Roy’s Trade Talk – Round 20

It’s finals time baby… so that means win at all cost if you finished between 5th and 8th. If you are willing to pay the big bucks, its easy to take your pick of the in form superstars, but as cash can be hard to come by at this time of year, I am going to look at a few under-priced guys that could finish the year like a steam train.

Throw a blanket over them:

Devon Smith (FWD, $415,000) has been back for four weeks since recovering from injury, and he hasn’t missed a beat in the last three with an average of 103. Although break evens are almost irrelevant in some cases at this time of year, Smith’s low requirement of 54 certainly reinforces his value.  His tackling pressure was outstanding against the Tigers on the weekend, laying a season high 14 on his way to 105 points. He has some mouth watering match ups on the way with games against the Suns, Eagles and Dockers over the next three weeks.

Steven Motlop (FWD/MID, $404,000) has turned around his mid season form slump to boast a three game average of 97 where he carries a low of just 94 in that time. I am also a big fan of his draw, in fact, its bloody ridiculous with games against the Bombers, Tigers, Lions before facing the Demons in the GF round. My only concern with Motlop is that most of his big games this year have occurred at Simonds and he won’t be there against this year until the big dance.

Luke Dahlhaus (FWD/MID, $455,000) came back from injury last week and scored an impressive 88 against the Cats at the Cattery. His midfield importance is at an all time high on the back of the Doggies horrible run of injury, so I am expecting a triple figure average for the remainder of the season as he will attend as many centre bounces as any of his midfield teammates for the remainder of the year.  Apart from a tough game this week against the Roos, he should dominate against the Pies, Bombers and Dockers in the GF.

Toby Greene (FWD/MID, $456,000) Some would justifiably  argue that Greene is in fact the safest  pick of the lot with only one score under 84 in the last seven weeks, while managing three scores over 110 in that time. He should have a field day over the coming weeks, starting with a big one against the Suns.

Put your pills on the line Roy

  • Luke Dahlhaus
  • Devon Smith
  • Toby Greene
  • Steven Motlop

Cheap Defender

Rory Laird (DEF, $478,000) Despite his good form with three hundreds in his last four games, Laird is still priced way under what he will average in the run home, starting with another triple figure score against the Lions this week. Looking ahead to the Preliminary final he faces the Power, who he scored a season high 136 on earlier in the year.

Also consider Heath Shaw (DEF, $457,000) and my mate Zac Williams (DEF, $428,000) if you are strapped for cash.

DPP Madness

You know I love DPP, sometimes to my own detriment, but hey, that’s how I roll. If you are looking to offload someone like Clay Smith (FWD/MID, $326,000) in your forward line, or (Fantasy Gods forbid) Zach Merrett (FWD/MID, $606,000) is rested this week and you need to cover with a trade out, or upgrade a bench player to cover him with, make sure you consider the value in moving Sam Naismith (RUC/FWD, $247,000) forward from the ruck bench as he should score respectably against Port.

Twitter Time:

I can see why you really want Danger this week, but there is no way I can recommend that trade. Have a look at Rocky’s past 8 weeks or so.

Trade Clay

Bartel for me


Zorko less chance to be put on ice before the year is out



  • Simpson and Dahlhaus or Johannisen and Zorko?

  • Trading out Sauce and McVeigh, which trade is best out of these two?

    1) Grundy and JJ
    2) Goldy and Laird

  • Trading out Petracca to D.Smith, but need help on 2nd trade…

    J.Wagner to ??
    1) Houli (think Richmond could try to make a stand the last few weeks)
    2) JJ (someone needs to get the kicks lost by Libba/Wallis/McRae, plus has Essendon AND Freo)
    3) Bartel (easiest run, but could get rested for Brissy trip)

  • will hams for sidebottom or laird????

    have 200k in bank so any suggestions would be great

  • During his time with the Montreal Canadiens, Roy was long considered “the Habs franchise” back in the late 19 and 19 until his trade to Colorado.

  • Right after the deal, Keane told me something that stuck with me. “He’s hungry to prove a lot of people wrong,” Keane said of Roy. “When Patrick says he’s hungry, you know he’s going to play up to another level and that could be scary.” Her favorite player was in goal for her beloved Canadiens the lanky, cerebral Ken Dryden, who could be forgiven for attending that haughty American college called Cornell.