AFL Round 16 stocks up, stocks down: Is Nick Daicos having the best debut season ever?

This week, a young Magpie is putting together one of the best debut seasons we've ever seen and an All-Australian forward just keeps on wreaking havoc, while the Roos have gone from bad to worse and two Power sharpshooters couldn't handle the pressure. Here's whose stocks are up and down after Round 16.

Our footy experts cast their eye over the week's action to find out whose stocks are up -- whether it's a coaching masterstroke or a player having a blinder -- and whose are down. Every club features, so jump ahead to your team below (desktop only).

Crows | Lions | Blues | Magpies | Bombers | Dockers | Cats | Suns | Giants | Hawks | Demons | Roos | Power | Tigers | Saints | Swans | Eagles | Bulldogs


Stocks up: Former Swan Jordan Dawson is making a serious case for the best recruit of the season after his 30-disposal, 10-mark and one-goal game against the Demons. It's becoming the norm for the efficient Crow, who currently rates 'elite' for all of disposals, intercept possessions, intercept marks, metres gained and rebound 50s. It's some season he's having.

Stocks down: That Darcy Fogarty finger injury... no thanks!


Stocks up: After a horror performance in Round 15, there were many Lions who needed to respond. None did it better than Charlie Cameron. The league's best small forward booted four goals, set up another two and wreaked havoc in the front half as Brisbane thrashed the Doggies at the Gabba. Cameron now has 35 goals for the season and is closing in on another All-Australian blazer.

Stocks down: The Lions' leadership stocks have taken a significant tumble, despite an inspired win over the Bulldogs. Skipper Dayne Zorko re-injured his hamstring in the opening minutes of Thursday night's game, and was forced to be subbed out. In the second half, Daniel Rich was also reaching at his hamstring. He too sat the last 40 minutes of game time on the pine. It's unclear right now how long the two Brisbane veterans will be sidelined.


Stocks up: In a disappointing outing for the Blues, one shining light was young Jesse Motlop. He managed three goals from his nine touches and was a constant ground level threat inside forward 50m. Some of the evasive skills and quick footwork he showed -- particularly with his second goal -- will have Carlton fans licking their lips.

Stocks down: We know Carlton's defence is depleted right now, but gee whiz, Lachie Plowman is just not up to AFL standard. Fumbled balls, missed tackles, awful ball use and letting his opponent take uncontested marks inside forward 50m, it was gaffe after gaffe for Plowman on Friday night as the Saints kept their season alive. He certainly hasn't made the most of his senior opportunity. Also, can we stop with this 'woof' chant every time Adam Saad kicks the ball? It's cringe.


Stocks up: Can we finally put to bed the Rising Star conversation? The race just isn't close anymore. Sam De Koning has been brilliant, Jai Newcombe will be a star, but Nick Daicos is playing at a level absurd for a teenager. Daicos' incredible season continued on Saturday night, picking up a game-high 37 disposals (83% efficiency), eight rebound 50s and seven score involvements, and playing with a calmness and poise that, for most other players on the ground, was hard to come by. The kid is already a star and week in, week out is one of Collingwood's very best players.

Stocks down: If there is one area Collingwood lacked coming into season 2022, it was depth, especially in the key position area. So losing superstar Darcy Moore to a knee injury, at this stage of the year, is the absolute worse case scenario for the flying Magpies. Moore landed awkwardly in the dying minutes of the win over the Suns and looked to have hyper-extended his left knee, but fingers crossed the damage isn't too severe. To make matters worse, his likely replacement, Charlie Dean, was in crutches after the Magpies' VFL win over Richmond.


Stocks up: It's fair to say Ben Rutten's stocks have been trending on a downward trajectory over the past year or so, but an impressive win over finals hopeful Sydney will quiet the critics ... at least for now. Rutten put his faith in a host of youngsters, including Massimo D'Ambrosio, Ben Hobbs, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Sam Durham, and all delivered in a big way as the Bombers notched up win No. 4 of the season.

Stocks down: Are the Bombers the AFL's biggest tease? When you dish up performances like that in a season where you've been crushed by teams and failed to live up to the hype, fans have every right to be frustrated!


