AFL Fantasy Price Watch: Move for Massimo? Does Burgoyne have JS & are Trac, Whitfield & Taranto back to their best

A few unsuspecting rookies have stepped up to hopefully help cash generation, while the premium landscape has changed with a few players returning from injury or re-discovering their prime roles.

Author: Dale Clohesy @dpc888

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Callum Brown (AF $261k D/F, BE -17)

Got his chance after being the unused sub the week before and scored really well. Yes, it did include four goals, but he did have 10 kicks, four marks and six tackles. It was a very wet game and his pressure should be replicated this week against the Power. He should keep his position on the team and make some good coin in the process. If he scores 55 in his next three games he will earn his coaches over $120k. He is definitely a good cheapish option this week but don’t expect big scores.

Jase Burgoyne (AF $220k D/M, BE -4)

Burgoyne had a great debut and it included a great kick-to-handball ratio, something a few of our premiums could take note of. Fourteen kicks and three handpasses is a fantastic effort. If he plays and scores 55 in his next three matches, he will go up $120k in that timeframe. Job security at Port is tough to know though.

Massimo D’Ambrosio (AF $284k DEF, BE -11)

The Rising Star nominee is becoming a cult hero at the Bombers. His composure and decision are making him a preferred choice for his teammates. On the weekend versus the Swans there were several occasions where he had various options and he continually made the better choice every single time. He is a good one on one defender as well. After scores of 42, 52 and 77 his price is still low enough to look at if you need some cash generation. I think he can average 60s at least going into the rounds coming up. That will mean that his price will go up over $110k.

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The premium landscape is different now compared to the start of the season. We are still looking for value of course. If you can bring a player in for $50k or more less than the top priced players, who will score the same, then it’s a win. Let’s have a look at a few.

Jack Steele (AF $877k MID, BE 113)

Even though he scored 114 against the Blues, his price still went slightly down meaning that he has now lost $141k from his starting price. Last year Steele had to work really hard to help his team try and make finals. This year looks like it could have the Saints in a similar position, whereby Steele will have to increase his possessions and fantasy scoring as a result. We know his quality and consistency so he is a great option going forward for the rest of the season.

Tim Taranto (AF $748k M/F, BE 94)

Taranto could be back to his best? Maybe. The conditions did suit him on the weekend for sure, and his score of 125, aided by 10 tackles, helped anyone who owned him. His price has changed significantly this year. After going up to $939k earlier in the season, he has dropped $191k. He is definitely value, but can he sustain his good scoring? Some would say that we could maybe wait another week. It will probably depend on your current teams’ injury issues or ruck problems.

Lachie Whitfield (AF $779k D/M, BE 81)

Has been playing really well in recent matches. He has still been hitting the occasional 90s, but previously they were his top scores. Now they are lower-end scores and his top scores are nicely over 110. His price has started to go up slowly, but not quickly enough that he is out of reach of coaches yet. He is a great option having been moved back to a wing or behind the ball where he can just roam free and be the link up player he has always been.

Christian Petracca (AF $803k MID, BE 72)

After being one of the most expensive players earlier in the year priced at $983k, now down $180k on that peak price he has just scored a great 141 and could be back to the Petracca that we know and want in our teams. He could be one of the best options to bring into our midfields going into the back half of the season. He has the potential to average over 110 going forward and at his current price, that is almost too good to ignore.

Jordan Dawson (AF $879k D/F, BE 89)

What a season Dawson is having averaging over 110 in his last five and over 122 in his last three. One of the in-form players in the competition and most top teams will want him in their defensive line come years’ end. When to get him if you don’t already have him, that will be the tough decision. His price should keep going up as he is scoring so well.

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