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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: Joe Daniher of the Bombers is tackled by Colin Garland of the Demons during the 2016 AFL Round 02 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on April 2, 2016. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
Joe Daniher has had an up and down season, but his best against the Demons was in the top bracket

AFL.com.au has worked with Champion Data to find your club's best performers in some key metrics. The stats are rounded to the first decimal point, however, the players' ranking is determined by his actual standing in that metric (i.e: Melbourne players Cameron Pedersen and Christian Petracca are both listed as averaging 1.4 score assists a game but are ranked 28th and 44th respectively. This is because Pedersen's actual average is 1.428 and Petracca's is 1.375).

Adelaide's well-rounded attack is demonstrated by having Charlie Cameron, Jarryd Lyons and Josh Jenkins in the top nine in the AFL for score assists and Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts in the top 12 for scoring chain involvements. Brodie Smith provides great run out of defence as the fourth-ranked player in metres gained in the competition.

Metres gained
Brodie Smith (565m – No.4 in the AFL), Ricky Henderson (391.7m – No.46), Tom Lynch (390.7m – No.48)

Score assists 
Charlie Cameron (2.1 per game – No.1), Jarryd Lyons (1.9 – No.5), Josh Jenkins (1.8 – No.9)

Scoring chain involvements
Tom Lynch (9.1 – No.2), Taylor Walker (8.6 – No. 4), Eddie Betts (7.8 – No.12)

Running bounces
Charlie Cameron (1.4 – No.16), Brodie Smith (1.3 – No.18), Rory Atkins (1.1 – No.26)

Spoils
Daniel Talia (7.8 – No.6), Kyle Hartigan (5.2 – No.30), Jake Lever (4.3 – No.42)

Intercept marks
Daniel Talia (2.3 – No.19, Jake Lever (2.3 – No.19), Kyle Hartigan (1.8 – No.39)

Effective kicks inside 50
Taylor Walker (68 per cent – No.6), Mitch McGovern (65 per cent – No.16), Tom Lynch (62 per cent – No.23)

Player Ratings points
Rory Sloane (16.5 per game – No.10), Josh Jenkins (14.7 – No.25), Eddie Betts (13.6 – No.51)

Handball receives
Brodie Smith (11.8 per game – No.26), Rory Laird (10.8 – No.44), Scott Thompson (10.3 – No.58)

Standout game
Eddie Betts racked up 27.4 ratings points in Adelaide's 58-point thumping of Port Adelaide in round two. Betts was electric from the start with four first-quarter goals. He finished the day with five from 17 possessions and six marks. His ‘point of the year’ from the pocket was also a highlight. - Lee Gaskin

There's some standout stats in the Lions' struggling season, with Josh Green among the league's best in score assists, but the fact they have three players in the upper echelon for spoils shows how under pressure the defence has been. The fact no-one is in the top-50 for effective kicks inside 50 highlights the team's struggles going forward. 

Metres gained
Dayne Zorko (436.5m – No.22 in the AFL), Pearce Hanley (411.6m – No.26), Tom Cutler (403.6m – No.32)

Score assists 
Josh Green (2.0 – No.3), Ryan Lester (1.5 – No.20), Dayne Zorko (1.3 – No.46).

Scoring chain involvements
Tom Rockliff (6.8 – No.44), Dayne Zorko (6.6 – No.56), Josh Green (6.0 – No.91).

Running bounces
Ryan Bastinac (0.7 – No.51), Tom Cutler (0.7 – No.55), Pearce Hanley (0.5 – No.76).

Spoils
Harris Andrews (9.8 – No.2), Daniel Merrett (7.4 – No.12), Dan McStay (5.4 – No.26).

Intercept marks
Harris Andrews (2.5 – No.12), Dan McStay (1.8 – No.41), Darcy Gardiner (1.1 – No.77).

Effective kicks inside 50
Ryan Bastinac (58% - No.54), Tom Cutler (52% - No.88), Daniel Rich (51% - No.98).

Player Ratings points
Dayne Zorko (15.1 – No.22), Daniel Rich (14.3 – No.30), Ryan Bastinac (13.0 – No.72)

Standout game
Daniel Rich was outstanding in the round nine loss against Melbourne. The left-footed midfielder had 26 touches that included a league-high seven kicks inside forward 50 retained by his team. - Michael Whiting 

The Blues have improved their defensive capabilities, adapting well to Brendon Bolton’s new game-plan. Sam Docherty and youngster Jacob Weitering have been given the licence to back their judgment and intercept the opposition with their strong overhead marking, while Sam Rowe does his job consistently, with his hallmark a well-timed fist.

