Who have been the Bombers' standouts at the halfway mark of the 2019 season? AFL Media's Callum Twomey takes a look...

Best and fairest
1. Michael Hurley – The two-time All Australian defender has never won a best and fairest, but is having another excellent season as the most reliable and dependable key backman for the Bombers.

2. Dyson Heppell – Essendon's skipper always polls well in the club's best and fairest and has had a consistent season in the midfield, averaging 27 disposals.

3. Dylan Shiel – In the Bombers' horrid start to the season Shiel was one of their best players. He has missed only one game with his hamstring complaint.

Recruit of the year: Dylan Shiel – Essendon gave up two first-round picks for the Giants star, and he has added genuine zip and explosiveness to their midfield. Has been criticised at times for his ball use, but Shiel has proved the line-breaking midfield option the Bombers needed.

Most improved: Mason Redman – The attacking half-back is enjoying a breakout season in the senior side. Has shown plenty with his precise and penetrating kicking and also his strength overhead. Looks a player.

Mason Redman is enjoying a breakout season. (Photo: AFL Media)

Rookie of the Year: Brayden Ham – There's not many Bombers who fit the eligibility, but they blooded Ham on Good Friday against North Melbourne and he impressed with 10 disposals and a goal. Is lightly-bodied, but the late pick in last year's NAB AFL Draft looks a composed type.

Goal of the year: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, round three v Melbourne – The livewire Essendon forward dodged past two Demons defenders, baulked one, baulked another and then slotted a sharp snap from the boundary line.