MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 17 match between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

Champion Data have released their 2020 list ratings for every club, ranking every team by position.

As with any Champion Data list, there are some surprising calls.

To no one’s surprise, Richmond have been deemed to have the best list in the competition. According to Champion Data, the reigning premiers have the best defence and the second-best forward line in the competition. Their midfield however rates 7th best behind other premiership contenders Collingwood (3rd) and West Coast (4th).

The Western Bulldogs were rated just behind the Tigers in 2nd place both in terms of defence and overall ranking. The Dogs’ forward line was ranked 3rd which was quite a surprise, while their star-studded midfield was 6th.

The Brisbane Lions’ young midfield group were rated as the best in the competition, however, their forward line was rated 17th bringing down their overall ranking to 10th. The Lions pipped second-placed North Melbourne as the league’s premier midfield, making up quite a surprising podium.

Kangaroos coach Rhyce Shaw recently outlined the club’s aim to play finals and with the league’s 6th best list, perhaps the time is now at Arden Street.

GWS possess the league’s best forward line according to Champion Data, spearheaded by reigning Coleman medalist Jeremy Cameron. However, their midfield surprisingly rates as the 12th best. Odd considering their engine room boasts the likes of Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly, Tim Taranto and Callan Ward in there/

Champion Data deems the Gold Coast Suns to have the league’s worst defenders, forwards and worst list overall. Their midfield provides the only glimmer of light coming in at 14th. The worst midfield in the competition goes to Carlton, probably no shock given the age of their core.

St Kilda were the most even team across the board with the 12th best defenders, 11th best forwards and 13th best mids, giving them the 12th best list overall.