Metres gained
Kade Simpson (436.1 – No.23 in the AFL), Sam Docherty (401.0 – No.37), Bryce Gibbs (362.1 – No.73)

Score assists 
Dennis Armfield (1.1 – No.90), Bryce Gibbs (1.1 – No.98), Patrick Cripps (1.0 – No.110)

Scoring chain involvements 
Bryce Gibbs (6.4 – No.66), Dennis Armfield (6.0 – No.91), Andrejs Everitt (5.5 – No.131)

Running bounces
Kade Simpson (1.1 – No.26), Ciaran Byrne (1.0 – No.28), Marc Murphy (0.7 – No.50)

Handball receives 
Bryce Gibbs (12.4 – No.17), Ed Curnow (11.3 – No.33), Kade Simpson (11.3 – No.33)

Spoils
Sam Rowe (7.6 – No.9), Lachie Plowman (4.8 – No.34), Michael Jamison (4.0 – No.44)

Intercept marks
Sam Docherty (3.0 – No.3), Jacob Weitering (2.5 – No.12), Ciaran Byrne (1.6 – No.49)

Effective kicks inside 50 
Dale Thomas (67% – No.7), Zach Tuohy (56% – No.60), Sam Docherty (50% – No.101)

Player Ratings points
Matthew Wright (13.6 – No.49), Patrick Cripps (13.4 – No.58), Bryce Gibbs (13.0 – No.73)

Standout game
Bryce Gibbs was in scintillating touch in the win against Collingwood in round seven, collecting a game-high 18 handball receives. - Howard Kotton

Despite the Magpies' uninspiring season to date, only the Sydney Swans better their effort to have three players in the top 21 for average player ratings points – skipper Scott Pendlebury (No.3), Adam Treloar (19) and Steele Sidebottom (21). The importance of Ben Reid's fitness is highlighted by his No.2 ranking in average intercept marks, just behind West Coast marking specialist Jeremy McGovern. And, perhaps surprisingly, Taylor Adams and Jesse White are ranked equal-seventh and 15th respectively when it comes to finding a target inside 50 by foot.

Metres gained
Taylor Adams (410.4 – No.27 in the AFL), Scott Pendlebury (401.5 – No.36), Adam Treloar (372.4 – No.59)

Score assists
Alex Fasolo (1.6 – No.17), Adam Treloar (1.4 – No.29), Travis Cloke (1.4 – No.34)

Scoring chain involvements
Scott Pendlebury (7.9 – No.10), Steele Sidebottom (7.3 – No.25), Adam Treloar (7 – No.32)

Running bounces
Travis Varcoe (0.9 – No.37), Adam Treloar (0.5 – No.81), Adam Oxley (0.5 – No.81)

Spoils
Jack Frost (7.2 – No.15), Nathan Brown (5.8 – No.23), Ben Reid (3.8 – No.52)

Intercept marks
Ben Reid (3.3 – No.2), Jeremy Howe (2.1 – No.23), Adam Oxley (1.3 – No.65)

Effective kicks inside 50
Taylor Adams (67% – No.7), Jesse White (65% – No.15), Alex Fasolo (60% – No.34)

Player Ratings points
Scott Pendlebury (18.1 – No.3), Adam Treloar (15.4 – No.19), Steele Sidebottom (15.1 – No.21)

Standout game
Scott Pendlebury produced a vintage 34-possession display to lead the Pies to a big victory over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in round eight, amassing 16 score involvements, including five direct score assists that resulted in three goals. - Ben Collins

Taylor Adams has led from the front as part of Collingwood's midfield. Picture: AFL Media

Essendon has only won one game this year but it has had some wins in the players it has discovered and developed in trying situations. That comes through in the numbers, with half-back revelation Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti ranked No.8 in the AFL for running bounces and key defender Michael Hartley in the top 40 in the competition for intercept marks. The club’s struggles in attack are obvious, however, in the fact Zach Merrett, who has the highest average scoring chain involvements for the Bombers, ranks at a lowly 152 in the league. 

