After eight rounds of the 2019 AFL season, an eye is cast over Palmerbet’s Brownlow and Coleman medal markets, where two leaders have emerged.

Almost everyone knew Patrick Cripps was good, elite even, well before this season. It goes without saying. After finishing in the top five in last year’s Brownlow Medal, many expected him to go even better this year, and that was reflected in the markets. Before round one, Cripps was equal $7 favourite (alongside Nat Fyfe and Dustin Martin) to take Charlie home. Patrick Dangerfield was marginally behind at $7.50. But beyond that group of four, the next best bet was out at $15 (Josh Kelly). However within eight rounds, Cripps has somehow gone into another gear, and has now shortened into a $3.50 favourite with Palmerbet. He’s got to a point where he’s even getting praise from his direct opponents.

Price goes down down

Cripps’ price slowly whittled down in the first three rounds, with 32, 31 and 28-disposal games shortening him ever so slightly into $6.50. But it was his efforts in round four against the Gold Coast (30 disposals, two goals and 12 tackles) and round five against the Dogs (37 touches) that really got him going.

After that, he shifted into outright favourite at $3.90 with Palmerbet. He then hovered around that $4 mark for a couple of weeks. Then, on Saturday, he almost single-handedly pulled the Blues over the line against equal-premiership favourites the Pies with another huge performance (35 disposals, five tackles, one goal).

In winning the best on ground award, it’s almost guaranteed Cripps another three votes. And with that, he’s moved into his current price of $3.50.

Chasing pack

He’s not THAT far in front, mind you. Fyfe continues to perform in a side void of other genuine stars, and appears a real contender at $4.40. Dangerfield also continues to impress with the ladder-leading Cats, but has cooled slightly from $4 (after round four) into $6 currently. Lachie Neale started the season with three 40+ disposal effort in rounds two, three and four and screamed into contention at $4.60. But a few less eye-catching (albeit solid) performances has led punters to slightly cool on him. He is now out to $6.

The runaway Coleman

Onto the other major individual award of the 2019 season, and Jeremy Cameron unsurprisingly leads all others in the race for the Coleman Medal. Starting the season out at $18 to claim the goalkicking prize, the Giants full-forward has incredibly stormed into $1.80.

His 30 goals in the opening eight rounds is a great return, albeit not earth-shattering. But the reason he is so far out ahead (the next best-priced players are Tom Lynch and Ben Brown at $7) is because no other forward is truly challenging him. Before round eight he was an astonishing 13 goals ahead of second. A five-goal bag to Brown cut that gap to nine, but it’s still a more than handy buffer.

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