1. Richmond (Last week: -)
The Tigers produced a very even team performance in their biggest game of the season, beating Collingwood by 28 points. The premiers will look to win their 19th straight game at the MCG on Friday night, where they will host the Cats.
2. West Coast (-)
The Eagles struggled in Hobart, playing without Josh Kennedy and Luke Shuey and paid the price, losing to North Melbourne by 40 points. Kennedy is doubtful to play in the derby on Sunday, while Shuey is expected to return after being managed this weekend.
3. Collingwood (-)
The Pies fought bravely but in their end their mounting injury list proved to be too much against the Tigers. Collingwood lost Jeremy Howe to a concussion early in the game and appear to have lost defender Matt Scharenberg for the season with a suspected ACL tear, denting their premiership chances.
4. GWS (-)
After a poor first half, the Giants did what they needed to, overcoming St. Kilda by 25 points to stay within striking distance of the top four. They will take on Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, looking to continue their rise up the ladder.
5. Port Adelaide (-)
A dominant second half from the Power in Ballarat gave them a 44-point victory over the Bulldogs. In a tough day for big men, Charlie Dixon starred kicking five goals. Port Adelaide take on cross-town rivals Adelaide in the Showdown, where they could end the season of their arch rivals.
6. Melbourne (+2)
The Dees produced a mighty performance in Adelaide to beat the Crows by 13 points and move closer to their first finals appearance since 2006. Another powerful third quarter in which they kicked seven goals helped them salute in Jordan Lewis’ 300th game. Melbourne hosts the Suns on Sunday at the MCG.
7. Geelong (-)
The Cats finished comfortable winners at home against the Lions, winning by 42 points. Big forward Tom Hawkins continued his hot patch of form, kicking another seven goals. They will need him to replicate this form when they take on Richmond at the MCG in a Friday night blockbuster.
8. Essendon (+1)
Essendon remain a chance to play finals following a big win against the Swans on Friday night. Their 43-point win came thanks to a dominating midfield performance and a nine goal to four second half. Essendon play the Hawks at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, a crucial game for both teams’ finals chances.
9. Hawthorn (+3)
The Hawks dominated Fremantle at Optus Stadium, recording a 59-point victory. Brownlow favourite Tom Mitchell starred again, collecting 42 disposals and kicking two goals. Hawthorn faces Essendon at the MCG on Saturday.
10. North Melbourne (+1)
The Kangaroos defeated a depleted Eagles side in Hobart to stay a chance to play finals. Paul Ahern had 37 disposals and 12 clearances to help the Kangas win by 40 points. They travel to the Gabba to face the Lions on Saturday, trying to stay alive in the finals race.
11. Sydney (-5)
The Swans have now lost four of their past five and are in serious danger of missing out on September action. Sydney’s inability to score continues to haunt them, kicking a solitary point in the final quarter as the Bombers ran riot. They host the Pies on Saturday night at the SCG, desperately needing a win.
12. Adelaide (-2)
The Crows’ season appears to be done after their loss to the Demons at home on Saturday night. They could not recover from a disastrous third term, losing by 13 points. The Crows will have to beat their arch rivals Port Adelaide to remain a slight chance to feature in September.
13. Brisbane (-)
Brisbane had no answers for Tom Hawkins and the Cats, finishing 42-point losers at the Cattery. Brisbane held firm in the first half, but conceded 11 goals in the second half, seemingly ending their run of good form. The Lions host North Melbourne at the Gabba on Saturday.
14. Fremantle (-)
The Dockers posed no challenge to the Hawks at home, losing by 59 points. They continued to struggle without star captain Nat Fyfe. Fremantle face rival West Coast on Sunday afternoon.
15. Western Bulldogs (+1)
The Bulldogs get the rare honour of moving up after a loss, no thanks to their own performance on Sunday. After a spirited first half, the Bulldogs once again fell away in the second half to continue the trend for them. The Dogs face St. Kilda Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.
16. St. Kilda (+1)
The Saints’ poor kicking kept them from holding a commanding half time lead against the Giants. They were able to have 40 inside-50s to 18 in the first half but could not replicate that form, falling away to lose by 25 points.
17. Carlton (+1)
This, for the record is not an error. Carlton actually won another game in 2018, thanks mainly to star Patrick Cripps. The Blues won their first game in over two months up at Metricon Stadium. They will look to go back to back when they face the Giants at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
18. Gold Coast (-3)
After what they would have hoped would be a club inspiring victory against the Swans in Sydney, the Suns failed to repeat the good work of the week prior. Midfielder David Swallow did not feature after the first quarter, suffering a concussion after a Patrick Cripps tackle, with skipper Steven May reported for a high bump on Ed Curnow.