PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Tim Kelly of the Eagles looks for the handless options during the 2021 AFL Round 07 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

With eight rounds of football officially in the books for the 2023 AFL season, plenty of players have made their mark on the competition already.

Young Pie Nick Daicos has emerged as a Brownlow favourite in just his second season and looks to be topping Collingwood's best and fairest count, while plenty of others have had standout seasons for their clubs.

After nearly two months of footy, we've taken a look at where each club's best and fairest count stands, naming the favourites for the award so far, with part three of the series covering Port Adelaide through to the Western Bulldogs.



1. Port Adelaide

In one of their most anticipated seasons in history, Port Adelaide have responded to the pre-season pressure in style, currently sitting fifth on the ladder with six wins from eight matches, including a five-game win streak.

The individual production coming out of Port Adelaide has seen a variety of players come into contention for this year's best and fairest, and it may be one of the closest counts yet.

Connor Rozee may be leading the way at the moment with his consistency through eight weeks, to go with some outright dominant performances. The 2022 All-Australian member has proven that he is capable of building into a season and may tear some games apart toward the business end. His 24 disposals per game and persistent threat forward of centre has been crucial.

However, the Power have been littered with improved performers this season, including Zak Butters, Aliir Aliir, Dan Houston, Charlie Dixon, Jeremy Finlayson, Jason Horne-Francis and Sam Powell-Pepper.

Some, like Horne-Francis and Butters, will benefit from individual brilliance in particular games which may earn them bulk votes. Others will benefit from their consistency and importance in particular matchups and moments.