Stocks up: The Dockers simply don't hold on against Port Adelaide if not for a couple of epic Andrew Brayshaw tackles. Fremantle's young superstar came up clutch late, working harder than anyone else on the ground in both directions. He finished the game with 27 disposals, 11 tackles, five clearances and a goal. It's really time we start to consider him as a genuine Brownlow Medal chance.

Stocks down: We're not sure what Justin Longmuir's three quarter-time address was but it clearly wasn't what was needed. The Dockers fell asleep in the final quarter at Optus Stadium, nearly coughing up a 41 point lead as the Power surged back into the contest. You might be able to get away with such a drop off at home, against a bottom 10 side, but Freo fans wouldn't want this to become regular.


Stocks up: He's one of the very best players in the competition, but even by his lofty standards, four goals (with three behinds), from a whopping 30 possessions, 10 marks and 12 score involvements is a serious shift from Jeremy Cameron. He now leads the Coleman from Charlie Curnow by one goal as a result, with counterpart Tom Hawkins -- who booted six goals of his own against the Kangas -- four majors adrift after 16 rounds. Oh yeah, and Danger's back! The star Cat recorded 19 touches and a goal in managed time as a mouth-watering clash with the Dees awaits on Thursday night.

Stocks down: A stock down, after a result like that? Nope. Alright, if we have to, the contractors at GMHBA Stadium. Will these stadium works ever be complete!?

Gold Coast

Stocks up: Izak Rankine's stocks were plummeting at the start of the season, but his turnaround has been an important sign of both maturity and the insane skillset the livewire forward possesses. Rankine was slotted four goals against the Pies and looked to be the difference in the slppy and otherwise inaccurate game when he kicked a miraculous goal from mid-air in the last term, and converted a set shot minutes later to give the Suns a two-goal buffer.

Stocks down: To sour the loss even further, Stewart Dew all but confirmed defender Connor Budarick has ruptured his ACL - the same knee he injured last year. If scans do confirm the worst, it's heartbreaking news for Gold Coast and Budarick who was putting together super season up north.


Stocks up: We'll be honest, we didn't know much about Callum Brown before his debut game, but boy did the 21-year-old leave an impression. Four goals from 13 disposals, in a low-scoring, wet weather scrap was a match-winning performance. He also laid six tackles and showed he has a serious future in the league.

Stocks down: Come on, Nick Haynes, you've got to lay at least ONE TACKLE in those conditions. The Giants defender turned forward was the only player on the ground (aside from James Worpel who was subbed out early) to not register a tackle. It's also the second week in a row he his stocks have dropped after failing to inspire in front of the big sticks.


Stocks up: He's copped his fair share of criticism this season and even been left out of the side, but Tom Mitchell played a classic Tom Mitchell game on Sunday afternoon. In awful conditions, Mitchell tallied a game-high 35 disposals (18 contested), won five clearances, laid seven tackles and had a team-high six scoring involvements.

Stocks down: It was an afternoon to forget for the forward pairing of Mitch Lewis and Jack Gunston, who combined for two behinds and almost no impact. You could say the conditions didn't suit them but up the other end of the ground was Jesse Hogan, who proved it was possible for a bigger forward to make a mark.


Stocks up: For his lofty standards, it's been a pretty lean month for Christian Petracca, but the 2021 Norm Smith Medal winner is sure to pocket three Brownlow votes after a stunning 33 disposal, three goal game against the Crows. Trac also led the game with score involvements (11), won five clearances and laid six tackles in a performance which saw him return to his devastating best.

Stocks down: We love the passion James Harmes plays with, but the Demons mid really needs to tighten up his disposal. Of the 22 disposals he racked up against Adelaide, only 10 hit the target! He was also tasked with keeping a close eye on Rory Laird at the stoppages, yet the Crows ball magnet finished up with 32 disposals and six clearances of his own.

North Melbourne

Stocks up: We have to give credit to midfield bull Luke Davies-Uniacke, who tried his heart out for four quarters in an extremely difficult night. The 23-year-old finished with 35 disposals (17 contested) and seven clearances. Not many others can hold their head high, though...

Stocks down: There's not much we can really say after a 112-point drubbing. It's embarrassing at the moment. There might be light at the end of the tunnel, but it's very, very far away. This entire club is at rock bottom.

