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In Round 20 we saw Fremantle grind out an important win but cross-town rivals West Coast throw up a performance to forget. Here's whose stocks are up and whose are down.

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: Big man Reilly O'Brien just keeps motoring for the Crows; 44 hit outs, three clearances and 19 disposals was a fair day out.

Stocks down: He's been just about the league's best kick for goal over the last couple of seasons, but Darcy Fogarty's range abandoned him on Saturday afternoon. He kicked 1.3, the first time in his career he's kicked three behinds in a game and just the fourth time he's kicked more behinds than goals.


Stocks up: It's fair to say Dan McStay has transformed into Brisbane's most dependable players over the past three or four years; he kicked a much-needed 4.0 for the Lions, who really struggled against the Hawks down in Launceston.

Stocks down: Brisbane's flag chances have taken a massive hit now they're incredibly unlikely to finish in the top four. No more double chances for the Lions, who'll have to do it the hard way after squandering the chance to secure four points against one of the worst teams in the competition. Isn't 2020 looking like a big opportunity missed?


Stocks up: The Blues have been crying out for a big game from Jack Silvagni, and JSOS delivered on Friday night against the Saints. Silvagni was a menace throughout, racking up 25 touches, six clearances, nine tackles and kicking a goal. More of that please, Jack!

Stocks down: Where are these performances when there is something meaningful on the line? If Carlton had beaten North Melbourne last week, they'd be ... inside the eight. No wonder Blues fans are constantly frustrated - their lack of consistency is infuriating!


Stocks up: Steele Sidebottom has long been a classy operator, but that may just be his best game in what's been a disappointing season by his and the club's standards. With Scott Pendlebury out for the season, the 31-year-old was stand-in skipper against the Eagles and visibly worked hard at both ends of the ground, gut running his way to 33 Disposals (28 effective), nine score involvements and a goal. He's had some mishaps along the way, but Steele looked every bit a true leader on Saturday.

Stocks down: Could any Collingwood stock really take a tumble after that stirring triumph? They threw caution to the wind and finally looked exciting to watch!


Stocks up: Essendon was grasping at a ninth win and ultimately fell marginally shy of a top four threat, but it was through no fault of star mid Zach Merrett, who picked up 14 of his 35 touches in a colossal last quarter effort when a lift was needed. His polish and class was on full show, finishing with two goals next to his name.

Stocks down: The Bombers exhausted their interchange cap with five minutes remaining in the MCG thriller, in a fourth-quarter shambles that meant potential match-winners Dylan Shiel and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti were left frustratingly watching the final moments from the bench. Did it cost them the game?


Stocks up: Take a bow, Andrew Brayshaw! The 21-year-old was immense in Sunday's thriller, amassing a career-high 39 disposals, 567 metres gained and 12 tackles. He also had eight clearances against the Tigers, two of which coming in the tense final moments of the game when the ball was deep in Richmond's forward line as they threatened to steal a win.

Stocks down: Aside from the obvious goalkicking woes (which we've harped on about ad nauseum this season - check out last week's podcast, if you dare!) the big stock which is falling this week is that in Freo's modern purple and white home jumper. Is it time to embrace tradition and make the purple, green, red and white jumper the primary home jumper again? It's legit.


Stocks up: How about the Guthrie brothers combining for a casual 57 touches, two goals, 19 marks and 10 score involvements! We have come to expect it from Cam, who continued his outstanding season, but younger sibling Zach provided quite the support act and made a huge impact in the best match of his career.

Stocks down: Last week he at least booted the four majors, but if Esava Ratugolea wants to keep his spot in this team, he'll have to do more than hit the occasional pack and not damage the scoreboard at all from a measly six touches. Admittedly, they were tough conditions on Saturday and even spearhead Tom Hawkins was well held, but we don't see the big fella causing any fear in opposition coaching panels.

Gold Coast

Stocks up: While we can lament Gold Coast's overall effort -- or lack thereof -- sometimes you still have to sit back and marvel at the ever-reliable Touk Miller, who couldn't have done much more on a dogged afternoon, collecting 34 touches and 10 tackles. It's a shame not many other Suns show that intensity...

Stocks down: We get that the ball refused to enter the Suns' forward 50 -- and that he was matched up on perhaps the game's best defender this season -- but Ben King managing just three handballs? This kid is going to be a star, but that was an absolute stinker. Doesn't help that it was his 50th AFL match, either...


Stocks up: James Peatling's stocks launched at bargain basement prices, but his first-up effort in orange was really impressive. The mid-season draftee had 19 disposals and 371 metres gained running from halfback, and looked very comfortable at the level for a debutant.

