MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats and Cats head coach Chris Scott walk off the field after winning the round seven AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 05, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn has overtaken Cats star Patrick Dangerfield for the No.1 mantle in Champion Data's latest AFL Player Ratings.

Despite Gawn not quite reproducing his behemoth 2018 form, the rankings are based off an individual's contributions over the past 40 games, meaning last year's performances role into his rating.

He is coming off a stellar performance of the season in the Demons' gutsy four-point win over Hawthorn, tallying 17 disposals, six marks and 46 hitouts.

Since the start of last season, Gawn has the highest hitiouts won, most hitouts to advantage, and ranks No. 3 for score launches per game and No. 5 for contested marks per game, per

Dangerfield produced his lowest disposal count on Sunday against Essendon since 2011, finishing with just eight after hurting his ankle and knee and spending the day at full forward.

Only four other plays have ever led the Player Ratings, including Richmond's Dustin Martin, Fremantle's Nathan Fye, Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury and Geelong's Gary Ablett.