The AFL's most underrated players
NICK SMITH (Syd)
Nicknamed the 'Iron Glove', covers the opposition's best crumbing forward with great effect.
CALE HOOKER (Ess)
Has taken the most marks (107), and the most from opposition kicks (31).
LYNDEN DUNN (Melb) (pictured)
Second for total rebounds this season, while manning the opposition's best tall forward.
BRODIE SMITH (Adel)
In his fourth season, is averaging a league-high 606m a game with his run and long kicking.
TOM McDONALD (Melb)
Strong, developing key defender - second behind only Gold Coast's Steven May for spoils.
JOEL PATFULL (Bris)
Rated highly in Brisbane, having won the past two club best-and-fairest awards.
WILL MINSON (WB)
Who is aware he's the reigning All-Australian ruckman?
NATHAN JONES (Melb)
Now getting credit for being more than just a hard nut. Sixth for total disposals (averaging 28).
BEN CUNNINGTON (NM)
In-and-under workhorse, ranked fifth for clearances.
BRAD EBERT (Port)
Flies under the radar, but grabbed career-high 40 disposals last week against the might of Sydney.
KANE CORNES (Port)
In his 14th season, still averaging a club-high 27 touches a game.
MICHAEL BARLOW (Freo)
No player had more disposals in their first 10 games, and he hasn't let up, nearing 100, yet consistently misses certain 'Top-50' lists.
ROBBIE GRAY (Port)
Averaging 25 touches and almost two goals as the game's best high half-forward.
LANCE FRANKLIN (Syd)
Reminding everyone - especially the many critics - that there is no bigger match-winner.
TOM ROCKLIFF (Bris)
The umpires didn't miss him last year - finishing sixth in the Brownlow - but was left out of the 40-man All-Australian squad.
Second on the Swans' goalkicking table behind Franklin with 14, while averaging 24 touches.
JAY SCHULZ (Port)
Leads the competition for goalkicking (35), having slotted at least one in his past 22 games.
HAYDEN BALLANTYNE (Freo)
The serial pest can be a seriously good player - kicked an equal career-high six majors last week.
INTERCHANGE: DANIEL CROSS (Melb); JACKSON TRENGOVE (Port); KADE SIMPSON (Carl); JAMES KELLY (Geel)