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AFL captains snub Nat Fyfe in Brownlow Medal predictions

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe has been sensationally overlooked for Brownlow Medal contention in the AFL’s annual poll of all club captains.

Fyfe, who won the award in 2015, did not poll a single vote when the captains were asked who would take home the Brownlow this season.

Patrick Dangerfield (five votes) was favoured to go back-to-back after last year’s record-setting tally.

Marcus Bontempelli, Dan Hannebery and Dustin Martin were next best with two votes each.

Fyfe sat out all but five games last season with a broken leg, but has been in fine touch this pre-season and looks set to recapture his best form at the Dockers.

The injured Fremantle forward is determined to return to footy before round 8.

He is rated a $9 chance with TAB Touch to win this year’s Brownlow, on par with Bontempelli and behind only Dangerfield ($5).

Only one captain picked Fremantle to return to finals this season. Dockers ruck draftee Sean Darcy earned one vote as a prospective Rising Star winner.

West Coast have meanwhile been backed in to contend for the premiership again, with 16 captains believing they will figure in the top eight and one skipper believing they will make the grand final.

Josh Kennedy was tipped to be in the mix for the Coleman Medal after claiming the gong the past two years.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 10: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Greater Western Sydney earned a whopping 14 votes to reach the deciding game of the season.

Of the teams to finish last season outside the top eight, St Kilda have been tipped as the big improvers.

East Perth utility Sam Powell-Pepper (three votes) is one of the Rising Star favourites in his first year at Port Adelaide.

Who will win the 2017 Brownlow Medal? – full voting

5 – Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

2 – Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs), Dan Hannebery (Sydney), Dustin Martin (Richmond)

1 – Lance Franklin (Sydney), Max Gawn (Melbourne), Luke Shuey (West Coast), Rory Sloane (Adelaide), Adam Treloar (Collingwood), Callan Ward (GWS), Jobe Watson (Essendon)

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