THE VALUE of West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff keeps going up after his best-on-ground display against Hawthorn and was one of the first picked in my round 10 Team of the Week, brought to you by AccorHotels.
With Luke Shuey absent as he recovers from a right hamstring strain, Gaff's improved inside game has been crucial.
He won 35 disposals on Sunday but his seven clearances were critical and clubs will be clamouring to recruit the restricted free agent at season's end.
I've gone with a smaller backline because of some impressive performances from the likes of Heath Shaw and Jamie Macmillan but Jake Lever (Melbourne), Jake Carlisle (St Kilda) and Ben Stratton (Hawthorn) were unlucky to miss out.
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Greater Western Sydney needs Shaw to turn around his flagging form, considering its huge injury list, and he showed good signs against Essendon. Jimmy Webster has been one of St Kilda's shining lights while Macmillan has gone undersold at North Melbourne. One of the most improved players in the competition is Tom Phillips, who is well-rounded, while his namesake Tom Stewart is establishing himself as a star defender. There aren't many I enjoy watching more than Kade Simpson. The Blue is going as well as ever, just four games away from the magical 300-match milestone.
Devastating is how I would describe Adam Treloar against the Western Bulldogs. Despite being limited slightly after quarter-time as Ben Jacobs tried to apply the clamps,Nat Fyfe was still BOG in Fremantle's loss to North Melbourne. Gaff was great while Brodie Grundy monstered the Dogs. Richmond captain Trent Cotchin was hot early in his side's win over St Kilda, with his intensity and burst from stoppages outstanding, while Mitch Robinson had a huge game, especially inside the contest.
Michael Walters was always a threat for Fremantle and Jesse Hogan made the most of Melbourne's dominance, continuing his fantastic year. That performance against Adelaide was clearly Angus Brayshaw's best game at AFL level and he's been a bonus for them, considering his struggles with concussion in 2017. St Kilda forward Jade Gresham made the most of his opportunities but it wasn't enough to stop the Tigers, who had the man I considered player of the round, Josh Caddy. The six-goal hero was simply unbelievable. Meanwhile, Devon Smith is the best pressure player in the competition.
He hasn't quite been up to his usual standards but Patrick Dangerfield stood up when it counted as Geelong accounted for Carlton. David Zaharakis was Essendon's best midfielder in the victory over GWS and his ball use was excellent. North Melbourne tagger Jacobs is in All Australian contention, having won plenty of the football against the Dockers, while Patrick Cripps continued a very good year for the Blues.
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