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Alex Docherty's Top 50 AFL Players Post-2016 Part 3: 30-21

  • Alex Docherty's Top 50 AFL Players Post-2016 Part 3: 30-21

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 01: Liam Picken of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Today we're ride over the midway point of the top 50. We've seen a few hall of fame-calibre players and plenty of young, emerging stars already named, but the names only get bigger from here on out.

In case you've just tuned in and didn't read who got the spots from 50-31 you can find them here

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30. Luke Shuey – West Coast
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 134
Career Goals: 90

Shuey was awarded West Coast's best and fairest after a season in which he averaged career-high numbers in disposals (26 per game), clearances (6.5 per game) and tackles (6.5 per game). Had been a consistent member of West Coast's engine room for years, but is only starting to find ways to hugely impact on the game.

29. Liam Picken – Western Bulldogs
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 176
Career Goals: 63

Was once just a dire and rugged run-with midfielder, but ever since Luke Beveridge came into Whitten Oval, Picken has become a lot more of an offensive-type and has been used to magnificent effect. His finals campaign for the Bulldogs was enormous, averaging 23 disposals per game and kicking 10 goals as a half-forward/midfielder. Arguably the Western Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player from their fairytale finals run.

28. Cyril Rioli - Hawthorn
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 178
Career Goals: 146

I left him out of the Pre-Season top 50, because I was bought in to how overrated he was, but it's funny how one season can seriously change the opinion of one player. It was his second consecutive season he booted 40 goals or more, with Rioli's forward pressure critically underrated. He averaged a career-high in tackles, averaging over six per game.

27. Matthew Boyd – Western Bulldogs
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 282
Career Goals: 83

Completed his transformation from ball-winning midfielder to ball-winning defender in 2016, earning his first All-Australian selection since 2011. Averaged 27 disposals a game, seven marks a game and five rebound 50s per game en route to his first premiership medal. There was some doubt whether he'd go on in 2017, but penned a one-year deal midway through October. Personally, I think he still has a few seasons left in him.

26. Adam Treloar – Collingwood
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 101
Career Goals: 61

Treloar had a stellar 2016 campaign, and if it wasn't for Patrick Dangerfield, Treloar would've been hands-down the recruit of the year. He averaged 30 disposals a game – a career-high, also averaging six tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s a game in 22 games this season. He was incredibly stiff not to get the Pies' best and fairest award.

25. Jack Steven – St. Kilda
Pre-Season Ranking: 42
Career Games: 134
Career Goals: 88

Steven capped off a brilliant year by winning St. Kilda's best and fairest for the third-time in his career, and I can sense more coming his way by the time his career is done. He averaged nearly 28 disposals a game, five tackles, five inside 50s and five clearances per game. Is widely tipped to succeed Nick Riewoldt as captain of the Saints in 2017, and personally, I think he's the only one fit for the job.

24. Heath Shaw – Greater Western Sydney
Pre-Season Ranking: 47
Career Games: 237
Career Goals: 39

You don't have to like Heath Shaw and the way he carries on at times, but you do have to acknowledge his talent and his impact on games as a running defender. He was named in the All-Australian team for the second-straight year and averaged 24 disposals per game, eight rebound 50s and seven marks per game. He's amongst one of the top running defenders of the competition today.

23. Jeremy McGovern – West Coast
Pre-Season Ranking: 50
Career Games: 55
Career Goals: 39

'Gov' was extremely stiff not to get an All-Australian selection last year after a breakthrough 2015 campaign in defence. He rightfully got one this year after playing all but one game. He led the league in intercept marks this season, averaging 3.5 intercept marks a game and averaged career-high numbers in rebound 50s (3.5 per game) and disposals (15 per game).

22. Dane Rampe – Sydney
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 98
Career Goals: 6

It feels like that Dane Rampe is a quiet achiever, but I know he is so much more than that. His ability to match up on both big forwards and the small and win 95 percent of those contests is something that hardly gets acknowledged, but his ability to also rebound from the defensive 50 is amongst the best in the business. Was rewarded with a spot in the All-Australian team this year after a stellar season in defence.

21. Toby Greene – Greater Western Sydney
Pre-Season Ranking: N/A
Career Games: 98
Career Goals: 78

When he entered the AFL, Toby Greene was a kid who could get a stack of the ball on the field and would get into a lot of trouble off the field. After this season, he's emerged as a star half-forward who can not only win his own ball and kick goals, but he leaves his ego at the door. He kicked 44 goals this year for the Giants, as well as averaging 21 disposals per game to take out his first-ever best and fairest award for the Giants.

Now over the halfway mark of the Top 50, on Thursday, Alex reveals the players listed from 20-11.

Photos Courtesy of Getty Images

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