In this series, Band of Brothers, we will focus on finding players which statistically speaking should be moving into their prime.

In my previous Band of Brothers Part 1 article, I decided on the following criteria when comparing players:

  • Played between 20 and 200 career games
  • Is aged between 20 and 28 years of age (by seasons end)
  • Players who are Top 44 by Last Seasons Average or Last 5 Games (i.e. there is a case they are a Best 22 player)

And here are the players which match these criteria.

Defenders

Name Price Age Games Avg
2018
Avg
Last 5
Rank
2018
Rank
Last 5
Rory Laird $782,000 26 114 107.75 102.8 1 2
Jake Lloyd $738,000 26 103 101.64 109 2 1
Lachie Whitfield $726,000 25 107 100.09 101.2 3 3
James Sicily $694,000 24 57 95.57 N/A 4 N/A
Wayne Milera $546,000 22 43 75.26 92.6 34 5
Connor Blakely $664,000 23 46 91.46 N/A 6 N/A
Nic Newman $552,000 26 28 76.10 89 30 6
Jack Crisp $635,000 26 106 87.50 87.2 10 8
Alex Witherden $639,000 21 30 88.00 76 9 30
Brad Sheppard $541,000 28 147 74.59 85.4 38 9
Jason Johannisen $551,000 27 102 75.95 85.2 31 10
Christian Salem $576,000 24 67 79.38 84.6 22 11

Midfielders

Name Price Age Games Avg
2018
Avg
Last 5
Rank
2018
Rank
Last 5
Tom Mitchell $938,000 26 101 129.18 128.6 1 2
Jack Macrae $890,000 25 113 122.63 135.2 2 1
Andrew Gaff $803,000 27 164 110.68 96 3 40
Sebastian Ross $779,000 26 102 107.33 127.4 9 3
Stephen Coniglio $801,000 26 111 110.38 112.4 4 14
Angus Brayshaw $763,000 23 55 105.11 122.2 15 4
Patrick Cripps $793,000 24 81 109.32 121.2 5 6
Elliot Yeo $775,000 26 123 106.77 121.6 10 5
Clayton Oliver $792,000 22 57 109.09 108.6 6 18
Adam Treloar $787,000 26 135 108.46 N/A 7 N/A
Matt Crouch $761,000 24 83 104.89 118.8 16 7
Josh Kelly $787,000 24 94 108.40 103.25 8 28
Lachie Hunter $765,000 25 100 105.43 117 14 10
Jack Steele $685,000 24 58 94.43 113 43 13
Zach Merrett $736,000 24 101 101.45 111.6 24 15
Taylor Adams $690,000 26 116 95.11 108.6 40 18

Rucks

Name Price Age Games Avg
2018
Avg
Last 5
Rank
2018
Rank
Last 5
Brodie Grundy $871,000 25 103 120.00 131.8 1 1
Max Gawn $808,000 28 96 111.32 103.8 2 3
Jarrod Witts $681,000 27 80 93.77 90.8 5 9
Toby Nankervis $648,000 25 53 89.24 95.75 9 6

Forwards

Name Price Age Games Avg
2018
Avg
Last 5
Rank
2018
Rank
Last 5
Devon Smith $774,000 26 129 106.64 114.8 1 3
Josh Dunkley $695,000 22 39 95.79 117.6 5 2
Sam Menegola $716,000 27 47 98.64 107.2 4 4
Toby McLean $686,000 23 57 94.50 82 6 36
Isaac Heeney $658,000 23 71 90.71 88 8 22
Tom McDonald $654,000 27 143 90.06 91.2 9 16
Jamie Cripps $590,000 27 135 81.32 98.4 26 9
Jesse Hogan $646,000 24 71 89.05 83 11 31
Jack Billings $618,000 24 85 85.19 96.2 17 11
Jack Gunston $629,000 28 157 86.67 95.4 16 13
Tim Kelly $630,000 25 22 86.82 92.4 15 15
Caleb Daniel $565,000 23 69 77.85 90.2 40 18

Conclusion

Remember – this list is purely on statistics, and you still need to do your home work. Here are other factors which should play into your decision:

  • Bye Rounds
  • Injuries
  • Changes in Position
  • Changes in Team Personnel
  • Coaches