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AFL predicted team of the week: Round 3

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Roar Guru
31st March, 2021
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Check out the players selected in the predicted team for Round 3.

FB: Daniel Rich (Brisbane), Harris Andrews (Brisbane), Noah Balta (Richmond)
HB: Jack Crisp (Collingwood), Jordan Ridley (Essendon), Taylor Duryea (Western Bulldogs)
C: Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast), Sebastian Ross (St Kilda), Jack Billings (St Kilda)
HF: Tom Phillips (Hawthorn), Tom McDonald (Melbourne), Isaac Heeney (Sydney)
FF: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs), Josh Bruce (Western Bulldogs), Zak Butters (Port Adelaide)
Foll: Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne), Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
Int: Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn), Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle), David Mundy (Fremantle), Lachie Weller (Gold Coast)
EMG: Tim English (Western Bulldogs), Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs), Jarryd Lyons (Brisbane), Jayden Short (Richmond)

Backs

Back pocket – Daniel Rich (Brisbane)
He has averaged the equal most disposals of any Brisbane player in the opening two games of the season. He had the third-most metres gained of anyone on the field in Round 2, with 558 metres gained.

In the first two games of the season, Rich’s disposal efficiency has been an impressive 79.17 per cent, which may make it difficult for Collingwood to negate him.

Full back – Harris Andrews (Brisbane)
He has averaged the most intercepts of any Brisbane player in the first two games of the season with an average of seven intercepts per game. Andrews should play a pivotal part of the Brisbane team as he should take plenty of marks due to the fact that he averages the second-most of any Brisbane player with 5.5 per game.

Harris Andrews of the Lions in action

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

He should negate the influence of Mason Cox when Brisbane play Collingwood in Round 2.

Back pocket – Noah Balta (Richmond)
He has averaged 6.5 intercepts per game in the opening two games of the season and had a disposal efficiency of 83.33 per cent. He is one of the better defenders in the competition. He should show why when Richmond play Sydney in Round 3.

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Half back flank – Jack Crisp
He has averaged an impressive 29.5 disposals per game in the opening two rounds of the season, that’s the most of any Collingwood player in season 2021. He had 36 disposals in Round 2 when Collingwood played against Carlton, which was pretty impressive.

Crisp will be difficult for Brisbane to negate in Round 3.

Centre half back – Jordan Ridley (Essendon)
He has been a shining light for Essendon. He had the second-most metres gained of any player on the field in Round 2 when Essendon were smashed by Port Adelaide. He managed to have 616 metres gained. He should show why he is a quality player when Essendon play St Kilda in Round 3.

Half back flank – Taylor Duryea (Western Bulldogs)
He should have a good game in Round 3 based on the manner in which he has played in the opening two games of the season. He has had 22 disposals in both games and has an impressive disposal efficiency of 95.45 per cent, which is the sixth-highest in the competition.

Midfielders

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Wing – Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast)
He has averaged 22 disposals in the opening two games of the season. The fact that Gold Coast are playing Adelaide also plays a part in his selection as he will be up against the likes of Paul Seedsman. With all due respect, Adelaide are a team that doesn’t have elite wingers.

Centre – Sebastian Ross (St Kilda)
He should be looking to build on the solid display he had in Round 2. In Round 3, he should go head-to-head with Zach Merrett and could well prove why he could become an A-grade player if he plays to his optimum level.

Wing – Jack Billings (St Kilda)
He has averaged 23.50 disposals in the opening two games of the season and averaged nine marks per game, along with two tackles. He had a respectable 428 metres gained in Round 2. Billings will be looking to continue on from that in Round 3 when St Kilda play Essendon.

Jack Billings

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Forwards

Half forward flank – Tom Phillips (Hawthorn)
He has averaged an impressive 22.50 disposals in his first two games of the season. He has a chance to lead from the front in Round 3 as Hawthorn face Geelong in what should be an intriguing game. It’s difficult to see Geelong negating his influence on the game.

Centre half forward – Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
He has kicked two goals in both of Melbourne’s first two games of the season. In Round 3 he should kick at least two goals as Melbourne are playing against a GWS Giants team that’s out of form. He will probably be up against Phil Davis who he should get the better of.

