The season starts in a couple of days, so it is time to update the rolling best 22. This is how I see the top players in each of the lines for the year. So here you go to use as you please, whether that me be for a guide, entertaining reading or as a source of anger to get genuinely heated about, here it is.
Sydney Swans, DEF
Looks to have the safest role clarity of the big three defenders.
Rory Laird, DEF
Slips back slightly behind Lloyd due to the increased roles of Smith and Milera.
GWS Giants, DEF
The talk of his half forward role is the last thing I wanted to hear on the eve of the season.
Remains the number on kick in guy which adds a few bonus points.
Brisbane Lions, DEF
In career best condition and will take his share of kick ins.
The old boy remains the safest of the next crop of contenders.
In the mix: Nil.
Western Bulldogs, MID
Set to maintain his awesome form from last year.
GWS Giants, MID
Carries a huge amount of responsibility in the midfield this season… And is capable of doing it.
The 6-6-6 rule makes him even more dangerous. AFL version of Bodacious the bull.
A genuine star, the second half of last year was no fluke.
The extra space will be lapped up by the explosive star.
The ball magnet is set for a career high season.
No shoulder concerns, business as usual for the young star.
An interesting pre-season from Merrett, but he should be fine.
In the mix: Dayne Beams (Collingwood, MID), Lachie Neale (Brisbane Lions, MID), Seb Ross (St Kilda, MID), Taylor Adams (Collingwood, MID), Josh Kelly (GWS Giants, MID).
Set for another huge year, no concerns about a slow-pre season.
Will start the year solo ruck and should maintain his average for the year.
In the mix: Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD), Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne, RUC), Stefan Martin (Brisbane Lions, RUC).
In for a monster season.
Western Bulldogs, MID/FWD
Looks to be fourth in line in the midfield, which means plenty of time in there.
Indifferent pre-season and reports of a slight role change leave some question marks.
Will be a frequent flyer in the midfield and his scores will reflect it.
Knows how to score no matter where he lines up on the ground.
Port Adelaide, RUC/FWD
This attacking game plan Port claim to be deploying could actually see the old boy set another career high.
In the mix: Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans, MID/FWD), Jack Billings (St Kilda, MID/FWD)
What do you think, has Roy got this right? What order would you have the players in? Post your thoughts in the comments.