After a pretty brutal Round 4, we saw some big movements in our ratings. That leads to some interesting matchups this week. Read on to see who our model is tipping!
Ratings and Simulations
The big loser here was clearly Adelaide, after a shock, heavy loss to Collingwood. They dropped from pretty clear top rated team down to 4th. Their Finals chances took a big hit, dropping down to 8th on our average simulated season ladder with a finals chance now below 70%.
Richmond’s big win vaulted them up to top spot on our ratings and also our simulated season! They finish top spot in nearly 30% of all (albeit very early) simulations.
Ratings wise, there is now a pretty linear progression from 1st down to 9th, with maybe two groupings of top 4 (Richmond, Sydney, GWS, Adelaide) and 5th-9th (Geelong, West Coast, Port Adelaide, Hawthorn, Collingwood). These top 9 are, as expected, also finishing making finals in most simulations. All have >60% chance of reaching September.
There is a pretty big drop off after that to three even teams in North Melbourne, Melbourne and Essendon, all sitting just below the average rated team. They aren’t out of finals by a long shot but only make it that far in about 30% of simulations.
There is another drop to the Dogs, Saints and Dockers group before we have a decent step back to our cellar dwellers in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Carlton. All of those teams would have to launch a pretty epic turnaround to make it even from this early stage you’d think.
Onto the tips for this week.
|Fri, 27||Docklands||Footscray||Carlton||13||59.6%||Footscray by 13|
|Sat, 28||Kardinia Park||Geelong||Sydney||12||58.5%||Geelong by 12|
|Sat, 28||Docklands||North Melbourne||Port Adelaide||9||56.4%||North Melbourne by 9|
|Sat, 28||Blacktown||GWS||Brisbane Lions||45||79.2%||GWS by 45|
|Sat, 28||Adelaide Oval||Adelaide||Gold Coast||44||78.8%||Adelaide by 44|
|Sat, 28||York Park||Hawthorn||St Kilda||22||65.7%||Hawthorn by 22|
|Sun, 29||Docklands||Essendon||Melbourne||4||52.8%||Essendon by 4|
|Sun, 29||Perth Stadium||Fremantle||West Coast||-13||40.3%||West Coast by 13|
|Sun, 29||M.C.G.||Collingwood||Richmond||-4||46.3%||Richmond by 4|
I encourage you all to follow the Squiggle on Twitter and at the website. It collates tips from a range of different models. Max is putting a lot of great work in this year and the list of models is growing weekly!
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