At the end of the season these players were “A Grade” or “elite” being within the top 10% Champion Data ratings for the position they are classified in ( a 2 year average).
Zerret, Saad, Tippa, Stringer, Fanta, Daniher. add in Hurls, who surely must be an A grader: he was AA.
Thats 7 A grade players and yes, Zaka is B grade.
OK, I know Champion data is BS, so does anyone have a better objective measurement to use?
As a matter of interest, here are the numbers of elite players at each club at the beginning of 2017
Fremantle 3 ( incl Bennell: a real problem.)
Gold Coast 3 ( Ablett is no longer elite)
GWS 6 ( incl Devon Smith, is no longer elite )
North Melb 1 ( Goldy)
Richmond 3 ( not incl Dusty)
St Kilda 1 ( Montagna)
West Coast 6
So Essendon now has probably the most A grade players ( based on their position) of any club.