As Round 3 kicks off tonight with Brisbane taking on the Bulldogs at Marvel, we've looked at five players to watch this weekend.
Here are some of the standout players you should have your eyes on for Round 3.
Josh Dunkley (Brisbane)
Dunkley has left a large hole in the Dogs' midfield, with their clearance and contested possession differential numbers declining. They've gone from being No.1 in the AFL for centre bounce clearance differential and points from clearances in 2022 to 18th so far this season.
Champion Data finds that Dunkley ranks as elite this season for groundball gets, contested possession rates and clearances, finding himself in the midfield for 91 per cent game time this year, as opposed to 58 per cent last year.
Dunkley has been named in the Lions' best in both of their games so far, creating impact around the ball and averaging seven tackles.
Kyle Langford (Essendon)
Both teams are currently undefeated under their new coaches and will be hoping to sit 3-0 after.
Langford was Essendon's best last weekend, earning seven AFLCA votes for his five-goal, 14-disposal haul as he led the Dons to victory against the Suns without key forward Peter Wright and livewire Jake Stringer.
Langford was often playing as the deepest forward last weekend and has proved he is able to fill the gap that Wright has left, as he recovers from a shoulder injury for the first half of the season.
Langford has added a bit of fire to the game this weekend, suggesting that "St Kilda booked their 150th match against the Bombers because they expected to beat them," he said when speaking to The Age.
A career-high game deserves career-high praise 👏
— Essendon FC (@essendonfc) March 28, 2023
Luke Jackson (Fremantle)
Fremantle sit 0-2 heading into the Western Derby this week and so far and Luke Jackson has failed to fire. After heading home to Perth from Melbourne at the end of last year, Jackson was tipped for a big year but has not yet kicked a goal and has only taken one mark.
Freo are currently last in the AFL for marks inside 50, having only been able to take two contested marks inside 50 so far.
Last weekend against North Melbourne, Freo had 40 forward entries after half-time for only two goals.
The Melbourne premiership player and former No.3 pick will be hoping to get back to his best, kicking 15 goals in 21 games in Melbourne's premiership year, rotating through the forward line and the ruck. Jackson received the 2021 Rising Star Award as a result.
This weekend appears a prime opportunity for Jackson to establish himself once again and get Freo back on track against the Eagles in front of a big crowd.
Tim Taranto (Richmond)
Taranto has added defensive pressure and allowed Dusty to move around forward of the ball, having 32 disposals, four score involvements and eight tackles in his Richmond debut against Carlton and was arguably one of the best on ground for the game.
Brodie Grundy (Melbourne)
Although the plan was for Gawn and Grundy to play together as a duo to help relieve Gawn's duties, Grundy is no stranger to being the sole ruckman, having played that role for the majority of his career at Collingwood.
In Gawn's absence after the first quarter last weekend, Grundy had 45 hit-outs, 12 disposals and three clearances.