Metres gained
David Zaharakis (388.4 – No.51 in the AFL), Zach Merrett (387.2 – No.52), Brendon Goddard (358.9 – No.76)

Score assists
Craig Bird (1 – No.110), David Zaharakis (0.9 – No.136), Orazio Fantasia (0.9 – No.141)

Scoring chain involvements
Zach Merrett (5.2 – No.159), Brendon Goddard (5 – No.173), Joe Daniher (5 – No.173)

Running bounces
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (1.6 – No.8), David Zaharakis (0.7 – No.51), Brendon Goddard (0.5 – No.86)

Spoils
Michael Hartley (7.7 – No.7), Patrick Ambrose (3.9 – No.45), James Gwilt (3.5 – No.59)

Intercept marks
Michael Hartley (1.8 – No.40), Courtenay Dempsey (1.7 – No.44), Martin Gleeson (1.5 – No.50)

Effective kicks inside 50
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (63 per cent – No.20), Darcy Parish (59 per cent – No.43), Kyle Langford (56 per cent – No.60)

Player Ratings points
Brendon Goddard (12.2 – No.101), Zach Merrett (12 – No.104), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (11.6 – No.118)

Standout game
Joe Daniher played a career-best game against Melbourne in round two when Essendon snatched a surprise win – their only victory of the season. The key forward kicked two goals but had 12 score involvements across the day. - Callum Twomey

Losing Nat Fyfe to injury in round five was a major blow to Fremantle and this year's numbers show just how influential he is. He is No.1 at Fremantle for score assists and score involvements and No.2 in the AFL for player ratings points per game. It is no surprise that Stephen Hill is ranked so highly for metres gained, particularly given his move into defence this year. Nick Suban would surprise some as the most damaging kick inside 50m at the club. Lee Spurr has really stepped up as an intercept marker in the absence of Michael Johnson.

Metres gained
Stephen Hill (515.1 – No.9 in the AFL), Danyle Pearce (465.6 – No.14), David Mundy (398.7 – No.42)

Score assists
Nat Fyfe (1.4 – No.34), Chris Mayne (1.4 – No.38), Michael Walters (1.2 – No.70)

Scoring chain involvements
Nat Fyfe (7.8 – No.13), Michael Walters (7.1 – No.31), Matthew Pavlich (6.2 – No.80)

Running bounces
Michael Walters (0.9 – No.34), Danyle Pearce (0.7 – No.51), Stephen Hill (0.7 – No.55)

Spoils
Zac Dawson (7.1 – No.16), Alex Pearce (5.5 – No.25), Cameron Sutcliffe (3.4 – No.62)

Intercept marks
Lee Spurr (2.3 – No.17), Zac Dawson (1.7 – No.45), Garrick Ibbotson (1.5 – No.52)

Effective kicks inside 50
Nick Suban (61 per cent – No.25), Hayden Ballantyne (57 per cent – No.58), David Mundy (50 per cent – No.101)

Player Ratings points
Nat Fyfe (18.7 – No.2), Lachie Neale (14.3 – No.29), Michael Walters (13.2 – No.67)

Standout game
It is no surprise Nat Fyfe has produced the standout individual performance this season. He collected 27 disposals, 15 contested possessions, seven marks, seven tackles and four goals against North Melbourne in round four. He received 31.9 player ratings points.  – Alex Malcolm 

Nat Fyfe still leads the Dockers in a number of stats despite missing most of the season. Picture: AFL Media

Geelong's one-two combination of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood is receiving good support from in-form defenders Harry Taylor and Lachie Henderson, who are inside the top 20 players for intercept marks. Cameron Guthrie has consistently played at a high standard, with the attacking side of his game evolving as he sits second in the AFL for the all-important effective kick inside 50. 

