Roy’s Trade Talk – Round 17

The big news is the injury to Gary Ablett (MID, $521,000) this week so first and foremost I will be looking at the best straight swap/cheaper replacements for him, keeping in mind we only want to bring in the guys who are the real deal for the run home. Lucky for us, there are some great options.

Gaz Options

Aaron Hall (FWD/MID, $482,000) is well under-price and a great pick for a number of reasons. The first being he is back in the midfield and back in form, coming off two straight hundred point games and a season high 33 centre bounce attendances on the weekend. He has a great run home and we all remember what he did at the end of last season without Ablett in the team. He has a break even of 88 and is an easy trade, especially given that he can be swung forward when the time is right for your team.

Luke Hodge (MID, $486,000) has come back into the Hawks side in season best form over the last two weeks with scores of 111 and 118 while seemingly taking marks at will. While you might hear people like Matthew Lloyd say Hodge should retire, that is a crock of shit! He is still easily one of the best players in the competition and well deserving of a spot in your final eight mids. He is an absolute bargain after dropping 129K since the start of the year, but with a BE of 86, he won’t be this cheap again. He has great numbers against upcoming opponents the Swans and Tigers and would be an awesome selection, especially given he has to be a huge chance to gain DPP in the backline next week.

With scores of 131 and 98 in his last two, Andrew Gaff (MID, $428,000) is well worth a mention given he is priced so low. I don’t have him in the same class as the two guys above, but if the cash saved improves your side significantly somewhere else… he is worth a look. He is down 151K from his asking price and has a BE of just 60.

Bryce Gibbs (MID, $517,000) is back to his best with a three game average of 111, after a mini form slump a few weeks back got him down to a nice price. He has one of the best runs home, especially over the Fantasy finals with a scoring frenzy on the cards with games against the Saints, Lions, Dees and Bombers helping your team to premiership glory.

Although Sam Mitchell (MID, $481,000) is not showing the high scoring consistency we witnessed at the start of the season, he is an absolute steal for this price. He has a five round average of 100 and a break even of just 87 which reinforces his value.

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Say Watt?

You couldn’t do it, and I know by even mentioning this I will lose most of my Twitter followers… But it looks like Jack Watts (FWD/MID, $443,000) has turned a little corner. If you are still reading (and I know you considered clicking the x button) have a listen to these numbers. Watts has looked amazing in the last three weeks, getting kicks all over the ground whilst also having an impact on the score board. In that time he has averaged 115 which leaves him with a break even of just 52. He is owned by just 3% of the competition (Yes, for good reason I hear many of you saying) but with games against the Saints, Eagles and Suns in his next three… Surely worthy of holding down D5/6.

Ruckin’ Bargain

If you are after some value in the ruck department, look no further than last years hero Stef Martin (RUC, $426,000) who has hit his straps in the last three weeks, not dropping below triple figures on his way to a three game average of 105. He has great numbers against all his opponents for the run home and is an easy pick as an upgrade.

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Twitter Time:

Hall is my pick of the week!

I think Hodge and Riewoldt will be the most relevant

Pay the bigger bucks on this occasion, Jack Steven

With so many games at ES, don’t stress, just get the best player available, and if that’s a Dog, do it.

Use the comments section to discuss your trade ideas with each other,




  • Josh Kennedy is a good sneaky, always comes good in the back end of the season….

  • Ruggles for Matty Suckling or Daniel Wells for any premium? Thoughts please.

    • I’d see if Wells is named first. If Wells plays keep him and do the other trade.

  • Tossing up between Sloan, Steven and Hunter for a replacement for Ablett.
    Any thoughts?

  • 1. Gaz > Steven and kerridge > hodge via dpp
    2. Gaz > Bont and kerridge > voldt

    Option 2 leaves me with some bench cover up fed where as option 1 would rely on Philips or Reid getting a recall to have cover up fwd.

    • Whats your mid budget in option 2? Who other than the bont could you go?

      • Option 2 would only leave me with 2k,so others guys around Pendles, treloar, titch, Selwood, Gibbs. Already have danger, hunter, Sloane, rocky, hanners, Lewis.

  • Better 3 man combo:

    Clay smith/voldt/hall

  • Whose best defender to get with 492k ?

    Bernie Vince,
    Jack grimes
    Jason johannisen
    Jimmy Bartel
    Jasper pirated
    Zac Williams
    Josh Gibson ??

    Help meee

  • What aboat Sidebottom?

    • Give him another week to prove himself. dont think he will make much more cash this week. I’d be looking at hodge if you want someone that cheap this week.

  • Should I hold or trade out Daniel Wells? He’s my favourite player but I don’t know if I can continue to put up with the stress of owning him. Who would be the best replacement? I already have Mitch Robinson, Dustin Martin, Zach Merrett, Leigh Montagna and Caleb Daniel (Dodgy pick I know) in the forwards. I’m thinking Michael Walters, Jack Gunston or Jack Watts (handy dual position)to save some cash but think I should maybe pay the extra for Barlow (if fit). Please help!

    • If Wells plays I’d hold. Wouldn’t get Walters or Gunston. Hall, Barlow or voldt if you must. I’d get rid of Robinson and Daniel before wells.

  • Best Def out of Johannsen, Yeo or Z Williams, Thanks

  • Boyd or Docherty + 34k?

    • Boydy is the better choice, but you never know if he’ll get rested once doggies make finals. Docherty will defs play, so if you have a solid bench cover for a week somewhere maybe, or hold a trade for late finals resting of Boyd? But i’d go Boyd.

  • Is sloane worth the 63k more than Neale?

  • Thoughts on keiran Jack?

  • hey guys what do you reckon:

    gaz > hall & j.smith > markov = 197k for next week
    gaz > hall & collins > castagna = 129k for next week
    j.smith > markov & gaz > dangerfield/sloane = 37k – 90k left

    any thoughts would be much appreciated!!

  • Ablett and Libba -> Hall and Hodge/Gaff/Coniglio/Cotchin/Sidebottom
    Ablett and Libba -> Neale/Steven/Hunter and Gaff

  • Best Forward Option under 450k.
    Looking for someone who is reliable and consistent, and possibly a low BE.

    Help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Gday everyone

    Corey Enright out for either

    Zac Williams

    Any suggestions?


  • Gaz to:

    1. Neale
    2. Steven
    3. Hanners

  • Guys do I upgrade abblett for final mid position or upgrade a rookie I still have to field like Collins or hams

    • If the alternative is playing a midfield rookie you should upgrade Gaz – plenty of great options around his price. I would personally get Neale

  • Current team before trades –

    Def: Vince, Bartel, Laird, Williams, Biggs, Hammelman (Byrne, Broad)
    Mid: Danger, Titch, Neale, Gazza, Hunter, Steven, Lewis(vc), Blakely (Mathieson, Goodyear)
    Ruck: Gawn, Jacobs (Naismith, Frampton)
    Fwd: Zerret, Zorko, Voldt, Wingard, Suckling, Hams (Short, Reid)

    ATM im having to play hammer on the ground bc of byrne but this week ill swap suckling with hammer and play short. Byrne will be gone next week. What do you guys think of these trades?