Superstars snubbed as every club's 'elite' players for 2021 revealed
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Superstars snubbed as every club's 'elite' players for 2021 revealed
Many pundits mightn't have high hopes for them, but the Hawks still enter 2021 with an AFL equal-high five 'elite' players, according to Champion Data.

The official AFL number-cruncher's annual list of elite players was released by the Herald Sun on Wednesday, with Hawthorn one of five clubs to have five stars ranked in the elite category.

Champion Data ranks players as 'elite' by taking into account what position they play, how long they play in that position and how much above, or below, the AFL average they perform in each position. It also features a five-game minimum for the 2020 season.

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Ruckman — and new skipper — Ben McEvoy and forward Luke Breust retain their elite status from last year, with Chad Wingard, James Sicily and Jack Gunston joining them after their respective 2020 campaigns.

However Sicily is set to miss most of this season after rupturing his ACL in mid-August last year.

Collingwood, West Coast, Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs were the other teams with five elite-ranked players.

However ruckman Brodie Grundy isn't one of the five Pies on the list, which instead includes Jack Crisp, Jordan De Goey, Mason Cox, Steele Sidebottom and Brayden Maynard.

Grundy only dipped below 100 Champion Data ranking points on three occasions last year, but…
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