So, let’s have a look at this week’s squad.
Rory Laird (Adelaide)
As usual Laird was unstoppable for the Crows, warranting a selection into the Hybrid Team of the Week for the fifth week running. While it wasn’t his best performance of 2018 so far, his 30 disposals and four marks were a big factor in an undermanned Adelaide’s surprise victory over Sydney last Friday.
Rory Thompson (Gold Coast)
Thompson was solid in defence for the Suns in their thrilling victory over the Lions, controlling opponent Eric Hipwood throughout the match, giving Gold Coast a much needed victory following a testing fortnight of losses over in Perth.
Dane Rampe (Sydney)
After another top notch effort for the Swans, Dane Rampe joins the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second week running. Rampe had 22 disposals for the Swans on Friday night, along with a team high eight marks and three tackles in his side’s surprising loss to the Crows at home.
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Matt Suckling (Western Bulldogs)
Suckling joins the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second week running following a 27 disposal and six mark game against the Dockers in his side’s 54 point loss. Suckling was one of the few bright lights for the Bulldogs in yet another bleak performance.
Michael Hurley (Essendon)
Despite his team’s poor performance, and what was probably not his greatest game for the Bombers, Hurley still stood tall for the Bombers at centre half-back with 29 disposals and ten marks, earning him a spot in this week’s Hybrid Team of the Week.
Alex Witherden (Brisbane)
Witherden is welcomed into the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first time, thanks to a clinical display for the Lions in their narrow loss to the Suns on Sunday. Witherden had 27 disposals along with a game high 14 marks in what is hopefully a sign of things to come for Brisbane supporters despite their 0-6 start.
Zac Fisher (Carlton)
The youngster from Perth, WA shone on the MCG against West Coast with 27 disposals, four tackles and 97 fantasy points. Another player making his first, of hopefully many appearances into the Hybrid Team of the Week, especially if continues to blitz the opposition like he did against the Eagles.
Elliot Yeo (West Coast)
Yeo seemed to fulfill the role left by retiring great Eagle Matt Priddis, amassing an incredible 11 tackles in his team’s gutsy victory over Carlton. Yeo also had 26 disposals and 108 fantasy points in what was a rare victory for the Eagles at the MCG, a ground which hold many demons for the Western Australian club.
Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
32 disposals, seven tackles and 126 fantasy points were compiled by Gray in Port’s loss to Geelong at home, joining the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second straight week (albeit in a new position).
Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)
Grundy asserted his claim to the title of the league’s number one ruckman with yet another complete performance, this time on the big stage of ANZAC Day in front of more than 90,000 people. Grundy lead the ‘Pies to their third straight victory with 32 hitouts and 22 disposals to join the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second week running.
Dustin Martin (Richmond)
Once again Martin showed the football world that he’s the best in the game with another best-on-ground winning performance for the Tigers. Martin had 26 disposals for Richmond, drifting between the forward line and midfield for the Tigers, proving he’s an elusive weapon wherever he’s put on the ground.
Stephen Coniglio (GWS Giants)
Coniglio continued his blistering start to the 2018 season with 29 disposals and nine tackles for the Giants in what turned out to be a thrilling draw against the Saints under the roof at Ethiad.
Jack Sinclair (St Kilda)
Sinclair was astounding for the Saints in their thrilling draw against GWS with 23 disposals, eleven tackles and 113 fantasy points helping to salvage two points for the Saints in a game they were not expected to win going into Saturday’s match.
Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
Brown continues to deliver for the Kangaroos, leading them to an inspiring victory off the back of a four goal haul. Brown now leads the Coleman Medal with 19 goals in his five games of 2018, at an impressive average of nearly four goals a game that puts him one ahead of Sydney superstar Lance Franklin.
Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
Breust continued his hot form of the past few weeks with another bag of goals, this time against North Melbourne. Breust kicked five for the Hawks, while also providing crucial defensive pressure up forward, laying five tackles in a great showing for Hawthorn despite their defeat.
George Horlin-Smith (Geelong)
Horlin-Smith was a class above his Port Adelaide opponents on Saturday night with a haul of 26 disposals, five marks and eight tackles along with two crucial goals earning him his first selection into the Hybrid Team of the Week for 2018.
Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
The Melbourne spearhead was one of his side’s best in Melbourne’s 46 point to Richmond with 22 disposals, nine marks and two goals up forward for the Demons. If Hogan can manage to play a full season for the Demons then expect Melbourne to continue to improve.
Michael Walters (Fremantle)
Walters was truly electric for the Dockers on Saturday night, booting five goals to deliver the Dockers a 54 point win. With five marks and 18 possessions, Walters is in serious form heading into Sunday’s crucial Western Derby against an in-form West Coast side.