MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Dustin Martin of the Tigers celebrates his 5th goal during the round four AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Dusty now finally the game’s best

Dustin Martin has once again received another accolade by being named No.1 on the Schick AFL Player Ratings, as determined by Champion Data.

The Player Ratings take into account an individual’s past 40 games over a rolling two-year period.

Martin has ended the reign of Patrick Dangerfield, that almost lasted two years. Since the rankings were introduced in 2012, only five people have taken top position.

Martin’s versatility around the ground was on show on Saturday as he booted 6 goals from 18 possessions.

Since the start of last season Martin has led the AFL in average inside-50s (5.9), score assists (1.9), centre bounce clearances (3.4) and in broken tackles (3.1). Martin also ranks the best in the AFL for average retained metres gained (317m).

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Martin has averaged 21.4 points per game since the start of last year and in order for Dangerfield to reclaim his spot as the No.1 player in the league, he needs to outscore Martin by at least 10.5 points this weekend.

History of No.1 players

Gary Ablett (Gold Coast) – round one, 2012 – round four, 2015
Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) – round five, 2015 – round 16, 2015
Nat Fyfe (Fremantle) – round 17, 2015 – round 11, 2016
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) – round 12, 2016 – round three, 2018
Dustin Martin (Richmond) – round four, 2018 – current

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