Tasmanian Tiger Jack Riewoldt is the highest-rating AFL player from the Apple Isle according to the updated official AFL player ratings.
The three-time Coleman Medalist had a terrific 2018 campaign, kicking 70 goals en route to the Tigers’ minor premiership to slide into 34th in the official player ratings.
Inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame earlier in the year, Riewoldt leads a group of six Tasmanians inside the top 100.
This is the second time Riewoldt has been rated as the 34th best player in the league – and first since mid 2016. This is the first time, however, that the former Clarence junior as been ranked as the competition’s second best key forward, with only Sydney star Lance Franklin (eighth overall) ranked higher in this category.
Riewoldt leads a strong Tasmanian contingent inside the top 100, with Adelaide mid Hugh Greenwood the next best from the Apple Isle at 59.
Greenwood sits behind only Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch as the third highest rated Crow, a feat made all the more impressive considering the former basketballer only made his senior AFL debut in 2017.
Interestingly Greenwood’s appearance leads off a hat-trick of Tasmanians with Richmond premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis and high-flying Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe coming in at 60 and 61 respectively.
Howe is rated as the competition’s second best small/medium defender behind his fellow Magpie Jack Crisp (44th overall), while Nankervis is the eighth highest-rated ruckman in the game.
Essendon big man Tom Bellchambers comes in next best at 75 (and 11th in the ruck stakes), while North Melbourne star Ben Brown is 84th – and eighth when it comes to key forwards – after a 61-goal home and away season.
The AFL’s player ratings system is determined by players gaining or losing points every time they are involved in a passage of play.
The score awarded to them each time they are in the play is determined by a complex algorithm formulated and refined over a number of years by Champion Data. Players accrue or lose points depending on whether they have a positive or negative impact on a passage of play.
A player’s rating is determined by aggregating his points tally based on a rolling window of the previous two seasons. For example, after round six of the 2014 season, a player’s rating will be based on matches from round seven of the 2012 season onwards. However, only a player’s most recent 40 matches are used in the calculation of his rating. This creates a buffer for players missing matches through injury, suspension, omission or by not being involved in finals. A player’s most recent 30 matches are given greater weight in determining his rating. Matches 31 through 40 are progressively reduced in weighting, from 100 per cent down to five per cent for the earliest game in the window