Welcome to the second instalment of The Sporting Landscape’s Player Rankings, where each week, we decipher through all the individual performances of the round to come up with a top-10, ranking the players accordingly.
Despite the Cats loss, Jeremy Cameron was too good to ignore in his remarkable display, while a rising North Melbourne star made it back-to-back top-three appearances.
Read our full Player Rankings below.
10. Dayne Zorko (BRIS)
Zorko picked up a perfect 10 from in the Coaches’ Votes in the now infamous lights-out game at the Gabba. He had 22 disposals, eight inside 50s, six score involvements and two goals.
9. Callum Mills (SYD)
Callum Mills shone in Sydney’s demolition of the rebuilding Hawks. The 25-year-old had 28 disposals at 75% efficiency, eight score involvements, six intercept possessions, 436 metres gained as well as two goals.
8. Rory Laird (ADEL)
Laird starred despite Adelaide’s 32-point defeat at the hands of Richmond, picking up a whopping 39 disposals as well as 15 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, eight tackles, seven clearances, seven inside 50s and two goal assists.
7. Clayton Oliver (MELB)
Oliver stuffed the stat-sheet in Melbourne’s loss to Brisbane on a bizarre Friday night. His game was simply too good to ignore with 37 disposals, one goal, 15 contested possessions, 11 inside 50s, nine tackles and 774 metres gained.
6. Kyle Langford (ESS)
Langford was impressive for Essendon as they downed the Suns by 28 points, kicking five goals and picking up nine score involvements.
5. Charlie Curnow (CARL)
Despite a critical performance that lifted Carlton to victory on Thursday night, Curnow was outshone by the brilliance of Jeremy Cameron. Regardless, he still had a game to remember, booting five majors and picking up nine coaches’ votes.
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4. Nick Daicos (COLL)
Following a more-than-impressive debut season, Nick Daicos appears to be taking his game to ridiculous heights in 2023. Kicked a brilliant goal and finished with two majors alongside 32 disposals, 11 score involvements and 661 metres gained.
3. Tim Kelly (WCE)
Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, and unfortunately for West Coast their bumper deal to lure Kelly home appears to have backfired. But he showed what the Eagles’ hoped he’d be producing week in week out against the Giants, with one goal, 32 disposals, 12 contested possessions, nine score involvements and 520 metres gained.
2. Luke Davies-Uniacke (NM)
Davies-Uniacke has well and truly burst onto the scene this season and established himself as a premier midfielder. Could be a dark-horse come Brownlow night, and most certainly has six votes to his name. He’s also surged to a five-vote buffer at the top of the Coaches’ Votes leaderboard following two perfect 10s. Had a whopping 17 contested possessions from 30 disposals against Freo, along with one goal, 11 clearances and 638 metres gained.
1. Jeremy Cameron (GEEL)
We’re only two rounds into 2023, but many are dubbing Cameron the best player in the competition at present following his barnstorming showing against Carlton. His influence was immense, not only booting a round-high six goals but pushing up the ground and winning plenty of the footy with 25 disposals. He was everywhere on Thursday night. Also had 11 score involvements, but most impressively for a key forward, 592 metres gained.