10 rounds in and the 2024 AFL season remains as wide open as ever.

While the contenders have mostly separated themselves from the bottom-dwellers, the ladder is batting deeper than ever and stars from every team are making a compelling case for their own accolades and All-Australian credentials.

Individual performers like Harry Sheezel, Nick Vlastuin and Dylan Moore have earned praise for their efforts lifting a struggling side, while crops of players like Sydndey quartet Isaac Heeney, Nick Blakey, Errol Gulden and Chad Warner are all shining as a superstar unit for a top-end contender.

A host of names find themselves very stiff to miss out but in a competition growing evermore stacked with talent, it's only the absolute cream of the crop who can scrape into the best 22.


1. Defenders

Luke Ryan, Sam Taylor and Lachie Whitfield have continued in fine form since their Round 5 selections, but as GWS dip down the ladder, pressure is building on the two Giants to lift their side and retain their spot.

Luke Ryan's work often goes unpraised and even ridiculed for inflation, but he nonetheless continues to stuff the stat sheet and affect multiple areas of the game in the Dockers defence.

2023 All-Australian Dan Houston finds his way into the side as an ideal rebound kicker with some forward 50 flare when finding the footy up the ground.

Sun Sam Collins and Lion Harris Andrews also earn spots on the last line thanks to their consistent starts to the season, making up a potent intercepting and one-on-one duo.

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