Metres gained
Patrick Dangerfield (620.3 metres – No.1 in the AFL), Joel Selwood (401.7 – No.35), Steven Motlop (390.5 – No.49)

Score assists 
Nakia Cockatoo (1.4 – No.34), Joel Selwood (1.4 – No.38), Daniel Menzel (1.2 – No.70)

Scoring chain involvements
Patrick Dangerfield (8.8 – No.3), Daniel Menzel (8.3 – No.8), Tom Hawkins (8.1 – No.9)

Running bounces
Steven Motlop (2.5 – No.3), Cameron Guthrie (1.4 – No.13), Patrick Dangerfield (0.8 – No.39)

Spoils
Harry Taylor (5.4 – No.27), Lachie Henderson (5.3 – No.28), Zac Smith (3.0 – No.72)

Intercept marks
Harry Taylor (2.6 – No.10), Lachie Henderson (2.4 – No.15), Corey Enright (1.6 – No.47)

Effective kicks inside 50
Cameron Guthrie (75 per cent - No.2), Shane Kersten (60 per cent – No.34), Steven Motlop (60 per cent – No.34)

Player Ratings points
Patrick Dangerfield (20.4 – No.1), Joel Selwood (13.8 – No.40), Cameron Guthrie (12.5 – No.87)

Standout game
Against North Melbourne in round 12, Patrick Dangerfield had one of the best individual games of all time. He gained 1023 metres from 48 disposals, as well as taking 13 marks, winning 10 centre clearances and kicking two goals. - Peter Ryan

The Suns have leaders in a number of categories, with Adam Saad (running bounces), Steven May (spoils) and Tom Lynch (effective kicks inside 50) all in the league's top five. However, Sam Day is the only player inside the top-90 for score assists, showing the problems the Suns have had scoring. 

Metres gained
Aaron Hall (525.8m – No.8 in the AFL), Gary Ablett (461.6m – No.15), Dion Prestia (406.2m – No.31).

Score assists 
Sam Day (1.3 – No.59), Ryan Davis (1.1 – No.92), Michael Rischitelli (1.1 – No.92).

Scoring chain involvements
Tom Lynch (7.3 – No.22), Gary Ablett (6.7 – No.45), Aaron Hall (6.2 – No.79).

Running bounces
Adam Saad (6.3 – No.1), Jarrod Harbrow (1.6 – No.8), Gary Ablett (1.1 – No.25).

Spoils
Steven May (9.4 – No.3), Henry Schade (5.6 – No.24), Keegan Brooksby (5.2 – No.29).

Intercept marks
Kade Kolodjashnij (2.0 – No.26), Trent McKenzie (1.5 – No.52), Steven May (1.3 – No.67).

Effective kicks inside 50
Tom Lynch (68% - No.5), Aaron Hall (60% - No.41), Gary Ablett (60% - No.42).

Player Ratings points
Gary Ablett (15.7 – No.17), Tom Lynch (14.0 – No.37), Michael Rischitelli (13.5 – No.56).

Standout game
Tom Lynch has been terrific most weeks, but his 22-disposal, four-goal game against Carlton in round three also included 13 score involvements. - Michael Whiting

The stats show that the Giants get plenty of drive from defence with Heath Shaw and Nathan Wilson both ranked in the top 10 for metres gained, and key defenders Nick Haynes and Shaw in the top 10 for intercept marks. While the GWS backmen link well with their power running midfielders to create scoring opportunities, they need to clean up their efficiency. Coach Leon Cameron wouldn't be happy with their finishing going inside 50, with co-captain Callan Ward the highest-ranked player in that area at number 48.

Metres gained
Heath Shaw (613.4 – No.3 in the AFL), Nathan Wilson (529.6 – No.7), Dylan Shiel (475.1 – No.11)

Score assists 
Toby Greene (1.9 - No.4), Callan Ward (1.5 - No.24), Josh Kelly (1.4 - No.38)

Scoring chain involvements
Steve Johnson (8.4 - No.5), Toby Greene (8.3 – No.7), Stephen Coniglio (7.3 – No.22)

Running bounces
Heath Shaw (3.5 – No.2), Tom Scully (1.6 – No.7), Dylan Shiel (1.5 – No.15)

Spoils
Phil Davis (7.3 – No.13), Nick Haynes (4.4 – No.40), Joel Patfull (3.7 – No.54)

Intercept marks
Nick Haynes (2.8 – No.6), Heath Shaw (2.7 – No.7), Phil Davis (2.1 – No.23)

Effective kicks inside 50
Callan Ward (58% - No.48), Steve Johnson (54% - No.72), Lachie Whitfield (52% - No.89)

Player ratings points
Ryan Griffen (15.9, No.16), Callan Ward (15.3, No.20), Dylan Shiel (14.9, No.23)

Standout game
Heath Shaw smashed the Bulldogs in round nine; the defender racked up 36 kicks and had 1094 metres gained. - Adam Curley

Toby Greene has been a big part of getting goals on the board for GWS. Picture: AFL Media

Sam Mitchell features in so many of these stats, it is no wonder he remains so vital to the Hawks and they are in no hurry for him to retire.

