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Is this year’s Brownlow really a two-horse race?

2017-07-17T16:00+10:00

Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield and Richmond’s Dustin Martin are seen to be the clear-cut top chances to take home the AFL’s most prestigious individual award this season.

Both have enjoyed outstanding seasons in successful teams and have been strongly supported by punters with Dangerfield currently a $1.80 chance to win back-to-back Brownlows according to Sportsbet, while Martin is $2.50.

After 17 rounds, Inside Football’s Brownlow computer has the pair tied atop the leaderboard with 23 votes apiece.

But the gap to the chasing pack isn’t as vast as some are led to believe.

Despite a few quiet weeks earlier in the season – and some niggling injuries – Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett ($21) is nipping at their heels on 20 votes, while a white-hot Tom Mitchell ($11) sits a further vote back on 19.

Greater Western Sydney Josh Kelly ($15) has dropped off the pace to sit alongside Essendon ball magnet Zach Merrett ($18) on 16.

Inside Football Brownlow Leaderboard (after Round 17)
Player Club Votes
Patrick DANGERFIELD Geelong 23
Dustin MARTIN Richmond 23
Gary ABLETT Gold Coast 20
Tom MITCHELL Hawthorn 19
Josh KELLY GWS Giants 16
Zach MERRETT Essendon 16
Josh KENNEDY Sydney 15
Ben CUNNINGTON North Melbourne 14
Joel SELWOOD Geelong 14
Marcus BONTEMPELLI Western Bull-dogs 13
Scott PENDLEBURY Collingwood 13
Ollie WINES Port Adelaide 12
Dayne ZORKO Brisbane 12
Lance FRANKLIN Sydney 11
Robbie GRAY Port Adelaide 11
Jack STEVEN St Kilda 11
Adam TRELOAR Collingwood 11
Taylor WALKER Adelaide 11
Michael WALTERS Fremantle 11
Matt CROUCH Adelaide 10
Nat FYFE Fremantle 10
Bryce GIBBS Carlton 10
Lachie NEALE Fremantle 10
Clayton OLIVER Melbourne 10
Dylan SHIEL GWS Giants 10
Chad WINGARD Port Adelaide 10
Inside Football Patrick DANGERFIELD Dustin MARTIN Gary ABLETT Tom MITCHELL Zach MERRETT Joshua KELLY

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