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.

2. Midfielders

This year's crop of mids will provide more All-Australian selection headaches than perhaps ever before, with a countless number playing exceptional footy or in career-best form.

Nick Daicos, Caleb Serong and Isaac Heeney get the starting trio nod, with Heeney clearly earning the keys to the midfield over dual-position superstars Christian Petracca and Marcus Bontempelli, who sit forward to start.

Nic Martin and Errol Gulden patrol the wings, typically providing elite ball use while charging forward. Josh Kelly unfortunately misses out as he nurses a calf strain, though his disposal and goalkicking knack so far this season has been exceptional.

Zach Merrett, Patrick Cripps and Zak Butters all start on the pine, rounding out probably the deepest midfield possible in today's competition.

Max Gawn starts at ruck in yet another season of top-notch ruck craft and around the ground presence from the big fella.

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