy (Geelong), Patrick Cripps (Carlton), Brandon Ellis (Gold Coast)
HF: Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions), Jeremy Cameron (Giants), Sam Powell-Pepper (Port Adelaide)
FF: Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne), Taylor Walker (Adelaide Crows), Max King (St Kilda)
Foll: Brodie Grundy (Collingwood), Jack Viney (Melbourne Demons), Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
James Frawley’s didn’t perform to the level he was capable of in Season 2020.
Alex Keath was recruited to play as a key defender for the Western Bulldogs to help with their one weakness the key defensive positions. Keath is more highly rated than he should be. Maybe the occasional move forward would take the pressure off him.
Reece Conca’s 2020 Season wasn’t up to standard from a performance perspective as he shouldn’t be playing in defence. He should either play as a defensive forward or as a tagger.
Shannon Hurn is coming towards the end of his career, which is understandable that he has had a drop in consistency.
Michael Hurley has struggled to play to his optimum level in Season 2020. Perhaps a change of club would help or move him forward at times as he has so much potential.
Jake Lloyd won plenty of possessions, but he needs to provide more run out of defence.
Zac Tuohy is a player that is considered to be an important part of Geelong’s best 22. He doesn’t do enough to warrant the high esteem that he is held in from the perspective of his ability.
Patrick Cripps is so highly thought of in the media, but hasn’t lived up to the hype surrounding him. It can be summed up by his set shot kicking, which means is indicative of his game as a whole; he has decent stats, but needs to be better in the key moments. He needs to spend time at centre half forward to take the pressure off him. He is a leader that is capable of producing more in the integral moments in games than he has dished up.
Brandon Ellis has struggled to make an impact at the Gold Coast. Despite being a good leader, a five year contract was probably too long based on what he produced in Season 2020.
Dayne Zorko should be a lot better as he is Captain of the Brisbane Lions, as he didn’t fulfill his potential in AFL Season 2020. From a leadership perspective he is fantastic, but his consistency in Season 2020 is a worry.
Jeremy Cameron was the obvious choice as he didn’t play to the standard that he is capable of.
Sam Powell-Pepper has had a disappointing Season, despite Port Adelaide performing well. He has to perform to his optimum level if he is to prove that he deserves to be part of the Port Adelaide best 22 in 2021.
Jack Ziebell isn’t up to AFL standard at the moment, partly due to injuries and his performances hasn’t been at their usual level in Season 2020.
Taylor Walker should consider moving to a different club as a change is as good as a holiday! He has been a great servant of the Adelaide Crows and the club is heading in the right direction, but Taylor Walker’s consistency in Season 2020 wasn’t up to AFL standard.
Max King is a player with plenty of potential, but he needs to improve considerably.
Brodie Grundy was one of the worst ruckmen in the competition. Collingwood made a mistake resigning him for 7 years, based on what he produced in Season 2020.
Jack Viney had a Season that he would like to forget, hopefully it motivates him to have a good preseason and improve
drastically in Season 2021.
Trent Cotchin is nearing the end of his career, a successful one, but his consistency in this Season hasn’t been up to his usual level.