Port Adelaide

Stocks up: Charlie Dixon, take a bow! The Power spearhead kicked what could right now be the goal of the year after his outstanding checkside from the boundary in the last quarter of his side's loss to Fremantle. Dixon picked up a loose ball from a marking contest and looked inboard, before swivelling back towards the boundary line and without thinking executing a miraculous right-footed banana. Fair effort!

Stocks down: Where has 'clutch' Robbie Gray gone!? Port Adelaide's perennial match-winner had another familiar moment against the Dockers when the ball landed in his arms with roughly two minutes remaining, but his kick was uncharacteristically errant, and made its way out on the full. It isn't the first time the 34-year-old hasn't handled the moment this year, and to make matters worse, key marksman Todd Marshall missed an even easier chance 60 seconds later.


Stocks up: His stocks have been up and down all season, but Daniel Rioli was as slick as ever with his ball use on Sunday afternoon and played a big part in the Tigers leapfrogging Sydney and St Kilda on the AFL ladder. The forward-turned-defender picked up 28 disposals (85% efficiency) and had nine score involvements against the Eagles, and it wasn't his first prolific outing of the season. But here's hoping the inconsistent Tiger can continue to thrive off half-back.

Stocks down: If there's one thing that'll sour a terrific win, it's losing the game's best player to injury, with Dustin Martin subbed out of the game in the third quarter due to hamstring tightness. It's been an up-and-down season for the three-time Norm Smith medallist who has had to deal with off-field battles. He's not at his Brownlow-winning best, but his importance to this Tigers side can't go understated, especially as we head towards September.

St Kilda

Stocks up: There's still seven rounds to play but Jack Sinclair may have just secured his place in the All-Australian half-back line. It was do or die for the Saints on Friday night, and Sinclair delivered in a monster way. He tallied a game-high 37 disposals at 89% effectiveness, 11 marks, six inside 50s and 600m gained. Give him the three Brownlow votes, too.

Stocks down: The 'St Kilda's cooked' mob has lost a little credibility after a stirring win over the Blues. Brett Ratten's side has kept their season alive, and if they can snag at least one of the next two games (against Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs) will be right in contention for a finals berth, particularly with West Coast and Hawthorn in the following fortnight.


Stocks up: Chad Warner is fast becoming one of the most dynamic young players in the competition. He was head and shoulders better than any of his teammates at the MCG, kicking three goals from his 25 disposals. Warner also notched game-highs in metres gained (727), score involvements (10) and inside 50s (13).

Stocks down: When you taunt Dylan Shiel and then lose the next contest between the two sides, you're a guaranteed stocks down. Sorry, Luke Parker, but that aged as poorly as your side's kicking for goal on Saturday afternoon. The fact Parker had 26 disposals and nine clearances still doesn't save him.

West Coast

Stocks up: Nic Naitanui has copped plenty of criticism in the past and his absence this season has arguably been felt the most if your an Eagles fan, but boy was he good at the 'G. West Coast thrived off his dominance around the stoppages, winning the clearance battle (+14), but Naitanui also helped himself to one goal from 19 disposals and six clearances in a performance that he can springboard the remainder of his season.

Stocks down: No matter what he does, Elliot Yeo just can't seem to string games together. The Eagles midfielder limped to the bench early in the second half, clutching his right hamstring. This was just Yeo's fifth game of the season, following a 2020 in which he played 10 games and a 2021 where he took to the field 12 times.

Western Bulldogs

Stocks up: If you're Luke Beveridge, you can't ask for more from Tom Liberatore. The gun inside midfielder picked up an equal game-high 33 disposals, had eight clearances, five tackles and kicked a great goal. He also led the game in score involvements (11). On paper, many of the Bulldogs mids looked to have strong games, but none were close to as influential as Libba.

Stocks down: The Bulldogs' finals chances have taken a massive hit after falling to Brisbane by 41 points. Last year's runner-up fell outside the top eight with the loss and face Sydney, St Kilda, Melbourne, Geelong, Fremantle, GWS and Hawthorn to close the season. Based off current form, how many are they winning? Two? Three? That gives them 10 or 11 wins for the year, well short of the 13 wins many expect will be required to play in September.