The pandemic has brought out many new rankings and lists, but there’s only one that reigns supreme. Sure, this will only be its second edition, but feels like its been here forever, doesn’t it? The Bont took out 2019, who’s top of the tree in 2020.

Credentials. The first go at this last year, we had Dogs’ skipper Marcus Bontempelli as number one, a controversial if not highly accurate selection. Groundbreaking, “how could it not be Dustin Martin” water coolers eavesdropped all over the country.

That was July. Fast forward to March of this year and a fellow media outlet, trademarked as the Herald Sun or something, put out their top 50. Some scribe named Mark Roberts or Robinson, who knows, not important, put it together. Blasphemy in an act nothing short of pitiful plagirousm had the Bont as number one as well.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. Therefore, if you’re keen on seeing who young Mark has at #1 next time, read below. If he doesn’t copy this year then we know he realises he has been caught and will delibrately sabotage his column as a result.

Less love bites in the mirror and let’s get on with it.

50. Tim Kelly West Coast

49. Matt Rowell Gold Coast

48. Jaeger O’Meara Hawthorn

47. Izak Rankine Gold Coast

46. Stephen Coniglio GWS

45. Bachar Houli Richmond

44. Josh Kelly GWS

43. Josh Kennedy Sydney

42. Tim Taranto GWS

41. Connor Rozee Port Adelaide

Tim Kelly had a great year last year but I feel like he was drastically overrated. Still a gun but not Chris Judd. Rowell and Rankine are top 50 already, they just are, don’t hate, Coniglio was top ten last time, Josh Kelly was 11, can’t justify the hype anymore, talented but not producing.

Number 48 Hawks onballer Jaeger O’Meara, putting his wretched history of knee issues behind him and re-realising his elite talent

40. Shaun Higgins North Melbourne

39. Charlie Dixon Port Adelaide

38. Brad Sheppard West Coast

37. Michael Walters Fremantle

36. Steele Sidebottom Collingwood

35. Josh Kennedy West Coast

34. Christian Petracca Melbourne

33. Nick Vlaustin Richmond

32. Jeremy Cameron GWS

31. Tom Papley Sydney

Higgins is still a jet in the midfield for North, the kinda guy that should always be in All-Australian contention, Sidebottom slides from 18 last year because talent versus influence, the balance is off, Petracca could end up a lot higher but I want to see more and Tom Papley might be a bit too low but get the diving out of your game and we’ll see.

Brad Sheppard at number 39 remains one of the league’s most consistent and effective small defenders.

30. Dylan Shiel Essendon

29. Isaac Heeney Sydney

28. Darcy Moore Collingwood

27. Lachie Whitfield GWS

26. Charlie Cameron Brisbane

25. Shane Edwards Richmond

24. Bradley Hill St Kilda

23. Harris Andrews Brisbane

22. Jordan De Goey Collingwood

21. Travis Boak Port Adelaide

Shiel’s a bit stiff, deserves to be a bit higher probably but its a tough top 20 to crack. Heeney keeps going he is easy top 15, Charlie Cameron has been too good for too long not get be as high as he is. De Goey as a mid is top 50, as a forward is top 10 almost, so here’s about right and Trav Boak could win a Brownlow this year such is the way he is going.

Darcy Moore comes in at number 28, arguably the All-Australian CHB this year

20. Elliott Yeo West Coast

19. James Sicily Hawthorn

18. Ben Cunnington North Melbourne

17. Tom Stewart Geelong

16. Max Gawn Melbourne

15. Robbie Gray Port Adelaide

14. Jeremy McGovern West Coast

13. Toby Greene GWS

12. Nick Haynes GWS

11. Nic Naitanui West Coast

Yeo was at 10 last year, still very good but knocked down a bit. Cunnington at 17 last year, still just as effective. Naitanui is a better ruckman than Gawn, Haynes debuts at 12, he and Toby Greene are the Giants’ best players by far. McGovern was behind Harris Andrews last year, this year they’ve swapped, both elite but the Eagle the better option.

Port star Robbie Gray, in at number 15, en route to perhaps his fifth All-Australian jumper this year, insane footballer

10. Sam Docherty Carlton

9. Patrick Dangerfield Geelong

8. Scott Pendlebury Collingwood

7. Luke Shuey West Coast

6. Brodie Grundy Collingwood

5. Patrick Cripps Carlton

4. Marcus Bontempelli Footscray

3. Dustin Martin Richmond

2. Lachie Neale Brisbane

1. Nat Fyfe Fremantle

Of any player that plays down back, key position, back pocket, intercept half back flanker, whatever, Docherty is the best in the league. Don’t sweat on your ignorance just because he had two years out and plays for Carlton. Pendles is having a renaissance year and is worth one spot above Danger. Shuey is better than both in 2020, he carries that Eagles team on his back.

Grundy is the best ruckman in the game and when on has three-vote games for fun, Cripps is a beast, Bont is still better than him but slides to number four. Dusty is looking more like 2017 Dusty at the moment, which is scary, so he leaps the Dogs’ captain.

Lachie Neale is going to win this year’s Brownlow easy so is ahead of Martin, Bont, almost everyone else; is in incredible nick. But last year’s Brownlow winner is still better, Nat Fyfe at number two last year, up one to top of the perch this year. Two Brownlows, the ultimate midfielder, 6″4 in the old, 212 lbs, strong, clean, great skills, the only weakness is a dodgy hammy. He may not end up with a third but his career is worthy of three Charlies no question.

Your 2020 number one, Nat Fyfe, training for the Bushfire Relief game back in February (picture: Dylan Burns)

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