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The stats files: 2016's record-breakers and stats leaders

THE HOME and away campaign is done and dusted for another year and the AFL awards season is upon us, which means it's time to hand out the gongs to the stats stars of 2016.

However, these aren't just awards for racking up big numbers of kicks, marks and handballs.

Instead, AFL.com.au is shining a light on some of the more obscure stats, such as who were the competition's pressure kings and which player was the deadliest set shot for goal?

But first to some of the record-breakers, who have set new marks since Champion Data started tracking AFL games in 1999.

Richmond bull Dustin Martin might fall short of Patrick Dangerfield in the Brownlow Medal count, but he can at least console himself that his trademark 'don't argue' move helped him break the most tackles ever this season.

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And although Carlton young gun Patrick 'The Extractor' Cripps was a shock exclusion from the All Australian 40-man squad, he's now the AFL's record-holder for getting first hands to the footy at stoppages more than anyone else.

Meanwhile, some of the League's superstars led other crucial stats categories, with few bigger names than Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli.

Buddy might not have taken home the Coleman Medal, but his selflessness could see the premiership cup heading back to Sydney.

Franklin led the AFL for score involvements (the number of scoring chains a player is part of with a disposal, hit-out to advantage, kick-in or knock-on) and has made the Swans a more potent force by bringing more teammates into the game.

Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker was the most reliable kick inside attacking 50, retaining possession from two-thirds of his passes, while Rioli never missed with a stunning 26.4 from set shots in a year when he surpassed his best-ever goal tally (44).

STATS QUIRK OF THE WEEK: Ex-Demons big man Jack Fitzpatrick played in just the third win of his 23-game career when he debuted for Hawthorn on Sunday against Collingwood. His teammate Paul Puopolo who was drafted in 2010 - a year after Fitzpatrick - played in his 104th victory.

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