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Champion Data have released their 2020 list rankings and we have many, many questions

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10th February, 2020
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The official statisticians of the AFL – Champion Data – have today revealed their list rankings ahead of the 2020 season and, it’s fair to say, there are some controversial calls.

Each club has been ranked from 1st to 18th overall, as well as by defenders, midfielders and forwards. Predictably, reigning premiers Richmond sit atop the pile – although eyebrows have been raised by the seventh-place ranking of their midfield.

Other huge calls include reigning minor premiers Geelong allegedly having the third-worst defence, GWS being fourth despite supposedly being ranked 14th in defence and 12th in attack, North Melbourne having the competition’s second-best midfield and Gold Coast having a better midfield than Fremantle, Sydney, Adelaide and Carlton.

Champion Data earned significant ire ahead of the 2019 season after anointing Melbourne’s list the best in the AFL, only for the Demons to finish second-last.

We’re sure you’ve got plenty of questions too, so we’ve published the whole table here for you to look at. Make sure to have your say in the comments because there’s plenty to unpack here.

Club Defenders Midfielders Forwards Overall
Adelaide Crows 8th 17th 16th 15th
Brisbane Lions 11th 1st 17th 10th
Carlton 17th 18th 13th 17th
Collingwood 4th 3rd 5th 3rd
Essendon 6th 11th 8th 9th
Fremantle 15th 15th 14th 16th
Geelong Cats 16th 5th 4th 7th
Gold Coast Suns 18th 14th 18th 18th
GWS Giants 14th 12th 1st 4th
Hawthorn 10th 8th 10th 11th
Melbourne 9th 9th 15th 13th
North Melbourne 7th 2nd 12th 6th
Port Adelaide 3rd 10th 9th 8th
Richmond 1st 7th 2nd 1st
St Kilda 12th 13th 11th 12th
Sydney Swans 5th 16th 7th 14th
West Coast Eagles 13th 4th 6th 5th
Western Bulldogs 2nd 6th 3rd 2nd