The Fallen Premiums – Rd 22

Written by Chillo on August 11 2021

Danger, Walsh and Kelly set off some alarm bells last week, but the latest word is that all three walking wounded will be available for the penultimate round of the home-and-away season. Are you prepared to roll the dice with these guys? Or will you pull the rarest of moves – the luxury trade – and try to get the edge in your prelim finals?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Fallen Premiums.


Steven MAY (MEL), $443 400 (-$64.5K), avg 91, BE 70 – You may recall that May was the almost unavoidable bargain back in Round 8, which was a few weeks after a stray Tomahawk elbow left him worse for wear. Around 10% of coaches picked him up back then, and his ownership has barely moved since which sums up his season – not quite bad enough to cut, but not really good enough to be considered a bonafide premium. Still, he is great value this week if you’re short on available cash (and who isn’t?), and scores of 90 and 105 in the past fortnight are encouraging.


Tim TARANTO (GWS), $412 800 (-$40.9K), avg 96, BE 72 – Timmy T was the “value” pick at the start of the season, a popular M5 choice for those who were looking to splash the cash on other lines. Unfortunately Taranto hasn’t quite reached the levels that those punters would have been hoping for, with his haphazard disposal and propensity for camping out in the forward line holding him back from the 105+ mark that owners wanted. He was exceptional in last week’s huge upset win over the Cats though, and Richmond and Carlton to finish is a decent run of games.

Zach MERRETT (ESS), $597 300 (-$23.6K), avg 115, BE 67 – While he has been outshone by Parish’s breakout at times this year, it has been another wonderfully consistent effort from Zerrett in 2021. Zach has played every game and tonned up in 16 of them, including three scores of 140+ since the bye. Does everything you want your midfielders to do – attends centre bounces, gets lots of handball receives, and can win the hard ball too – and his laser left foot will generally lead to big scores. With the Bombers pressing hard for a finals spot and the Suns and Pies to come, expect a big fortnight from the number 7 in the sash.


This is your last chance to get Rowan MARSHALL ($555 100, avg 76, BE 27) this year. With Ryder still experiencing Achilles soreness and in doubt for the rest of the year, Marshall is the ultimate late season pickup. Three round average of 136, wowee!


Dayne ZORKO (BRL), $523 600 (-$2.2K), avg 109, BE 88 – After a brilliant 2021 campaign, which has silenced the doubters among us who thought he was past it, The Zork has been bog average in the past month. Coming into last week he had averaged 82 in his previous three games and it was starting to look like a long season was catching up with the 32 year old magician. He quickly quelled that notion with a trademark 34 possession, 10 tackle effort against the Dockers, including a game high 17 contested touches and a goal for good measure. Collingwood and the Eagles in the last rounds promise plenty of points for the Lions – expect Dayne to be leading the charge.


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