Metres gained
Sam Mitchell (470.0m – No.13 in the AFL), Isaac Smith (454.7m – No.18), Jordan Lewis (363.3m – No.71)

Score assists
Paul Puopolo (1.3 – No.32), Bradley Hill (1.2 – No.75), Sam Mitchell (1.2 – No.78)

Scoring chain involvements
Luke Breust (7.0 – No.32), Jack Gunston (6.9 – No.38), Sam Mitchell (6.5 – No.57)

Handball receives
Sam Mitchell (14.5 – No.2, Isaac Smith (11.3 – No.32), Billy Hartung (11.0 – No.36)

Running bounces
Isaac Smith (1.2 – No.19), Sam Mitchell (1.0 – No.28), Billy Hartung (0.9 – No.35)

Spoils
Josh Gibson (8.4 – No.4), James Frawley (6.9 – No.38), Ben Stratton (6.5 – No.57)

Intercept marks
Ben Stratton (1.9 – No.32), Josh Gibson (1.8 – No.36), James Frawley (1.6 – No.47)

Effective kicks inside 50
Josh Gibson (67 per cent – No.7), Cyril Rioli (65 per cent – No.14), Shaun Burgoyne (54 per cent – No.72)

Player Ratings points
Cyril Rioli (15.9 – No.15, Josh Gibson (14.1 – No.33), Paul Puopolo (14.0 – No.36) 

Standout game
Billy Hartung impressed with four score assists against St Kilda in round four. – Ashley Browne

Bernie Vince's move to half-back has worked wonders for the Demons, with his ability to set up play an important element of Melbourne's gameplan. Vince is fifth in the AFL for metres gained, highlighting his ability to carry the ball and deliver penetrating, well-placed kicks. Statistically, Tom McDonald is the Demons' best defender and sorting out his contract situation remains paramount to the club.

Metres gained
Bernie Vince (535.7 – No.5 in the AFL), Nathan Jones (395.3 – No.43), Christian Salem (367.6 – No.66)

Score assists
Jeff Garlett (1.6 – No.19), Cameron Pedersen (1.4 – No.28), Christian Petracca (1.4 – No.44)

Scoring chain involvements
Jesse Hogan (7.5 – No.17), Nathan Jones (6.9 – No.38), Christian Petracca (6.6 – No.50)

Handball receives
Nathan Jones (13.5 – No.8), Bernie Vince (12.5 – No.15), Dom Tyson (10.1 – No.64)

Running bounces
Jeff Garlett (1.4 – No.11), Jayden Hunt (1.1 – No.24), Heritier Lumumba (1.0 – No.28)

Spoils
Tom McDonald (7.8 – No.5), Oscar McDonald (6.3 – No.21), Colin Garland (3.7 – No. 55)

Intercept marks
Tom McDonald (2.7 – No.7), Oscar McDonald (1.5 – No.52)

Effective kicks inside 50
Tomas Bugg (67 per cent – No.7), Dean Kent (62 per cent – No.23), Jeff Garlett (61 per cent – No.27)

Player Ratings points
Max Gawn (16.8 points – No.9), Jack Viney (14.8 – No.24), Tom McDonald (13.4 – No.59)

Standout game
When Dean Kent plays well, generally, so too does Melbourne. The aggressive and speedy half-forward had 14 score involvements in the Demons' 33-point win over Richmond in round five, reflecting the significant role he plays. - Ben Guthrie 

Jarrad Waite's career-best form in the first nine rounds and Daniel Wells' resurgence were driving factors in North Melbourne's fast start to the season, reflected by the veteran pair's scoreboard contributions. How the Roos missed Wells' class last year. At the opposite end, Robbie Tarrant's breakout campaign balancing defence and attack sees him leading North for spoils and intercept marks.