Stocks down: You just feel that Phil Davis' career is coming to a somewhat unceremonious close. The stalwart former skipper was injured once again and subbed out of the match. He just can't get a good run at it, and being days shy of 31, we may not be seeing too much more of him going forward unfortunately.


Stocks up: Hawthorn supporters have been waiting far too long for that kind of performance from game-changing star Chad Wingard. He was simply outstanding on the weekend, picking up 32 possessions and kicking two goals to help the Hawks score a big win against a top four threat - a win that may go a long way to Alastair Clarkson avoiding the wooden spoon in his last season at the helm.

Stocks down: The immediate signs weren't great for premiership hero Luke Breust when he left the field with a nasty knee injury. The Hawks say they're confident it isn't an ACL, so fingers crossed we get to see the sharpshooter back on the field soon.


Stocks up: Luke Jackson put a quiet five weeks behind him when he helped torch the Suns under the Marvel Stadium roof. He compliments both Tom McDonald and Ben Brown perfectly and is impressively agile for his size, winning the ball dominantly both in the air and below his knees. That four-goal haul is the best of his career so far and we've got a feeling there's plenty more where that came from.

Stocks down: In such a big win, you hate to see an injury sour the occasion. Unfortunately for Tom McDonald, he was subbed out with a back injury. Fingers crossed he's right for finals!

North Melbourne

Stocks up: He didn't set the world on fire, but young gun and Atu Bosenavulagi showed glimpses of what he is capable of on the weekend. The former Australian rugby sevens junior turned on the jets after forcing a smother in the first term and drilled home a stylish first goal in the AFL from 45m out. The 20-year-old possesses eye-catching speed and skill that will make him a player to watch in the near future.

Stocks down: If there's one thing I'd never want to see on the field for North Melbourne again, it's a testicular tumour. Ben Cunnington having to battle a cancer scare is criminally unfair. Hopefully we see him back fit and firing soo, he's so good to watch and a champion to boot.

Port Adelaide

Stocks up: All the talk heading into this match was about GWS' 'three-headed monster' of Toby Greene, Harry Himmelberg, and Jesse Hogan up forward, but it was Port's talls who dominated. Charlie Dixon kicked four, Peter Ladhams three and Mitch Georgiades two in a dominant display in the win.

Stocks down: Unfortunately Sam Powell-Pepper's fall from grace continues and he may find himself out of a spot for the Showdown next week. Eight touches just isn't good enough.


Stocks up: When the Tigers needed some inspiration and a cool head, Matty Parker stepped up to help generate some Tigger accuracy. His two majors were critical for his new club in ensuring they were well and truly in the contest late.

Stocks down: It was a bit of a stinker from Jake Aarts, who collected just six touches at 17 percent efficiency. Two of those six were turnovers, too.

St Kilda

Stocks up: It's scary to think where the Saints would have been without skipper Jack Steele who once again turned in a breathtaking performance which featured 36 disposals, eight clearances, eight score involvements and 14 tackles.

Stocks down: Oh boy, Dean Kent... We're not sure how he holds his place in this side after another horrible outing. Against the Blues, Kent turned the ball over just about every time it was in his hands. He just doesn't look like he's up to AFL standard at all...


Stocks up: Sydney's ability to stand up to challenges time and again this season has been incredibly impressive, and holds them in great stead going into a finals campaign. A top four finish isn't out of the question yet, so if they can continue to notch the wins, they could earn (and it'll be well earned and deserved) the double chance.

Stocks down: You can't really say any stock is down in this team. They haven't been home in more than a month, partners and children have been left in the lurch in isolation in Queensland and they just keep putting in effort after effort. Massive respect.

West Coast

Stocks up: What an absolute warrior Shannon Hurn has been for this club. It wasn't the fairytale ending for the milestone man, but the premiership skipper can take great pride in becoming the Eagles' first player to reach 300 games.

Stocks down: Insipid. The whole club is a stock down as far as we're concerned, particularly after that showing which you can really only describe as embarrassing, especially on such a great occasion for a club legend.

Western Bulldogs

Stocks up: Did Bailey Dale just earn himself an inaugural All Australian blazer? The running halfback put on a kicking clinic against the Crows. He finished the afternoon with 25 kicks at an extraordinary 86 percent efficiency, setting up almost every Bulldogs attack from the back half. He even kicked a goal in the big win!

Stocks down: Admittedly, it's not down by much, but Marcus Bontempelli's Brownlow Medal stocks have dropped a little. The Bont had his quietest game of the season, ending the game with just 15 touches.