AFL Fantasy Price Watch: Zerrett, Steele, Touk, Mills – premo upgrade targets to finalise your best 22

The run home is going to be tough for a lot of AFL Fantasy coaches. There are many issues, do you have Josh Kelly who is in concussion protocols? Did you hold Clayton Oliver last week and will he be back this week?


There are a lot of players who are averaging really high scores, but one of their next two opponents is a team that they have struggled against. Let’s have a look at some players that have big ceilings and a good run over the next few games. Handy for classic and head-to-head leagues.

Kelly has entered concussion protocols so may just miss one week, but he’s only tonned up twice in his past six games and may be worth upgrading, depending on your priorities. With Kelly priced at $822k we’ll look at a few targets within the $100k range, given cash generation isn’t quite as easy at this time of the season.

But, of course, there’s one player who stands out and needs to be considered, if you can find a way to afford it.

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Rory Laird (AF $1.03m MID, BE 100)

Laird is the form player of the AFL Fantasy competition, scoring 163 in Round 18, and he’s also now gone beyond the elusive million dollars mark. With a season average of 120.3 and a three-game average of 143.7, having Laird in your team is the gift that keeps on giving this year. He plays the Swans who he hasn’t played yet, though as yet they haven’t really tagged in the midfield, despite Ryan Clarke shutting down some players. Then he has the Blues, who he had 122 on this season. His price will drop at some point, but that’s unlikely to be immediately.

Zach Merrett (AF $890k MID, BE 81)

He has become one of the form players in the competition averaging 128.7 in his last three. Playing the Pies and North in his next two, he should continue to put up big scores. He has already scored 115 on the Pies this year. Merrett is coming back for the cheap marks and kicks during his latest games. Added to this, his teammates are finally realising that because he is generally such an elite user, that he should have the ball in his hand more often than not.

Touk Miller (AF $915k MID, BE 119)

Has scored a hundred on both of the teams that he is playing in the next two games in Brisbane and West Coast. The Suns are still in the hunt for a finals berth, even though they stumbled against the Bombers this week. That should spur Miller on to lead his team from the front. With a three-game average of 114.7 he is in good form.

Jack Steele (AF $894k MID, BE 101)

Steele has a great run coming up playing the Eagles who he hasn’t played this year and the other game is against the Hawks, who he had 130 on earlier this year. The Eagles don’t really tag in the midfield so he should be good. Steele is averaging 117.3 in his last three, making him a prime target still, definitely considering he is under-priced. His tackling is pushing his score up at the moment. Since returning from his shoulder injury he has had 10, nine, seven and nine tackles.

Callum Mills (AF $891k MID, BE 101)

In the same bracket as Merrett and Steele in terms of price and quality, he bounced back from his Round 16 54 with scores of 132 and 148 in the past fortnight making him irresistible. Despite having fewer CBAs in recent games, squeezed out to a wing role, he’s scored 100 points in those two games via tackles. Has a very high ceiling, but not quite the consistency of Steele. Next two opponents are bottom four sides Adelaide and GWS, with the Crows among the top four for Fantasy points conceded.

Christian Petracca (AF $829k MID, BE 97)

After a bit of a lull in the middle of the year, Petracca has come back and is averaging 112.3 in his last three. He has played the Doggies already this year and scored a massive 142. He is yet to play the Dockers, but at Optus Stadium he scored 139 against the Eagles this year and 139 in the GF last year at the same venue.

All of these players could be on your radars for this week, or they may be an option for those who have Josh Kelly.

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