BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22: Charlie Cameron of the Lions kicks during the round five AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns at The Gabba on April 22, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

One of the major talking points of the 2018 AFL season has been the poor standard of skills being dished up, and the stats back it up.

Kicking efficiency is currently at the lowest it has ever been since Champion Data begun recording stats, with the league currently going at an abysmal 64.9%.

Based off a minimum 75 kicks, the kick rating factors in how much pressure a player is under and the degree of difficulty of the kick.

The kicking efficiency rating does not value possessions that go backwards or sideways as much, because they are hitting expected targets. Therefore, these stats are an accurate summation of the most valuable kicks in the league.

After eight rounds of footy, Adelaide’s Charlie Cameron is the competition’s best kick at +14.1%, while Gold Coast’s David Swallow is dwindling at the bottom, going at -11.0%.

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Interestingly, two West Coast players occupy the other top three spots in Brad Sheppard (+9.7%) and Shannon Hurn (+9.5%), while two Suns, Lachie Weller (-10.7%) and Brayden Fiorini (-10.3%) round out the bottom three.

Best and worst kicks for every AFL club

Club Best Kick Worst Kick
Adelaide Luke Brown Bryce Gibbs
Brisbane Charlie Cameron Dayne Beams
Carlton Aaron Mullett Charlie Curnow
Collingwood Will Hoskin-Elliott Sam Murray
Essendon David Zaharakis Dyson Heppell
Fremantle David Mundy Ed Langdon
Geelong Sam Menegola Joel Selwood
Gold Coast Jarrod Harbrow David Swallow
GWS Giants Jeremy Finlayson Nick Haynes
Hawthorn Isaac Smith Tom Mitchell
Melbourne Jordan Lewis Christian Petracca
Nth Melbourne Shaun Higgins Billy Hartung
Port Adelaide Dan Houston Ollie Wines
Richmond Nick Vlastuin David Astbury
St Kilda Jimmy Wesbter Blake Acres
Sydney Jarrad McVeigh Isaac Heeney
West Coast Brad Sheppard Jack Redden
W.Bulldogs Marcus Bontempelli Bailey Dale
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Best and worst kicks in the competition

AFL’s Best Rating AFL’s Worst Rating
Charlie Cameron (BL) +14.1% David Swallow (GC) -11.0%
Brad Sheppard (WCE) +9.7% Lachie Weller (GC) -10.7%
Shannon Hurn (WCE) +9.5% Brayden Fiorini (GC) -10.3%
Jimmy Webster (StK) +9.3% Dayne Beams (BL) -8.7%
Jordan Lewis (Melb) +8.9% Bryce Gibbs (Adel) -8.3%
Aaron Mullett (Carl) +7.7% Sam Murray (Coll) -8.3%
Dayne Zorko (BL) +7.6% Tom Mitchell (Haw) -7.8%
David Mundy (Frem) +7.3% Nick Haynes (GWS) -7.6%
Isaac Smith (Haw) +7.2% Jarman Impey (Haw) -6.9%
Marcus Bontempelli (WB) +7.2% Bailey Dale (WB) -6.9%