Jeff Garlett is edging into the conversation as the game's best small forward.

Yes, there's Eddie Betts and even Toby Greene and Robbie Gray if you want to stretch your definition, but Jeff Garlett hammered home another example of why he's in the chat as the best small forward in the league.

Garlett was named in the 40-man All Australian squad last season and looks capable of going a step further in 2018.

Against Brisbane on Saturday night, not only did he kick four goals and assist with two others, but when the game was up for grabs, the 28-year-old was at his most lethal.

After Melbourne conceded seven straight goals to surrender a 42-point lead, Garlett eased their nerves with a brilliant roving snap and goal midway through the final term, then two minutes later gave them breathing space with his final major.

Watch out, Eddie.