Metres gained
Jack Ziebell (482.2m – No.10 in the AFL), Aaron Mullett (412.1m – No.25), Jamie Macmillan (409 – No.29)

Score assists
Daniel Wells (2.1 – No.2), Brent Harvey (1.8 – No.8), Jarrad Waite (1.3 – No.46)

Scoring chain involvements
Daniel Wells (7.5 – No.19), Jarrad Waite (7.3 – No.26), Brent Harvey (7.2 – No.27)

Handball receives
Nick Dal Santo (10.2 – No.63), Sam Gibson (9.2 – No.83), Shaun Atley (9.2 – No.83)

Running bounces
Brent Harvey (2.1 – No.5), Shaun Atley (2.1 – No.5), Jamie Macmillan (1.5 – No.10)

Spoils
Robbie Tarrant (7.2 – No.14), Scott Thompson (4.4 – No.39), Michael Firrito (3.8 – No.49)

Intercept marks
Robbie Tarrant (2.2 – No.21), Scott Thompson (1.9 – No.33), Michael Firrito (1.8 – No.36)

Effective kicks inside 50
Brent Harvey (69 per cent - No.4), Todd Goldstein (61 per cent – No.27), Shaun Atley (60 per cent – No.34)

Player Ratings points
Todd Goldstein (16.2 – No.12), Jack Ziebell (13.6 – No.47), Brent Harvey (13.3 – No.60)

Standout game
Todd Goldstein's five-goal, 38 hit-outs and 19 disposals against Melbourne in Hobart reaped 36 player ratings points, the second-highest amount this season behind Patrick Dangerfield's 48-disposal game against the Roos (37 points). - Travis King

Daniel Wells has returned in fine style for the Kangaroos this year. Picture: AFL Media

Port's outside run needs to improve, with Jasper Pittard the highest-ranked Power player in handball receives at 40th in the competition followed by Travis Boak (83rd). Pittard also features highly for metres gained at second in the AFL, but there's another big drop-off after him, with Matthew Broadbent the next best at 47th. 

Metres gained
Jasper Pittard (618.7m – No.2 in the AFL), Matthew Broadbent (391.3m – No.47), Robbie Gray (363.7m – No.70).

Score assists 
Robbie Gray (1.8 per game – No.6), Brendon Ah Chee (1.6 – No.18), Jarman Impey (1.5 – No.20).

Scoring chain involvements
Robbie Gray (7.8 per game – No.13), Chad Wingard (7.5 – No.19), Aaron Young (7.3 – No.22).

Running bounces
Jasper Pittard (2.2 per game – No.4), Robbie Gray (1.4 – No.14), Jarman Impey (1.0 – No.28).

Spoils
Jack Hombsch (10.3 per game – No.1), Tom Jonas (6.8 – No.18), Jasper Pittard (4.3 – No.41).

Intercept marks
Nathan Krakouer (2.0 per game – No.26), Jack Hombsch (1.4 – No.57), Jasper Pittard (1.4 – No.58).

Effective kicks inside 50
Brendon Ah Chee (61 per cent – No.27), Cam O'Shea (56 per cent – No.64), Robbie Gray (55 per cent, No.67).

Player Ratings points
Robbie Gray (17.5 per game – No.6), Justin Westhoff (13.8 – No.43), Chad Wingard (13.6 – No.50).

Handball receives
Jasper Pittard (10.8 per game – No.40), Travis Boak (9.2 – No.83), Jared Polec (9.2 – No.85).

Standout game
Robbie Gray had a hand in absolutely everything in Port Adelaide's 45-point win over Melbourne in Alice Springs. The midfielder had 13 score involvements to go with 28 disposals, six marks and five tackles while also kicking a goal. Gray's average of 7.8 score involvements is ranked 13th in the competition. - Lee Gaskin

The numbers debunk some myths about Richmond players, or at least highlight their improvement. Trent Cotchin, who has a reputation for short, sideways kicks, is now a top 20 player for metres gained. And Shaun Grigg has cleaned up his disposal and has a retention rate of 61 per cent when kicking inside 50. It is no surprise to see selfless forward Jack Riewoldt leading the assist and scoring chain categories.

