SATURDAY’S 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final will go a fair way in determining the long-term legacies of Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield as individual greats, but the stats point to the Richmond star as the best player set to take the field on Saturday night.
Martin ranks third in the competition for AFL Player Ratings, while Dangerfield is not far behind him in eighth.
The Tigers will have three of the four highest-rated players on the field come Saturday with Shane Edwards and Dion Prestia alongside Martin, but the Cats boast a slightly more even spread.
Geelong has 11 of the 20 top-ranked players, with Tom Hawkins the No.1 key forward in the competition and Gary Ablett the No.1 general forward.
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PLAYER RATINGS TOP 44
1. Dustin Martin (Rich) 562.6 (midfielder)
2. Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) 533.8 (midfielder)
3. Shane Edwards (Rich) 501.1 (midfielder)
4. Dion Prestia (Rich) 489.6 (midfielder)
5. Gary Ablett (Geel) 467 (forward)
6. Tom Hawkins (Geel) 422.3 (key forward)
7. Nick Vlastuin (Rich) 403.8 (defender)
8. Kane Lambert (Rich) 397 (midfielder)
9. Sam Menegola (Geel) 387.2 (midfielder)
10. Joel Selwood (Geel) 386.2 (midfielder)
11. Mitch Duncan (Geel) 384.9 (midfielder)
12. Rhys Stanley (Geel) 384.6 (ruck)
13. Mark Blicavs (Geel) 366.6 (key defender)
14. Trent Cotchin (Rich) 354.1 (midfielder)
15. Jack Riewoldt (Rich) 344.8 (key forward)
16. Cameron Guthrie (Geel) 328.9 (midfielder)
17. Brandan Parfitt (Geel) 319.9 (midfielder)
18. Harry Taylor (Geel) 318 (key defender)
19. Dylan Grimes (Rich) 313.3 (key defender)
20. Shai Bolton (Rich) 309.5 (midfielder)
21. Bachar Houli (Rich) 305.7 (defender)
22. Zach Tuohy (Geel) 293.8 (midfielder)
23. Tom Lynch (Rich) 292.6 (key forward)
24. Gryan Miers (Geel) 292.4 (forward)
25. Luke Dahlhaus (Geel) 287.7 (forward)
26. Daniel Rioli (Rich) 278 (forward)
27. Liam Baker (Rich) 277.9 (defender)
28. Toby Nankervis (Rich) 276.2 (ruck)
29. Jayden Short (Rich) 275.5 (defender)
30. Jack Graham (Rich) 266.9 (midfielder)
31. Kamdyn McIntosh (Rich) 264.4 (midfielder)
32. Mark O’Connor (Geel) 252.7 (defender)
33. Gary Rohan (Geel) 249.6 (forward)
34. Jack Henry (Geel) 242.3 (defender)
35. David Astbury (Rich) 237.6 (key defender)
36. Tom Stewart (Geel) 235.7 (defender)
37. Jed Bews (Geel) 223.3 (defender)
38. Jason Castagna (Rich) 219.3 (forward)
39. Nathan Broad (Rich) 197.6 (defender)
40. Jake Kolodjashnij (Geel) 194.1 (defender)
41. Noah Balta (Rich) 164.9 (key defender)
42. Lachie Henderson (Geel) 155.1 (key defender)
43. Marlion Pickett (Rich) 94.6 (midfielder)
44. Sam Simpson (Geel) 41.2 (forward)
*based on no changes to preliminary finals teams