Half forward flank – Isaac Heeney (Sydney)
Heeney has been a revelation so far in season 2021. He has an average of three goals per game.

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There’s no doubt that he is a match-winner and will be a key part of the Sydney team when they play against Richmond, given he has kicked three goals in both of the first two games of the season. It’s difficult to find a Richmond player who could stop him influencing the game in Round 3.

Forward pocket – Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
He is in the conversation when it comes to who is the best player in the competition based on the manner in which he has embraced his role as captain of the Western Bulldogs in the opening two rounds of the season.

In Round 3, it’s difficult to see any North Melbourne player preventing him having a big influence on the game.

Full forward – Josh Bruce (Western Bulldogs)
He showed his quality in Round 2 where he kicked three goals against West Coast and set up the winning goal of the game to Marcus Bontempelli. In Round 3, he will have the opportunity to kick a bag as the North Melbourne defence depleted with arguably their best tall defender in Robbie Tarrant unavailable to play.

Forward pocket – Zak Butters (Port Adelaide)
He has averaged 26 disposals and five tackles per game. He was in sensational form in Round 2 as he claimed all ten coaches’ votes on offer.

Butters should be difficult for the West Coast team to negate as he is a star of the competition.

Zak Butters

Zak Butters of the Power (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Followers

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Ruckman – Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide)
He should be looking to build on his display in Round 2 where he claimed five coaches’ votes. He should embrace the challenge of coming up against arguably the best ruckman in the competition in Nic Naitanui, from West Coast, in Round 3, a team which Lycett won a premiership with.

Ruck rover – Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
He has arguably been the best player in the competition in the first two games of the season. He has averaged the third-most disposals in the opening two rounds with an average of 36 disposals per game.

It’s difficult to see any GWS Giants players negating him in Round 3, given what the Giants dished up in Round 2 against Fremantle.

Rover – Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
He has been in good form as he has averaged the most disposals of any St Kilda player with an average of 28.50 per game. He should showcase his talent against Essendon.

The addition of Brad Crouch should take some pressure off Gresham. He is a match winner who has a bit of X-factor about him.

Interchange

Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn)
He has averaged the equal-most disposals per game in the opening two games with an average of 38 per game! He will be tough for the Geelong midfield to stop having an influence on the game in Round 3.

Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)
He had eight coaches’ votes in Round 2 against the GWS Giants. He has averaged 30.50 disposals per game in the opening two rounds of the season.

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Brayshaw should be tough for the Carlton midfield to stop from having a significant impact on the game.

David Mundy (Fremantle)
He will be wanting to build on his first two rounds of the season where he has been solid. In Round 2 he claimed ten coaches’ votes.

David Mundy seems to be getting better with age. He has averaged 27 disposals per game in the opening two rounds of the season. He may be tagged by Ed Curnow, who Mundy should be too good for.

Lachie Weller (Gold Coast)
Lachie Weller has averaged 23 disposals in the first two games of the season. He was an important part of the Gold Coast team in Round 2. When the Gold Coast take on Adelaide in Round 3, he should get the better of the likes of Brodie Smith and Luke Brown.

Emergencies

Tim English (Western Bulldogs)
This game is a real opportunity for Tim English to justify the hype surrounding him. He managed to hit the scoreboard in Round 2 and should be looking to build on that against North Melbourne.

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Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs)
He has been outstanding for the Western Bulldogs this season. He has improved the defensive side of his game with a game-high nine tackles against West Coast in Round 2.

Dunkley should put in a solid display in what could be an easy game for him to play in Round 3 against North Melbourne.

Jarryd Lyons (Brisbane)
He has averaged the equal-most disposals per game of any Brisbane player in the first two games of the season with an average of 24 per game.

It should be an intriguing battle in the middle of the ground as Jarryd Lyons could go head-to-head with Taylor Adams in what would be an entertaining dual.

Jayden Short (Richmond)
The Sydney half forward flankers in Isaac Heeney and Tom Papley are dangerous when they have the footy, but should find it difficult to curtail the influence that Short has on the game. His disposal efficiency has been an impressive 86.67 per cent.

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