Metres gained
Trent Cotchin (453.8 – No.19 in the AFL), Bachar Houli (448.6 – No.21), Dustin Martin (398.8 – No.41)

Score assists
Jack Riewoldt (1.8 – No.9), Dustin Martin (1.4 – No.29), Trent Cotchin (1.4 – No.34)

Scoring chain involvements
Jack Riewoldt (7.1 – No.30), Shaun Grigg (7.0 – No.32), Trent Cotchin (6.5 – No.60)

Handball receives
Trent Cotchin (11.8 – No.25), Dustin Martin (11.3 – No.31), Bachar Houli (10.9 – No.39)

Running bounces
Brett Deledio (1.1 – No.22), Brandon Ellis (1.0 – No.28), Daniel Rioli (0.6 – No.65)

Spoils
Alex Rance (7.6 – No.8), David Astbury (5.0 – No.32), Troy Chaplin (3.4 – No.63)

Intercept marks
David Astbury (2.3 – No.16), Alex Rance (2.3 – No.18), Nick Vlastuin (2.2 – No.22)

Effective kicks inside 50
Shaun Grigg (61 per cent – No.30), Brett Deledio (58 per cent – No.51), Shane Edwards (57 per cent – No.55)

Player Ratings points
Anthony Miles (14.1 – No.32), Dustin Martin (13.9 – No.38), Shane Edwards (13.8 – No.42)

Standout game
Nick Vlastuin plays as a small defender, but his seven intercept marks against Fremantle in round nine ranks No.2 in the AFL this season. All up he took a game-high 11 marks. – Nathan Schmook   

Jack Steven's importance to the Saints is clear based on how prominently he features in the top-three at the club in several important statistics, such as scoring chain involvements and metres gained. Meanwhile, the backline needs to hang tough with the absence of injured pair Sean Dempster and Sam Fisher, whose effectiveness in spoiling and intercept marks is exhibited below.

Metres gained
Leigh Montagna (532.2m – No. 6 in the AFL), Shane Savage (419.9m – No. 24), Jack Steven (409.7m – No. 28)

Score assists
David Armitage (1.4 – No. 29), Jack Billings (1.3 – No. 59), Nick Riewoldt (1.3 – No. 64)

Scoring chain involvements
Tim Membrey (7.9 – No. 11), Nick Riewoldt (6.7 – No. 45), Jack Steven (6.2 – No. 82)

Handball receives
Leigh Montagna (13.5 – No. 9), Seb Ross (13.3 – No. 10), Jack Steven (12.2 – No. 20)

Running bounces
Darren Minchington (0.8 – No. 40), Jade Gresham (0.7 – No. 55), Leigh Montagna (0.6 – No. 66)

Spoils
Sam Fisher (7.6 – No. 10), Sean Dempster (4.6 – No. 37), Jarryn Geary (2.5 – No. 93)

Intercept marks
Shane Savage (2 – No. 26), Sean Dempster (1.9 – No. 34), Sam Fisher (1.8 – No. 41)

Effective kicks inside 50
Jack Billings (66 per cent – No. 13), Maverick Weller (62 – No. 21), Jack Newnes (54 – No. 72)

Player Ratings points
Jack Steven (17.7 – No. 5), Tom Hickey (13.9 – No. 39), David Armitage (13.5 – No. 54)

Standout game
Jack Steven had eight score assists against Carlton in round 12, the most any player in the competition has recorded in a game this season. – Dinny Navaratnam

The Swans’ defence has stood strong so far in 2016 and their midfield is full of stars, but coach John Longmire might be searching for more run from his side in the second half of the season. Youngster Zak Jones is the team’s top-ranked player for running bounces per game, but he’s way down the list at number 72, and star forward Lance Franklin is the Swans’ leader for metres gained, and he’s only just scraped into the top 20.

Metres gained
Lance Franklin (451.6 – No.20 in the AFL), Dan Hannebery (402.7 – No.33), Jarrad McVeigh (398.9 – No.40)

Score assists 
Josh Kennedy (1.5 – No.22), Gary Rohan (1.2 – No.34), Isaac Heeney (1.2 – No.38)

Scoring chain involvements
Lance Franklin (9.2 – No.1), Kieren Jack (7 – No.32), Dan Hannebery (6.9 – No.38)

Running bounces
Zak Jones (0.5 – No.72), Lance Franklin (0.5 – No.76), Gary Rohan (0.4 – No.102

Spoils
Dane Rampe (6.9 – No.17), Heath Grundy (4.1 – No.43), Ted Richards (3.8 – No.49)

Intercept marks
Ted Richards (3 – No.3), Heath Grundy (2.7 – No.7), Dane Rampe (2.5 – No.11)

Effective kicks inside 50
Harry Cunningham (80% - No.1), Callum Sinclair (65% - No.16), Zak Jones (64% - No.18)

