This is a hypothetical exercise with a starting 18 team of players with only one player selected from every AFL team.
This is an entertaining experiment. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the player selected is the best player in the team, but the one that fits the structure. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle; one change can cause a domino effect! Check out the team following Round 17.
There are three captains for the purpose of this exercise.
AFL starting 18 (Round 17)
Adelaide Crows: Brodie Smith
Brisbane Lions: Dayne Zorko
Carlton: Sam Walsh (co-captain)
Collingwood: Brayden Maynard
Essendon: Jordan Ridley
Fremantle: Sean Darcy
Geelong Cats: Tom Stewart
Gold Coast Suns: Touk Miller (co-captain)
GWS Giants: Jacob Hopper
Hawthorn: Jacob Koschitzke
Melbourne: Tom McDonald
North Melbourne: Jaidyn Stephenson
Port Adelaide: Karl Amon
Richmond: Tom Lynch
St Kilda: Jack Steele (co-captain)
Sydney Swans: Jordan Dawson
West Coast Eagles: Josh Kennedy
Western Bulldogs: Alex Keath
B: Jordan Ridley (Essendon), Alex Keath (Western Bulldogs), Brayden Maynard (Collingwood)
HB: Jordan Dawson (Sydney), Tom Stewart (Geelong) Brodie Smith (Adelaide)
C: Karl Amon (Port Adelaide), Dayne Zorko (Brisbane), Sam Walsh (Carlton, co-captain)
HF: Touk Miller (Gold Coast, co-captain), Tom McDonald (Melbourne), Jaidyn Stephenson (North Melbourne)
FF: Jacob Koschitzke (Hawthorn), Josh J. Kennedy (West Coast), Tom J. Lynch (Richmond)
Foll: Sean Darcy (Fremantle), Jack Steele (St Kilda, co-captain), Jacob Hopper (GWS Giants)
Jordan Ridley was a big part of a Bombers back six that only conceded two goals against the Crows in Round 17. He accumulated 23 disposals and played his role for the team.
Alex Keath won his duel with Lance Franklin as he kept the superstar to one goal.
Brayden Maynard was outstanding, as he kept Jack Riewoldt to one goal and amassed 21 disposals and the fourth highest metres gained of any player on the field with 481 metres gained.
Jordan Dawson was sensational. He kicked three goals, had 26 disposals and the third most metres gained of anyone on the ground with 511 metres gained.
Tom Stewart played an extraordinary game curtailing the influence of the Blues forwards. He had plenty of the ball, accumulating 25 disposals and the most metres gained of any player on the field with 621 metres gained.
Brodie Smith had the most metres gained of anyone on the ground with 693 metres gained.
Karl Amon had the most metres gained of any of the players on the ground in the Round 17 game between the Power and the Demons; he finished the game with 831 metres gained to go with his 28 disposals, five tackles and a goal.
Dayne Zorko was the Lions best player on the ground, as he finished with three goals.
Sam Walsh led from the front. He will be in the conversation when it comes to who can win the Brownlow Medal in season 2021 as he is extremely consistent. He did his utmost to try and get the Blues over the line in Round 17 winning plenty of the ball and kicking two goals.
Touk Miller was outstanding with 35 disposals and he kicked two goals. He looked dangerous every time he had the ball and led from the front as he helped the Suns upset the Giants.
Tom McDonald provided a target for the Demons. He worked well in tandem with Ben Brown. There was a synergy that they played with. Tom McDonald also contributed on scoreboard, as he kicked three goals. He finished the game with 19 disposals that’s impressive for a centre half-forward.
Jaidyn Stephenson had 38 disposals, a goal and the most metres gained of any player with a total of 547 metres gained.
Jacob Koschitzke kicked two goals and looked like the only Hawks forward that wanted to make a lead and hit the scoreboard.
Josh Kennedy kicked two goals and kept trying to provide an option to kick to. He showed great endeavour in what was a tough night to be an Eagles forward.
Tom Lynch kicked three goals and 15 disposals. He was one of the Tigers best players. He put in plenty of effort and was an important part of the Tigers structure.
Sean Darcy was arguably the best player on the ground. His solid display was one of the reasons why the Dockers obliterated the Hawks.
Jack Steele never stopped working, as he finished with 32 disposals and a couple of goals. He also worked hard without the ball amassing an equal game high seven tackles.
Jacob Hopper was outstanding with 41 disposals.