We are a few weeks post the 2018 Trade Period and a week prior to the AFL Draft, some player movements & injuries have impacted the Power Rankings for November.
Previous Rank: 2 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 1
Round 1: vs Carlton (MCG)
The addition of Tom Lynch should increase scoring for Richmond in 2018, the Tigers averaged 95.3pts (Rank 2) in the 2018 H&A season despite averaging 90.5pts from their final 15 H&A games (Rank 6).
2. WEST COAST
Previous Rank: 1 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 2
Round 1: vs Brisbane (Gabba)
The 2018 Premiers will likely be a strong contender again in 2019, the Eagles were 11-3 at Optus Stadium last season (Incl. Finals).
Previous Rank: 3 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 5
Round 1: vs Port Adelaide (MCG)
The Demons have been building quite well and 2018 was likely just a taste of what could be ahead, they are well and truly in the Premiership window next season.
Previous Rank: 4 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 3
Round 1: vs Geelong (MCG)
Collingwood added Dayne Beams to their already deep midfield during the recent Trade Period, the Magpies averaged 402.7 Disposals during the 2018 H&A season (Rank 1).
Previous Rank: 9 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 11
Round 1: vs GWS Giants (Spotless Stadium)
Essendon finished the 2018 H&A season by winning 8 of the their final 11 games with an average losing margin of just over 9pts (3 games), anticipation is high after they added Dylan Shiel during the recent Trade Period.
Previous Rank: 5 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 4
Round 1: vs Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
The Hawks surprised many in 2018 and may do so again next season, the addition of Chad Wingard was a fantastic get despite losing Ryan Burton.
Previous Rank: 6 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 12
Round 1: vs Hawthorn (Adelaide Oval)
Last season may have been an aberration for the Crows, they averaged 88.2pts in the 2018 H&A season (Rank 8) compared to 109.8pts (Rank 1) in the 2017 H&A season.
8. GWS GIANTS
Previous Rank: 7 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 7
Round 1: vs Essendon (Spotless Stadium)
The Giants once again lost key players during the recent Trade Period due to salary cap restraints, they still have plenty of quality talent underneath that will now get an opportunity.
Previous Rank: 8 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 6
Round 1: vs Western Bulldogs (Marvel Stadium)
The Swans lost Dan Hannebery & didn’t really chase a big target during the recent Trade Period, expect Callum Mills & Isaac Heeney to increase Midfield usage next season.
Previous Rank: 10 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 8
Round 1: vs Collingwood (MCG)
With an ageing list the Cats are still in the Premiership mix next season, a high ladder finish is not out of the question in 2019.
Previous Rank: 12 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 14
Round 1: vs Nth Melbourne (Optus Stadium)
Freo finally delivered on securing not 1 but 2 key Forwards in the 2018 Trade Period, Ross Lyon has the defensive game locked in & now has a forward line to match.
Previous Rank: 13 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 15
Round 1: vs West Coast (Gabba)
Lachie Neale will be a very good addition to an exciting group at Brisbane, another year under Chris Fagan should see them climb the Ladder next season.
13. NTH MELBOURNE
Previous Rank: 14 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 9
Round 1: vs Fremantle (Optus Stadium)
The Kangaroos exceeded expectations last season and added quality during the recent Trade Period, they won’t be favoured by many to challenge for a Finals spot in 2019.
14. PORT ADELAIDE
Previous Rank: 11 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 10
Round 1: vs Melbourne (MCG)
The Power are in a mini reset with the departures of Chad Wingard & Jared Polec, however that is off-set by a very strong Draft position.
15. WESTERN BULLDOGS
Previous Rank: 15 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 13
Round 1: vs Sydney (Marvel Stadium)
The Bulldogs averaged 71.6pts (Rank 15) in 2018, they desperately need to hit the scoreboard next season.
16. ST KILDA
Previous Rank: 16 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 16
Round 1: vs Gold Coast (Marvel Stadium)
The Saints fell way short of self expectations last season, they have a brutal fixture between Rounds 2-9 in 2019.
Previous Rank: 18 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 18
Round 1: vs Richmond (MCG)
The worst is likely over for Carlton in a major rebuild phase, they will be far more competitive in 2019.
18. GOLD COAST
Previous Rank: 17 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 17
Round 1: vs St Kilda (Marvel Stadium)
Losing Tom Lynch, Steven May & even Jarryd Lyons will initially hurt the Suns next season, an influx of high quality Draft talent is much needed.