Opinion Best player in the game going into 2022?

Who is the best player in the competition going into 2022

  • Bontempelli

    Votes: 71 27.8%
  • Oliver

    Votes: 43 16.9%
  • Petracca

    Votes: 59 23.1%
  • Martin

    Votes: 32 12.5%
  • Greene

    Votes: 9 3.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 41 16.1%

  • Total voters
    255

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cherrypie

Club Legend
Oct 28, 2017
1,145
3,416
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Western Bulldogs
I can't see Walsh ever being the best player in the AFL, let alone in 2022. He is too small and doesn't win enough contested ball. Being a great endurance runner is obviously a strength but this isn't the 90's anymore and is less important with rotations and zone defensive structures.
19th in the league last year for contested possessions (and the most for Carlton) which is a pretty good effort for a 3rd year player. While his endurance is his strength, it's not like he's incapable of winning the contested ball.

In regards to his size, he's taller than Selwood, Libba, Parker, Mitchell, Laird, Miller, Boak etc. and only 2cm shorter than Petracca. He's not as naturally big as someone like Petracca but he's still just a kid dominating without support. I don't think he'll be the best player in 2022 but I don't see why he can't be in the future.
 

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KickLongTackleHard

2021 🏆
May 2, 2008
4,019
3,275
Perth
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Melbourne
Other Teams
Chelsea FC
Petracca, Bont and Oliver and it’s very hard to split them. Petracca’s best performance was the 2021 GF so he could still be going up if he brings that new level more often.
 

Tigers4

Draftee
Jan 13, 2022
13
16
AFL Club
Richmond
Those saying Martin is the best going into 2022, he was the fittest he had ever been in footy (that was from him mouth pre season in 2021) and he had 3 maybe 4 good games out of 18 in 2021 season. Other tigers like Bakes, Shorty, Broad, Bolton, Graham killed Dusty’s “greatness” as he couldn’t match them.

He will have another 3-4 good games (the expected blues, hawks, north, bombers) but he won’t be near the “best player of 2022” when you have the likes of Bont, Trac, Greene, Oliver, Walsh as examples who will be dominate all year for majority of the matches including finals


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bjwilliams

All Australian
Apr 6, 2015
704
929
AFL Club
Melbourne
early ninties: ablett, lockett, dunstall, carey, williams.

late nineties: carey, hird, voss, jarman, lockett, buckley

early 2000s: voss, hird, buckley, mcleod, riccuito, kouta, lloyd.

late 2000s ablett, judd, franklin, riewoldt, pavlich, brown.

early 2010s: ablett, franklin, fyfe,

late 2010s: dangerfield, martin, franklin, fyfe.

ealry 2020s current crop just no where near the above.
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TheUnicorn

All Australian
Nov 1, 2021
933
1,086
AFL Club
Essendon
Lol how is Sam Walsh even in the conversation for best player.
 

FlowersByIrene

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 29, 2012
22,385
31,169
Perth
AFL Club
Carlton
Is Oliver a new weird way of describing Ollie Wines? It can't be Clayton Oliver surely? Not even the best player on his team.

For 22 the best player in the league will be Walsh followed by Petracca.