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Team of the Week: Round 18

The AFL Media team took a look back at Round 18 and picked their best 22. 

For the second week in succession Jarryd Lyons was a midfield monster, finishing with 30 touches (23 contested), 13 clearances, 10 score involvements, 452 meters gained and, just as importantly, two crucial goals.  

Here's a look at Round 18's best performer:

In Alex Rance's absence, Dylan Grimes is putting quite the campaign together. Similarly, Joel Hamling is delivering while Alex Pearce has been sidelined. 

Heath Shaw was excellent against his former side Collingwood and Essendon speedster Conor McKenna is in a very nice patch of form. 

Liam Jones was fantastic and Jake Lloyd did what he always does, racking up the football in Sydney's narrow loss to Fremantle.

Smith was immense and couldn't have done much more, O'Brien dominated the ruck battle, while Merrett was fantastic.

Saints supporters would be thrilled to see the way Billings has blossomed, but Gold Coast fans might be frustrated having watched Lyons standout in Brisbane's victory over North Melbourne.

Given the GWS captaincy, Greene thrived, and that should surprise no one.

The combination of tireless workrate and accurate finishing Mitch Brown provided Essendon was critical to its win.

A key reason the Giants can afford to send Greene further afield is because of how dangerous Jeremy Cameron is.

When Richmond sends Dustin Martin into the goalsquare, forcing sides to defend he, Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt, the Tigers look incredibly imposing. 

Jack Darling was the best Eagle in a relatively even side, while Bayley Fritsch dragged Melbourne back into the contest.

It was a memorable 200th game for Shiels, and O'Meara was significant in ensuring the Hawks defeated their rival Geelong.

Oliver starred in the clinches and Clark was stellar.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs