Who's leading your club's best and fairest so far?

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We’ve taken a look at all the teams coming off the bye and who would be leading their best and fairest to this point in the season.

In part one, we look at Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs.

Essendon

At this stage of the season, a trio of midfielders would be leading the way at Essendon.

Captain Dyson Heppell may just have his nose in front following 11 consistent games.

Zach Merrett has been a model of consistency, as is always the case, while prized recruit Dylan Shiel has been prolific with some standout showings. You could throw a blanket over the three.

Michael Hurley would be polling well having beaten opponents frequently while gathering plenty of the ball and his defensive partner Cale Hooker has also been solid.

Fremantle

It’s likely a tight race for the Doig Medal right now, but Michael Walters may have it by a nose. He’s been the match-winner in two consecutive games for the Dockers and has had a season that should see him in the All-Australian picture.

Nathan Fyfe will of course be around the mark as well and has been at his dominant best, but missing one game may give Walters the edge on the leaderboard.

Brad Hill has had a fantastic season on the wing, averaging 24 disposals and having a huge influence on results, while Luke Ryan has averaged 23 possessions, five marks and five rebound 50s.

Those two would be around the mark at this point in the season as well. As would evergreen David Mundy who has notched eight top-five finishes in 10 seasons.

Hawthorn

The Hawks will almost certainly have a first-time Peter Crimmins Medallist in 2019.

Ricky Henderson is having a career season and would be leading the count after 11 games.

In hot pursuit is James Sicily who is arguably in All-Australian form across half-back while Jaeger O’Meara has starred in Tom Mitchell's absence and has been the pick of the on-ballers.

Liam Shiels has been consistent but has played just eight games, impressive youngster James Worpel would no doubt be polling well and last year’s runner-up Blake Hardwick is in the mix for a podium finish.

Port Adelaide

Former Power skipper Travis Boak is likely the clear leader in the B&F race and has had a fantastic season to date.

He’s averaged 32 disposals, seven score involvements, seven clearances and six tackles per game so far after once again being unleashed into the midfield.

Tom Rockliff missed the China game, but has been an excellent contributor all year in the midfield, recapturing his best form.

Tom Clurey and Dan Houston are also likely polling well to this point in the season, while the exciting Connor Rozee would be hovering inside the top 10.

St Kilda

There isn’t a clear standout for St Kilda to this point in the season, but Jack Steele has been a very consistent performer.

He’s averaged 23 disposals so far this year, but has also been successful in a few negating roles.

Jade Gresham provides plenty of x-factor and has had a few big games, but has been up and down, which could see the likes of Jack Billings and Rowan Marshall out-voting him.

Seb Ross is another who has gotten the job done on a consistent basis so far in 2019, averaging 26 disposals and four clearances per game.

Western Bulldogs

Marcus Bontempelli would be comfortably on top of the Bulldogs’ leaderboard after as colossal first half of the season.

'The Bont' is averaging career-best numbers and is well on his way to a third Charles Sutton Medal.

Diminutive half-back flanker Caleb Daniel may find himself in second position at the midway point as he is enjoying by far the best form of his career.

That pair must be well clear of the chasing pack which includes the likes of Jackson Macrae, Hayden Crozier and Josh Dunkley.