MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats holds the 2016 Brownlow Medal during the 2016 Brownlow Medal Count at the Crown Palladium on September 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Throughout the 2016 AFL season, Champion Data devised a new formula to measure just how good a player is, and have now launched their new Relative Ratings.

The ratings take into account how a player performs in relation to those at the same age as them, and compares them to all other players at that age from 2010 onwards.

Each player’s output over the course of the 2016 season is determined through the relative ratings, and their age is decided on December 31st of that season, meaning despite Marcus Bontempelli being 20 on Grand Final day, he will be grouped with 21-year-olds.

Patrick Dangerfield – who led the AFL in relative ratings in 2016 – had a rating of +77%, meaning he averaged 77% more AFL Player Rating points than any other 26-year-old midfielder since 2010.

The following lists shows the top player in each age group for relative ratings across the 2016 season.



Callum Mills (Sydney) +39%

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 31: Callum Mills of the Swans handpasses the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 19 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Sydney Swans at Domain Stadium on July 31, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Rising Star winner has a stellar 2016 season, collecting 18.6 disposals a game, and was rated above average for disposals and contested possessions, while also winning the third-most intercept possessions of any general defender.

Notables: Jade Gresham (St Kilda) +38%, Jacob Weitering (Carlton) +37%