Player ratings points
Josh Kennedy (17.9 – No.4), Lance Franklin (16.2 – No.11), Dan Hannebery (16.2 – No.13)

Standout game
Veteran defender Ted Richards had a night out against West Coast in round five; taking a season-high eight intercept marks - Adam Curley

Lance Franklin has been the top Swan for metres gained this year. Picture: AFL Media

What would you do with Jeremy McGovern? He is the No.1 intercept mark in the competition but he is also the seventh-best kick inside 50 in the AFL, hitting 67 per cent of targets. The Eagles can't afford to lose him down back but he could be so damaging forward of centre. Lewis Jetta is No.3 in the competition for kicking inside 50 but he's not getting enough of the ball to hold his place in the side let alone hurt the opposition. Part of the Eagles' issues against the best sides can be seen in the score involvements. All roads lead through Josh Kennedy. Opposition sides know if they can cut that supply chain they can strangle the Eagles.

Metres gained
Andrew Gaff (470.7 – No.12 in the AFL), Shannon Hurn (400.2 – No.38), Luke Shuey (362.2 – No.72)

Score assists
Jamie Cripps (1.7 – No.12), Luke Shuey (1.6 – No.15), Josh Hill (1.3 – No.54)

Scoring chain involvements
Josh Kennedy (8.4 – No.6), Mark LeCras (6.6 – No.51), Jack Darling (6.5 – No.58)

Running bounces
Jamie Cripps (1.2 – No.19), Luke Shuey (0.8 – No.44), Josh Hill (0.6 – No.62)

Spoils
Jeremy McGovern (5.1 – No.31), Eric Mackenzie (4.8 – No.33), Will Schofield (4.8 – No.35)

Intercept marks
Jeremy McGovern (5.1– No.17), Shannon Hurn (2.2 – No.26), Eric Mackenzie (2.2 – No.26)

Effective kicks inside 50
Lewis Jetta (72 per cent – No.3), Jamie Cripps (67 per cent – No.7), Jeremy McGovern (67 per cent – No.7)

Player Ratings points
Nic Naitanui (17.4 – No.7), Josh Kennedy (15.4 – No.18), Matt Priddis (14.0 – No.35)

Standout game
Josh Kennedy had a staggering 19 score involvements in round one against the Brisbane Lions. No other player in the AFL has had more than 16 in a match this season. Kennedy kicked 8.2 and gave off four but he also had five other touches in scoring chains. - Alex Malcolm

For a side that likes to springboard off half-back, it's no surprise running defenders Matthew Boyd and Shane Biggs gain the most ground for the Dogs. If Jake Stringer isn't kicking goals, the dynamic forward is helping set them up. While many believe Easton Wood is the best intercept mark in the AFL, stats tell us he's fifth best at the skill. 

Metres gained
Matthew Boyd (459 – No.16 in the AFL), Lachie Hunter (408.6 – No.30), Shane Biggs (395.4 – No.44)

Score assists
Koby Stevens (1.7 – No.11), Liam Picken (01.2 – No.70), Jake Stringer (1.1 – No.102)

Scoring chain involvements
Marcus Bontempelli (7.0 – No.32), Mitch Wallis (6.9 – No.48), Jake Stringer (6.4 – No.68)

Running bounces
Matt Suckling (1.4 – No.11), Koby Stevens (0.9 – No.37), Matthew Boyd (0.8 – No.40)

Spoils
Fletcher Roberts (7.4 – No.11), Marcus Adams (6.4 – No.20), Dale Morris (4.7 – No.36)

Intercept marks
Easton Wood (2.9 – No.5), Dale Morris (2.5 – No.14), Marcus Adams (2.0 – No.26)

Effective kicks inside 50
Koby Stevens (62 per cent – No.21), Liam Picken (61 per cent – No.25), Jake Stringer (57 per cent – No.56)

Player Ratings points
Marcus Bontempelli (17.1 – No.8), Tom Liberatore (16 – No.14), Jake Stringer (13.7 – No.45)

Standout game
For the team that struggles with efficiency around the goals, Koby Stevens has been missed in recent weeks. The injured midfielder knows how to hit a target, and in round five against the Brisbane Lions he was involved in 13 score involvements - six which resulted in a goal. - Ryan Davidson